Official Derby Rules

AWARDING OF PRIZES:
DAILY:
First, second, third and fourth prizes will be awarded on a daily basis for each species, division and category, except False Albacore (Little Tunny).During the run of the Derby an angler may win only one first, one second, one third and one fourth daily prize for each species, category and division. If an angler qualifies for a prize he has already won, he/she will be awarded the highest prize for which he/she is eligible. Other winners that day, in order of their eligibility, will be adjusted to receive prizes left vacant.

  • A Hat Trick will be awarded to an angler who wins first, second, third, and fourth Daily Prizes in a category. A special pin will be awarded for this achievement. 1 per person, per species.

WEEKLY:
Weekly awards will be given to the largest fish in each category of each division and species, including False Albacore (Little Tunny), for each week of the Derby. The weeks end after the last weigh-in on each of the following days: (Saturday, September 19; Saturday, September 26; Saturday, October 3; Saturday, October 10; Saturday, October 17).

OVERALL AND GRAND:
At the end of the Derby, overall prizes will be awarded for the three largest fish in each category of each division and species, including False Albacore (Little Tunny).The largest fish of each species from boat and shore, regardless of division, will also be awarded the Grand Leader Prize for the category and species. Winners of the species grand prizes will also receive their divisional grand prizes.

TRIPLE CROWN:
This category is open to all divisions. There will be separate awards for All Tackle and Fly rod Divisions. At the end of the Derby, first, second and third awards, both boat and shore, in both divisions, will be made to the angler who weighs-in the heaviest aggregate (total weight) of the three species of fish in the tournament – Bluefish, Bonito and False Albacore. Anglers who achieve a TRIPLE CROWN will be awarded a special pin.

FALSE ALBACORE (LITTLE TUNNY):
False Albacore (Little Tunny) are eligible for weekly, overall, grand and triple crown awards. They are not eligible for daily awards. False Albacore length limit is 25”.

  • There is a bag limit for False Albacore. Only three False Albacore are allowed per registration during the Derby. This includes any False Albacore presented to the Weigh- Master, even fish under 25”.

IN THE EVENT OF A TIE:
The first registered fish wins.

IN PROCESS DERBY CANCELLATION
In the event that the Derby is cancelled at any point after it has begun the current standings in all divisions will be considered final and leaders will receive the applicable award and any associated prize.

UNCLAIMED PRIZES:
Grand prize winner is responsible for all applicable taxes and fees.

Prizes not claimed from the Derby Chairperson, including the grand prize, by December 31, will be forfeited.