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2019 SERIES RULES AND REGULATIONS


2019 YAK HUNTERS KAYAK FISHING SERIES:

THE CLASSES:

The 2018 Elite series will run as two separate classes : The Elite and Amateur.
Both classes will compete on the same day and at the same events, except the classes will be scored separately to each other.

Both Classes will have the scoring system in place for an individuals placing for their SELECTED CLASS ONLY on the daily events and over the series. It is not possible to move from one class to another during the series - you will remain in your selected class for the entire duration of the series.

The ELITE class will host larger daily event prizes and major national prize as compared to the AMATEUR series prizes.

Both series entry fees are identical and pricing of entry is unaffected by series choice. 

THE SERIES REGISTRATION:

The Yak Hunters 2019 kayak fishing series is currently open for registration.

Entrants must ENSURE they fill out BOTH the registration form on the website AND complete the payment form also. The Payment form has a selected option for the next upcoming round or a yearly membership to all four rounds.

Entry to a single round is $75. Late registrations within 2 weeks prior to an event will attract an additional $20 surcharge fee due to late administration and angler supply requirements.

Yearly platinum membership is $400. This includes entry to all four rounds and a members pack containing merchandise and additional items.

THE SCORING:

Each placing for each series round will be scored against the relevant points as follows:

1st: 100 pts
2nd: 90 pts
3rd: 80 pts
4th: 75 pts
5th: 70 pts
6th: 65 pts
7th: 60 pts
8th: 55 pts
9th: 50 pts
10th: 45 pts
11th: 40 pts
12th: 35 pts
13th: 30 pts
14th: 25 pts
15th: 20 pts
16th onward: 10 points

Biggest fish of the event: + 10 points Bonus fish of the event: + 5 points (can only be achieved as a one time score per event)

Points for each round are cumulative - each participated round scored points will add to your total points score for the entire series.

There may be at times, extra points awarded in certain rounds that will be consistent across all other state rounds and will be announced prior to an event.

THE MEASURING:

Fish are to measured using the appropriate Yak Hunters issued brag mat on the day of the event.

No other measuring devices will be accepted (we will issue your angler brag mat on the day)

Entries are strictly CPR - Catch, Photo, Release.

The use of live wells to transport live fish back to a launch point will not be permitted and will result in those entries being invalid.

No dead fish are to be used in your photo catch entry. Any entries of dead fish will be invalid and may result in disqualification. Any cheating or attempting to cheat will result in instant disqualification.

Ensure your photo entry is legible, accurate, and easy to identify. Judges will thoroughly check each photo entry and will decide on a unanimous score. Judges decisions are final.

Measurements will be taken from nose of fish to the tip of the fish. Your total score for the round will be the total measure length of all your selected bag fish combined, plus any additional bonus points scored within the round.

Ensure you include your angler number within the photo so it can be easily identifiable in your photo when placing your fish onto the brag mat.

If the fish can not clearly be seen at the beginning of the brag mat and where the fish finishes, this could result in the fish not being accepted to your bag for the day.

THE PRIZES:

In addition to the Major Prizes (TO BE RELEASED SHORTLY) each event will hold it's own daily prizes.

Prizes will come in the form of cash, vouchers, items, or a combination of all of the above. Prize breakdowns will be announced 1 week prior to the event.

A ratio of 60% of prizes will be dedicated to the ELITE class placings and 40% to the AMATEUR class placings for each event.

Prizes formed for an event are a relevant to a combination of entrant entry fee returns, sponsor additions, and bonus prizes.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 placings for the ELITE class entrants, and the top 3 placings for the AMATEUR class entrants (6 lots of prizes).

Special prizes will also be awarded to the entrant who catches the single most LARGEST fish on the day,
in addition to:

-Elite final top placing.

-Amateur final top placing.

-State Anglers of the series (the highest scoring member from each state)

ENTRY FEE BREAK DOWNS:

Each $75 entry fee break down is compiled as follows:

$27 - Return as daily event prizes.
$13 - Event Administration costs.
$10 - Series promotional and administrative requirements.
$25 - insurances and venue hire.

ENTRY FEES:

Entry fees are in most cases, NON-REFUNDABLE. Only in extreme circumstances (Such as event cancellation, extreme weather, etc) will entry fees be in consideration to be refunded.

Any disqualifications from an event will result in a non-refundable entry.

DISQUALIFICATIONS & PENALTIES:

Penalties and/ or Disqualification will be at the discretion of the event judges and marshals.

Penalties and / or Disqualifications may occur in the event of an entrant undertaking any of the following:

- Cheating / attempted cheating.
- Using bait (this is a LURE comp only)
- Any use of dead fish in photos.
- Deliberately hindering the fishing of any other member.
- Arriving late to specified timings or return timings directed at an event.
- Any conduct of an activity not in line with the spirit of good sportsmanship behaviour
- Any safety breaches (both on and off the water).

Event staff reserve the right to check kayaks prior to and after any event round takes place.
Event staff and judges may issue penalties and / or disqualifications on any findings that are found to be illegal.

Judges decisions on penalties and disqualifications are final.

COUNT BACK SYSTEM:

In the event of a series final draw placing, a count back system will take place.
This will back track the tied entrants scoring from the final round back through events to the first round.
The entrant who has achieved the higher score in the most recent round during a count back will take the higher placing in the series scoring.

KAYAKS:

All entrants kayaks must be in a safe, operable and serviceable condition.

All participating kayaks must be MANUALLY OPERATED only - the use of electrics and motors is NOT PERMITTED.

Multi-person kayaks may only have a maximum of 2 persons that may enter a series round. Each angler must be registered as an individual and pay individual entry fees.

TROLLING:

The use of trolling is NOT ALLOWED for the ELITE class entrants.
Trolling is however, permitted for AMATEUR class entrants ONLY.
Trolling is limited to 1 LINE AT A TIME ONLY - multiple rods trolling at the same time is NOT PERMITTED.

Any member of the ELITE SERIES caught trolling will face DQ or Penalty measures.

BAG LIMITS:

Angers bag limits will be announced on the morning of the event to all entrants.
This will be decided and updated at the very last minute to ensure bag limits are fair, concise and relevant to the most recent fishing conditions.

It is also a preventative measure to discourage any form of event cheating prior to an event.

ANGLER NUMBERS:

Each entrant angler number will be numbered 1 - 50 (or max numbers at the daily event) in a particular colour and coding relevant to an event.

Anglers will draw their number randomly - this is to ensure no cheating prior to an event can occur and is a fair system for all.

CASH PRIZES:

Cash will not be existent at any of the Series rounds.

Prizes and cash allocations will be done as bank transfers, and will usually take place within the following week of a series event and paid to the relevant winners. This measure is to prevent any security risks.

ANGLERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

Before entering and participating in any series event, it is the individual anglers responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate safety equipment, the relevant licenses and permits relevant to fishing (if required), and that their individual health and ability is sufficient and able to participate in an event.

Anglers must sign a liability waiver form on the morning of an event - any refusal to sign will result in non-entry.

Anglers must also ensure they have all the required and serviceable safety equipment, permits and licenses. Event staff will check each angler on the morning of and have the right to refuse entry to any angler who is non compliant with these requirements.

Any Angler that appears intoxicated or under the influence of any substances at any event may be refused entry and / or disqualified.

ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES:

Yak Hunters will endeavour to ensure additional safety measures are in place at each event.

This will include a safety brief to all entrants prior to each event, a safety boat and trained first aid at each event (where possible), in addition to working mobile phones and a vehicle for safety purposes. Each Angler should have a means of communication to be carried on their persons AT ALL TIMES.

Event staff will make determinations of weather conditions prior to and on the day of an event, and reserve the right to cancel or postpone an event if adverse weather conditions arise. This is due to safety reasons for all anglers and event staff.

THE SERIES WRAP UP:

The Yak Hunters 2019 KAYAK FISHING SERIES is designed for all anglers at any skill level to participate in a FUN and SOCIAL event, whilst partaking in a form of FRIENDLY competition.

We encourage all members to remember this and have FUN on the day and during the series.

Please remain RESPECTFUL at all times to all other anglers and staff, and remain safe out on the water whilst having a good time and making the most of a fun and all-inclusive series!

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