Every PMTT tournament will be a Catch, photo & Release (CPR) tournament. Every tournament boat MUST have a digital camera capable of taking a clear photo operated by the contestants that catch the musky and MUST have an actual bump board (NOT A RULER OR MEASURING STICK), so your fish can be immediately released after the photo is taken, without delay. The PMTT will supply every team with an SD card for their cameras.
As soon as you catch a fish and right after you have released the fish, you must call for a PMTT official, either by cell phone or designated channel (10) on the marine band radio. Make sure you can see that the nose is touching the front of the board and that the tail & PMTT issued sticker for that tournament is in clear view. If the PMTT official cannot clearly read the measurement or sticker, they will make their best determination and that decision will be the final measurement. The fish may not count - if the official cannot see the picture at all, the sticker, the fishes nose appears to not be touching the front of the board and the measurement is close or there is no picture at all.
The PMTT officials must be able to clearly read the measurement. Check your camera to make sure you can clearly see the measurement. Release the fish after photographing it clearly with the camera on the bump board. The safe release of all fish is of utmost importance. This will be explained in great detail at tournament central during the mandatory rules meeting on Friday evening.
A. 30 (thirty) points for a 34 (thirty-four) inch fish. (Size limits and points will be adjusted higher or lower on some lakes with different size limits and regulations.) b. 1 (one) additional point for each 1/4 (one-quarter) inch over said size limit. c. Any measurement falling "between" 1/4 inch marks shall be "rounded down." d. In addition, there shall be 10 (ten) BONUS points for a "GOOD RELEASE." A "good release" is defined as a musky released "upright and healthy."
Once a musky is caught, keep the fish in the water (either in the net or livewell). DO NOT put a fish on the floor of your boat. There shall be no further fishing by either Team member, until the Judgment of that fish is complete, and the release completed. Measurement may be taken with the fish’s tail "pinched."
There shall be a TEN-POINT DEDUCTION from the total points scored for a fish that dies. Should a fish die, that contestant shall be done for the day and the fish must be taken immediately to Tournament Central or a designated checkpoint before that contestant’s partner may resume fishing. The other team member may continue to fish thereafter. The contestant that is done may assist his partner, but MUST NOT be observed with a fishing rod of any kind in his hands, nor shall there be more than one fishing line in the water.
All teams are responsible for turning in their fish forums and SD cards at the end of each day’s checkout procedure on the water. Failure to turn in your fish forums and SD card at the end of the day checkout procedure on the water will result in those fish not counting for the tournament that day.
In the case of a tie in any of the PMTT qualifying tournaments and championship, the following methods will be used in the tie breaker, in the order they are listed, until the tie has been broken.
1. Whichever team catches fish first or on both days (both days overrides first).
2. Whichever team has the largest one day (either day) point total of that tournament.
3. Whichever team registered the longest fish of that tournament.
4. Whichever team has registered the 2nd, then 3rd, then 4th, etc. longest fish of that tournament.
5. Whichever team caught the longest fish first of that tournament.
6. Whichever team caught the 2nd, then 3rd, then 4th, etc. longest fish first of that tournament.
7. If at this point there is still a tie, it will then be determined with a coin toss.
In the case of a tie in the TOP GUN Point Standings, the following methods will be used in the tie breaker, in the order they are listed, until the tie has been broken.
1. Whichever team has the highest finishing place in a tournament that year.
2. Whichever team has the largest total fish points in a tournament that year.
3. Whichever team has the largest one day (either day) point total in a tournament that year.
4. Whichever team registered the longest fish in a tournament.
5. Whichever team has registered the 2nd, then 3rd, then 4th, etc. longest fish in a tournament that year.
6. If at this point there is still a tie, it will then be determined with a coin toss.
Big Fish Award: if there is a tie for the biggest fish award, the team that
Caught their fish first shall win. If the fish were caught at the exact same time, the winners shall split the prize money.
Top Gun Award: if a tie occurs, this will determine the tiebreaker. The team that registered fish in the most qualifying tournaments shall be the winners. Still tied,the team with the largest individual tournament point total shall win. Still tied, second largest tournament point total wins and so on. Still tied, biggest fish through out the year wins. Then second biggest, then third, and so on until tie is broken.
IF ANY INFORMATION IS LEFT BLANK OR UNREADABLE ON THE FISH REGISTRATION FORM THAT IS NEEDED TO DETERMINE THE TIE-BREAKER, THAT TEAM SHALL LOSE THE TIE-BREAKER.
New Top Gun and World Championship qualification scoring shall be as follows.
1) The first place team at any event receives 150 standings points. Each subsequent place receives one fewer standings point. (For example: 2nd place receives 149 points, 3rd place receives 148 points, etc.) Standings points will only be awarded for teams that place in an event by catching a legal fish. (i.e. if there are only 25 teams that catch legal fish, all the remaining teams shall receive no standings points.)
2) Each team will also receive 10 attendance points for competing at each event.
3) Failure to catch a fish at an event will result in contestants receiving only 10 attendance points and zero standings points.
The top 35 point teams, based on the New Top Gun and World Championship scoring system, accumulated throughout the year will be invited to compete in the Championship. To be eligible, you must have fished in at least two or more of the qualifying events and have registered at least one musky during one of the qualifying events, to be eligible to attend the Ranger Boats World Championship.
The starting positions for the World Championship will be determined from the annual point standings. Whatever number you finish in the point standings after the last qualifying tournament will be your starting position for the Championship. It will be reversed on day two and ties will be determined by a coin toss.
The qualifying event winners will not get an automatic invite to the championship. The event winners will be invited to competed in the championship only if they have competed in at least two of the qualifying events. They do NOT need to be in the top 35 to receive an invite.
In case there is a tie for the last spot (# 35), all tournament anglers that are eligible and are tied for the last spot, will be invited to the Championship. Yes, this would mean there could be a couple more than 35 teams total.
PLEASE NOTE: At the time of this release all rules displayed here are considered accurate, but the Professional Musky Tournament Trail, LTD. reserves the right to modify these rules at any time. For the latest printed version of our rules please feel free to contact us. Again, it is each contestant's responsibility to read and understand all of the currently printed PMTT rules and regulations. The printed copy of our rules will always be considered the OFFICIAL RULES of the Professional Musky Tournament Trail, LTD. and will supersede all other versions including the rules displayed here.