CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
1. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that these terms and conditions are subject to change from time to time at the discretion of the ‘Riverina Catch and Release Fishing Competition’ and without notice to the Participant.
2. I declare, as a condition of entry into the ‘Riverina Catch and Release Fishing Competition’ (the Event), that I am not aware of any illness, injury, physical disability or impairment which may cause me injury or death during or as a consequence of Event participation.
3. Agreement Waiver and Indemnity. In consideration of acceptance of my entry in the Event, I, and on behalf of my heirs, executors and administrators agree with each of the Indemnified Parties (as defined herein) and declare that: I hereby waive release and discharge all and every claim, right or cause of action (including for negligence, for breach of contract or breach of Statute) for which I might have or which arises out of my death, injury, damage or loss of any description which I may suffer or sustain as the result of my participation in the Event.
4. This waiver release and discharge shall operate jointly and severally in favour of the following (the Indemnified Parties), namely: the ‘Riverina Catch and Release Fishing Competition’, the ‘Riverina Classic Committee’, the ‘Apex Club’, Land owners and their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, employees and volunteers including medical and paramedical personnel appointed for the Event, event stakeholders, the owners, licensees and occupiers of land upon which the Event or any part of it is conducted, any statutory body or local authority having control over any land upon which the Event or any part of it is conducted, Sponsors, supporters, persons, corporations, contractors, sub-contractors, volunteers, servants and employees involved or otherwise engaged in promoting, staging, administering, running or controlling the Event.
5. I agree to indemnify and keep indemnified the Indemnified Parties against all actions, suits, demands, claims, proceedings, costs, expenses, liabilities and judgements (including for negligence, breach of contract or breach of statute) arising out of or in relation to my participation in the Event. This indemnity may be pleaded as a bar to any action, claim, demand, suit or legal proceedings. The releases, waivers and indemnities in this document continue forever and bind my heirs, executors, personal representatives and assigns.
6. I agree to accept full responsibility to inform myself and assess all the dangers, hazards and risks of entry in the Event and rely solely on my own assessment of these dangers, hazards and risks before participating in the Event and notwithstanding and decision thereon made by the event committee and other persons corporations and bodies involved engaged in promoting or staging the Event. The decision to participate is entirely my own and I accept all risks associated with participation in the Event, including but not limited to loss of life or permanent injury and/ or damage to property. The Riverina Classic Fishing Competition and its committee WARNS all entrants/ participants that water/boating/recreational fishing activities involves the risk of harm or personal injuries including, but not limited to:-
(i) there is a risk of collisions with other participants, submerged objects, trees and other structures and drowning;
(ii) that I may be injured, physically or mentally and may be killed;
(iii) that my belongings, boat or equipment may be damaged, lost, stolen or destroyed;
(iv) that competitors may boat dangerously or with lack of skill;
(v) that event venue and weather conditions may be hazardous and may vary without warning or predictability;
(vi) that there may be no or inadequate facilities for treatment or transport of me if I am injured;
(vii) that I have an obligation to myself and others to act safely and within the rules and regulations of the Event;
(viii) I have read and understood this WARNING and accept and assume the inherent risks in participating in the Event.
7. I have read and understood and shall abide by the ‘Conditions of Entry’ and the ‘Rules and Regulations’ I understand that I must comply with the NSW Department of Primary Industries- Fisheries Regulations, NSW Parks and Wildlife conditions and NSW Maritime and Waterway Authority Rules & Regulations, observe normal traffic rules and obey all directions and instructions given by Event officials and the police. If I am not in NSW I will consult the above comparative bodies for my state or territory.
8. I consent to receive such medical aid or preventative treatment which may be deemed advisable in the unfettered discretion of Event Medical Officials in the event of any injury accident or illness to me as the result of my participation in the Event.
9. I certify that I am 18 years or older, or that I am the parent/legal guardian of the participant who is under the age of 18 years, and I have read this document and fully understand it. As a parent or legal guardian, I agree to these terms and conditions for and on behalf of the participant.
10. Indemnity in respect of persons under 18 years. In consideration of the Event agreeing at my request to accept the entry of a minor participant I agree for myself, the participant, their heirs, executors and administrators to indemnify and keep indemnified the Indemnified Parties against all actions, suits, claims, proceedings, demands, cost, expenses, liabilities or judgements which the participant and/or I may have against the Indemnified Parties but for the terms of this agreement in respect of any death, injury, damage or loss sustained by the participant as the result of the participant’s participation in the Event. I affirm that I have full authority on behalf of all living parents and/or guardians to sign this Indemnity AND that this indemnity may be pleaded as a bar to any action claim demand suit or legal proceedings.
RULES & REGULATIONS FOR CATCH & RELEASE FISHING COMPETITION
Only two (2) lines (2 rods or hand lines or 1 rod and 1 hand line) are allowed with one (1) hook per line. Please note that circle hooks are the only style of hook permitted in this competition.
Any set gear (nets) must be clearly marked and must be used in accordance with the NSW Department of Primary Industries-Fisheries Regulations. Please note that opera house nets are banned East of the Newell Highway and in the Murrumbidgee River down to the Darlington Point bridge.
Anglers who are caught using more than 2 lines or not using circle hooks exclusively will be disqualified instantly. No unattended lines are allowed during the Riverina Classic.
Fish MUST be caught by the person entering the fish. Entering a fish caught by someone else is classed as cheating and entrants caught will be disqualified instantly. Juniors may be assisted by helping support the rod only, retrieving the fish must be done by the junior.
Categories for the competition are as follows
* Biggest Murray Cod (Snr Male, Snr Female, Jnr Male, Jnr Female)
* Biggest Golden Perch (Snr Male, Snr Female, Jnr Male, Jnr Female)
* Champion Angler (Cumulative length of natives caught by entrant. Snr and Jnr categories)
* Biggest Carp (One prize across all entrants)
* Prize for the best represented Registered Fishing Club
Upon registering each competitor gets one ticket into the competitor entry prize draw. In addition to this all competitor’s will automatically be entered into the competitor entry prize draw for each eligible fish they enter.
The judge’s decision on the winner in each category will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Undersized natives (Murray Cod 55cm and under, Golden Perch 30cm and under) or protected species (Silver Perch/Catfish) must be returned to the water immediately and are not eligible for entry to the competition.
You can enter each native fish caught over the minimum length to count towards the champion angler prize but you cannot enter the same fish more than once. *NOTE – The largest native fish entered by an angler for Biggest Murray Cod or Biggest Golden Perch will be deducted from their cumulative total length to ensure all anglers have the opportunity to compete for the champion angler prize.
Non-native fish species (carp) must be photographed (as per photo rules) and disposed of by angler.
All anglers are responsible for the security of their personal belongings which includes vehicle, boat, motor, camping gear and all other belongings. It is recommended that you do not leave your gear unattended at any time.
Photo Rules and Taking Your Picture
Each legal native fish (e.g. Murray Cod, Golden Perch) angled must be photographed and released with the least possible harm as soon as possible to the water.
All native fish entered MUST be released. Entrants found keeping entered fish will be instantly disqualified.
Oversize cod may be entered as long as the photo is taken at the immediate location where the fish was landed, and the fish is returned to the water with the least possible injury as quickly as possible. Please refer to NSW DPI’s photographing fish which are not permitted to be taken policy if entering oversized Murray Cod over 75cm (https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/fishing-rules-and-regs/photographing-fish)
Photo must be of a live fish. Photos showing signs of mutilation, damage, incorrect style of hook used, excessive blood or improper handling will be deemed unfit for entry.
It is the Competitors responsibility to supply their own means of photographing their catch and Brag mat for the Photo.
Fish must be photographed on a brag mat of good quality with easily visible numbers. Photo must be taken square on to the fish and mat (see example photos at https://riverinaclassic.com/photo-rules/)
Your entry number must be placed at the top of the mat near the fishes’ head and the entrant number clearly displayed in the photo. Near to this must be placed the item of the day. This will be determined and sent to you closer to the commencement of the event.
The nose of the fish must be level with the zero mark on the mat or the stopper if the mat has one. The entire fish and the measuring edge of the mat must be visible in the photo with the length of the fish being clearly identified and legible.
*NOTE – Carp must be measured from the fork of the tail to the nose.
The dorsal fin must point to the top of the mat.
The brag mat must be on a flat surface with no creases.
Entries are judged on length. Measurements will be rounded down to the nearest centimetre. To take the lead the fish must be 1cm longer than the current leader. In the event of a tie the entry received first will be deemed the winner so if you catch a fish get that photo in ASAP.
Any digital manipulation of the photo will be deemed as cheating and will result in the angler being disqualified.
Once you are happy with your photo you must enter it as soon as possible by texting your photo to 0439928615.
An auto reply will be sent confirming we have received your photo entry. Photos will be received no later than 11:00am on the Sunday of the competition weekend.
All competitors using boats must abide but the regulations governing the use of these vessels. This includes appropriate licenses’, safety equipment and conditions of use. RMS officers will be in attendance for the duration of the competition.
When fishing in NSW waters you are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry with you, at all times while fishing, the receipt showing the payment of that fee. This receipt must be able to be produced if requested by an authorised officer. Some exemptions do apply. Fishing licenses are available online (https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-recreational-fishing-licence) and may be available at local outlets. Evidence of your fishing licence will be required at the time of registering for the Darlington Point Riverina Classic Catch & Release Fishing Competition.
It is a legal requirement that all recreational vessels in NSW must carry an appropriate size and type of lifejacket for each person on board. They must be stored or placed to allow quick and easy access. Lifejackets must be either visible to passengers or their location clearly marked and unobstructed. Children under 12 years of age or occupants boating alone must wear a lifejacket at all times. Please refer to the RMS safety & rules boating handbook for more information.
Campers are reminded to abide by all National Parks and Wildlife Service rules and regulations. NO solid fuel fires are permitted. For the latest on Covid 19 conditions https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws-covid-19
Please check the Covid-19 restrictions for your locality https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules
First Aid and your safety
In an emergency, call triple zero (000).
NSW Health is warning residents and visitors in the Riverina to take extra precautions and protect themselves against mosquitoes following the detection of the Murray Valley Encephalitis (or MVE) virus. Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes that carry the virus are usually most active in the hours after sunset and again around dawn.
Coronavirus Who to call- https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/posters-and-print.aspx 1800 020 080 to book an appointment.
Any angler requiring more information or assistance over the weekend, please contact the number listed above, firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find us on Facebook!!
Riverina Classic Tournament Fishing Hours
- Friday 12th February 12noon - 2100
- Saturday 13th February 0600 - 2100
- Sunday 14th February 0600 - 1100