WOMENS FISHING CLASSIC

EVENT INFORMATION

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  • In order to participate, all competitors must register online and pay their entry fee in full.
  • Children who are registered as junior entrants should be accompanied/supervised by an adult at all times.
  • All competitors must be present at the briefing/presentation to be eligible for any prizes.
  • Fishing will commence at midnight on Saturday 11 May 2024. There are 8 offshore, 8 estuary and 7 freshwater species on the target list. When a competitor lands a fish, they take a photo of it on any brag mat/measuring device with their registration ticket shown clearly in the left-hand bottom corner and upload it to the WFC Research & Events app.
  • For the 2 Biggest fish per target species there will each be a separate cash / products prize awarded of approximately $500 each.
  • The combined length of your 2 biggest fish for each target species will be your ‘bag’ length. Our software will automatically update your bag lengths as you enter all the fish you catch into the App.
  • Any offshore species caught land-based such as Snapper, Mangrove Jack or Spanish Mackerel, will be eligible for the Offshore categories only.
  • Any inshore species caught offshore such as Flathead and Giant Trevally, will be eligible for the Inshore categories only.
  • Fish must be logged from the approximate location of capture as to provide accurate data to Track My Fish and to prevent any forms of cheating that may occur with boundary limits.
  • Dates for weekly prizes
    • Week 1 Sunday May 12 to Saturday May 18
    • Week 2 Sunday May 19 to Saturday May 25
    • Week 3 Sunday May 26 to Saturday June 1
    • Week 4 Sunday June 2 to Saturday June 8
  • There are 63 impoundments (dams and weirs) in Queensland that require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme ( permit to fish with a line. If you are fishing any of these impoundments you must go to the Queensland Government website and ensure you have purchased the relevant S IPS permit if applicable
  • Bli Bli Barra Park is OUT OF BOUNDS.
  • Sharks, Stingrays, Squid, Octopus Cuttlefish and Crabs are excluded from the competition.
  • Any dispute or breach of the competition rules will be determined and adjudicated by Track My Fish representatives whose decision will be final.
  • A proven breach may result in loss of competition points or disqualification.
  • Any dispute must be emailed (phone or messenger disputes will not be accepted) to Track my Fish within 48 hours of the close of competition.

Estuary Target Species

  • Bream – Yellowfin Bream, Pikey Bream and Tarwhine
  • Flathead – Dusky, Sand, Bluespot and Bartailed (must show bartail on bragmat photo).
  • Whiting – Winter and Sand Whiting
  • Mangrove Jack
  • Golden Trevally
  • Tailor
  • Swallowtail Dart
  • Barramundi

Offshore Target Species

  • Kingfish
  • Amberjack
  • Pearl Perch
  • Grassy Emperor
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Snapper
  • Cobia

Freshwater Target Species

  • Australian Bass
  • Saratoga
  • Golden Perch
  • Tilapia
  • Carp
  • Silver Perch
  • Tarpon

WEEKLY PRIZES (Gift Voucher/ prizes)

  • Most estuary fish – only including the specific target estuary fish in the list above
  • Most freshwater fish – only including the specific target freshwater fish in the list above
  • Most offshore fish – only including the specific target offshore fish in the list above
  • Junior of the Week – number of fish no species restriction or size for the week.
  • Most Tagged Fish – most tagged no species or size limits.

MINOR PRIZES

  • Most species to be awarded to the angler who catches the most different species’ overall including non-target species.
  • Most fish entered to be awarded to the person who catches the most fish in total during the event.
  • Most tagged fish to be awarded to the person who tags the most fish during the event.
  • Selina Hooper Award – to the angler who gives the event a good crack, has fun, enjoys the whole experience and embraces other female anglers. Cash and prizes. Proudly sponsored by Fishing for Mental Health and Luke’s Lines.

CHAMPION ANGLER AWARDS – ONLY THE TARGET SPECIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CHAMPION ANGLER AWARDS.

  • WFC Junior champion angler awards will be presented to the top 5 competitors who catch the most full bags of target species. Estuary, Offshore and freshwater species. This will be for kids aged 4-15 years. Kids are also eligible for the biggest fish awards, and major lucky draw prizes.
  • WFC Offshore Champion angler for the most full bags of 4 of the offshore scoreboard species list and the biggest. Once someone has won 5 of 8 of these categories, they are not eligible for the other 3.
  • WFC Inshore champion angler for the most full bags of 5 of the scoreboard inshore species list and the biggest. Once someone has won 5 of 8 of these categories, they are not eligible for the other 3.
  • WFC Freshwater champion angler for the most full bags of 4 of the scoreboard freshwater species list and the biggest. Once someone has won 4 of 7 of these categories, they are not eligible for the other 3.
  • WFC Denise Graham award (60 years and over) for the most full bags from all target species (combined offshore, estuary and freshwater)

MAJOR PRIZE/LUCKY DRAW GIVEAWAY – YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN THESE PRIZES.

  • Briefing This Minor lucky draw prize of a fishing charter package and goods valued at $2000 will be drawn at random in front of everyone at the briefing aimed to encourage ALL participants to attend the briefing event.
  • Presentation This major lucky draw prize will be drawn at random in front of everyone at the final awards presentation. Every person who enters the competition goes into the draw to win. A small new boat and motor package(valued at approximately $20,000) has been donated for this prize by a sponsor for 2024.

ALL WINNERS MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES.

Step 1: Download the WFC Research Events App App Store Google Play

Step 2: Watch the HOW TO USE video below.

(This video is SCF Australia however the WFC App is the same concept and steps as outlined. With thanks to SCF Australia for their permission to share their video.)

Step 3: Submit all your photos into ‘Women’s Fishing Classic” on the App.

Don’t be scared to enter every fish in your camera roll taken throughout the month even undersized fish as every fish count’s.

You must share your location on the WFC smartphone app while competing so we can determine if you’re fishing inshore/offshore and within competition boundaries (Your Location information will only be accessible by InfoFish Australia). We respect everyone’s privacy and ensure that your fishing locations will NEVER be viewed by WFC staff/anyone else and will only ever be displayed in a heat map format)

All fish must be entered into the App. Entering undersized fish is important for identifying recruitment areas etc.

The photo requirements are very simple:

  • The photo must be of the entire fish on brag mat measuring device that shows the correct total length, with fish mouth closed and to th e tip. (head to tail) With entry tag displayed clearly in bottom left hand corner.
  • NO dead fish photos
  • The photo must have been taken on a smartphone, with the correct time stamp uploaded to the app.
  • You must use the original images.
  • You must fill in all the basic requirements when submitting. E.g., size species.
  • You must share your location on the WFC smartphone app while competing so we can determine if you’re fishing estuary, offshore or freshwater. (Your Location information will only be accessible by InfoFish Australia. We respect everyone’s privacy and ensure that your fishing locations will NEVER be viewed by WFC staff/anyone else and will only ever be displayed in a heat mat format)
  • All fish must be entered into the App. Entering undersized fish is important for identifying recruitment areas etc.
  • All photos must be entered by midnight each Friday, so weekly winners can be announced each Monday. Of course, final winners will be announced at the presentation.

Measuring Fish:

All fish need to be placed on the brag mat in their natural position for photos.

No tail squishing or stretching allowed. (mouth closed an d to the fork)

Fish measured will be rounded down if the fish doesn’t measure to the line.

Competitors can fish anywhere from the tip of Fraser Island to the Tweed River.

Inshore fishing includes land-based fishing from the beach and inland areas within the boundary map.

Offshore fishing includes casting from a vessel towards the beach and areas offshore within the boundary map.

Freshwater competitors can fish any body of water within the boundaries.

Please refer to the Boundary Map for further details.

All recreational fishing methods, excluding nets are allowed

  • Rods and reels (all line classes)
  • Bait and artificial lures (including live bait and trolling)
  • Spearfishing
  • No bait jigs (only can be used to catch bait. Fish are not be submitted)

Fishing Lines (Bait rods) from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

WFC encourages tag and release practices for fishing sustainability for further information on fish tagging please see Suntag Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Suntag.Queensland or their website https://suntag.org.au/

Freshwater

  • No more than six fishing lines should be used alone or combined.
  • A set fishing line must not be used.
  • A set fishing line must not be used as a cross-line.
  • Only one hook, artificial fly, bait jig or lure can be attached to a line.
  • You can’t be more than 50m away from any of your fishing lines. Tidal water
  • Up to three fishing lines are permitted consisting of a total of six hooks.
  • N.B When using bait, only one line can be in the water at any given time.
  • An artificial fly, lure, bait jig or gang hook is considered equal to one hook.
  • A cross line, drum line, free-floating line or set line is not included as a fishing line.
  • You must be present with the line at all times.

Additional Note: Different rule applies in State and Commonwealth Marine Park, may have additional restrictions. Please read up on these, if fishing in these areas.

All fishing vessel classes are accepted:

  • Land Based
  • Non powered vessels (kayaks, paddleboards etc)
  • Powered vessels (if you don’t have your boat license you are able to have your husband, partner etc. take you, but please under “NO CIRCUMSTANCES”! enter any of their fish.
  • Jet skis (as above if you don’t have PWC license).

Dangerous Fish

  • It is possible that fishers may encounter highly dangerous species such as Stonefish. All competitors should:
  • Wear solid shoes such as wet boots if fishing in water
  • Cut the line do not attempt to land the fish

Protected Fish

  • The Queensland Fisheries website lists species that are protected in Queensland waters such as Queensland Groper.
  • Please ensure you have read and understand your obligation in relation to protected fish.
  • The Australian Lungfish species is protected from fishing under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994. Under the Queensland Act, a permit is required to collect this species for eligible purposes such as educational display, aquaculture, and research. The Australian Lungfish is also listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ( and strict conditions apply to its export under the EPBC Act
  • Mary River Cod

PEST FISH:

  • Those anglers targeting Tilapia and Carp during the event, please follow Dept of Agriculture and fisheries rules and regulations.
  • If caught, you MUST NOT return any pest fish back into the water. Pest fish species must be humanely destroyed immediately and must be disposed of as soon as practicable, by burying it a suitable distance away from the waterway where it was caught or placing it in a nearby rubbish bin.
  • You must not keep, feed, give away, sell, or release these fish into the environment. By law, you have a general biosecurity obligation ( to take reasonable and practical steps to minimize the risks associated with restricted noxious fish under your control.
  • Banned as bait you can’t use noxious fish as bait. Don’t return these fish to the water, dead or alive. To achieve your general biosecurity obligation, don’t use any invasive fish as bait.
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