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INTERNATIONAL SPORT FISHING COMPETITION OF TIMOR LESTE

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					  INTERNATIONAL SPORT FISHING
  COMPETITION OF TIMOR-LESTE
                            Ataúro Island Timor-Leste
                         27th to the 29th of November 2009

Competition Patron:           His Excellency Dr. José Ramos-Horta
                              President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Competition Director:         Sean Borrell Phone (0011 67) 07 382208
                              borrellsean@hotmail.com
Competition Adjudicators: To be designated
Scorers:                       To be designated
Competition Base:              Beloi, Ataúro, Timor-Leste

                        COMPETITION CALENDAR
26 Nov, 1900, Location TBC            Presidential Reception and Welcome.
27 Nov, 0800-1000, Hotel Timor        Assemble for transport to Ataúro
                                      Ferry to Beloi, Ataúro. Competition briefing,
                                      registration and boat allocation on board.
27 Nov, Time TBC, Beloi               Final registration and competition briefing.
27 Nov 1400, Beloi                    Lunch.
27 Nov, 1500, Beloi                   Sailpast start. Starter - His Excellency Dr. José
                                      Ramos-Horta, President of the Democratic
                                      Republic of Timor-Leste TBC.
27 Nov, 1500 to 1700                  Fishing day 1.
27 Nov, Time TBC, Beloi               Day 1 ceremony, dinner and film.
28 Nov, 0600, Beloi                   Breakfast.
28 Nov, 0630 to 1700                  Fishing day 2.
28 Nov, Time TBC, Beloi               Day 2 ceremony, dinner and film.
29 Nov, 0600, Beloi                   Breakfast.
29 Nov, 0630 to 1700                  Fishing day 3.
29 Nov, Time TBC, Beloi               Competition presentation and dinner.
30 Nov, 0530, Beloi jetty,            Travel to Dili and farewell.

    COMPETITION REGISTRATION, BRIEFING AND PRESENTATION
Angler ID cards, boat ID numbers and anglers’ boat allocations will be issued at
registration and a skipper,/boat leader will be designated for each boat.
Anglers who have not organised their own boats and crews for the competition will be
allocated to boats at registration. Many visiting anglers will be fishing from outrigger
boats with local skippers. Two to three anglers will be allocated to each outrigger,
according to size of outrigger, and groups of three anglers may opt to fish together by
notifying the Competition Director no later than COB on 25 November. Every effort
will be made to accommodate angler wishes after this date but no guarantee can be
provided.
All anglers are required to attend a Competition Briefing and Registration which
will be held during the ferry crossing to Ataúro Island on 27 November with a final
briefing at 1400 hours at Competition Headquarters in Beloi. It is where the rules and
other arrangements for the competition will explained and safety issues will be dealt
with. It is also the best opportunity for anglers to get answers to any questions or to
clarify any issues before fishing commences.
The Competition Presentation and Dinner will be held at Beloi at time TBC on 29
November.

                                ANGLER IDENTITY
Angler ID cards (to be collected at registration) must be presented to any Competition
Official on request and prior to any fish scoring or prize claim or for any other claim
such as food or refreshments as may be required.

                                 BOAT IDENTITY
Each boat fishing the competition will have a skipper/boat leader designated by the
competition organisers. Boat ID numbers will be issued to designated boat leaders at
registration. Before sailing on each day of the competition the boat leader will be
responsible for removing the relevant boat ID card from the board provided at
Competition Base. Boats may not leave port if their boat ID isn’t removed from the
board. The boat leader is responsible for placing this boat ID card on the board
provided immediately upon return to Competition Base on each day of the
competition.
Only fish caught from competition boats with boat ID cards lodged on the board
provided by the designated close of scoring time each day of competition will be
eligible for scoring and prizes.

                                  FISHING AREA
The fishing area is 5 miles to the East of the northernmost point of Ataúro Island to 5
miles East of the southernmost point of Ataúro.
Boats must not depart Tournament Base before first light each day of competition and
must be back at Tournament Base with boat ID cards lodged on the board provided by
1730 hours.

                                  FISHING TIMES
Fishing Times are as as follows:
27 Nov Lines in 1500 hours Lines out 1700 hours Scoring closes 1730 hours
28 Nov Lines in 0630 hours Lines out 1700 hours Scoring closes 1730 hours
29 Nov Lines in 0630 hours Lines out 1700 hours Scoring closes 1730 hours
All angler score sheets must be presented to the scorers in the designated scoring area
by 1730 hours. Score sheets presented after these times will not be eligible for scoring
or prizes. Score sheets will only be accepted for scoring if the ID card of the boat the
angler fished from is on the board provided by 1730 hours.
Scores for fish caught on any day of the competition must be presented to the scorers
on that same day and will not be eligible for scoring or prizes on any other day of the
competition.
                                  FISHING RULES
The following general fishing rules will apply to both rod and reel and handline
fishing during the competition:
 No power winches, set-lines, drop lines, traps or hooks on marker floats are to be
    used by competitors. Possession of any drop lines or set lines will lead to the
    immediate disqualification. Penalty — disqualification from the competition.
 A competitor must not use more than two rods or handlines at any one time and
    each rod or handline must not have more than two hooks or two lures with up to
    three single or treble hooks attached. Penalty — loss of all points for the day.
 Only non-metallic lines made from natural or synthetic material are permitted,
    with the exception of lines containing a core of the base metal, lead. Wire lines are
    prohibited. Penalty — loss of all points for the day.
 If used, a double line must consist of the actual line used to catch the fish. Double
    lines are measured from the start of the knot, braid, roll or splice making the
    double to the farthermost end of the knot, splice, snap, swivel or other device used
    for securing the trace, leader, lure or hook to the double line. Saltwater species: In
    all line classes up to and including 10 kg the double line shall be limited to 4.57
    meters. The combined length of the double line and leader shall not exceed 6.1
    meters. The double line on all classes of tackle over 10 kg shall be limited to 9.14
    meters. The combined length of the double line and leader shall not exceed 12.19
    meters. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught on illegal equipment.
 If a leader is used, its overall length including any lure, hook arrangement or other
    device, and is measured to the bend of the last hook. The leader must be
    connected to the line with a snap, knot, splice, swivel or other device. Holding
    devices are prohibited. There are no regulations regarding the material or strength
    of the leader. Saltwater species: In all line classes up to and including 10 kg the
    leader shall be limited to 4.57 meters. The combined length of the double line and
    leader shall not exceed 6.1 meters. The leader on all classes of tackle over 10 kg
    shall be limited to 9.14 meters). The combined length of the double line and
    leader shall be limited to 12.19 meters. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught
    on illegal equipment.
 Hooks shall be of standard patterns. A double or treble hook shall be classed as a
    single hook. Ganged hooks are permitted provided that all hooks are embedded in
    the bait. The use of circle style hooks is encouraged. Penalty — loss of points for
    all fish caught on illegal equipment.
 Artificial lures are permitted provided that no more than three hooks are attached
    hereto. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught on illegal equipment.
 Bait may be any vegetable matter or the whole or part of any fish, insect or animal
    other than the flesh, blood, skin or guts of any marine mammal or any kinds of
    baits that are illegal to possess in the waters of Timor-Leste. Penalty —
    disqualification from the competition.
 Bait and lure placement devices such as outriggers, downriggers, kites etc., are
    permitted to be used provided that the actual fishing line is attached to the snap or
    other release devices, either directly or with some other material. The leader or
    double line may not be connected to the release mechanism either directly or with
    the use of a connecting device. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught on
    illegal equipment.
 Gaffs and nets used to boat or land a fish must not exceed 2.43 metres in overall
    length. In using a flying or detachable gaff, the rope may not exceed 9.14 metres.
    The gaff rope must be measured from the point where it is secured to the
    detachable head to the other end. Only the effective length will be considered. If a
    fixed head gaff is used, the same limitations shall apply and the gaff rope shall be
    measured from the same location on the gaff hook. Only a single hook is
    permitted on any gaff. Harpoon or lance attachments are prohibited. Penalty —
    loss of points for all fish caught or landed on illegal equipment and
    disqualification from the competition for use of harpoon or lance devices
   Floats are prohibited with the exception of any small flotation device attached to
    the line or leader for the sole purpose of regulating the depth of the bait. The
    flotation device must not in any way hamper the fighting ability of the fish.
    Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught on illegal equipment.
   A harness may be attached to the reel or rod, but not to any fighting chair. Penalty
    — loss of points for all fish caught on illegal equipment.
   A safety line may be attached to a rod provided that the line does not in any way
    assist the angler in fighting the fish. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught on
    illegal equipment.
   The angler must hook, fight and bring the fish to gaff or net unaided by any other
    person. Once the leader is brought within the grasp of an angling companion, or
    the end of the leader is wound to the rod tip, more than one person is permitted to
    hold the leader. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught on illegal equipment.
   In the event of a multiple strike on separate lines being fished by a single angler,
    only the first fish fought by the angler will be considered as a capture.
The following acts, situations or omissions will disqualify a catch and may have more
severe penalties:
 Failure to comply with the rules or tackle specifications. Penalty — loss of points
   for all fish caught on illegal equipment.
 Acts of persons other than the angler in adjusting reel drag or touching any part of
   the tackle either by hand or other device during the playing of the fish, or giving
   aid other than taking the leader (or trace) for gaffing, netting or landing purposes,
   or in replacing or adjusting the harness. Penalty — loss of points for all fish
   caught by illegal methods.
 Hand lining a fish at any stage during the capture except when the leader or trace
   is to hand. This rule does not apply in the handline division. Penalty — loss of
   points for all fish caught by illegal methods.
 Shooting, harpooning or lancing any fish, including sharks at any stage of the
   catch. Penalty — disqualification from the competition.
 Mutilations caused by sharks, other fish or propellers that remove or penetrate the
   flesh. (Injuries caused by leader or line, scratches, old healed scars and
   regeneration deformities shall not be considered disqualifying injuries.)
 Berleying (Chumming) with or using as bait, the flesh, blood, skin or guts of any
   marine mammal. Penalty — disqualification of all anglers on the boat from the
   competition.
 Using the boat or any device to beach or drive into shallow water any fish in order
   to deprive the fish of its normal ability to swim. Penalty — loss of points for all
   fish caught by illegal methods.
 Intentionally foul-hooking a fish. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught by
   illegal methods.
 When a fish is hooked or entangled on more than one line. Penalty — loss of
   points for all fish caught by illegal methods.
 Catching a fish in the manner that the double or leader never leaves the rod tip. If
   a double line is used, the intent of the regulation is that the fish will be fought on
    the single line most of the time that it takes to land the fish. Penalty — loss of
    points for all fish caught by illegal methods.
   Attaching the angler’s line or leader to part of the boat or other object for the
    purpose of holding or lifting the fish. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught
    by illegal methods.
   Using kinds of baits that are illegal to possess. Penalty — disqualification from
    the competition.
   Changing of rod or reel, splicing the line, or removal or addition thereto during
    the playing of a fish. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught by illegal
    methods.
   The use of flotation devices designed to hamper the fighting ability of the fish.
    Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught by illegal methods
   If a fish escapes before gaffing or netting and is recaptured by any method other
    than as outlined in the angling rules. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught
    by illegal methods.
   All competitors must ensure that all captures are made in accordance with current
    legal requirements pertaining to the area fished. Penalty — loss of points for all
    fish caught by illegal methods.

Rod and Reel Fishing:
In addition to the general fishing rules the following rules will apply to Rod and Reel
Fishing:
 Rods must comply with sporting ethics and customs. Considerable latitude is
    allowed in the length of a rod. (Refer to IGFA Gamefishing for IGFA Record
    Claims). Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught using illegal equipment.
 Reels must be manually operated and not mechanically or power operated.
    Ratchet handles and reels designed to be cranked with both hands at the same time
    are prohibited. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught using illegal
    equipment.
 If a rod holder is used, the angler alone must remove the rod from the rod holder
    as quickly as possible once a fish takes the lure or bait. Penalty — loss of points
    for all fish caught by illegal methods
 No part of the rod or reel may be rested whilst the fish is being fought, except
    when using a rod belt, harness, gimbal or chair. Penalty — loss of points for all
    fish caught by illegal methods
 Gimbals must be free-swinging, which includes gimbals that swing in a vertical
    plane only. Any gimbal that allows the angler to reduce strain or rest while
    fighting the fish is prohibited. Penalty — loss of points for all fish caught by
    illegal methods
Handline Fishing:
In addition to the general fishing rule the following rules will apply to Handline
Fishing:
 The line must be hand held at all times whilst fighting the fish. Penalty — loss of
    points for all fish caught by illegal methods

                             COMPETITION SCORING
All participants are urged to observe the responsible fishing practices set out in the
Competition Code of Conduct set out below.
Only fish caught in accordance with the competition rules will be eligible for
pointscore and prizes.
All fish caught and kept during this competition are intended to be consumed by
competitors, their families or other members of the Ataúro community. Any
competitor found to have knowingly discarded whole fish caught and kept during this
competition may be disqualified. All fish kept must be retained in good condition and
be fit for consumption. Any fish returned to port in a state generally unfit for
consumption will not be eligible for weigh-in. All fish returned to port must be gilled,
gutted and washed.
Note: All billfish must be released as quickly as possible after capture and measuring.
Eligible fish and pointscores:
Only fish species and groups of species shown as eligible species on the angler score
sheets will be eligible for pointscore and prizes. These are:

     Species                               Minimum       Maximum          Points
                                           Length        Number           per cm
                                                         per day
     Marlin                                150 cm        2                5
     Sailfish                              100 cm        2                5
     Dog tooth tuna                        75 cm         2                5
     Yellow fin tuna                       50 cm         2                3
     Other tunas and Rainbow Runner        50 cm         2                2
     Wahoo                                 75 cm         2                5
     Barracuda                             50 cm         2                2
     Spanish mackerel                      75 cm         2                3
     Other mackerels                       50 cm         2                2
     Giant trevally                        35 cm         2                3
     Other trevallies                      35 cm         2                2
     Mahi mahi (dolphin fish)              35 cm         2                3
     Coronation trout                      30 cm         5                2
     Coral trout (all)                     30 cm         5                2
     Bass, snapper, cod and perch          30 cm         5                2
     Sharks                                100 cm        2                1
For each fish species and groups of species only fish that meet the minimum length
requirements shown will be eligible for pointscore and prizes. Also, for each fish
species and groups of species no more than the maximum number shown will be
eligible for pointscore and prizes for each angler on each day of the competition. Each
fish species and groups of species will score points according to the points per cm
rating determined by the competition organisers and shown above.
Measuring Fish:
All fish must be measured with the measuring tape, mat or board on a flat surface and
not curved over the fish. (That is, place the tape on the deck and the fish on the tape.)
This gives a more accurate measure of length.
All length measurements should be entered in centimetres and rounded up to the next
cm measure on the tape or measure. (For example, if a fish actually measures 672
millimetres it will be scored as 68 cm.)
Billfish (marlin, swordfish and sailfish) will be measured form the tip off the lower
jaw to the fork of the tail. All other fork tailed fish such as barracuda and mackerel
will be measured from the tip of the head with the mouth firmly closed to the fork of
the tail. All flat or round tailed fish such as coral trout and cod will be measured from
the tip of the head with the mouth firmly closed to the end of the tail.




                                                                 Measuring Flat or Round
     Measuring Billfish         Measuring Fork Tailed Fish
                                                                       Tailed Fish


Photographic evidence:
A digital photograph must be taken of all fish being measured on the tape or board
which shows the length of the fish. Photographs must be made available to the
scorers on request. If the scorers request a particular photograph from an angler and
the angler is not able to provide it, or the photograph does not indicate the fish length
as shown on the angler score sheet, the scorers may deem that fish ineligible for
competition pointscore or prizes.
Angler Score Sheets:
Each angler will be issued with a score sheet for each day of the competition. The
angler must enter the date, his/her name, his/her angler ID# and the ID# of the boat
they fished from.
The angler is responsible for entering the length and score details for each eligible fish
captured during that day of competition and for tallying their pointscore at the end of
that fishing day.
To be eligible for the specific rod and reel and handline category prizes anglers must
mark an ‘R’ or ‘H’ beside the length of each fish to signify if it was taken on a rod or
handline.
The angler must sign his/her scoresheet to signify it is a true record of the fish
captured during the day. The angler score sheet must be signed by another angler who
witnessed the fish being caught and measured.
Scoresheets must be presented to the scorers in the designated scoring area by 1730
hours. Score sheets presented after these times will not be eligible for scoring or
prizes. Score sheets will only be accepted for scoring if the ID card of the boat the
angler fished from is on the board provided by 1730 hours.
Upgrading:
Upgrading will be permitted so anglers are advised to only use pencil on scoresheets
during the fishing day. Upgrading means that an angler who has already captured the
maximum number of a particular species or species group for the day may continue
fishing and, if he/she captures a fish of that particular species or species group that is
longer than one on the score sheet, they can upgrade their score to the larger fish.
                       PRIZE CATEGORIES AND PRIZES
Overall competition:
Champion Angler - Outriggers                         US$ 2750
Runner Up Champion Angler - Outriggers               US$ 1000
Champion Angler - Other Boats                        US$ 2750
Runner Up Champion Angler - Other Boats              US$ 1000
Champion Timor-Leste District Team                   US$ 300
Champion Angler - Rod and Reel                       US$ 1000
Runner Up Champion Angler - Rod and Reel             US$ 250
Champion Angler - Handline                           US$ 1000
Runner up Champion Angler - Handline                 US$ 250
Daily Prizes:

Day 1
Champion Angler                                      US$ 500
Biggest Fish – Rod and Reel                          US$ 250
Biggest Fish – Handline                              US$ 250
Skipper outrigger                                    US$ 150
Runner Up Skipper outrigger                          US$ 75

Day 2
Champion Angler                                      US$ 500
Biggest Fish – Rod and Reel                          US$ 250
Biggest Fish – Handline                              US$ 250
Skipper outrigger                                    US$ 150
Runner Up Skipper outrigger                          US$ 75

Day 3
Champion Angler                                      US$ 500
Biggest Fish – Rod and Reel                          US$ 250
Biggest Fish – Handline                              US$ 250
Skipper outrigger                                    US$ 150
Runner Up Skipper outrigger                          US$ 75
                                      Total Prizes    ($13,975)


          DISPUTES, LOSS OF POINTS AND DISQUALIFICATION
Any disputes or protests concerning the conduct of fishing during a competition day
must be reported to the Competition Director or a Competition Adjudicator no later
than 30 minutes after the completion of weigh-in/scores in. Protests regarding the
final points or allocation of prizes must be reported to the Competition Director or a
Competition Adjudicator within thirty (30) minutes of the announcement of such
pointscore or prize allocation. After 30 minutes has elapsed, no dispute or protest will
be considered nor will the competition organisers alter any of the results or prize
allocations.
The Competition Adjudicators will determine all disputes within these rules and their
decision shall be final. Any competitor found to breach the rules shall be liable to loss
of points or disqualification.

                             ALTERATION TO RULES
The competition organisers shall have the power to vary the rules or arrangements
during the competition to contribute to its smooth running.

                                      LIABILTY
All competitors and persons taking part in the competition do so entirely at their own
risk and the organisers will not be held responsible for any loss or damage sustained
by any competitor or any other persons to their persons or effects.


                      COMPETITION CODE OF PRACTICE
Competition organisers urge all competitors in the International Sport Fishing
Competition of Timor-Leste to adhere to the following code of practice, particularly
when catching fish that may be released:
 Fish not intended for consumption should be caught, handled and released in a
   manner that will ensure that they are returned to the water in as healthy a
   condition as possible.
 Fish intended for consumption should be dispatched as quickly and as humanely
   as possible, gilled and gutted without delay and kept cool, preferably on ice, until
   brought ashore.
 Use tackle that will land a fish quickly to minimize exhaustion but avoid bringing
   fish in too quickly as this may increase the risk of damage from the fish thrashing
   about once it is landed.
 Use artificial lures with barbless hooks wherever possible as this makes lures
   easier to remove with less damage to the fish.
 For bait fishing use hook patterns such as circle hooks to maximize the likelihood
   of the hook being lodged in the jaw and minimize damage through gut hooking.
 Use a de-hooker such as long nosed pliers for quick removal of hooks taking care
   not to damage the fish. If the fish has swallowed the hook do not attempt to
   remove it. Leave the hook where it is and cut the line as close to the hook as
   possible.
 Use a knotless landing net as this removes less slime and reduces time out of the
   water for the fish. Gaffs should never be used unless it is intended to take the fish
   for consumption..
 Use a fish grip device to assist in handling a fish for release but never suspend a
   fish from the jaws or gill plates. Always cradle a fish with a hand under the
   stomach to minimize the risk of tissue or organ damage.
 Plan ahead and make sure you have all equipment close at hand when a fish is
   coming on board. Work rapidly but without haste to ensure the fish is out of the
   water for the least time necessary.
 Do not place a fish on a hot, dry surface for hook removal, use a wet towel to rest
   the fish on and use wet hands when handling it.
 Do not put fingers inside the gill cover or eye sockets when handling fish for
    release. A fish grip device may be used and the body of the fish should be
    supported at all times when lifting to release the fish.
   Direct sunlight can damage fish eyes so ensure that they are shaded during time
    out of the water.
   Large fish should have their body fully supported at all times to avoid damage to
    internal organs, which may result from the fish being held upright by the jaw. The
    best method is to place a hand under the stomach while still in the water and take
    the weight off the hook. Very large fish should not be removed from the water.
   Fish should be released by careful placing them headfirst back into the water.
    Some fish may need to be swum around to promote water flow over the gills to
    ensure revival but be wary of sharks and other predators at such times.
   Reef fish caught in deep water may require special handling to improve survival.
    When fish are bought to the surface from depths of around 20 metres or more the
    gases in their swim bladder may have expanded significantly. This condition can
    be easily detected as the stomach of the fish is pushed out of it mouth. Venting of
    the air in the swim bladder may increase the survival rate of fish that are released
    by allowing them to return quickly to the bottom. There are a number of
    alternative ways of venting fish and the most appropriate for a particular species
    should be used. Options such as using weighted lines to return a fish quickly to
    the bottom may be considered as an alternative to venting especially if there are
    predators present.
   Help prevent pollution and protect wildlife by taking all rubbish away from the
    fishing area including: discarded fishing line, hooks, plastic bags, bottles and all
    other packaging.
   Dispose of all items correctly to avoid potential hazards to fauna
   Avoid unnecessary interactions with wildlife species and their habitats and be
    aware of and avoid disturbance to protected or threatened species that inhabit
    areas you intend to fish
   Quickly and carefully return to the environment any inadvertently caught
    threatened species such as seabirds.
   Take care when boating and anchoring to avoid damage to wildlife and habitat,
    particularly around reef or seagrass areas.
   Avoid disturbance to wildlife by excessive noise or harassment
   Keep a constant vigil when boating to avoid collisions with wildlife

				
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