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2024 NANTUCKET INSHORE CLASSIC TOURNAMENT RULES

TOURNAMENT DATES & TIMES:

  • Opening Gam: September 7th, 5pm at the Anglers Club.
  • Fishing Starts: September 8th, at 12:01 a.m.
  • Fishing Submissions End: October 12th, at 12pm.
  • Awards: October 12th, 4pm at the Anglers Club. 
  • Fish Submissions Must Be Emailed Within 12 Hours of Catch. Submissions After This Time Will Be Disqualified Without Exception.

TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE & RULES:

The Nantucket Inshore Classic (NIC) is an Individual Angler Tournament for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito, and False Albacore. It features All Tackle, Fly, and Junior Divisions and Categories. Each Division includes a Boat and a Beach Category.

  • Adults may enter one or a combination of the All Tackle and Fly Divisions.
  • Juniors (birth date after 9-3-2008) may only enter the Junior Division and use any allowed tackle.
  • Fishing methods must adhere to Federal, State, & IGFA Rules & Regulations unless otherwise stated.
  • Live Bait is permitted.

BOUNDARIES:

Southern Boundary – 3 Mile Limit Line (shown on map). Western Boundary – Muskeget Channel Buoy “Hooter” to Yellow Flashing Light (South side Marthas Vineyard) North to Nobska Light House. Northern Boundary – Shoreline of Cape Cod and Monomoy Islands to Buoy “C” (East of Chatham) Eastern Boundary – Buoy “C” to Pollock Rip Channel Buoy “4” to Great Pt. Green Buoy “1” then 3 Mile Limit Line to south.

  • Beach fish are those caught from a Nantucket Island beach accessed by foot and/or vehicle.
  • Fish caught on a non-Nantucket Island beach or by watercraft are considered Boat fish.

MEASURING LIMITS:

  • Fish will be recorded by LENGTH ONLY for all divisions.
  • Entrants may measure and record only 1 fish of each species per calendar day per division/category.
  • Standings will be determined by length using an approved measuring device with a picture.
  • Length will be measured from the TIP of SNOUT to the TIP of the TAIL in quarter-inch (1/4”) increments.
  • Pictures should show the entire fish on a flat surface with the measuring device clearly visible.

AWARDS & PRIZES:

Division Champions:

  • All Tackle Division (2 awards) – Boat and Beach Categories
  • Fly Division (2 awards) – Boat and Beach Categories
  • Junior Division (2 awards) – Boat and Beach Categories

Category Awards:

  • All Tackle Division (8 awards) – Given to entrants with the longest fish of each species in each category.
  • Fly Division (8 awards) – Given to entrants with the longest fish of each species in each category.
  • Junior Division (8 awards) – Given to entrants with the longest fish of each species in each category.

Weekly Awards:

  • All Tackle Division (up to 8 per week/40 total) – Given to entrants with the longest fish of each species in each category.
  • Fly Division (up to 8 per week/40 total) – Given to entrants with the longest fish of each species in each category.
  • Junior Division (up to 8 per week/40 total) – Given to entrants with the longest fish of each species in each category.

ENTRANTS not Nantucket Anglers Club (NAC) MEMBERS:

Non-members have full NAC privileges during the tournament. Non-members must sign in at the bar, use the NIC as their sponsor, wear their NIC badge while present, and adhere to NAC house rules. Failure to comply may result in removal from the club premises and the NIC.

PROTEST PROCEDURE:

If an entrant observes a perceived infraction or dispute, they may file a written protest to the Tournament Committee within 24 hours. Include details of the event, names, circumstances, date, time, location, and witnesses. The Committee’s decision shall be final.

CONTACTS:

For questions, contact any NIC Committee Member or Jeffrey Heyer at 508-221-1358 or nantucketinshoreclassic@gmail.com.

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