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25th Merimbula Broadbill &

5th Southern Bluefin Tournament

Held over two consecutive weekends

July 2017

7th, 8th, 9th & 10th – Broadbill

Great Prizes and Trophies

14th, 15th, 16th & 17th Southern Bluefin

$1000 & $500 Cash

+ Tag and Release Prizes

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The President and Committee extend an invitation to all Financial Members affiliated to NSWGFA, GFAA

and ANSA clubs to compete in the 25th Merimbula Broadbill Swordfish and 4th Southern Bluefin Game

Fishing Tournament.  Dates are 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th July & 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th July, 2017.

 

TOURNAMENT RULES

VENUE

Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club (MBGLAC) clubhouse situated in Spencer Park will be the hub of all fishing activities throughout the Tournament.  All boats must leave and return to Merimbula Port, except for Eden and Bermagui.

TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

Robert Wood – 0413 333 598, Paul Jones – 0407 548 305 and Dylan Smith 0431 876 896

ENTRY FEES

All anglers competing in the Tournament must be financial members of a club and affiliated with the Game Fishing Association of Australia (GFAA), NSWGFA, or ANSA.

Adult anglers and Junior anglers fishing for ALL trophies            – $70.00

Juniors anglers fishing for Junior trophies ONLY                          – $35.00

CONDUCT

It is an expectation that all participants will conduct themselves in a responsible and courteous manner to Tournament Officials and other Competitors at all times throughout the Tournament.  Penalties for misconduct may include disqualification from the Tournament.

STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS

All anglers must carry Saltwater Fishing Licenses (if Applicable.)  Bag Limit and size restrictions must also be adhered to.  All competitors are reminded that it is offence to tie any vessel to objects, such as wave riders, FADs or fish trap buoys

TEAMS

Each team shall consist of a minimum of THREE (3) registered anglers with no maximum, for those who are fishing at night only.  A minimum of TWO (2) registered anglers for Southern Blue Fin only during daytime.  However, all crewmembers of vessels competing in this tournament must be registered anglers in the tournament.  No other person to be allowed on boats during the tournament

REPLACEMENT OF BOATS AND COMPETITORS

No replacement of boats or competitors for whatever reason will be allowed after fishing has started.  Anglers may not affect a capture or tag & release on any other vessel than the vessel he/she is registered on.  Captured fish, tag & release card, angler all equipment used in the capture or tag must be presented to the weigh station on the vessel on which the capture, tag & release was effected and may not be transferred to another vessel, however in the case of an emergency situation the Tournament Committee may at their discretion allow the transfer of an angler/fish and equipment used to effect the capture or tag

BOUNDARIES

Competing boats fishing out of Merimbula, Eden and Bermagui – the fishing boundaries are due east of Goalen Head to the north and due east of the southern end of Disaster Bay to the South

FISHING TIMES

Fishing times will commence at 7.00am on Friday and cease at 7.00am on Monday.  Fishing and Burleying are restricted to within these times.  To be eligible for trophy awards all fish Capture Certificates and Tag Cards must be in the hands of the Weigh Master no later than 10.00am on Monday of each weekend.

SEAWORTHINESS OF BOATS

The seaworthiness of boats is the responsibility of boat skippers and crews.  SAFETY is of prime importance and we ask you not to take any risks.  Boats putting to sea do so at their own risk.  All boats must be equipped to the required NSW Maritime Safety Standards. The Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club Inc. will not be responsible for any accident and/or injury incurred during the entire tournament.  All persons crossing Merimbula Bar must wear Lifejackets at all times.

INSURANCE

All competing vessels must be comprehensively insured and carry Public Liability Insurance.  Details must be completed on Entry Forms.  Failure to provide this information will result in exclusion from the Tournament

LINE CLASSES

Eligible line classes for this tournament include 4, 6, 8, 10, 15, 24, 37, and 60Kg.

BRAID

NOTE:  The use of Braid fishing line in the MBGLAC Tournament is permitted for Broadbill Only for both Tag & Release and Capture, otherwise it is not permitted.

POINT SCORING

As per NSWGFA point score and minimum weights will apply.

RULES

GFAA & NSWGFA Rules for capture and tag and release will apply and include the additional new rules.

  1. The use of identifiable marlin carcass is prohibited for use as tethered burley. Burley secured under floats is prohibited.
  2. The Method of releasing tagged fish – the hook is to be removed or the leader cut as close as possible to the fish.
  3. NSWGFA Anglers must use the Billfish Tag to tag all Billfish species. This is the only Tag that will be recognized for Billfish in any tournament, competition and point score trophy.  The billfish tag is for billfish only point score (no other species).
  4. Billfish only tags: The tag needle must protrude a min. 45mm & no more than 76mm from the end of the tag pole or holding device, nor shall it exceed 6mm in diameter.
  5. Tag Poles must not exceed 4.47m (15ft) overall length.
  6. The tag pole or holding device must be in hand when the fish is tagged.
  7. One of more person, in addition to the person holding the leader, may assist in tagging and releasing the fish.
  8. A fish is considered tagged and released when the tag is secured to the fish and the fish is released back into the water alive.
  9. CIRCLE HOOKS ONLY are permitted to be used for live baiting and trolling natural baits (whether live, dead, mutilated or dissected), except in the case of targeting Narrow Barred Mackerel (Scomberomorus Commerson). NB: no points to be scored for any species caught while using live baits and/or trolling natural baits with “J” hooks.

 

 CIRCLE HOOKS

CIRCLE HOOK DEFINITION

A hook with it’s point turned 90 degrees or less back towards the shank of the hook.

  1. Multiple Hook-ups – in the event of a multiple strike on separate lines being fished by a single angler, only the first fish fought will be eligible for all point scores or records in NSW water

 

MINIMUM WEIGHTS

 

PLEASE NOTE: NSW GFA CHANGES TO MINIMUM WEIGHTS FOR MARLIN AND SHARK AS FOLLOWS:

POINT SCORE:-Capture

As per New South Wales Game Fishing Association (NSWGFA) “Factor” System and maximum points apply.  Note: If no time is recorded on the capture return the time will be deemed as end of days fishing

 

SENIOR ANGLERS MINIMUM WEIGHTS

Marlin: 70kg for line classes up to 10kg; 90kg for line classes 15kg and over.

Sharks:70kg for line classes 6kg to 10kg; 90kg for line classes 15kg to 37kg; 130kg for line class 60kg. Note – no sharks on 4 kg line class.

Yellowfin Tuna & Southern Bluefin Tuna: Seniors – 15kg on line class up to and including 15kg line, equal to line class for over 15kg line.

Other Game Fish, including Broadbill: equal to line class.

NOTE NEW RULE FOR CAPTURE:
Southern Blue Fin Tuna 1 per person, irrespective of size and a maximum of 2 fish per boat.
Yellowfin Tuna – 90cm or above (2 per person).  Under 90cm (5 per person).

JUNIOR/SMALL FRY ANGLERS MINIMUM WEIGHTS – Follow old system as follows:

Yellowfin Tuna: 15kg on line classes up to and including 15kg line, equal to line class for over 15kg line, and for junior anglers equal to the line class in all cases.

Southern Bluefin Tuna: 15kg on line classes up to and including 15kg line, equal to line class for over 15kg line, and for junior anglers equal to the line class in all cases.

Marlin: a minimum of 60kg on line classes 4kg to 10kg and a minimum of 80kg on 15kg line class and over.

Sharks: a minimum of 60kg on line classes 6kg to 10kg, a minimum of 80kg on line classes 15kg to 37kg, and 120kg on 60 kg line classes.

Other Game fish and Broadbill: minimum weight to be equal to line class.

Striped Tuna for Catch and Release Only. Same Points apply Use Measure and Release Cards.

 

Capture Points : Shall be awarded using the N.S.W. GFA factor system: Points = Kg weight of fish squared x factor / line class.

Factors are:

Class     4 kg     6kg     8kg     10kg     15kg     24kg     37kg     60kg

Factor   29.5     19.5     14.5    11.5      7.5        4.6         3.0        1.7

 

Double points are awarded to Marlin and Broadbill.

Triple points are awarded to all other billfish and game fish.

One quarter points awarded to Blue Sharks

One half points awarded to all other Sharks

No points shall be awarded to shark captures on 4 kg line.

Species list for Capture points will be same as Tag & Release.

Captures on line classes up to 10 kg shall score a maximum of 15000 points, plus 1 point per kilo of the weight of the fish. Captures on line classes 15 kg and over shall score a maximum of 20000 points, plus 1 point per kilo of the weight of the fish

No sharks will be weighed with a restrictive device on its jaws or a choker in place. Sewing up of a shark’s  jaws will disqualify capture.

 

POINT SCORE – Tag & Release

See tournament bag for Official NSWGFA T&R Point Score. Please make note that the shark tag and release points have been amended.

As per NSWGFA Tag & Release Point Score.  Anglers may tag and release a maximum of five (5) Yellowtail Kingfish and five (5) Mahi Mahi per day with a boat limit to ten (10) per day for each species.  Eligible Yellowtail Kingfish must be a minimum of 70 cm and all eligible Sharks a minimum of 100cm in length.  Note: If no time is recorded on the T&R return the time will be deemed as end of days fishing and if no line class is recorded by the angler on the tag certificate return the line class will be deemed as 60kg line.

Rules for Tag & Release

All angling rules and equipment regulations apply until the fish is tagged and released.

  1. The Method of releasing a tagged fish – the hook is to be removed or the leader cut as close as possible to the fish
  2. NSWGFA Anglers must use Billfish Tag to tag all Billfish species. This is the only Tag that will be recognized for Billfish in any tournament, competition and point score trophy. This billfish tag is for Billfish only point score (i.e. no other species)
  3. Billfish only tags: The tag needle must protrude a min 45mm & no more than 76mm from the end of the tag pole or holding device, nor shall it exceed 6mm in diameter
  4. Tag Poles must not exceed 4.47m (15ft) overall length
  5. The tag pole or holding device must be in hand when the fish is tagged.
  6. One or more Person, in addition to the person holding the leader, may assist in tagging and releasing the fish.
  7. A fish is considered tagged and released when the tag is secured to the fish and the fish is released back into the water alive.

 

RADIO

Radio Skeds will be conducted under NSWGFA Guidelines for Radio Skeds as are in effect at the time.  All boats must be equipped with 27.88 MHz and 27.94 MHz.  Radio skeds will be conducted on 27.94mhz and will be every two (2) hours, at five (5) minutes past the hour commencing at 4.05pm.  NSWGFA Guidelines recommend that radio skeds be conducted on 2 of the 3 frequencies available, i.e. 27MHz, VHF, High Frequency.  Advice on this will be given at the briefing.

Boats leaving Merimbula, Eden and Bermagui are asked to log on with Merimbula Marine Rescue on 27.88, and then log on with Tournament Base prior to commencing fishing.  At the completion of fishing, boats must log off with Tournament Base and the Marine Rescue. .  If fishing all night notify Marine Rescue that you will be fishing for 1 or 2 days and nights and when you return to port log off with Marine Rescue and Tournament Base. Boats failing this requirement, or who fail to answer their skeds, will be disqualified.  Tournament Base will be on 27.94 MHz throughout the entire Tournament.  Merimbula has a dedicated sked boat fishing the tournament and all skeds are radioed to this vessel.  The triple zero system will apply for reporting captures and tag and release.

In the event of communication difficulties, skippers are to use all available means to maintain contact with Tournament Base.  The skipper of any boat suffering radio failure must make contact with another boat and have them advise Tournament Base.  THEY MUST THEN RETURN TO PORT IMMEDIATELY.  Boats having radio problems must check their radios with Tournament Base prior to next leaving port.

If a vessel misses two (2) radio skeds, Tournament Base will commence the emergency procedures.

CANCELLATION OF TOURNAMENT – GALE WARNINGS

In the event of the Tournament being cancelled in part or whole, only fish captured or tagged prior to cancellation will be eligible for weigh-in.  Fish hooked after cancellation are not eligible.  In the event of a “Gale Warning” being declared by the relevant authorities after the start of fishing the tournament will be cancelled.  All skippers and return to port.  Cancellation will only apply until Gale Warning is lifted.

WEIGHSTATION PROCEDURE

All fish are to be weighed at Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club no later than 10am on the Monday of each weekend.  Same applies for tag and release paperwork.  Fish may be weighed between the hours of 8.00am and 10.00am.each day. Although these times may be changed, depending on prevailing circumstances.  Notification of changes will be by radio.  Once boats enter the vicinity of the weigh station, they are under the control of the Tournament Official at the weigh station, boat must have completed and have ready for presentation all equipment used to effect the capture or the Tag & Release and applicable paperwork

FISH HANDLING

All fish should be removed from the weigh station after weighing.  Competitors (and boat crew) must not, without a tournament official’s permission, clean or fillet fish or remove shark jaws in the vicinity of the weigh station, nor at any time near any beaches or harbour foreshore area.  Unwanted fish must be taken at least 2nm outside the port and disposed of in an appropriate manner.  Note: fish MUST NOT be disposed of within a Marine Park.  Failure to comply with this rule will invoke a penalty against the offending boat.

SALE OF FISH

Any fish weighed shall not be sold or bartered.  Such fish shall be ineligible for any trophies or awards.  Anyone found to have sold or bartered their catch will be disqualified from the tournament.

PROTESTS

Any protests, signed by the team captain, must be emailed to the Tournament Committee by 10am on each particular day of the Tournament.

BRIEFING & LATE REGISTRATIONS

Late entries will be received by the Secretary no later than Thursday 6th July at 7.00pm.

The briefing and reading of the tournament rules will be held at the Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club  Clubrooms, Spencer Park on Thursday 6th July 2017 at 7.00 pm .  All competitors are requested to attend.  There will be a further briefing at MBGLAC Clubrooms on Thursday 13th July 2017, for those vessels which did not register and fish in the first week of the tournament.  Such late entries must be registered by Thursday 13th July at 7.00pm.

MOORINGS

Skippers requiring moorings are asked to advise when submitting their entry and everything possible will be done to accommodate although there are no guarantees

FUEL

Travelling boats are asked to advise of their fuel requirements when submitting their entry forms.

TROPHY PRESENTATION

A Presentation will be held on Monday 17th July at 10.30 am or to be advised subject to conditions, at the Merimbula Big Game & Angling Club Clubhouse, Spencer Park, Merimbula.  Further details to be advised

TROPHIES & PRIZES

Broadbill Section

Capture

Heaviest Broadbill Swordfish

2nd Heaviest Broadbill Swordfish

3rd Heaviest Broadbill Swordfish

Heaviest Shark

Heaviest Tuna (Not S.B. Tuna)

Heaviest Other Game Fish

Junior Categories

Heaviest Broadbill Swordfish

 

Tag & Release

Highest Number of T&R Broadbill Swordfish by a Boat

Highest Number of T&R Shark by a Boat

Highest Number of T&R Tuna by a Boat (Not S.B.Tuna)

 

 

 

Junior Categories

1st T&R Broadbill Swordfish

 

Southern Bluefin Section

Capture

1st  –  $1000 Min.*  –  Heaviest Southern Bluefin Tuna caught by a Senior Angler

2nd  –  $500 Min.*  –  2nd Heaviest Southern Bluefin Tuna caught by a Senior Angler

Junior:  $250 Min.* –  Heaviest Southern Bluefin Tuna caught by a Junior Angler

*Note

Southern Bluefin prizes will be a base rate as above or for example if the entries increase sufficiently, the prize monies will increase accordingly.  eg: 30 boats by 3 anglers per boat @ $70 per angler. Total Pool $6300

Prize Allocation will increase

1st Prize $2500, 2nd Prize, $1500 Junior Prize $500

This is an example only

Tag & Release

Most Southern Bluefin tagged by a Boat, $500 Sponsor – Kane McKill Tree Services

 

2017 Broadbill & Bluefin Team Entry Form

Fields marked with an * are required

Junior Male or Female, please check both boxes