REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Registration is open NOW – No Invitation Required. First Come, First Serve!
QUALIFY FOR THE 2024 INVITATIONAL
Top 5 Boats of the 2023 Qualifier receive automatic entry into the 2024 Walker’s Cay Invitational! Top 3 Boats receive a free entry fee into the 2024 Qualifier.
SPORTFISH BOATS ONLY
Open to sportfish boats only! You must be able to self-accommodate.
Center console tournaments coming soon!
WELCOME TO THE WALKER'S CAY
BLUE MARLIN QUALIFIER
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, May 31
Thursday, June 1
Day 1 Competition
Friday, June 2
Day 2 Competition
Saturday, June 3
Day 3 Competition
Welcome to Walker's Cay! Carl & Gigi Allen are pleased to announce the First Annual Walker's Cay Blue Marlin Qualifier. This event will be held May 31 - June 3, 2023. Anglers from all over the world are invited to enter the event.
For over fifty years, Walker’s Cay has been a legendary fishing resort known by fishermen worldwide as the premier, deep-sea fishing location. We look forward to what will no doubt be another stellar tournament season featuring some of the best anglers in the world.
Each team is required to pay the $2,000 entry fee in full to register. Entry fee is non-refundable unless tournament is cancelled by Walker’s Cay. Walker’s Cay has the right to move, postpone or cancel day(s) of the tournament due to severe weather.
Walker’s Cay will run the Calcutta. The full 100% will be paid out to the winners!
The CASH ONLY Calcutta $10,000 Across the Board is Mandatory.
1. $5,000 Daily = 1st, 2nd and 3rd place daily category. Overall points per day. 50%, 30%, 20% payout.
2. $4,000 Overall Tournament =1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Overall points in the Tournament. 50%, 30%, 20% payout.
3. $1,000 Meat Fish = 1/3 winner take all for the largest dolphin, largest wahoo, and largest tuna. If only 2 qualifying species are weighed the pot will be split in half. If only 1 qualifying species is caught it will be winner take all.
4. Junior Anglers = Trophies will be awarded to top junior anglers.
The Captain's Meeting will be at 6:00 P.M on May 31, 2023. A representative from each team should attend the Captain's Meeting as each team is responsible for knowing the rules including any clarifications made during the Captain’s Meeting.
1. PERMITS & LICENSES
All teams must possess a Bahamas Fishing Permit.
2. FISHING HOURS
The Walker’s Cay Qualifier will begin with the call of "lines in" at 8:00am and continue until 4:00pm on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd. No baits or teasers in the water before starting time. Any fish hooked before 4:00pm and reported to the Committee Boat may be fought until caught, lost or released; any fish hooked after 4:00pm is ineligible. All boats must be inside the marina before 6:00pm each evening. In the event that a fish is caught after lines out you will have 2 hours after the release, boating or loss of fish to be inside of the marina. Any gamefish requiring a weigh-in must be available at the scales prior to 6:30pm. There are no lay days or weather days, unless determined by the Committee. Fish at your own risk.
3. ANGELING & EQUIPMENT
Six anglers per team per day are permitted, with no restrictions.
Hook and hand is permitted with one pass as soon as possible, then IGFA rules apply.
An unlimited number of teasers and lines are allowed. “J-hooks” are allowed with lures only. Natural baits must be deployed with non-offset circle hooks. No live bait allowed.
Maximum line 130-pound test.
To be eligible to compete as a Junior Angler, the angler must be 16 years old or under at the start of the tournament registration.
There is a 50-mile boundary rule - radius from the marina.
5. TOURNAMENT SPECIES
Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish are eligible for catch and release. Tuna (Bigeye, Yellowfin or Blackfin only), Wahoo, and Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) are eligible for weigh-in, with a 10 lb. minimum weight requirement.
6. NO BLUE MARLIN WEIGH-IN
Release points only! No Blue Marlin will be harvested during the Walker’s Cay Qualifier.
7. REPORTING OF BILLFISH
A billfish hook-up must be called in to the "Committee Boat" within the first minute on VHF channel 71. The "Committee Boat" will validate your hook-up by announcement. A billfish release must be called in to the "Committee Boat" with the following information: species released, boat name and angler name. The "Committee Boat" will then verify your information by announcement and give you a release time, which must be recorded on your daily catch affidavit and turned in at the end of the fishing day, with your video evidence. It is unnecessary to call in any other species besides billfish. If you lose your fish prior to release (i.e. jump off, pulled hook, etc.) please inform the "Committee Boat" as soon as possible. If you call in a release, then it will be recorded as a release. The time stamp of the digital image is the official release time and must be within (plus or minus) fifteen (15) minutes of the time reported by radio to the "Committee Boat". If the timestamp of the identification of the fish is over fifteen (15) minutes from the VHF call, then the release time will be over to the time of the identification time.
8. GAMEFISH DIVISION WEIGH-IN
Teams may weigh in one of each species per day. Scale hours are 4:00p.m. – 6:30p.m. each fishing day. The minimum weight of each species is 10 pounds. Any fish eligible for weigh-in must be brought to the scales by a team representative, preferably the actual angler.
9. CATCH & RELEASE RULES
All billfish must be released to qualify. A billfish is considered released when: a) the swivel between the mainline or double line and leader hits the rod tip b) the mate grabs the leader or c) the wind-on leader comes through the rod tip. Please release the fish in good condition by either removing the hook-set or cutting the leader as close to the hook-set as possible. "Popping" the leader is not a good method of healthy release, and we ask that you refrain from doing so.
10. CATCH & RELEASE POINTS
Blue Marlin 600 points
White Marlin 100 points
Sailfish 50 points (including unidentified billfish and Spearfish*)
In the event of a tie in total points between two or more boats for the same award, the winner shall be the first boat to reach the score.
11. CATCH & RELEASE VERIFICATION
Identification Markers - each team will obtain 6 colored silicon bands prior to the day’s fishing. This marker must be displayed during the fight and recorded. Failure to show the marker in your video proof will disqualify your catch, even if it is time-stamped.
Release Verification Recordings - each team is required to show video evidence of billfish catch and release. This recording shall be TIME and DATE stamped in accordance with the "official time" as stated by the "Committee Boat" prior to each day's fishing. Your video proof shall include: 1) registered angler fighting the fish 2) proper identification marker 3) sufficient footage of the fish in order to accurately determine the species 4) proper release evidence - see Rule 10 above. All recordings submitted must be easily viewed by the Committee. It is the team's responsibility to have these items and the video cued up for immediate viewing. Failure to do so will delay the verification process. We highly recommend you have at least two recordings on different cameras, and underwater shots are the best way to accurately identify the species.
Billfish Release Affidavit - each billfish release is required to be noted on the day's affidavit and submitted with your video to the Committee each fishing day. Failure to turn in your affidavit will disqualify that day's catch(es). Affidavits are supplied with your registration package. If you do not have one for each day, please see the Committee for a replacement.
Submission of Recordings - Verification recordings must be submitted to the Committee by 6:30 p.m. each day of fishing. All recordings, images, sounds, etc. may become property of Walker’s Cay and Allen X Exploration may be used at any time. Recordings and/or images will be downloaded from the team’s device(s), if needed.
Disputes or Protests - All disputes will be settled by the Committee. All decisions are final.
12. TOURNAMENT POLICY & LIABILITY WAIVER
By signing the entry, you adhere to all tournament rules.
Walker’s Cay has right to move tournament dates in case of severe weather and can refuse entry/participation to anyone for any reason at any time.
All participants are expected to maintain a reasonable and sportsmanlike demeanor at all times throughout the tournament. Unsportsmanlike or threatening conduct towards tournament organizers or other participants, or any other behavior which the tournament organizers deem inappropriate, in their sole discretion, will result in immediate disqualification of the entire team with no refund of entry fees.
Participants of this tournament enter at their own risk. Officials, committee members, sponsors and ALL persons connected directly or indirectly with the operations of the Walker’s Cay shall be exempt from any liability for loss, damage or negligence, harm or injury suffered by any participant, entrant, sportfishing vessel, captain, crew members, vessels and equipment which may occur during this tournament.
Each team is required to pay the $2,000 entry fee in full to register. Entry fee is non-refundable unless tournament is cancelled by Walker’s Cay. Walker’s Cay has the right to move, postpone and or cancel a day(s) of the tournament due to severe weather.