Lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles) eligible for entry may only be taken during the tournament hours. No previously caught or frozen lionfish will be allowed, however, please keep all lionfish on ice.
Six consecutive hours without a small craft warning issued by the National Weather Service constitutes a valid tournament. All waters in the Gulf of Mexico are eligible for tournament. Should a cancellation of the tournament occur due to weather, the event will not be rescheduled. The raffle category shall remain active and drawings for this category will be made during the festival event as scheduled regardless of the 2 – day tournament category.
Tournament participants must check in at the Captain’s safety meeting at 7:00pm the night before the daily event starts to participate in the tournament. The Captain must be present or coordinate with LWC tournament committee to conduct remote Captains safety meeting. We encourage all registered participants to attend. Captain’s meeting Venue to be determined.
Registered participants who have not checked in will not be considered entered whether or not registration fees were paid.
Only legal means of capture in areas allowing use of those gear types will be allowed. All existing federal, state, and local laws must be followed.
To qualify for prizes, participants must be registered, paid and show proper identification. All participants must sign a legal waiver form and the lionfish understanding of risk form.
Non-refundable registration fees are $50 per participant. Each registrant checking in at the captain’s meeting will receive a tournament T/Shirt.
Protective gloves should be worn when handling lionfish. Participants are encouraged to carry appropriate first aid kit specific for Lionfish stings.
Tournament hours: Sunrise until sunset Friday 5/18/2018 and Saturday 5/19/2018 and Sunday 5/20/2018 thru 11AM. All fish must be present at scoring station by times and date designated for prizes. Pre-tournament raffle entry will begin 3/1/2018 and end 3/17/2018.
Lionfish may only be taken during tournament hours and the fish must be presented to the scoring station. Scoring station opened from 3:00 – 5:00pm Sat 5/19/2018 and 8:00 am – 11:00am Sun. 5/20/2018. All fish must be present at scoring station by 11:00am Sun 5/20/2018 to be counted. Pre-tournament raffle fish can be turned in to and verified with Andy Ross (850) 529-2475 or approved drop off location.
Only one winning entry per person will be allowed in each category.
If fewer than six entries are received in any category the remaining awards will be left as unclaimed.
All lionfish must be in whole condition (no missing heads or tails). Largest and smallest fish will be determined by total length of the fish in millimeters measuring from tip of snout to tip of tail.
Lionfish caught during the derby may be used for sampling and or research during the event days. Fish caught must be preserved on ice for donations. All other Lionfish not donated must be disposed of properly by the individual capturing the Lionfish.
All entrants agree to allow tournament officials and Lionfish World Championship to use photos for media and promotional purposes.
In the event of a tie the winning team or individual will be determined by the earliest check in of its lionfish at the scoring station.
All cash prizes will be awarded to winning participant by bank check.
The Lionfish tournament is an honor system tournament with all registrants being responsible for compliance with the rules.
Anyone found violating tournament rules by the tournament officials will be disqualified from receiving any tournament prizes and prohibited from entry in any future tournaments.
Decisions of the derby officials are final.
Team with Most Lionfish
Largest Lionfish (Individual)
Smallest Lionfish (Individual)
Team with Most Lionfish: 1st through 6th place prizes as indicated on prize chart. Teams are limited to a four-person maximum and must be designated upon registration. Total number entered will be total fish of all team members count combined.
Largest Lionfish (Individual): 1st through 6th place prizes as indicated on prize chart. Largest size is determined by length in millimeters.
Smallest Lionfish (Individual) 1st – 6th place prizes as indicated on prize chart. Smallest size is determined by length in millimeters.
Individual Pre-Tournament and Tournament Raffle: Prizes to be determined and winners will be drawn as follows: One raffle entry will be issued for every Lionfish donated to LWC for the three-day tournament 5/18/2018 – 5/20/2018. Two raffle entries will be issued for every Lionfish donated to LWC during the pre-tournament period from 3/1/2018 – 5/17/2018.
Raffle entries will be drawn electronically on final day of the event 5/20/18. First three top prizes announced will be drawn for and awarded to the pre-tournament category only. Participants do not need to be present to win the top three announced prizes. All other raffle drawings require participants to be present to win.
Drop-off Locations are listed on the Pre-tournament page of the official Lionfish World Championship website.
*if you wish to turn in lionfish as part of the pre-tournament and do not have a drop off location near you, please contact Andy Ross prior to trip to arrange drop off location.
Awards: Trophies will be awarded as follows: First through sixth place most category awarded to each team member. First through sixth largest category awarded to each individual participant. First through sixth place smallest awarded to individual participant.