BILLFISH BASH DATES Registration & Briefing Saturday March 16th starting at 6:30pm Fishing Sunday March 17th - 7am - 5pm Monday March 18th - 7am - 5pm Tuesday March 19th - 7am - 4pm
Presentation Tuesday evening March 19th starting at
BILLFISH BASH SECTIONS
Champion Team Overall
Top Team Light Tackle 8-10kg
Top Team Medium Tackle 15-24kg
Top Team Heavy Tackle 37-60kg
Highest Point Score Junior
Highest Point Score Female
Most Marlin Tagged
First Sailfish Tagged
First Marlin Tagged
Fourth Marlin Tagged
Most Billfish Tagged
Last Sailfish Tagged
Heaviest Mahi Mahi
Most Sailfish Tagged
Third Marlin Tagged
Last Marlin Tagged
BILLFISH BASH SPECIAL RULES 1. Line classes: Allowed line classes are 8kg – 60kg inclusive.
2. Line class fishing limits: All teams fishing heavy tackle (37kg & 60 kg) must fish outside the 100m depth contour. All teams fishing light tackle (8-10kg) or medium tackle (15-24 kg) may fish any depth.
GENERAL RULES 1. Fishing Rules & Regulations: The Billfish Bash will be fished within current Game Fishing Association of Australia (GFAA), WA Department of Transport, WA Department of Environment and Conservation, and WA Department of Fisheries rules and regulations.
2.Membership: All anglers must be a current member of Exmouth Game Fishing Club or a club affiliated with the Game Fishing Association of Australia.
3.Registration: Only registered anglers may participate in any act which directly contributes to the capture or tag of a fish during the tournament. They are, driving the boat, gaffing fish, tagging fish, running out lines, retrieving lines, clearing teasers or taking the leader. Anglers will fish only from the boat on which they registered. Permission to change boats once registered in the tournament must be applied for in writing to the EGFC Committee and each request will be adjudged on its merits. The Committee will meet ASAP after receipt of such application. The Committee's decision is final.
4.Fishing area: All Tournament competitors must fish within 60 nautical miles of the EGFC Clubhouse, from a boat at sea, with a minimum of two anglers on board.
5.Lines: All fish must be claimed on the line class on which they were captured, (i.e. no line bumping).
6.Tag and Release: All details of tagged fish, i.e. species, estimated weight, angler's name, boat name and line class must be logged with Radio Base as soon as possible after release. Tag numbers are not to be logged with Radio Base. In event of VHF/repeater issues, tags may be logged with Radio Base via mobile phone. Radio Base will then broadcast details over VHF.
7.Tag cards: FULLY COMPLETED, must be lodged with the Tournament weigh-master prior to closure of gantry times on the day of tagging. Only Australian Billfish Tags will be accepted. Tag cards may be lodged on daily basis with the Tournament weigh-master by txt, SMS or messenger via a photograph of the Tag subject to following; •Tag cards are to be FULLY COMPLETED •All information is to be legible •Coordinates must be a minimum of – degrees/minutes •It is the Teams responsibility to ensure Weigh-master acknowledges receipt of photograph •One card per message •Actual original Tag cards are to be submitted prior to the closure of the Gantry at end of the Tournament •It is the Teams responsibility to ensure these rules are followed.
8.Tag cards: Will not be accepted for the tournament after the close of gantry on the final day.
9.Tag and Release sections: Tag and Release section winners will be decided by: 1.Boat/Angler with the highest total of Tag and Release points 2.In the event of a tie on points the Boat/Angler with the lowest average line class will be declared the winner. 3.If still tied, the Boat/Angler achieving the points first according to the time of TAGGING logged with Radio Base.
Points will be awarded as follows: T&R Sailfish/Spearfish8-10kg line 3pts, 15-60kg line 2pts T&R Marlin/Broadbill8-10kg line 5pts, 15-60kg line 4pts
10.Live Bait: When live bait fishing for billfish, anglers cannot use off-set circle hooks or J hooks. In-line circle hooks are to be used only.
11.Exmouth Gulf Tag and Release limits: Billfish can only be tagged on 1kg to 10kg inclusive line classes to accrue points if tagged inside Exmouth Gulf. Exmouth Gulf is defined as all waters south and east of a line drawn from North West Cape to SW tip of South Muiron Is. to NW tip of South Muiron Is. to SW tip of North Muiron Is. to NW tip of North Muiron Is. to Peak Is. to Observation Is. to Tubridgi Point.
12.Communications: All boats must be fitted with an operational VHF radio system and are required to log on and off each day of the tournament. Tournament radio coverage will be exclusively VHF. A radio that becomes non-functional during a fishing day, must be repaired before the affected vessel goes to sea the following day. Vessels failing to comply will be disqualified for that day.
13.Lines In and Lines Out: Lines in and out will be as printed in the tournament handout and notified at the briefing. No line is to be in the water 15mins prior to lines in, including bait jigs and teasers. A radio call will be made at fifteen minutes prior to Lines Out. No tags will be accepted for Tournament after Lines Out called by Radio Base
14.Protests: A verbal intention to protest must be made to the weigh-master as soon as possible by the protestor. This is to enable the weigh-master to preserve any evidence that may be needed by the Committee if the fish/tag card is presented before the protestor can attend the gantry. All protests must be lodged with the weigh-master in writing with a $100 deposit which will be refunded if the protest is upheld. Protests must be lodged before the close of weigh-in at which the fish was weighed or tag card presented. No further protests will be accepted after completion of the weigh-in on the final day. The Committee will consider all protests as soon as possible after receipt. The Committee's decision is final and the affected parties will be notified ASAP.
15.Sanctuary zones: If a competitor is charged by Fisheries WA or DBCA with fishing in a sanctuary zone they will be disqualified from the competition for that day. No other protests relating to sanctuary zones will be heard.
16.Conduct: All competitors will participate in a sporting manner and embrace the ethics of game fishing. All Billfish and Gamefish offal must be returned to the ocean. The Committee reserves the right to penalise any Boat or Angler by deduction of points or disqualification for part of, or the whole, tournament for conduct they consider detrimental to the competition or the EGFC.
17.Cyclones: In the event that a cyclone approaches the Exmouth area during the tournament all fishing will be suspended once a “Yellow Alert” has been declared. Fishing will recommence once the “All Clear” has been given, provided sea conditions are deemed fishable by the committee. If no further fishing is possible the leading boats/anglers at the time of the Yellow Alert will be declared the winners. EGFC advise all competitors to have appropriate insurance for the event, including travel, accident and boat. This is the responsibility of the skipper and team, not EGFC.
18.Disclaimer: The EGFC Committee reserves the right to change any rule, regulation or section which it believes will enhance the Tournament. The EGFC takes no responsibility for loss or damage to competitor’s person, personal effects or vessel. Competitors fish the tournament at their own risk.