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Tournament Rules – 2016 International Game Fishing Tournament


  • Only teams of 2 or more registered anglers will be allowed to fish the tournament.
  • Team members must fish together on a registered tournament boat throughout the tournament.
  • No boat is permitted to carry anyone else apart from a registered angler, skipper, or deck-hand during the tournament.
  • No local boats and owners who are not members of SIGFA may fish the tournament.
  • SIGFA Tournament Committee may allow reporters and / or media personnel on any tournament boat to allow for media coverage of the event.

Contest Fees

  • For anglers the contest fee for the open tournament is $500.00
  • For supporters the fee is $150.00
  • For Skippers and Deck-hands, the fee is $200.00
  • For the ladies tournament the fee is $200.00
  • All fees are in Samoan currency.

Official Fishing Times

  • A shotgun start will start the tournament on the first day at 8:00 a.m. All boats are requested to assemble at the main Apia Harbour area at 7:45 a.m to await the start.
  • Except for the first day of the tournament, all fishing will start at 5:00 a.m. and finish at 5:00 p.m. each day

Fishing Area

  • The fishing area for the tournament will be within the areas of Upolu and Savaii.
  • The fishing of all areas within that area is permitted.
  • All boats must start and finish at Apia for each day of the tournament.

Fishing Rules

  • The tournament will be fished in accordance with IGFA rules, and SIGFA tournament rules
  • It is the responsibility of the anglers, skippers and deck-hands to be familiar with both sets of rules.
  • In the event that these rules clash, the SIGFA tournament rules will prevail
  • Boats must not be anchored while fishing. Nor should they be tied to any man-made structure in the sea while fishing.
  • All lines must be IGFA class and up to a maximum of 37kg monofilament, No braid lines allowed.


  • Each fish weighed must be a tournament species and must meet the minimum required weight for that species. Points are awarded at one point per kilogram of fish weighed irrespective of line weight.
  • Tagged and released fish will also score points as covered elsewhere in these rules.
  • Each angler’s points will be collated for team points.
  • The team that scores the most points will win the tournament.

Fish Species

The following species will be fished for the tournament:

  • Blue marlin, Black marlin, Striped marlin,
  • Sailfish,
  • Yellow fin tuna
  • Masimasi (mahi-mahi)
  • Wahoo
  • Giant trevally
  • Dogtooth tuna
  • Spanish Barred Mackerel (New Species Recognised)
  • Provision is made for barracuda to be included for as a special prize dependent on sponsorship interest. Weight of this species will not be included in team total weight.

Minimum Weights

For any of the fished species to count for the tournament they must meet the following minimum weights:

All Marlin

Sail Fish 25KG

Yellow fin tuna

Masimasi 6KG
Wahoo 8KG
Dogtooth Tuna 8KG
Giant Trevally 10KG
Spanish Barred Mackeral 8KG

Note : For the ladies tournament, no minimum weights will be enforced.

Tag & Release

  • Each tagged and released marlin will earn 100 tournament points and each tagged and released sailfish will earn 50 tournament points.
  • Photographic evidence of capture and release of each fish must be provided using a cell phone camera, digital camera or a video camera. The photos must show the tag placement on the fish and should clearly depict the capture and release of each fish. Failure to do so may result in the disqualification of the catch.
  • Photographic evidence will also need to show the coloured sash provided and nominated for that day.


  • All fish must be caught by rod and reel while the boat is not anchored-up or tied to any structure.
  • All catches must be called-in to the tournament base during round up times. Boats are encouraged to call-in their catches throughout the day.
  • Late hook-ups must be called-in to the tournament base before 1600hrs and a request must be made to continue to fight a fish.
  • Once you are allowed time to fight your fish, and should you arrive late at the weigh station, your catch will not count for that day but will count the next day.
  • Late hook-ups will only be allowed on the first, second and third day of the open tournament. All Catch Cards must be handed in to the 'Weighmaster' by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the tournament.

Weigh in

  • All fish must be at the weigh station by 5:00 p.m. each day.
  • All fish must be weighed on the day of capture
  • Each angler must complete a catch card for each fish caught. Catch cards are also required for tagged and released fish.
  • The catch card must be presented to the weigh master(Or placed in the weigh master's catch card box) at the weigh station by 5:00 p.m. on the day. Exception is made for late hook-ups as stated elsewhere in these rules.
  • The angler must also present to the weigh master all tackle (rod & reel, lure, and gaff) with which the fish was caught.
  • All fish weighed that meet the minimum weights as stated elsewhere in these rules, become property of SIGFA. Fish that do not meet the minimum weights will be returned to the boat owner.

Communication & Safety Regulations

  • All boats must have a working VHF radio and tuned to the tournaments designated channel at all times during the tournament.
  • All boats must also have a working mobile telephone and the telephone number made known to the tournament organizers.
  • All boats are required to check-in with SIGFA base at the end of each fishing day
  • All boats must have enough personal flotation devices (life jackets) for each crew member.
  • Boats must also carry some form of anchor and sufficient rope for use when required.
  • Boats that do not meet these minimum safety standards may not be allowed to fish the tournament.


  • Any protest concerning the validity of any catch or the application of any of the tournament rules, shall be filed in writing and properly signed by the person(s) making the protest and handed to the SIGFA Protest committee by 6:00 p.m. each day.
  • Any decision of the Protest Committee will be final and no further discussion or correspondence will be entered into.


  • These rules are for the SIGFA International Game Fishing Tournament only. They are not meant to impose, impinge or reflect on any other fishing tournament rules whether intended, implied, or omitted.
  • The tournament organizers will not be involved in any domestic disputes between boat owners and crews and the distribution of their prizes and/or costs.

SIGFA reserves the right at its sole discretion to refuse entry into the tournament of any angler, team of anglers, any boat, fishing craft or vessel of any description, and its decision concerning same shall be final and no discussion or correspondence will be entertained.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:36 )