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Old 07-14-2014, 07:21 AM
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Interesting clarification on line class rules:

Rule Updates

The tournament directors have implemented the following rules/rule clarifications for the 2014 White Marlin Open:

1) The use of Green Sticks is not permitted.

2) Line class shall be limited to the manufacturer’s stated rating of no greater than 130 lbs. The use of Tournament Grade Line is not required.

3) If line backing is used it can not be any greater than the manufacturer’s stated rating of 130 lbs. unless it is taped over so no backing is attached to the line that has the hook attached to it.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:08 PM
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Glad to read the update on the manufacturer's stated rating, since that has been pretty much the practice on the dock. Buying a spool of 130lb tournament rated line got too expensive.

Good also to see green sticks prohibited, last year the Sushi's half million dollar big eye was caught on the stick.

I wish they would reiterate that IGFA maximum gaff length is 8', you see a lot of longer gaffs on the boats during the tourney.

Edit to add: The backing rule is the IGFA's long standing rule for tackle other than fly tackle, and to me it makes no sense. I am not a fan of using backing any stronger than one line class greater than a reel's rating, or 130 in the case of 130lb gear anyway, but it seems to make better sense to me to have a rule requiring X' or yds of top shot over whatever backing the angler chooses since the top shot is the weak link. I would argue that a 100yd minimum topshot would ensure that the fish has adequate chance to fight on the topshot before being run down in reverse (or forward) which I think is the IGFA's concern.

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Default I sure am glad no green sticks allowed. Really. Too unfair.

Yes they raise whites and blues also. Most of the charter boats that have green sticks in OC are using mine. It still does not make it fair to the other boats with out.
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I was under the impression the Sushi fish was caught on a trolled large fake squid. I could be wrong.
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Originally Posted by fshnoc View Post
I was under the impression the Sushi fish was caught on a trolled large fake squid. I could be wrong.
That's what is used on green sticks so you are probably right
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Just curious why they would outlaw a green stick? What would be the reasoning? I don't get that one.
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Just curious why they would outlaw a green stick? What would be the reasoning? I don't get that one.
For one not every boat can run one, It is a commercial way of catching Tuna weather it is on a charter or Greenstick commercial boat. Making it harder for the small guys to compete or even catch a fish some days. And they also raise Whites and Blues making it easier to get in the spread.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:25 PM
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Default Wrong. I have them on boats as small as 25 ft

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For one not every boat can run one, It is a commercial way of catching Tuna weather it is on a charter or Greenstick commercial boat. Making it harder for the small guys to compete or even catch a fish some days. And they also raise Whites and Blues making it easier to get in the spread.
They are just plain too good at doing what they were designed to do.

I think they ought to limit boats by size and speed also. Maybe professional cockpit mates should require a handicap. Why are dredges allowed. especially with real baits rigged on them. Who can afford that? Not most normal guys fishing. How many guys can afford Talica reels at $700+ with out line and rod?$ Lets handicap them also.
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Originally Posted by marlin64 View Post
For one not every boat can run one, It is a commercial way of catching Tuna weather it is on a charter or Greenstick commercial boat. Making it harder for the small guys to compete or even catch a fish some days. And they also raise Whites and Blues making it easier to get in the spread.
Interesting. The new fair world everyone is striving for is even screwing with fishing tournaments. Wonderful.


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They are just plain too good at doing what they were designed to do.

I think they ought to limit boats by size and speed also. Maybe professional cockpit mates should require a handicap. Why are dredges allowed. especially with real baits rigged on them. Who can afford that? Not most normal guys fishing. How many guys can afford Talica reels at $700+ with out line and rod?$ Lets handicap them also.
I feel the same as you. What's next? Hey that guy has a better sonar, he shouldn't be allowed to use that. The list could be endless. Fairness is bullshit, zero sum game....
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Tournament fishing has been a rich guy sport just about forever so anyone who participates and does not fit into that category has to expect that many other participants will literally spend anything it takes to win. A 74' custom sportfisher that burns 180gph at a 40kt cruise is pretty unfair to the guy on a 1987 29' Blackfin who scrapes together the entry fee with four of his pals.
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Sure all boats aren't equal. But it's called fishing not catching. A 26' regulator could catch a 300lb big
Eye and a 74' sporty that flew two mates from Costa Rica and has top of the line everything and a professional captain can fish the entire tournament and not get a bite.

Sure you can have an edge over some in the tournament Sportfishing world, but at the end of the day, it is fishing, gotta run over em and get em to bite loo
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