The Cooby Classic
Terms & Conditions
1. The Cooby Classic ("the Competition") is a teams fishing competition.
2. The Competition is conducted by Fish N Bits in conjunction with Cooby Dam Social Fishing Group, Cooby Dam Sailing Club and associated entities (“the Organisers”).
3. Each entrant is responsible for ensuring their familiarity with these Terms and Conditions at the time of participation. Participation in this competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. The Organiser’s decision not to enforce a specific restriction (whether communicated to an entrant or not) does not constitute a waiver of that restriction or of these Terms and Conditions generally.
4. The Competition will take place on 11th February 2024.
5. Registration fees for the Cooby Classic is AU$150.00 per team, plus booking fees and bank charges.
6. Registrations for the competition will open at 5:00pm (AEST) Thursday 14 December 2023 and close at 11.59pm (AEST) on Friday 26th January 2024 or until registration limit reached, whichever occurs first.
b) Fish N Bits is covered by 10 National Privacy Principles (the NPP’s) as set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (amended by the Privacy Agreement (Private Sector) Act 2000 – “The Privacy Act”.
d) Cooby classic, Event Partners and associated entities may collect and hold personal information for the primary purpose of allowing it to enter into business and marketing related transactions. The collection, use and disclosure of information are in compliance with the Privacy Act however we will not share or sell this information to third parties.
e) Further details regarding the collection use and disclosure of the information is available in our Collection, Use and Disclosure Statement, which is available on request.
f) You are welcome to receive more information about the Policy by emailing the Privacy Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Registered anglers will be able to unsubscribe from e-mail updates and event media releases.
a) All registered anglers will receive the following compulsory emails:
i. confirmation of registration
ii. Terms and conditions
9. All Competitors must:
a) hold a valid fishing licence as per State regulations. Competitors will be asked to produce proof of the licence on registration day and before any prizes are awarded.
b) be a member of "Cooby Dam Social Fishing Group"
10. The Competitor will receive their unique angler number via email on completion of registration and payment, 1 week prior to the event.
11. Event Times:
a) Onsite registration opens at 6:30am
b) Pre event briefing is 7:30am
c) Fishing hours for competitors is 8:00am to 4:00pm
d) Angler token return by 4:00pm, penalties apply for late return of token.
e) Final lodgement of competition entries is 4:15pm
f) Event presentation and bbq, from 5:30pm
12. Any fish caught outside of Competition hours will be excluded from the competition.
13. Competitors may only enter fish caught unassisted by their team.
14. All Competition fish must comply with State Fisheries minimum lengths.
15. Anglers may fish a maximum of 2 lines in the water at any one time per team.
16. Netting with a hand-held landing net is the only assistance permissible to a competitor in the capture of a fish while on hook.
a) Boats, PWC’s, canoes and kayaks must comply with Waterways safety requirements. Please ensure all boats, PWC’s, canoes, kayaks and trailers are free of noxious weeds, plants and their seeds before entering the waterway.
b) Both members of the team must compete from one vessel only. eg.. a team may use a two person kayak.
18. The event is a lure only comp and the use of bait products is prohibited.
19. Any noxious/pest fish species caught, i.e. carp or tilapia, should be disposed of according to State Fisheries regulations.
20. All Competitors are strictly advised to remove all rubbish from campsites and waterways and place them in the correct disposal areas/bins.
21. All fish must be caught on rod and reel or hand line with the number of hooks/lures as per State Fisheries regulations. Electronic reels are not permitted for use except for persons with a disability.
22. Commercial fishing methods and techniques (nets, trawl, and longline) are not permitted.
23. The Organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to:
a) past and present disruptive or abusive competitors
b) competitors who have deliberately cheated.
There will be no dialogue or negotiation and the Organisers decision will be final.
24. Participants, Competitors and Observers:
a) acknowledge that fishing and boating are activities which contain elements of risk and danger;
b) acknowledge that the decision to participate in the Competition and the decision to go on the water is theirs alone;
c) accept full responsibility for their own safety and the risks and consequences of participating in the event;
d) hold Fish N Bits, its associated companies and event partners blameless;
e) release and discharge Fish N Bits, its associated companies and event partners from any liability; and
f) indemnify Fish N Bits, its associated companies and event partners for any claims, actions, suits and court proceedings brought against it or any of them arising from the conduct of the event.
25. Team with the longest combined length of 5 Yellowbelly 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th
26. Team with the longest combined length of 2 Cod 1st,2nd
27. Individual Largest Yellowbelly
28. Individual Largest Cod
29. Individual Largest Catfish
30. Mystery Lengths Yellowbelly Cod Catfish
ADJUDICATION OF ENTRIES
31. The winning fish for each target species will be judged by overall length. That is from the front of the mouth to the tip of the tail.
a) Measuring Fish will be on supplied brag mats, photos must be able to clearly see the fish on the brag mat with your boats Key tag in the picture. A second picture of the angler holding the fish needs to also be taken. All photos will be sent to the director of the event.
b) If you are unable to send the photos a boating marshall will be on the water you will need to wave them down when you can and show your catches for them to log.
c) In the event of a tie (i.e. two or more fish of the same length) a random draw will occur.
e) Any anomalies to the tail of a fish will not be included in the overall measurement of the fish.
32. All competitors, may only win a maximum of one prize in each section of the competition.
33. Mystery length:
a) There will be Three mystery length prizes awarded
b) The mystery length will be decided by random draw on Saturday 11th February 2024
c) The mystery lengths will not be disclosed until the winners are announced
d) In the event of a tie (i.d) two or more fish of the same mystery length or of the same metric distance away from the mystery length) a random draw will take place.
f) All mystery lengths will be longer than the minimum legal length as per State or Territory Fisheries regulations.
g) The judging committee will be supplied with the complete list of mystery lengths at the close of the competition.
MEASUREMENT AND PHOTOGRAPHY
34. Any fish caught outside of Competition hours will be excluded from the competition.
35. Any Competitors found uploading a photograph of the same fish with different angler numbers will be excluded from the Competition and all future Competitions.
36. All Competition fish must comply with State Fisheries minimum lengths
37. To be eligible for judging all photographs must clearly display the Competitor’s angler token with number.
38. All fish measured and photographed on the Fish N Bits brag mat must be positioned with the nose of the fish at the “0” marker. Any fish with the tail to the “0” marker will be excluded from the competition.
a) The dorsal fin must point towards the top of the brag mat. Any fish photographs submitted with the fish upside down (i.e. the dorsal fin to the bottom of the brag mat) will be excluded.
b) Any fish photograph submitted with the nose of the fish away from the “0” marker will receive a deduction of that measurement from the overall length.
c) Any anomalies to the tail of a fish will not be included in the overall measurement of the fish.
39. The photograph must be taken directly above the fish with the camera in a level horizontal position and the fish centred in the photograph.
a) Any photographs taken on a low angle from the tail end causing a parallax error will be excluded from the Competition.
b) Any photographs taken on a low angle from the head end causing a parallax error will be excluded from the Competition.
40. Photographs must be of a live, non-mutilated fish. No excessive bleeding.
41. Photographs of competition fish taken in the dark will be excluded from the competition.
42. Any digital manipulation of photographs is prohibited and will result in instant disqualification of the competing angler.
43. Any photographs sent to the organiser or taken by the organiser can be used for marketing or advertising purposes by the Organisers and its event partners.
44. Competitors must complete the photo upload as per instructions provided on event day.
45. The Organiser’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
COMPETITION PRIZE POOL
46. The estimated total prize pool is $10,000
NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS
47. The winners and runners-up for each Category will be announced at the event bbq and via social media.
48. Prize packs and prize money will be paid within 14 days from 11th February 2024
49. The Promoter will make reasonable efforts to deliver Prizes to the addresses provided by winners. The Promoter highly recommends a current residential street address be provided for ease of correspondence and delivery. The Promoter cannot guarantee that any Prizes returned to the Promoter due to non-delivery at the provided address will be re-sent to winners.
50. The Promoter and their associated agencies, and companies associated with this promotion will take no responsibility for prizes that are damaged, stolen, misdirected or lost in transit.
51. The organiser may communicate or advertise this competition via social media platforms (Platforms) including, without limitation, Facebook and Instagram. However, the organiser is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with these Platforms. Entrants are providing their information to the organiser and not to the Platforms. Each entrant completely releases the Platforms from any and all liability.
52. All issues overlooked in these “Terms and Conditions” will be addressed by the event organiser and their decision will be final.