WON BIG FISH Rules

 

WON Big Fish Challenge Tournament Rules

(revised 6/4/2018)

  • These rules are subject to revision and/or clarrification by our tournament committee. 
  • The Big Fish Challenge runs for 10 weeks in total  – Friday, June 28th, 2019 thru Monday, September 5th, 2019. It starts on the Friday proceeding the 4th of July weekend and ends on the Thursday following Labor Day weekend.
  • Winners of weekly prize are determined by the date a fish is submitted, and not the date caught.
  • All fish entries have submitted within 72 hours, except for the final week of the tournament where all fish must be submitted by midnight on September 5th, 2019.  A fish can therefore be caught in a preceeding week, but entered into the following week, as long as it meets the 72 hour deadline and is submitted before the contest's final day..
  • There are 6 Eligible Categories to win cash and prizes for 2019:
    • White Seabass
    • Yellowtail
    • Tuna
    • Bonito / Barracuda
    • Lingcod
    • Halibut
  • There will be weekly winners in each of the fish species for 10 weeks straight, and also an overall winner in each species for the entire derby ( See Prizes tab).
  • Cost of entry is $10 per category or $40 for all six.
  • Anglers must sign up one calendar day prior to submitting a fish entry. There is no hour limitation, as long as you sign up before midnight the day before you catch your fish for submission.
  • Entries should be weighed at the official weigh stations ( land based or participating sportfishing boats) as listed below:
  • Fish may also be weighed and entered into the Big Fish Contest on the following Sportfishing Boats, who will use  provided scale and BFC signage in the entries submitted.



Land based Official Weigh Stations Location Hours
Hook, Line & Sinker Santa Barbara Santa Barbara 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sea Landing Santa Barbara 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Ventura Sportfishing Ventura 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cisco's Oxnard 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
22nd St. Landing San Pedro 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Killer Shrimp Restaurant & Bar  -New Listing Marina Del Rey 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Cisco's Oxnard 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
22nd St. Landing San Pedro 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Pierpoint Landing -NEW LISTING Long Beach 7 Days a week - 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM  
Alamitos Bay Fuel Dock Long Beach Weekdays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Weekends 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
Balboa Angling Club Newport 12 Noon - 6:00 PM
Dana Point Fuel Dock Dana Point Mon-Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Friday - Sunday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Kens Custom Tackle Oceanside Tues-Sunday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, closed Monday
Dana Landing Market & Fuel Dock Mission Bay  6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fishermans Processing San Diego 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
San Diego Marlin Club San Diego Thursday -Sunday, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

  • Anglers who are not entered cannot give their fish to a registered contestant for weighing and submission – only registered participants may weigh fish and submit entries.
  • Anglers can sign up for different species on different dates at $10 per fish catagory.
  • You may weigh multiple fish per week. (revised rule effective week 4)
  • In the case of a tie, either in a week or overall, the first fish submitted will be the winner.
  • Anglers can only weigh one fish, per specie, per trip. As an example anglers can weigh one yellowtail, one tuna and one dorado per trip but cannot weigh three yellowtail, three tuna and three dorado per trip.
  • It is the responsibility of the angler and not the weigh station to select which fish to weigh.
  • Fish can only be weighed once and will need to be weighed at designated coastal weigh stations, or on selected sportfishing boats.
  • Fish must be weighed at an official tournament weigh station no later than 24hrs. after returning to port.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the angler to submit his entry on WONBIGFISH.com before the dedline each week.
  • To submit an entry, the angler will upload a photo and specific information about their catch on WONBIGFISH.com. This photo must be taken at an official weigh station. Using the tournament weigh station board provided, pertinent catch information, including angler name, date, fish species and weight must be readily visible within the submitted photograph. This information will also be uploaded to the tournament website by the angler along with his photo.
  • In the event that an official tournament weigh station board is not available, weigh slips will also be available at each official weigh station and can be used in place of the official tournament weigh station boards.
  • The eligible waters are no further north than Point Conception (34.44811 degrees north) and no further south than Punta Colonet (31.06755 degrees south). There is not a western boundary within tournament waters.
  • Trip duration must not exceed 72 continuous hours and commercial passenger trips of greater than 3 days duration are ineligible.
  • Cut-off for weekly entries each week is Thursday before midnight.
      • Week 1: Friday, June 28, 2019 – Thursday, July 4, 2019

      • Week 2: Friday, July 5, 2019 - Thursday July 11, 2019

      • Week 3: Friday, July 12, 2019 - Thursday July 18, 2019

      • Week 4: Friday, July 19, 2019 - Thursday July 25, 2019

      • Week 5: Friday, July 26, 2019 - Thursday, August 1, 2019

      • Week 6: Friday, August 2, 2019 - Thurday, August 8 2019

      • Week 7: Friday, August 9, 2018 – Thursday, August 15, 2018

      • Week 8: Friday, August 16, 2019 - Friday August 22, 2019

      • Week 9: Friday, August 23, 2019 - Friday August 29, 2019

      • Week 10: Friday, August 30, 2019 - Friday September 5, 2019

  • W.O.N. reserves the right to exclude and ban anyone from the contest who is suspected of cheating. Cheating in a fishing tournament is a criminal offense punishable by law.
  • Once the tournament starts entry fees are not refundable.
  • In the event of a dispute all anglers may be subject to a polygraph test at WON’s sole discretion. Refusal to submit to such a test will result in disqualification from the tournament and all unawarded cash and prizes.
  • Any and all rules violation protest must be made in writing to bfc@wonews.com, and must include a contact phone numer to discuss the issue, so the tournament committee can make a ruling. Once the prizes have been awarded the tournament results are final.
  • The final cash and prize winners will be responsible for paying all state and federal taxes resulting from their winnings. We will make efforts to contact all winners by the contact information they provide online and other reasonable means, but if we are unable to contact them regarding delivery of their winnings, they will forfeit them at the end of six months and they will go to the person in the number two position.