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Christmas Tuna comp Rules

WAIHAU BAY SPORTS FISHING CLUB TUNA TOURNAMENT
5AM DECEMBER 27TH UNTIL 4PM JANUARY 2ND
 
$100 Cash Draw every night
*  Heaviest tuna $1000!!
Open entry qualifies only. (yellowfin, bigeye, Bluefin, albacore or skipjack)
 
All Kahawai and Snapper will be measured only incl. land based
You must present a photo of your fish on the approved board clearly showing the length. Or measure it at the weigh shed. The date and time must be displayed on the camera and written on your catch card
 
 
All Species $50: Tuna - yellowfin, bigeye, bluefin (3 prizes),  Albacore (3 prizes) .  Skipjack Tuna (3 prizes)   Marlin.(1 prize) Plus the five bottom fishing species. Please read the rules re marlin points.
One daily prize for tuna which includes albacore and skipjack as well as the species listed above.
Bottom Fishing $30
First, second and average weight/length. Kahawai, snapper, tarakihi, gurnard and trevally weighed.
Juniors $10
(Under 17 years) Three prizes each for gurnard, tuna (including albacore), trevally, snapper, tarakihi and kahawai. (snapper and kahawai measured only)
Land Based $15
One prize for the heaviest scaled fish including kingfish. (more prizes depending on entries)
Jetty Fishing - free
5 prizes.  Fishing on all the days of the competition. (weigh times below)
 
Special General Meeting Wednesday 30th at 6.30pm
                                    A meeting will be held to pass some simple changes to the club constitution.
                                    Please try and attend.
 
Photo                         There will be a photo competition for the best marine/fishing photo.  The photos       
Competition             will be displayed on the final night. Photos taken using drones will not qualify.  Only three photos per entry please and these must be submitted by the end of the Jan 1st.
 
Weigh Times             Daily 4pm until 5pm.  Final Day 3pm to 4pm. 
             Game fish may be weighed at any time by requesting a weigh master via vhf.
 
Club Open                  From 6 pm daily. Please be very careful about drinking and driving and make
                                      arrangements for a sober driver if necessary.
 
Courtesy Van           The van will be running on the 29th and 31st December and 3rd January. It will leave
                                      the Fire Station at 5.45 then go to the Lodge, Club, Oruaiti Beach and the Holiday Park.
                                   The van drivers number is 021 0853 9992
 
        Meals                          Meals will be available each evening.  All meals include a self- help salad bar.
            The buffet nights will be the 29th and 3rd
 
Spots and Raffles    Spot prizes will be drawn each evening at 7.30pm plus the $100 CASH DRAW.
There will be quick fire raffles on the 29th and 3 rd.
 
Ladies Day                29th December (weather permitting).  There will be some special prizes that evening for ladies who have caught fish that day. Blokes may fish as per usual or take out a boat load of ladies!  Entries the night before please. Cost is $10 if you are not already entered in the comp. A $10 fee will not qualify fish for overall tournament prizes.  Species are trevally, tarakihi, gurnard, snapper, albacore and kahawai. 
 
Prize Giving              Prizes will be presented on Jan 3rd at 6pm.  The Club will be open from 5pm.  A                            
                                                delicious roast meal will be served after the prize giving.
Hazards etc
It is the skippers/boat owners responsibility to ensure they are competent in operating their boat in a
safe manner and have all necessary safety equipment on board.
 
There is a large hole at the bottom of the concrete boat ramp. Avoid this area at low tide. If you
are not familiar with the Waihau Bay haven please study the map at the top of the ramp before proceeding. There
are rocks in the channel and to the sides.
 
Launching and retrieving – please take care on the ramp and show consideration to other users.
 
Poor weather – check the weather before leaving and be sure you have the skill to safely handle your boat
in the conditions.
 
Observe the 5 knot speed restriction within 200m from shore.
 
A disclaimer must be signed by all skippers who have boats entered into a competition prior to leaving
shore.  If the disclaimer is not signed by the skipper / owner before leaving shore the competition entry will not be
valid.
 
Make a trip report on CH65 to local Coastguard
Emergency contact numbers    CH 65 OR 16 Jane 07 325 3955  or  Clyde 07 325 3949 or 02102939515
 
Equipment all boats must carry
Sufficient life jackets for all on board. A VHF radio and preferably a mobile phone and epirb as well.
 
FISHING RULES
Marlin
These species may be tagged or weighed and points will be calculated using the Nationals points system. Therefore the points will be calculated by multiplying the weight of the fish by 100 and dividing by the line weight. For all tagged fish the points are 600. A clear video or photo must be supplied showing the tag in the fish and the date. There is no minimum size for tagging. (If weighed a fish caught of 37 kg needs to weigh more than 222kg to be worth more than 600 points.   The last angler to accumulate the highest points will be the winner.
 
Non-offset circle hooks must be used when using live or dead natural baits when targeting any billfish. This rule has been made by the NZ Sport Fishing Council as it is seen to be the responsibility of all recreational anglers to ensure the long term conservation of billfish.
 
Each fish will only be eligible for one prize.  There will be one prize only per angler per species.
 
Only one fish of each species per angler per day will be accepted for weigh-in.  The following are the species and sizes eligible for the tournament;
Kingfish 1m,      Snapper       35cm,      Tarakihi 30cm,      marlin 90kg,        Tuna 10kg.            
       
For bottom fishing the boundaries of the fishing area are Waikawa Point and Lottin Point out to the twelve nautical mile limit.  There are no boundaries for game fishing. All boats must launch and retrieve at Waihau Bay and return overnight.
 
In the event of two or more fish having equal weight, the first fish weighed in will be deemed the first for recognition in all prize categories.
 
In the event that the tournament is shortened or postponed there is no refund of entries paid.
 
The committee reserves the right to: delay the start of the tournament, cancel, postpone, shorten or extend the duration of the tournament.  Entrants will be notified of any changes.
 
To collect any spot prizes the winner must be present.  If not present the prizes will be redrawn until struck.
 
Any protests relating to the weight of, or manner of, weighing a fish must be made to the official weigh master before the fish is removed from the weigh station.  The decision of the weigh master shall be final.
 
Any disputes must be reported to the disputes committee in writing before 9pm of the day of the catch.  The decision of the disputes committee shall be final.
 
The committee reserves the right to inspect or test the line, rods and reels used.  The maximum line weight to be used is 60kg.
 
Radio communication shall be on VHF Channel 65.  There will be one sked only at 9.15am. Trip reports will be taken throughout the day as required. Between the hours of 5.45 pm and 9 am CH 65 will be monitored by Coastguard Radio and you may call them at any time during these hours.
 
Any breaches of these rules will result in immediate disqualification.
 
To qualify for the daily tuna prize, catch or tag cards must be in the weigh masters hands by 6pm.  Fish weighed after 6pm will qualify for the next day’s daily prize.  Any tagged tuna will go into a draw for the daily prize in the event that no fish are weighed.  Albacore will qualify if no tuna are caught.
 
This is a one base tournament and all boats must be launched and retrieved at Waihau Bay, which for these purposes includes Whanarua Bay and Whangaparaoa River Mouth.
 
Electric reels are not to be used in competitions. (This complies with IGFA regulations.) Their presence on the boat will mean all fish on that day will be disqualified.  A disabled angler may apply to the committee for a dispensation.