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 29t,  2018– Monday, September 6, 2018
  • Winners of weekly prize are determined by the date a fish is submited, and not the date caught.
  • All fish entries have p to 72 hours to be submitted, except in the final week where the contest ends on September 6, 2018, and no fish can be submitted after this date. Fish can therefore be caught in a preceeding week, but entered into the contest in the following week.
  • There are 6 Eligible Catagories to win cash and prizes for 2018
    • 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 catagory or $40 for all six.
  • Anglers must sign up one calendar day prior to submitting a fish entry.
  • Entries should be weighed at the offcial weigh stations ( land based or participating sportfishing boats) as litsed below:
  • Fish may also be weighed and enter 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
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

Sportfishing Boat Name Sposrtfishing Landing City
CORAL SEA Sea Landing Santa Barbara, CA
STARDUST Sea Landing Santa Barbara, CA
COBRA Cisco's Landing Oxnard, CA
MIRAGE Cisco's Landing Oxnard, CA
PACIFIC ISLANDER Cisco's Landing Oxnard, CA
TRITON LA Waterfront San Pedro, CA
GAIL FORCE LA Waterfront San Pedro, CA
HELENA Dana Wharf Sportfishing Dana Point, CA
SUM FUN Dana Wharf Sportfishing Dana Point, CA
PROWLER Seaforth Sportfishing San Diego, CA
DOMINATOR Point Loma Sportfishing San Diego, CA
DAIWA PACIFIC H&M Landing San Diego, CA
  • 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 29, 2018 – Thursday, July 5, 2018

      • Week 2: Friday, July 6t, 2018- Thursday July 12, 2018

      • Week 3: Friday, July 13, 2018 - Thursday July 19, 2018

      • Week 4: Friday, July 20, 2018 - Thursday July 26, 2018

      • Week 5: Friday, July 27, 2018 - Thursday, August 2, 2018

      • Week 6: Friday, August 3, 2018 - Thurday, August 9 2018

      • Week 7: Friday, August 10, 2018 – Thursday, August 16, 2018

      • Week 8: Friday, August 17, 2018 - Friday August 23, 2018

      • Week 9: Friday, August 24, 2018 - Friday August 30, 2018

      • Week 10: Friday, August 31, 2018 - Friday September 6, 2018

  • 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.
  • 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.