The Shootout

May 18 - May 21, 2022 -

The Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina - Abaco, Bahamas

As you may know, I am the tournament director of the Custom Shootout and Skip’s Tournaments billfish tournaments. After many years of being involved in tournaments all over the world, I feel I have gained enough experience to venture out and develop yet another unique event, the Outboard Shootout tournament.

Once we saw this steadily growing segment, I began talking to center console owners. What I found is that many of them would love the opportunity to go marlin fishing. “It’s about time!” and “I am in!” are the responses I keep hearing when I mention a marlin tournament that caters specifically to them. Between the number of current center console owners and all the new buyers in the marketplace, I began to realize that the turnout for a tournament of this kind could be HUGE!

So, where can we hold a competitive marlin tournament that isn’t too far from South Florida and where the fishing is excellent? ABACO BEACH RESORT AND BOAT HARBOUR MARINA!

Why there, you ask? The resort's marina can accommodate plenty of boats and large tanks of fuel are readily available. Additionally, the resort has a fully enclosed air-conditioned banquet tent, large enough to seat 400 people. They know how to put on a great awards dinner!

Abaco Beach Resort has hosted the biggest fishing events held in the Bahamas, such as the the Bertram/Hatteras Shootout and presently the Custom Boat Shootout. The marina has the reputation of providing boat owners with good facilities, and the resort offers numerous oceanfront room options, villas, a restaurant, bar, two pools and a sandy beach. The local diving is great, deep-dropping & bottom fishing is consistent and bonefish can be caught nearby too. The resort is located closer to home than you might think, and fishing grounds are easily accessible from the marina. Marsh Harbour also has an international airport with many flight options with direct, non-stop flights out of Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville on American, Bahamas Air and Silver Airlines with a number of private charter operators also available.

There have been two Blue Marlin over 1,000 lbs. caught offshore in the surrounding waters, not to mention the many that were lost! Navigation to and from the U.S. is easy as most people can navigate the inside reefs from West End to Abaco. We already have a few sponsors and many boats already trying to sign up! We would love to have you on board! If you are interested, please give me a call at 954-531-7985



Entry Form

Download the Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Outboard Tournament Entry Form

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2022 Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament Schedule of Events

Updated details to come!

Wednesday, May 18
3:00pm to 5:00pm Registration
7:30pm Kickoff - Cocktail Party
8:00pm Dinner & Cocktails
8:30pm Captain's Meeting
Thursday, May 19
6:30am Breakfast delivered
8:30am to 4:30pm Day 1 Fishing
4:30pm Rum punch dock greeting
4:30pm to 7:00pm Weigh-in and video review
7:30pm Grill night!
  Bring your meat, fish, chicken, etc. and our Chef will grill it for you! We will have all the side dishes - burgers and hotdogs available, too!
Friday, May 20
6:30am Breakfast delivered
8:30am to 4:30pm Day 2 Fishing
4:30pm Rum punch dock greeting
4:30pm to 7:00pm Weigh-in and video review
7:30pm Mexican Night Dinner
Saturday, May 21
6:30am Breakfast delivered
8:30am to 4:30pm Day 3 Fishing
4:30pm to 7:00pm Weigh-in and video review
7:30pm Cocktails
8:00pm Awards Dinner at the Tournament Tent

Jackpot Schedule

$16,500 - Across-The-Board Jackpots

$3,000 - Largest Blue Marlin 101" LJSL

Refundable if no fish caught. Pays 1st & 2nd only. 70/30 payout

$3,000 - Billfish Release Division

All Points combined. Pays 1st & 2nd only. 70/30 payout

$2,000 - Overall WTA

All billfish points combined.

$1,000 - Top Captain & Crew WTA

Daily $6,000 - Release

$2,000 each day - All billfish points per day. Pays 1st & 2nd each day only. 70/30 payout

$1,500 - Fun Fish Division ($500 ea)

Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo


Live scoring links will be available once the tournament begins

Tournament Rules

The Captain's Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 during the kickoff dinner in the Tournament Tent at the Abaco Beach Resort, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas for all the registered teams. A team representative must be in attendance, as rules are subject to change.

All boats must stay at Boat Harbour Marina or enter & depart each day, with permission from the committee.

Any fish that is harvested, must be brought in on the boat which the fish was caught.

    All teams must possess a Bahamas Fishing Permit.
    The Tournament will begin with the call of "lines in" at 8:30am and continue until "lines out" at 4:30pm on May 19th, 20th and 21st, 2022. All boats must be inside the marina before 7pm each evening, as the Committee must have your catch affidavits and videos by then. An angler may fight a fish until it is lost, released or boated so long as it was hooked and reported to the Committee Boat prior to lines out of the water. If you are hooked up after the closing of fishing on Day 1 or on Day 2, you may continue fighting the fish until you catch the fish. You will then have 2.5 hours to get to the weigh station. A billfish caught after 12:00 midnight will count as a release or capture of the day it was hooked-up On Day 3 of fishing, you will have until 9pm to get to the dock! No exceptions! Any gamefish requiring a weigh-in must be at the scales prior to closing at 7pm. There are no lay days or weather days, unless determined by the Committee. Fish at your own risk.
    TheThere is a 50-mile boundary rule - radius from the marina.
    • International Billfish Tournament Regulations apply.
    • Six anglers per team per day are permitted, with no restrictions. Teams are permitted to hook and hand, but only once, upon the initial hookup!
    • To be eligible to compete as a Junior Angler, the angler must be 16 years old or under at the start of the tournament registration.
    • A maximum of six lines (with hooks) are permitted at any one time. An unlimited amount of hookless baits or teasers are allowed. "J" hooks may be used on lures only. Natural baits must be deployed with non-offset circle hooks. No live bait allowed.
    • Maximum line 130 pound test.
    Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish and Spearfish are eligible for catch and release. Tuna( Yellowfin, Blackfin and Big Eye only), Wahoo, and Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) are eligible for weigh-in, with a 15 lb. minimum weight requirement, and are categorized as "Gamefish" in this tournament.
    A billfish hook-up must be called in to the "Committee Boat" as soon as possible on the VHF channel 71. The "Committee Boat" will validate your hook-up by announcement. A billfish release must be called in to the "Committee Boat" with the following information: species released, boat name, angler name, and type of tag, if applicable. The "Committee Boat" will then verify your information by announcement and give you a release time, which must be recorded on your daily catch affidavit and turned in at the end of the fishing day, with your video evidence. It is unnecessary to call in any other species besides billfish. If you lose your fish prior to release (i.e. jump off, pulled hook, etc.) please inform the "Committee Boat" as soon as possible. If you call in a release, then it will be recorded as a release. The time stamp of the digital image is the official release time and must be within (plus or minus) fifteen (15) minutes of the time reported by radio to the "Committee Boat". If the timestamp of the identification of the fish is over fifteen (15) minutes from the VHF call, then the release time will be over to the time of the identification time.
    If you call in a release, then you may not kill your fish. Be sure of your intent before calling the catch into the "Committee Boat". Once you call in a "release" it is recorded as a release and cannot be changed. "Deck-checking" is not permitted. Once you have decided you have a kill fish on the leader, please inform the "Committee Boat" of your intent, and again when it is landed. The fish's measurements must be given to the Committee as soon as possible, and will be relayed to the fleet by the "Committee Boat". It is highly recommended you continue to capture your kill on video, although not required.
    Each team may kill only two fish per day per boat, one per angler. To qualify for weigh-in, the fish must measure a minimum of 101" LJFL. If the fish does not meet the minimum measurement requirement, then the undersized fish is disqualified and no points will be awarded. Fish meeting the minimum requirement will be awarded 1 point per pound. This division only pays two places. The fish must be brought to the weigh-in station on the boat it was caught on! Please video the harvesting of the kill fish.
    Teams may weigh-in one of each species per day. Scale hours are 5pm-7pm each fishing day. The minimum weight of each species is 15 pounds. Any fish eligible for weigh-in must be brought to the scales by a team representative, preferably the actual angler. In the event of a tie, we request you record your landed gamefish on the day's catch affidavit, with the angler's name and time boated. We love videos too! The gamefish division is a tournament-wide winner-take-all and is weight-benchmarked by the last largest fish brought in by the species (i.e., day one's 30 lb. Wahoo is knocked out by day three's 35 lb. Wahoo, etc.). Species-benchmarks will be listed on the Tournament Standings board and announced by the "Committee Boat" prior to lines in each day. Each fish must be brought to the dock by the boat it was caught on! You may then "walk or roll" the fish to the weigh station.
    All billfish must be released to qualify. A billfish is considered released when: a) the swivel between the mainline or double line and leader hits the rod tip b) the mate grabs the leader or c) the wind-on leader comes through the rod tip. Please release the fish in good condition by either removing the hook-set or cutting the leader as close to the hook-set as possible. "Popping" the leader is not a good method of healthy release, and we ask that you refrain from doing so.
    • Blue Marlin: 400 points
    • White Marlin: 150 points
    • Spearfish: 150 points
    • Sailfish: 100 points
    • Unidentifiable Billfish: 100 points
    • A "Hatchet Marlin" and "Round Scaled Spearfish" will be considered White Marlin in this tournament and therefore categorized as such.
    • All ties will be broken on time.
    • Maximum 130lb line.
    • Identification Markers - each team will obtain a marker prior to the day's fishing. This marker must be displayed during the fight and recorded. Failure to show the marker in your video proof will disqualify your catch, even if it is time-stamped.
    • Release Verification Recordings - each team is required to show video evidence of billfish catch and release. This recording shall be TIME and DATE stamped in accordance with the "official time" as stated by the "Committee Boat" prior to each day's fishing. Your video proof 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 - see Rule 10 above. All recordings submitted must be easily viewed by the Committee. It is the team's responsibility to have these items and the video cued up for immediate viewing. Failure to do so will delay the verification process. We highly recommend you have at least two recordings on different cameras, and underwater shots are the best way to accurately identify the species.
    • Billfish Release Affidavit - each billfish release is required to be noted on the day's affidavit and submitted with your video to the Committee each fishing day. Failure to turn in your affidavit will disqualify that day's catch(es). Affidavits are supplied with your registration package. If you do not have one for each day, please see the Committee for a replacement.
    • Submission of Recordings - Verification recordings must be submitted to the Committee between 5pm-7pm each day of fishing. All recordings, images, sounds etc. may become property of the Tournament and may be used at any time. Recordings and/or images will be downloaded from the team's device(s), if needed.
    • Disputes or Protests - All disputes will be settled by the Committee. All decisions are final.

    Participation in optional jackpots is not required to compete for awards.

    • 90% of all optional jackpot fees are distributed in the form of cash prizes/awards except for the Gamefish and Captain/Crew categories (if applicable), where 100% of fees will be distributed.
    • Participants wishing to pay optional jackpot fees, may pay by U.S. currency, check (payable to Skip's Tournaments, LLC), or wire transfer.
    • Cash awards for Catch & Release divisions are determined by points as stated in these rules.
    • Heaviest Marlin (if applicable) divisions are determined by weight as stated in these rules. In the event no qualifying fish are weighed, 100% of all fees collected for this/these division(s) will be refunded.
    • Gamefish: If no gamefish are caught in any division then that category will be shared/split into the other divisions. If no gamefish are caught, then all money will be refunded at 100%.
    • Please reference U.S. Company Disclosure in regard to award payouts.

General Instructions & Suggestions

  1. Be sure that your camera meets Tournament requirements prior to its start.
  2. Be sure to possess the appropriate cables, adapters, cards, readers, etc. to allow the Committee to download your evidence, if needed.
  3. Designate a qualified team member familiar with your camera operation to bring the evidence (and Release Affidavit) to the Committee.
  4. Have two cameras recording during the fight. Back up is never a bad idea.
  5. Be sure to have batteries fully charged and extra batteries, SD cards, etc. on hand.
  6. Recordings should be cued up for Committee review.
  7. Be sure the date and time are accurate and match the Committee's "official time".
  8. Be sure the date and time are displayed on the image, if possible. Otherwise, the time and date stamp must be displayed on the actual file.
  9. Be familiar with your equipment.
  10. Test your equipment prior to the Tournament start.
  11. Designate someone to record the release evidence, be familiar with the equipment and the Tournament rules.
  12. Do not store the equipment in an air-conditioned environment to avoid fogging.
  13. Underwater video (i.e. use of a GoPro or other underwater device) is the best way to positively identify your billfish species.
  14. Be sure you have captured all the evidence necessary for qualification prior to submission.

Any images or video downloaded by the Committee become the property of the Tournament and its agents and may be used in displays, promotional materials, marketing campaigns or web design.

International Billfish Tournament Regulations

Equipment Regulations

The IGFA has given this tournament permission to replicate portions of their rulings, And has no involvement in these particular Regulations.

  1. LINE
    • Monofilament, multifilament, and lead core multifilament lines may be used.
    • Wire lines are prohibited.
    • Backing not attached to the fishing line is permissible with no restrictions as to size or material.
    • If the fishing line is attached to the backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the two lines. The backing may not exceed the 130 lb (60 kg) line class and must be of a type of line approved for use in these angling rules.
    The use of a double line is not required. If one is used, it must meet the following specifications:
    • A double line must consist of the actual line used to catch the fish.
    • Double lines are measured from the start of the knot, braid, roll or splice making the double to the farthermost end of the knot, splice, snap, swivel or other device used for securing the trace, leader, lure or hook to the double line.
    • The combined length of the double line and leader shall not exceed 40 feet (12.19 meters).
    The use of a leader is not required. If one is used, it must meet the following specifications:
    • The length of the leader is the overall length including any lure, hook arrangement or other device, and is measured to the bend of the last hook. The leader must be connected to the line with a snap, knot, splice, swivel or other device. Holding devices are prohibited. There are no regulations regarding the material or strength of the leader.
    • The leader on all tackle classes shall be limited to 30 feet (9.14 meters).
    • The combined length of the double line and leader shall not exceed 40 feet (12.19 meters).
  5. ROD
    • Rods must comply with sporting ethics and customs. Considerable latitude is allowed in the choice of a rod, but rods giving the angler an unfair advantage will be disqualified. This rule is intended to eliminate the use of unconventional rods.
    • The rod tip must be a minimum of 40 inches (101.6 cm) in length. The rod butt cannot exceed 27 inches (68.58 cm) in length. These measurements must be made from a point directly beneath the center of the reel. A curved butt is measured in a straight line. When the rod butt is placed in a gimbal, the measurement from the center of the reel seat to the pivot point of the gimbal can be no more than 27 inches. (The above measurements do not apply to surfcasting rods.)
  6. REEL
    • Reels must comply with sporting ethics and customs.
    • Power driven reels of any kind are prohibited. This includes motor, hydraulic, or electrically driven reels, and any device that gives the angler an unfair advantage.
    • Ratchet handle reels are prohibited.
    • Duel reels are permitted.
    • Reels designed to be cranked with both hands at the same time are prohibited.
    • For live or dead bait fishing no more than two single hooks may be used. Both must be firmly imbedded in or securely attached to the bait. The eyes of the hooks must be no less than a hook's length (the length of the largest hook used) apart and no more than 18 inches (45.72 cm) apart. The only exception is that the point of one hook may be passed through the eye of the other hook.
    • Circle hooks must be used with any natural bait (live, dead, whole, strip and/or combo).
    • A hook may not precede bait, lure or bait/lure combo by more than one hook's length.
    • The use of a dangling or swinging hook is prohibited. Double or treble hooks are prohibited.
    • When using an artificial lure with a skirt or trailing material, no more than two single hooks may be attached to the line, leader, or trace. The hooks need not be attached separately. The eyes of the hooks must be no less than an overall hook's length (the overall length of the largest hook used) apart and no more than 12 inches (30.48 cm) apart. The only exception is that the point of one hook may be passed through the eye of the other hook. The trailing hook may not extend more than a hook's length beyond the skirt of the lure. A hook may not precede bait, lure or bait/lure combo by more than one hook’s length.
    • A release is official when one of the following actions is completed:
    • The mate is able to grab the leader.
    • The swivel hits the rod tip.
    • When the connection knot between the double line and the wind on leader passes through the rod tip.
    • Fighting chairs may not have any mechanically propelled devices that aid the angler in fighting a fish.
    • Gimbals must be free swinging, which includes gimbals that swing in a vertical plane only. Any gimbal that allows the angler to reduce strain or to rest while fighting the fish is prohibited.
    • Gaffs and nets used to boat or land a fish must not exceed 8 feet (2.44 meters) in overall length. In using a flying or detachable gaff the rope may not exceed 30 feet (9.14 meters). The gaff rope must be measured from the point where it is secured to the detachable head to the other end. Only the effective length will be considered. If a fixed head gaff is used, the same limitations shall apply and the gaff rope shall be measured from the same location on the gaff hook. Only a single hook is permitted on any gaff. Harpoon or lance attachments are prohibited. Tail ropes are limited to 30 feet (9.14 meters). (When fishing from a bridge, pier, or other high platform or structure, this length limitation does not apply.)
    • Entangling devices - both with, or without a hook - are prohibited and may not be used for any purpose including baiting, hooking, fighting, or landing the fish.
    • Outriggers, downriggers, spreader bars and kites are permitted to be used provided that the actual fishing line is attached to the snap or other release device, either directly or with some other material. The leader or double line may not be connected to the release mechanism either directly or with the use of a connecting device. Spreader bars are also acceptable when used strictly as a teaser.
    • Daisy chains, birds, floats and similar devices may only be used if they do not unfairly hamper or inhibit the normal swimming or fighting ability of the fish, thereby giving the angler or crew an unfair advantage in fighting, landing or boating the fish.
    • A safety line may be attached to the rod and/or harness provided that it does not in any way assist the angler in fighting the fish.



  • From the time that a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the angler must hook, fight, and land or boat the fish without the aid of any other person, except as provided in these regulations.
  • If a rod holder is used and a fish strikes or takes the bait or lure, the angler must remove the rod from the holder as quickly as possible. The intent of this rule is that the angler shall strike and hook the fish with the rod in hand.
  • (a) In the event of a multiple strike/hookup on separate lines being fished by a single angler, only the first fish hooked/fought by the angler will be considered for a catch, unless no one touches the other rod/reel(s) that are hooked up until the angler releases (or loses) the first fish that was hooked. You may not touch the other rod(s), wind on the other reel(s) or move the other rod(s) that are hooked up until you are done fighting the first fish. This includes trying to hook the other fish that are biting the other rods while you are hooked up.
    (b) When fishing a billfish tournament, and when the rules allow, one angler may fight multiple fish at one time, as long as the rod/reel is removed from the rod holder and fought. You may not wind the reel the while the rod is in the rod holder.
  • If a double line is used, the intent of the regulation is that the fish will be fought on the single line most of the time that it takes to land the fish.
  • A harness may be attached to the reel or rod, and may be replaced or adjusted by a person other than the angler.
  • Use of a rod belt or waist gimbal is permitted.
  • When the leader is brought within the grasp of the mate, or the leader connection is wound to the rod tip, more than one person is permitted to hold the leader.
  • When it is intended the fish will be gaffed, one or more gaffers may be used in addition to persons holding the leader. The gaff handle must be in hand when the fish is gaffed.
  • The angling and equipment regulations shall apply until the fish is weighed.


The following acts will disqualify a catch:

  • Failure to comply with equipment or angling regulations as described.
  • The act of a person or persons other than the angler in touching any part of the rod, reel, or line (including the double line) either bodily or with any device, from the time a fish strikes or takes the bait or lure, until the fish is either landed or released, or in giving any aid other than that allowed in the rules and regulations. If an obstacle to the passage of the line through the rod guides has to be removed from the line, then the obstacle (whether flotsam, float line, rubber band, or other material) shall be held and freed. Under no circumstances should the line be held or touched by anyone other than the angler during this process.
  • Resting the rod in a rod holder, on the gunwale of the boat, or any other object while playing the fish.
  • Hand lining or using a hand line or rope attached in any manner to the angler's line or leader for the purpose of holding or lifting the fish.
  • Shooting, harpooning, lancing or mutilating any fish (as described in #16 below) (including sharks and contact with the boat, props, rudders or other sharp objects that cause mutilation) at any stage of the catch.
  • Chumming with, or using as bait the flesh, blood, skin, or any part of mammals other than hair or pork rind used in lures designed for trolling or casting.
  • Using a boat or device to beach or drive a fish into shallow water in order to deprive the fish of its normal ability to swim.
  • Changing the rod or reel while the fish is being played.
  • Splicing, removing, or adding to the line while the fish is being played.
  • Intentionally foul-hooking a fish.
  • Catching a fish in a manner that the double line never leaves the rod tip.
  • Using a size or kind of bait that is illegal to possess.
  • Attaching the angler's line or leader to part of a boat or other object for the purpose of holding or lifting the fish.
  • If/when a fish escapes - before or after gaffing - (line breaks or hook pulls) and/or is recaptured by any method other than as outlined in the angling rules.
  • If/when a rod breaks (while the fish is being played) in a manner that reduces the length of the tip below minimum dimensions or severely impairs its angling characteristics.
  • Mutilation to the fish, prior to landing or harvesting the catch caused by sharks, other fish, mammals, or propellers that remove or penetrate the flesh. Note: Injuries caused by leader or line, scratches, or old, healed scars or regeneration deformities are not considered to be disqualifying injuries.
  • If/when a fish is hooked or entangled on more than one line.



Celebrating 6 Years of The Shootout Vs. Production History!


  • 1st Place: Miss Victoria
  • Owner: Robert Genord
  • Captain: Brian Speedy
  • Top Angler: Colton Resor
  • Manufacturer Award: Production Boats


  • 1st Place: Wave Paver
  • Owner: Jr Davis
  • Captain: Russell Sinclair
  • Top Angler: Jr Davis
  • Manufacturer Award: Custom Boats


  • 1st Place: Free Spool
  • Owner: Rob Rowe
  • Captain: Ricky Spines
  • Top Angler: Will Tomlinson
  • Manufacturer Award: Production Boats


  • 1st Place: Miss Victoria
  • Owner: Rob Genord
  • Captain: Brian Speedy
  • Top Angler: Jr Davis
  • Manufacturer Award: Production Boats


  • 1st Place: Uno Mas
  • Owner: Brooks Smith
  • Captain: Tommy Lynskey
  • Top Angler: Brooks Smith
  • Manufacturer Award: Production Boats


  • 1st Place: Wave Paver
  • Owner: Jr Davis
  • Captain: Russell Sinclair
  • Top Angler: Jr Davis
  • Manufacturer Award: Custom Boats