June 2019

  Lets Go Fishing and Reel In the Big One!! SFCA Fishing Tournament Rules and Information  


  Date: Friday, June 14, 2019


  • 7:30 AM Bimini Start (all boats start together) from the buoy outside Hillsboro Inlet. You may start later at your discretion. All boats should monitor VHF channel 74.
  • 1:30 PM (sharp!!) weigh-in at the Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club.


  • Bimini start – Whistling buoy outside the Hillsboro Inlet (Big Red and White thing floating offshore and slightly south of the inlet).
  • Weigh In/Award Ceremony – Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club.


  • Registration fee for unlimited anglers is $250 per boat. You may register at the SFCA website. This fee is the same for private boats or chartered boats.
  • Lunch only fee is $40 per person.

Type of Tournament:

  • This is a boat/team tournament. All fish must be entered for official weigh-in in the presence of a boat/team representative.

Angling Rules:

  • There are no IGFA or any other angling rules applied. Catch your fish using any means possible other than electric reels. Spearfishing is also prohibited. Any bait, including live bait, is permitted.
  • All participants must have a valid Florida Saltwater fishing license. Please visit http://myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/ for more information.

Eligible Species:

  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Tuna, Kingfish, and Wahoo. All fish must be presented at weigh-in in fresh, edible condition and caught during tournament hours. All fish must meet the minimum required legal length. Frozen, packaged, or mutilated fish will not be weighed.


  • Nine fish per boat will be entered at the final weigh-in with up to 3 fish from each eligible species. The tournament winner will be the boat that has the highest combined weight of all nine fish.


  • There will be a total of six prizes: 1) 1 st Place overall weight 2) 2 nd Place overall weight 3) 3 rd Place overall weight 4) 1 st Place single fish weight 5) 2 nd place single fish weight 6) 3 rd place single fish weight.


  • This is an open ocean tournament within US Territorial and International Waters. Fishing in Bahamian Waters is prohibited. Tournament officials reserve the right to check the boat’s chart plotter breadcrumb trails.


  • In the event of unsafe weather or sea conditions, tournament officials may choose to postpone the tournament. Captains are ultimately responsible for their crew and should make the decisions regarding sea and weather conditions.


  • Any protests concerning the conduct of an angler or rules violation must be filed in writing to tournament officials no later than 3 PM on the day of the tournament. Do not put lead weights in your fish as the lead will melt and ruin most grills. Anyone found guilty of cheating will be banned for life from the fishing tournament but will probably be highly sought after for the SFCA Golf Tournament. If you are caught kidnapping a fellow angler in an attempt to keep them from participating and thus gain an advantage, you will be banned for one year. You can appeal the decision and will probably be reinstated. All decisions made by SFCA President and/or Chairman Tom Worthington are final.
  • If you need any additional information or have any questions please contact Tom Worthington at 954-218-6394 or Tworthington@sealimited.com


Paulo Barbosa
South Florida Claims Association