The GAMEX Boat Auction is held on the Briefing Night (Saturday, March 9) and allows competitors and spectators to bid on the teams they think will win the major sections. If you are the highest bidder for the team which wins either of the major sections by tournament end, you win a huge cash jackpot prize!
All boats fishing GAMEX are automatically entered into the GAMEX Boat Auction.
Skippers must nominate for one of the following major sections which they intend to contest:
The Silent Auction will commence at the opening of the Briefing Night. Silent bids will be visible and are made by recording your bid amount, name and signature. Minimum bid is $50 and increments of $50 thereafter. At the conclusion of the Silent Auction, boats with bids less than $100 will be won by the highest bidder.
The tournament briefing will commence at 6:00pm to be followed by the Boat Auction. Boats with bids of $100 and/or above will be entered into the auction and will be presented by division in random order.
Champion Boat Overall Boat Auction division is won by the person who purchases the winning vessel in this section at the conclusion of the event (see GAMEX Rules for full information on how section winners are decided). A Runner-Up prize is awarded to the person that purchases the vessel that places second in this section.
The winner of the Champion Boat Tag & Release Billfish division is won by the person that purchases the vessel with the highest number of tag and release points, as per calculations set out below, at the conclusion of the event. A Runner-Up prize is awarded to the person that purchases the vessel with the second highest total of tag and release points as per calculation below:
Marlin/Broadbill - 500 points
Sailfish/Spearfish - 400 points
The winner of each Division receives 50% of the relevant Boat Auction division pool. The Runner-up will receive 30% and the EGFC will retain 20%.
In the event of a tie which cannot be resolved on line class and time of tag countback, each prize pool percentage will be divided evenly (example: if there is a tie for first place each winner will receive 40% and the EGFC will retain 20%. If there is an outright winner and a tie for runner-up the winner will receive 50%, each runner-up 15% and the EGFC will retain 20%).