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DREAM BOAT CHALLENGE FINAL PUSH

After seven months of angling action, the 2018 Dream Boat Fishing Challenge may come right down to the wire.
By STAFF
DREAM BOAT CHALLENGE FINAL PUSH
There is still time to win the 2018 Fisherman Magazine’s Dream Boat Challenge Grand Prize, a Steiger Craft 23 Miami boat with Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 HP Outboard Motor; Lowrance HDS Carbon 9 with StructureScan 3D Bundle; one Engel EN80 Cooler; and a fish mount from Global Fish Mounts.

The last few weeks have gone back and forth between New England subscriber Sam Dibner, and Long Island subscriber Garrett Weir, as they jockeyed for the top spot in the weekly standings; but it’s not over just yet. There is still time for either of these anglers, as well as any other subscriber of The Fisherman Magazine, to secure themselves the 2018 Fisherman Magazine’s Dream Boat Challenge Grand Prize, a Steiger Craft 23 Miami boat with Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 HP Outboard Motor; Lowrance HDS Carbon 9 with StructureScan 3D Bundle; one Engel EN80 Cooler; and a fish mount from Global Fish Mounts package, as well as a slew of other great prizes.

HOW IT WORKS IN ‘18
A points-based system, whoever accumulates the highest total weigh-in score during the 2018 season will win the incredible 23-foot Steiger, Evinrude, Lowrance, Engel, Global Fish Mount package a total retail value of nearly $86,364. Points are gathered with each single biggest fish you put on the overall leader board. Get the biggest fluke of the contest, you get 10 points; register the fifth largest sea bass and you’ll add another 6 points. Last year’s grand prize winner had 39 points, so you can see where this is going.

You get one entry per category; if you can top that 12-pound fluke with a 15-pounder, do so and you’re pretty much assured of moving up the leaderboard with more points. Just remember that so long as you’re still on the board somewhere in the top 10 position of any of the eight categories of fish (blackfish, bluefish, fluke, mahi, porgy, black sea bass, weakfish, and sea robin) you’ll win something at the end of the year.

After crowning a champion along with second place prize winner (vacation at the Zancudo Lodge in Costa Rica), and third place finishers (Sea Eagle FishSkiff), there’s also a fish of the month prize (Costa Sunglasses, and A Dexter fillet knife), awards for largest of species (Shimano Saragosa 6000 reel; St.Croix Mojo Inshore rod; a fish mount from Global Fish Mounts; and one 1-year membership to Fishtrack.com and Bouyweather.com, and a special king salmon prize (Costa Sunglasses) for those subscribers traveling upstate to fish during 2018. At the conclusion all 80 Finalist will receive a package of Owner Hooks, and a Lure from Tsunami. See our Official Rules and Dream Boat Advertisement for more details.

GET THAT BIRD, AND MORE!
New for 2018, we added sea robin as an eligible species for the Dream Boat Challenge, and it was even more popular of a species with participants than we could have hoped! Starting with our 50th Anniversary season back in 2016, we altered the rules of our subscriber-only fishing contest in order to reward the very best fishermen in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. As society as a whole may have shifted towards “everyone gets a trophy,” The Fisherman instead is honoring the best of the best.

“We want to reward the one angler in the region that accomplishes the most,” is how publisher Mike Caruso put it. “But we’re also trying to create the ultimate balance. One, single fish is no longer enough to win the boat," Caruso said while finalizing the lineup and contest changes for the 2018 Dream Boat Challenge. "Some people feel that they can't win the Dream Boat, and this year we think the playing field is extremely balanced and evened out and it's anyone's game."

There is no time to waste as we sneak up on the final hours of the 2018 Dream Boat Fishing Challenge, which concludes at 11:59 p.m. ET on November 30, 2018, as it truly remains anyone’s game. So gear up, get out and reel-in a Dream Boat of your own!

Be sure to visit thefisherman.com for the complete rules.

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