In 2017 the ABMT will be fishing by IGFA rules only and with the standard "Team" format (sometimes known as a "Boat Tournament) that is popular with the majority of the tournaments in the Caribbean. A team may consist of 1-4 anglers.


This is a total release tournament. No fish shall be taken. All boats and anglers must have current BVI boat and angler licenses. All boats must have a current U.S. HMS license. Blue Marlin are the only eligible release species. 500 pts. are awarded for each release. Ties will be broken on time of first catch.
Up to four anglers per boat are permitted. Substitutions are allowed before lines in on each day. A maximum of six lines with hooks are allowed in the water. Any number of hookless teasers may be deployed. All line classes under 130 Lb. test are allowed. There are no points for lighter line. Any type of natural bait must be fished with non-offset circle hooks. Lures may be fished with J-hooks. IGFA RULES APPLY. Only one person may handle the rod during the hookup and fighting of the fish. Committee reserves right to inspect tackle.


All hookups must be reported on VHF channel 19. If a fish is lost for any reason it must be reported. Released fish shall be reported at time of release and include Boat name, Angler name, Species and if the fish was tagged. A fish is considered released when the mate grabs the leader or the swivel or wind-on touches the rod tip. Time issued by committee boat will be official time to be recorded on release affidavit.


A billfish release affidavit must be completed and submitted to the committee along with digital images of each release by 7:30pm each day. Boats fishing out of the BVI must have affidavit and images submitted by 7:30 on the last day. Digital Images must include: CORRECT DATE AND TIME, DAY ID MARKER, ANGLER FIGHTINGTHE FISH, POSITIVE FISH SPECIES IDENTIFICATION and PROPER RELEASE. The boat must be able to supply all connections to their device necessary for the committee to view the images on a computer or moniter. If ANY of the above requirements for confirmation are not met, the fish may be disqualified by the judges. Judges decisions are final. All imaging may be used in any way by the ABMT.


Any protests must be submitted in writing to the committee before 6:30 on the final day of the tournament. The Tournament committee’s decision is final.