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Spring Big 4 2019


These are the final and definitive rules for the CAG Spring Big 4 2019. (Note Rule 1 is now complete and there are no more admissions to the competition.)


It is the Competitors responsibility to read and understand these rules. Any questions about these rules must be made within the period of the competition. If in doubt ask! No changes or allowances will be made to catches or uploads that are outside of these rules. 


  1. To enter the competition you must be a paid up CAG member and have registered and paid your entry fee of $10.00 payable in the CAG Store for the Spring Big 4 2019 between February 1st and March 12th. No entries will be accepted if your registration or payment falls outside of these dates. Please make sure that when your entry is accepted that you then register on the CAG Leaderboard. You only have to register ONCE: if you have already registered for other events, ie Big 4 or the ATC, then all you need to do is Log in and add the Spring Big 4 2019 event to your name after you have paid your entry fee. Instructions on how to use the leaderboard can be found here:  http://www.carpanglersgroup.com/forum/index.php?/forum/403-2019-cag-spring-big4/ Any questions, e-mail Willem through BIG4@JOINCAG.COM


  1. The Competition will run from March 15th at 0:00am until midnight on June 15th 2019. All uploads must be completed by midnight on June 15th. If you have an issue whereby the upload of an entry is not accepted by the CAG Leaderboard on June 15th you must contact Willem through BIG4@JOINCAG.COM  by Mid day June 16th and we will accept your entry and assist you in completing the entry on the following days. No upload or messages posted with a date/time of June 16th midday or beyond will count.
  2. Upload protocol must be adhered to in order to have an entry accepted. If any requirement or detail is missing the entry will not be counted. It is the Angler’s responsibility to ensure all details are entered.
  3. Only your four biggest fish of the common, mirror or leather varieties count (no grass, buffalo or other strains/breeds will be accepted). Upload the first four fish that you catch during the qualifying period. Subsequently, ONLY UPLOAD a fish if it is BIGGER than your fourth biggest fish. DO NOT UPLOAD FISH THAT ARE SMALLER THAN YOUR FOURTH BIGGEST FISH: this clogs the system and causes errors in uploads. This competition is about four big fish only not the total quantity of fish caught during the competition.
  4. Captures should be updated within 48 hours of capture and no later than 5 days during the competition. However where there are key dates relating to prizes ie end of Month Leader Prize uploads MUST BE UPLOADED WITHIN 48 HOURS. For end of competition all uploads must be completed by midday June 16th. If you have upload problems you must notify using this email address only: big4@joincag.com
  5. Required details: Your Upload must include the following: (1)Trophy Photo of you, the captor, with the fish, the scales used to weigh the fish, the Spring Big 4 logo for 2019 visible in black and white or color; (2) the exact weight of the fish in lbs and ozs; (3) the State in which the fish was caught. Photo sizes are a maximum of 250kb. Please ensure you enter date and time of capture in the comments section under the photo.  All Anglers must be in possession of the corresponding State Fishery License and all fish must be caught on legal rod and line methods and returned safely without harm. Please check your scales for accuracy and ensure that you properly zero the weigh sling (wetted but properly drained) before weighing your catch. Here’s a suggestion: wet your weigh sling, shake off any excess water then hang it on the scales until the water drains and the weight is stable. This usually takes less than 30 seconds. Then zero the sling on the scales and weigh the fish.

           The CAG BOD reserves the right to request an angler entered in the CAG Big 4 to submit their scales for verification in the event of any disputes.

  1. The Spring Big 4 2019 logo will be available for download in a separate thread from the date of the opening of the Competition. 
  2. Prizes will be awarded to the Anglers finishing in the first 10 places which will be determined as the aggregate of that Anglers best four fish caught within the rules and during the period March 15th 0:00am until June 15th Midnight. There will be prizes awarded for Biggest Common and Biggest Mirror. Additional recognition awards will be made to the captors of the individual biggest fish in the 5 regional areas. Prizes will also be awarded to the Leader as of the final day of each calendar month of the competition: End of March, April and May.
  3. Images must be clear. (See notes below). The fish, angler, scales and logo must all be in focus and clearly visible. 
  4. For the first 72 hours only entries will be accepted where the CAG Spring Big 4 Logo is on a cell phone or iPad/tablet or similar any of which must be in the photo. This will be acceptable only for fish caught on March 15th through March 17th allowing everyone time to print the required paper version. 

Some pointers and suggestions for photos.


    The Big 4 Logo is only 3.75 x 2.75 inches. This is the size of many state/provincial fishing and hunting licenses. You can therefore put your logo in a standard license holder from any tackle shop, and pin it on your clothes, or even your unhooking mat. You can also print out a larger version to ensure good visibility. Enclose your logo in a zip lock bag or get it laminated to prevent it getting wet or damaged.


    When taking the photo have the fish close to your body/over the thigh/knee area and over a suitable un-hooking mat. This allows you to keep proper control of the fish. The fish, angler, scales and logo must all be in focus. When taking the picture do not zoom in to just have angler and fish. Zooming in reduces the pixilation count on the photo and reduces the quality of the photo. Winners photos will be used for magazines and the biggest regional fish photos will be used for awards. Maximum size of photo is 250kb. Please read the full Leaderboard and upload info: 






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22 hours ago, Nathan G said:

Damn, I missed the sign up. Haven't been online much lately.  Three month event and no late registration?


After some issues in the past it was decided not to continue with registrations after the start of the Big 4. 

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6 hours ago, C Harriman said:

Will anyone who paid the $10 fee in advance but did not register on the "old" leaderboard be considered a participant? 

If you paid before the deadline you should still be able to register on the leaderboard. Have you tried?

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6 hours ago, (CT) Savayman said:

If you paid before the deadline you should still be able to register on the leaderboard. Have you tried?

Chris, I can see you listed on the 2019 Spring leaderboard. You are all set.

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