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Old 05-17-2017, 07:12 AM   #1
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Cool HOLD the 2017 BBO DATES July 21-23 - The Official 2017 BBO Rules Discussion Thread



The 2017 Big Bang! Open is set for the weekend of July 21-23, 2017. We are returning to that same wonderful new venue as last year - the Moose Lodge in Palm Beach Gardens which is very close to I95 and the Florida Turnpike.

The registration process will start soon, but in the meantime, weighmaster Captain Randy Docks, MC Captain Billy Black and I have been revising the rules which are attached in DRAFT form. Please take a look at them and give us your comments and questions by posting in this thread.

The main change compared to last year is requiring the Palm Beach County Weigh-in Site new Regulations on Barracuda as your Wild Card Fish:

WILD CARD CATEGORY – This category is designed to level the playing field due to grouper and snapper closures in various regions. Your wild card fish can be a Barracuda between 15 inches and 36 inches and NOT LARGER (See Size and Vessel Limits above at Palm Beach County Weigh-In Site) or any fish now eligible in the above categories except you may weigh in only one gag grouper or black grouper total in order to comply with the East Coast possession limit where the weigh-in is located. West Coast Registered Shooters have a maximum number of two Barracuda that can be weighed in for all categories and East Coast Registered Shooters have a maximum number of one barracuda as the Wild Card Fish. However, in lieu of Barracuda, the species Permit or Pompano may be weighed in the Cobia or Jacks Category for West Coast Registered Shooters and may be weighed in only in the Wild Card Category for East Coast Registered Shooters. Contestants who weigh in barracuda (or any other fish) have the option of donating them to scientists for research.

The BBO with its aggregate scoring model (as opposed to a big fish scoring model) has always been about fishing strategy over large fish access. Therefore, you will be challenged to adjust your dive plans to consider the new regulations on barracuda.

Please comment below on these draft rules before we finalize them.

Good luck at the 2017 BBO everyone!

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