SALTWATER CLASSIC 2016 only (general weigh in rules after SWC RULES)

Rules for the weigh in

  1. NSW Department of Primary Industries Recreational Fishing Rules and Regulations apply for all bag and possession limits. A bag limit of 20 fish per person is applicable during the competition weekend for weigh in purposes.
  2. Dusky Flathead in estuary category for catch and release must be;
    1. Measured on the catch and release (brag mat) supplied by the club
    2. Photographed by camera or mobile phone on the ‘brag mat’ with the designated information appearing in the photograph.
    3. Photographs to be presented to the weighmaster printed or on the device for weight and points to be calculated
    4. Catch will not be weighed in after Sunday 1.00pm
    5. The weight calculation on the back of the ‘brag mat’ will be used for the weight of the catch
  3. 10 points per kilo and 1 points per fish.
  4. To be eligible for weighing all fish to be gutted and gilled prior to presenting to the weigh master, and all fish must comply with NSW Department of Primary Industries Recreational Fishing Rules and Regulations legal length. All fish that don’t have a gazetted DPI Fisheries legal length are to be a minimum 30cm in length.
  5. No more than two (2) hooks are to be used on any one line. No more than four (4) lines allowed. No set lines or long lines allowed. Yellowtail jigs are allowed only to catch bait.
  6. The fishing area covers all waters from Kiama in the north to Sussex Inlet in the south with Jervis Bay considered deep sea.
  7. All fish to be presented to Weighmaster on fresh ice, no ice slurry.
  8. Weighmaster’s decision is final.
  9. All fish to be weighed in by Sunday 1 pm.
  10. The following species are not to be weighed in at this competition:-
  • Rock Cod
  • Sargent Baker
  • Sweep
  • Pike
  • Maori Wrasse
  • Dart
  • No sharks or marlin to be weighed in

General Competition guidelines

(Not part of rules and bylaws)

CONTENTS

 1  Monthly Competition

1.1    Competition Weekend

1.2   Weigh Master

1.3  Age Categories

1.4  Point Score system

1.5  Bag and size limits

1.6  Equipment

1.7  Disqualification

1.8 Non members

1.9 Period of competition and membership

2  Awards and Championship

2.1 Competition weekend awards

2.2 Yearly awards

2.3 Champion boat

 3  Club records

 

1   MONTHLY COMPETITION

1.1 Competition Weekend

1.1.1  Monthly competitions will be on the second weekend of each month, excluding May where the weigh in will be the first weekend due to Mother’s Day being the second Sunday. There is no competition weekend in January, due to Charity Day, with June being monitored to each year due to the regions Wine Festival and the flexibility of the public holiday date.

1.1.2 Competition start time is Friday 4.00pm and continues until weigh in at 2.00pm Sunday at The Heads Hotel in Shoalhaven Heads, no member and their catch is eligible to weigh in after Sunday 2.00pm unless the weigh master allows.

1.1.3 If unable to attend on club weigh-in day to weigh in your catch a fishing club member must be organised to attend to the catch and be present at the weigh in.

1.1.4 All fish to be cleaned gilled and gutted prior to weigh-in and be on presented on ice or below 4 degrees, any fish not gilled and gutted will not be weighed unless eligible for catch and release category.

1.1.5 No executive or any other member can cancel any competition day or weighin. If in the case of bad weather, it will be up to the discretion of each individual member to fish or not on that day. Any member participating at any club competitions are to do so at their own risk and shall be responsible for their own expenses.

1.1.6 Catch and release must be: 

  •  Measured on a “Recreational Fishing Trust’ catch and release mat (sometimes called brag mat.
  • Photographed by camera or mobile phone on the ‘brag mat’ with the appropriate date in the photograph.
  • Photographs to be presented to the weighmaster printed or on the device for weight and points to be calculated
  • Catch will not be weighed in after Sunday 2.00pm
  •  The weight calculation on the back of the ‘brag mat’ will be used for the weight of the catch.
  •  Catch and release and catch and keep can be combined to a total of the allowed total catch.
  •   There is no weight penalty for catch and release i.e. the full weight is utilised for point score purposes.
  • You are encouraged to forward your photos to the fishing club email for Inclusion on the website and in future displays on our notice board

1.1.7 The following species are not eligible for weigh in or for inclusion on the records board: 

  •  Rock Cod 
  • Sargent Baker 
  • Sweep 
  • Pike 
  • Maori Wrasse 
  • Dart

1.1.8 No Sharks are to be weighed in for competition point score

1.1.9 Jervis Bay is considered to be deep sea

1.2 Weighmaster

1.2.1 The Weighmaster shall be the judge in all competitions with the power to settle all disputes. Shall a dispute arise and any member is not satisfied with any ruling, he or she may appeal to the club’s committee in writing whose decision will be final.
1.2.2 The Weighmaster shall weigh all fish and keep a record of points scored, presenting report of the same at the next club meeting. He or she may call on any member to assist him/her in any capacity. Fish length may also be measured to verify that the DPI minimum size limit has been met.
1.2.3 In the absence of the Weighmaster a committee member will be the weigh person for the day.
1.2.4 All fish within the weigh-in area are required to be presented to the weighmaster, competitors who present more than the maximum number of fish to be weighed or more than the prescribed bag limit of any species shall have their whole catch disqualified.

 1.3 Age Categories

1.3.1 Sub Juniors shall be regarded as being less than 12 years old and Juniors 13 to 16 years of age.
1.3.2 A sub junior shall be a person under the age of 12 at the commencement of the season, if the member has a birthday after the commencement of the competition year they shall be allowed to compete that year in the division they commenced.
1.3.3 A junior shall be a person 13 years old and under the age of 16 at the commencement of the season, if the member has a birthday after the commencement of the competition year they shall be allowed to compete that year in the division they commenced.
1.3.4    Seniors shall be over 16 years of age at the commencement of the competition year

 1.4 Point Score System

1.4.1 Point score system shall be 1 points per fish and 10 points per kilogram. Points will only be awarded at a gazetted club outing.
1.4.2 Catch and release points will be allocated without a deduction to the total weight of the ‘catch and release’ weighed in.
1.4.3 All fish presented for weigh-in must be at least the minimum size limit specified by the current NSW Department of Primary Industries Recreational Fishing Rules and Regulations for that species. Where there is reasonable doubt, fish length will be measured by the Weighmaster.

1.5 Bag and Size Limits

1.5.1 Species legal length and bag limits shall apply as per Department of Primary Industries Recreational Fishing Rules and Regulations at the time of weigh in, all fish not having a gazetted DPI fisheries legal length are to be a minimum 30cm in length with the maximum number of fish to be weighed per competition not to exceed 20 fish. This applies also to catch and release.
1.5.2 Members wishing to accrue points for fish that were ‘catch and release’ will only be permitted to submit details for the bag limit quantity specified by Department of Primary Industries Recreational Fishing Rules and Regulations for that particular species. It should be noted that bass are ‘catch and release’ only.

 1.6 Equipment

1.6.1 As per Department of Primary Industries Recreational Fishing Rules and Regulations a competitor may use no more than four (4) lines at any one time. Each line may have no more than two (2) hooks attached except that a flight of hooks for the purpose of attaching a single bait is considered a single hook and a lure is considered a single hook. A flight of hooks is defined as ‘a number of hooks which are ganged or individually fastened to a line for the specific purpose of securing a single bait’.

 1.7 Disqualification

1.7.1 At any official club weigh-in any member that presents fish that are not in good, fresh condition, undersize or in excess of the DPI bag/possession limits as outlined for that particular species of fish, that member’s catch will be disqualified.
1.7.2 All fish within the weigh-in area are required to be presented to the weighmaster, competitors who present more than the maximum number of fish to be weighed or more than the prescribed bag limit of any species shall have their whole catch disqualified.

1.8 Non members

Non members are not eligible for trophies, points or weigh-in for club records.

1.9 Period of competition and membership

Competition and membership commences 1st July and expires 30th June annually with membership fees due July 1st each year.

 2   Awards

2.1 Awards on each competition weekend will be issued for – 

  • Men’s deep sea 
  • Ladies deep sea 
  • Junior deep sea 
  • Sub Junior deep sea 
  • Men’s estuary 
  • Ladies estuary 
  • Junior estuary 
  • Sub Junior estuary 
  • Men’s rock & beach 
  • Ladies rock & beach 
  • Junior rock & beach 
  • Sub Junior rock & beach 
  •        Mystery fisher person of the month (lucky draw on the day)

 2.2 The member that accumulates the most points during the season shall be the winner of that category, this is applicable to sub junior, junior and senior divisions.
2.3 Champion boat of the year is awarded to the boat with the most recorded notations on “The Bottom Line” record board for the fishing season 1st July to 30th June

 3 Club records

 3.0 Club records can be claimed during any fishing session. Any fish caught and to be considered for a club records should be weighed whole as they may be eligible for other divisional/club records and witnessed by a financial club member and recorded in the record book.  ‘The Bottom Line’ on the records board is for the biggest fish weighed in for the fishing season 1st July to 30th June. ‘The Top Line” on the records board is the standing record for the biggest fish sizes recorded to date.