With the arrival of a new year, we are ready to open registration for the "2014 Bamfield Tuna Shootout. As it stands 26 tickets are already spoken for by participants from last years event. We will be sending an email out shortly to these entrants with more information. That means, at this time, 24 tickets will be going on sale with a first come first serve basis. We will do our best to keep a running tally on how many are left as we move forward. Registration and payment will be by cheque, made out to "The Bamfield Tuna Shootout". Upon receiving cheques we will deposit them into the derby account and a receipt and numbered ticket will be mailed back to confirm registration. Please email email@example.com or PM myself for the address and any questions in regards to registration. Many of the final details are still a work in progress but in building from last year, we can guarantee this will be a one of a kind event you don't want to miss. More accommodations and moorage will be available this year, further information will be announced closer to the date. In addition to this thread we will also be creating a derby page that will be posted at a later date. For those of you who missed last year, a full derby recap from last year can be found on the link below. Crews battled tough weather but the event was a huge success. We recently found a suitable project for last years proceeds. It is a privately funded net pen design, located in Port Alberni. 100,000 smolts will be reared in a pen behind Hohm Island in the Port Alberni Harbour. PM myself, Searun or Derby for more info on the project. Contact Jeff Nish (Osama) and myself for any general inquiries about the event. http://www.bctough.com/2013/02/02/2013bts/ The Event History: The Bamfield Tuna Shootout is Western Canada’s first interactive Tuna derby, first occurring informally in 2011 and 2012. It began with three boats and ten anglers in its first year but has since seen significant growth. 2013 was the first organized event and it successfully attracted over 25 boats and 100 anglers. With the derby and Albacore fishery quickly gaining popularity, 2014 looks to be on track for reaching a cap of 50 boats. Main objective: Promote and expand interest in sport fishing for Albacore Tuna on the West Coast of Vancouver Island resulting in an extended fishing season. The tournament will allow for increased safety and an emphasis on sharing information will allow fishermen to gain important knowledge of the emerging fishery. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Non-Governmental Organizations dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Pacific Fisheries. Specific projects will be declared closer to the derby date. Dates: Due to the fishery occurring 40-60 miles offshore, calm weather conditions must be prevalent before any fishing can occur. The derby will span over 8 days (Sept 12th-20th) which will better ensure the chances of suitable conditions. On days where weather prevents Tuna fishing there are other options for Salmon and bottom fish closer to shore. On the final night of the 20th there will be a wrap up party to conclude the derby. Entry: The entry fee is $500 per boat, with no occupant limit. Please contact us through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for entry. Included with entry: Details of entry prizes will be determined at a later date, when sponsorships and supporters are finalized. Last year all participants received a captains bucket loaded with goods, complimentary beer, a comprehensive Albacore seminar courtesy of Q-Cove Tackle and significant draw prizes (reels, rods, GPS', trips etc). General Rules: * Further rules will be distributed to captains during the event and current rules are subject to change. By entering the Bamfield Tuna Shootout all participants agree to accept the ruling of the Bamfield Tuna Shootout Advisory board. Placing & Prize breakdown: Top prizes will be awarded to the heaviest 4 fish aggregate weights 1st-$10,000 2nd-$4,000 3rd-$3,000 4th-$2,000 5th-$1,000 Secondary prizes will be based off of the weights of individual fish Largest Albacore Tuna- To be determined Smallest Albacore Tuna-To be determined Most Helpful Captain (as voted by entrants on final night)- To be determined *Prizes will be awarded to entered boats, not individual fisherman. It is the responsibility of captains and crews to determine how they allocate winnings. Weigh Ins: To maximize fishing opportunities, weigh in times will be offered both in the evenings and mornings. Location and times are still being determined and will be announced at a later date. * Due to Albacore Tuna being warm blooded, each fish must be thoroughly bled and properly iced before weigh in. Failure to do so will result in spoiled meat and potential disqualification. Additional Rules and information: All crew members require BC Tidal Licenses Trading of fish between boats is strictly prohibited If weather conditions are determined dangerous, all boats will be asked to abort offshore runs A predetermined derby VHF channel will be released during the derby. Entrants will be asked to monitor it and channel 16 (Coast Guard) for safety purposes at all times. *Contestants failing to follow rules risk elimination and forfeiture of any prizes. All disputes will be settled by the Bamfield Tuna Shootout advisory board. Sponsorship Opportunity: Sponsors for this year are still being accepted. Please contact us by email (email@example.com) for further information.