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CAG's First Fishing Folly (FFF) 2019

CAG’s First Fishing Folly is back for a 16th year!  FFF is an enjoyable, challenging, world-wide, CAG event held on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, during which registered anglers can fish anytime from 12:00 midnight to 11:59 p.m.  They enter their photographed catches in any number of FFF contest categories (first carp of the year, total number of carp captured, big fish, small fish, big mirror, etc.). Participation takes some strong will-power, a willingness to face the elements, a touch of goofiness, and maybe just a tad of craziness to go fishing for carp at all hours of the day and night on January 1, 2019!

Registration will begin on Saturday, December 1, 2018, or perhaps a few hours earlier than that.

Thanks to CAG President Iain Sorrell and the CAG BoD for giving me the opportunity to coordinate the event for a sixth straight year. CAG will generously provide up to $700 worth of event prizes. That CAG support gets the prize package to some nice levels.  An added plus - there is no entry fee for participants!  You must simply be a CAG member in good standing to participate.

I will summarize below a few reminders for FFF 2019. I encourage you to sign up on the 2019 FFF Registration thread when it becomes available on December 1, and I look forward to your participation. Have fun. —Dr. Frank Rink, FFF 2019 Coordinator

Here are some 2019 FFF guidelines that apply to you:

1.  No need for a fishing partner (although it is encouraged).  It’s tough enough convincing our significant others to allow us to fish on New Year’s Day, and it can be even tougher finding a fishing partner to serve as a witness, especially for the wee hours of January 1. Even though partnerships and group angling are encouraged, individual anglers will be allowed to participate in FFF 2019 and submit catches and related information without a witness. The honor system will be in place relative to your submitting accurate weights and times. Keep in mind, though, that you are still required to submit a picture of you holding your catch (your face must be showing) for every fish/entry you submit. You better be good at taking “selfies” or at using a camera with a timer. Just be safe out there if you are alone!

2.  There will be two Fishing Zones to better spread the prize package.  North America will be split into a North Zone and a South Zone. Check the FFF 2019 Zone Map carefully to determine which Zone you are in.  Other than for the First Fish of the Year and related Lucky 13 category as well as for the Jerome Moisand FFF 2019 Adventure Tale category, all other fishing awards will be given both to anglers fishing in the North Zone and to anglers fishing in the South Zone (see map below (you may click on images for larger versions)). There is no guarantee that it will be cold above the zone boundary line and warm below. It's just a line. However, it gives more anglers an opportunity at some prizes and recognition.
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3.  All sunrise photos earn the photographer a Sunrise certificate.  All who submit a sunrise photo will receive a certificate touting their work. Getting out of bed and taking a sunrise photo on January 1, 2019 is no small feat in itself and deserves some recognition.  The primary intention of this category is to share some fabulous January 1 photos with fellow CAG anglers. In fact, if it’s too foggy, cloudy, snowy, or rainy, you can still take a picture at the approximate time of sunrise. A separate thread will be created to submit and share sunrise photos.

4.  The contest will be completely transparent.  All registrations, contest entry submissions, and award announcements will be made within threads created on this FFF 2019 main forum. That means that you should know how to post a photo on the forum. In the case of extreme difficulty, I will take your photo via e-mail and post the photo for you. I will crunch the weight data, post results, and announce prizes within a week of the submission deadline. I realize that the announcement of winners will not be a big surprise, but I like the open, transparent aspect of posting all photos and data on a thread accessible to all. It also gives you a chance to check my skills of adding pounds and ounces and to make sure I haven't overlooked anyone.

5.  The contest will be completely free.  There is no fee to participate, but, as noted, you must be a CAG member to register for and participate in FFF 2019!  What are you waiting for?  Registration begins on December 1, 2018!

6.  Registration deadline.  You must register by 11:59 p.m. (your local time) on Monday, December 31, 2018. Registering much earlier than that is always appreciated. A registration thread will be created on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  Thanks.—Frank


Specific Rules for FFF 2019

1. Go through a tough negotiation with your significant other, and, hopefully, get “permission” to fish on January 1, 2019. To count, a carp must be hooked and landed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 between midnight and 11:59:59 p.m.

2.  Although partnerships are encouraged for this FFF 2019 adventure, individuals are allowed to fish on their own throughout the duration of the contest. No witness is needed for your catches. We trust your honesty in recording and reporting your catches, times, and weights. We are CAG!

3. Please follow property access restrictions and local laws. You may use as many rods as locally allowed, and you may prebait as much as your DNR deems acceptable. Please catch carp with a single hook. Exhibit proper carp care with appropriate nets, weighing mats, and slings. Practice CPR--catch, photograph, and release.

4.  All carp must be both hooked and landed on January 1, 2019.  It's fine to cast a rod and start fishing on December 31, but make sure any fish you submit are hooked after the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2019.   We are counting on your honesty and sense of fair-play.   The time a fish is hooked must be after midnight.  A carp will not count if it is hooked at 11:59 p.m. on 12/31/18 and landed at 12:01 a.m. on 1/1/19.

As indicated in rule #5 below, the 
exact landing time of a fish is the time it is safely secured in your net. That is the time you submit on your entry post.

5. (THIS IS A RELATIVELY RECENT RULE CHANGE)
a. For contest purposes, you must record and submit the landing time and weight of all your captures. 
b. The exact landing time of a fish is the time it is safely secured in your net. 
c. For contest purposes, a photo of you holding the fish or of you with the fish on the mat must be taken and submitted for all your captures.  Your face must be in the photo.  Your camera's date and time stamp on the photo would be nice, but it is not required.  We trust your honor.
d. When you post the photos on the designated FFF 2019 forum thread, caption it with your name, the weight of the carp in pounds and ounces, and the time of capture. Don't forget to tare your weigh-sling. If you are fishing solo, the same photo and recording requirements apply, so you better be good at taking “selfies” while holding a carp or at handling a camera with a timer.

6. Only carp designated as Cyprinus Carpio (common and mirror carp) count. Other varieties (Crucian, buffalo, grass, silver, etc.) do not count. 

7. Even though non-members are welcome to accompany CAG members and fish with them during FFF 2019, the actual contest, awards, certificates, and public posting of winners are reserved for CAG members only. CAG members must register for FFF 2019 by 11:59 p.m (your local time) on December 31, 2018 to be eligible for awards and acknowledgments.

Now the fine print. Your participation in CAG’s First Fishing Folly 2019 automatically binds you to the following waiver of liability:

1. In consideration for receiving permission to participate in the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly on January 1, 2019, I hereby release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue the organizers of the event, their officers, families, servants, agents and employees (hereinafter referred to as "releasees") from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or relating to any loss, damage or injury, including death, that may be sustained by me, or to any property belonging to me or another, whether caused by the negligence of the releasees, or otherwise, while participating in the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly on January 1, 2019, or while in, on or upon the premises where the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly on January 1, 2019 is being conducted, while in transit to or from the premises, or in any place or places connected with the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly on January 1, 2019.

2. I am fully aware of risks and hazards connected with being on the premises and participating in the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly on January 1, 2019, and I am fully aware that there may be risks and hazards unknown to me connected with being on the premises and participating in the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly on January 1, 2019, and I hereby elect to voluntarily participate in the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly on January 1, 2019, to enter upon the above named premises and engage in activities knowing that conditions may be hazardous, or may become hazardous or dangerous to me and my property. I voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risks of loss, property damage or personal injury, including death, that may be sustained by me, or any loss or damage to property owned by me or another, as a result of my being a participant in the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly on January 1, 2019, whether caused by the negligence of releasees or otherwise.

3. I further hereby agree to indemnify and save and hold harmless the releasees and each of them, from any loss, liability, damage or costs they may incur due to my participation in the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly on January 1, 2019, whether caused by the negligence of any or all of the releasees, or otherwise.

4. It is my express intent that this Release shall bind the members of my family and spouse, if I am alive, and my heirs, assigns and personal representative, if I am deceased, and shall be deemed as a Release, Waiver, Discharge and Covenant Not to Sue the above named releasees.

Don't forget to register for FFF 2019 by 11:59 p.m. (your local time) on Monday, December 31, 2018.  Registering much earlier than that is always appreciated.  Registration opens on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  Thanks and get out there! —Dr. Frank Rink, FFF 2019 Coordinator
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Click here to post all FFF 2019 Carp Entries/Captures/Photos
Click here for FFF 2019 Detailed Rules.
Click here for FFF 2019 Contest Categories and Prizes.

Click here to post all FFF 2019 Jerome Adventure Tale Entries

Click here to post all FFF 2019 Sunrise Photos

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FFF 2019 is over!  CAG’s FFF 2020 will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2020!  I hope you will consider participating.

Thanks to the Carp Anglers Group (CAG) for funding the prizes, to Linear Bait Co. and Brian Wisnowski for a generous discount to CAG for Linear Bait Co. vouchers/prizes, to Jerome Moisand for helping judge the “Jerome Adventure Tale” category, and to Iain Sorrell for prize solicitation, for helping judge the “Jerome Adventure Tale” category, and for his continual support and leadership as CAG president!

Biggest thanks to the 83 anglers who registered for the event and to the 22 anglers who submitted entries.  You captured 106 carp weighing in excess of 900 pounds.  Not bad for the conditions that many of you faced on 1/1/19!

I have sent messages, either through the CAG Forum Message system or through CAG’s Facebook Messages, to the prize winners. 

Those messages include your voucher code if you were a CAG Store voucher winner and/or a request for your email address if you were a Linear Bait Co. voucher winner (so your voucher can be coded and finalized).  If you are a Linear Bait Co. voucher winner, please respond to me with your email address by Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  Thank you!

It was an enjoyable event for me in the planning, execution, and participation (even though I blanked this year), and in seeing some incredible catches, stories, and photos.  Thanks to all involved and congratulations to the winners!  Tight lines in 2019!

Dr. Frank Rink
Coordinator of FFF 2019, FFF 2018, FFF 2017, FFF 2016, FFF 2015, FFF 2014

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