Competition Rules

1. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. 

1.1. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on a release form.

1.2 A completed entry form and entry fee (if applicable) must be received no later than the published entry date.

2. REGISTRATION AND CAPTAINS MEETING. 

2.1 Depending on the type of competition, registration should take place in the week before or at the captain’s meeting before the competition.

2.2 No entry can be done after the angler has launched. Should the need arise for any questions prior to competition, then it can be asked by e-mail or telephonically or whatsapp.

3. SAFETY. 

3.1 Safe boating will be observed at all times. During competition each contestant is required to comply with SAKAF 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. Tournament days may be shortened or cancelled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the Competition Directors. A 5-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing. If you do not own all safety equipment particularly flares, then we strongly insist that you use the Buddy system with someone who does.

4. CHECK IN. 

4.1 Check in will be announced in the competition e-mail.

4.2 All competitors must check in their cameras, catches and measuring devices by the check in time to be eligible for points.

4.3 At check in you must indicate whether or not you are submitting your camera for review and fill out a scoring sheet.

5. SPORTSMANSHIP. 

5.1 Competitors in WCKAC events are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation.

5.2 Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.

5.3 Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters.

5.4 Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavourably upon fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reviewed by the executive team and a decision shall be made accordingly.

5.5 Evidence of chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude or other conduct reflecting unfavourably upon the WCKAC efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship and compliance with tournament rules shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and for disqualification.

5.6 Any act deemed by the Competition Director that gives an angler an unfair advantage not specifically covered under this set of rules shall be grounds for disqualification.

5.7 Any violation by an angler deemed intentional or preconceived by the Competition Director to gain an unfair advantage, would be grounds for permanent disqualification.

6. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. 

6.1 The consuming or transporting of any alcoholic beverages or drugs (other than prescription or OTC drugs) during official tournament hours, on any tournament angler’s boat is prohibited, and angler or anglers will be disqualified from this and possibly all future tournaments.

7. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS. 

7.1 All fish must be caught, photographed, and if released, alive in a conventional sporting manner.

7.2 Anglers may not catch fish or weigh in fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament.

7.3 All fish must be caught from a kayak (self-propelled water craft).

7.4 During the hours of competition, contestants may 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.

 8. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT.

8.1 An Angler is allowed to use as many rods, hand-line’s or “Yo-Yo’s” on his/her ski as he/she can safely manage, without negatively effecting other anglers.

8.2 Bait or artificial lures may be used. If an angler intends to fish for a SA record or IGFA world record, he/she must comply by the organisations standards.

8.3 The club is not affiliated at any of the above mentioned organisations. Be prepared to show your current fishing license, at registration.

 9. COMMUNICATIONS. 

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

9.2 If Emergency calls must be made a tournament official should be contacted.

 10. NO MOTORS. 

10.1 The use of a boat or motorized water vehicle to transport your boat on the water is prohibited. All crafts must be self-propelled – no motors are allowed (electric or combustion).

11. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS. 

11.1 All fishing locations must be in waters accessible to the public at all times according to government regulations.

11.2 All area’s eligible for each competition should be made know before each competition.

 12. SCORING. 

12.1 Points are earned depending on the species and if the fish was larger than the minimum legal size required.

12.2 The WCKAC supports fish sustainability and strongly suggest that you “only keep what you eat”.

12.3 In the event of a catch and release, the angler can take a picture of the fish with a measuring device or marker/token to determine the size after release. Fish must be photographed in or on the boat, on the provided measuring device, clearly showing the length of the fish with the scoring marker and boat visible.

12.4 More than one photo of a fish may be taken, but only submitted once for points.

 13. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. 

13.1 Participants may use digital cameras, Action Cameras or Cellphones to capture their catches.

14. PROTEST.

14.1 All protests must be submitted in within fifteen (15) minutes of check-in time to the Tournament Directors.

14.2. The protester also agrees that if there is a question of verifying the charge of a protest that he or she also may be subject to take a polygraph and agree to testify in a court of law if necessary.

15. RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE. 

15.1 A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form.

15.2 It is required that all members take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities.

16. RULE CHANGES. 

16.1 Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Tournament Directors.

16.2 The decisions of the Tournament Directors are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.

17. CONTINGENCY PRIZES. 

17.1 Sponsors may at their discretion award contingency prizes for anglers winning or placing using their products.

18. POINTS. 

18.1 Points will be awarded by using clubs “unique catch calculator”.

19. ANGLER OF THE YEAR QUALIFICATIONS. 

19.1 The Angler of the Year will be awarded to the Angler with the most points in end of season.

20. FISH ON!

20.1 Only fish caught within the time frame allowed may be weighed in.

20.2 If a fish has been hooked before the Cut-off time, but landed after the cut-off time, the fish will still count towards to competition.