FISHING RULES

Designations “Great South Bay” shall mean the body of water inside the Sore Thumb at Fire Island Inlet to the Smith’s Point Bridge to the Babylon Cut. ”Other” shall mean all other Long Island waters.

Eligible Fish
Eligible species are as listed in the Club Records. Fish must be taken in Long Island or adjacent waters and must be weighed in by a recognized weigh master on Long Island at the conclusion of a single voyage without the vessel having fueled at any intervening port unless such port is on Long Island. Fish must be taken by rod and reel in a sportsmen-like manner in accordance with the Law. The fishing committee shall be responsible for accepting or denying any weigh-slip in question. Fish must be caught by a member in good standing. Weigh slips are to be filled out completely and the weigh slip must be delivered to the Fishing Committee Chairman as per the Club’s By-Laws. Fish may not be caught on vessels manned by paid captain or crewmembers unless the Club has hired such persons, but this shall not be deemed to prohibit the renting of boats. Fish must be of minimum weight for its specie to be considered for monthly or annual species award. However fish to be eligible for tournaments can satisfy state or federal regulations unless otherwise stated in the tournament rules. Dressed fish shall be evaluated using the dressed weight. All Tuna are to be at minimum, bled to promote conservation. Fish caught on Club special events, such as those caught on Club Charter Tournaments shall be eligible for prizes for that day only.

Tournaments
The designated tournament captain shall conduct tournaments. Tournament captains shall act as weigh master and are responsible for all judgment calls and decisions for their tournaments. Tournament captains are also responsible to provide arrangements for tournament accommodations including food, drinks, event photos for the yearbook, scales, etc. They are also responsible to record the tournament results and to provide the Fishing Committee Chairman with copies of the results as well as all weigh slips collected for their tournament. All tournament prizes shall be obtained by the tournament captain and awarded to the winning members at the conclusion of each tournament. All anglers must be club members in good standing. Members’ wives / girlfriends and children under the age of 17 shall be eligible for tournament prizes. Tournament specifics such as eligible species, tournament format, prizes offered, tournament captain, date, place and time are detailed in the Club Event Calendar. For “Single Day” tournaments fishing is restricted to the date of the event and fish must be present at the weigh-in. “Seven Day” tournaments begin on a Monday and the weigh-in is held on the following Sunday. All seven days may be fished. Weigh slips for fish caught during the week shall be presented to the tournament captain at the weigh in and fish caught on Sunday must be present at the weigh in. “Sunday plus One” tournaments start on a Monday and conclude with the weigh in on Sunday. Participants are allowed to fish the Sunday of the weigh in plus one other day during the tournament. Whichever day chosen to fish must be declared to the tournament captain at least one day prior to fishing. The time listed for the tournament is the weigh in deadline except for vessels assisting other vessels in distress, in which case the decision shall be left to the tournament captain. VHF channel 70 shall be used for club related communication.

Prizes
Tournament Prizes – Each tournament shall bear its own prize schedule, which is outlined on the Club’s Event Schedule. Prizes are to be acquired by the tournament captain and presented to the tournament winners at the conclusion of the tournament weigh in. Prizes shall be in the form of fishing related gift certificates and/or merchandise. (Women’s and children’s prizes may stray from being fishing related.)

Monthly and Annual Species - Members catching the largest of each species are figured for each month and for the year. Awards are in the form of checks or fishing related prizes and are dispersed during the annual Bull Roast awards.
Annual Awards – These awards shall be presented at the annual Bull Roast in March and defined as per the by-laws.
Inshore Fisherman of the Year - Each member’s three highest scoring inshore fish, based upon the fish point system, shall be eligible. Each of the three fish must be of different species. (No repeat species) One fish must be caught in the Great South Bay. The member with the greatest sum of fish points for the three fish of different species shall win the award for Inshore Fisherman of the Year.
Offshore Fisherman of the Year - Each member’s three highest scoring offshore fish, based upon the fish point system, shall be eligible. Each of the three fish must be of different species. (No repeat species) The member with the greatest sum of fish points for the three fish of different species shall win the award for Offshore Fisherman of the Year.
Inshore Fish of the Year - The member with the greatest amount of fish points for an individual inshore species, based on the fish point system, shall win the award for Inshore Fish of the Year.
Offshore Fish of the Year - The member with the greatest amount of fish points for an individual offshore species, based on the fish point system, shall win the award for Offshore Fish of the Year.


Captain of the Year - Each captain’s three highest scoring inshore and/or offshore fish, based upon the fish point system, shall be eligible. Each of the three fish must be of different species. (No repeat species). Each of the three fish must be caught by different anglers. (No repeat anglers). One of the three fish may be caught by the captain. The member with the greatest sum of fish points for the three fish of different species caught by three different members shall win the award for Captain of the Year.
First Weakfish of the Year - The member catching the first weakfish of the year shall win this award. In the event of a tie on the date that the fish was caught, the member with the heaviest fish shall win the award.


Last Striped Bass of the Year The member catching the last striped bass of the year shall win this award. In the event of a tie on the date that the fish was caught, the member with the heaviest fish shall win the award.