Shootout Rules

Shootout Rules

  1. Striped Bass and Bluefish only
  2. Largest fish (in LBS.) wins the grand prize (striper or bluefish)
  3. Tiebreaker for fish of the same weight will be length. Second tiebreaker goes to the fish weighed in first.
  4. Leave any harbor/port. Must return by boat, with fish to The Chatham Fish Pier for weigh-in.
  5. This is a boat only tournament. No size limit for boat.
  6. ‘Lines In’ at 5:00am on Saturday, July 18th.
  7. Standard recreational rules apply, however size limit for Striped Bass 34″.
  8. Federal law prohibits anyone from retaining Striped Bass in federal waters. If any boat is caught keeping Bass beyond this limit they will be disqualified from the tournament (without refund) and punished to the full extent of the federal law governing the Striped Bass fishery.
  9. BOUNDARIES: The Northern most point is Nauset Light and the Western most point is Bass River with a limit of 3 miles offshore from there.
  10. After you start fishing there is no returning to shore unless it is to the weigh station. In case of emergency and you must return to shore, radio/call the tournament director if you have fish to weigh in. (VHF set to channel (TBA))
  11. To be qualified to weigh in a fish you must be to the “No Wake” zone in front of Chatham Bars Inn by 3:00pm. If you are not through the inlet by 3:00 you will be disqualified and will not be eligible to weigh in fish. **See map below for the Weigh-In location**

Weigh-In-Location

  1. Weigh-In – The official weigh-in will be held at The Chatham Fish Pier behind the Chatham Pier Fish Market (location marked with ‘X’ above). Boats will weigh-in their fish in the order they were checked-in by the group at location ‘A’. Teams will have picture taken at the scale and then return to their boat to clear room for the next team to enter weigh-in station. Please move boats after weighing in as we have limited dockage.
  2. Teams can only weigh in one striper and one bluefish per boat. You must choose the fish you want to weigh in before coming to the scale. We will not weigh in multiple fish and take the heaviest.
  3. Hook & Catch – Each angler must hook, fight and land a fish to be eligible for weigh in. There will be no ‘handing off” of a rod. Juniors may require some assistance but please only provide what is needed we want them to have fun and understand the challenges of fishing.
  4. No electric reels may be used.
  5. No Yo-Yo Rigs! This is a natural bait rig where the bait is weighted with embedded lead and other hardware and tackle is not attached directly to the line. Fish Responsibly! For methods on responsible fishing visit:mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/spotlight/fish_responsibly.htm#spot
  6. Tournament officials have the right to inspect any boat and any fish at any time throughout the tournament.
  7. By entering the tournament anglers and captains consent to a polygraph exam as deemed necessary by tournament officials.
  8. The tournament director reserves the right to implement his discretion at any time throughout the tournament as it applies to the rules or any other circumstance that should arise during the course of the tournament.
  9. Weather – The tournament will not be canceled due to weather (unless there is a Hurricane or Tropical Storm) and is to be fished at the discretion of the captain and crew.
  10. If paying entry by check, entry is not valid until check has cleared.
  11. Winners – Prizes will be awarded to the member of the team listed as “Captain” on the entry form.
  12. It is understood that all participants and occupants of their boats register for the Monomoy Shootout voluntarily and at their own risk. Each registered and non-registered participant agrees to release and hold harmless The Monomoy Shootout, tournament officials, sponsors, and all others connected directly or indirectly with the said tournament from any liability, libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, injury, harm, or death suffered by any participant during the tournament.
  13. All anglers must have an active Massachusetts saltwater fishing license. To purchase a license please visit:http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/recreationalfishing/rec_permits.htm