POINT SYSTEM THE POINT SYSTEM IS STRUCTURED SO THAT THE RULES DO NOT ENFORCE THE ANGLER TO RELEASE, BUT LEAVE THE DECISION TO THE ANGLER. IF YOU WANT TO BE IN THE RUN FOR PRIZES, THE RIGHT THING TO DO WILL BE TO RELEASE MARLIN UP TO 140KG. IN THE PAST THE ONLY WAY TO BEAT A GOOD SIZE FISH WAS TO CATCH A BIGGER ONE. WITH THE POINT SYSTEM YOU CAN NOW BEAT THAT ONE LARGE FISH BY RELEASING A COMBINATION OF SMALLER BILLFISH SPECIES WHICH WE BELIEVE IS THE MORE SKILLED ANGLER THAT TAKE THE HONOURS. ALTHOUGH YOUR ONLY GUARANTEE FOR POINTS ON RELEASED FISH IS YOUR PHOTO WITH THE DISPOSABLE CAMERA ISUED TO YOU, I BELIEVE THAT THE TRUE SPORTSMAN WILLCOME OUT FROM EACH ANGLER. THAT’S WHY YOU WERE INVITED. PLEASE SEE THIS POINT SYSTEM ONLY AS THE BEGINNING OF OUR STRIVE TOWARDS CONSERVATION AND A FAIR COMPETITION AND NOT THE END. RULES AND POINT SYSTEM STRIPED MARLIN RARELY GETS OVER 100KG AT SODWANA AND AGAIN IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SMALL BLUE AND STRIPED MARLIN WHILE ON THE LEADER. THEREFORE IT WILL COUNT AS (1) ONE SPECIE. BLACK MARLIN IS EASY TO IDENTIFY IN THE WATER OR ON A PHOTO THEREFORE WILL COUNT AS A SPECIE BONUS POINT. THE BOAT WILL QUALIFY FOR BONUS POINTS ON RELEASED AND WEIGHABLE FISH AFTER THEIR FIRST FISH AS I BELIEVE THE MORE CONSISTENT CREW BE RATED HIGHER THAN THE LUCKY CREW CATCHING ONE BIG FISH. AS THERE IS ALSO A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SKILL TO TARGET DIFFERENT SPECIES YOU WILL GET SPECIE BONUS POINTS. a) 100Kg minimum weight 1(one) point per Kg. b) Released Fish: Spearfish 70 Points. Sailfish 70 Points. Marlin 130 Points. c) Released Sailfish and Spearfish per Boat for 5 Days 1st Release: 70 Points. 2nd Release: 70 + 20 Bonus Points. 3rd Release: 70 + 40 Bonus Points. 4th Release: 70 + 60 Bonus Points. 5th Release: 70 + 80 Bonus Points. d) Released Marlin: Blue Black or Striped per Boat for 5 Days 1st Release: 130 Points. 2nd Release: 130 + 40 Bonus Points. 3rd Release: 130 + 70 Bonus Points. 4th Release: 130 + 100 Bonus Points. 5th Release: 130 + 130 Bonus Points. e) Weighable Marlin per Boat for 5 Days. 1st Marlin Straight Points. (One Point per kilogram) nd 2 Marlin Straight Points + 30 Bonus Points. 3rd Marlin Straight Points + 60 Bonus Points. th 4 Marlin Straight Points + 90 Bonus Points. 5th Marlin Straight Points + 120 Bonus Points. f) Released or Weighable Species: Bonus Points Sailfish; Spearfish; Black; Blue and Striped Marlin. (2nd Species) 25 Points. (3rd Species) 50 Points. th (4 Species) 75 Points. g) Weighable or Released Billfish Per Day (Each Day) 1st of the Day 5 Points. nd 2 of the Day 4 Points. 3rd of the Day 3 Points. 4th of the Day 2 Points. th 5 of the Day 1 Point. h) If two (2) boats happen to end on the same points for a prize, the following criteria will determine the winner. (a) The boat with the most release Points If still a tie (b) The Boat with the most Species If still a tie (c) The Boat who entered and paid their fees first i) Marlin boated under the minimum weight of 100Kg will be penalized with 140 Points. As you can see the thinking behind the point system is that your success will be determined more by skill than by luck. The competition can not be won on the Monday anymore but will only be final Friday afternoon 15h00.
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