All fish must be weighed on the official scales provided by the organisers to be eligible. Fish presented at the weigh-in station must be taken on rod and reel or hand line only and must be of legal size. Fish must be gilled and gutted (with the exception of live categories) and can be iced down but not frozen. All fish and fishing methods must comply with current DAF and GBRMPA regulations. Fishing can commence at 6am Friday 6th September no earlier. The relevant fishing zone map is available here Zoning Map 17 – Capricorn.
Fish can be brought to the live fish weigh-in station at any time between the hours of 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, and 10:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday at the Pine Beach Hotel. The live fish must remain alive for 30 minutes in the Official recovery tank to qualify for official entry into the event.
Anyone not in the queue at the final weigh-in with a fish to be weighed at by 5pm Friday and Saturday and have to be in line by 12pm Sunday will be deemed ineligible to “weigh-in” and therefore outside the Official Finish Time. Competitors must present an Official 2019 Electronic Ticket at weigh-ins.
Junior competitors must catch the fish and retrieve the fish to the boat or shore themselves. A parent can help lift the fish into the boat. Junior competitors must be able to hold the rod and retrieve the fish by themselves and be able to lift their fish at the weigh-in station to be eligible, inability to do so will be deemed that the junior competitor did not catch the fish and will not be allowed to weigh it in.
Other useful links from GBRMPA are supplied below. Please take the time to view these links prior to commencing you fishing. Good luck to all participants.
- Download our free Eye on the Reef app The app can be downloaded onto any smart phone device and used to determine what zone you are located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the set of rules that apply within that zone. The app can also be used to report sightings and learn about the Reef.
- Download Queensland Boating and Fisheries smartphone app called ‘Qld Fishing’ which features fishing rules in Queensland, including size and possession limits.
- Useful graphics and information are also available on the following links:
Emu Park Events Incorporated accepts no liability for any injury, loss or damage to any person or property in the course of the competition when such injury or loss is due, or alleged to be due to any act, neglect or default on the part of Emu Park Events Incorporated or of any official or agency thereof, and all competitors fully understand that in so participating they do so entirely at their own risk and agree to abide by all rules and regulations.
If you have a children under the age of 18 years old, you give permission and all rights for Emu Park Events committee for use of any audio/visual imagery taken of children via photography, video content, drone footage and audio recordings, name, to be used for purposes of education, promotion, marketing or advertising for (included but not limited too) print, media releases, radio, TV, website, social media, graphics, editorials, banners, stickers, shirts, corflutes, street signs. Also, unless otherwise stated, there will be no restrictions on the geographical distribution of material produced. If the minor is under the laws of the state where his/hers appearance is recorded.
by signing the Emu Park Fishing Classic registration form: – you have read the Terms and Conditions of the Competition presented; and – you understand the terms described and are lawfully abiding by these terms and conditions.
The general public including EPFC contractors, stall holders, volunteers, sponsors, past committee members and families of current committee members are eligible to enter. The current sitting EPFC Committee Members are ineligible to enter the competition.
EPFC may provide refunds for ticket purchases at its own discretion prior to the event date. No refunds are given on or after the event date.