Angling and Tournament Rules
The Tournament is a sanctioned West Australian Game Fishing Association (WAGFA) event, fished under the rules governed by the Game Fishing Association of Australia (GFAA). All Billfish tagged should be verified with a photo of the tag being placed in the shoulder of the fish. All tagged fish must be revived and then released; the retrieval of hooks and lures must be attempted but the loss of will not disqualify a Tag and Release. If a Billfish is tagged and released the same lure may be reused; in the event of that lure being lost, a statutory declaration will need to be supplied. The first Tag and release will not be disqualified. All tag cards must be submitted to the Weigh Master no later than 2000 hours each day. A Tag and capture card incorrectly filled out or submitted on the incorrect card will result in a capture being disqualified. The weighing of fish and the presenting of tag cards will take place at the Rottnest Weigh Station from 1700 hours to 1900 hours on the Saturday and Sunday; the weighing and presenting of tag cards will be done at the FSC Weigh Station on the Monday between 1700 hours and 1800 hours.
Tackle may be requested by the weight master for checking.
Bill Fish and Shark Tag and release only. Sharks if tagged must be minimum of twice the line class.
All Marlin (Blue, Black, Striped etc)
60kg line 3000 points
37kg line 4000 points
24kg line 5000 points.
All other Billfish (Swordfish, Sailfish, Spearfish etc) 60kg line 1000 points 37kg line 2000 points 24kg line 3000 points
Other Game Fish
Allocated weight x 100 divided by the line class. All Billfish, the minimum Line Class is 24kg. All other species minimum line class 2kgs. Any Billfish caught on a Line Class less than 24kg will be allocated points as if caught on 24kg Line Class.
Allocated Weights Tag and Release
No fish under 60cm are to be tagged with the exception of Yellowtail Kingfish which has a minimum of 70cm.
All fish will be allocated weights according to measured length with weights calculated on GFAA measure x release charts. Fish under 60cm must be photoed on the brag mat and points will be awarded according to the weight chart (must go line class). Must fill out release card.
Fish (excluding sharks) captured and weighed will be scored by replacing allocated weight with actual. The official Weigh Master for the tournament is Mark Maher who can be contacted on 0417 309 622 or Channel 81 VHF.
All Protests must be made to the Tournament Director or the Weigh Master as soon as practical, but no later than 2100 hours on any event day. All Protests will be decided jointly by the Tournament Director, Weigh Master and one Committee Member. No Protest will be accepted after 2100 hours on the Monday
Individual Angler Points
The best two points scoring fish of each species per angler per day.
Champion Boat Points The best three points scoring fish of each species per boat per day. Eagle Rays are excluded from this Tournament.
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