Competition Rules

NCFFI Competition Rules – Coarse Angling

The following rules for senior anglers are adopted at all NCFFI angling events and those organised by our member clubs unless specified otherwise.

  • Competitors shall fish with a single rod or pole, line and one hook only at any time. They may however have any number of assembled tackle ready for alternative use.
  • Competitors must normally fish from a point not greater than 1 meter from his peg. The fishing area (swim) shall normally be defined by point’s mid-way between the competitors peg and those of his left and right neighbours. In moving water the boundaries shall be from the competitors peg to that of his downstream neighbour. An angler may wade to fish provided he remains within 1 metre of the bank.
  • A competitor may break the water the surface of the water prior to the start of the competition to perform the following task;
    a. To clear his swim of weeds and obstructions.
    b. To position his keepnet and tackle.
    c. To wet and mix groundbaits.
    d. To plumb the dept of his swim. In plumbing the dept before the start the angler must not in any way introduce bait or groundbait to his swim. Any fish accidentally hooked while plumbing it must be returned to the water and not placed in the keepnet.
  • Competitors may normally use all hook-baits with the exception of live and dead fish and artificial lures.
  • Fish caught must be retained in a suitable keepnet at least 3 metres in length. All fish should be carefully unhooked and gently handled. All fish should, after weighing in, be gently returned alive to the water. Dead fish will not be weighed in.
  • All species of coarse fish except pike may count for weigh in.
  • A competitor may not leave his peg except to answer the call of nature or by prior arrangement with the organisers. Within these provisions the angler shall not disturb other competitors. If an angler is away from his peg he must reel in and remove his hook etc from the water.
  • At the end of the competition an angler shall have 5 minutes to land any fish hooked before the end of the event.
  • An angler must be present to weigh in his catch except by prior arrangement with the organisers.
  • Anglers should check their weights on the scales and may be required to sign the weigh sheet as an acceptance of the weight/score. It is the angler’s responsibility to ensure that his weight is correct.
  • Objections must be lodged in writing with the organisers within 2 hours of the end of the competition.
  • Competitors found in contravention of these rules, may on written objection be disqualified or penalised by the organisers.
  • The decision of the organisers or official referee shall be binding in all disputes.
  • The organisers shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to or by any of the competitors.
  • Littered pegs shall not be weighed in, whether or not the litter belongs to the angler fishing the peg.

NCFFI Competition Rules – Predator Lure Angling

The following rules for senior anglers are adopted at all NCFFI Predator angling events and those organised by our member clubs unless specified otherwise.

Boat Competitions

  1. Anglers fish in pairs on a boat.
  2. Boats must be in suitable condition and checked for any pollution discharge
  3. All fish are measured, recorded and returned to the water immediately
  4. Hooks on lures must not be baited in any way
  5. Only artificial lures made of steel, wood, rubber and plastic may be used. “Fly” “aquatic larvae” (nymphs, buzzers etc.) imitations are not allowed. Any type of natural bait such as fur, feather,(dressed hooks on spinners), natural skin, will not be allowed.
  6. Each Pair must provide a steward (over 18) to accompany another competing pair to measure & record fish caught [unless otherwise stated].
  7. Ground baiting is prohibited
  8. Fish finders may be used
  9. Foul hooked fish may not be measured
  10. Boats shall remain a minimum distance of 50 metres apart while fishing
  11. Only pike and perch will count
  12. Trolling is not permitted
  13. Each competitor must have a landing net and unhooking pliers/ forceps.
  14. Competitors may carry and assemble as many rods as they wish, but they are allowed to use only one rod at the time.
  15. The length of the rods is limited to 2.75meters/ 9 feet.
  16. All fishing starting/finishing times must be strictly followed.
  17. Anglers are not allowed to enter the water.
  18. Fish played after the ending signal sounds don’t count- even if it’s hooked before signal.
  19. In the event of adverse weather conditions the competition must be cancelled or moved to a safer location.  If deemed suitable then the anglers are responsible for their own personal safety.
  20. Lifejackets must be worn by all onboard.
  21. All vessels should include a minimum of one experienced boatsman.
  22. All competitors must be made aware of the ‘14 steps to safe boating’ www.iws.ie
  23. To protect our waterways and ensure the prevention of the spread of invasive species boats, trailers and equipment should be inspected and cleaned.  See http://caisie.ie/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Myles-Web-Boater-Poster.pdf

Any breach of the rules  2, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18 will result with a warning and 1 point reduction from the leg/ round.

Two warnings will result in immediate disqualification. Any breach of the rules 1,  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,  11, 12, 16, 19  will results in immediate disqualification

Bank Competitions

  1. All fish caught must be shown to the allocated steward, and after marking a point in the score sheet, must be released immediately after steward’s confirmation of the catch.
  2. All fish caught must be kept in the water, in the landing net, until the allocated steward confirms the catch. No fish will be weighed or measured and will be returned to the water immediately.
  3. At this stage competitor must stop fishing, and the lure must be out of the water. Fishing starts again, after releasing the fish and obtaining a marker/ card from the steward.
  4. Foul hooked fish will not be measured (fish must be hooked by at least one hook attached to the head).
  5. Fish lost and not landed in the landing net, will not count.
  6. Fish which will touch the ground at any point, (even when they are still in the net or hand, while unhooking) will not count.
  7. Fish unable to swim off or found dead or dying after releasing, will not count and will get ONE penalty point (minus one point from total number of catches)
  8. Only artificial lures made of steel, wood, rubber and plastic may be used. “Fly” “aquatic larvae” (nymphs, buzzers etc.) imitations are not allowed. Any type of natural bait such as fur, feather,(dressed hooks on spinners), natural skin, will not be allowed.
  9. Hooks on lures must not be baited in any way.
  10. It is not allowed to use any additional weight of any kind, on the line. Only lead headed hooks, or lead wire mounted on the lure may be used.
  11. Drop shot, paternoster and other techniques (where weight and lure are separated) are not allowed.
  12. Ground baiting is prohibited.
  13. Each competitor must keep distance of minimum 20 meters from others competitors and stay within drawn peg/zone where applicable.
  14. Each competitor must have a landing net and unhooking pliers/ forceps.
  15. Competitors may carry and assemble as many rods as they wish, but they are allowed to use only one rod at the time.
  16. The length of the rods is limited to 2.75meters/ 9 feet.
  17. All fishing starting/finishing times must be strictly followed.
  18. Anglers are not allowed to wade or enter the water.
  19. Fish played after the ending signal sounds don’t count- even if it’s hooked before the signal.

Any breach of the rules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20 will result with a warning and 1 point reduction from the leg/ round.

Two warnings will result in immediate disqualification. Any breach of the rules 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, will results in immediate disqualification

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