This competition is open to General Public. Number of Competitors limited to 250.
The tournament is a release and weigh in event. Live, dead bait or lures can be used (no nets). Only One fish of each species will be eligible to be weighed in.
The Blue Water Classic is now a three day event. This allows for an earlier weigh in on the Sunday and Friday fishing.
All fisheries regulations as to minimum size and bag limits shall be strictly adhered to. Anglers breaching Fisheries regulations shall have total boat points and individual points for the days fishing disqualified. Competition Coordinators may conduct random checks of bag limits.
The Official Judge reserves the right to cancel or postpone the fishing time prior to or during the competition for any section of trophy category.
Any action, incident, or situation not covered by the rules and conditions written in this brochure, shall be determined co jointly by the Official Judge or Acting Official Judge of the competition and the Organisers if or when those conditions arise. Their decision is final.
The Official Judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
Each team should consist of THREE members with at least one adult. No purely junior teams will be allowed.
A limit of two teams per boat will be allowed.
All occupants of any boat fishing in the competition must be registered entrants, excluding crew of licensed charter vessels.
Boat Categories & Rules
There are now only two (2) boating categories:
- Cat 1: Boats 6m and over
- Cat 2: Boats under 5.99m
Boats will be measured from Bow to Transom
All boats may be inspected and a compulsory BOAT SAFETY CHECKLIST and Declaration must be completed by each skipper prior to entry. Random inspections will be held at any time during the competition. Any boat not complying with all Northern Territory boating regulations shall not be permitted to take part in the competition. Any discrepancies found in Declaration and/or Boat Safety Check List may result in disqualification from the competition
A briefing and roll call will be held at the DTBC, dates to be confirmed.
ATTENDANCE AT BRIEFING IS COMPULSORY (failure to attend may result in disqualification)
The briefing will outline weather conditions, anticipated sea conditions, fishing sectors and known fishing grounds will be given for those unfamiliar to the area
- Lines In
- Competition commences at 6am on the Friday.
- Lines Out
- The Competition ends at 12pm on the Sunday .
- Weigh In
- Weigh in is between 12pm and 6pm at the DTBC on the Sunday. Anyone not in the queue at the Official ‘Weigh-in Stage’ with a fish to be weighed at 6pm on the Sunday will be deemed ineligible to be weighed-in and therefore outside the official finish time. No entries will be accepted after 6pm.
Only One fish of each species will be eligible to be weighed in per competitor.
Fished must be gilled and gutted and in fresh edible condition
No FROZEN fish will be accepted. Between when fish is caught and when it is weighed, it may be iced down but not frozen.
PLEASE NOTE: Sailfish & Marlin must be photographed and then released. Competitors may be disqualified if fish are kept.
The photograph must include some BWC merchandise from the current year’s competition.
Notification of fishing sector/s on each day is mandatory.
For safety reasons ALL BOATS MUST REGISTER THEIR RETURN TO BASE BEFORE 6pm ON SUNDAY by contacting the Darwin Trailer Boat Club on 8981 6749
Eligible Weights, Species & Scoring
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Measured Fish Points awarded for Sailfish & Marlin will be the length calculated to kilos and 10 points per kilo. As there is a separate billfish section, points scored will not be included in overall competition points. NOTE: Sailfish & Marlin must be photographed and released
Not with standing any of the above, a competitor shall abide by all rules and regulations otherwise set down under the Northern Territory Fisheries legislation.