Unofficial Rules 2018 Dorado Derby

Unofficial Rules 2018 Dorado Derby

The Dorado Derby is a Fishing Tournament scheduled to take place at Marina Pez Vela in Quepos Costa Rica on November 17, 2018. The Dorado Derby is the property of and organized by, ifishquepos, S A, a corporation organized under the laws of Costa Rica; Corporate identification number 3-101-614831. Marine Pez Vela participates in the tournament as the hosting facility, but ifishquepos, S A has sole responsibility for tournament operations.  While all efforts are made to keep this information current, all rules published on this website shall be considered unofficial. Official rules will be distributed and announced at the registration check-in and captains meeting. All participants agree to the terms of these rules by participating in the tournament. All participants should also agree to the rules by signing the registration forms at the tournament site.

The Tournament

The Dorado Derby is a one day Dorado team event with top-team honors going to the team that weighs the heaviest Dorado during the tournament. Prizes pay down to sixth place. The tournament will award cash, and prizes to the team(s) that weigh the heaviest six Dorado.

Aggregate Weight Award: Top three Teams weighing the heaviest 3 Dorado will be awarded a prize

General Entry (Mandatory) $250.00
Dorado Jackpot (optional) $100.00
Total (All In) $350.00


Entry Fee

The Team registration fee is $250.00 with the Team consisting of 1 to 6 anglers.  This basic registration fee covers the participation of the registered anglers. It also covers attendance at any planned entertainment and social activities. The angler fee does not cover the daily boat charter expense. Charter boats are available for hire through the tournament office.

A final registration, captains meeting and kickoff will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., November 16th, 2018, at MARINA PEZ VELA. All anglers and boat captains must attend the scheduled anglers/captains meeting at 6:30 p.m. Anglers that are pre-registered and anglers needing to register must send at least one representative to obtain tournament credentials. Anglers, captains, and mates are obligated to accept and be bound by all the rules and instruction changes announced during this meeting.

Angler, Crew and Boat Requirements:

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Without exception, each boat must have on board one designated boat captain and at least one designated mate. Captain and crew changes are allowed but must be communicated to the tournament committee prior to the day’s fishing. There is a limit of six registered anglers per boat in this tournament; however, if an angler drops out, a substitute angler can be signed on with the team if he/she registers before the start of the day’s fishing. Registered guests are allowed on the boats as non-participants but are not allowed to partake in the fishing in any way. Boats may receive aid from other boats in the form of towing in the event of mechanical failure. All participants must exercise good and courteous sportsmanship whether at the dock, under way or fishing.

Schedule of Events

Event location and weigh in: MARINA PEZ VELA QUEPOS

5:00 – 7:00 pm Final registration, captain’s meeting and kickoff at Marina Pez Vela.
6:30 pm Mandatory Captain’s meeting

5:00 am (Fishing day) Registration desk open for check out
7:00 am Shot Gun Start
7:00 am Lines in
All boats must be checked in by 6:00 pm
Fish Fry, Bar-B-Cue following final weigh in

 Unofficial Rules (IGFA Modified)

While all efforts are made to keep this information current, all rules published on this website shall be considered unofficial. Official rules will be distributed and announced at the registration check-in and Captains meeting. All participants agree to the terms of these rules by participating in the tournament.

IGFA rules and tackle apply in this tournament unless otherwise stated. It is the responsibility of each registered angler and crew member to know, understand and abide by IGFA and tournament rules during this competition. Any angler, captain or mate who breaks any IGFA or tournament rule will be deemed ineligible for any prize, award, honor, or recognition and may be immediately expelled and disqualified from this and future tournaments without a refund of any jackpot or registration fees.

  • HOOK N HAND rule applies. Any team member, Captain, or Mate may hook a fish and pass to another angler.
  • Wind-on leaders are permitted but may not exceed 30 feet as per IGFA rules. For a complete list of IGFA rules, go to

iFish Quepos, S A will appoint the Tournament Rules Committee. The rules committee is appointed to apply rules, assign or take away points, and indicate the winners of the tournament without recourse. All anglers commit to accept and abide by the results indicated to the administration of the Dorado Derby by the Tournament Rules Committee. The tournament committee reserves the privilege of changing the rules, start, and finishing times for any reason it deems necessary. All decisions of the Rules Committee are final and non-appealable.


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All fishing line will be allowed except for wire line. Wire leader is not allowed in the tournament. Charter operators fish with 30-50 pound class gear, but if you prefer your own tackle, please bring it with you.


The length of the leader is the overall length, including any swivel, lure or hook arrangement. In all line classes exceeding 20 pounds (10 kg), the leader shall be limited to 30 feet (9.14 meters). The combined length of the double line and the leader shall not exceed 40 feet (12.19 meters) tot

Unlimited in use or numbers max 30 pound

Unlimited in use or numbers.  Dredges and Spreader Bars are permitted.

Dead bait, live bait, lures and any combination thereof are permitted in this tournament.

All tournament participants must use non-offset circle hooks for all species whenever natural baits or natural-bait/artificial-lure combinations are used.

The tournament committee holds the right to examine any hook sets, line and/or leaders at any time during the event. Refusal to allow the tournament rules and judging committee to examine any hook sets, line and/or leaders will result in immediate disqualification from the event without a refund of any or registration fees and/or Jackpot moneys.

Fishing Hours

Fishing will commence at 7 a.m. “lines in” and end at 3 p.m. “lines out” on November 17, 2018. The tournament director’s time will act as the official time for the start and end of fishing time each day. A radio start will take place at 6:00 a.m channel 69. Any radio communications required contact Marina Pez Vela on channel 69. Tournament team will be available if assistance is required.


Teams must choose the 3 heaviest fish to be weighed and brought to the weigh station.
The weigh station will be in Marina Pez Vela, open  from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 pm November 17th.

Minimum weigh 15 pounds and officially weighed in at dock Weighing to 0.1 decimal point.

  • In the event of a tie, the team that weighs earliest wins.
    • All winners may be asked to take and pass a polygraph examination.


Any radio communications required please contact Marina Pez Vela on channel 69. Tournament team will be available if assistance is required. There will be no radio for hook ups or releases!


There is no weather committee. The tournament is conducted on a fish-at-your-own-risk basis. If any portion of the tournament is fished and a team or teams land or release fish that match the tournament’s eligible species and minimum weight limits, then prizes will be awarded.


Participants may lodge protests against any catch which they believe was not made in accordance with these rules. All protests must be stated in writing and accompanied by $500. The tournament rules and committee judges may call a protest hearing at their discretion; a protest hearing is not guaranteed. All protests will be settled on the day of the incident. All protests on November 17 must be in the hands of the tournament’s designated rules official by 6 p.m. on the day of the alleged incident unless there is a protest regarding a boat that comes to the scales late.  The protesting party, as well as the accused team members, captain and crew, must be present at any official protest hearing. The tournament rules and judging committee may refuse to consider any protest evidence not submitted at the protest hearing in the presence of the protested team. If the protesting or protested team fails to show up for the protest hearing, that team forfeits its right to submit evidence. Should the protest be accepted and awarded on behalf of the protesting party the $500 fee will be returned to the protestors.  Should, for any reason, the protest not be ruled in the favor of the protesting party the $500 will be donated to charity. Decisions of the tournament rules and judging committee with regard to protests are final, non-appealable, and non-justiciable. All anglers, teams, and/or participants commit to accept the decisions of the Tournament Rules and judgment committee, the Dorado Derby Tournament, and Corporation ifishquepos, S A, without legal or judicial liability and accept the rules and results of the Rules and Judging Committee.

Sportsmanlike Conduct

All participants are expected to maintain a reasonable and sportsmanlike demeanor at all times throughout the tournament. Unsportsmanlike or threatening conduct towards tournament organizers or other participants, or any other behavior which the tournament organizers deem inappropriate, in their sole discretion, will result in immediate disqualification of the entire team with no refund of entry fee.

Publicity Release

Hereinafter, Dorado Derby and ifihsquepos, S.A. and their respective licensees, affiliates or assigns are granted the unrestricted, irrevocable and perpetual worldwide right to record, reproduce, copy, edit, publish, exhibit, exploit, and/or license others to use any and all media generated by; the Anglers video and/or picture cameras, videos and pictures taken by the tournament administration during all of the activities of the tournament, as well as any other electronic media or graphic material produce during the tournament by the tournament administration, including fishing stories of things that happened to boats, interviews, publicity and marketing. There is no obligation to the licensed party to use part or any of the material. The rights granted shall not revert to the anglers for the lack of use of the Licensed party. Full Release of Liability is granted in favor of ifishquepos, S.A. and/or its representatives.

Personal Risk Release

I hereby acknowledge that the Tournament activities are dangerous and hazardous, and may carry the risk for serious injuries, damages to the property and/or could even carry the death of the participants and the complete loss of property. I hereby release, irrevocably, in all of the extent and for perpetuity, the Organizers of the Dorado Derby, as well as the Company ifishquepos, S.A. and its representatives, as well as the Rules and Judging Committee, as well as Marina Pez Vela Quepos, S.A., and any other organizer, for any event of injury or death or loss of property, resulting from the developing of all of the activities of the Tournament. I hereby acknowledge and I am clear, that I participate, in my own will, because I want to participate, and that I understand all of the risks involved in fishing and in going into the ocean on board of a boat, and thus I understand the risks involved in the activities of the tournament, are not the responsibility of the organizers of the tournament, and therefore, I agree to indemnify, release and hold harmless, the rules and judging committee, the Dorado Derby, ifishquepos, S.A. and its representatives, administrators and organizers, and Marina Pez Vela Quepos, S.A., from any damages, costs, expenses or liabilities regarding the tournament activities on which I participate knowing of all of the risks.