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2014 "Mako Mania" Rules and Regulations*

  1. At least one representative MUST attend the Captain's Meeting (Friday- June 21st at 6:30 PM) to register and receive pertinent tournament information.

  2. All boats MUST display an entry number on the port and starboard sides of their vessel.

  3. A boat may fish on Saturday, June 22nd or Sunday, June 23rd: Captain's choice, one day fishing only! Or take advantage of the TWO DAY OPTION: a boat may fish both days by submitting two applications and two entry fees.
    Both entry forms and fees MUST be turned in at the Captain's Meeting (Friday, June 21st)

  4. Mandatory Check-out will be required, between 5:30AM and 6:00AM on the morning(s) you intend to fish. The check-out location and procedure will be announced at the Captains meeting.

  5. Boats can start the tournament fishing via the Manasquan, Shark River, or Barnegate Inlets to qualify for prizes.

  6. All boats MUST finish via the Manasquan Inlet to qualify for prizes.

  7. Boats may leave the inlet of choice immediately after the confirmed check-out by the Mako Mania official.

  8. The Weigh Station will open at 4:00PM. No sharks will be weighed prior to 4:00PM.

  9. Any boat that intends to weigh in a mako shark, must pass through the mouth of the Manasquan inlet (between the rock jetties) prior to 7:00PM on the day they elected to fish. NO EXCUSES!

  10. This is a MAKO ONLY tournament: 66" minimum fork length. For conservation purposes, it is requested that all other sharks be tagged and released.

  11. All makos, 66" and over in fork length, will be judged by weight only.

  12. All sharks MUST be caught on rod and reel, 130 pound class maximum.

  13. There will be a maximum 6 anglers per boat and a maximum of 6 lines in the water at one time.

  14. Boats SHALL NOT fish within a one half a mile of another boat. While under way, please avoid established chum slicks and pass up wind of other fisherman.

  15. Positively NO TRANSFERRING of sharks between vessels at the dock prior to weigh-in.

  16. Mako sharks to be weighed in shall be in their natural state. No jaws wired.

  17. Boats may only retain and weigh in one mako shark as per National Marine Fisheries regulations.

  18. The Tournament Committee has the right to retain all eligible makos for internal inspection by the Tournament Committee and/or a marine biologist.

  19. VHF, Channel 69 will be used for all tournament related communications. Please keep it clear. Channel 70 will be utilized as a first alternate.

  20. All boats MUST report any mako caught, 66" and over, to a Committee Boat via VHF channel 69, immediately after the shark has been landed.

  21. Any boat assisting a disabled vessel MUST report the circumstances immediately to a Committeeman via channel 69.

  22. ALL CONTESTANTS PARTICIPATE, FISH, AND SAIL AT THEIR OWN RISK! The Captain and crew are solely responsible for deciding whether or not to fish.

  23. There is no "WEATHER DAY". Any Captain concerned about the safety of his crew and vessel due to a severe weather conditions may apply for a refund from the Tournament Committee. Requests for a refund will only be accepted at the Captains Meeting or up until 7:00AM, Saturday June 26th. Refunds are subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. Maritime law prevails.

  24. The Tournament may be altered, canceled, postponed or extended to other dates by the Tournament Committee.

  25. In the event that the Tournament is cancelled, or no eligible mako sharks are landed, winners will be determined by a drawing from a hat. There will be no refunds.

  26. In case of a tie, the first fish weighed in will take the position.

  27. In the event that all six places are not filled, the remaining prize money will be split proportionately between the other winners.

  28. In the event three hundred boats are not entered, a proportionate percentage of the prize money will be awarded.

  29. To win the 2012 GMC Sierra Truck, the N. J. State Record for short fin mako must be exceeded (currently 856 pounds). Any qualifying mako must be approved and accepted by the N. J. Record Fish Program, Div. Of Fish and Wildlife and the Insurance Company. Only one vehicle/prize will be awarded to the heaviest record breaker. N.J. sales tax is the responsibility of the prize winner.

  30. There will be no refunds, for any reason, one hour after the start of the final day of fishing.

  31. All Tournament Committee decisions are final.

  32. All winners MUST submit their social security number or corporate I.D. number prior to the award of prize money.

  33. Checks will be made out to the entrants name listed on the application form unless a note, signed by the entrant, depicts otherwise.

  34. Every boat contending MUST be equipped with a working VHF radio, all USCG mandatory safety equipment and EPIRB.

  35. Your Captains Bag (received at registation) will contain an additional copy of these Rules and Regulations.

  36. All contestants must read the rules and regulations and agree to abide by them.
* This copy of the rules is included here for the convenience of site visitors. The official rules are contained the tournament entry form, and shall govern in the event of a discrepancy with the content on this page.
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