Tournament Rules


Date: June 17, 2017
Time: Lines in at 7 a.m., Lines out at 3:30 p.m.
Weigh-In: Opens at 1 p.m., Closes at 4:30 p.m.
Weigh-In Locations:

  • JIB Yacht Club and Marina, 46 Beach Rd, Tequesta 33469 (located just north of the Jupiter Inlet at the base of the 707 Bridge)
  • Sailfish Marina, 98 Lake Dr, West Palm Beach 33404 (located at the Palm Beach/Lake Worth Inlet)


You do not need to call in or check in. Just go out there and fish!

If you have questions, do not hesitate to call or text the tournament directors:

Julie Katzenberg (774) 364-1220

Loren Varvarigos (561) 685-2827

In the event of an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.


The Lighthouse Ladies KDW Tournament is an Angler’s Tournament. That is, individual anglers must register to participate.

Licenses and permits
Anglers are responsible for obtaining and keeping a valid Florida recreational saltwater fishing license and the license must be valid at the claimed time of fish landing.

The Lighthouse Ladies KDW Tournament follows a KDW (kingfish, dolphin/ mahi-mahi, wahoo) format. We still have the popular “¡Que Bonito!” category for the largest bonito more than 14 lbs. (must be a big bonito to weigh-in) landed during the tournament. These are the only categories/species allowed for weigh-in.

Fishing range
There is a 25-mile range restriction from the continental US coast (eastern boundary) and 25-mile coastal boundary measured from the Jupiter Inlet (25 miles north and 25 miles south). Fish obtained in Bahamian waters are automatically disqualified. Anglers may depart from their most convenient inlet within the allowed geographical area.

Added entries
Registration closes at 5 p.m. June 16, 2017.

Awards go to the heaviest three fish of each species/category (kingfish, dolphin, wahoo) and the single heaviest “¡Que Bonito!”

Winners MUST be present at the Awards Dinner to claim their prize and will be required to fill out a W-9 form.

Cash and prizes will be awarded to the person or entity that paid the entry fee from the winning boat, unless said person signs a release designating another individual or entity to receive the cash or prize. Payments will be made the week following the tournament.

Publicity and release
Angler and participants in tournament activities, without payment or restrictions, consent to the use of photographs and use of his/her name by the tournament, its organizers, sponsors and news media.

Acceptance of rules
Payment of the entry fee constitutes a representation that Angler has read and agrees to the Lighthouse Ladies KDW Tournament rules. Angler agrees to abide by the tournament’s rules and decisions by its officials.

Angler may weigh in multiple fish categories/species and may also qualify for multiple prizes, but only one fish per category/species will be accepted for award. It is not necessary to boat up to the official weigh-in station. The fish may be transported to the station by any other means.

Fish must be kept iced (but not frozen) at all times. The use of salt or any other preservative is not allowed. Altering of a fish weight (by stuffing, injection, etc.) will lead to immediate disqualification. Mutilated fish will not be weighed. Weigh-in opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m.

Double weigh-in
Angler can weigh in the same fish for multiple tournaments. However, angler must be present at awards dinner to accept the corresponding prize.

Recreational fishing rules
All state and federal recreational fishing rules pertaining to weight, size and bag limits are applicable. This is an all-female angler tournament. Male captains and mates are permitted. Fish weighed must be caught from start to finish by a single registered female angler.

Rods and reels
All fish must be caught with conventional rods and reels as described by International Game Fish Association rules. Specifically, the use of electric or power assisted reels is not allowed. Wire lines, kites, downriggers and planers are allowed to the extent allowed by state and federal regulations.

The use of long line, net casting, spear fishing, power heads, gaffing (other than assisting during landing) or any other method than those mentioned above are not allowed and will lead to automatic disqualification.

In the event of identical weights, the FIRST fish weighed shall prevail. At the tournament committee’s sole discretion, violation of any of the rules may lead to disqualification.

If a species category remains vacant (e.g., no 3rd place dolphin entered), that prize will not be awarded.

Hold harmless
As with any sport, sport fishing involves many unforeseen risks. We encourage all anglers to heed weather warnings and to exercise caution at all times. Anglers are advised to comply with all maritime rules and regulations. It is the angler’s sole decision to fish at any time and angler agrees to hold harmless the tournament, its organizers, sponsors and stakeholders from any liability from libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, injury or death suffered by angler, family, crew or by-standers.


Weather: The decision to fish is solely the captain’s choice. All anglers fish at their own risk.

Boat safety is paramount and all captains must adhere to Florida boating regulations. In the event of an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.