The PMTT has concluded that going forward for the 2023 season, the Forward Facing Sonar - Live Sonar and all other real time imaging like technology, will not be allowed for use during the 2023 PMTT season. These will be banned from use two hours before the start of the first day of the tournament, until the end of the last day of the tournament.
These units do not have to be removed from an angler's boat, just the "Live" feature on that unit cannot be used during the tournament. Other screens such as regular Sonar, non-Live version down imaging, GPS Mapping and such can still be used on these units.
Every PMTT tournament will be a Catch, Photo & Release (CPR) tournament. Every tournament boat MUST have a digital device/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 digital device/camera should have the ability to text the images taken to the tournament director. All anglers must voluntarily submit all digital devices used for photos and or texting any tournament registered fish to the tournament director upon request. All fish photos and texts submitted during a tournament may not be deleted from the devise used to take and submit the them until the day after the final day of the tournament. Failure to comply will result in any entry fees and prizes being delayed, forfeited or revoked. All mobile devices MUST HAVE LOCATION SERVICES TURNED ON during the event. Fish caught can be subjected to disqualification if the angler's mobile device does not have Location Services enabled for their photos or videos. Below are How To links for Location Services on iOS and Android devices.
As soon as you catch a fish and right after you have released the fish, you must call for a PMTT official, by cell phone. 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 digital device to make sure you can clearly see the measurement. Release the fish after photographing it clearly with the device on the bump board. The safe release of all fish is of utmost importance. The angler will immediately text all photos required for acceptance to the tournament director for determination. The director will then reply back with acceptance or denial of the registered fish. This will be explained in great detail at tournament central during the mandatory rules meeting held on the afternoon prior to the first day of tournament fishing.
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."
New Rule: All fish registered must be measured and facing the same way in every photo you submit. The nose must always be touching the front bump, vertical stop or post on your bump board. It can go right to left or left to right but once you submit a photo of a catch, all the rest of the muskies you catch MUST be measured the same way. This means that you will not be able to flip your musky or change sides or angles for the photo.
There shall be a TEN-POINT DEDUCTION from the points scored for a fish that dies, in addition that team will also not receive the 10-Point "Good Release" Bonus. 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 texting their photos, at the time the fish is caught, to the tournament director or turning in their fish forums and SD cards at the end of each day’s checkout procedure on the water. Failure to text your photos or 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.
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.
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.
Top Gun Award:
If a tie occurs, this will determine the tiebreaker.
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.
Top Gun and World Championship qualification scoring shall be as follows.
The top 50 point teams, based on the Top Gun scoring system, accumulated throughout the year will be invited to compete in the World Championship. World Championship Eligibility: 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 and then place in the Top 50 point Teams, to be eligible to attend the World Championship. Starting in 2024, in the event that there are not 50 teams qualifying for the World Championship, then the Tournament Director may extend an invitation(s) to last year's World Champions and/or Team Of The Year, as long as they have participated in the current year's events, but have not met other qualifications. The Tournament Director may also fill remaining spots from the current list of Trail Teams and/or other teams that have competed in at least two qualifying events that year, but have not met other qualifications, through a random drawing until all 50 spots have been filled.
3-Day Fishing format for the World Championship tournament. You must catch and register at least one 30" musky during the first 2 days of competition to be eligible to move on and compete in the third and final day. Everyone registering at least one 30" musky and is moving on to compete in the third and final day will carry over all of their points from the first two days. The total points accumulated from all three days shall be the winners.
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 then go back to the day 1 order for the teams remaining on the final day.
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 50 teams to receive an invite.
*In case there is a tie for the last qualifying spot (# ), all tournament anglers that are eligible and are tied for the last spot, will be invited to the Championship, which could put the field at over 50 Teams.