Frequently Asked Questions
Australian Fishing Tournaments (AFT) is the
Eventis a photograph length based event (Catch N Snap). Why? In this day and age there is a lot of movement towards being “fish friendly”, by having a photo basedevent, 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 breadingfish in population and still win that beloved big fish prize.
- No restricted bag limits. Why? Because it is a
photo basedevent, we hope the larger breadingfish are released and people are able to keep the better eating plate sizedfish, 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.
- Larger Fishing Regions, we have the area from Byron to Yamba open for launching and fishing for both
estuaryand offshore. Why? There are 2 reasons for this, the first being that it helps spread the loadof 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.
- 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
courseyou can still enter on paper entry, we will enter the data for you if you cantor dontwant to.
We hope the information above and the FAQ’s below will help you and provide all the information you need but
AFT will be adding FAQ’s to the library below as we get asked questions we may not
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
- At Frogleys Offshore in Ballina (info on entry page)
- Onsite as per the timetable
All options require the participant to attend the briefing to collect their ID’s and token and hear the event and safety information. You can not fish earlier then the starting time and you need your ID for you token to count which is collected on the briefing night.
Remember there will be a large line on the briefing afternoon for people who enter, so the more entries we collect online 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, there will be computer there to enter, and staff there to help fill it in if you have problem, 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 new online weigh-in and app?
The app is a new mobile application which will be available for download and privide AFT a way of communication information to competitors as well as makign it easier to weigh fish in during the event.
Do I have to use the app or online weigh-in system?
No you dont, this is a new system designed to allow easier weigh-in of fish and people to fish out of the area easier.
What is the briefing and why do I have to go?
The Compulsory briefing is event information and main safety briefing, you will be informed on all information related to the event as well as pickup you ID’s. You must have at least 1 member of your team attend, if you cant attend you will have to listen to the briefing the next day or when you pickup your ID. We understand some people cant make it which is why we give the option to do when you pickup ID.
It is also time to be able to ask any question about the event and weighin procedures.
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 on the weekend in conjunction with the main 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 Week Long comp and go into the main random draws?
Any cadet or junior can upgrade to the Adult main comp or the extended Cadet comp.
Adult Comp: If upgrading to Adult they will get to choose what comp they want to fish in, 1. to compete in the adult division or 2. just upgrade for the Random Draws and not fish in the Adult Comp. If a Junior wants to upgrade to an Adult but stay fishing as a Junior that is fine, but take note the rest of the weeks comp after the junior fishing section finishes they are not able to weigh fish in, as they have selected to upgrade only the Random Draws, or if they select to Upgrade and Fish as a Adult, then they are only able to weigh fish in as a Adult, not the weekend Junior comp. Or the 3rd option is to upgrade to Adult Comp, but Fish as Cadet Ext, which means they enter the Random Draws, but fish as a Cadet the weekend and the weekdays the CadetExt comp.
Cadet Ext Comp: If they wish to not pay the larger entry for the Adult comp and only want to fish, not participate in the random draws during the week, they can upgrade to a CadetExt, basically means they compete as a Cadet in the Cadet fish prizes for the week. On the weekend, they compete in the normal Cadet comp, just extend to the week comp also.
Confusing I know, but we are tyring to give the most option to juniors/cadets as possible.
How do I weigh-in my fish?
In 202 there are now 2 options:
Option 1: Traditional method
photoof fish for comp (every legal fish that has a category counts)
- Record on catch sheet the details including species and length
- Bring catch sheet back to weigh-in tent with camera card or phone
- Officials take
sheetand copy the photos for records
- Go out and do it again!
Option 2: New online system
2. Go to online page or app
3. Log In and submit photo/s and length (no need to be back to submit catch sheet, it is done live)
4. Keep fishing and do it again!
If using the traditional method you must be back before the nightly cutoff to be in that
The officials will take your camera and catch sheet and copy the photos and record you catch info on the computers,
If using the new online / app method, you dont need to come back in time for nightly draws, as you have submitted online, this way you can submit your catch while not in location and keep fishing, so you can win the daily prizes even if you cant make it back that afternoon. As long as you have the correct token then you are able to submit the daily fish.
When can I get the ID card?
You may collect you ID card at the briefing as per the timetable, don’t forget you still have to go to the briefing!
What is Judges Choice?
Judges Choice is basically the choice of the officials for the most meritorious or most deserving capture of a species not on the fish prize list.
What do I take a photo of?
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?
What time can you weigh in fish?
You can weigh in fish by bringing back the camera and catch sheet at any time the site is open, there is no restriction. The 12pm time is just for the next days token, so if you weigh in early you will need to come back later to get a token for the next day, but if the event site is open you can bring the card in and weigh fish.
If using the online or app system, you can submit 24 hours a day, no need to wait and record.
Do you need to have a camera per person?
How do I take the photo of the fish and record it?
To weigh-in a fish the fish must first be
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?
How and Where am I able to fish?
All forms of fishing
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.
Can I miss the nightly weigh-in and Draws?
You are able to miss the nightly events if you wish to stay fishing or can’t make it, it is your responsibility to check the website or facebook page for safety information as this is when it is announced.
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 or on the app.
Officials will be on site between
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, and Trag there will be no fish weigh-in for that days prizes nor can you weigh-in for overall if caught on that day.
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 do 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
There will be no post-phoned the final draws and presentations, so come prepared with rain gear if the weather is bad on
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
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. Tokens are available at sponsor locations as advised at the event at briefing night.