2016 Angler of the Year Rules

2016 Angler of the Year Rules

1. 1. All fish entered must be caught by hook and line (i.e. hooked, fought, and landed) from a kayak without aid from anyone else and using methods deemed legal by the California Department of Fish and Game. Sails will be allowed in the Sail division but no motors may be used or attached to the kayak while fishing.

2. No mothershipping allowed, the kayak must be under human powered control from launch until landing.

3. Photographic evidence of fish size (total length, except for Sturgeon which shall be measured according to CA DFG fork length) against a measuring device must be provided. Photographs must be clear, with measurements easily read. It is recommended to use a sharpie on measuring devices that are not clearly marked. All entries must be rounded down to the nearest quarter inch. The ENTIRE fish must show on the measuring device in at least 1 picture. Missing portions of the head or tail will result in a disqualification of the fish. Any fish that has the appearance of possibly being not qualified for entry (such as the appearance of an adipose fin from a non-native retention body of water) will be disqualified. Participants are responsible for ensuring the pictures are of sufficient quality to demonstrate the legality of the catch as defined by the CA DFG. Fish may NOT be gutted, have their throat cut or ripped through, or manipulated in any way prior to photographs being taken. Cutting of gills is permitted. Tails may be pressed together or tilted. Mouths must be completely closed. If there is light showing between the lips then the mouth is not closed. You are not allowed to stretch or pull the lips to gain extra length. If the mouth is not completely closed, the entry will be disqualified. No lip grippers or game clips or stringers can be in the mouth when picture is taken. The above methods are those used by the CA DFG. All entries will have admin approval before appearing as official entries. There may be a few days lag between the time you post a picture and the time it appears on the AOTY site.

4. AOTY runs from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Fish caught prior to payment of entry fees are ineligible.

5. All fish entered must be caught south of the California/Oregon border and north of the southern borders of the following counties Monterey, Kings, Tulare and Inyo. Fish caught from waterways with restricted access to the public, such as members-only or private waterways or aquaculture operations are not allowed. Fish caught from waters where anglers have to pay on a per fish basis, such as trout farms, are not allowed.

6. The pool covers the following twenty categories: Sturgeon, California Halibut, Pacific Halibut, Rockfish, Cabezon, Greenling, Lingcod, Surf Perch, White Seabass, Striped Bass, Salmon, Steelhead, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Spotted Bass, Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Kokanee, Catfish, and Panfish.

7. Only fish that you can normally keep and eat (per CA DFG regulations) are eligible.

8. The biggest fish from each angler's top ten species will be used towards the angler's total points.

9. Trout are defined as the following common names: brook trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, golden trout, and dolly varden. Brown trout should be entered in the new Brown Trout category.

10. Panfish are defined as the following common names: crappie, members of the Lepomis genus (bluegill, red ear, pumpkinseed, etc), Sacramento perch, and yellow perch.

11. Entries must be posted within 2 weeks of being caught and photographed. No "hoarding" of entries.

12. Participant complaints should be submitted to the Committee. No bashing of other folks on public boards. Such posts will be deleted by the Admins/Mods, and a warning will be issued. A second violation of this rule will result in a disqualification of the offender from participating in AOTY.

Scoring Scale

Sturgeon = 3.75 pts/in (fork length measurement)
California Halibut = 5 pts/in
Pacific Halibut = 4.25 pts/in
Rockfish = 8 pts/in
Cabezon = 8 pts/in
Greenling = 11 pts/in
Lingcod = 5 pts/in
Surf Perch = 12 pts/in
White Seabass = 4 pts/in
Striped Bass = 5.5 pts/in
Salmon = 5 pts/in
Steelhead = 6 pts/in
Largemouth Bass = 8 pts/in
Smallmouth Bass & Spotted Bass = 9 pts/in
Trout = 7.75 pts/in
Brown Trout = 7.75 pts/in
Lake Trout (Mackinaw) = 6 pts/in
Kokanee = 10 pts/in
Catfish = 5.5 pts/in
Panfish = 12 pts/in

Entry Fee - $40

• Registration fees ($40 per player) will go towards PIF 2016, after prize plaques for top three and "big fish" are purchased for both AOTY and DOTY. PIF (Pay It Forward) is organized by the A-Hulls and has raised and donated over $70,000 since 2010 to NCKA members battling Cancer, serious illness or other tragedy. The A-Hulls will decide (with input from the NCKA community) who the PIF 2016 recipient(s) will be.

• There will be Piscean Plaques for the winner of both AOTY and DOTY. The "big fish" in each category of AOTY and DOTY will receive an award. There will be prizes donated by sponsors (TBD) for at least the top three in both AOTY and DOTY.

• Each participant in AOTY/DOTY will automatically receive one entry into a raffle once they pay the $40 entry fee. Participants can receive up to 20 additional raffle entries for each species submitted and approved in both AOTY and DOTY. 21 entries into the raffle will be the max that any player can have. The goal of the raffle is to encourage participation and friendly competition amongst those anglers and divers that may not be able to invest the amount of time needed to finish in the top three. Raffle Prize TBD.

• Junior AOTY is limited to members under the age of 18 on January 1, 2016. Entrance is free. Prizes are TBD but will be awarded to at least the top three.

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