Bermuda Big Game Classic Awards 2014
Unofficial Prizes & Awards
While all efforts are made to keep this information current,
all rules and awards published on this website shall be considered
unofficial. Official rules and awards will be distributed and announced
at the registration check-in and captains meeting.
Base Entry Fee†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
All teams pay a tournament base entry fee of $3,000. This is
not optional. The tournament base entry fee prize money will be
disbursed to the winners accordingly: 35 percent goes to the tournament;
the remaining 65 percent goes to the top three team point
leaders and largest game fish. The scoring
system includes 500 points for each blue marlin release, 1 point
per pound for blue marlin at or over the 500-pound minimum weight, 200
points for each white marlin, spearfish release and sailfish release.
Team Division Awards
Bermuda Department of Tourism First-Place Team - 30 percent
Miles Market Second-Place Team -20 percent
Garmin Third-Place Team - 10 percent
Fairmont Hamilton Princess Biggest Game Fish - 5 percent
PW Marine High-Point Angler - Trophy and Prize Package
Ocean Blue Graphics High-Point Lady Angler - Trophy and Prize
Steve Goione High-Point Junior Angler (age 17 and younger) -
Trophy and Prize Package
In the event of a tie the team reaching the highest score fist wins with the other team assuming the next award position. This is based on the time of release and boated time of billfish.† In the event that no game fish meeting the 25-pound minimum weight are caught, the 5 percent in the game-fish pool will be split evenly among the first- through third-place teams.
Butterfield &Vallis Daily Billfish Release Jackpot - 90
percent payback. The fee to get into the optional Daily Billfish
Release Jackpot is $2,000 and is optional. The Daily Billfish Release Jackpot covers
all three days of fishing. For example, the Jackpot awards go
to the team that scores the most billfish release points each day.
The daily billfish release prize consists of one-third of the total
jackpot money. If no billfish are released on an individual day, the
jackpot rolls over to the next day. If on the final day of fishing no
billfish are released, then the final-day jackpot money goes to the
previous day’s winner(s). Only teams entered in the Daily Billfish
Release Jackpot will be eligible for these cash awards.
Atlantic Water Development Day 1 Billfish Release Jackpot -
one-third of total pot
Island Construction Day 2 Billfish Release Jackpot - one-third of
King Sailfish Day 3 Billfish Release Jackpot - one-third of total
Bacardi Daily Blue Marlin Jackpot - 90 percent payback.
The fee to get into the optional Daily Blue Marlin Jackpot is
$2,000 and is optional. The Daily Blue Marlin jackpot covers all three days of fishing.
For example, the Jackpot awards go to the largest blue marlin
(by weight) caught each day that meets or exceeds the minimum weight
requirement of 500 pounds. The daily jackpot prize will consist
of one-third of the total jackpot money. If no fish that reach the
minimum weight on an individual day are weighed, the jackpot
rolls over to the next fishing day. If on the final day of fishing no
fish that exceed the minimum weight limits are caught, then the
final day’s jackpot money goes to the previous day’s winner(s).
If no qualifying fish are caught, the Daily Blue Marlin Jackpot will
be awarded to the top billfish release point team of each day of
competition. If all teams entered in the Daily Blue Marlin Jackpot
fail to earn billfish release points during any day of competition,
the jackpot rolls over to the next day’s or the previous day’s winners.
Only teams entered in the Daily Blue Marlin Jackpot will be
eligible for these cash awards.
Pettit Paints Day 1 Marlin Jackpot - one-third of total pot
Vanmark Jewelry Day 2 Marlin Jackpot - one-third total pot
Geoffrey Smith Day 3 Marlin Jackpot - one-third total pot
Gregory Poole Marine Power, Pantropic Power, Ring Power,
Ransome and Foley Power Systems Caterpillar Largest Blue
Marlin Jackpot - 90 percent payback.
The fee for this category is $3,000 and is optional. The Largest Blue
Marlin Jackpot will be awarded to the team catching the largest blue
marlin of the tournament over the three days of fishing. If no teams
registered in the Largest Blue Marlin Jackpot catch a qualifying marlin
over the minimum weight, the jackpot will be awarded to the top three
billfish release point teams of the tournament and will
be split accordingly: First place 50%, Second Place 30% third place
20%. Only teams registered in the Largest Blue Marlin Jackpot will be
eligible for this cash award.
ARGO Group Overall Billfish Release Points Jackpot - 90 percent payback.
The fee for this category is $3,000 and is optional. The Overall
Billfish Release Points Jackpot will be awarded to the top three teams with the most
overall billfish release points of the tournament over the three days
of fishing and be awarded accordingly; First place 50%, Second Place 30%, Third Place 20%. Only teams registered in the Most Overall Billfish Release Points
Jackpot will be eligible for these cash awards.
Marlin Magazine Manufacturers Cup Division
Marlin magazine recognizes the huge effort made by those crews
steaming to Bermuda from the states and Caribbean to fish the
Bermuda Big Game Classicóthe longest sea crossing without any fueling
station, watering hole or landmass along the way for any billfish
tournament. To show our support to you, the competitor, we have
come up with yet another way to showcase your talentsóthe Marlin
Magazine Manufacturers Cup.
The banks off Bermuda possess the most consistent large-blue-marlin
fishery in the world, once again testing the machines and crews of both
visiting and Bermuda boats like no other tournament. The owners of
the vessels already fishing the event represent the most competitive
teams from the top boat manufacturers in the world.
Marlin Magazine and the leading manufacturers of sport-fishing yachts
have put together this very unique division within the tournament. All
teams fishing the tournament in boats produced by sponsoring manufacturers
will be eligible to win the Marlin Magazine Manufacturers
Cup. The winning team will be awarded cash, prizes and recognition in a Marlin Magazine in a two page spread and a plaque on the perpetual Bermuda Big Game Classic trophy.
Here’s how it works:
Each boat builder entered into the division will post a $2,000 entry
fee into the division. If we have 6 manufacturers enter, the total purse
would be $12,000. Any team fishing aboard a boat that is built by the
sponsoring manufacturer will be competing for the total cash purse and
the title on behalf of the sponsoring manufacturer.
The 2014 Marlin Magazine Manufacturer’s Cup has six manufacturers competing so far: Spencer Yachts, Viking Yachts, Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Winter Custom Yachts, American Custom Yachts and Merritt Boat and Engine Works. All are supporting their owners in this special division within the tournament. Viking Yachts won the 2013 award with team Fa-La-Me. If you’ll be fishing on board one of these makes, you will be automatically entered in the added competition for more cash, prizes and recognition.
Each participant agrees to submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location as determined by the Tournament management, and at the discretion of Tournament management, following the end of the competition. Failure to successfully pass such an examination may result in a test of a second team member; in the event of failure by the second team member, the team shall be disqualified.
Any team receiving cash awards must fill out a prize disbursement form
prior to receiving any funds or prizes. Each registered team representative
is in control of any winnings and must sign this form. All winnings
will be sent FedEx to the winners once all funds have cleared the bank.