29. The term “Release” will apply only to the Atlantic Blue Marlin for the overall Boat score. All other released Billfish specie will not be scored for the Team score.
30. A successful release should result in a tagged, live marlin swimming away from the boat after the snap swivel has reached the rod tip.
A “technical release” is not to be judged a successful release, unless the fish was properly Tagged and photo confirmed prior to its loss, as the full intention was to continue with the fight. The marlin lost is therefore judged to have won the fight.
A CLAIM FOR TAGGED & RELEASED FISH MUST BE VERIFIED BY VIDEO-CAMERA, &/OR BY STILL PHOTOGRAPH. THE MORE PHOTOS YOU HAVE, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES ARE FOR RECOGNITION OF YOUR RELEASE.
NO ACCEPTABLE PHOTO, NO POINTS
On each day of fishing a photograph of the name or silhouette of your boat or the stern board name and the daily DATE CARD posted, should be obtained BEFORE proceeding to sea be it of still OR video camera.
A Tournament Control-designated item will be used to verify the start and finish of a release. Please check with Radio Control AS SOON AS A HOOP UP IS REPORTED.
If any of the above is not done a release may not be recognized for major awards.
Release point standings are to be verified by the participant’s own digital and/or video camera with an image that can verify the time and date the photo was taken. The Tournament 2011 will still strive to provide disposable 35mm cameras but it remains the ultimate responsibility of the boat to convince the Rules Committee 2012 of the specie and Tagged Release of the fish-release claimed.
It will remain the ultimate responsibility of the Boat or Team Captain to ensure and provide adequate and acceptable proof of a Tag & Release claim to the Rules & Disciplinary Committee.
31. Apparently dead fish can often be successfully resuscitated by going ahead slowly, holding the fish upright for some time while allowing seawater to gently flow through the gills.
32. All successful Tag & Release of Atlantic Blue Marlin will gain 100 points credit toward the Tony Myers Trophy and will also be counted as a marlin caught for purposes of awards and statistics.
For clarification on the rules, please feel free to contact Ron Duquesnay at (876) 927-0145 or firstname.lastname@example.org