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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date of the tournament?
Saturday, October 24, 2020.

What time does it start and what time does it end?
Lines in the water at 12:01am on Saturday, October 24, 2020. All Blackfish must be weighed in at an official weigh-in location by 5pm on Saturday, October 24.

When can I register for the tournament?
Registration begins on September 1, 2020 and ends at 11:59pm on October 22, 2020.

Where can I fish?
You can fish anywhere in Long Island Sound! The westernmost border is the Whitestone Bridge. The easternmost border is the Colregs Demarcation Line (a line running from Orient Point, New York across Great, Little & Gull Islands, to Race Point on Fisher’s Island and from the East Point on Fisher’s Island to Watch Hill Point, Rhode Island which includes Fisher’s Island Sound).

Is there an age limit?
No!  Anyone who is a U.S. resident can register and participate!

I’m taking my children or passengers on my boat with me, but they will not be fishing – do they need to register?
Anyone who is fishing for prize considerations must be registered for the Tournament.  If there is anyone on the boat not fishing, they do not need to be registered. Any Blackfish caught by someone who is not a registered contestant will be automatically disqualified for consideration of any prize.

If I’m under 18 and win, do I have to have a parent sign affidavit to win? 
In the event a winner is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian (over the age of 18) of the winner must sign the affidavit and releases.

Can I win multiple cash prizes? 2nd and 10th place, for example? 
Each contestant may weigh-in only one Blackfish for consideration of a cash prize with the exception of the $5,000 tagged fish prize. If less than fourteen Blackfish are weighed-in for consideration of a cash prize, any unpaid money from the overall cash prize pool will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island. 

Does the tournament supply anything that relates to fishing?  
Not unless specified on the Tournament official website

Do I need to fish from a boat?
No! You can fish however you’d like – on a boat, from a kayak, from the shore, etc.

If I’m fishing from a boat do I need to launch from a certain location?
No! You can launch your boat from wherever you’d like, however any fish weighed-in for consideration of a cash prize must be caught within the boundaries previously identified.

Can the winners really get polygraphed?
Yes!  All participants must be willing to take and pass a polygraph test.   Winners of cash prizes may be required to take and pass a polygraph within a specified time following the Tournament. 

When can I weigh in my Blackfish?
Our official weigh-in locations are available to take weigh-ins during the date of the tournament. Hours of operation for official weigh-in locations may vary, however any official weigh-in location will have stated hours of operation that include being open until at least 5:00 pm on the date of the tournament.  All Blackfish to be considered for a cash prize must be weighed in by 5pm on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

What happens if it rains?
The Tournament takes place rain or shine. Each participant is responsible for their decision to participate on the date of the tournament, and is strongly encouraged to maintain awareness of the weather forecast and forecast of sea conditions.

Where do I find out the leader board?
A leader board is available during the Tournament at www.LISoundBlackfishtournament.com

How am I notified if I win?
All winners will be posted on the official Tournament website  notified by email and/or telephone.  All posted results are unofficial until declared “official” by the Tournament Committee

What size boat can I use?
You can fish from any size boat.

How are the fish weighed?
When Blackfish are brought to an official weigh-in location they will be weighed on an officially calibrated and certified Tournament scale.

What/where are the weigh-in locations?
A list of weigh-in Locations can be found here.

Do I have to be a CT or NY resident to participate?
No! You only need to be a legal resident of the United States.

What are the prizes and how are they distributed?
The cash prize pool will be equal to 50% of the total of all participant’s registration fees.  The other 50% (less expenses) will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island to be used to support their programs which benefit children with disabilities.  The angler weighing in the heaviest fish will be awarded 40% of the cash prize pool.  The angler weighing in the second heaviest fish will be awarded 20% of the cash prize pool.  The angler weighing in the third heaviest fish will be awarded 10% of the cash prize pool.  The angler weighing in the fourth heaviest fish will be awarded 5% of the cash prize pool.  The anglers weighing in the next ten heaviest fish will each be awarded 2.5% of the cash prize pool.   In addition, there will be bonus cash prizes as stated in the official rules of the tournament.  Once all winners are confirmed and validated, all prizes will be mailed out.

Tournament To Benefit
United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island

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