October 5th & 6th




Miller Phillips
Cell: (850) 461-4745
Office:  (850) 424-7406
Email:  millerphillips@gmail.com

Heather Swanson
Cell:  (850) 974-5339
Office:  (850) 424-7406
Email:  boshamps@yahoo.com


Physical Address:

Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House
414 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

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(If you choose not to pre-register, Entry Fee = $750)

Tournament Entry and Registration:

Mandatory Captains Meeting: Thursday October 4th, at Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House. 

Each boat fishing the tournament MUST have a representative PRESENT at the Captains Meeting, to enter the tournament, and sign Rules Acknowledgment Form.

Teams may leave their Gulf of Mexico port of choice, at any time after they have registered for the tournament, paid in full, and signed Rules Acknowledgment Form, BUT cannot start fishing until 5:00 am on Friday.

Boats may enter the tournament at any time before the end of registration on Thursday, October 4th, by 9:00 pm.  The base entry fee of $750 per boat, as well as all Optional Calcutta entries, must be paid by the end of registration.

Payment Options:

Check, Cash, and Credit Cards will be accepted for Base Entry, as well as Optional Calcutta Divisions.  Please make checks payable to:  Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House.  We accept ALL major Credit Cards.

Base Entry and Optional Calcutta:

Base Entry of $750 qualifies team for $10,000 Biggest Swordfish and $10,000 biggest White Marlin weighed for the tournament, as well as additional $10,000 for Tournament Record, currently held by team Flat Dangerous @ 343.9 lbs. 

ALL other (7) entries are Optional Calcutta, as follows:

  • Tag and Release Calcutta:  $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5,000
  • Biggest Swordfish Calcutta:  $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5,000
  • Aggregate Swordfish Calcutta:  $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5,000
  • Biggest White Marlin Calcutta:  $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5,000
  • Biggest Dolphin Calcutta:  $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5,000
  • Biggest Wahoo Calcutta:  $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5,000
  • Biggest Tuna Calcutta:  $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5,000


NEW Tag and Release Calcutta: 

The Tag and Release Division includes Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish and Spearfish.  Point System as follows:

Blue Marlin: 500 Points

White Marlin:  200 Points

Sailfish:  175 Points

Spearfish:  175 Points

Catch and Release Definition:

A billfish is considered caught when the leader is wound to the tip of the rod, or a team member touches the leader. Tagging the fish is not required for points. All billfish released or boated must be recorded on the Billfish Scorecard in the order they were caught.  Scorecards must be signed by the Boat Captain confirming the details of the Billfish Scorecard. Detailed instructions are printed on the scorecard, and can be found in your Tournament Envelope.  The winners of the Catch and Release division will be declared on Sunday night, at the closing of the tournament, by way of Billfish Scorecard.  Videos will be checked the following day, Monday, October 8th for conformation, along with mandatory polygraph examination. 

Video Recording Requirements:

  • Teams must turn in videos of each Billfish released, with CLEAR shot of Tournament Identifier, which is included in your Team Bucket.
  • At the end of the fight, BEFORE grabbing the leader, or having the leader wound to the tip of the rod, the video MUST go UNINTERUPTED, showing a CLEAR shot of the fish, the Tournament Identifier, and shot of the GPS date AND time.  Earliest time will be used for tie-breakers.
  • The Tournament Identifier will be the same for all days of the tournament.
  • The video MUST show billfish species CLEARLY, and show the billfish being caught, by either a crew member touching the leader, or the leader wound to the rod tip.  Please try to get AS MUCH video as you can and try to get as much footage of the billfish’s fins as you can, especially the dorsal and pectoral fins.
  • Release points will be determined by Tournament Panel of experienced and knowledgeable fisherman on Monday, October.  All decisions by the Tournament Panel are final and non-negotiable.  If the billfish cannot be identified as either a Blue, White, Sail or Spear, it will not count towards release points, whatsoever, so PLEASE be sure to have a good camera operator, or operators, on hand, and knowledgeable of the requirements.


All fish must be weighed at Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House, and must be brought to the scales on the boat from which they were caught, no exceptions. 

The scales will be open SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY from 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm.  The weigh station will remain open on Saturday night until all fish are weighed, but all teams in line to weigh fish NEAR the 9:30 deadline MUST contact a Tournament Official to declare that they are in the harbor, in line at Boshamps, waiting to weigh a fish BEFORE the 9:30 deadline.  Please contact either Heather Swanson (850-974-5339), Preston Green (850-376-1809), Miller Phillips (850-461-4745), or Boshamps directly at 850-424-7406 and ask for any three of the Tournament Officials. 

There will be no tail tag requirements, and ALL fish weighed will go back to the boat on which they were caught.  The Weigh-Master, Preston Green, will have a document for the angler to sign, confirming weight and species of fish.  PLEASE do not forget to sign your Weigh Sheet at the scales.

Equipment and Angling Rules:

We expect everyone to compete in the spirit of the IGFA Saltwater Equipment and Angling rules.  Any member of the team may set the hook and fight the fish, or may set the hook and immediately pass the rod to another team member, but the rod may only be passed one time; the angler must then fight the fish unassisted.

Electric Reels and Harpoons may ONLY be used for catching and boarding SWORDFISH.  No exceptions. 

Fish caught not according to tournament rules will be disqualified.  Fish  under minimum weight and/or length will be disqualified. 

All FWC LEGAL Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphin are eligible for CALCUTTA ONLY. 

Swordfish:  MINIMUM 47” Lower Jaw/Fork Length.  MAXIMUM of FOUR Swordfish per boat for Aggregate weight Calcutta Category.  A Federal HMS Angling Permit is REQUIRED to fish for swordfish in Federal Waters.


White Marlin:  MINIMUM 67” Lower Jaw/Fork Length.  MAXIMIUM of ONE WHITE MARLIN PER BOAT, PERIOD.  A Federal HMS Angling Permit is REQUIRED to fish for White Marlin in Federal Waters.

Swordfish and White Marlin are the ONLY ELIGIBLE BILLFISH to be weighed.  Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Spearfish are eligible for TAG AND RELEASE Calcutta Division ONLY.


All disputes, protests, claims, differences or controversies relating to any aspect of the Tournament, including, without limitation, Tournament Rules, are to be addressed directly to Miller Phillips. Miller Phillips - Cell - (850) 461-4745 or Office - (850) 424-7406. 


Polygraph Examination will be administered on Monday, October 8th at 12:00 noon.  The top 3 money teams, as well as the Tag and Release Calcutta winning team, will be required to take the polygraph examination.  Failure of the polygraph will forfeit any and all monies. 

Release of All Claims:

In consideration for being accepted for participation in the 2017 Boshamps Swordy Shootout, the Participants hereby release, forever discharge, and agree to hold harmless the Tournament, AMP Destin Restaurants, Blanchita, Inc., and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers, partners, members, and/or attorneys (collectively the “Releasees”) for any and all losses, claims, or demands of any kind or character whatsoever arising from the negligence or gross negligence of the Releasees or from any other cause connected with or occurring during the Tournament. The Participants expressly acknowledge that he/she has received, reviewed, and agrees to abide by the Tournament Rules and this Release. Furthermore, the Participants expressly acknowledge that activities relating to deep sea fishing are extremely dangerous and involve the risk of serious injury or death. Having so acknowledged, the Participants hereby assume full responsibility for the risk of bodily injury or death due to the negligence or gross negligence of the Releasees or any other cause connected with or occurring during the Tournament.