2008 Quiznos Madfin Shark Series rules and regulations

Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to Madfin officials. Decisions of the Madfin staff, JM Associates Inc, and Career Sports & Entertainment, Inc. are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. Madfin is a made for television invitation-only competition.

1. Federal, State, and Local Laws
All contestants are required to follow all applicable Federal, State, and Local regulations and laws. Any violation of such regulations or laws or Madfin rules may result in a disqualification from the event or future events .

2. Measuring

All shark species must measure a minimum of 5-feet in length to count points. Each team will be required to measure each shark within site of the video judge/cameraman for verification of points. The view of the cameraman is the judge and jury.

3. Scoring
During competition in Madfin events, sharks are caught and released alive for points. Points decide who competes each day, and ultimately who wins. After Day One, the lowest scoring team will be eliminated from competition. After Day Two, the two lowest scoring teams will be eliminated. Beginning Day Three, the points will be reset to zero. The team scoring the most points at the end of Day Three wins the Quiznos Madfin Shark Series. Points are earned in a variety of ways. (See below)

A legal catch includes identifying the species of the shark, calling in hookup to Madfin Base by radio, except during any designated radio silence by Madfin officials, measuring, removing the hook or cutting leader (as close to hook as safely possible), and releasing alive, all within site of video judges (cameramen). Hook removal will award bonus points as outlined below.

Each team is required to keep their own score on a Madfin scorecard and/or scoreboard provided for them, and is responsible for its authenticity. All scores will be subject to review by the video judges. The First Shark Bonus will be judged on video timecode embedded in all of the cameras upon successful release. Madfin panel will judge video in case of a discrepancy to determine the Biggest Shark caught each day. Once a shark is hooked, regardless of species, they must be brought to the boat, and released. This is known as the "no-breaking-off-nurse-shark-to-avoid-penalty-rule."

New to the rules in 2008, is a limit of FOUR sharks per species per day. Once a species is hooked, it must be brought to the boat and released alive, and counted towards the per species limit if 5-feet or greater in length. Therefore, the first four (4) sharks measuring 5 feet or more in length which are hooked, will be considered the four (4) sharks counted for that species.

4. Equipment

The Madfin is an open vessel cabin, center console boat fishing event. Contestants are required to use one single non-stainless steel hook per reel. One rod in the water per angler.

Unlimited tackle. Any bait or chum is acceptable with the exception of stingrays and mammals, or any bait deemed unsportsmanlike. Bait or chum can be caught, received from a third property, or purchased. Contestants may use 2-inch hook (or smaller) lip gaffs no more than 8-feet in length. Lip Gaffs are to be used to steer the shark for measurement and holding to remove the hook, and not to penetrate the shark. Overly aggressive gaffing will not be tolerated and will be judged for disqualification or points deductions. Contestants are encouraged to use provided AFTCO tailers to control and steer the sharks. Hook removing devices are required. ARC Dehookers will be provided to anglers. In addition, ARC Dehookers will provide a monetary incentive for using their products, but usage of said product is not required.

5. Format
After the first day of competition, the 7-team field will be cut to the top six cumulative scoring teams. After the second day of competition, the 6-team field will be cut to the top 4 cumulative scoring teams. On the third and final day, the points will be erased and reset to zero. The top four teams will compete on the final day. The team with the most cumulative points for that day will be the 2008 Quiznos Madfin Shark Series Champion.

Ties will be broken in this order: The team that released their last shark first (the shark that created the tie), will advance. Timing of catches will be verified by video time codes. If there is still a tie, the team with the largest single shark will win the tie break. Any ties after that will be broken by paper, rock, scissors.

6. Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs
Any angler or contestant consuming or carrying alcoholic beverages or drugs (other than prescription) on board a contestant's boat will be disqualified.

7. Sportsmanship
All contestants are required to practice courtesy, safety and follow local and state game laws. Anyone displaying poor sportsmanship or violating game laws will be subject to disqualification. Starting Tuesday night prior to the competition, contestants cannot solicit shark fishing information from anywhere other than competitors in Madfin until the competition is complete. Contestants cannot arrange for any help on the water, including holding a fishing spot or chumming the waters.

8. Permitted Fishing Locations

Contestants may fish anywhere accessible by boat, except areas designated as "of limits" or "no fishing" by local, state, federal officials, or Madfin personnel, or within 50 yards of a competitor's boat (unless invited) which is anchored first (an anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight, push pole, etc.)

9. Official Checkpoints and Times
The official checkpoint for boat check in the morning is Oceanside Marina at 7am and returning to Oceanside by 4:30 pm in the afternoon. All boats must be inspected before blast-off. Failure to go through boat check and checkout in the morning will result in disqualification. Takeoff will be approximately 7:30 am. All fishing must cease at 3:30pm (lines out of water), then return by 4:30 pm. Contestants who have hooked up with a shark before 3:30 p.m., can finish the catch and gain points, but must make the 4:30 p.m., check-in time.

10. Insurance
Current watercraft liability insurance is required for each team contestant utilizing his or her boats in the Madfin events. Proof of insurance (copy) must be submitted in advance or provided at registration.

11. Boats, Motors and Horsepower Regulations

All boats must be a minimum of 15 feet, 6 inches in length, with a maximum of 37 feet. Each boat must have required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Contestants will be required to affix removable vinyl decals on their boats ('wrap their boats') to aid in measuring sharks and promote the show's sponsors.

12. Safety
Safe boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to have a vest-type or suspender-style U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal floatation device in the boat. Boat is required to pass any Coast Guard inspection. A working VHF radio is required.

13. Late Penalty
Contestants who have not checked in at the official check-in area by the designated time will be penalized at ten (10) points per minute deducted from the team total points. Any contestant more than thirty (30) minutes late will not receive credit for the day's catch. In the event of equipment failure, officials must be contacted.

14. On the Water Communication

A VHF radio is required for all vessels. The VHF may be mounted or portable. Each team is required to announce on camera the hookup, and ALSO the successful or unsuccessful release of each shark. Failure to announce the hookup and release may be grounds for shark disqualification. On Day 3, there will be radio silence for the final hours of the competition.

VHF communication between competing teams is encouraged. Any communication regarding fishing or aid in finding fish with persons or entities that are not competitors in Madfin after competition begins is prohibited and cause for disqualification.

15. Media Coverage
Madfin is made for television invitation event. Contestants entered in the Madfin event must make their boat and fishing areas available to Madfin cameramen and camera boats.

16. Tobacco Use

No tobacco product use will be permitted while on camera. No exceptions.

17. Clothing

Contestants are allowed to wear their own sponsor clothing, with acceptable logos on shirts and hats. Madfin reserves the right to reject clothing deemed inappropriate or unprofessional. Two Madfin iron-on patches are required: one on the chest or shoulder, and one in the center of the back (between the shoulder blades.)