2018 Competition Rules
- Competition Registration opens at 3pm on Friday 21st September 2018 at the Tinaroo Barra Bash base (Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, opposite Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park). Your token and Tableland Hardware Measuring Mat with which to photograph every fish measured, will be handed to you.
- It is an all tackle fishing catch & release competition, any breaking strain fishing line fished on handline, rod and reel to effect the capture of competition target species is acceptable.
- All fishing in the competition is confined to Lake Tinaroo between 6pm Friday 21st September 2018 and 8.30am Sunday 23rd September 2018.
- All Catch & Release entries must be submitted ONLY via the TINAROO BARRA BASH APP (links on Dates/Event info page on this site)
- at any time over the weekend, no photos will be received after 9am on Sunday 23rd September 2018.
- Lake Tinaroo is a stocked impoundment, and all fishers are required to have a valid Stock Impoundment Permit (SIP) prior to commencing fishing which must be carried on your person while fishing.
- All fish captured including Red Claw, must be measured, photographed and released as per these rules, and the image transmitted or provided prior to 9am on the 23rd September to be eligible.
- Junior anglers are persons 15 years or under. Identification may be requested. (Tilapia and Blue/Forktail Catfish are a MOST CAUGHT CATEGORY, and must be bought into the event site for counting.)
- All watercraft must display navigational lights at night or in low visibility.
- Champion angler is defined by the combined length of all barramundi, (Lates calcarifer) caught by one angler.
- Tilapia category is for the most caught, (to be taken to Barra Bash base in a sealed container for count/disposal).
- Blue/Forktail Catfish is for the most caught, (to be bought to Barra Bash base for count/disposal)
- Mystery length will be determined by species draws after all fish photos have been received. The angler with the fish closest to this length will be the winner.
- Any indication of tethering, holes in upper or lower jaw, excessive bruising, damage or mutilation of the fish on close inspection of the photograph will void the entry.
- Prizes are not redeemable for cash. All persons must be present and possess a nomination form to claim any of the prizes.
- In the event of a tie, the tie breaker will be by the toss of a coin.
- The Tableland Fish Stocking Society Executive will resolve disputes and their decision is final. Cheating, breach of rules or unsportsman-like behaviour will result in immediate expulsion.
- Lake Tinaroo contains hazards which include, but are not limited to, steep embankments, deep water, strong and unpredictable currents, submerged obstacles and weeds, unsafe heights, blue green algae and slippery rocks, and may pose a danger to participants. It is the responsibility of the participants to take care when operating on, or in, the storage area. Sunwater has a no-alcohol policy. No person or vessel is permitted within 100m of the dam wall.
- All participants enter the competition at their own risk. Liability waivers must be signed by all competition participants prior to the start of the competition.
|Champion Angler (all genders)
(combined length of all Barramundi caught by one angler)
|Longest Barra 1st place Men||Longest Barra 1st place Women|
|Longest Sooty Grunter 1st place||Longest Mangrove Jack 1st place||Mystery Length Barramundi (all genders)|
|Most Caught Tilapia|
|Longest Barra 1st place Junior boy||Longest Barra 1st place Junior girl||Longest Sooty Grunter 1st place Junior|
|Longest Redclaw 1st place Junior||6 year & under Jill Piggott Memorial Trophy encouragement award||Most Caught Tilapia|
|Most Caught Blue/Forktail Catfish||Encouragement Award 6 & Under Boy||Encouragement Award 6& Under Girl|
Maximising Fish Survival (A guide to acceptable fish release)
To maximise a fish’s survival when practicing catch and release, it is important to follow a few simple rules.
Use methods and rigs that increase the frequency of mouth hooked fish (rather than gut hooked), for example:
- Use Barbless hooks on lures or non-offset circle hooks when using bait.
- Try to remove hooks and release fish as quickly as possible if the fish is hooked deeply, cut the line as close as possible to the fish’s mouth rather than removing the hook.
- Minimise the length of time the fish is out of the water, slide the fish onto the mat where possible rather than lifting it.
- Ideally unhook fish while it is still in the water, cradle the fish securely & minimise lifting the fish.
- The use of needle-nosed pliers or hook retrieving devices can greatly reduce time spent unhooking.
- Remove hooks from mouth-hooked fish.
- Use fish-friendly landing nets with soft knotless mesh, do not lip grip and lift as it will result in the death of the fish.
- Avoid knotted landing nets which may damage the fish’s scales, skin, eyes and fins.
- Handle fish firmly and carefully. Avoid dropping fish onto the bottom of boats and other hard surfaces.
- Use wet hands or wet gloves when handling fish, wet the measuring mat prior to use and have ready to minimise damage to its skin.
- A smooth, wet surface is the most suitable surface to place fish on in order to remove hooks. Remember, many surfaces, especially metal, can become very hot in the sun.
- Do not hold or lift the fish by the gills, mouth or the eyes, cradle the fish and minimise any lifting.
- Take care to revive fish upon release if they appear exhausted (struggling to hold themselves upright and/or unable to swim away).
- Gently hold or push the fish through the water so that it obtains a good flow of water over its gills. If there is any water current, hold the fish upright facing towards the current until it starts to show signs of recovery. Stay in the area of release to make sure it does not float back to the surface.
What Constitutes an Acceptable Competition Fish Scoring Photo?
- Use Tableland Hardware Measuring Mat given at registration.
- Use the Track my fish app. (downloadable for iPhone/android.)
- The entire fish must be clearly visible from head to tail. The fish’s mouth must be closed, touching the end plate of the measuring mat with no wrinkles in the mat.
- Fish should not be stretched, bent, or manipulated in any way to enhance the length. The fish should be in a natural lay position. Depending on the species the measurement is to the tip of pinched tail or fork.
- The picture should be taken from above the fish centre.
- The fish and measuring device should be on a flat surface.
- The scoring marks on the fish measuring device should be clear and visible in the picture.
- The unique token provided by the competition officials should be clearly visible in the picture.
- The pictures should not be digitally modified or manipulated (this includes editing, cropping, and resizing). Manipulating the image will immediately disqualify the participant.