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Porthcawl Angling Association

Porthcawl Angling Association


Annual Carp Contest Rules

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Generally


1. Mandatory £3.00 entrance fee per match (eleven matches in all).

2. Optional £5.00 pool fee – Competitors that pay money into this pool have the chance of winning whatever money has been paid into this pool on a match day. The competitor with the heaviest combined total weight wins.

3. Optional £2.00 ‘Golden Peg’ fee - Competitors that pay money towards this option have the chance of winning whatever money has been paid towards this option if they win the match from the ‘Golden Peg’. If nobody wins the match from a ‘Golden Peg’ then the money will be carried over to the next match. A peg will be drawn at the start of each match and this will then become the ‘Golden Peg’.

4. PAA’s General Rules and By-Laws will apply.

5. If any matters arise during a match that are not covered by items 1 to 4 above or by any of the points below, then they will be addressed by the competition organiser(s), as and when they arise. The decision of the competition organiser(s) will be final.

6. If a competitor fails to comply with any rule, then the competition organisers will discuss the matter to decide whether a competitor should continue to participate, have points deducted, etc., etc.

7. At the end of the contest if two, or more, competitors have an equal number of overall points, then the competitor with the heaviest combined total weight over all the matches that have taken place will be awarded the highest position.

Draw of Pegs

1. Draw of pegs will take place on the footpath near pegs one to four at the times listed below:

Month Time of Draw

Match 1    (Summer Match)    - 22nd June 2014
Match 2    (Summer Match)    - 20th July 2014
Match 3    (Summer Match)    - 17th August 2014
Match 4    (Summer Match)    - 14th September 2014
Match 5    (Summer Match)    - 12th October 2014
Match 6    (Winter Match)       - 9th November 2014
Match 7    (Winter Match)       - 7th December 2014
Match 8    (Winter Match)       - 25th January 2015
Match 9    (Winter Match)       - 22nd February 2015
Match 10 (Summer Match)     - 22nd March 2015
Match 11 (Summer Match)     - 12th April 2015


2. On the first match of the season one of the organisers will be the first to draw a name and a peg. On the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh matches the winner of the previous match will be the first to draw a name and a peg. The competitor who is drawn will then draw the next name and peg. The draw will continue in this way until all competitors have been allocated a peg.

3. Once the draw is complete, all competitors may proceed to their chosen peg.

Matches


1. The names of all the competitors present on each individual match day, together with the peg they will be fishing on, will be noted by one of the organisers.

2. Summer matches will begin at 3pm and will finish at 9pm. Winter matches will begin at 9am and will finish at 3pm. One of the organisers will blow a whistle to commence and end the match.

3. Once the draw has taken place, competitors will be allowed to bait up, use a marker rod, cast to clip up to a chosen fishing spot and to place a baited rig into the water before the match begins to test ‘how it works’. For example, with pop-ups.

4. The competitor with the heaviest combined total weight on an individual match day will be awarded ten points, the competitor with the second heaviest combined total weight will be awarded nine points. Third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places will be awarded eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two and one points respectively.

5. If a carp becomes snagged, then the competitor who has hooked that carp, or someone who is willing to help that competitor, will be allowed to enter the water to release the carp but will not be allowed to net the carp and bring it back to the bank for weighing.

6. Carp that have been foul hooked cannot be weighed in.

7. Competitors will not be allowed to move pegs during a match.

8. Boundaries of pegs will be as follows - half way between the peg to the left, half way between the peg to the right and half way across the lake where there are pegs opposite.

9. Competitors are allowed to cast baits within the boundaries of other pegs providing it does not affect other anglers and providing it does not significantly increase the risk of carp becoming snagged, for example by casting past the island off peg 14.

10. Competitors are not allowed to share pegs with non-competitors.

11. Crucian carp cannot be weighed in.

12. At the end of each match, if two or more competitors have the same combined total weight, then the competitor who has gained the combined total weight with the least amount of carp, will be awarded the most points. For example, if Competitor One caught three carp for 15 lb. 04 oz. and Competitor Two caught four carp for 15 lb. 04 oz., then Competitor One would gain the most points. If Competitor One and Competitor Two both caught three carp for 15 lb. 04 oz., then they would both be awarded the same number of positional points. For example, if Competitor One and Competitor Two both ended the match with an equal number of carp caught and an equal heaviest combined total weight and they caught the third heaviest combined total weight, then they would both be awarded 8 points.

Weighing

1. Every competitor must bring along to each match their own weighing scales and rigid handle weighing sling.

2. The weighing of all carp must be witnessed by the competitor fishing next to you.

Prizes

1. At the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), the overall winner will be presented with the ‘Porthcawl Angling Association Annual Carp Contest’ shield with his/her name engraved on one of the smaller inset shields. This shield will be held by the winner for the duration of the following fishing season. The shield must be returned to a committee member or bailiff when requested prior to the following AGM.

2. The winner, and the competitors who come second and third overall will each be presented with a trophy to keep.

3. In addition to the shield and trophies, the winner, and those competitors who come second and third will also be presented with prizes. The organisers will provide details on prizes when they are known.

4. The competitor who catches the heaviest individual carp during the competition will be presented with a trophy to keep and a prize at the AGM. The organisers will provide details on prizes when they are known.