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Spring Big 4 2020

March 15th – June 15th 2020

These are the final and definitive rules for the CAG Spring Big 4 2020.


It is the Competitors responsibility to read and understand these rules. Entry to take part in the Spring Big 4 2020 binds you to these rules. 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 Big 4 competition you must be a FULLY paid up CAG member (temporary memberships are excluded from entering) and have registered and paid your entry fee of $10.00 payable in the CAG Store for the Spring Big 4 2020 before Noon on March 14th. No entries will be accepted if your registration or payment falls beyond this date.

Please make sure that once you have paid your entry fee entry that you then Register on the CAG Leaderboard. You only have to register ONCE: if you have already registered for other events, i.e. Big 4 or the ATC, then all you need to do is Log in and add the Spring Big 4 2020 event to your name. Instructions on how to use the leaderboard will be posted separately.

2.     The Competition will run from March 15th at 0:01am until midnight on June 15th 2020. 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 by email: big4@joincag.com by no later than Midday June 16th. Provided your entry complies with the rules we will accept your entry and assist you in including it on the leaderboard. No upload or messages posted with a date/time of June 16th midday or beyond will count.

3.     Upload protocol must be adhered to in order to have an entry accepted. If any requirement or detail is missing then the entry will not be counted. It is the Angler’s responsibility to ensure all details are correctly entered. See Rule #6

4.     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.

5.     Upload your entries within 48 hours of capture and certainly no more than 5 days during the period of the competition. All uploads must be completed by midday the day after the competition ends. If you have upload problems you must notify us using this email address only: big4@joincag.com

6.     Your Upload must include the following details: (1)Trophy Photo of you, the captor, with the fish, the Scales used to weigh the fish & the Spring Big 4 Logo for 2020 clearly 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. (4) The date and time of capture which must be entered in the comments section under the photo. 

7.     Photo Requirements: (1) Images must be clear. (See notes below). The fish, angler, scales and logo must all be in focus and clearly visible(2) The Scales & Big 4 Logo must be positioned in the foreground and as close as possible to the fish (scales or logo’s positioned in the background behind the angler and fish are not acceptable). (3) All photo images must clearly show the full width of the fish. Photos where the fish is presented at an angle (45 degrees, tail or head first etc) to the camera will not be accepted.

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

8.     The Spring Big 4 2020 logo will be available for download in a separate thread just before the start of the Competition (just before midnight on March 14th). 

9.     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 of the Big 4 Competition. There will be individual prizes awarded for Biggest Common and Biggest Mirror. Additional recognition awards will be made to the captors of the four biggest fish in the 5 regional areas.

10.   Fish Care. Any entries not showing proper fish handling or care will be rejected!

11.   For the first 72 hours only entries will be also accepted where the photo shows the CAG Spring Big 4 2020 Logo clearly visible on a cell phone or iPad/tablet etc. Printed Logo’s are valid at ALL times during the event dates.

12.   All Anglers must be in possession of the corresponding State Fishery License.

13.   All fish must be caught on a single hook rig, using legal rod and line methods and must be returned safely without harm.

How to Weigh your Catch

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 scales with the sling on the scales and weigh the fish. Scales must be suspended from a Tripod, Weigh Bar or Weigh Crook to ensure stability and accuracy of weight. Holding the scales with your hands will result in an inaccurate reading.

Weigh Methods.png

Some pointers and suggestions for photos.

The Big 4 Logo should be printed out to ensure it can be clearly seen in the photo (Letter or half letter size is ideal). 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 with your elbows balanced on the thigh/knee area and over a suitable un-hooking mat. This allows you to keep proper control of the fish and to place it back on the mat easily and quickly if required. Do not hold the fish out at arms length or while standing. 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 magazine publication and the biggest regional fish photos will be used for awards.

A good example of a Big 4 Entry Photo that meets the Requirements for Rules # 7 & #10

How to Photo Big 4.jpg




Edited by (CT) Savayman
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