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Carl J. Darenberg, Jr.

Unfortunately as most of you know, we lost a great man last Fall, Carl Darenberg, Jr. He was one of the friendliest, most generous, caring, loyal, loving men you could ever have had the honor of knowing. He was truly a man who would help anyone and did not know how to say no. Words can't express the sadness and pain our families and community are feeling from this terrible accident. He will be missed and loved forever. Thanks for everything Carl we love you. And thank you all for your love and support for all of us.

The family are asking that in lieu of flowers if you would like to donate to a cause that Carl truly believed in, and put tons of time and, heart and, soul into we are going to ask that you send that flower money to a more worthy cause, the Shark's Eye All-Release Tournament & Festival. We will be changing the name of this annual educational event to the "Carl Darenberg annual tag and release tournament". Please use the donation button below. Thank you all on behalf of Chase and Courtney Darenberg, Dan Christman, the entire Marine Basin family and everyone else who knew and loved Carl.

Tournament Rules



Montauk Marine Basin, July 18– 19, 2015

Competitive rules, elements and prizes subject to change, prior to event. Disputes and
grievances that may arise are subject to review by the competition committee, whose
decisions are final. Any handling of sharks deemed to be unnecessarily hazardous or
harmful could result in disqualification or point deduction.

To ensure a highly competitive, exciting and informative event for both anglers and the
general public, in addition to satellite tagging of certain fish, a system of best practices
and modern catch and release protocols have been engineered into this tournament
format to maximize the post-release welfare and survivability of all sharks caught during
this competition. These methods include the mandatory use of inline circle hooks to help
prevent internal hooking, heavy tackle and line strengths to reduce a shark's time on the
line, and other specific handling procedures designed to ensure angler safety and healthy
shark releases.

$750 until June 1st. $950 thereafter.

Captains Meeting
Tournament rules and Observer guidelines will be reviewed at the Captains
Meeting on Friday, July 17th at 6pm under the festival tent at the Montauk Marine
Basin. Attendance at the Captains Meeting is mandatory. Conventional tags for the
NOAA Apex Predators Program and needles will be provided with a limit of 10
tags per boat. Tagging poles will be  available for purchase at the Montauk Marine Basin.

An Observer’s role is to assist the tournament committee and anglers in the
accurate identification and documentation of shark species, conventional tagging,


Observers are not permitted to assist the team in any way with fishing for and/or catching a shark.

Qualifying for Release Points:
To assist in coordination with satellite tagging, research and media chase boats, teams must contact a committee boat by radio (VHF channel 72) every time they are confident a shark has been hooked. Teams that are able, may use their cellular or satellite phones to record releases by calling 631-804-8711 or 631-804-8776 and leaving a recorded message with details of the catch. As soon as a hooked species can be identified with an approximate size, the team must contact a committee boat again to relay this additional information. If a research chase boat is in the vicinity and the shark is a candidate for a satellite tag, the team will be notified that a chase boat is on the way.
Satellite Tagging

At any time during competition, certain sharks may be designated by research personnel as appropriate specimens for satellite tracking tags. In these cases, a research chase boat will be dispatched to the location by the tournament committee. Communication between teams and the tournament committee is key to this process and the goal is to have a research chase boat in transit while a team retrieves its shark and secures it by the head and tail at boat side. Once the research chase boat arrives, the shark will be handed off by the team to the research chase boat. The competing team will go back to fishing while researchers place the satellite tag, further document and then release the animal. This procedure will be covered during the Captain’s Meeting on Friday, July 11th.

Documenting Releases and Points
A shark will qualify for a release after a team member grabs the leader or the swivel hits the rod tip. To be considered for release points, all sharks must be photographed. It is recommended that the Observer take these photographs, while the team handles the conventional tagging and release of all sharks. All pictures should show the shark in the water with someone holding the leader or the swivel at the rod tip. The species of the shark must be identifiable by the photo. Including the head in the photograph is extremely helpful in identification of some species.

After the shark has been released, a dry-erase Catch Board (supplied in tournament registration packet for each team and observer) must be filled out and photographed by each team and observer.


This procedure would apply with all releases including those sharks that might be handed off to the research chase boat.
Required information on the board includes:

• Boat name/team name and number • Time of catch • Species of shark

• Daily Code Number followed by release number (if daily code is 1463 each shark would be numbered as such: 1463-1,1463-2 and so on for each shark released). After photographing the Catch Board, a committee boat should be contacted by radio (VHF channel 72) to record the release. Teams that are able, may use their cellular or satellite phones to record releases by calling 631-804-8666 or 631-804-8776 and leaving a recorded message with details of the catch. Each shark released must be recorded on the Daily Shark Recorder (DSR) supplied in tournament registration packet.

Release Point System • blue and sand bar (brown) sharks = 1 point each

-mako, hammerhead, tiger, dusky = 4 points each

- thresher = 6 points each

- Any tagged Shark =1 point

For release points to be considered, teams must either email or download their digital photos and hand off their DSR to a member of the tournament committee at the front desk of the Marina by 5 pm each day they fish. At this time, teams will be given a DSR for their second day of fishing, along with a written confirmation from the tournament committee that they handed in their photos and DSRs from Day 1. Smart Phone cameras may also be used and emails sent to the committee.

Determination of Category Winners *
First, second, and third place winners will be determined by the total amount of points accumulated by teams during the tournament. * In the event of a tie in points, the winner will be determined by the team that released the most number of sharks, regardless of their point value. If this process still does not break the tie, the winner will be determined by the time of day each team released their first shark. First shark caught will break the tie. Release times are determined by information documented on the dry-erase Catch Board and Daily Shark Recorder (DSR).


Tackle & Equipment
No spinning reels are permitted to catch any shark during the competition. Only conventional reels may be used. All reels used to catch any shark during the competition must have a minimum of 80lb mainline (braid or mono at team’s discretion). Any rod and reel combo meeting these requirements will be deemed a “Tournament Rod”. Leader length and size is at the team’s discretion. Single, non stainless steel, inline circle hooks are the only hooks allowed to be used during the competition. No treble or J hooks are permitted.
Foul hooked sharks shall not be awarded points. A foul hooked shark is defined as “any shark that is hooked anywhere outside the mouth”. Any breakaway system used in conjunction with lead is not permitted. Any balloons and/or floats used must be affixed to the mainline or leader to prevent balloon or float from breaking off. Pointed gaffs are not permitted.

Additional Equipment and Required Procedures

Conventional tagging poles are required and will be available for purchase at the Montauk Marine Basin. NOAA conventional tags and needles will be provided at the captains meeting. Limit of 10 tags per boat.

In some cases, sharks brought to the boat for documentation before release and tagging may be secured at the head (using the leader) and tail. In this case, it is recommended that teams use a device such as the AFTCO tail snare to control, direct and secure the shark’s tail. This device can then be replaced by a tail rope. Teams must have a tail rope on board with a minimum length of 15 feet. Most dock lines will serve this purpose.

Under no circumstance, is a tail rope or snare device to be applied anywhere in front of a shark’s dorsal fin. Failure to adhere to this rule, may result in no points awarded for that catch. Each team must also have a blunt tip (non-pointed) gaff or similar hook device onboard their vessel to be used in controlling, directing and securing the shark’s head. This is also helpful, in the event the mainline or leader breaks off after a shark’s tail is secured, prior to photographs being taken.

A blunt tip gaff is defined as any gaff-like device without a sharp or pointed end that can cause unnecessary injury to a shark. Docking hooks or conventional gaffs with their points filed down or wrapped with a sufficient amount of plastic tubing, cork and/or electrical tape are some convenient substitutes for pointed gaffs.



Any such device can only be used in the mouth or jaw area of a shark, and never in the area of the eyes, gills or gullet. Point deductions and/or disqualification may result if these rules are not strictly adhered to.

General Tournament Rules & Policies
1. All boats must be a minimum of 25 ft. in length, and must sail from Montauk Lake each day.
2. A maximum of 50 boats will be allowed on a first come first serve basis.
3. Teams will consist of a minimum of 4 or a maximum of 5 anglers including one team Observer for each vessel.
4. No boats may leave the inlet before 6:00 with lines in at 7:30 am and lines out at 4:00 pm Boat must return by 5:00 pm each day Time determined by GPS.

5. Each boat must check in with tournament committee before departing to fish. All captains must leave check out cards with a committee member at front desk. At that time the participant will be given a unique number for that day of fishing
6. Use of mammal blood or flesh is prohibited.
7. Fishing may be called, due to bad weather conditions by the tournament committee, prior to each fishing day. Only one day of fishing will be needed for the tournament, and determination of prize information.                                                                                                   8. Montauk Marine Basin Inc. employees and tournament committee members are not responsible for any accidents or injuries incurred during the  tournament.                                                                                                                                                                                                            9. Tournament VHF radio channel will 72.




Sponsored By
Montauk Boatmen and Captains Ass.
Austin Marxe
Don Diamond
Capt. mike Potts
Capt. Ric Freda
Shark Angles
Weather Routing, Inc.