The minimum catch dimension that will be accepted for points for the 2019 Tournament is:
20 September Friday: 150cm and above catches will be eligible to weigh. Smaller fish must be released. Not releasing these catches will cause penalties.
80# (lb) is the max line class for the Tournament. Master Class category is not applicable to Tuna Masters Teos. It is only valid for the Tuna Masters Alaçatı competition.
Use of “regulatory” harpoon is allowed; please refer to the Rules section for details.
For the TMT competition the “lines-out” time is scheduled for 16:00 o’clock, and the last weighing delivery time is 17:00 o’clock. In the case that a fish is hooked before 16.00, if the fight is continuing, the competitor has the right to an extension in order to continue the fight for an additional 45 minutes, provided the referee board is informed. The same extension is also applied to the Weigh Station Closing Time. No other fishing activity is allowed during this extension.
The Tournament Area is closed to participating boats/anglers on the Friday 21st Boats found there during controls will be subject to points and time (delayed start) penalties.
Previously caught live bait cannot be used. Live bait can only be fished/caught during tournament hours and within the tournament area; live bait caught on the first day can be kept alive and used on the second day.
All fish, including bait fish, must be fished within the Tournament Area. Such Area cannot be abandoned, even with the pretext of bait-fishing. Unless special permission is granted from the Referee Committee, Boats which are neglecting or disregarding such rules will be subjected to penalties, regardless of whatever reason.
In the specific case of Bluefin Tuna, the quota for each boat is limited to the registered number of anglers as one fish per angler and cannot be more than 4 (four) in total.
As the number of fishes per boat is indexed to the number of anglers, each fish must be caught by a different angler. As a rule, each angler has a right for one single fish. But the total number cannot exceed 4 fish per boat.
As for the calculation of weight and relative point allocation in the case of lengthwise measured Live Fish Release, because it is practically nearly impossible to take girth measurements whilst in the water, the weighted average of length/girth ratio of the landed and delivered catches for that day will be taken as the determining factor. Released fish will be evaluated accordingly.
Claims and Objections regarding rules or weighing infringements shall be submitted in writing within the first 30 minutes after such actual weighing time at latest.
Competing Boats cannot bear any brand or advertising material on their hulls or cabins. Boats which do bear those signs and/or inscriptions must either remove or permanently cover them for the whole duration of the Tournament. Non-Complying boats will be banned from the Competition.
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