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Kayak Fishing Competition - Enter Fishing Competition - Nov 2017

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 Please scroll to the bottom of the page to enter.

*Prizes and updates will be posted here and on Facebook as they come to hand, we currently have almost $10,000 in prizes up for grabs!

**This is also the first competition in the Viking sponsored Champion Kayak Angler series which inludes the Taranaki Classic competition and the Beach & Boat competition. The prize for this is a trip to Queensland Australia where we go kayak fishing for Barrmundi.

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Viking Kayaks Facebook Page

 

NORTHLAND KAYAK FISHING CLASSIC 2017

Briefing (compulsory) Friday 10 Nov 7:00pm

Competition 5:00am Sat 11 – 3:00pm Sun 12 Nov

Weigh-in (compulsory) Sunday 12 Nov – opens 1:00pm, closes at 3:00pm

Please read and understand all rules for this event. If you are unsure of any point or have questions contact the organiser. It is each angler’s responsibility to comply with these rules, all MPI fishing regulations, and any fishing or access restrictions or closures (e.g. Marine Reserves, Harbour and Port restrictions).

Key Points:

  • Target Species:
    • Snapper 30cm or longer
    • Kingfish 75cm or longer
    • Trevally 25cm or longer
    • Kahawai 500g or heavier
    • Anglers may only weigh one fish of each species (sort your fish BEFORE entering the weigh station)
    • Safety briefing Friday night is compulsory – start time 7:00pm
    • Start fishing:  05:00am Saturday
    • There is only one weigh-in; this will be on Sunday afternoon (there is no Saturday weigh-in)
    • Weigh-in time: anglers must be in the weigh station queue BEFORE the 3:00PM cut off (opens at 1:00pm)
    • Weigh station is located at Tikipunga Tavern, 3 Wanaka Street, Tikipunga, Whangarei
    • Every angler must report to the weigh station on Sunday to sign in, whether or not they are weighing fish. If unable to make it for some reason they must phone the Weigh Master’s team on 027 478 1753 to report their safe return. Failure to do so will render the competitor ineligible for prizes.
    • Prize Giving will begin at approximately 4:00pm once catch results have been collated.

 

Contact details:

Organiser: phone Viking Kayaks 07 888 8747

Weighmaster: phone 027 478 1753

 

Emergency:

Dial 111 and request the appropriate service

Coastguard on water assistance: mobile dial *500 or relevant VHF channel

Emergency VHF channel: VHF 16

 

Prize Categories

1. Heaviest Snapper – TBC

2. Second Heaviest Snapper – TBC

3. Third Heaviest Snapper - TBC

4. Heaviest Kingfish – TBC

5. Second Heaviest Kingfish – TBC

6. Third Heaviest Kingfish - TBC

7. Heaviest Trevally – TBC

8. Second Heaviest Trevally – TBC

9. Third Heaviest Trevally - TBC

10. Heaviest Kahawai – TBC

11. Second Heaviest Kahawai – TBC

12. Third Heaviest Kahawai - TBC

13. Junior (under 16 years) heaviest fish – TBC

14. Average Weight Snapper - TBC

15. Grand Slam - TBC

16. Profish 35 draw prize – Viking Kayaks Profish 35 kayak (may be traded up on another Viking Kayak of your choice).

17. Early bird prize – for entries received and paid in full by 17:00 Saturday 30th September 2017. Prize - TBC

 

Contest Rules:

1. The contest is restricted to human powered kayaks only (paddling, peddling, or poling). Any other form of watercraft or propulsion (including sail) is prohibited. No ferrying of kayaks or an anglers catch by other craft is permitted. All fish submitted for weigh-in are to have been caught by the angler while on the water and fishing from a kayak, then transported to shore by that kayak. In the event a competitor has needed rescue an application may be made to the weighmaster to have their fish considered for the event - the application must be received and acknowledged by the weighmaster prior to close of weigh-in 3:00pm Sunday.

2. Only rods or hand lines fished from a kayak may be used.  A maximum of two hooks is allowed per rod or hand line. Treble hooks are permitted only on artificial lures. It is not permitted to use long lines or other fishing systems not held directly by the angler or kayak.

3. The contest boundaries are from Mangawai Heads on the east coast, Pouto Point (Kaipara Harbour) on the west coast, and extend north on both coasts to encompass all of Northland. All contest fishing must be carried out within these boundaries only. No fishing is allowed within any Marine Reserve or other officially prohibited areas.

4. The contest registration will commence at 5:00pm followed by the safety briefing at 7:00pm Friday 10th of November 2017 at the Tikipunga Tavern, 3 Wanaka Street, Tikipunga, Whangarei. Attendance is compulsory for all contestants.

5. Entries are limited to 250. No further entries will be accepted after 8.00pm on Thursday 9th of November 2017, or after 250 entries are received, whichever is first.

6. To be eligible for receipt of prizes anglers must be registered to enter the contest, attend the safety briefing, report their return at the weigh station on Sunday, and must be present at the official prize giving to claim prizes.

7. The official contest fishing period commences at 5:00am Saturday November 11th, and finishes at 3:00 pm Sunday 12th of November 2017. Any fish caught outside these times are not eligible for weigh-in.

8. The contest weigh-in station will be at the Tikipunga Tavern, 3 Wanaka Street, Tikipunga, Whanagei.

9. There will be one weigh-in only (no Saturday weigh-in). Anglers must be present in the weigh station queue BEFORE 3.00pm on Sunday 12th of November 2017. Anglers who are not present at the weigh station by the stated time will not be permitted to weigh their fish. The weigh master will be the sole judge of time.

  • NOTE: All anglers must report to the weigh station to sign in regardless of whether they have fish to weigh or not. Failure to report to the weigh station or to contact the Weigh Master’s team on 027 478 1753 will render the competitor ineligible for prizes.

10. All fish presented for weigh in must be a minimum of 500gm in weight, and additionally for this contest, the minimum length for snapper shall be 30cm regardless of which coast it was captured on. All fish submitted for weighing shall comply with the NZ Amateur Fishing Regulations http://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/fishing/fishing-rules/auckland-kermadec-fishing-rules/

11. Any competitor weighing in under size fish will be excluded from the competition.

12. Fish deemed not to be in food fresh condition will be rejected from weighing.

13. No contestant may weigh-in more than one fish of each species for the competition. All fish submitted are to have been caught by that angler, i.e. contestants must not weigh fish caught by team mates or other anglers.

14. Contestants must carry their tickets at all times. Tickets may be required for identification at the weigh station, and when collection prizes and trophies.

15. The main contest draw prize will be won by the contestant whose entry form number is drawn at random from all the eligible anglers’ entry form numbers during the official prize giving on Sunday 12th of November 2017.

16. The Early Bird Spot Prize will be won by the contestant whose entry form number is drawn at random from all the “Early Bird” entries during the official prize giving on Sunday 12th of November 2017. (Note: Only contest entries received and paid for no later than 17:00 30th September 2017 shall qualify for this prize).

17. The Species Grand Slam prize will be awarded to the angler who weighs in the most variety of the four eligible species. Where more than one angler weighs all four species the one with the heaviest combined weight for all four fish is the winner. In the event more than one angler has the same combined weight the angler weighing their catch first is deemed the winner.

18. Prizes will be given for the heaviest 3 fish of each species category weighed-in during the contest period. The eligible species are: Kingfish, Snapper, Kahawai, Trevally.

19. If two or more fish of the same species are weighed-in at equal weights then the first fish that was submitted for weighing shall be deemed the heaviest. The second fish weighed-in at that weight shall then become second, the third fish weighed-in shall become third, and so on.

20. Junior anglers are those anglers under the age of 16, having their 16th birthday after Friday 10th November.

21. All prizes will be won. Any prize category where a catch has not been weighed will be drawn. Contestants must be present to claim a draw prize. Unclaimed prizes will be turned into draw prizes.

22. The organisers reserve the right to cancel fishing, or change the fishing times on one or both days of the competition. Competitors will be advised of any such changes during the Friday safety briefing.

23. In the event of cancellation after the contest briefing or once the contest has begun, best effort will be made to contact all competitors via text to their nominated mobile phone contact number. In this situation no fish will be weighed for the contest, but all contestants must still report to the weigh station and sign in by 3:00pm Sunday 12th November 2017.

  • NOTE: failure to report to the weigh station or to contact the Weigh Master’s team on 027 478 1753 will render the competitor ineligible for prizes.

24. In the event of cancelation all prizes will be drawn, all prizes must be won.

25. All matters on which these rules are silent shall be determined at the discretion of the organizer.

26. Competitors’ details may be used for advertising purposes.

27. The purchasing of an entry in the Northland Kayak Fishing Classic constitutes acceptance of the rules and regulations of the contest, and participants agree to abide by the decisions of the Organizer. No correspondence will be entered into.

28. Corporate tickets: the organizers may from time to time issue corporate entry tickets to invited guests, sponsors, and members of the organizing committee. Corporate ticket holders are not eligible to claim any spot prizes or major draw prizes. They are eligible to claim prizes from fish species they have weighed in.

Note: These rules may be revised as deemed necessary by the Organizing Committee. Contestants will be duly notified of any changes.

 

Travel times guide

Approximate travel times between popular kayaking destinations and the Weigh Station at Tikipunga Tavern, 3 Wanaka Street, Tikipunga, Whangarei. These are a guide only and actual travel times will vary significantly depending on road conditions and travelling speeds. It is the anglers responsibility to ensure they’re present in the weigh-in queue BEFORE 3:00pm on Sunday.

  • Mangawai Heads (south eastern boundary) 1:05
  • Langs Beach (Bream Bay) 0:55
  • Ruakaka (Bream Bay) 0:35
  • Urquarts Bay (north side Whangarei Harbour) 0:45
  • Tutukaka 0:25
  • Whananaki 0:45
  • Oakura 0:50
  • Rawhiti 1:25
  • Opito Bay (Bay of Islands) 1:20
  • Matauri Bay 1:30
  • Hihi (Doubtless Bay) 1:50
  • Whatuwhiwhi (Doubtless Bay) 2:15
  • Ahipara (west coast) 2:16
  • Opononi  (Hokianga Harbour) 1:45
  • Pouto Point (south western boundary) 2:05

 

SAFETY WARNING

Some areas of Northland, particularly on the western side and in the Far North are subject to heavy currents and rapidly changeable conditions. Paddlers new to the region must seek local advice before the competition, and must be particularly wary of the following:

  • West coast beaches are subject to significant and changeable surf conditions depending on wind and tide. A change of tide will often see conditions change from workable to unworkable in less than an hour.
  • All harbours are subject to strong tidal currents. Be aware of rapidly changing wind against tide conditions creating heavy chop, and extreme care is needed if anchoring. Strong tidal flows in areas of the Hokianga and Kaipara harbours in particular may be unworkable at all times other than slack water.
  • The western and northern coasts to North Cape can be subject to very strong currents. Scott Point, Cape Maria van Diemen, and the coast from Cape Rienga to North Cape may be unworkable when currents and tide combine, and also in conditions where wind opposes water flow. These areas are a long way from assistance and should only be attempted by those with appropriate knowledge and experience.
  • It is the angler’s responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate skills, expertise, and equipment before launching their kayak. If in doubt contact the organiser or an experienced kayak angler with local knowledge for advice and guidance.

 

Safety Rules

1. Solo fishing is discouraged. Contestants are advised to buddy up with another angler or group. The organizers will be pleased to assist in arranging partners if required.

2. At least one form of electronic communication (cell phone of VHF radio) is required for each angler or group. The cell phone number or VHF call sign will be recorded on the registration forms of the respective contestants.  

3. The marine distress channel is VHF Channel 16.

4. For emergency assistance via mobile phone dial 111.

5. On-water mobile phone contact for Coastguard is *500

6. Be aware that some Coastguard VHF channels have changed as of 1 October 2016. The Coastguard channels applicable to the competition area are:

  • Whangarei CH: 05
  • Whangaruru / Tutukaka CH: 62
  • Bay of Islands CH: 04
  • Whangaroa CH: 05
  • Kaipara CH: 01
  • North Kaipara CH: 61, 66
  • Hokianga CH: 65

7. It shall be the responsibility of each contestant to determine that launching and fishing conditions at the locations they choose to fish are safe for their craft, personal abilities, and level of safety equipment carried.

8. All contestants shall be required to confirm and sign at registration time that they have the following mandatory safety equipment in order to be eligible to fish the contest.

9. The Organizers reserve the right to carry out random inspections of kayaks to ensure they are seaworthy, and have the necessary safety equipment and communication equipment on board.

10. For a full list of the new Coastguard VHF channels go to: https://www.coastguard.nz/media/417713/vhf_2016_-mb13315_1932_rsm_mr-campaign_vhf-maps_a3_fa_web.pdf

11. For a full list of the new Coastguard VHF Nowcasting Weather Information Channels go to: https://www.coastguard.nz/media/417713/vhf_2016_-mb13315_1932_rsm_mr-campaign_vhf-maps_a3_fa_web.pdf

 

Mandatory Safety Equipment

  • Approved PFD/Life Jacket (to be worn at all times on the water)
  • Communication (cell phone and or/VHF radio)
  • Distress whistle (attached to PFD)
  • Tow Line/Anchor Rope
  • Hand Bailer Pump (not required for sit- on-top kayaks)
  • Paddle Rescue Float (not required for sit-on-top kayaks)
  • Sit-In Kayaks must have sealed bulkheads or buoyancy bags bow & stern

 

Optional and highly recommended

  • White Navigation Light or Torch (mandatory if night fishing)
  • Flares & Signalling Mirror
  • PLB or EPIRB Locator Beacon
  • Hi-Viz Kayak Safety Flag
  • Spare paddle
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sun Screen
  • Sun Hat & Sun Glasses
  • Food & Water

 

Note: These rules may be revised as deemed necessary by the Organizer. Contestants will be duly notified of any changes.

If you have any questions please email us! 

Quantity
$75.00