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Marine Fisheries - N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament

Marine Fisheries

2014 North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament
Managed by North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

The Tournament begins January 1, 2014 and ends Midnight, December 31, 2014.
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD, ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 15, 2015.
Read and print the Tournament Requirements

Fish shall be caught in accordance with North Carolina State and Federal laws and regulations as well as the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament rules. Everyone is eligible except a charter boat captain or a crewman of a for-hire boat or anyone who offers fish for sale. Weighmasters or their employees are eligible for awards, provided a witness signs verification. Eligible waters include all North Carolina sounds, estuaries, surf, and the Atlantic Ocean. No registration fee is required.

Certificate Qualifications: All fish must be caught on hook and line and landed or brought to gaff or net by the angler. No electric or hydraulic equipment is allowed. Fish must be weighed by an authorized weighmaster (or his/her representative) at an official weigh station. Each fish must be recorded on an official application form, signed by the angler and by a weighmaster. Snagged, mutilated, scaled, speared, frozen, or shot fish are not eligible. The weighmaster reserves the right to cut, open, or mark the fish after it has been weighed.

Release Rules: Angler or mate must touch the fish or the leader. Application must be completed with exception of length and weight (false albacore, amberjack, Atlantic bonito, barracuda, cobia, black drum, jack crevalle, king mackerel, shark, striped bass, gray trout, speckled trout and red drum must have the length recorded). A witness must sign the application. 

The Official 2014 North Carolina
Saltwater Fishing Tournament Minimum Weights

SPECIES
MINIMUM WEIGHT
SPECIES MINIMUM WEIGHT
Albacore, False Release Only E Pompano, Florida 2 lbs
Amberjack 50 lbs H Porgy (Silver Snapper) 4 lbs
Atlantic Bonito 8 lbs B Sailfish Release Only A
Barracuda Release Only G Shark 150 lbs J
Bass, Black Sea 4 lbs. Sheepshead 8 lbs
Bluefish 15 lbs Spearfish Release Only A
Cobia 40 lbs D Spot 1 lb
Croaker 3 lbs Striped Bass 35 lbs G
Dolphin 35 lbs Tarpon Release Only A
Drum, Black 35 lbs F Tilefish, Gray 10 lbs
Drum, Red Release Only F Triggerfish 5 lbs
Flounder 5 lbs Trout, Gray 5 lbs B
Grouper 20 lbs Trout, Speckled 5 lbs B
Jack, Crevalle Release Only C Tuna, Bigeye 100 lbs
Mackerel, King 30 lbs G Tuna, Blackfin 20 lbs
Mackerel, Spanish 6 lbs Tuna, Bluefin 200 lbs I
Marlin, Blue 400 lbs A Tuna, Yellowfin 70 lbs.
Marlin, White Release Only A Wahoo 40 lbs.
Mullet, Sea 1 1/2 lbs    

A = Award for live release of fish, regardless of size
B = Award for live release of fish, 24 inches or longer
C = Award for live release of fish, 32 inches or longer
D = Award for live release of fish, 33 inches or longer
E = Award for live release of fish, 34 inches or longer

F = Award for live release of fish, 40 inches or longer
G = Award for live release of fish, 45 inches or longer
H = Award for live release of fish, 50 inches or longer
I =Award for live release of fish, 70 inches or longer
J = Award for live release of fish, 80 inches or longer

For more information on the NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament contact Carole Willis
 with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries at 800-682-2632 or 252-726-7021. 
Contact her via email: Carole.Y.Willis@ncdenr.gov

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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