Sea Sherpa North Shore Challenge Rules

1) Entries:

Spots are available for the competition on a first come, first served basis. All entrants must have completed the online registration form in full (including entering into the Exclusion of Liability, Release and Indemnity form) and made payment to secure a competition spot. All anglers are entered in the individual challenge. Regarding the team challenge, entrants can enter as part of a pre-formed team of five people, be placed in a team by the organisers or opt not to participate in the team challenge.

2) Entry Fee:

  • The standard entry fee is $50 for entries received and paid for on or before 31 December 2017
  • Entries received and paid for on or before 30 September 2017 will be eligible for the Early Bird prize draw of a $100 BerleyPro voucher.
  • Late Entry - $70 (for entries submitted and payments made from 1st January 2018 onward)

Entries are not refundable for cancellations, but can be transferred to another entrant.

3) Vessels:

All man powered kayaks and skis are welcome – this includes surf skis, tandems and those funny ones that require leg pedalling but no motors, no sails (i.e. human power only). The onus is on the entrant to provide a seaworthy kayak compliant with marine requirements and suitable for the conditions they wish to fish in.

4) Age:

Competitors must be 18 years of age or above.

5) Species:

There are six eligible species for the comp: kingfish, tuna, snapper, whiting, salmon and squid (hood length). Entrants may enter their two best fish of each species to count towards their points tally. Only fishers entering kingfish or tuna will be eligible for the Best Catch title.

6) Fishing Equipment:

Each entrant must supply their own bait and equipment, which must comply with the Victorian rules and regulations. Entrants can use bait, lures or live bait. Live bait used in the competition must be caught during the competition window.

7) Safety Equipment:

Each entrant is responsible for supplying their own safety equipment that meets the minimum legal requirements. Inspections will be carried out prior to launch. Due to the offshore nature of the competition, entrants are also required to carry a PLB or Epirb and a VHF radio to receive communications and weather reports even when fishing within 2 nautical miles of the shore. Entrants will be required to perform a radio check at the commencement of the event.

Mandatory Equipment for all entrants:

  • PFD
  • Bilge pump/bailer/sponge
  • VHF radio
  • Epirb or PLB
  • Safety flag/Hi-vis clothing*

For those fishing beyond 2 nautical miles of the shore, the above, plus:

  • Flare kit
  • Compass (non-electric)
  • Spare paddle
  • Epirb (not PLB)
  • Floating waterproof torch

If you have trouble meeting the safety gear requirements, let us know in advance and we might be able to rustle up some spares. Alternatively the expensive gear can be rented for the event from Oz Satellite Rentals. If you tell them you are fishing the comp at the time of booking, they will give you a 20% discount.

*The inclusion of the safety flag is at the request of boat traffic on the water at last years competition. They reported that it was hard to see the kayaks fishing out wide in the open swell at the back of the Anchorage and Julia Reef. We won't keep you off the water for not having a safety flag, but it is your responsibility to make yourself as visible as possible to other water users, leave the camo gear at home!

 8) VHF Communication

All entrants must provide a working VHF radio with sufficient charge for the duration of the event. It must be operated on dual watch channel 16 (emergency) and 77 (chatter channel) throughout the duration of the competition. Entrants should know how t channel lock their unit to avoid accidental channel changes during the day. General banter/non emergency communication must be restricted to the working channel (77). Weather warnings, time updates etc will be communicated via channel 77. In large swell, entrants fishing beyond range at the back of Julia Reef may need to send their messages to admin via a relay on Minerva. People designated for this role will be identified to the group at the safety briefing.

 9) Signing in and out:

The briefing on the Thursday night before the comp is mandatory and includes an overview of the competition rules, safety briefing, weather briefing and welcome pack collection. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other entrants and catch up with teams. If you are unsure of the use of any of the safety items, stay for the demonstration of the safety gear after the main briefing.

On the morning of the competition, entrants must be on the beach at 6am where safety inspections will be carried out.  All entrants will launch together at 6.30am so don’t be late! Entrants must have signed back in at the tent before the 2pm deadline in order for fish entries to count in the competition.

10) Entering Fish:

On returning the competition tag and signing back in prior to 2pm, entrant’s fish must be presented to the measuring table located at the admin tent. The two best fish of each species are eligible for entry. Photo entries are welcome for catch and release, but the photo must include a reliable measurement and the entrant's competition tag. We would like to discourage bringing in fish you do not plan to eat or share – if this is you, bring a camera. Anglers entering fish not caught by themselves will be disqualified from the event. All fish will be measured from the nose to the fork of the tail, squid will be entered using the hood length. Non whole number entries will be rounded up to the nearest cm.

11) Individual Challenge:

The scoring system is as follows and aims to encourage pelagic fish being brought in:

0cm – 39cm = .5 points  per cm
40cm – 75cm = 1 points  per cm
75cm – 99cm = 1.5 points per cm
100cm+ = 2 points  per cm

The winner of the individual challenge will be decided by compiling the accrued points across each of the eligible species entered. The top 5 anglers will get to choose a prize pack from the prize pool in the order that they place. In the event of a tie, the angler with the biggest fish for the species both teams have entered will be deemed the winner. If more than one common species has been entered the common species for each angler will be tallied to determine the winner.

12) Team Challenge:

The winner of the team challenge will be decided by taking the highest scoring fish from each member of the team and dividing the resultant total by five to calculate the team average. Fish cannot be shared among team members for either the individual competition or the team competition. The highest team average will be awarded the perpetual Team Challenge trophy as well as a prize pack for each team member.

13) Best Catch:

The best catch title is up for grabs between anglers entering either a kingfish or tuna as part of their bag. The winner will be determined by the fish with the greatest length difference over their species benchmarks of 90cm for tuna and 75cm for kingfish. If anglers are tied on length difference, the winner will be the angler that returned to the beach with their fish first.

14) Weather:

Due the offshore nature of the comp, it will run subject to weather. If the weather is deemed un-fishable for all of the field in certain areas, the organisers will adjust the fishing area accordingly or reschedule the event later in the evening or on Saturday where possible. It is the responsibility of the entrant, to decide whether conditions are suitable for their craft, their kayaking ability and whether or not to launch on the day. Entrants should be proficient with re-entry of their craft in choppy conditions and are encouraged to fish within distances they can easily cover in their craft given the conditions that present on comp day.

If both Friday and Saturday are deemed un-fishable, prize pack will be split and the individual items will be raffled off to entrants.