Our Rules


1. HAVE FUN!!!

2. All boats must be registered to the Boothbay Harbor Tuna Challenge. The Captain from each registered vessel must be present to sign in and attend the Captains’ Meeting on Saturday, September 3rd between 5:00PM and 7:00PM. Any vessel that is not signed in prior to 9:00PM at the Tournament meeting on that date will not be eligible to fish for that tournament year. There are 60 available slots for the 2022 Boothbay Harbor Tuna Challenge.

3. General Category Rules apply with the following exceptions:

a) No electric harpoons

b) No aerial reconnaissance allowed

c) All Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna (ABT) are to be hooked, fought, and brought to the boat side only by manually operated rod and reel, handline, or conventional harpoon. Power-driven reels or devices of any kind are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, motor,
hydraulic, or electrically driven devices.

4. It is the responsibility of the tournament participants to obtain and become familiar with tournament rules and all applicable State and Federal laws. A person or vessel is ineligible to obtain or possess
any type of award or certification associated with this tournament unless the fish submitted for consideration is caught legally and under compliance of tournament, State and Federal laws. In the event that one or more rule provisions appear to be in conflict, the most restrictive rule applies and is to be determined by the Tournament Rules Committee. All landed tuna are subject to examination by the Tournament Rules Committee and/or Weigh Master. The Tournament Rules Committee has final and sole authority to resolve questions and/or issues that rise. All committee decisions are final. Protests must be in writing and submitted by the close of scales on Thursday, September, 8th 2022.

5. All entrants must be properly licensed to fish in the General Category under National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regulations. All entrants must also abide by Maine Commercial Fishing  Laws. Entrants will weigh their catch at Carousel Marina and then remove fish to sell to the buyer of their choice.

6. Fishing may commence at 12:00AM on Sunday, September 4th, 2022, and will conclude at 11:30PM on Thursday, September 8th, 2022. There will be NO fishing from 12 am Tuesday, September 6th until 12:00AM Wednesday, September 7th Due to an NMFS/NOAA shutdown day. Tournament scales will close Monday, September 5, 2022, at 11:30PM and Thursday, September 8, 2022, and all vessels with fish to be weighed must be tied to the scales dock at Carousel Marina (rafting is acceptable) by that time. Any vessel with a fish to be weighed that is not tied or rafted to the scales dock by 11:30PM will not be accepted. Hookups and landings shall be reported to the command boat of the day. The command boat will be broadcast each day of fishing. The tournament will be broadcast on VHF Channel 12.

7. All landings should be reported or relayed to the Tournament Weigh Master as soon as possible. The Tournament Weigh Masters are available Sunday and Monday from 8:00AM to 11:30PM, and Thursday and Friday from 8:00AM to 11:30PM. A second report or relay to the Weigh Master should be made once the fish is boated (subdued, tail-roped, and hanging from or lying on the deck of the vessel).

8. All ABT are subject to examination by the Boothbay Harbor Tuna Challenge Rules Committee.

9. All ABT must measure 73 inches curved fork length (CFL) or greater to be eligible for entry in the Boothbay Harbor Tuna Challenge. In addition, tuna must be gutted before weighing.

10. All eligible fish will be weighed at Carousel Marina and must be delivered on the tournament registered vessel upon which it was boated. (All exceptions will be subject to discussion by the rules committee.) Fish will be weighed by the tail with the head attached using a tail rope provided by the Boothbay Harbor Tuna Challenge. Innards and gill plates will be weighed separately if detached. Any fish found to have bullet wounds, or any unnatural damage will be disqualified (not to include gaff and/or harpoon marks). Please cooperate with the Weigh Master in filling and returning your weigh-in slips. Please do not leave the weigh stand until your slip is filled in and signed. Once signed, you have accepted the weight of your fish as final. In the event of a tie-in weight, the first fish weighed by the official Tournament scales will win.

11. There are limitations to the fishing area for the Boothbay Harbor Tuna challenge the area will be Area 1A only. NO EXCEPTIONS. There is no weather committee so the distance and decision to fish is that of the Captains and participants and is strictly at their own risk. Upon signing the Waiver of Damages, the Boothbay Harbor Tuna Challenge cannot be held liable.

12. Protests shall be called to the attention of the Rules Committee via radio, by contacting the telephone numbers provided, or in person upon arrival at the dock. Protests must be written in detail and turned into the Rules Committee by 8:30PM on the day of the incident. There is a protest fee of $500.00. Any money from a winning protest will be returned. All decisions made by the Rules Committee are final.


13. Anglers and crew aboard winning boats may be subjected to a lie detector test.

14. If at any time during the Boothbay Harbor Tuna Challenge, NMFS/NOAA declares that the quota is fulfilled, the tournament will be concluded, and awards presented that evening. In the event of an early conclusion, please direct all questions/concerns to the Rules Committee.

15. In the event of a NMFS/NOAA closure during the September 4th through 8th time frame, the tournament Rules Committee will determine future tournament dates.

16. Prize distribution will be awarded for tournament year 2022 as follows:

   1st Place $30,000.00 plus trophy for one year
  2nd Place $15,000.00
  3rd Place $7,500.00

    4th Place $3,500.00

    5th Place $1,500.00

In the event of NO FISH, all prize money will be added to the 2023 Tournament. If only one (1) fish is landed, $30,000,00 and trophy for (1) year will be awarded. If less than five (5) fish are caught, all prize winnings will be awarded proportionately.

17. The disposal of fish is the responsibility of the angler after the Weigh Master releases the fish. DO NOT dump fish entrails and/or heads at the marina.


18. When traveling in Boothbay Harbor, the Tournament committee requests that all vessels observe State of Maine rules and regulations. Please obey ‘No Wake Zones’ and be mindful of lobster traps when
traveling the inner and outer harbor waters.


19. The address we use for your mailing is the one you provide on your application, if this is not the proper address or if you have a change of address, please notify us immediately at the tournament
registration desk.

20. At the request of a boat fighting a fish, all others must stay clear.

Maine State Record Prize to be determined. Pending insurance approval.


**Rules are subjected to change -- Last Update was made 4/30/22**