The fishing boundary is between the markers, from approx the "Green Light" to approx 750m from the Waipaoa River Mouth. All fish must be caught within these boundaries.
One rod per person. Lines must NOT be taken out by boat, kayak, surfboard, kontiki, torpedo, drone, surf ski, kite, canoe or by any other method other than casting. Please Note: BERLEY IS PERMITTED. All bait and berley must comply with Recreational Fishing Regulations.
More competent casters may cast for others but must not assist in playing fish.
All fish must be caught on rod and reel or hand line with no more then three single hooks per line. No Double or treble hooks are permitted.
The Fishing duration is 13 March 6:am-12pm
Last weigh in 12pm, 13 March . . Anyone found to have commenced fishing before these times shall be deemed disqualified.
Competitors with fish to weigh in must be at the Official weigh-in area (Taped Zone at the Registration area, Centennial Marine Drive) by 12pm, at the latest. Fish will NOT be accepted for weighing after 12p.m.
Fish must be weighed in green (i.e. not gutted, gilled or mutilated) and fresh (i.e. not frozen or thawed). Mutilated fish includes clipping of fins or tails. All fish brought to scales must comply with the size limitations specified by Recreational Fishing Regulations, in regard to minimum lengths.
Contestants must weigh-in their own fish and must present their MWFC tag when doing so.
Multiple weigh-ins per contestant is permitted. (Also refer to rule No. 13)
Fish may be gutted by the judges. Foreign matter found in the stomach of a fish shall disqualify the contestant of any participation in the Midway Fishing Comp.
In the event of a tie, the first fish weighed-in will be declared the winner.
Only one prize, per section, per angler will be awarded. Contestants weighing in prize winning fish MUST be at the prize giving to claim their prize.
Weighed-in fish may be tail clipped, by the weigh masters, after weighing.
The Prize Giving Ceremony will be at the Registration Zone following the final Weigh-ins. Saturday 06 March 2021, 12:30 p.m.
If insufficient fish are weighed-in, unclaimed prizes will be drawn as spot prizes.
Contestants can win only one spot prize and must be present at the prize giving to claim the prize. If not present, then the prize will be forfeited and drawn again. There a four Main prize categories; a) Heaviest Kahawai 1st, 2nd, 3rd, b) Heaviest Snapper 1st, 2nd 3rd, c) Average Kahawai d) Heaviest other species (No Shark or Rays)
Kids Prizes: a) Heaviest Fish - b) Heaviest Snapper
Kids Fish are eligible for Main Prizes (Refer Rule No. 17)
The organising committee reserves the right to disallow any fish where the committee considers the fish was not caught under the rules of the competition.
The organising committee reserve the right not to sell (or may cancel) a competition ticket to any person whose conduct, in their opinion, is contrary to the spirit in which the contest is run.
All decisions of the organising committee will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The purchasing of a ticket in the Midway Fishing Comp constitutes acceptance of the rules of the contest and participants agree to abide by the decision of the organisers.
All competitors enter the Midway Fishing Comp at their own risk. Neither the organising committee nor sponsors shall be liable for any loss, injury or misadventure however arising. 21. Any competitor who commits a breach of the rules will be disqualified from the entire competition