FAQ – Florida Sailfish Cup

Are there social passes for the tournaments?

Yes. Each team receives (6) social passes with their general entry fee into the tournament. Additional passes may be purchased if necessary. Credentials are required for access to hospitality parties.

How do I register for the tournament?

ONLINE IS THE ONLY METHOD OF REGISTRATION:

www.sailfishcup.com

 

KICKOFF PARTY: Late registration will take place the evening of the kickoff party.

What is the entry fee?

The general entry fee is $1,500 per boat (plus tax) and covers all anglers fishing and (6) social bands for event festivities. There are additional optional entry calcuttas that teams can enter as well.

Can I pay with a check at the kickoff party?

No. Acceptable payment methods at the kickoff party are cash, Mastercard, Visa & AmEx ONLY. No business or personal checks will be accepted at the kickoff party.

What are the eligible species of fish?

Sailfish, White Marlin, and Blue Marlin

What are the tournament dates?

The Florida Sailfish Cup offers a unique format that allows teams to select their own days of fishing from Nov 1 to May 31.

How Many Days of Fishing Are There?

Each team records 5 days of fishing during the season. Each team will have the opportunity to purchase a mulligan day at the beginning of the season to replace their lowest scoring day.

How Do We Schedule a Day of Fishing?

Once registered, simply log into your account and follow the ‘Schedule Fishing Day’ steps. NOTE: A fishing day must be scheduled by 6pm on the preceding day. After 6pm a fishing day cannot be scheduled for the following day.

Can We Cancel a Scheduled Day of Fishing?

Yes, however, that must be done in your account no later than 11pm on the preceding day. After 11pm you will not be able to cancel for the following day.

What if there is a tie?

In the event of a tie, winners will be determined by the team or individual that releases their last fish first.

What are the hook requirements?

As required by NMFS, all teams must use a non-offset circle hook in each tournament.

Do the tournaments adhere to IGFA rules?

No. While there are aspects of the tournament rules that are consistent with IGFA standards, there are some elements of the rules that deviate from IGFA mandated rules. Contact the tournament director if there are any specific questions related to tournament rules.

What method is used to verify sailfish releases in the tournament?

All releases must be documented on video by each team as stated in the rules. SD Cards are the only acceptable form of video media in the tournament. Teams must provide their own media.

How many lines can we fish?

All boats are permitted to fish up to (7) lines in the water during each tournament. A maximum of (2) teasers (artificial or natural) are allowed and do not factor into the count for the permitted number of lines in the water. Live bait teasers are not permitted.

What are the boundaries in the tournament?

North: 30.43 to 28.57

Central: 28.56 to 27.10

South:  27.09 to 25.23

Keys: 80.10 to 82.15

Releases will be scored to the boundary where they occur for zone prize categories and calcuttas.

How do we record our releases?

Following a scheduled day of fishing, a designated member from the team will log into their account to enter the release online, record what zone each release occurred in, and upload their media for review and validation of releases.

Do We Have to Call in our Releases?

No. Based on the unique format of the tournament calling in releases over the VHF or phone is not required. As part of the validation requirement of releases on video, each team will conclude each release on video with time and gps coordinates.

Is live chumming allowed in the tournament?

No. Live chumming is not permitted. Frozen chum is allowed.

What time are lines in?

8am

What time are lines out?

4pm

What is the all in cost for the tournament?

$15,500

Can we fish in different zones?

Yes! In fact we encourage it!

Can we change boats?

Yes. As long as your captain and owner stay the same, you can change boats as needed.

Tell me more about the Mulligan day!

The mulligan day is a 6th fishing day that you can purchase upfront prior to the start of the tournament. The mulligan replaces your lowest scoring day.

Can we use another day as a day for the Florida Sailfish Cup?

Yes! You can double dip and use a Quest For the Crest Tournament day as one of your Florida Sailfish Cup days.

Are we required to select all fishing days upfront all at once?

No. You can schedule your days as you go and as the season progresses.

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Imagine a fishing tournament format where teams get to decide when they fish, where they fish, and how they fish. Guess what? The all new Florida Sailfish Cup makes that concept a reality with an innovative new format that enables teams to choose their own days of fishing during the course of the season! Gone are the days of an epic sailfish bite that never lands on tournament day!

 

The Florida Sailfish Cup covers the entire east coast of Florida with 4 fishing zones and boundaries that extend from Fernandina Beach to Key West. Winners in the Florida Cup are determined based on their total number of releases recorded over 5 days of fishing. And the kicker? Every team will have the ability to buy a mulligan day at the start of the season to replace their worst day of fishing if they choose.

 

In addition to the prestige of claiming victory as the top overall team in the Florida Cup, there will also be cash awards and trophies for the top team in each zone along with overall calcuttas, zone calcuttas, dailies for the zones and overall, and cash prizes for dead bait boats as well! Let the Countdown to the Cup Begin!

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