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We are looking for "A few Good Men!" or women as observers for the www.wcbrt.com in Cabo over 5/27-31/07. Drawing for the boats is random, and all the top gun's will be fishing the tourney, so it is a great opportunity to watch other teams in action, and be a part of an important event that promotes conservation and responsibility! We are expecting over 60 teams for the '07 event, so we need early committments for observers. Here is the observer section from the webpage:
Observers:
The Tournament, at their sole discretion, will assign certified observers to any boat on any given day. Beginning on the first eligible day of fishing, boats will be assigned an observer on a random drawing basis. On subsequent days, those boats awarded with the highest number of release points shall be assigned an observer first and then on the basis of a random drawing for the remaining boats. All boats assigned an observer must have the observer sign and submit the daily score sheet, no exceptions.
The certified observers decision as to an official release and species identification is final. Each team is fully responsible to utilize the use of the tournament supplied camera and a digital camera to photograph each billfish release to assist in species identification in the event a dispute arises between the certified observer and the team. In the event of a dispute in this regard, the observer shall be given custody of the digital camera at lines out, and submit the camera and the appropriate officials immediately upon return to the docks.

Each Boat Is Responsible For The Comfort and Safety Of Each Observer Assigned During His/Her Time Aboard.

If you are interested, please call me, 949-636-0838, or e-mail me at [email protected] If you know someone else that may be intereseted please let them know as well. It would make for a great destination weekend. Thank you!!! Bill

Edit: Thank you John C for the Anchor!
I have been getting a lot of questions about experience. We will do a training session on registration day, which should not take too long. Basically you are to ensure that there are max 20 pieces of live bait in the tank before you leave the harbor, the proper circle hooks and to witness the release and ensure that the line is cut the proper distance. There are a few other minor things but that is the essence. You will also get a hat and plaque for your participation, as well as participate in the evening events at the Baja Cantina. Last year, Bad Company who won, released 26 fish in 3 day's and saw over 900 according to Pete Grossbeck. It will not be boring! Thanks again!

 

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Here is an e-mail from one of our committee chairman:

I will answer as many questions and concerns that I can here for Bill and you all.

1.) Firstly we are looking for at least 50 observers - this would be an opportunity to be on soem top boats, see their techniques and observe them fishing with the circle hooks and maybe learn from some of the top teams. All in all a great experience.

2.) The observers are drawn each day and will be rotated amongst different boats each day.

3.) We will provide a training class for all those who are not IGFA certified observers and you will not feel uncomfortable or be asked to rule on anything other than to monitor the following that:

All and only the tournament supplied Eagle claw hooks are used.
The hooks are not altered or modified/offset in anyway
The fish is released as required
20 pcs of natural live bait is in each bait tank

The teams are responsible to ensure that the rules are applied , that been that the hand on the leader, fish in the picture and take a picture. The observer is not there to make this determination exclusively nor will he/she be left with this responsibility. The observer will however make a side not on his comment sheet as to the circumstances of the release as a back up.

All observers will be provided with an OFFICAL shirt and hat, tournament bag and goodies from our sponsors.We working on a certificate and plaque for each observer. They will be recognised at the awards dinner for their services to the tournament and will join us at the sit down dinner for all officials.

Observers will be provided with a lunch each day and coffee/tea cookies each morning before the start including an observers dinner each night at the Baja Cantina

Any observer who wishes to stay an extra day after the event will be taken out for a free full days fishing trip all expenses paid.

We are working on getting as many IGFA certified observers in adittion hopefully that will hold over from the IGFA Rolex event days before.

In discussions and concerns many teams in Cabo- charter boats cannot hold more than 20 pcs of natural bait in their tanks and feel an unfair advantage by not been able to have as much bait as others and refuse to enter.

The sole purpose of our event is to encourage local participation at the local level to educate and get support to use circle hooks, release all billfish in Mexico. If we cannot get this message across by participation then there is no point nor are we any different than any other event.

Our goal is to encourage local participation and encourage the local companies to sponsor a local boat and do their part. With the big expensive boats with big bait tanks they cannot compete on an equal footing.

There is no limit to the amount of dead bait or lures to be used.

Our website will be update with the following shortly:

An official observer page with names
an official boat entry page listing all the teams names as they register for all to follow including a picture.

Thanks again and for all the support and interest.

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Another quick note, the observers will be responsible for their own costs for travel, accomodations ect....sorry about that! Believe me, it will be worth it! Of all the call's and e-mails I have gotten, most have said they are trying to get friends to join to spread some of the costs out and enjoy the event. Bill
 

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Yes, quite a few. One commonality is that they are saying that they want to ask their buddys or family members to do the same, thus make an event out of it, thus spread the costs out. Thanks again!!
 

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Man, this looks like it could be a blast....


I'm seeing if I can plan to get away durring this time frame... If so, I'd love a chance at this...

Dave
 

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The WCBRT is a continuation from last year and input from committee members, advisors and participants. The feedback was so positive that no other rule change has been made other than to equal the playing field by limiting to 20 pcs live bait each boat each day.

This is done excatly as the IGFA Rolex Championships and very successful, for dead bait and lures there are no restrictions.

The other point is that the foundation of the tournament and concept was to encourage local participation from the local captains and fleet who are not practicing conservation, not using circle hooks and not releasing their fish to swim another day. If the local participation and local captains dont feel like they can be competative as they cannot carry 300 pcs of bait a day like some teams then we will loose these entrants, the goal of the tournament and its foundation is to support conservation, encourage the use of circle hooks and release the fish.

This is not just another tournament that is a money making event. The event does not take any money out like other events that do for profit ( Mazatlan, Bisbees, Catalina, Los Cabo Billfish, Won Tuna etc etc) nor does the event make a profit. All the proceeds go to the Billfish Foundation and the local Los Ninos del Capitan Charity.

Everybody said we could not do it in Mexico, we proved it could be done successfully with the rules we had going blind. Sure some teams wont like to rule changes but they will have to live with the rules, they enter and fish money events that deduct large sums for teh entrants and jackpots and dont even think twice about questioning this. All we have done is equal and limit the number of baits for all participants. If a team is that good they could still effectively get 20 fish each day making each bait count in a perfect world and this would still put them at an advantage. You would have to make each and every bait count.

The event is supposed to be an awareness tournament, whilst having fun and winning some good money. The winnings for first place was over USD $ 230 000.00 before taxes, higher than all the tournaments that have been established for years and years and years other than the bisbees in our first year our payout was incredible out the gate so we have to be doing something right. Look back at all the other tourneys including the Bisbees and see how many boats they had their first year and what was their payout first year.

Our tournament and concept is very different and participants alike will have to get used to this as this is the future of fishing, catch and realease/circle hook only.

The big boats still have an advantage, faster boats, bigger boats, hold more crew, more team members in giros and weather the rough water. If the bigger boats and experts really have their game they still with the 20 pcs will be able to make each bait count whereby the local boats if not as skilled could slip up.

In a perfect world we would all have 6 anglers identical boats, bait, line, gear etc
 

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International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will hold an IGFA CERTIFIED OBSERVER PRO-GRAM which will train and certify experienced anglers, boat captains and crew members as observers for fishing tournaments held around the world.

IGFA CERTIFIED OBSERVER training class will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the Shore Line Yacht Club in Long Beach, California. Address: 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach, CA. 90812
(562) 432-2544 (contact Dan Anderson for info)
To Sign Up!......
Applications are available at IGFA website igfa.org, Certified Observer Program and at IGFA Headquarters. The applications must be completed, mailed or faxed (954-924-4299) to IGFA accompanied with a $150 fee (payable to IGFA) This fee covers the cost of the training class, an Observer's handbook with species identification video, and a one-year membership in IGFA.

The one-day training program will begin promptly at 9 AM with instructors covering the following topics:

â?¢ Species Identification
â?¢ IGFA Saltwater
Fishing Rules
& Regulations
â?¢ Safety at Sea
â?¢ Boating Etiquette

At conclusion of the instruction there will be a written exam, which will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete.

Attendees will be notified of their certification by IGFA within a week of the class. Should any candidate fail the exam, there will be future opportunities to retake the exam at no additional cost. For further information, please contact Michele Sedge at IGFA, 954-924-4317 email: [email protected]
 

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Please note that a new offer is on the table. For all those that take the Observer course, one of our Committee members will refund you the $150 for the course for observing in the WCBRT when in Cabo! Please take advantage of this generous offer! Also remember, he will offer a free day of fishing on his boat down there as well after the event! Trust me when I say it is a beautiful boat!! Bill
 
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