Winter Challenge

Waikato Sport Fishing Club
Winter Challenge Rules
Judged by length of fish, not weight.

1st July 2017 – 17th October 2017

If you are a current WSFC club member you are already entered, All you need to do is grab some catch cards from the downloads section of our website, Catch any of the eligible species Snapper, Kingfish, Kahawai or Barracoutta, Snap a photo on a brag mat or fish measurer and send it off to catchcards@waikatosportfishing.co.nz along with your filled our catch card and your in the competition. Have a look at the rules and measuring options below:

Rod and Reel catches only
The catch being entered must have been caught on a rod and reel.

Catch Cards
All catch cards must be filled in correctly, must be signed by a Weighmaster & accompanied by relevant documentation. All catch cards that do not comply will not be entered.

Measuring Options
1.    Your catch can be measured and photographed on an official measurer from the New Zealand Fishing Competition. Visit http://www.fishingcomp.co.nz/ to see rules and entry details.
This option will enter you into their comp as well.

2. Use a standard sticker style measurer, making sure it clearly shows the nose lining up with the start (the club has plenty in stock).

3. Place the nose of the fish against something square like a fish bin and use a standard
measuring tape (bigger the better), place the tape end also against the bin with tape going
past tail.

Measuring your catch Waikato Sport Fishing Winter Challenge
Measure your fish using one of the options above and take one or more digital photographs that clearly shows the whole fish on the measurer, confirms the measurement precisely, complies with the rules on mouth open/closed detailed below and the V of the tail is in the midline of the measure.

Alternatively you may bring your fish down on the 17th of October 2016 on Club night to be measured. Frozen fish will not be eligible.

The measuring rules are shown and explained using the measurer from the NZ Fishing Competition. Apply the same theory when using Option 2 and 3.

IMPORTANT:
An open mouth can effectively change the measured length of some species (kahawai and kingfish).

Mouth Open
If the fish is photographed with an open mouth, the tip of the upper jaw must touch the edge of the L shaped plastic end of the measure or fish bin etc.

Mouth Closed
If the mouth is closed then the tip of either the upper or lower jaw must touch the edge of the L shaped plastic end of the measure or fish bin etc.

  • The jaw of the fish must not be distorted in an attempt to exaggerate the length.
  • The V of the tail should be in the midline of the measure and fish with a straight tail edge such as blue cod should be placed so the tail edge is parallel to the graduated lines on the measure.
  • Fish must be measured fresh and NOT gutted or gilled.
  • Take one or more digital photographs that clearly shows the whole fish on the measurer,
    confirms the measurement precisely, complies with the rules on mouth open/closed above and the V of the tail is in the midline of the measure.

Winter Challenge

Please note that your fish may not be eligible for entry to the NZ Fishing Competition if these
measuring requirements are not complied with.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
While every care is taken with the production of the New Zealand Fishing Competition measurers, the WSFC take no responsibility whatsoever in the use of any measure for the purposes of determining the legal length of any fish caught. The measurer should be calibrated from time to time with another accurate measuring device.

Number of entries per day
Maximum of ONE entry per species per registrant per day. Fish must be reasonably fresh and in good condition. Each individual fish can only be entered once – i.e: Multiple entries of the same fish not permitted by either the same or multiple individuals.

Measurement and rounding
Measurements are rounded back to the nearest 0.5cm mark on the measure. For example if your fish is just over 40cm but does not reach the 40.5cm mark then the length recorded will be 40.0cm.

WSFC Winter Challenge Competition
Starts on the 1st of July 2016 in conjunction with the start of the NZ Fishing Season.

Finishes on the day of the 2016 October Club Night on the 17th. All entries to be emailed/posted to the Records Officer by 8pm Sunday the 16th or brought to the club on the 17th by 8pm.

Records Officer Email: catchcards@waikatosportfishing.co.nz

Eligible species for 2017-2018 Season
Snapper, kingfish, kahawai and Barracoutta are eligible provided they have been measured and photographed, and a digital photograph is submitted that clearly shows the whole fish on the
measurer, confirms the measurement precisely, and the placement complies with the rules for measuring your catch outlined above. Any photos that do not show clearly the length will not be
eligible. Note we will be able to zoom in to read smaller tape numbers but the photo must be in
focus.

Waikato Sport Fishing Club Members Only
The Winter Challenge is only open to 2017-2018 financial members of the Waikato Sport Fishing Club.

Prizes
In the event of a draw for the longest of any species being tied for first place in any species
category, the prize for the longest fish in that category will be drawn on the 17th at Club Night.

Agreement to Rules, Terms and Conditions
By entering any fish you agree to abide by these Rules.

Our Decision and Disputes
The WSFC Winter Challenge organisers decision on all matters, including, but not limited to
disputes, is final and no correspondence will be entered into.