Rules

Tournament Entry

Entry Fee is $1,500 per boat through May 5, 2020. After May 5, there will be a $250 late fee per boat. 

All tournament entries are non-transferable and non-refundable. If your vessel is unable to compete in the event after submitting payment, your entry will be rolled over to the following year for full credit. Payment of the entry fee constitutes a representation by each entrant that he/she has read and fully understands the tournament rules that he/she will abide by such rules and the decisions of the Tournament Director and/or Committee.

The King Master is a sportfishing tournament where participants agree to fish in a fair and ethical manner. While the tournament does not strictly enforce the use of IGFA rules, it certainly expects that only minor technical differences will be employed by anglers. 

The full page of State Saltwater Fishing Rules can be found at http://www.eregulations.com/mississippi/saltwater/saltwater-fishing-record-rules/

 

Captains’ Meeting

The Captain’s Meeting will be held on Wednesday at 5:30pm at the Golden Nugget Casino & Resort. The captain, owner or designated team representative must sign-in and be present at the captain’s meeting. 

Rules are Subject to Change. Any changes to the rules and final instructions will be given at the meeting.

All participants are invited to attend the Kick-off Party following the meeting at 6:00pm.

 

Permits & Licenses

An Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling Permit is required and participants must be familiar with and follow HMS regulations.  http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/guides/documents/hms_rec_compliance_guide.pdf

Anglers must obtain a Mississippi Saltwater Fishing License which can be purchased locally or online. https://www.ms.gov/mdwfp/licensing/login

 

Tournament Start

Boats must depart from Point Cadet Marina – Biloxi, MS at 9:00am on Thursday or anytime after that. All boats must check out using VHF radio channel 78 or weigh station phone 337-849-8642

 

Fishing Hours

Boats may begin fishing at 9:01am on Thursday morning and continue fishing until the scales close at 6:00pm on Saturday. 

 

-      Boats cannot be trailered during fishing hours and must return to weigh-in by water. 

-      All fish must be taken on conventional rod and reel tackle.

-      Electric reels are not allowed.

-      Downriggers, outriggers and kites will be permitted as fishing-line carriers only.

-      All fish must be brought to the tournament scales by the boat catching the fish.

-      At no point can a fish be transported over land.

-      Boats are not required to return to port of departure each day.

-      Boats may enter another port during the tournament for lodging and fueling only.

-      At no point can a fish be transported on or off a boat other than at the tournament weigh scales.

-      No Tournament category fish are allowed on board at time of check out. 

-      In order to weigh fish, each boat must return to Point Cadet under its own power before the scales close at 6pm.  

 

Weigh Station Procedures & Quality of FIsh

Scales will be open 5:00-8:00pm on Thursday and Friday,  and 3:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday.  All fish caught during the tournament must be weighed before scales close on Saturday night.  Boats must be checked in at Point Cadet Marinaby 6:00pm on Saturday to have their fish weighed in. Boats having fish to weigh must be inside the Mississippi Sound Waters (specifically, inside channel marker #34 to the East, and inside channel marker #2 to the West) by the designated closing of the scales (6pm). Fish must be presented at the scales by the angler who caught the fish. Anglers will sign for the fish weight.  Scales will close immediately after the last fish is weighed.  All fish submitted at the weigh scales will be returned to the team unless donated by the team for charity purposes.

 

All fish submitted for weigh-in must be caught during the tournament and must be in fresh, edible condition.  A Marine Biologist will be present during the weigh-in to ensure quality and freshness of fish.  No mutilated fish can be weighed in.  The tournament rules committee reserves the right to disqualify any fish based on quality and freshness.

 

 

Qualifying Fish

The following species are eligible for competition when caught by registered anglers in accordance with tournament rules:

·      King Mackerel – (minimum weight of 20 lbs. and a minimum length of 24 inches, FL)

·      Yellowfin Tuna - (minimum weight of 20 lbs. and minimum length of 27 inches, CFL)

·      Wahoo - (minimum weight of 20 lbs.)

·      Cobia - (minimum length of 33 inches, FL)

·      Swordfish -  (minimum length of 47 inches, LJFL)

 

For each day the scales are open (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), each boat will be allowed to bring to the scales a maximum of 3 king mackerel, 3 tuna, 3 wahoo, and 1 swordfish per person.

The tournament committee reserves the right to reject any fish entry because of poor condition or one that does not meet the eligible requirements set by this tournament.  The condition of the fish will be left to the scrutiny of the tournament director and committee.  THEIR DECISION IS FINAL.

 

Weigh-in Procedures

IMPORTANT:  A tail tag with the boat name and registered angler’s name must be attached to each fish before unloading at the weigh scales.

Tournament scales will be located at Point Cadet Marina. Boats having fish to weigh must be at Point Cadet Marina and checked in by 6:00pm on Saturday.  

Anglers must remain with their fish until completion of the weigh-in procedure.  The angler must sign the weigh-in stat sheet to verify the weight, at which time will make the weight official.

All fish weighed at the scales must be returned to the boat.

 

Tournament Awards

All Tournament Awards are based on 100 registered tournament boats. Payouts are subject to change depending on the number of entries. 

Awards for Heaviest Fish will be presented to the angler/boat for fish caught in the following categories:

Top Junior Angler and Top Lady Angler awards will be presented for heaviest king mackerel. The junior angler must not be older than 16 years of  age on the day the fish is caught.  

Optional Betting Awards

This is a separate entry.  The Optional Entry is not required to compete for Tournament Awards.

Participants may pay an Optional Entry fee in one or more of the following:

 

Payout amounts will be the total amount of the monies received, less 10% deducted for administration fees with the remaining 90% to be awarded.  

King, King Aggregate, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Swordfish and Cobia will pay 1st, 2nd, and 3rd with a 50%, 30%, 20% split. 

In the event of limited participation in any category listed above, the payouts will be modified as follows: One team entered will be refunded in full, two teams will be a 60%, 40% split, and three or more teams will be the standard split.  Participants who wish to pay an Optional Betting Fee prior to June 1, may submit a credit card, cashier’s or business check made payable to King Master Biloxi.

Participants who wish to pay an Optional Entry Fee after June 1 must pay by cash, credit card or cashier’s check during registration hours on Wednesday at 5:00-MIDNIGHT of tournament week or make payment arrangements with the Tournament Director.  

In the event that no qualifying fish are weighed by an Optional Entry participant in a given Division eligible for an Optional Award, 90% percent of the Optional Entry Fees collected for that division are returned to the participant(s) who paid Optional Entry Fees for that division.

 

Payment for Cash Awards

Prior to fishing, each tournament boat must designate a representative payee to receive payment of all cash awards.  Payment of cash awards is by check. A single check will be written to the boat’s representative payee for the combined total of tournament cash awards and optional cash awards.

Checks will be written after the Awards Ceremony on Saturday.

King Master accepts no responsibility for the division of any cash awards between team members.

 

Weather: Tournament Delay or Cancellation

In the event the tournament committee feels in their best judgement fishing is unsafe due to severe weather, high seas, or any cause beyond the control of the King Master, the tournament may be cancelled or delayed.  If delayed, a new start time or date will be announced should weather conditions improve. If cancelled, entry fees will be rolled over to the following year in their entirety. If one day is fished, the tournament goes on. 

Entrants shall have no claim against the King Master for return of paid entry fees. 

All teams and participants should make their decision to fish based solely on their own judgement.  Fish at your own risk.

 

Tie Breakers

For fish weighed in, any category of fish brought to the scales, placement is determined by the order of weigh-in at the scales.  The recorded time of weigh-in determines placement.

 

Protest

Any protests relating to the tournament must be submitted in writing along with a $500 deposit by the team captain to the tournament committee no later than 15 minutes after the last fish is weighed on the final day of the tournament.  All entrants agree to abide by tournament rules and regulations. 

All disputes are decided by the Tournament Director and Committee.  Their decision is final.

Poor sportsmanship will be grounds for disqualification from the King Master.  Any violation of these rules resulting in disqualification will result in forfeiture of entry fee and prize money.

 

Waiver / Disclaimer

It is understood that all participants in the King Master enter at their own risk, and that the officers, committee members, sponsors, directors, tournament venue and all persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of said tournament, shall be exempt from any liability for libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury or death suffered by any participant, entrant, anglers, his/her companions, boat captains, mates, crew members, vessels and equipment which may occur during or in conjunction with the tournament.  By tournament entry, the captain consents that the King Mastermay use without payment or restriction, any photographs in which he/she or any of their crew may appear for any purpose whatsoever; including, but not limited to resale, advertising, commercial or promotional material. The captain and his crew further release the King Master, officers and directors, and all persons from injury, loss or damage which may result. 

All state record winners must submit to and pass in a conclusive manner, a polygraph examination administered by a licensed polygraphist provided by tournament officials.  All entrants agree to submit to a polygraph examination at the request of the tournament committee if there is a conflict involving said entrant. Failure to submit to such an examination will result in disqualification of the entrant at the sole discretion of the tournament committee.

ALL DECISIONS OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND COMMITTEE WILL BE FINAL.

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