WildFly Billfish Challenge

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DATE:4th to 11th December 2016
LOCATION:Hemmingways Resort, Kenya
Billfish are the undisputed royalty of the Ocean with sailfish being renowned as the fastest fish on our planet
These incredible game fish can ascend from a 200m depth in the water column and migrate between the Indian and Pacific oceans to spawn, so you are taking on a serious contender in our fly weight division.
Once you’ve got their attention, they steam along at over 50 knots or 92 km per hour, and are relentless in their pursuit of whatever they get in their sights.
However it does takes a little encouragement to bring these majestic beasts to the surface, before your adrenal gland ruptures, the deck erupts into mayhem and all eyes are on the nervous wreck holding the rod.
So to take you through the set up and procedure for tagging your Indo Pacific Sailfish
A sailfish spread consists of several hookless teasers and birds (two with a fresh belly shine within the teaser) trolled behind the boat, luring the fish from the depths, until a bill breaches behind one of your teasers.
Your team mates / crew should immediately clear the teasers or birds that the billfish is not focused on. Your team member then picks up the rod that has the hot teaser (this will definitely be one of the two belly shines on the port or starboard side) and begins to reel it in slowly, playing a deliberate cat-and-mouse game with the increasingly aggressive billfish. You pick up your fly rod, shake some line out of the tip, check your drag setting and get ready to cast. It will seem like a knee knocking eternity until the sail is within casting range, but you must be patient, tease the fish right to the back of the boat and wait for the skipper to take the engines out of gear and the teaser to be yanked out of the water. The Skipper will at this stage be screaming at you to cast.
If the fish has been properly teased, it will be so fired up that the titanic wont alter it off it’s course. So, if everything goes as planned, the sail has chased the teaser right up to the transom and is now desperately looking for it’s meal that’s just been whipped out the water. This is the moment that you make your cast, but not in front of the fish. Instead, you place the fly behind it. You may have to work the fly once or maybe even twice in the water to get the sail's attention. But, once it has locked onto your fly, you simply wait as it rushes the fly and the line comes tight. Don’t worry about striking, the drag of the fly line will practically set the hook against the momentum of the fish running away from you.
When it jumps it’s properly hooked, so relax and enjoy the run…don’t tighten your drag unnecessarily or force the fish…your skipper will dictate the pace.
And when it’s close to the boat, watch out for the last few attempts to shake the hook.
Your experienced crew will tag the fish and handle the proper resuscitation and release of your sailie
Remember that your captain, crew and team mates are as responsible for luring, teasing and landing your sailfish as you are…..so work together and enjoy the ride!
And that’s the Wildfly Billfish Challenge!

Rules and Regulations

1. Only recognized /bona fide fly fishing equipment may be used. No other fishing equipment is permissible to actually catch / hook fish.  IGFA rules in respect to tippet class and rigging is not compulsory. A maximum of two hooks can be used on any line / fly.
2. All teasers / lures, belly shine and bait, cannot have any hooks. The rigs to entice the billfish may be set by the Captain and crew of your respective boat.
3. Once any fish has been raised, the crew may assist in removing the birds and teasers. However, the actual teasing of the billfish to the back of the boat can be undertaken by a team member.
   Should a team member actually tease the billfish to the back of the boat, then a 25% bonus points will apply for that respective catch.
4. To qualify as a legal catch, the fly must be thrown to the fish, once the boat is in neutral. Once hooked the boat may     be used to chase and help land your fish. No trolling of flies is permitted.
5. There are 4 fishing days / sessions. Each fishing session begins as you board the boat from 6:00am and finishes when you return to Hemmingways at 4:30pm, with a strict cut off for catch records by 6pm each evening
6. This is strictly a catch and release competition, all fish caught must be properly tagged and successfully released to count for points. Points are calculated based on the species that you catch and estimated weight as determined by the boat Captain.

     a. Sailfish 100 points
     b. Striped Marlin 150 points
     c. Black Marlin 200 points
     d. Blue Marlin 300 points
     10 points per kilo, as determined by the boat Captain alone.

7. This is a session competition. Points for your team will be accrued for the session, based on which you will be ranked in order of performance for that session. i.e. The team winning the session will get a single point, the team coming last will get 7 points. The Winning Score for the tournament will the lowest accrued ranking. (4 x session wins = 4 points, being the best possible score).Blanking or catching no fish in any session will result in the maximum points being awarded in that session.
8. All catches must be witnessed by the crew and Captain of your boat. Points are allocated based on a submitted, witnessed tag and release record. The judges decision, in respect to catch records and points allocation is final and no objections will be considered or correspondence entered into.
9. The Captain of your boat is responsible for your safety on the water and his decision in respect to every aspect of your fishing time spent on the boat is absolute and no discussions will be entertained in regard to the movements of the boat. Any indiscretion in respect to boat, crew or team safety will result in automatic disqualification with rights reserved on your continued participation in all activities.
10. Please do not discard cigarette butts or any other litter anywhere other than the demarcated bins on board. Remember that the Ocean and weather patterns are unpredictable, so please be exceptionally careful when moving around the boat. It is advised when not fishing that you remain seated or within the confines of the main cabin.
11. WildFly, it’s sponsors and organisers do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage to any property or any injury or illness of any entrant / guest while using the waters, facilities  or on the property on which the competition is being held. All entrants acknowledge by entering the competition that they indemnify WildFly, the  sponsors and organisers of the WildFly Billfish Challenge against any claims how so ever arising.

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