Frequently Asked Questions

Australian Fishing Tournaments (AFT) are pleased to announce that the Evans Head Fishing Classic (EHFC) has new management. AFT is experienced in running events with the North Coast Fishing Bonanza as well as many Bream / Bass tournaments over its 11 years, AFT runs annually around 12 events and as such has equipment and software and experience to help build the EHFC and bring it back to its former glory as well as bring it into the 21st century.

Lets go over some key changes to the 2017 event to make it easier for everyone to understand:

  1. Event has moved from a weight based event to a photograph length based event. Why? In this day and age there is a lot of movement towards being “fish friendly”, by moving to a photo based event, you don’t have to bring in that large fish to weigh-in, meaning that if you are so inclined you are able to release it with care and keep those larger breading fish in population and still win that beloved big fish prize.
  2. No restricted bag limits. Why? Because it is a photo based event, we hope the larger breading fish are released and people are able to keep the better eating plate sized fish, there is no harm in keeping a feed and the Fisheries NSW has set bag limits based on stocks and they know more then we do about fish stocks, so if Fisheries NSW says it is OK to keep a certain number then we think that is OK also.
  3. Larger Fishing Regions, we have opened up Byron to Yamba for launching and fishing for both estuary and offshore. Why? There are 2 reasons for this, the first being that it helps spread the load of competitors over a larger region which will help the local stock of fish not get pressured as much as in the past as well as when there is a bad weather day, restricting boats to a small system at Evans is not a good idea, so spreading the options to different systems opens up more fishing opportunities for everyone.
  4. New Electronic Systems for entry and random draws. Why? AFT has had custom software developed to make entering and winning easier for everyone, by doing this the weigh-in system and the random draws can be run more smoothly and abide by lotteries NSW rules and keep the flow of the event better then every. Of course you can still enter on paper entry, we will enter the data for you if you cant or dont want to.

We hope the information above and the FAQ’s below will help you and provide all the information you need but dont forget this is a summary, for full details please read the Terms and Conditions first.

AFT will be adding FAQ’s to the library below as we get asked questions we may not of thought about so dont be afraid to contact us to ask any questions you might need answered.

When can we enter and how?

You can enter anytime once the entry form is uploaded. You can enter right up to 30 minutes before the final draw to get into the random draw prizes, you dont have to fish or catch the largest fish to win!

Entries can be done via

  1. Online
  2. Paper and send in with photo
  3. Onsite from Friday 10am 7th July.

All option require the participant to attend the briefing to collect their ID’s and token and hear the event and safety information.

Remember there will be a large line that night for people who enter, so the more entries we collect online and get sent in on paper the more prepared we can be and make the whole entry process as smooth as possible. If you do enter on the day it is no problem, just fill out the form on site or bring on filled out in, we will take your photo, then go have some food and drinks and come back to collect your ID later, we will process it for you in the background.

See you there!

What is the Cadet / Junior comp about?

As part of the Evans Head Fishing Classic, we have decided to put more attention on a dedicated cadet / junior competition for a 2 day period in conjunction with the 7 day comp. It does not replace the other comp or deter from it, just adds onto the comp and puts a spotlight on the talented young fisherman.

Can a cadet / junior fish in the 7 day comp and go into the main random draws?

Any cadet or junior can upgrade to the 7 day comp and compete in the adult division, they will have entry to both the 2 day and the 7 day if they choose to upgrade for the same 7 day price. They will have a full Adult ticket for draws and if they weigh a large fish they also go into the adult 7 day prizes.

Why upgrade Junior to Cadet and when can I do it?

That answer is easy, the Junior entry is a fishing comps entry but does not have any random draws, but the cadet comp has random draws including bikes / TV etc. The Juniors still fish against people in their own age, but they also get to go into the Cadet draws if they upgrade.

The upgrade can be done anytime, on entry, on ID card pickup, or anytime right up to the draws, just see the officials and they will help you out.

How do I weigh-in my fish?

  1. Take photo of fish for comp (every legal fish that has a category counts)
  2. Record on catch sheet the details including species and length
  3. Bring catch sheet back to weigh-in tent with camera card or phone
  4. Officials take sheet and copy the photos for records
  5. Go out and do it again!

You must be back before the nightly cutoff to be in that days competition, if you are not in line before the cutoff your fish cant be weighed in for that days fishing, if last day then fish cant be weighed at all. If you are only weighing in for the overall, and not entering for daily, you just have to be back before the final cays cut-off. If you select this method then you will not be eligible for the largest daily prizes but will go in for overall prizes.

There are 2 lines, if you have the largest fish for the day or overall 1st – 3rd, then there is a dedicated line (scores are updates on the large tank scoreboard and TV’s so you know). If you don’t have largest fish and are just weigh-in for overall points then line up in this line, this is to make the verification quicker and lines more smoothly. It does not matter if you don’t realise you have the biggest fish and you do in the normal line, you wont miss out.

The officials will take your camera and catch sheet and copy the photos and record you catch info on the computers, its that simple!

When can I get the ID Card?

You may collect you ID card from 6pm on Friday, don’t forget you still have to go to the briefing!

What do I take a photo off?

You take a photo of any legal fish you catch. in saying that if you are not competing for champion angler or team and don’t want to take a photo of every fish just your largest ones, then this is totally fine, you don’t have to weigh every fish in.

It is best if you take 2 photos of your largest fish, one on the mat with ID and token, and then one holding the fish, this can be used for press and or TV, it could be put on the screen the next day to highlight the largest fish caught the day before. It is always nice to have a record of the large fish you capture, why not share it!

Do you have to take a photo of every fish?

The answer to this is dependent on what you wish to compete for. If you dont want to compete for champion team or angler, then it is not as important to get points and you dont need a photo of every fish. You can just take photos of the largest fish and weigh in what you want like a normal comp. But if you are chasing the trophies, then it would advantageous to take a photo of every legal fish that is in the species list to be able to collect more points to win those trophies.

What time can you weigh in fish?

You can weigh in fish by bringing back the camera and catch sheet at any time you want to. The 12pm start time is just for the next days token, but if the event site is open you can bring the card in and weigh fish.

Do you need to have a camera per person?

A group of people can use the same camera, the officials will take the photos off the camera and sort later if needed, as long as the ID card is clearly visible then we can separate.

How do I take the photo of the fish and record it?

To weigh-in a fish the fish must first be legal length and alive. You then take a photo of this fish and your Photo ID with that days token on a brag mat, making sure the mat is straight and the fish is touching the end of the mat and the tail is pointed out as in below picture.

 

Before the photo is taken make sure the camera date and time is set correctly, any incorrect dates will NOT be allowed to be submitted. If you don’t know how then ask Officials help.

 

Don’t forget to take a photo of you holding the fish as you don’t know where this will end up, a magazine on TV! Once you have this record your catch, size and time on the catch sheet and hand into the weigh-in officials at the end of the day with your photo.

 


Always try and get the most length out of the fish by pointing tail as above.

What am I able to fish for?

For the list of species, of which there are dedicated prizes for, is on the prizes page. Outside of this there is a Most Meritorious for species not listed which you can take a photo of anything you think is best in its category.

How and Where am I able to Fish?

All forms of fishing is permitted from bait to lure or fly. You are permitted to fish from Land, Kayaks, Boats or Floats and are able to fish in the zone below anywhere where public access is allowed, no private dams or areas.

You can launch your boats anywhere in this area, but can’t go outside this area, GPS history is not to be deleted and made available if anyone is reported outside this area to officials, this can prove you are inside or outside the boundary, deleted history will be automatically mean you have been outside.

Map above shows the allowed locations.

Can I miss the nightly weigh-in and Draws?

You are able to miss the nightly events if you wish to stay fishing or cant make it, it is your responsibility to check the website or facebook page for safety information as this is when it is announced.

If you do miss the nightly weigh-in you will be ineligible for the daily prize that day but will be eligible for overall prizes.

Where do I find current event information?

All event information including weather, points and safety info will be on our website www.fishingcomps.com.au/ehfc and our facebook page www.facebook.com/EvansFishingClassic.

Officials will be on site between 8am and 8pm every day also if additional information is needed.

Event Safety Information / Offshore Closures?

At the nightly draws the next days safety information will be announced, if there is a strong wind warning the offshore portion will be called off, this is reviewed upon BOM updates and official forecast (not 3rd party websites).

Offshore species include Snapper, Pearl Perch, Sambo/AJ, Kingfish/ Cobia, there will be no fish weigh-in for that days prizes nor can you weigh-in for overall if caught on that day.

Why has some fish categories been removed?

This is unfortunately a economic decision, according to the data Dart was the least fish, so this species was removed and tarwhine and bream we combined, there was a meritorious added to allow any other species to be entered as well as new prizes for overall men, woman and team. AFT would love to get more categories back in but will need to get more people to fish the event and then the prizes will be increased and more species will be looked at. If you feel we have missed a important species then please let us know, unless people ask us we dont know what to add or what is missing, feedback is critical in the fish selection good or bad is key to making the event stronger for the future.

When do the Draws Start?

The draws are conducted nightly during the comp (see timetable for exact times). You have to be there to win and must have ID.

How to I get Champion Angler / Team?

Points are awarded for every legal fish specified that is in the prize categories. For every fish there is 1 point allocated.

Additional points are awarded for the category daily and overall winners. Daily winners get 10 points additional points and the Overall winners get 1st 20 points, 2nd 10 points, 3rd 5
points additional. Teams points are added together from individual members as per the rules for members allowed,which is a total of 4 (adults or cadets who are 7 day entrants).

What happens if it is Raining / Storming at the draws?

If the weather is extreamly bad, 1 hour before the draw, at the weigh-in cutoff time there will be a call made if draws are to proceed and information will be on the TV’s as well as facebook and website.

There will be no post-phoned the final draws and presentations, so come prepared with rain gear if the weather is bad on final day.

What is a token and how is it used?

A token is a uniquely identifying item we ask to be put in the picture as to now allow anyone to try and weigh in fish twice or fish caught previously, it is a way of making sure the fish are caught when people say they are caught. This is handed out for each day and can be collected from 12pm each day. Most people collect the token when they weigh in or at the random draws and that token go from collecting time until the cutoff the next day.

You can also choose to not weigh in daily and just fish the whole time and go for the overall prize, the overall prizes don’t need the daily token, just the 1st days token which you collect when you are at the briefing.

Daily tokens say they are available at 12pm, what does that mean?

This does not mean you have to be there at 12, it simply means you can get the next token from this time if a person comes in early to weigh fish, or wants to fish overnight and miss the random draws, they can come earlier then the 5pm cutoff and get a new token.

Why have you changed from Catch and Release for estuary as last year to photograph?

It was a complex system and even though it was classed as catch and release, the fish still had to be brought back to the weigh in site with no restriction on how the fish was transported, which harms the fish. The best thing if you do decide to release a fish, is to do it as quick as possible and not put the fish in a small container or tank for transport, a quick photo on a wet mat and back in the water is the most fish friendly way we can run a tournament to allow the option for the fish to survive if you are releasing one.