Well it's time for the 2010 Fishing Comp to kick off. After listening to your feedback and suggestions, this year we've decided to take a slightly different approach with the comp. We hope you'll enjoy the changes!
So - what's changed?
One of the inherent difficulties with the previous comp format was the difficulty in judging entries from different states against each other. The same species will be more or less prevalent, and will grow to different lengths. So, for example, a 60cm flattie in SA would be a far less likely capture than in QLD.
Another difficulty with the old format was that only the top 6 fish got extra points. And in alot of cases, if a winning fish also ended up in the Hall of Fame, up to 130 points (over 4 times as many points) could be awarded, against 30 points for entering a fish.
This year, in order to try and equalise the points score across states and species, two things will be happening.
# A benchmark length will be set for each eligible species. The number of points awarded will be calculated by the formula (length of entered fish / benchmark length) * 100.
# For some species, the benchmark length will vary between states. This is the case to even up the scoring where the size varies markedly across states. These lengths have been determined by looking at ALL fish entered in the fishing comps over the last 2 years.
You'll find a table with the benchmark lengths attached to this post.
What Species Are Eligible?
Species eligible in the 2010 will be those species listed in either the 2010 FIshing Comp Benchmark List (attached), or the ANSA Species List (also attached). Crabs (mud, blue swimmer, sand) and other crusteceans are not eligible for entry this year. All fish entered in the Fishing Comp need to be caught on hook and line. Net caught fish (cast, drop etc) won't be eligible for entry.
If you catch a fish not on either list, you will still be eligible for Tale of Woe points (see below).
How Are Points Calculated?
As noted above, the points a fish will score are calculated as follows:
POINTS = (LENGTH OF CAUGHT FISH / BENCHMARK FOR SPECIES) *100
Benchmarks have been set for the most popular species entered into the Fishing Comp. Should a benchmark not be available for a given species, it shall be set by one of the following methods (in this order)
# Benchmark will equal (legal length of species) plus 40%. eg a fish with a 28cm legal length would have a benchmark of 28 * 1.4 = 39cm
# Should a legal length not be available, the benchmark shall be the ANSA Trophy Length / Factor (as per attached ANSA Species List)
# Should a ANSA Trophy length not be available (eg marlin, spearfish etc) - as a last resort, points will be allocated by the Comp Manager (ie Leftieant)
Tale of Woe entries will still be accepted, and will attract 40 points. Please note - to be awarded a Tale Of Woe, you actually need to go kayak. Entries along the lines of "the weather was crap and I couldn't get out" won't be accepted.
Special Notes Re: Measurement
Fish need to be measured against a brag mat or other measurement device, and be substantiated by a photo. Measurement will be from the tip of the head to the tip of the tail, with the fish in a natural position.
Exceptions are Squid (calamari) - where hood length will be the official measure, and sharks, where they will need to be measured to the LOWER tip of the tail.
In exceptional circumstances, fish may be accepted if no accurate (eg ruler, bragmat measure) can be provided, but measurement can be provided by other means. Please contact the Comp Manager (Leftieant) via PM if you wish to enter a fish this way.
There is no bonus points (Hall of Fame, Top 6 Fish, Mystery Points) available for this years Comp. Because each fish will be judged against a benchmark length, naturally the bigger fish will attract more points automatically. This removes the arbitrary nature of how winners were selected in past comps.
Currently the 2010 Fishing Comp doesn't have a sponsor, so to begin with, we will be awarding 3 mystery prizes per month, and possibly the love and adoration of other AKFF Members. If and when a sponsor does come on board, the prize structure may change. Primarily this comp is about participation, not just winning. As such, everyone will get an equal chance of snagging a prize.
Generally the 2010 Fishing Comp will run from the 1st Sat to the 2nd Sunday of each month. Occasionally (public holidays etc) the Comp will be extended, solely at the Comp Managers (ie Leftieant) discretion.
Is This Really Going To Work?
The AKFF Hamsters have been working long and hard on this one. There has been so much statistical analysis going on with this little pet project of mine, my PC burst into flames. (OK, not really, but I did blow up my computer. AKFF Fishing Comp may or may not have contributed). But seriously, I've run the fish caught from the 2009 Fishing Comp through the new scoring system, and I'll say this - the end result was INCREDIBLY close. Real close.
I think we are going to be in for a very, very exciting 2010 Fishing Comp.
The Fine Print
As with all AKFF Comps, to be eligible for entry, you need to be a FULL member (greater than 3 months membership AND greater than 50 posts). Fair Play rules apply also - any activity that deemed to be unsportsmanlike can and will result in you becoming ineligible to enter the Comp. Rules can be modified at any time by AKFF Admins or Mods. Species Benchmark lengths can be altered at any time by AKFF Admins or Mods (this will not affect previously entered fish) (this added Feb 2010). An angler cannot enter the same species of fish more than three times in the Comp year (this added Feb 2010).
Don't be. Just go fishing, enter your catch, and we'll do the rest.
Please include the following details when entering:
Name of Angler:
State and Location Fish Caught In: (PLEASE NOTE THAT STATE NEEDS TO BE PROVIDED)
Species Legal Length:
Type and Size/Weight of Fish:
Other Comments (optional):
Please also include a photo of your catch against a ruler, brag mat, or similar.
The first Comp period for 2010 will run from 1st Jan 2010 to 10th Jan 2010 (note the extra day at the start of the Comp).
I look forward to seeing your entries - let's go FISHING!
- ANSA Species List.pdf
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- 2010 Comp.pdf
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PB M-Cod 55cm, Y-belly 45cm, E-Perch 23cm, Garfish 28cm, KG-Whiting 38cm, Mulloway 40cm, Bream 33cm, Snapper 44cm, Pike 45cm.