Rules and Regulations

All entrants must agree with and abide by all rules. Read Carefully.

Entry Criteria


Junior Angler

15 years of age or younger.


Carysfort (25°13.249') to Hillsborough Inlet (26°15.070')

Angler Substitutions

Angler substitutions must be completed before lines in via telephone

Check Out

Check out will be at the end of the Northern most channel leading into Monty’s Restaurant. All boats will be cleared to leave the area at 7:00am by the stake boat located in the channel. You must provide a time stamp and video of the stake boat prior to leaving.

Check In

All boats must check in by 6:00pm at Monty's Restaurant in Coconut Grove

Tournament Times


Cameras and Procedure for Yo-Yo

Cameras must start with a video of the time. Accepted timepieces are GPS, VHF or Cellular devices. Video must be continuous until the fish in landed. The angler that hooks the fish must be the angler that brings it to the boat. A gaff may be used to bring the fish into the boat. A cell phone may be used as long as video is consistent with all other rules requirements. Contact the committee office to notify if a change of camera is being made.


Mahi Scoring:
Total weight of 3 fish

Calcutta Scoring:
In The Meat - Total weight of 3 Mahi
Meatsauce – The one largest Mahi by weight

General Information

Time Frame – 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Lines – 8

Hooks – Circle hooks only
Anglers – No Limit
Bait – Live or dead accepted. Chumming accepted.
Weigh Station – The weigh station will be dockside at Montys Bar & Grill in Coconut Grove. All fish must be weighted by 6:00pm to qualify.
Weather – Tournament officials may cancel the tournament day if in their best judgment unsafe conditions exist at sea for the average boat entered. No refunds of any sort will be made for any cause in the event of such cancellation. If the day (or any portion thereof) is “weathered out”, the tournament results will be final based on the results of the official fishing time that can be completed. Notice of cancellation and/or resumption of fishing will be provided via Committee Phone. A determination permitting fishing by tournament officials should not be interpreted to mean that the tournament ensures the safety of any registered angler or occupant of any boat. Anglers must make their own judgments whether to fish under the prevailing weather conditions based on the size and seaworthiness of their boat, their seamanship skills, and any other relevant factors.
Entry Fees - A small percentage of the entry fees will be retained by the tournament for expenses including, but not limited to, processing fees, rentals, etc.


Any protests concerning the conduct of an angler or rules violations must be filed in writing with the tournament committee no later than the close of the fishing day on the day of the alleged violation. Along with a non refundable $300. Protests will be handled by the rules committee. The decisions of the rules committee are final.


No refunds will be given for any reason including, but not limited to acts of nature, war, national security, Covid-19, vessel malfunctions or travel restrictions.


All ties will be broken based on time. The earlier billfish release or earlier fun fish weigh-in will win the tie.

Hold Harmless

All registered anglers and non-registered occupants of their boats enter and participate in this tournament voluntarily at their own risk. In consideration for the tournament’s acceptance of his or her entry, each angler, for his or her heirs, executors, and administrators, agrees to release, hold harmless and indemnify the Tournament ( CCO Showdown LLC), its officers, managers, directors, agents, sponsors, donors, the city and county where the event is held, and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of the tournament, from and against any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, fees or expenses which he or she may have against any above-described party, or which his or her captains, crew members, family members, companions or non-registered occupants of their boat may have, arising out of or in any way connected with his or her participation in this tournament, including any injury or death suffered by any registered angler, boat captains, crew members, family members, companions or other occupants of any boat, and including any damage to vessels and equipment, which occurs during or in conjunction with the event. Each Angler understands and agrees that this release specifically includes and waives any claims based on libel, slander, negligence, action or inaction of any above-named party.
Signing of the Entry Sheet – By signing the entry form, the Boat Owner/Team Representative agrees to follow the above tournament rules. All Boat Owners/Team Representatives are required to sign the entry form as certification that they have read and agreed to abide by all guidelines and the above liability release.


Brian Gonzalez
Alan Blanco
Sarah Melia
JC Cleare