WELCOME TO THE
JOHN UHR MEMORIAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
BASTANTE
July 26-30, 2017 ~ Rockport, Texas
ENTRY FEE BEFORE JUNE 30th - $1,000
ENTRY FEE  AFTER JUNE 30th   - $1,500
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All rights reserved - Bastante Tournament - 313 S. 4th St. - Rockport, Texas 78382 - 361-205-0789
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Registration, Dinner & Cash Pot Entries at Poor Man's Country Club 5:00-9:00 PM
CASH POTS CLOSE AT 9:00PM

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Boats may leave from any Texas Port at 5:00PM– Boats must state which port they are leaving from on the Tournament Entry Form.  
Make sure you understand all rules and pick up your tournament bag before 9:00PM Wednesday.  Your tournament bag will
contain important tournament information, including objects of the day for videos.  Our Early Departure Time is any time after 5 pm on
Thursday.  This allows an unhurried trip offshore during daylight hours for safety and practicality Thursday and fishing begins any time
after midnight.  Boats are allowed to catch bait on the way out.

Friday, July 28, 2017
Fishing begins at 12:01AM.  All boats are Committee Boats.  Report all billfish releases and boated blue marlin on VHF Channel 68 or call
in via Sat. Phone to phone numbers provided at Registration.  Weigh Station will open at 3:00PM Friday.  It is not mandatory to come in
Friday to weigh fish...but scales will be open from 3:00 - 6:00PM if you prefer to come in and weigh your fish.  If you call ahead & let us
know you're bringing a blue marlin in to weigh on Friday...we'll stay open later for ya...just let us know you're coming.  Phone numbers will
be in your registration packet at Kick-Off.  ALL FISH MUST BE IN EDIBLE CONDITION WHEN THEY HIT THE SCALES.  Weigh Station
closes at 6:00PM Saturday at end of tournament fishing.  ALL BOATS MUST BE INSIDE ROCKPORT HARBOR BY 6:00PM SATURDAY.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Weigh In 3:00 - 6:00PM
Weigh-In and video review begins at 3:00PM at Rockport Harbor.  Weigh Station closes at 6:00PM and ALL BOATS MUST BE INSIDE
ROCKPORT HARBOR BY 6:00PM FOR ANY FISH OR VIDEO OF RELEASES TO QUALIFY.

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Bloody Mary Tournament Awards at Poor Man's Country Club @ 11:00AM

A weather committee comprised of the tournament committee and selected registered participants may decide to postpone the
tournament in case of bad weather.  Sunday may be used as a weather day, if necessary. One day fishing constitutes the tournament.
If the tournament is cancelled due to weather, ENTRY FEES AND CASH POTS WILL BE REFUNDED 100%

Regardless of weather, the captain/owner of each vessel is responsible for decisions made regarding the safety of their vessel.

JUNGLE RULES...as far as who handles the rod & reel...
This refers to the fact that there are no angling rules other than the fish must be caught on an IGFA conventional rod and reel and
boated by hand or gaff.  Anyone may handle the fishing rod.  YOU MAY NOT PULL A FISH IN TO THE BOAT FOR A PHOTO OR
MEASUREMENT THEN COUNT AS A RELEASE WHEN YOU PUT IT BACK IN THE WATER!  NO EXCEPTIONS!!

No shooting, explosives, entangling devices, nets, longlines or other non-sporting devices may be used.

Boats must be in entrance to Rockport Harbor for Weigh In Saturday by 6:00pm for final weigh in. No exceptions.  The scales will be open
Friday at 3:00 if you want to weigh in your tournament qualifying fish...but it is not necessary or required to be in until Saturday by 6:00pm.  
BUT...ALL FISH MUST BE IN EDIBLE CONDITION TO QUALIFY...SO BE SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF ICE ON BOARD IF YOU WANT TO
STAY OUT FISHING FOR MORE QUALIFIERS!!!  THIS INCLUDES ALL SPECIES!!  Friday weigh in will be from 3:00pm to 6:00pm unless
you call ahead and let us know you're bringing in a blue marlin...we'll give you 'til 10:00pm on blue marlin.  If you can't make it in by 10...
you'll need to wait until the scales open again on Saturday at 3:00pm for final weigh in.  Again...HAVE PLENTY OF ICE ON BOARD TO
KEEP YOUR FISH IN EDIBLE CONDITION.

Each boat is allowed to weigh in 3 of each species of qualifying fish for the tournament...so if you decide to weigh fish in on Friday...those
fish count towards your 3 fish limit.  No mutilated fish will be weighed. "Mutilation" is defined as any damage, which impairs the fish's fighting
ability, and the Weigh Master will make all decisions regarding mutilation.

Boats waiting in line to weigh fish or submit videos inside the Rockport Harbor entrance area at 6:00pm will be considered on time.
All times are local CST and available on your GPS (corrected from Coordinated Universal Time)

Use your GPS for correct time.

Highest score determines the winner(s).  In the case of a tie on weighed fish, length prevails.  On released billfish, the boat with the earliest
release time wins. If there is a tie between boats with weighed fish and released fish, the boat with the most weighed points wins.
Boats are required to have a video camera to verify release of billfish. NO EXCEPTIONS.

SCORING
OUR TOURNAMENT PROMOTES THE RELEASE OF BILLFISH

This point system is designed to promote releasing smaller blue marlin.  All White Marlin and Sailfish must be released.  Blue Marlin are the
only billfish eligible for weigh-in and must be at least 102” in short length - the lower tip of the jaw to the fork of the tail.

Weighed Blue Marlin - 102" minimum - 1 point per pound +
300 bonus points if fish is over 500lbs
Blue Marlin Released - 500 Points
White Marlin Released - 150 Points
Sailfish Released - 100 Points

OPTIONAL POTS  TO BE PAID AT KICKOFF USING CASH POT SIGN UP FORM AT REGISTRATION 5:00PM - 9:00PM.        
ALL TEAMS MUST BE REGISTERED AND ON THE CASH POT BOARDS OF CHOICE BY 9:00PM WEDNESDAY

OPTIONAL CASH POTS
The Optional Cash Pots are exactly that, OPTIONAL, and are not required or included in the base entry fee
Entry into the Optional Pots is not required to be eligible for the Tournament Awards.
5% of all Pots will go towards our charities and 5% will go towards Tournament Administration Fees.

OVERALL / RELEASE DIVISION (ACCUMULATED BILLFISH POINTS)
$5,000 / $2,500 / $1,000 / $500
Top 3 places / 50-30-20 split

Optional Crew Pot - $500
Awarded to Crew with most Overall Points

WEIGHED FISH DIVISION
Blue Marlin (102" minimum): $5,000 / $2,500 / $1,000 / $500
Point per pound added to overall points
+ 300 BONUS POINTS FOR BLUES 500 POUNDS & OVER.  
If fish is less that 102" in length...no points will be awarded.

Yellowfin Tuna:  $5,000 / $2,500 / $1,000 / $500
Wahoo:  $5,000 / $2,500 / $1,000 / $500
Dolphin: $5,000 / $2,500 / $1,000 / $500
Kingfish: $5,000 / $2,500 / $1,000 / $500
20 lb. Minimum weight on Tuna, Wahoo & Dolphin (Federal minimums apply also)


VIDEO RELEASE RULES

ALL BOATS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VIDEO TO VERIFY RELEASE OF BILLFISH.
ALL BILLFISH RELEASES MUST BE REPORTED TO COMMITTEE BOATS AT TIME OF RELEASE.
You must write down the name of boat you report your release to on the Catch Report submitted at Weigh-In.

All boats will be required to present their SIGNED Catch Reports and video at the Weigh-in Station
for the Tournament Committee to review and verify.

All boats must be able to connect their camera to a TV Monitor or Laptop using standard Video Jack, VGA, HDMI or USB Port when
presenting their video for verification at the Weigh-in Station. Participants must furnish everything else needed to view their video!  You
may use GoPro as long as you film your GPS DEVICE in one continuous frame after released fish swims away clearly showing date and
time of release...the camera CAN NOT stop during this time.
 In other words...you must be able to prove...without a doubt...the
exact time your release took place.  Date and time of release is crucial.  
Species of billfish must be clear...if committee is unable to
clarify species of billfish...100 points will be rewarded.  Please have videos cued and ready to view at Weigh In.

Only releases verified by video and Tournament Committee earn points.

Each boat is responsible for its own video equipment.
It’s a good idea to film with more than one camera in case of equipment failure.

EACH RELEASE VIDEO MUST SHOW THE FOLLOWING:

Angler fighting the fish, showing the object of the day (entire fight is not necessary)

Clear identification of species.

Wireman touching the leader or with leader in hand.

Wiring and release of fish showing hook removal or cutting of leader with the fish swimming away.

THE CAMERA SHOULD NOT STOP DURING WIRING AND RELEASE OF FISH.
IF USING GO PRO...MUST CONTINUE ON TO GPS DEVICE CLEARLY SHOWING DATE AND TIME OF RELEASE.
DATE AND TIME MUST BE VISIBLE FOR VIDEO TO QUALIFY

If the wireman has the leader in hand and the hook pulls, the fish still qualifies if all other rules are satisfied.

If the fish is only identifiable as a billfish, it will score 100 points.

MORE IS BETTER
The more video we see, the easier it is for us to verify you have met all of the video release requirements.  There absolutely…positively
has to be NO GRAY AREA when it comes to making sure all of the above video requirements are met.

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Check-In and Cash Pot Sign-Up will be at
Poor Man's Country Club starting at 5:00pm and ending at 9:00pm Wednesday.
OPTIONAL POTS TO BE PAID WEDNESDAY AT REGISTRATION 5:00PM - 9:00PM .
ALL TEAMS MUST BE REGISTERED AND ON THE BOARDS BY 9:00PM WEDNESDAY.

Conduct: The committee will consider unsportsmanlike conduct as grounds for disqualification.  
Contestants are responsible for their crew’s actions. Committee decisions are final.

PROTESTS: All Protests must be submitted to Tournament Director in writing within 30 minutes after final
boat’s Weigh In Procedure is complete.  You must obtain an Official Protest Form from Tournament
Director or Weigh Master.  A $750 cash deposit must be included with the Protest.  Deposit is returned
only if Protest is upheld.  Polygraph Tests for the Protest will take place the week after the Tournament
and any affected Division Results will be awarded once disputes have been settled.  
The Tournament Committee will resolve all disputes and their decision is final.

POLYGRAPH: All participants (including captain, crew or guests) agree to submit to a polygraph test if
requested by the Tournament Committee.  Failure to submit to such an exam will result in the
disqualification of the boat, at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.  Any participant disqualified by
the Tournament Committee for cheating, attempting to cheat or any other dishonest conduct may not be
allowed to participate in future tournaments.

Tournament Awards will be Sunday at Poor Man's Country Club beginning at 11:00AM
$1,000 Early Bird Entry Fee ends June 30th ~ $1,500 Entry Fee after June 30th
N 28° 01.480' / W 097° 02.920'
A weather committee comprised of
the tournament committee and
selected registered participants
may decide to postpone the
tournament in case of bad
weather.

Sunday may be used as a
weather day, if necessary. One
day fishing constitutes the
tournament.

If the tournament is cancelled due
to weather, ENTRY FEES AND
CASH POTS WILL BE REFUNDED
100%
EACH ENTRY RECEIVES A $200 POOR MAN'S COUNTRY CLUB CARD TO SPEND ON FOOD, DRINKS OR PMCC GEAR
PLUS A BUCKET FULL OF T-SHIRTS AND OTHER GEAR FROM OUR SPONSORS!