Regulations for Fishing in the Blue Marlin Cup

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Regulations for Fishing in the Blue Marlin Cup - Blue Marlin Cup Fishing Tournament

Fishing tournaments in the Bahamas can be very competitive – and the fishing in the Blue Marlin Cup promises to be no exception! As interest in our first annual fishing tournament – which will be held on May 4, 2020 – builds, we wanted to answer some of the basic questions that are sure to arise among those who are looking forward to fishing in our tournament

Angling Regulations for the Blue Marlin Cup Fishing Tournament

When setting up the rules and regulations for the first annual Bahamas Blue Marlin Cup Fishing Tournament, we turned to the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). The IGFA is the leading authority on angling pursuits as well as the keeper of the most current World Record fishing catches. It should be noted that the IGFA has given us permission to replicate portions of their rulings for use in our tournament, but they have no involvement in the publication of our Official Regulations.


From the time that a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the angler must hook, fight, and land or boat the fish without the aid of any other person, except as provided in these regulations.

  1. If a rod holder is used and a fish strikes or takes the bait or lure, the angler must remove the rod from the holder as quickly as possible. The intent of this rule is that the angler shall strike and hook the fish with the rod in hand.
  2. (a) In the event of a multiple strike/hookup on separate lines being fished by a single angler, only the first fish hooked/fought by the angler will be considered for a catch, unless no one touches the other rod/reel(s) that are hooked up until the angler releases (or loses) the first fish that was hooked. You may not touch the other rod(s), wind on the other reel(s) or move the other rod(s) that are hooked up until you are done fighting the first fish. This includes trying to hook the other fish that are biting the other rods while you are hooked up. (b) When fishing a billfish tournament, and when the rules allow, one angler may fight multiple fish at one time, as long as the rod/reel is removed from the rod holder and fought. You may not wind the reel the while the rod is in the rod holder. 
  3. If a double line is used, the intent of the regulation is that the fish will be fought on the single line most of the time that it takes to land the fish. 
  4. A harness may be attached to the reel or rod, and may be replaced or adjusted by a person other than the angler.
  5. Use of a rod belt or waist gimbal is permitted.
  6. When the leader is brought within the grasp of the mate, or the leader connection is wound to the rod tip, more than one person is permitted to hold the leader.
  7. When it is intended the fish will be gaffed, one or more gaffers may be used in addition to persons holding the leader. The gaff handle must be in hand when the fish is gaffed.
  8. The angling and equipment regulations shall apply until the fish is weighed.


If you have questions about fishing in the Blue Marlin Cup in May of 2020, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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