Rules & Format

Competition Format
Competition Rules
Irish Angling Regulations
Minimum Size Limits

Competition Format 2017

The festival will run over four days as a species hunt. Weather dependent competition days will be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. These are subject to change depending on the weather outlook for the day ahead and further.

Weather permitting Kilmore Quay is our chosen venue. If the weather does not favour Kilmore Quay the committee will either choose an alternative venue or cancel the match for that day.

The assembly point for groups each day will be on the road in front of the Emo Garage on the way out of Rosslare. Boat crews that have boats moored in Kilmore Quay harbour also have to assemble here and can only go to Kilmore Quay once instructed to do so by their Team Leader. A random inspection of boats and cars will be carried out to ensure that safety and fair play is observed. Towed boats can have their boats inspected at the assembly point or at the harbour, moored boats can have their inspections at the harbour.

Each group will be given the “go” to leave the assembly point by the Team Leader.

Each group must make their way to Kilmore Quay, launch and then wait within the confines of the harbour to be given the “Go Signal” by their Team Leader. Boats which are moored at the Marina will need to untie and stay within the confines of the harbour until the “Go Signal” is given. Before the group is allowed to leave, each Team Leader will do a radio check on all the boats in the group.

There are two groups, Group 1 and Group 2.

Times for day one will be:

 Leave the siteLeave HarbourReturn Harbour
Group 107:00hrs08:00hrs16:00hrs
Group 208:00hrs09:00hrs17:00hrs

On each subsequent day, groups will move to the alternative start time (Group 1 will have early starts on day 1 and day 3).

These times will give each group one hour from leaving the assembly area to get to Kilmore Quay, launch, park up neatly and be ready to be given the go by their respective Team Leaders. There will be no need to drive at breakneck speed to get to Kilmore Quay!

The times allow plenty of time for boats to weigh in after the match day. Please have a member of the crew ready to weigh in so that other crew members can retrieve the boat and clear the slipway as soon as possible.

The Weigh in

  • Weigh in will commence as soon as possible after the 1st group returns. Please be prompt.
  • Weigh in will be at the side of the Harbour Masters Office.
  • Each boat in the group must weigh in before the next group commences.
  • Once you have weighed in please clear the car park and roadway as soon as possible so that the following group can weigh in.

Boats in the harbour should “raft up” in their respective groups at the end of the day for ease of access and departure on the following day.

All results will be collated by Josie and Des (Inland Fisheries Ireland) and will be available for viewing at Redmonds The Bay Pub the same evening.

Competition Rules

UPDATED: 30th August 2017

  1. The competition organising committee cannot be held responsible for any injury, loss or damage of any kind, no matter how the matter occurred.
  2. All competitors are responsible for their own travel, personal property and boat insurance.
  3. The committee’s decision on all matters is final.
  4. There shall be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 persons in each boat.
  5. The committee may adjust rules, venues, times or limitations as it sees fit, for safety reasons, etc. It is, however, the committee’s responsibility to convey any such changes via the Festival notice board, v.h.f. radio, or word of mouth to all competitors.
  6. All boats must have minimum safety equipment on board and must have a v.h.f. radio. (Life jackets must be worn at all times).
  7. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they read the notice board regularly and are aware of the rules and any changes that may take place.
  8. Channel 10 on the marine v.h.f. will be used as the competition channel and will be used to convey any late changes or safety information.
  9. It is the responsibility of all competitors to monitor Channel 10 at all times during the competition.
  10. Competitors are requested to use an alternative channel for inter-boat communications.
  11. All complaints must be in writing and presented to a committee member within one hour of the close of scales. The committee will investigate all complaints and will give a ruling within 8 hours.
  12. The competition is only open to boats up to 22ft or 6.7mtrs (bow to transom) that can be legally transported by road trailer.
  13. There will be a maximum of 2 rods per competitor.
  14. There will be a maximum of 3 hooks per rod. (treble hooks to count as one)
  15. With conservation in mind, the competition will be run as a species hunt over 4 days, whereby:
    • Only one fish of each species is to be brought to the scales.
    • If more than one of the same species is presented at the scales, then the smallest fish will count.
    • Where boats tie on number of species caught, then the position will be decided on overall weight.
    • Only fish on the “nominated species list” will be weighed on subsequent days with a view to improving a boat’s aggregate weight.
    • Once caught and weighed, species not on the nominated list, will only be weighed and count towards the ‘Best Specimen of the week Trophy’ and ‘Cash Prize’.
    • A prize will be awarded to the boat that weighs and returns the most fish ‘alive’.
  16. Rules re Launching and Harbour etiquette:
    • Full instructions regarding the launching of boats and the parking of vehicles and trailers will be given on ‘Opening Night’. It is essential that these rules are followed to ensure the safety and efficiency of the process.
    • The slipway and the turning bay at Kilmore Quay are not to be used for getting boats ready for the water or ready for the road at the end of a day’s fishing.
    • When a queue has formed for the launching, or recovery boats at Kilmore Quay, competitors must join the end of the queue. If, after joining the queue, a competitor is ready to launch before the boat ahead, they must first inform the boat in front for safety reasons and then leave the queue to launch.
    • The speed limit of 3 knots must be observed within the Harbour limits at Kilmore Quay.
    • Any infringement of the above rules, if brought to the attention of the Committee, may result in a penalty of 2 species subtracted from a competitors overall list.
  17. Boats may only leave the starting point when instructed to do so by the Team Leader. Failure to comply with this regulation may lead to disqualification on that day.
  18. Boats and vehicles may be subject to scrutiny by the Team Leaders to ensure that safety and fair play are being observed. A random check will be made each day.
  19. Boats are not permitted to come together at sea during the competition except in cases of emergency or safety.
  20. Any boat returning late to the starting point must give a reason, in writing to the Committee. Their catch will be weighed in pending a decision by the Committee, and providing that the scales have not closed.
  21. Fishing will not be permitted within the confines of Kilmore Quay Harbour. The boundary will be the outermost walls of the Harbour, i.e. no fishing within the boundary.
  22. Crab pot buoys must never be used for anchorage. Infringement of this rule will result in disqualification on that day and possibly, further punitive measures.
  23. No competitors are allowed in the weigh-in area. The only exception to this rule is where the competitor is also a member of the organising committee, officiating at the weigh in, or is called upon to settle a dispute.
  24. All fish brought to scale must be bigger than the competition minimum size limits. (See separate list). Fish will be measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail, or in the case of ray, from wingtip to wingtip.
  25. It is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure that all their fish are weighed in and accounted for.
  26. Weaver, tope, shark, sea trout and all plankton and filter feeding fish are excluded. Other excluded species will be brought to the attention of all prior to the start of the Festival.
  27. It is the responsibility of competitors to bring to the notice of the Team Leader or Inland Fisheries Inspectors, any fish that they may consider to be of Irish specimen size.
  28. No rubbish whatsoever to be thrown into the sea. All litter to be kept and disposed of on land.
  29. All competitors are expected to act in the spirit of the competition and with sportsmanship at all times.
  30. Should there be a distress call from any boat (including boats not entered into the competition) within the vicinity of a competitor, then assistance will be rendered immediately by that competitor who will be compensated for loss of fishing time at a future date (wherever possible).

Irish Angling Regulations

UPDATED: 30th August 2017

Anglers fishing for bass is Ireland are now bound by articles 10.5 and 10.6 of EU Regulation 2016/72. There is no longer a closed season. Further legislation has been drafted to implement the increased size limit from 42cm as per the EU Regulation to 50cm in line with the IFI Bass Policy.

Catch and release for bass between Jan 1 and June 30th
Bag limit of 1 fish per day from July 1st to December 31st
Size limit of 42cm

More information on Irish Fishing Regulations can be found here.

Minimum Size Limits

ALBACORE40cm12 kg
ALL SOLE25cm(Black) 0.7 kg
ALLIS SHAD30cm1.81 kg
ANGLER FISH40cm10 kg
BASS42cm4.53 kg
BLACK BREAM25cm0.9 kg
BLENNY (ONE GENERIC)12cmnot listed
BLUEMOUTH25cm0.9 kg
BONITO40cmnot listed
BRILL30cm1.7 kg
BULL HUSS40cm7.25 kg
BUTTERFISH12cmnot listed
COALFISH30cm6.8 kg
COD35cm9.07 kg
CONGER45cm18.14 kg
DAB25cm0.6 kg
DOVER (BLACK) SOLE25cm0.7 kg
DRAGONET20cmnot listed
FLOUNDER25cm1.09 kg
GARFISH40cm1 kg
GOBY (ONE GENERIC)12cmnot listed
GURNARD (GREY)25cm0.7 kg
GURNARD (RED)30cm0.9 kg
GURNARD (TUB)30cm2.26 kg
GURNARD (STREAKED)25cmNot yet listed
GREY MULLET30cm2.26 kg
HADDOCK30cm2.9 kg
HAKE27cm3.5 kg
HALIBUT40cm12 kg
HERRING20cm0.34 kg
JOHN DORY30cm1.81 kg
L.S.D.40cm1.47 kg
LAUNCE25cmnot listed
LING45cm11.33 kg
MACKEREL20cm1 kg
MEGRIM25cm0.8 kg
PLAICE27cm1.4 kg
POLLACK40cm5.44 kg
POOR COD15cmnot listed
POUTING25cm1.36 kg
RAY (SPOTTED)38cm2.26 kg
RAY (ALL OTHER)40cmDependant On Species
RED BREAM25cm1 kg
RED GURNARD30cm0.9 kg
RED MULLET20cm0.4 kg
SAND SMELT12cmnot listed
SCAD25cm0.68 kg
SEA SCORPION12cmnot listed
SHANNY12cmnot listed
SHORE ROCKLING12cmnot listed
SPOTTED RAY38cm2.26 kg
SPRAT12cmnot listed
SPURDOG45cm5.44 kg
TADPOLE FISH12cmnot listed
TORSK40cm2.5 kg
TRIGGER FISH30cm1.48 kg
TUB GURNARD30cm2.26 kg
TURBOT30cm6 kg
WHITING27cm1.36 kg
WITCH25cmnot listed
WRASSE (BALLAN)30cm2.15 kg
WRASSE (CORKWING)15cmnot listed
WRASSE (CUCKOO)25cm0.56 kg
WRASSE (GOLDSINNY)12cmnot listed
WRASSE (ROCK-COOK)12cmnot listed
WRECKFISH40cmnot listed

Prizes 2017

1st Place – The Rosslare Trophy + Garmin echoMAP Chirp 75sv + Panoptix PS21-TR LiveVu Forward Transducer (£1,929.98) + £1,000 CASH

2nd Place – Garmin echoMap Chirp 55dv + Garmin G T52HW-TM (£819.98) + £750 CASH

3rd Place – Garmin echoMAP Chirp 55dv (£549.99) + £500 CASH

4th Place – Pick of the prize table + £400 CASH

5th Place – Pick of the prize table + £350 CASH

6th Place – Pick of the prize table + £300 CASH

7th Place – Pick of the prize table + £250 CASH

8th Place – Pick of the prize table + £200 CASH

9th Place – Pick of the prize table + £150 CASH

10th Place – Pick of the prize table + £100 CASH

Other places – Pick of the prize table until exhausted.

Nominated Species (Plaice, Ballan Wrasse, Ray (any), Bull Huss, Gurnard (any), Pollack, Cod, Ling, Conger, Bass

1st Prize – £100 for each species

2nd Prize – £50 for each species

Best Specimen of the Week

Best Specimen Trophy + £100

Heaviest Fish of the Festival

The IFI Award + £100

Mannings’ Award

Best Newcomer + £100

Conningbeg Trophy

Biggest Bass + £100

Daily Specimen

A cash prize of £100 for the best daily specimen from the Nominated Species List. Drawn each evening at Redmonds The Bay Pub. No attendance – no prize, it is re-drawn until it is won!

Best performance from the bottom 10 boats – £100

Boat returning the most fish alive – £100

Super Pool

Heaviest Round 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Heaviest Flat 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Daiwa Prizes include 50 rods and reels + 20 SLOSH Reels. As well as wet weather suits, rig wallets, sunglasses, Daiwa Team Hats and other prizes.

Sea Angler Prizes include rods, reels and terminal tackle.

Other Prizes include life jackets, waders, landing nets, lure boxes, lures, filleting knives, line etc.

Festival Sponsors

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