2017 Entry Information


updated February 4, 2017
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ENTRY LEVELS & CASH AWARDS

There are seven levels of entry: One mandatory tournament entry (Level 1) and six optional levels. A 20% management fee is retained from Level 1; Level 2-6 are 100% return. Level 7 is a 75% return with the other 25% going to charity.

LEVEL 1 Top Boats (mandatory) — $2,400

Awarded to the five teams accumulating the most overall billfish points—first through third place receive cash awards, fourth and fifth place are awarded trophies. The amount allocated to cash awards is split 50-30-20 between the top three teams. If only two teams qualify, the split is 60-40 and if only one team qualifies, the winner takes all.

LEVEL 2 Billfish Jackpot (optional) — $1,000

Awarded to the three teams accumulating the most overall billfish points and also entered in this level. Cash allocation between the winners is the same as Level 1.

LEVEL 3 High Rollers Jackpot (optional) — $1,500

Teams must be entered in Level 1 and Level 2 to enter Level 3.
Awarded to the three teams accumulating the most overall billfish points and also entered in this level. Cash allocation between the winners is the same as Level 1.

LEVEL 4 Billfish Daily Jackpot (optional) — $1,500

The cash in this level is split evenly between each day of competition and is awarded to the top two teams that accumulate the most overall billfish points for the day and are also entered in this level. Cash allocation between the two winners is 70-30. At least 10% of the fleet must fish in order for the Daily to be paid. See Rule #7.

LEVEL 5 Gamefish Division (optional) — $500

The cash in this level is split evenly between the three eligible gamefish species (dolphin, tuna, wahoo) and awarded to the teams weighing the single heaviest fish in each species category and also entered in this level. If there are no winners in an entire species category, the cash award for that species rolls evenly into the remaining species categories.

LEVEL 6 Blue Marlin Jackpot (optional) — $1,000

Awarded to the team weighing the single heaviest blue marlin and also entered in this level. If no qualifying fish are weighed, the award goes to the team that accumulates the most billfish release points and is also entered in this level.

LEVEL 7 Charitable Mystery Fish (optional) — $1,000

The cash in this level is split four ways with 25% going to the VBBT charities and 25% going to each of the daily winners based on a nightly drawing. For teams entered in this category a “chip” would be added to the bucket for each billfish you caught that day. For example, if your team caught four billfish, you would get four “chips” in the bucket.


 

OTHER TOURNAMENT AWARDS

Trophies, plaques, and/or merchandise are awarded in the following categories:
Top Overall Angler — Angler who accumulates the most total billfish points.
Top Release Angler — Angler who accumulates the most billfish release points.
Top Lady Angler — Lady Angler who accumulates the most total billfish points.
Top Crew — Captain and crew who accumulate the most total billfish points.
Top Junior Billfish Angler — Junior Angler (15 years or younger) who accumulates the most billfish points.
Top Junior Gamefish Angler — Junior Angler (15 years or younger) who catches the largest single dolphin, tuna or wahoo.
Joel Webb Memorial Top Mate — Awarded to the mate on the boat that accumulates the most billfish points.
Wayne McLeskey Top Boat Perpetual Trophy — Trophy bears the names of the top boats from 2012 onward and is held in a place of honor throughout the year.


 

PRIZE DISBURSEMENT

If you are unable to attend the Awards Celebration, or would like additional trophies, call Paula Owen at 757-652-8409 or email paula@vbbt.com.
Trophies
Trophies, six per team, are handed out on stage during the Awards Celebration.
Disbursement Order
Before winnings are paid each team receiving a cash award must complete a Disbursement Order specifying how the funds are to be distributed. We suggest you decide how prize money is to be distributed before the tournament. Disbursement Orders are handed to the team at the Awards Celebration. The Disbursement Order must be signed by the Team Contact as recorded on the Entry Form.
Cash Disbursement and Tax Documents
Cash awards are paid by check and mailed within two weeks following the event. A 1099-MISC is issued for all prize money to the person or company to whom the check is made payable.
Deducting Entry Fees
You may deduct entry fees from your winnings to be applied toward the following year’s tournament.


 

REGISTRATION

Teams must submit an entry form either before the tournament (Pre-Registration) or at Final Registration. Entry forms can be found on www.vbbt.com, and may also be requested by calling 757-652-8409 or emailing paula@vbbt.com. Fax completed entry forms to 757-428-5935 or mail entry forms and payment to:
Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament, PO Box 568, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Teams may submit entry forms through 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 22 to pre-register. After that entry forms must be submitted during Final Registration. All teams must check in during Final Registration to pay any balance due, verify team information, pick up event tickets, tournament forms and team merchandise and attend the Captain’s Meeting. Final Registration takes place on Wednesday, August 23 between 4:00pm and 10:00pm. Teams running late due to weather or mechanical problems may register up to 8:30am on Thursday, August 24, but must make arrangements with the tournament director beforehand. Teams registering late are still expected to abide by any rules changes that may be announced at the Captain’s Meeting.


 

PAYMENT

Entry fees may be paid by either cash or check. Make checks payable to the “Virginia Beach Billfish Foundation” or “VBBF”.


 

TEAM CONTACT

Also relates to refunds and prize money distribution. Please carefully read the following and choose your Team Contact accordingly.
The Team Contact is the designated team leader; there can be only one Team Contact per team. The Team Contact must know how to reach each member of the team, and the contact information for the Team Contact must be complete and include a mailing address, cell or local phone number and email address. Any instructions, confirmations or requests for information are sent to this person. In addition, the Team Contact is the person to whom any refunds are made payable, and signs the Disbursement Order designating how cash awards are distributed.


 

ANGLERS, CAPTAINS & MATES

There is no limit to the number of anglers per team, but you must sign up all anglers before or during Final Registration. It does not matter on which day the angler fishes as long as no more than six anglers fish at one time. Captains and mates may also be anglers, but must be registered as anglers on the Entry Form. At a minimum, you must provide a First Name, Last Name, City and State for all team participants. Any angler changes must be made in writing and may be turned in at the Weigh Station, Scoring Table, Fisherman’s Wharf Marina or the Virginia Beach Fishing Center. Anglers may not change teams during the tournament.


 

EVENT TICKETS & TEAM BAGS

Each team receives eight event tickets and a team bucket or bag with sponsor give-aways and eight tournament t-shirts. Merchandise and event tickets for additional team members may be purchased at the event.

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