2018 Shootout Rules

  1. The Northeast Florida Wahoo Shootout will run from Saturday, February 3, 2018 through Saturday, March 31, 2018.
  2. Each boat will be eligible to fish a maximum of 3 days. The Captain must declare their fishing day no later than 9:00 pm the day before by notifying the tournament committee by email or text. You may email paul@wahooshootout.com
    or text 904-669-3417 to declare a fishing day.
  3. The heaviest 3 fish aggregate will be the Northeast Florida Wahoo Shootout Winner.
  4. Each boat will be eligible to weigh up to 2 Wahoo per day. If more than 3 fish are weighed through out the tournament, the smaller weights will be dropped.
  5. You may leave and return from any inlet of your choice but may not deploy baits outside of the boundaries.
  6. All fish must be weighed at Strike-Zone Fishing in Jacksonville or Melbourne, between 6:00 and 7:00 pm the day of fishing or between 9:00 and 11:00 am the next day except for Sunday, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. No mutilated fish will be accepted.
  7. This is a no checkout tournament. You may fish from 7:00 am till 5:00 pm. You must return to the inlet of your choice by 8:00 pm on your designated fishing day.
  8. The Captain and crew of all entrants are subject to a polygraph at anytime during the tournament. Winning Captains WILL be required to submit and pass a polygraph test prior to being presented any prize. Failure to submit to a polygraph test automatically revokes all claims to prizes and disqualifies the Captain and crew from the tournament.
  9. A maximum of 6 lines are allowed. No electric reels. Wire Lines are allowed. A digital photograph with the tournament issued boat number is required on the water after the fish has been landed.
  10. The winner of the Northeast Florida Wahoo Shootout does not have to weigh 3 fish. If a boats 2 fish are heavier than another boats 3 then the boat with the most weight will be declared the winner. In the event of identical weights for any aggregate category, the tie will be broken on the teams largest fish of those weighed in. In the category of largest fish, the tie will be broken upon earliest weighed fish.
  11. You may undeclare a fishing day for whatever reason by 8 am via cell phone or email of the declared fishing day one time for mechanical failure if a line has not been deployed. You may undeclared multiple times due to weather before leaving the inlet. You may substitute a boat once if the substitute boat is not registered in the tournament.
  12. Use of flying drones during this tournament is prohibited.
  13. Only one prize per boat excluding
    Tournament-Within-A-Tournament (TWT).
  14. Boundary is latitude 28.15.000 South and 31.50.000 North. All boats must fish in the Atlantic Ocean in US waters.
  15. All decisions by tournament committee are final.
  16. Entry fee will be $550 per boat until December 31, 2017 and $600 from that point until February 2, 2018.
  17. The Captains Meeting – Kickoff Party
    will be Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 4:00pm at
    St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club
    401 Gun Club Road • St. Augustine, Florida 32095
  18. All declared boats must check in by phone call with Paul Dozier (904) 669-3417 by 8:00 pm on their declared day of fishing.

2018 Shootout Weather

This is a Captain’s Choice tournament. Each captain is solely responsible for the safety of his or her vessel and crew at all times. Captains and crews are responsible for following any federal, state and local fishing or boating laws. We encourage all Captains to heed any weather warnings or dangerous weather conditions, as safety is paramount. It is up to each Participant to determine whether their craft is seaworthy for the conditions of any given fishing day.

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You Pick Your Fishing Days…You Get Three!
57 Days to Choose From
February 3, 2018 Thru March 31, 2018