The 2021 IGFA Light Tackle Open

Sailfish Marina, Palm Beach Shores, FL
February 9-11, 2021

The International Game Fish Association invites you to the 2021 IGFA Light Tackle Open!

This exclusive two-day tournament will take place during peak sailfish season in South Florida. With a maximum line class of 12-pound and strict adherence to IGFA Angling Rules, the IGFA Light Tackle Open is a great platform for light tackle anglers from around the world to showcase their skills and sportsmanship. 

We are excited to host this premier event out of the celebrated Sailfish Marina Resort, located in beautiful Palm Beach Shores, Florida. All proceeds from the IGFA Light Tackle Invitational will benefit the IGFA Great Marlin Race, the world’s most extensive billfish satellite tagging program, securing the future of billfish stocks across the globe through productive science.

 

 

The entry fee for the IGFA Light Tackle Invitational is $3,000 per boat. Your boat’s registration fee covers all food and beverages at the three events taking place during the tournament, in addition to the tournament bags.
Teams are responsible for chartering or providing their own boats for the tournament.

The IGFA Light Tackle Open has partnered with CatchStat to ensure a smooth and seamless registration and accurate, live scoring during the event. Please click below to register for the tournament.

For any questions, please contact IGFA at 954-927-2628 or [email protected].

 

 

Schedule of Events

All events listed below will take place at Sailfish Marina Resort. We encourage all anglers, their guests, and crew members to attend the social events during the tournament. Schedules are subject to change depending on the COVID pandemic. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Captains Meeting & Kick-Off Party

Team Registration Open
4 PM

Captain’s Meeting
6 PM

(Casual Attire)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
First Day of Fishing & Dock Party

Lines In
8:30 AM

Lines Out
3:30 PM

Dock Party & Steel Drum Band
4 PM – 6 PM

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Final Day of Fishing & Awards Ceremony

Lines In
8:30 AM

Lines Out
3:30 PM

Awards Ceremony
6:30 PM

(Jacket Optional)

 

Accommodations

All events for the 2021 IGFA Light Tackle Open will be hosted at the Sailfish Marina Resort, however boats participating in the tournament are not required to dock at Sailfish Marina Resort.

Listed below is the contact information for additional docking and lodging options outside of the host venue, Sailfish Marina Resort.  

Marinas

Riviera Beach Marina
200 East 13th Street
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
561-842-7806
https://marinavillagepalmbeach.com/

Cannonsport Marina
182 Lake Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33404
561-848-7469
www.cannonsportmarina.com

Rybovich
4200 N Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
561-840-8178
www.rybovich.com

Palm Harbor Marina
400 North Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-655-4757
www.palmharbor-marina.com

Lodging

Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa
3800 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, FL 33404
561-340-1700
www.marriott.com

Atlantic Shores Vacation Villas
100 Bamboo Road
Palm Beach Shores, FL 33404
561-231-0230
www.atlanticshoresvacation.com

Palm Beach Shores Resort & Vacation Villas
181 S Ocean Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33404
561-863-4000
www.pbsr.com

Singer Island Resort & Spa
3800 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, FL 33404
561-214-4498 
www.singerislandresortandspa.net

Tournament Rules

The Captain’s Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at Sailfish Resort & Marina. A team representative must be in attendance, as rules are subject to change.

1. GENERAL REGULATIONS

Boats and anglers must comply with all state and federal fishing regulations and licensing requirements. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. All boats must carry appropriate liability insurance.

2. FISHING DAYS & HOURS

Fishing days for the 2021 IGFA Light Tackle Open are Wednesday, February 10, 2021, and Thursday, February 11, 2021. 

The tournament will begin with the call of “lines in” at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m. for all fishing days of the tournament.

Any game fish requiring a weigh-in must arrive at the scales prior to 5:30 p.m. There are no lay days or weather days, unless determined by the tournament officials. Fish at your own risk.

3.BOUNDARIES & DEPARTURE

Northern Boundary: St. Lucie Power Plant (27.3473° N, 80.2449° W)

Southern Boundary: Hillsboro Inlet (26.2595° N, 80.0825° W)

All boats must confirm over VHF Channel 79 their departure each morning between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. EST.

4. ANGLING & EQUIPMENT

All IGFA International Angling Rules apply.  

  • All anglers are required to fish with the tournament-provided Ande Tournament 6 kg (12 lb) monofilament line.
    • Boats will be sent bulk spools of line upon registration. 
    • Random line samples may be requested. 
  • The use of backing is permissible per IGFA rules.
  • Top shots must be a minimum of 5 meters (16 feet, 4 inches) in length.
  • Leader (any material) is limited to 15 feet including floats/corks and is measured to the bend of the last hook. 
  • Double line is limited to 15 feet.
  • The combined length of the double line and leader shall not exceed 20 feet. 

5. TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC RULES

  • Any type of live, dead or artificial bait can be used. 
  • Teams are required to declare to whether they used live bait, dead bait, or artificial upon the release of any fish. 
  • Four anglers per team/boat, per day, are permitted, with no restrictions.
  • Professional offshore captains and crew members are not permitted to be registered anglers. The tournament will evaluate this on a case by case basis. 
  • A maximum of four lines (with hooks) are permitted at any one time. An unlimited amount of hookless baits or teasers are allowed.
  • “J” hooks may be used on artificial lures only.
  • Natural baits (alive or dead) must be deployed with only a single, non-offset circle hook. 

6. TOURNAMENT SPECIES
Blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, and spearfish are eligible for catch and release only. Dolphinfish, king mackerel (kingfish), tuna, and wahoo are eligible for weight categories. Little tunny, commonly known as bonito, are not eligible for the tuna category. 

7. REPORTING OF BILLFISH RELEASE
A billfish release must be called into the tournament scorekeeper on Channel 79 with the following information:

    1. Species released
    2. Live bait or dead bait confirmation
    3. Boat name
    4. Angler name

The tournament scorekeeper will then verify your information by announcement and give you a release time, which must be recorded on your daily catch report and turned in at the end of the fishing day, with your video evidence. If you lose your fish prior to release (i.e. jump-off, pulled hook, etc.) please inform the tournament scorekeeper as soon as possible.

8. CATCH & RELEASE RULES
All billfish must be released to qualify. A billfish is considered released when: a) the swivel between the mainline or double line and leader hits the rod tip, b) the mate grabs the leader or, c) the wind-on leader comes through the rod tip. 

Please release the fish in good condition by either removing the hook-set or cutting the leader as close to the hook-set as possible. “Popping” the leader is not a good method of healthy release, and we ask that you refrain from doing so.

9. CATCH & RELEASE POINTS

Dead Bait & Artificial Lures

  • Blue Marlin: 500 points
  • White Marlin: 400 points
  • Spearfish: 400 points
  • Sailfish: 300 points

Live Bait

  • Blue Marlin: 400 points
  • White Marlin: 300 points
  • Spearfish: 300 points
  • Sailfish: 200 points

WEIGHT SCORING

Awards will be given to the angler that catches the heaviest of the eligible weight species, which includes dolphinfish, king mackerel, tuna, and wahoo. Release points will not be awarded for weight species.

10. CATEGORIES & AWARDS

ANGLER RELEASE CATEGORY

Top Angler

Second Place Angler

Third Place Angler 

In case of a tie the winner will be determined by which angler/boat reaches the number of points that resulted in the tie first.

BOAT RELEASE CATEGORY

Top Boat

Second Place Boat

Third Place Boat

In case of a tie the winner will be determined by which angler/boat reaches the number of points that resulted in the tie first.

WEIGHT CATEGORIES

Heaviest Dolphinfish

Heaviest King Mackerel

Heaviest Tuna (little tunny/bonito not eligible)

Heaviest Wahoo 

Ties on weight fish will be broken by the length of the fish. 

11. CATCH & RELEASE VERIFICATION

It is the responsibility of each team to provide the tournament officials which sufficient video evidence to verify the release of each catch, and the identity of each billfish released. The tournament supplied daily catch report must be completed and submitted along with your video footage at the designated Sailfish Marina location no later than 120 minutes (2 hours) after “Lines Out” on each day of fishing.

  • Video Requirement: All billfish releases must be verified in a continuous video footage sequence, from the time video evidence confirms the identification of the fish, until the leader is touched and then cut at the time of release. Failure to qualify species and release of fish will result in the disqualification of fish. Each team is responsible for providing their own video camera and the appropriate media to record video footage that documents the releases on their boat. The preferred video formats are SD cards.
  • Release Verification: This video documentation submitted must clearly identify the fish as well as the official release of the fish (see above for release qualifications). 
  • Video/Content Release: Video footage submitted becomes property of the IGFA and may be used for all promotional purposes. All registered captains, anglers, and occupants of their boats consent that tournament officials may use all video content without payment or restriction.
  • Release Confirmation: All billfish releases (time of release) must be radioed/phoned to the tournament scorekeeper; time on SD card is not official tournament time. Each release will be audibly verified on the VHF via Channel 79. It is the responsibility of each boat to have a sufficient VHF radio and/or cellular phone. Tournament standings will be reported on the radio at the start and conclusion of each day. Live scoring via internet will be available throughout the tournament. 
  • If fish are being fought at “Lines Out” time, the captain MUST report the number of fish hooked up before lines out, and only those fish, if successfully released,
    will count.
  • Disputes & Protests– All disputes will be settled by the tournament officials. All decisions are final.

 

Video Evidence: General Instructions & Suggestions

  • Be sure that your camera meets Tournament requirements prior to its start.
  • Be sure to possess the appropriate cables, adapters, cards, readers, etc. to allow the tournament officials to download your evidence, if needed.
  • Designate a qualified team member familiar with your camera operation to bring the evidence (and Daily Report Form) to the tournament officials.
  • Have two cameras recording during the fight. Back up is never a bad idea.
  • Be sure to have batteries fully charged and extra batteries, SD cards, etc. on hand.
  • Recordings should be cued up for tournament official review.
  • Be familiar with your equipment.
  • Test your equipment prior to the Tournament start.
  • Designate someone to record the release evidence, be familiar with the equipment and the tournament rules.
  • Do not store the equipment in an air-conditioned environment to avoid fogging.
  • Underwater video (i.e. use of a GoPro or other underwater device) is the best way to positively identify your billfish species.
  • Be sure you have captured all the evidence necessary for qualification prior to submission.

Live Scoring:

Scoring for the 2021 IGFA Light Tackle Open is provided by CatchStat.  Started in 2005 CatchStat has provided live-scoring to over 200 tournaments around the world. The CatchStat team is a group of talented software programmers that are also experienced anglers. The team is constantly upgrading and updating the CatchStat scoring engine to ensure that customers always utilize the latest technology and mobile-ready platforms.

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