YES - Our events are professional tournaments, with the exception of the Custom Shootout, which is a charity-only event; therefore we do not permit professional registered anglers for the Custom Shootout.
A professional angler, by our definition is: any professional crew member that has been paid as such within last three years.
YES! We love to see children enjoying the outdoors and fishing with their families! We have a Top Junior Angler Award in all our tournaments.
Under our White Marlin Roundup Rules, #5:
To qualify for Amateur Status, no professional anglers are allowed. Teams requesting Amateur Status must be approved by the Committee prior to the start of the tournament. All other Tournament Rules apply.
No, while The IGFA has given our tournaments permission to replicate portions of their rulings, they have no involvement in our billfish tournament Regulations. If you are fishing for a world record, it is your responsibility to follow all IGFA International Angling Rules.
Video proof - which shall include: 1) registered angler fighting the fish 2) proper identification marker 3) sufficient footage of the fish in order to accurately determine the species 4) proper release evidence 5) correct time and date stamp. All media is the team's responsibility and becomes property of the Tournament once it is submitted for scoring. Please find our Video Evidence for more information.
All our entry fee payments will be accepted by cash, check (checks must be received no less than 14 days prior to the tournament start date), wire transfer or credit card. The Committee will contact you for payment once your inquiry/registration form has been received and processed.
NO! We do not require anyone to enter the Jackpot (aka Calcutta) betting - it is optional. We provide Jackpots for those who enjoy the added competitiveness and is available in our Abaco Diamond Series, Bimini Bluefin, Sailfish Shootout and Scrub Island Invitational tournaments.
All of our Jackpot fees will be accepted by cash, check (checks must be received no less than 14 days prior to the tournament start date) or wire transfer - credit cards are not accepted. If you are undecided of which Jackpot you want to get in, we will accept cash only at the tournament's Captain's meeting. However, once the tournament is underway, no Jackpot entries will be accepted.
Yes, Skip's Tournaments is a U.S.-based Company. Please see our U.S. Company Disclosure for additional information and a link to the W-9, which is required for all cash winnings.
Yes, This series requires all three tournaments be fished in order to qualify for series points and prizes. Please see Rules and Prizes to Abaco Diamond Series for more information.
Each participant must secure their own slip accommodations, as we do not know the specific needs of your boat (i.e. power, etc.) Because some teams will be staying through the tournament season, it is important that you have your plans secured well in advance of tournament time. For marina reservations, please visit: http://abacobeachresort.com/marina.
The Abaco Beach Resort features 89 oceanfront guestrooms, suites and villas, each with its own verandah or balcony. So, yes! Again, it is important to secure your plans well in advance of tournament time. For guest accommodations, please visit: http://abacobeachresort.com/accommodations/rooms-suites
Yes! In addition to the Abaco Beach Resort's Angler's Restaurant, Marsh Harbour has many wonderful spots to dine, just a golf cart or taxi ride away!
There are many domestic flights to and from the Bahamas and Marsh Harbour. Some include: American Airlines, Bahamas Air, Delta, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Sky Bahamas, and United Airways. For private flying and FBO information, please visit: http://www.bahamas.com/fbos.
Yes, the Bahamas is close to the U.S., but is a foreign country. A valid passport is required to enter the islands. Birth certificates no longer are accepted as proof of citizenship and expired passports will not be accepted.
The Abaco Beach Resort offers a private beach, beachfront pool, a quaint gift shop, fitness center, kid's camp, local shopping, boat rentals, dive shop with certified instructors, tennis courts and a water sports center. The Resort is very accommodating to their guest's needs and will be happy to help you arrange activities for your family or guests while you're out catching blue marlin!