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Official Hobie Fishing Worlds 6 Rules. Updated 10.12.2016

The 6th Hobie Fishing World Championship is an invitational event involving top kayak anglers from across the globe in three days of competition. Qualification for the event shall be determined through a competitive format, or by bid selection in each competing nation and by special invitation.

SUMMARY

The 6th Hobie® Fishing World Championship is an invitational event involving the top kayak anglers from across the globe in three days of competition. Qualification for the event shall be determined through a competitive format, by bid selection in each competing nation, or by special invitation.

SPORTSMANSHIP AND CONDUCT

All contestants shall follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is a credit to themselves, to Hobie, Hobie’s sponsors, the sport of fishing and Hobie’s efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Violation of, or failure to comply with, any of the rules of the event.
  • Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during registration or tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure.
  • Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.
  • Anglers are not to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while competing. Legally required blood alcohol levels must be adhered to and the International Hobie Fishing Worlds Committee (IHFWC) reserves the right to request a blood alcohol test prior to the start of the competition or at any time during competition hours.
  • Suspension/disqualification, probation or ban from any tournament or fishing organization globally.
  • Any comments, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set forth in the first sentence of this section. This includes verbal communication and social media.
  • In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, the Tournament Director shall have the right to refuse an application to compete, to deny a confirmed application to compete. A disqualified angler shall forfeit their entry fee.

SAFETY

  • The event organisers shall provide a PFD to all Worlds anglers. All anglers shall wear the provided PFD at all times on the water. No other PDF shall be worn.
  • At the morning check-in each competitor shall be issued with a numbered key tag for that day only. Anglers may be issued with a different key tag number each day.
  • All anglers MUST return their key tag to the key tag board when they return to the event site at session finish time regardless of whether they are measuring fish or not.
  • In the event of angler/s not returning their key tag to the key tag board, by the session finish time, the event organisers shall commence a search for the missing angler/s.
  • IHFWC will encourage Fisheries and Boating Officers to attend all HFW tournaments to police safety regulations, registration, relevant boating legislation, as well as, alcohol and drug laws.
  • IHFWC sportsmanship principals dictate that care of fellow anglers is of the upmost importance. If an angler or boat is in distress, it is expected that other anglers will assist. Remember that safety is more important that your day’s catch.
  • Emergency calls should be made to a tournament official when possible.

HOBIE KAYAKS

  • All anglers shall fish from the supplied, identically rigged, 2017 Hobie Mirage® Pro Angler 14 kayaks.
  • No decals, mounts, fittings or modifications shall be made to the factory supplied kayaks.

BRIEFING

  • Attendance at daily briefings is mandatory for all anglers. (See the event noticeboard for exact briefing times).
  • Arriving late to a briefing may incur a starting time penalty of not less than 5 minutes.
  • Failure to attend a briefing shall result in that angler penalized 30 inches for that day.

DAILY CHECK-IN

  • Check-in times shall be announced at Registration, the Daily Briefing and posted on the Noticeboard. ALL anglers must collect their key tag before the start of each days briefing. Failure to do so may result in time penalties at the rate of 2 inches per minute late or part thereof.
  • After the morning check-in each day and before the start, anglers  kayaks may be checked for safety equipment.
  • Session start method shall be announced by the Tournament Director at the Daily Briefing.

STARTING PROCEDURE

  • To be announced at the briefing.

FISHING

  • Anglers must abide by all of the local fishing and boating regulations. Hobie and local authorities may patrol the tournament waterways.
  • ALL session start times shall be announced by the tournament director the previous day and posted to the official notice board.
  • Kayaks should remain a cast apart (30 yards- 27 meters ) while fishing.
  • All three species must be at least the minimum legal length. Fish below the minimum size shall be released immediately.
  • The legal lengths are as follows:

    1. Redfish: 16 inches – 40.64 centimeters
    2. Speckled Trout: 12 inches – 30.48 centimeters
    3. Flounder: 11 inches – 27.94 centimeters*

*Louisiana sets no minimum length for Flounder. 11in or 27.94cm shall be the minimum length for HFW6.

  • If an angler presents an under-size fish to the scorer, they will forfeit the fish.
  • 1 Redfish, 1 Speckled Trout and 1 Flounder shall be the daily target (unless otherwise advised by the Tournament Director).
  • It is the angler’s responsibility for the well-being of the fish.
  • Any angler on the tournament waterway outside of session times shall be disqualified for that day.

FISHING METHODS

  • Cast-and-retrieve only – no trolling, no live baits, no dead baits.
  • Only artificial lures and flies shall be used during competition.
  • Alabama style rigs or multi-rigs are not allowed.
  • Drift fishing is allowed. Anglers may drift up to 55 yards – 50 meters between casts. Once an angler has drifted 55 yards – 50 meters, the angler must retrieve the lure and recast.
  • Commercially sold scents may be added and used.
  • Only ONE rod, either a casting, spin casting, spinning rod and reel or fly rod shall be used at any one time.
  • The rod must be hand held whilst fishing at all times.
  • Hobie shall supply fish grips to all anglers. Anglers may choose to use their own fish grips.
  • Hobie shall supply landing nets to all anglers. Only landing nets supplied by Hobie shall be used.
  • ALL fish shall be caught in a conventional sporting manner. A cast must be fully retrieved before an angler may select another rod.
  • Anglers shall not catch or measure fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament.
  • ALL fish must be caught from the provided Hobie kayak. If the angler is out of the kayak, for any reason, between casting and landing of the fish, the catch shall not be permitted.
  • During the hours of competition, contestants shall not obtain or receive assistance, including but not limited to the following: a non-competitor’s boat; the placing of markers by a non-competitor; being towed by or riding on motorized vessels; or receiving electronic, voice or data communication from a non-competitor.

FISHING BOUNDARIES

  • All fishing locations shall be identified by the Tournament Director at the daily briefing and posted on the official notice board.
  • The fishing arena shall be announced at briefing each day. Out of bounds areas will be provided whenever possible at the anglers briefing.
  • Angler’s kayaks shall not be inside any out of bounds area, anglers lure and line shall be considered to be an extension of the kayak.
  • Anglers shall not cast, land a lure or fish in any out of bounds location.
  • Anglers must remain within the boundaries set out by the Tournament Director. Failure to adhere to this rule shall result in disqualification for that day.

PREFISH BANS

  • Anglers fishing in the 6th Hobie Fishing World Championship will not be allowed to access the tournament arena from and including Sunday 6th November 2016, until and including Monday 5th December 2016. The arena is deemed to be within 10 miles – 16 kilometers of the start area. A map is provided on the website.

  • A pre-fish ban means anglers are not allowed on competition waterways for ANY REASON.
  • During the pre-fish ban no contestant shall be on tournament waters, and no person shall be on tournament waters to locate fish or gain fishing information on a contestant’s behalf.

EVENT FORMAT

The Hobie Fishing World Championship may consist of two Navigation and Pre-Fish days, and three days of competition (Weather permitting).

  • Tuesday 6th December – Lowrance Navigation and Pre-Fish Day
  • Wednesday 7th December – The Power-Pole Pre-Fish Day
  • Thursday 8th December – Rhino – Rack World Championship Day One
  • Friday 9th December – Rhino – Rack World Championship Day Two
  • Saturday 10th December – Rhino – Rack World Championship Day Three

In the event of a bad weather forecast, Pre-Fish days may become competition days.

KEY TAGS AND PENALTIES

  • Key Tags shall be placed on the key tag board immediately on return to the event site, at completion of the session finish time. Tags not returned by the allotted time shall be penalised at the rate of 2 inches per minute.
  • If an angler returns later than 15 minutes after session finish time, the angler shall be disqualified for the day and forfeit their day’s catch.
  • Penalties shall be deducted from the anglers accumulated length and may incur a negative score.
  • The key tag shall be placed on the key tag board by the angler.
  • Kayak anglers may return to the scoring location earlier than the allotted time, however, once their key tag is placed on the key tag board, the angler’s session is deemed over and they shall not return to the water.
  • All anglers shall wait until the designated scoring time to submit their catch cards.

SCORING

Catch Photo Release (CPR)

  • Fish must be photographed on the provided measuring device, clearly showing the length of the fish with the Official Token number visible.
  • More than one photo of a fish may be taken. Anglers shall record their selected image number on the catch card. Alternate images may be used in the event of a discrepancy.
  • Length shall be determined from the forward-most point of the fish to the longest point on the tail. The tail may be pinched to assist in determining length.
  • Fish must measure above the minimum length to be scored. Any undersized fish presented to scoring shall result in the angler forfeiting the fish.
  • The Tournament Director shall review the photos to verify results.
  • The Tournament Director is responsible for the final call in all matters.
  • A maximum of 1 target fish, per species, per day shall be presented to scoring (unless otherwise advised by the Tournament Director).
  • Ties
    In the case of a tie, the tie will be broken based on the 1st round of which angler had the largest fish, if still tied, then the 2nd round, if still tied, the third round. If still tied, the tournament director(s) shall determine the tie break.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

  • “Angler Assist” shall be allowed when handling large fish. Anglers may summon a nearby competitor for assistance in measuring and photographing the fish, to get a clear measurement and ensure the safety of the fish. The photo must be taken with the angler’s own camera.
  • Participants shall only use digital cameras with removable memory cards for recording fish (cameras shall not be shared by anglers). Smart phones with removable memory cards may be used.
  • Images may not be digitally altered or enhanced in any way.
  • Anglers must bring their removable memory card and signed catch card to the scorer and place in the supplied zip-lock bag. Anglers will write their name and that day’s key tag number on the bag.
  • The tournament scorekeeper shall be able to read most standard memory cards however anglers should bring a USB cable for their camera – smart phone to ensure that their photos may be downloaded.
  • Anglers are to ensure that their camera cards work prior to the tournament.
  • Memory cards must be blank at the start of the tournament.

PHOTO CRITERIA

  • All criteria must be met or the photo will not be scored.
  • Show the whole fish, tip to tail (aside from your hand, the fish must be clear of any devices. Mouth/fins/tail cannot be obstructed in the photo).
  • Lay the fish with the tip of the mouth at the beginning of the ruler. 
  • Measurement markings on the measuring board shall be clearly visible.
  • An angler’s daily assigned Official Token number shall be visible.
  • One overhead photo (taken from directly above, not at an angle).
  • Photo criteria for extremely large fish will require angler assist and will be demonstrated at the briefing.

Sample Measuring Board


a.Photo taken by angler assist (sample only) 


b. Completed catch card (sample only)


c. Official Token  (sample only)

RECORDING OF FISH LENGTHS

  • It is the angler’s responsibility to write down on the Catch Card their longest fish of each species.The angler shall nominate the picture ID to each of the fish lengths. (No picture equals no points and no token in photo equals no points).
  • Anglers shall be given 20 minutes after the session finish time to return the signed completed catch cards, photo memory card and official Token in the supplied plastic bag with that day’s key tag number and their name clearly visible on the bag to the scorer.
  • Failure to return a completed Catch Card on time, may result in a length penalty.
  • When filling in the catch card, fish shall be rounded to the nearest full inch (e.g. 30.5 inches and above shall be rounded up to 31 inches, 30.4 inches and below shall be rounded down to 30 inches).
  • All Catch Cards shall be recorded in inches to be accepted.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device to communicate fishing information or to make contact with any one, including family members, during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. Anglers caught communicating in the ways listed shall be DSQ for that day.
  • Communication among anglers is allowed on the water only by non-electronic methods.
  • Emergency calls are permitted and should be made to a tournament official if/when possible. Emergency numbers will be posted on the official notice board if applicable.

PROTEST

  • All protests must be submitted to the Tournament Director, in writing, along with a $100 USD cash, within twenty (20) minutes of the end of the session time for each day.
  • Any concerns regarding clarification of rules shall be discussed with the Tournament Director BEFORE the start of the session each day.

PRIZES

  • Sponsor prizes may be awarded.

FISHING LICENCE

  • ALL anglers must have a valid Fishing License for the area if required.
  • International Hobie Fishing Worlds Committee (IHFWC) will arrange for the fishing licenses for international competitors. USA and Canadian residents will need to arrange their own Louisiana Fishing License. (https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php)

MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED FOR A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

  • In the event of unfavorable weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, a minimum of 4 hours over the 3 days shall constitute a world championship. In the event of less than 4 hours being fished, no World Champion shall be declared for that year.

EVENT APPAREL

  • During Navigation, Pre-Fish and Competition hours only approved event apparel and hats shall be worn by all anglers.

RULES AND RULE CHANGES

  • Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Tournament Directors and/or the IHFWC. Decisions of the Tournament Directors and IHFWC are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.
  • If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.
  • Any/all rule changes will be posted for viewing on the event notice board and on the event website prior to session starting times each day.
  • All rules are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Tournament Directors and/or the IHFWC.
  • ALL rules are applied as interpreted by the Tournament Directors and/or by the International Hobie Fishing Worlds Committee (IHFWC) and the Director’s decision is final.
  • The Tournament Directors and or the IHFWC has the right to modify, change or move the arena location.

UPDATES AND AMENDMENTS

UPDATED 10.12.2016

  • Scoring (Point 8)
    • Ties
      In the case of a tie, the tie will be broken based on the 1st round of which angler had the largest fish, if still tied, then the 2nd round, if still tied, the third round. If still tied, the tournament director(s) shall determine the tie break.

UPDATED 14.11.2016

  • Fishing (Point 5)
    • Minimum length for Flounder changed from 12inches / 30.48 centimeters to 11inches / 27.94 centimeters.
  • Daily Check-in (Point 1)
    • Check-in times shall be announced at Registration, the Daily Briefing and posted on the Noticeboard. ALL anglers must collect their key tag before the start of each days briefing. Failure to do so may result in time penalties at the rate of 2 inches per minute late or part thereof.
  • Briefing (Point 1)
    • Attendance at daily briefings is mandatory for all anglers. (See the event noticeboard for exact briefing times).

UPDATED 10.11.2016

  • Scoring (Point 3)
    • Removed “mouth must be closed” due to overbite and underbite of the different species targeted.
  • Photo Criteria (Point 3)
    • Changed wording to: “Lay the fish with the tip of the mouth at the beginning of the ruler”. 
    • Removed “mouth must be closed” due to overbite and underbite of the different species targeted.