August 6 - 8, 2020 - 30 Teams

Q & A ver. 12-4

Q. What is the maximum number of boats which can fish in the Invitational?
A. 30.

Q. How can I enter?
A. Request an Invitation by calling Jim Cox at (251) 802-2664, or by email:

Q. How much is the deposit?
A. $5,000.

Q. If we withdraw prior to the tournament can we get our money back?
A. Absolutely, 100%.

Q. Can we depart from any port on the Gulf of Mexico?
A. Yes.

Q. Where is weigh-in and catch & release video scoring located?
A. The Wharf Marina

Q. Is the $1M payout based on 30 boats?
A. Yes.

Q. What if less than 30 boats participate?
A. The payout will be adjusted accordingly.

Q. If no eligible Blue Marlin are weighed, will the winner be determined by total catch & release points?
A. Yes.

Q. If the tournament is won by catch & release points only, will first place pay $1M?
A. Yes.

Q. Will there be an alternate list once the event sells out?
A. Yes. A $5,000 fully refundable deposit secures a position on the list.

Q. When is the final payment of entry fees due?
A. August 1st.

Q. Do we need to register each angler on the boat?
A. No. Anyone on the boat may be an angler. But, tournament rules require a list of everyone onboard the boat prior to departure.

Q. Will there be optional cash awards or jackpot categories?
A. No, this is an 'all-in' format

Q. Can we weigh in game fish?
A. No.

Q. Can teams catch bait prior to 'lines in'?
A. Yes.

Q. Will winning captains be subject to a polygraph test?
A. Yes.

Q. What are some typical polygraph questions which may or may not be part of a polygraph test?
A. Leader length, lines in time, Blue Marlin culling, rod handoff, live-bait, lure/dead bait hook combinations along with other regular big game billfish tournament polygraph questions.

Q. It is necessary to attend the rules meeting at the Wharf?
A. No, the final rules will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Q. How is a tie broken 2nd - 4th place if there are combination of weighed Blue Marlin and Release points involved?
A. First team to reach the highest total points first.

Q. We're fishing the Triple Crown Championship and want to leave our boat at the Wharf Marina after the Blue Marlin Grand Championship until the Invitational. Will dockage be available?
A. Yes, contact Beverly Morgan at (251) 215-2612