when the fish itself touches base. The boats change bases after each heat.
Matches are usually for one, three, or five Sturgeon. Points are counted only for the landing of the fish, but the Medicine-man may give the decision on a foul or a succession of fouls, or the delinquent may be set back one or more boat lengths.
Sometimes the game is played in canoes or boats, with one man as Spearman and crew.
Rules. It is not allowed to push the Sturgeon into a new position with the spear or paddle before striking.
It is allowed to pull the Sturgeon under the boat or pass it around by using the line after spearing.
It is allowed to lay hands on the other boat to prevent a collision, but otherwise it is forbidden to touch the other boat or crew or paddle or spear or line, or to lay hands on the fish, or to touch it with the paddle or oar, or touch your own spear while it is in the fish, or to tie the line around the fish except so far as this may be accidentally done in spearing.
It is allowed to dislodge the enemy's spear by throwing your own over it. The purpose of the barbs is to assist in this.
It is allowed to run onto the Sturgeon with the boat.
It is absolutely forbidden to throw over the other boat or over the heads of your crew.
In towing the Sturgeon the fathom‑mark must be over the gunwale — at least six feet of line should be