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2017 Getaway Outdoors WA Kayak Classic Series Rules

WA BREAM CLASSICS RULES FOR 2017 - KAYAKS
PRE-ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
• The minimum age is 17 years of age.
• Entries close one week (7 days) before each event.
• The Organisers reserve the right to have the final say on acceptance of entry
– i.e. submitting an entry does not guarantee acceptance.

KAYAK REGULATIONS
• Sit on and sit-in kayaks are allowed. Self draining kayaks are recommended.
• No combustion, sail or electric propulsion allowed.
• Canoes and Tandem Kayaks are not allowed.
• Outriggers are allowed

EVENT RULES
• The Kayak Classic Series is a lure & fly only, catch and release, Bream fishing competition. The use of baits/burley is prohibited. Anyone caught using baits/burley will be disqualified.
• Competitors under the age of 18 years will not be eligible for prizes consisting of alcohol. Other prizes will be made available at the tournament organiser’s discretion.
• Anglers must fish within the current fisheries rules and regulations.
• Each competitor must have his or her own PFD. A minimum rating of PFD1 applies and the PFD must be worn at all times.
• Any speed restrictions, non-boating or non-fishing areas must be adhered to. It is the competitors’ responsibility to obtain information on these items.
The organisers will advise of any additional areas prior to the event.
• Live wells must be fully operational, recirculating and/or aerated and with a minimum capacity of 25L.
• Anglers are not permitted to fish outside their vessel at any time during the competition; this includes fighting and landing fish.
• If you are asked to leave a private marina then you must do so immediately.
• Anglers may only use one rod at a time while fishing including when a lure is snagged but still attached to the rod.
• Trolling is not permitted - lure and fly CASTING only. Trolling is defined as using the momentum of a propelled kayak to give the lure action. Casting along a stretch of bank under pedal or paddle power is permitted if using the pedal or paddle power to keep position. However, when altering kayak position, do not leave your lines in the water.
• Be responsible at all times.
• Competition organisers reserve the right to disallow unsafe kayaks from competing; they also reserve the right to disqualify whoso ever does not abide by the above rulings.
• Competitors can return to the weigh in earlier than the designated time (usually 2.00pm but please confirm prior to the event) however no further fishing can be undertaken by that competitor.
• It is imperative that those competitors that finish early advise the organisers (contact Ian on 0409 088 552) to prevent an unnecessary search being instigated.
• The competition organisers accept no responsibility or liability for any accident, loss or injury.
• A pre-fishing ban is to commence from 12.00am on the Monday preceding the event day until 7.00am Sunday (the day of the event). In other words no fishing by competitors in the designated fishing areas from the Monday prior to the event.
• Any complaints regarding a breach of the rules must be addressed to a WA Bream Classic official at the completion of the weigh-in. There will be an allocated time of 10 minutes for this after the final bag is weighed-in.
• Penalties for rules violations will be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director; these may include a warning, disqualification from the tournament or disqualification from future events.
• All decisions by the organisers are final – an explanation will not necessarily be provided.

EVENT STARTS
• The competition commences at 7.00am please check in before 6.30 am to allow for the checking of live wells, PFDs etc and the briefing.
• Before the start of the event a briefing will be given to all competitors.
Every angler MUST attend the briefing.
WHERE TO FISH

PERTH EVENTS:
• Fishing may take place anywhere in the Swan or Canning rivers with the exception of restricted areas and no further downstream than the old Fremantle Traffic Bridge.
• Do not go past the ‘Dogs Prohibited’ sign on the west end of Heirisson Island.
• Do not go past the ‘All Boats must keep to the North of Heirisson Island’ sign on the east end of Heirisson Island.
Out of Bounds Areas:
- Barrack street jetty area and boat club.
- The water ski area from the Burswood to the Swan River Trust (SRT) building. This includes the SRT jetties.

MANDURAH EVENTS:
• Fishing may take place anywhere within the Mandurah Estuary system including the Murray and Serpentine Rivers.

POINT SCORING
• Each competitor to weigh a maximum of three fish and no more than three fish are to be retained on the kayak.
• You can upgrade. When a fourth fish is caught one of the four fish on the kayak is to be released leaving only three fish retained on the kayak.
• Fish must be alive to be considered for weighing. The organiser’s decision is final.
• Each fish must be minimum legal size (26cm to the tip) NB: on the SWAN/CANNING only two bream can exceed 40cm.
• Fish are to be released after the weigh in.
• All anglers must be at the weigh in by the designated time (usually 2.00pm,
but competitors should confirm this) any late arrivals will be penalised 50grams per minute and anglers returning later than 15 minutes after the finish time will be disqualified.
The organiser may exercise discretion for exceptional circumstances.
• Anglers will finish the session by placing the key tag back on the appropriate allocated number before the session finishes. Anglers placing their key tag on the allocated number after the session finish time will incur a weight penalty.
Generally WA Bream Classic officials are not permitted to place the key tag for anglers – it must be placed by the angler competing.
• Ties will be settled by count back on each anglers individual big bream (it is up to each angler to have their biggest bream weighed), if neither angler in the count back has weighed their biggest bream then a tie will be awarded.
In the unlikely event that anglers have not weighed their biggest bream and are in 5th or 6th position, then the highest finishing position in the very
next round will earn the Grand Final spot.
All anglers will be asked to weigh their biggest bream in the last round of the year.

KAYAK ANGLER OF THE YEAR (AOY)
• The WA Bream Classic Kayak Angler of the Year (AOY) is one of
W.As most prestigious awards a Bream Kayak angler can achieve.
It rewards the angler that is the most consistent highly placed throughout the qualifying events, with points per round including the Grand Final allocated according to placing.
• AOY will be based on your best four rounds of the season including the Grand Final; this gives the angler the opportunity to drop or miss a round.
• During all Rounds the points will be allocated on the following basis,
the first placed angler will receive 100 points, and each place below that receives one point less:
1st - 100
2nd - 99
3rd - 98
4th - 97
5th – 96
And so on.
• Anglers do not need to catch a fish to receive AOY points, however, they do need to fish in an event to score, and anglers who catch no fish for a tournament will incur a 10 AOY point penalty for that round.
• If there are equal weights with no count back then AOY points will also be equal, e.g. Equal 1st means both anglers would get 100 points.
• At the end of the series when AOY is calculated if there is an equal score,
then AOY will be settled by countback on the Grand Final result.
If this is not the case then the team with the best performance in the most recent event will gain the higher placing.

GRAND FINAL QUALIFICATION
The top five placed anglers at each event will be allocated a Grand Final Spot.
There will only be two bumps to next best placed angler in any round except the last qualifying round of the season.
All Grand Final positions will be carried over to the next available
round if an angler has already previously qualified from an earlier round.

ETIQUETTE
• Anglers will at all times abide by the rules and the organisers’ discretionary powers.
• Anglers will conduct themselves in a respectful and sportsmanlike manner for the duration of the event. Failure to do so will result
in disqualification from the current and possibly future events.
• If you do arrive late please contact Ian on 0409 088 552 (safety issue).
• You should not fish closer than 30m to another competitor without their express permission.
• You should not “drop in” on another competitors drift.
• If another angler or kayak is in distress it is expected that other competitors will render assistance.

Model Release
I give Silver Scales Publishing / WA Bream Classics, ABT and parties designated by Silver Scales Publishing, including clients, licensees and purchasers, the right to use my name, photographs and video of me for sale to any medium for the purposes of advertising, trade, display, exhibition, social media, television or editorial use.

Liability Waiver
The responsibility for a person to participate in the WA Bream Classic / ABT
Series is his or hers alone. I am conscious of the dangers inherent to kayak fishing.
I agree that none of the organisations or persons involved with the WA Bream
Classic / Hobie ABT Series including Silver Scales Publishing, ABT, sponsors, promoters, or any other involved persons or parties accepts liability for damages due in negligence or any other reason whatsoever while conducting
or connected with this event for injury, to property or person, I may suffer
while participating in the tournament and while upon the event premises.
I know the risks of danger to myself and my property while preparing for and participating in the tournament, and while upon the event premises, relying
upon my own judgment and ability, assume all such risks of loss and hereby
agree to reimburse all costs to those persons or organisations connected with this tournament for damages incurred as a result of my negligence.
Furthermore, I agree to be bound by the WA Bream Classic / ABT Series
Rules and any other rules that govern this tournament.
The organising authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to,during,or after the tournament.
These terms do not operate to exclude any provision of the Australian Consumer Law that applies and cannot be excluded by agreement.

Amendments to the official rules
The Tournament Director has the ability to change, amend or delete a rule as necessary. Changes will take place prior to the start of a session
and will be announced at the session briefing or prior to the start time of any round or championship.
Please remember
that the emphasis is on having an enjoyable experience fishing in a competitive environment.

Thanks for your support.
The Organisers.
WA Bream Classics
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