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These are the Preliminary 2017 WTC Tournament Rules

 

 

Please see "Order of Events" for a more detailed explanation of what will happen on the Friday & Saturday of the tournament

 

 

 

1 - General Rules

 

Registration opens January 15th, 2017

 

A complete set of final rules will be made available upon request during registration just before the Captains Meeting on the Friday before the tournament.

 

Teams are competing to catch the five heaviest albacore tuna during tournament hours. 

 

It is the sole responsibility of the participating captain, crew and angler(s) to obtain a copy, read, know, understand and abide by the tournament rules, including, but not limited to, any final instructions that may be announced during the Captains Meeting.  Rules are subject to change.  By entering the event all participants agree to accept the rules of the tournament and accept all decisions made by the Board of Directors (Board) of The Washington Tuna Classic. 

 

It is the sole responsibility of the captain and crew to obtain and possess all required licenses and or permits to fish in the tournament.

 

No team, during fishing hours, may be involved in the handing off or receiving of anything from another vessel whether that vessel is entered in the tournament or not, this excludes near shore bait receivers.  In the event of an emergency in which the personal safety of someone or property is at risk this rule does not apply and any action necessary can be taken to protect or preserve life or property.

 

Contestants agree to conduct themselves with honor and integrity at all times. Breaches of integrity will result in ejection and forfeiture of prizes.

 

Any and all disputes, protests, claims both in writing and verbal arising out of, or in relation to any event associated with the WTC shall be decided by the Board and shall be final and binding.

 

By vote of the Board, rules may be changed any time as necessary and all decisions will be final.

 

 

2 - Captains Meeting

 

One registered team member MUST attend the Captains Meeting for registration and be present for the safety briefing.  It is recommended that the captain and all crew members attend the Captains Meeting.  If they do not attend, they automatically accept and agree to be bound by the instructions given at the meeting. All anglers including the Captain must sign and return a Liability Waiver prior to participating in the event. 

 

The official event starting time will be confirmed, and or changed at the Captains Meeting.  The location of the start/finish line can be found on the Captains Card given out during registration and will also be confirmed and or changed at the Captains Meeting.  Each team must be across the pre-determined finish line by 5:00pm.  The WTC Board reserves the right to change and or cancel the starting time and or ending time, if in its opinion, there is a possible threat of safety due to weather, ocean conditions or anything they deem too dangerous to have teams compete safely in the WTC Event. 

 

The official VHF frequency will be confirmed, and or determined at the Captains Meeting. It is recommended that all teams monitor the USCG, (on VHF ch16), frequency as well as any Event specific frequency that will assure the best means of safety from other sport and commercial vessels. 

 

 

3 - Team Entry

 

 

Tournament Non-Business Entry includes:


12 pounds of live anchovies on Saturday morning.  You may purchase more if you want at your own expense.

 

Free shaved ice, up to 800 pounds per team available starting at 12 noon on the Friday before game day.  Left over ice is free to participating teams.

 

Banquet Meal Tickets (qty 4)

 

Captains Bucket (qty 1) various items include vendor gifts, snacks, bottled water, sponsor brochures, etc.

 

Event T-Shirts* (qty 4) If you have 5 or 6 team members, you will be charged $30 each for Meal Vouchers and T-shirts for each extra crew member.

 

 

* These items are limited to the teams that have paid their $350 entry fee at least 21 days prior to the event.  Those teams that enter after may or may not have these items made available to them depending on availablilty.  Do not delay entering if you want this years event T-Shirts.

 


  

 

Note: The following registration-sponsorships only apply to businesses that do not already have a paid sponsor relationship with the WTC.  If you have any questions about this, please call 360-471-6787 before registering your team.

  

 

WTC Business Team Registrations

 

WTC Business Team Registrations have three possible levels.

 

1 - Corporate - This is the first and main level of the Business Team Registrations and covers the main corporate sponsor and their first entry into the 2017 WTC.  The Corporate Business Team Registration fee is $1,500.00

 

2 - Secondary Corporate - This level of sponsorship only occurs after a Corporate Business Team Registration has been established and is secondary in name to the primary corporate registration.   The fee for a Secondary Business Team Registration is $500.00 per team, with a limit of three secondary registrations per primary corporate registration.

 

Corporate Team Primary & Secondary Registrations include the following:

 

All of the Non-Business Team items listed above 

 

Team entry of six anglers including six shirts/dinner tickets

 

One large banner inside event tent (supplied by sponsoring team)

 

Inclusion of videos or promotional slides in presentations (supplied by sponsoring team)

  

Billing Example:

 

ABC Corp is going to sponsor a total of three teams.

 

Team 1 – Team ABC Corp, The Letter Guys, Primary Business Team

 

Team 2 – Team ABC Corp, The Bean Counters, Secondary Business Team

 

Team 3 – Team ABC Corp, The Others, Secondary Business Team

 

Total Billing, $1,500 + $500 + $500 = $2,500

 

3 - Sole Proprietor/ Small Company Registration

 

This level of sponsorship is designed for small businesses / sole proprietors who wish to sponsor a team.   This registration is $500.00

 

Sole Proprietor/Small Company Registration includes the following:

 

All of the Non-Business Team items listed above

 

Team entry of six anglers including six shirts/dinner tickets

 

One small banner inside event tent, (provided by sponsor)

 

With this sponsorship policy in mind, no team names will be allowed that contain any business name unless they are part of one of the above listed Business Team Registrations or have a prior paid sponsorship in place with the WTC.

   

 

 

Registrations must be in seven (7) days prior to the event or a late registration fee of $100 will be assessed.  

 

No team is considered officially "registered" until their team entry fee has been collected by the WTC. 


 

4 - Team Rules

 

A team consists of four (4) anglers, but you may have six (6) anglers on the boat fishing.  Wounded Veterans are exempt from this rule.  You may have as many Wounded Veterans as you may safely transport in addition to your six angler team.  Charter captains and crew along with non-fishing media members are also exempt from crew/angler count with advance WTC approval.

 

Each team must fly the 2017 WTC Tournament Flag so as to be visible from another boat or a land based check in station or check point, preferably on the starboard side of your vessal/boat.

 

Any team tournament vessel/boat or crew changes must be finalized with WTC Staff no later than the end of the Captains Meeting.

 

 

5 - Prizes, Side Pots & Payouts

 

Cash Rewards are based on the following:

 

 

Heaviest 5 fish.........$1,500

 

2nd Heaviest 5 fish....$750

 

3rd Heaviest 5 fish.....$500

 

 

Main Pot Tie Breaker:  If there is a tie weight for any of the main pots, the following rules shall be applied to determine the winner of the tie.  The largest fish weighed on the teams with a tie will be the winning team.  If there is a tie with the first heaviest fish, the tie breaker will then move to the second heaviest and so on until the tie is broken.  If there is a tie with all five entered fish a coin flip will be done with the captain having the lowest team number choosing the call or allowing it to be deferred to the other captain.

 

 

Side pots are the following:

 

 

Double Down Jackpot  (entry $300 per team)  75% of the pot total will be paid out to those who elect to participate in this pot at the same ratio of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place main event prizes.  If there is a tie, the main pot tie-breaker rule will be applied.

 

Largest Fish Jackpot (entry $100 per team)  50% of the pot total will be paid out for the heaviest fish, that will also include the below described pelagic fish, not just albacore.  If entered in the Largest Fish Jackpot and your entry in this pot is a pelagic, you may retain said fish after a thorough physical inspection by WTC volunteers.

 

In case of a tie in the Largest Fish Jackpot, the tiebreaker will be the first fish weighed according to the official scorekeeper at the weigh in station.

 

Pelagic Jackpot (entry is $100 per team)  50% of the pot total will be paid out to the team weighing the heaviest Pelagic if entered in this pot.  A Pelagic is defined as Blue Fin Tuna, Big Eye Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna, Yellow-tail Jack, Opah, Marlin or Swordfish.  NO SHARKS!  If entered in the Pelagic Pot, any pelagic fish caught may be entered as part of your catch for the five fish weight pot purpose, but you may retain the fish once weighed if desired. 

 

The Pelagic Pot is also a rolling jackpot with unpaid winnings cycling forward.  Any pelagic fish weighed for tournament purposes will be subject to inspection and possible cleaning by WTC Staff to insure quality control.

 

The Pelagic Pot starts with a $4,800 carryover for the 2017 WTC. 

 

In case of a tie, the Largest Fish tie-breaker rule will be applied.

 

Most Fish Donated Jackpot (entry is $100 per team)  75% of the pot total will be paid to the Team that donates the most total fish to the event.  In case of a tie, the Largest Fish tie-breaker rule will be applied.  Only fish caught and turned in on Saturday will count in the Main Event Most Fish Pot, fish and turned in during the Friday Big Fish Friday Pot will not count.

 

Pee Wee Jackpot (entry is $50 per team)  50% of the pot total will be paid out.  Your Pee Wee entry does not count towards your five tournament fish unless you want it to.  In case of a tie, the Largest Fish tie-breaker rule will be applied.

 

Big Fish Friday (entry is $100 per team)  50% of the pot total will be paid out to the Team that turns in the heaviest fish at the ice pickup station on the Friday before the Main Event.  The entry must be paid before pre-fishing on Friday either during your on-line registration or a time to be determined on Thursday afternoon/evening at a location to be determined during the event week.  The winner will be announced during the Captains Meeting Friday evening.  If there is a tie, the first heaviest fish turned in will be the winner.

 

Prize payouts will be made via certified mail after all fish have passed inspection by our processor 5-7 days after the event.

 

All winners will be required to fill out IRS Form W-9, request for taxpayer ID, if your prize exceeds a value of $600.  You will be required to provide a photo ID at the time of turning in the W-9 to verify said information.  A W-9 for a business can be used as well as long as a copy of the business license is provided at the same time the W-9 is turned over to the WTC.

 

One additional drawing ticket will be provided for each fish turned in. Fish drawing ticket vouchers will be distributed at the fish drop off area on Float 6 after said fish are counted and turned over to WTC volunteers.  You can exchange this voucher for extra fish tickets at the banquet.

 

The drawing will be held at the awards banquet and prizes will be given away by drawn tickets.  You must be present to win.

 

 

6 - Returning to Port & Fish Check In

 

All teams must be across the pre-determined finish line and must check in via the pre-assigned VHF frequency at or before 5:00pm.

 

No team may check in unless they have crossed the finish line.  MMSI GPS transmissions may be required to confirm said location at time of check-in.

 

Any team that either does not check in or does not cross the finish line before 5:00pm will not qualify for the cash pots, but may still donate their fish to the WTC and earn drawing tickets for each fish turned in, as long as they have dropped off their fish by the end of the boardwalk weigh-in.

 

Each team weighing in fish must have the Team Captain or a Team Representative sign the official Boardwalk Weigh-In Scorecard.  Failure to sign the official Boardwalk Weigh-in Scorecard will result in team disqualification.  There are no exceptions.

 

Fish must be whole, but fully bled and no warmer than 50 degrees internal temp upon arrival to the boardwalk weigh-in area. The fish will be weighed to the two hundredths of a pound, (.02 .04 .06 etc.).  All fish must be tagged with an official WTC band that identifies each team's fish for quality tracking purposes.  Fish ID Bands will be provided to competing teams at dockside upon return for the weigh-in by WTC Volunteers.  It is the sole responsibility of each team to properly attach the Fish ID Band to each of their tournament fish being entered for weigh-in purposes while their fish are in their boat or just dockside from their boat.  Any fish arriving to the boardwalk weigh-in area without a Fish ID Band will be disqualified.

 

 All weighed fish will become the property of the WTC and Northwest Harvest, unless there is a provision in the rules to allow the retention of said fish. (Pelagic Pot Fish)

 

Any fish determined to not have been bled or iced properly at the boardwalk weigh-in area, will be disqualified from the official team weight, and no substitutions will be allowed.  Any fish deemed to have been modified with anything foreign introduced, will lead to Team disqualification and forfeiture of all prizes and or awards.  This also includes post event inspections done by our fish processor to insure quality and attempts of any tampering.

 

7 - Food Drive

 

Any team member can bring 10 pounds of non-perishable food to donate in exchange for drawing tickets.  Tickets will be provided at the rate of one ticket per 10 pounds of donated food.  This food will be donated to local food banks.

 

There is no limit to the amount of donated food you may exchange for drawing tickets.

 

 

8 - Fishing Equipment and IGFA-OWC rules and information

 

 All teams shall be required to fish following WDFW regulations.

 

IGFA-OWC Tournament Information:  The 2017 WTC team that is nominated to represent the WTC at next year's IGFA Tournament is responsible for paying their own entry, transportation, permits and other fees related to participating in the IGFA Tournament.

 

WTC IGFA-OWC Nomination Process:  The winning team of the 2017 WTC has first right of refusal to represent and attend the next OWC Tournament.  In case the winning team chooses to not exercise this option, the second place team shall be given the right to attend the OWC Tournament.  If the second place team chooses to not attend the next OWC Tournament, the right shall than be given to the third place team.  If the third place team chooses to not exercise this option, there shall be no WTC team representative at the next OWC Tournament.  

 

 

If the first place team does not choose to fish the OWC, at least one member of the winning team must be included in any other team that does represent the WTC at the next IGFA/OWC Tourament, (this is a OWC policy).

 

 

9 - Fishing Event Cancellation

 

Cancellations...If the event does not fish due to rough ocean conditions the WTC committee will make the announcement after the 3:00pm NOAA update on Friday prior to the fishing portion of the event.  Team participation is by captains' choice.  Each team member is responsible for their choice to fish the event or not due to weather or any other concerns.

 

If the main fishing event is canceled due to weather, the banquet will still happen as will the raffles and prizes.

 

 

10 - Extra Event Shirt Info.

 

Additional event t-shirts can be purchased for any team and family members desired.  To insure your extra team and family members get the shirts they want, you should be sure to include your extra shirt orders in your team sign-up/registration.  The deadline for ordering extra event shirts is July 3, 2017.

 

 

 

11 - Misc.

 

The 2017 WTC field will be limited to 60 teams.

 

We will announce any changes to our programs using our website and or e-mails sent to team captains.

 

 

See you in August in Westport!


 

The WTC Crew!

 


 
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