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The 2018 Dream Boat Fishing Challenge

HOW IT WORKS IN '18
The Fisherman's Dream Boat Fishing Challenge is a season long, multi-species, region wide fishing contest in which Fisherman Magazine subscribers compete to win the most amazing prizes of any contest! (click here to be a subscriber now).

The challenge is a points-based system, whoever accumulates the highest total weigh-in score during the 2018 season will win the incredible 23-foot Steiger Craft Boat, complete with an Evinrude ETEC G2 250 HP outboard, Lowrance electronics, Engel cooler, and a fish mount from Global Fish Mount yielding a total retail value of nearly $86,364. Plus there are other prize categories to win. In fact we award a total of $109,441.03 in prizes in our 2018 Dream Boat Fishing Challenge.

The premise is simple: accumulate the most total points by catching the heaviest fish across a field of eight eligible species (weakfish, porgy/scup, fluke, sea robin, mahi mahi, bluefish, black sea bass and blackfish/tautog) and you can win. Contestants may submit as many entries in excess of the minimum weight as they wish. However, only the heaviest one (1) entry per species category will be entered and tallied for points. This means that you can enter a heavier fish in a given species and move up the leader board, but you cannot hold multiple spots within any single species. Points will be awarded to each of the top 10 entries with the heaviest fish in each species: 10 points goes to the heaviest fish in each of eight categories, 9 points for second, all the way to a single point for the 10th heaviest fish in that division. The key to winning the Grand Prize in 2018 is not only to land the heaviest fish, but to do so across as many of the eligible species as possible. It is going to take a well-rounded and talented angler to take home the Grand Prize in 2018.

OUR BEST PRIZES EVER!
Whether you accumulate the most points, catch the largest of species or win the fish of the month, we have a slew of outstanding prizes to be won in 2018. This year's Grand Prize for the angler who accumulates the most points is an awesome new Steiger Craft 23 Miami boat with an Evinrude Etec G2 250 HP Outboard Motor; Lowrance electronics, an Engel EN80 Cooler; and a fish mount from Global Fish Mounts of one of the fish entered.

The angler with the second-most total points wins a 3-night stay for the winner and one guest at the Zancudo Lodge in beautiful Costa Rica. The prize consists of one standard double-occupancy accommodation, standard meals and fishing. Air transportation, fishing license, fees, taxes, phone calls, and any other incidental expenses are not included and are the winner's responsibility.

The third prize winner will receive one Sea Eagle FishSkiff™ 16 WaterSnake Motor Canopy Package.

Once again we are also awarding prizes for the heaviest fish entered in each of the eight eligible species. This year's "Largest of Species" winners will each receive Shimano Saragosa 6000 reel; one St.Croix Mojo Inshore rod (MIS70MHF); a fish mount from Global Fish Mounts of the fish entered; and one 1-year membership to Fishtrack.com and Bouyweather.com.

Each of the 80 finalists on the leader board at the conclusion of the challenge in November will also be rewarded a special prize package provided by our sponsors including Owner and Tsunami.

And last but most certainly not least, we also have the king salmon prize. At the conclusion of this year's contest, the subscriber who enters the heaviest king salmon will win a pair of sunglasses from Costa Del Mar. Remember that king salmon entries yield no points toward the Dream Boat. The minimum weight requirement for entry is 20 pounds, fish must be caught on Lake Ontario and weighed at an official weigh station (weigh station locations around Lake Ontario are limited.)

MAKE YOUR ENTRY COUNT!
First and foremost, you must be a subscriber to The Fisherman Magazine to be eligible for the Dream Boat Challenge. From there, after you catch an eligible fish, there are several simple steps that must be adhered to or else your entry will be disqualified. You must follow all of the requirements and include all applicable information for your submission to be rendered valid.

Enter the fish at an official weigh station and do so as soon as possible. Entries must be received within 10 days of weigh-in the catch and the submission is 100% complete and accurate.

Take a photo of your catch-preferably as soon as it is landed and fresh out of the water-and be sure to include the photo with your submission. A photo of the catch at the dock or tackle shop is also sufficient, but keep in mind that we may use your photo in print either in the reports section or on the cover of the magazine, as well as in our weekly fishing forecast videos, so submitting a high resolution quality photo is strongly encouraged. Top 10 contestant images are posted as part of the current standings. Entries may be submitted via email at dreamboat@thefisherman.com or mail to: Dream Boat Fishing Challenge, 14 Ramsey Rd, Shirley, NY 11967.

See Official Rules for more details including prize description and eligibility requirements. Contest starts 5/1/18 and ends 11/30/18.