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Down to Last Inning

For The Fisherman’s Dream Boat Challenge

The Fisherman’s Dream Boat Fishing Challenge is a season long, multi-species, region wide fishing contest in which our subscribers compete against one another to win a slew of great prizes. A points-based system, whoever accumulates the highest total weigh-in score during the 2018 season will win a 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, fluke, sea robin, mahi, bluefish, black sea bass and tautog) and you can win. Points are 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.

November 30 is the final day of this subscriber only contest, with New England subscriber Sam Dibner (37 points) currently ahead of Long Islanders Garret Weir (19 points) and Justin Mack (16 points). Dibner also has the most species registered with entries in the blackfish, porgy, mahi and black sea bass categories.

But don’t worry, there’s still a good amount of time left to register a fish and win, and plenty of additional prizes. In fact, whether you accumulate the most points, catch the largest of species or win Fish of the Month, The Fisherman offers a slew of outstanding prizes to be won in 2018.

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 and 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.

The angler with the second-most total points at the conclusion of the tournament wins a three-night stay for the winner and one guest at the Zancudo Lodge in 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.

For traveling anglers, we also have the king salmon prize. At the conclusion of this year’s contest, The Fisherman 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.

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