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Due to lockdown regulations this competition will run as a virtual competition over an extended period  of time and will include a broad area to launch from.

WHEN: 1 August – 31 August 2020

WHERE: The Cape Town coast between Melkbos and Gordons Bay.

ENTRY FEE: R250 (Entries have closed)

Entry Fee’s will be 100% allocated to the prize pot

COMPETITION FORMAT: This will be an individual Kayak Fishing event, open to everyone.

LAUNCH SITES: We however recommend 3 Anchor, OPBC, Simonstown, Millers  or Buffels Bay at Cape Point (Should they allow us to fish)

TARGET SPECIES: Katonkel (Bonito/Bonnie)

CASH PRIZES AWARDED FOR: The Biggest Bonnie

1st Prize = (QTY Entries) x R130 = CASH PRIZE

2nd Prize = (QTY Entries) x R80 = CASH PRIZE

3rd Prize = (QTY Entries) x R40 = CASH PRIZE

ADDITIONAL PRIZES:

Prizes sponsored will be allocated to competitors via a lucky draw.

Sponsors on board: (Stealth, Liquid Blue, Holdfast and Dynamic Fishing. More details to follow soon.

HOW THE COMPETITION WILL WORK:

The competition will start 00:01 on the 1st of August 2020 and will end 24:00 on the 31st of August 2020. You can fish at any time during this period and every fish you submit counts but only the biggest fish will win.

You will only be allowed to launch on the Cape Town coast between Melkbos and Gordons Bay, we however recommend 3 Anchor, OPBC, Simonstown, Millers  or Buffels Bay at Cape Point (Should they allow us to fish).

All kayakers will have to check in every day PRIOR to launching. This check in will be by means of a picture showing as best possible you, your kayak and your launch site in the same picture. Your check in pic needs to submitted to the competition whatsapp group. Should a participant fail to submit a check in pic the fish caught will not be eligible.

This is a Bonnie only competition, no other species will count towards any points in this competition. All prizes will be awarded based size of your Bonnie (refer to points and measure details below) Biggest Bonnie wins. Do note that there are BONUS points applicable refer to the details below. Also note that there will be multiple prizes available so we encourage you submit all your Bonnies caught to be eligible and also to mitigate any tie breakers (remember your bag limits). Anglers can submit all the fish they catch during the period and all of them will count towards the competition. If you fish every day of the comp you can submit all the fish. Catches will be logged per angler by size + bonus points. The biggest catches during the period will count. Refer to the points section for an example score sheet.

Prize giving will be held via an online platform (ZOOM) or live stream (FACEBOOK) on the 4th of September 2020 (Should we be allowed a physical prizegiving this will be reconsidered).

PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY

Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. Your entry and payment must be completed by 24:00 28 July 2020. All participants must be in possession of a valid fishing licence with the added fishing from a vessel option at all times while participating.

SAFETY

It is the responsibility of competitors to strictly adhere to the regulatory COVID lockdown regulations set out by government.

During competition each contestant is required to comply with SAKFA regulations. In addition, participants must wear a PFD at all times while competing in the event and be in possession of a sounding (whistle) device. Please ensure you never go out on your own. Be cautious of the conditions and ensure you reviewed the weather predictions. Please also make use of SafeTRX on your cellphone.

SPORTSMANSHIP Competitors are expected to act with integrity, follow  a high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.

PERMITTED FISHING METHODS

All fish must be caught from a kayak (self-propelled water craft) on the day with a fishing rod, photographed (preferably short video) on the water or where kayak is on the water visible, and if released, alive in a conventional sporting manner. While fishing, contestants may not obtain or receive assistance, including but not limited to the following: a non-competitor, a non-competitor’s boat, the placing of markers by a non-competitor, being towed by or riding on motorized vessels. Motorised vessels may only be used if a kayaker is injured or in danger. Catch and release is strongly advised (Bonus points could be up for grabs).

TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT 4 Rods per kayak. Only 2 in water at any time. Bait or artificial lures may be used. No handlines will be permitted.

COMMUNICATIONS

The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device to communicate during fishing is highly recommended for safety.

All official competition correspondence will be done on the competition Whatsapp group, all participants will be added upon entry confirmation. We do encounter healthy banter within this group however please only post about fishing or/and kayak fishing related to the event. No swearing or abbreviated swearing. No racial, political, sexist, vulgar, insulting, derogative suggestions, etc. posts will be tolerated. Anyone NOT keeping to the rules will be removed and disqualified.

SCORING & PONTS

This competition is a single species competition targeting only Katonkels. Katonkels are also known as Bonito or Bonnies.

The event uses catch-photo/video-release and verified by witness system. Videos recorded and verified by witnesses in the recording will overrule pictures should measures be equal or the measurement in the picture be questionable.

Refer to the below illustration on how to measure your fish:

Scoring will determined by the length as measured above of each fish caught. Length is determined from the forward-most point of the fish with the fish’s mouth closed to the fork of the tail, measured in Centimeters.

Participants are allowed to submit up to 10 fish per fishing session. A video recordings of the competitor taking the measurements will be required. More than one photo or video of a fish may be taken. The competitor needs to ensure the measurements are clearly visible in the video or pictures.

All videos and pictures of fish caught MUST be submitted to the WhatsApp group on the day of your launch pic to be eligible. Should the competitor for any reason have difficulty uploading his evidence it will be the responsibility of the competitor to make contact with the Competition Director to make alternate arrangements.

Remember there will be multiple prizes thus EVERY Katonkel caught big or small counts!

In the event of a tie the participants 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc fish caught during the duration of the competition will be used as a tie breaker. Make sure you measure and submit all your catches (within your bag limits please). Max 10 fish by angler per day.

The Competition Director will review the photos to verify reported results and determine place winners. The Competition Director is responsible for the final call in all matters.

BONUS POINTS

To keep things interesting the following bonus points will apply:

  • Any fish submitted that was photographed or video recorded with a kayakfish.co.za sticker clearly visible on your kayak will gain 1cm. We will accept sunrise pictures or some creative pictures with the logo visible for release points. These pictures do not have to be of the competitor but must be submitted by the competitor to qualify for the bonus points on the fish caught. These are posed pictures we can use as marketing material. Measurement video and pictures do not require the logo. Stickers will be available at no cost for collection in Durbanville and will be on hand where we launch. It would be a good idea to keep this sticker on your kayak for spot prizes and future comps.
  • Any fish caught on a weekend Saturdays or Sundays will automatically gain 1cm.
  • Fish caught and safely released at any time on the condition they were clearly measured will gain 1cm.

These bonus points will be added together should more than one condition be met. Example, Bonnie caught 14 Aug the Saturday measures 40cm. Video and Picture taken shows competitor with fish measured showing the kayakfish.co.za sticker on the competitors kayak. Thus 40cm + 1cm (Weekend Bonus) + 1cm (kayakfish.co.za sticker bonus) = 42cm fish.

Print your own KAYAKFISH.CO.ZA sticker. Click here for details

POINTS SCORE SHEET

To clarify how the scoring will work we’ve put together the below example score sheets.

Score Sheet for Kowus (During the period Kowus caught and logged 4 Bonnies)

CompetitorDateLaunch SiteConfirmed MeasurementKayakFish Bonus PointsWeekend Bonus PointsRelease Bonus PointsTotal Eligible Measurement
Kowus14 Aug 20203 Anchor Bay40cm1cm1cm0cm42cm
Kowus20 Aug 20203 Anchor Bay32cm1cm0cm0cm33cm
Kowus24 Aug 20203 Anchor Bay30cm0cm0cm0cm30cm
Kowus14 Aug 20203 Anchor Bay29cm0cm0cm0cm30cm

Score Sheet for Sean who somehow managed to video and release all of his fish. He caught and submitted 3 Bonnies during the period.

CompetitorDateLaunch SiteConfirmed MeasurementKayakFish Bonus PointsWeekend Bonus PointsRelease Bonus PointsTotal Eligible Measurement
Sean14 Aug 20203 Anchor Bay39cm1cm1cm1cm42cm
Sean14 Aug 20203 Anchor Bay32cm1cm0cm1cm33cm
Sean24 Aug 20203 Anchor Bay30cm0cm0cm1cm31cm

And the 1st prize goes to Sean! The tie breaker being Sean’s 3rd fish on his score sheet. The only fish he caught on the 24th of August but as it was measured, photographed to the satisfaction of the competition director and safely released it secured him that extra bonus allocation to take the win.

PROTEST All protests must be submitted on the day before 24:00 to the Competition Director.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. It is required that all contestants take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities.

PHOTO RELEASE Competitors grant KayakFish and the sponsors the unconditional right to use their name, and photographs submitted to the competition whatsapp group for production, promotion, and/or articles and press releases, and shall not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use.

RULE CHANGES Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Competition Director. The decisions of the Competition Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.

ADDITIONAL PRIZES Sponsors will at their discretion award additional spot prizes for competitors. The sponsors will determine the criteria for these prizes, these criteria’s will be shared as we bring on these sponsors.

Any sponsors wanting to get involved in the event, general questions or queries can all be directed to: katonkelronkel@kayakfish.co.za