Merimbula Lakeview Trophy Board
2020 – 2021 Annual Fishing
Awards and Trophies
Our Club has a long history in rewarding our members for their fishing success.
Our traditions have evolved with the times, since our formation in 1936, reflecting our social, environmental and sustainability practices as responsible anglers.
We are very fortunate to have access to a full range of fishing opportunities from Game Fishing, Bottom Bouncing Ocean Fishing, Onshore and Estuary and Beach Fishing and Freshwater Stream and Lakes. Our annual trophies celebrate members who demonstrate an ability to embrace these opportunities.
To provide the opportunity for catch and release the Club recently introduced length measurement for most species, encouraging our members to measure and photograph on a DPI brag mat for our awards and trophies. In relation to Bream, Dusky Flathead, Mulloway, Estuary Perch and Bass, this year we require these species to be released for a a Capture Slip to be accepted.. We are not restricting your decision to keep any of these, but if it’s a record fish then we believe it deserves to be released to help the sustainability of these iconic species.
To encourage members to target these awards the Club anticipates providing monthly updates on the Web each of the species. In the Clubrooms you will find a tally board that will be updated more regularly.
The following lists the annual trophies and awards. Where indicated the Club has a Perpetual Trophy (PT) for the award.
Rewards for all other prizes will be determined by the Committee and published as early as practical after completion of the Angling Year.
Club Champion – PT
Male Champion – PT
Female Champion – PT
Junior Champion – PT
Lake and Beach Champion – PT
Game Fish Awards
1st Line Class Yellowfin Tuna over 25kg – PT
Heaviest Marlin – PT
Heaviest Yellowfin Tuna – PT
Heaviest Shark – PT
Heaviest Game fish – PT
Highest Point Score T&R Male
Highest Point Score T&R Female
Highest Point Score T&R Junior
Highest Point Score T&R Small Fry
Highest Point Score T&R Boat
Highest Point Score Capture Male
Highest Point Score Capture Female
Highest Point Score Capture Junior
Highest Point Score Capture Boat
Other than the Club Champion all awards and trophies can be fished for 365 days of the year including during Club Events.
Fishing for the Club Champion Trophy is limited to Club Events and all weekends of the year, commencing at first light Saturday morning through to last light Sunday afternoon.
The species that contribute to these awards are listed on the annually updated Eligible Species List.
All DPI and NSW GFA Regulations apply as applicable to all eligible fish captures.
Saltwater and estuarine boundaries are:
All areas between Goalen Head to the North (360 33”S) and the Southern-most point of Disaster Bay to the South (370 19”S)
Freshwater boundaries are:
Eucumbene, Jindabyne, Tantangara and, Brogo Dam including all tributaries flowing into or from them and all rivers creeks and billabongs within the Bega Valley Shire. The Snowy River downstream from the Jindabyne dam wall and its tributaries may only be fished within the state of New South Wales. Private dams are excluded.
Waters being fished by members whilst representing the MBGLAC in a Tournament or Fishing Competition facilitated by Fishing Clubs within Southern NSW. Check with Committee when you register for eligibility.
Submitting a Capture
Non Game Fish Species
A member who wishes to submit a fish for an award is required to take a photograph of the fish on the DPI Brag Mat, complete a Fish Capture Slip either hard copy or directly through the portal on the MBGLAC Web Site.
Measurements are from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, as per DPI length measurements.
All length measurements are verified by the Weighmaster (based on photograph supplied) before being logged, and adjustments to length may be made by the Weighmaster.
Game Fish Species
A member who wishes to submit a game fish for an award is required to take a photograph of the weigh slip or the tag card, complete a Fish Capture Slip either hard copy or directly through the portal on the MBGLAC Web Site.
All DPI and NSW GFA angling rules apply as applicable to each species.
Please note that the GFA mandates the use of Circle Hooks for all bait fishing for game fish.
We also strongly recommend that you use Circle Hooks for all other species when bait fishing and you propose to release the fish.
Determining the Awards
For the Club Awards
For non game fish species, awards are determined on the basis of length. The 10 largest fish of each species will be logged and updated monthly during the year. Our Recorder will log for Male, Female, Junior and Small Fry.
A member can hold multiple fish within a species, subject to them being within the 10 largest.
For game fish species, awards are determined by the quantity of fish caught by an angler, either weighed or tag and released.
An additional log will be kept for species caught during an Event, on the Weekends or Beach Estuary (shore) based.
Count back will apply for all awards where a tie exists. The first member who obtains the length or quantity of fish scores higher.
Species awards will be awarded to the Champion Angler (Species). Runner Up Angler (Species) and Third Place Angler.
For determining the annual trophies each non game fish species shall have assigned points from 10 to 1, 10 being for the longest fish to 1 for the 10th longest submitted. For game fish species, each species shall have assigned points from 10 for the highest quantity to 1 for the 10th highest quantity.
For the Annual Male, Female, Junior and Small Fry Champions a members score is determined by the aggregate of all that members scores across all species. Where a member has achieved multiple fish in a species only the highest score will be used for the aggregate calculation.
For determining the Club Champion, only fish captured on a weekend or during an organised club event or tournament, and caught in compliance with the Events Rules of the Day shall be used for the calculation.
The Lake and Beach (all shore based angling) annual trophy is determined as above but only for fish caught on shore (ie. not out of a boat)
Game Fish Awards
Game Fish awards based on Point Score will be determined by using the applicable NSWGFA regulations.
Throughout our Clubrooms you will find Record Boards that have been established to celebrate notable captures of species.
There are also record boards for each specie. Should you be lucky enough to exceed the current record, your name will be added to the board and engraved into the history of our great Club.