WP Small Craft League 2019 - 2020

Tournament Information

WP Small Craft League 2019 - 2020

Tournament Rules

1. General

1.1 Safety on the water is responsibility of each angler. Safety is extremely important and any angler may be

ordered off the water by the organisers for safety reasons. The organisers of SABAA NSCL, their sponsors

and/or representatives cannot be held responsible for the loss/damage to competitor’s

equipment/belongings or injury to the competitor’s or spectators or any other person related to the SABAA

NSCL competitions whatsoever.

1.2 Should an angler experience some sort of equipment failure, (for example a puncture) please contact the

organiser. Please note no extra time will be given under any circumstances.

1.3 Anglers who do not register and have not paid their entry fee, will not be allowed to partake in the event.

1.4 No loud music may be played prior to, during or after a competition in the vicinity of the competition


1.5 The use of alcohol and/or non-medical drugs during competitions is prohibited. Violation of this rule will result

in competition disqualification.

1.6 Littering will not be tolerated. Angler’s found littering will be asked to clean up their mess. If they refuse, they

will be disqualified from the day’s proceedings and possibly banned from future competitions.

1.7 Some events will be held on property belonging to private individuals. Such properties have their own rules

and regulations, which must be adhered to at all times prior to, during, and after a competition. The onus is

on the individual to familiarise themselves with these rules & regulations.

1.8 NOTE: The competition entry fee does NOT include the applicable dam entry fee//craft fee.

1.9 The competition organisers are responsible for the fair and impartial application of the rules. The decisions

of the organisers are final. In the event that an interpretation of the rules are necessary, the organisers may,

at his or her sole discretion, request the organisers and competitors present at the competition to vote on

the issue for a final resolution.

1.10 The organisers can and will shorten, postpone or cancel competitions due to unsafe water and

weather conditions if deemed necessary. Anglers' safety is paramount at all times.

1.11 Discipline structure: If a competitor misbehaves in any manner that is not ethical or does not adhere to the

rules, the organising committee will take the following steps: First a verbal warning will be given. A

second/final written warning per email will be given in the case of another transgression. And finally,

disqualification for two tournaments or entire season, depending on degree of the offence, at the discretion

of the organisers.


2. Participation

2.1 Participation in the SABAA National Small Craft League Inter Provincial Tournament shall be at the

organisers’ sole discretion. Right of Admission is reserved.

2.2 All fishing must be conducted from a watercraft of sorts by means of manual or electrical propulsion with

one standard trolling motor (maximum 65lb). Under no circumstances are combustion type motors or

electric outboard motors to be used. Watercraft permitted in the competition are as follows:

a. Float-tubes

b. Kick-boats

c. Belly-boats

d. Pontoon kick-boats, electrically propelled or by means of kicking

e. Inflatable boats, electrically propelled or by means of oars (length limit 14ft/4.2m)

f. Kayaks/Paddle Skis (length limit 6.0m)

g. Semi-rigids, electrically propelled or by means of oars (length limit 14ft/4.2m)

h. Fibreglass hulls, electrically propelled or by means of oars (length limit 14ft/4.2m)

i. Aluminium hulls, electrically propelled or by means of oars (length limit 14ft/4.2m)

2.3 Anglers who’s craft has a motor larger than 15hp on board (even though they aren’t allowed to make use of

it in small craft tournaments), are required to have a valid skippers license and COF available at all times, as

per SAMSA rules.

2.4 Only 1 angler allowed per small craft.

2.5 Any angler being willingly towed or moved by anyone using non-human power will be disqualified or their

session deemed ended at the discretion of the organisers. If an angler was towed or moved due to an

emergency or equipment failure the organisers may allow any fish measured under the CPR method prior to

the towing to count towards their overall score. They may not continue to fish for that session.

2.6 Competition anglers may not fish outside of their CRAFT for any reason. Anglers must be in/on their CRAFT

whilst fishing. If any angler needs to leave the water for any reason whatsoever during the competition,

they must enter the water again at the same location as they left.

2.7 Life jackets are compulsory to be on board for all competitors and SABAA NSCL advises that life jackets are

worn by competitors whilst on the water. Competitors under the age of 12 are required to wear their life

jackets while underway. SABAA NSCL will not be held responsible for competitors not wearing their life



3. Pre - Tournament Cut-Off

3.1 No angler may fish or practice or be on the body of water of the given venue of SABAA National Small Craft

League Tournaments after midnight (00:00) the Sunday before the competition. If caught or sufficient

evidence is given that an angler has fished after cut off that angler may be excluded from participating.


4. Competition Briefing

4.1 A briefing will be held the morning of or night before the competition prior to take off by the

organisers to inform the anglers of competition times, local dam rules, out of bounds zones/areas

and informing anglers of cancellation of the days angling caused by threatening weather conditions.

4.2 Non-attendance at a briefing will not be accepted as an excuse for ignorance of the arrangements

and/or rules in the event of a complaint or objection being raised.

4.3 All anglers must line up along the shoreline on either side of the starting area and must have their

feet on the ground i.e.no drifting away from the shore line; a buoy will be in the water to mark

the weigh-in area. Exceptions will be made at dams that do not have a sufficient bank, where a

buoy will be thrown out and all anglers must be between said buoy and the starting area (the

nearby bank). Area along the bank is on a first come first serve basis, all anglers must be within a

reasonable distance on either side of the starting area (or as indicated by the organisers).


5. Measuring of Fish

5.1 The CPR method (Catch, Photo, Release) will be used. All anglers are required to purchase and use an

official measuring trough – these will be supplied by the Organisers. All anglers are responsible for

purchasing one at registration if they do not already have one. See appendix A


6. Scoring for the competitions and season ranking

6.1 Competition results will be determined by the total length of the anglers 5 fish limit. If it is a two day

competition then it will be the combined total from the 5 on day 1 and 5 on day 2.

6.2 Those results will be loaded on to www.weighmasters.net and for the season standings. 1st place will get

100 grand prix points, 2nd 99 GP points, 3rd 98 GP points and so on.

6.3 To receive GP points you have to register a score on the competition day.


7. Inter-Provincial Teams and qualification

7.1 Each Provincial team will be no fewer than 12 and no more than 18.

7.2 In order to qualify for the SABAA NSCL Inter Provincial you must be a fully paid SABAA member (See the fee

structure below). You also have to finish in the top 18 of the season standings (from SABAA registered

anglers) in the league you compete in, and have fished a minimum of 6 from the 8 season events.

SABAA National Small Craft League annual membership fee – R600:

1) SABAA Affiliation Fee (conservation) - R100

2) SABAA SCL Provincial Affiliation - R200

3) SABAA National Small Craft League Affiliation - R300


(1 2 3) Total SABAA Competitive SCL anglers fee to be paid

between 25 June and 1 August 2019 (before start of the new

season) - R600


8. Sportsmanship

8.1 Anglers will, at all times, display a high standard of sportsmanship and courtesy to both fellow anglers and

members of the public.

8.2 This is a "Catch Photo and Release" event and the principles of conservation will be promoted at all times.

Any angler found littering or causing unnecessary damage to fish will be disqualified at the discretion of the



9. Fish Limits and Eligible Fish

9.1 Any number of fish may be caught, photographed and released during competition day, however only a

maximum of 5 of your longest fish may be submitted to the designated SABAA NSCL official.

9.2 Only Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass and/or Smallmouth Bass measuring 300 mm and over will

be acceptable for measuring.

9.3 No fish under 300mm will accepted and the length of such fish will not be added to the angler’s overall length

for the day

9.4 Only fish caught within the boundaries of the tournament location and for that specific tournament may

be Submitted.


10. Methods of Angling

10.1 Angling may only take place with a recognised rod and reel, with only 1 (one) wet line in use at any one time.

10.2 An angler must catch, fight and land the fish, without fully leaving his boat to retrieve a fish caught in

undergrowth whilst fighting the fish.

10.3 An angler must catch, fight and land the fish without any assistance from another angler.

10.4 No angler may fish while standing on the bank. Should an angler be reported or seen doing this by one

of the organisers, his days catch will be disqualified.

10.5 Angling will be with artificial lures only.

10.6 No live-bait or prepared organic bait shall be permitted.

10.7 Scent sprays and additives are permitted.

10.8 One hook and one lure per wet line at all times with the exception of trailer/stinger hooks and hard baits.

10.9 No trolling or trap sticking is allowed. You may not drift your line a distance longer than average

casting distance – this will then constitute trolling.


11. Casting Distance & Fishing Areas

11.1 No angler may fish within a distance of closer than 35 meters to another boat if that boat is already in a

position and active fishing, except by mutual consent.

11.2 Spot protection: while an angler is busy measuring a fish on the water, nobody is allowed to move in on that

person’s spot, unless he clearly states that you may move closer.

11.3 Anglers may be disqualified if encroachment is made on out-of-bounds areas, which have

been declared as such at the competition briefing.

11.4 Marker buoys are permitted by anglers.


12. Protests

12.1 Any angler wishing to raise an infringement matter should report it to an organiser once all CPR

submissions are completed and before prize-giving, with valid evidence such as a photograph or video.

12.2 Should any infringement on these rules be brought to the attention of the organisers, the organisers will

take all evidence into account, deliberate and pass their verdict before prize-giving. The organiser’s verdicts

are final and further deliberation will not be taking into.


13. Prize-giving

13.1 Prize giving will be held once all scores have been compiled and approved. The organiser’s decision is final.

13.2 In the event of a tie, the angler with the longest fish will take lead. Should both anglers have the same

size fish, it will go on to their 2nd or 3rd longest fish if necessary.


Appendix A

CPR guidelines

1. You will receive your numbered participant ID wristband during registration and before the

competition starts.

2. Fill in ALL of your details on the sheet provided (if not already completed) and sign in.

3. When measuring a fish, place the fish inside the trough, on its side and with its mouth facing ‘0’ and

the dorsal fin upwards.

4. Please try not to hurt the fish during this process.

5. Make sure the number on your participant ID wristband is clearly visible during the measuring


6. The fish should have a closed mouth during the measuring process or you will be penalized (see

further below).

7. Round off any measurements to the lower 0.5cm (e.g. a bass measuring 34.9cm will convert to


8. Make sure the fish you are about to measure with a photo meets the CPR requirements and double

check all your photos are acceptable for submission.

9. Before the closing time of the competition, make sure you sign-out and hand in your participant ID


10. Submit your photos to the score master immediately after the competition. They will be verified and

recorded there. Please then send them to the organiser immediately so they are on record.

11. Ensure that you keep your submitted photos, until all scores have been finalised.

12. A 5% penalty on fish with an open mouth will apply to all submissions.

13. A maximum of 5 photos per angler and 1 photo per fish permitted.

14. No editing in any way or form is allowed. This will result in instant disqualification.


CPR Photo Requirements:

1. The trough must face so ‘0’ is on the left. The fishes head must face the ‘0’ with the dorsal fin facing up.

2. The fish must be rested and lying flat on its side in the trough.

3. The number on your participant ID wristband must be clearly visible in the photo.

4. The fish’s mouth must be completely closed and must be touching the ‘0’ point of the trough.

5. The entire fish must be seen in the photograph and the measurement must be clearly visible (no out of

focus photographs will be accepted)



Participant ID Wristband:

1. Participant ID wristbands will only be issued by an organiser. The ID wristband must immediately be

entered on the sign-in sheet.

2. The ID wristband must be collected before the competition and returned during or when the

competition ends.

3. The ID wristbands must be present in every photo of fish measurement.

4. Loss of the ID wristband will be penalised.

5. Failure to return the ID wristband by the end of the competition will result in disqualification.


1. Measurements are only in 0.5cm increments, as per the markings on the NSCL trough.

2. Measurements are rounded down to the lower 0.5cm marking.

3. In the event of a tie (of the combined length of the 5 fish submitted) the angler with the longest single

fish will take the higher position.



Q - Will fish with slightly open mouths still be accepted? If not, what penalty is there for open mouth?

A - Fish with any sort of open mouth will be penalised by 5% of the total fish’s length and then rounded down to the

lower 0.5cm measurement.

Q - How do I get a stubborn fish to close its mouth?

A - Tilt the trough slightly downwards and the fish’s weight should close the mouth. If not, feel free to ask other

anglers for assistance.

Q - Can I use my own measuring device?

A - No, only measuring troughs supplied and authorised by SABAA NSCL are permitted. This is to avoid having to

inspect every trough prior to the competition. However, if any problems arise or foul play is suspected, participant’s

troughs will be inspected by an organiser.

Q - Is it OK to share cameras/measuring troughs?

A - Yes, as long as the results and photos are clearly separated according to which angler caught the fish.

Q - Safeguarding against risk of losing my camera/phone/measuring trough overboard?

A - It is each angler’s responsibility to attach floatation, leashes or waterproof covers to their devices to avoid such

risks. Ask other experienced participants for tips on this. Organisers will not be held responsible for the loss or

damage to personal belongings.

Any number of fish may be caught, photographed and released during competition day, however only a maximum of

5 of your longest fish may be submitted to the designated SABAA NSCL official.