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Fall Big 4 2020

October 1st – November 30th 2020

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

 

Entry to take part in the Fall Big 4 2020 binds you to these rules.

It is the Competitors responsibility to read and understand these rules.

No changes or allowances will be made to catches or uploads outside of these rules.

If in doubt ask!

 

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 Fall Big 4 2020 before Noon on September 30th. No entries will be accepted if your registration or payment falls beyond this date.

-  Please look for a separate topic on how to post your catches! -

2.     The Competition will run from October 1st at 0:01am until midnight on November 30th 2020. All uploads must be completed by midnight on November 30th. If you have an issue whereby the upload of an entry is not accepted by the CAG Leaderboard on November 30th you must contact Willem by email: big4@joincag.com by no later than Midday December 1st. 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 December 1st 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 & not the total quantity of fish caught during the competition.

5.     Upload your entries within 48 hours of capture and before midnight on the last day when the competition ends. If you have upload problems or unable to upload within 48 hours of capture you must notify us using this email address only: big4@joincag.com  See Rule #2

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 Fall 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 any angler entered in the CAG Big 4 to submit his/her scales for verification in the event of any disputes.

8.     The Fall Big 4 2020 logo will be available for download in a separate thread just before the start of the Competition (just before midnight on September 30th). 

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 Fall 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 necessary State Fishing 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 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 body of the scales with your hands will result in an inaccurate reading.

Weighing Options.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

The Big 4 logo and Scales are positioned & clearly visible in the foreground

Photo with Logo Scales.jpg

 

Edited by (CT) Savayman
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Any accommodations for those that can’t walk Good or kneel with a fish? I’ve tried doing the selfie and it’s pretty impossible physically speaking.

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14 hours ago, Nanook said:

Any accommodations for those that can’t walk Good or kneel with a fish? I’ve tried doing the selfie and it’s pretty impossible physically speaking.

 

Would a small stool or upturned bucket to sit on help? 

What kind of photo set up do you use? Some offer remote trigger options instead of relying on a self timer which allows more time to get settled and in position to take a photo.

 

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I’ve got the iPhone 10 but 10 seconds isn’t enough time. The tripod from NGT WITH THE CLICKER is too hard to push with a fish in my hands. I could sit on my wagon and take a picture I’m sure. 

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I fell on my butt after that selfie because my legs are too weak😂

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7 hours ago, Tyler0420 said:

I’d say let him take a pic of the fish on a mat with scale and logo in the picture.  

If we start that then who knows? Just sit on something or the ground if you have to...

At my age I still take fish pics on my knees mainly cause Im often alone. Weather you lose balance or the fish flops around, usually under 5 takes you will get the pic necessary for entry.

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15 hours ago, Nanook said:

I’ve got the iPhone 10 but 10 seconds isn’t enough time. The tripod from NGT WITH THE CLICKER is too hard to push with a fish in my hands. I could sit on my wagon and take a picture I’m sure. 

Download the app “Photo Timer+“ from the App Store. I use it all the time. Allows customized delay up to 60 seconds and can take multiple photos at once.

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Thanks!

 

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Have you tried an iPhone remote for taking pictures? This might be an ideal option as you can hold the fish AND then operate the remote when you are ready to take a photo. 

$6 via Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Bestshoot-Wireless-Bluetooth-Shutter-Smartphones/dp/B07BLWY9BP

or other options here:

https://www.bestreviews.guide/iphone-remote-for-photos

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Hm, rule #5 is back to overly stringent constraints... Here is the text we had for the (canceled) Spring event:

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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.

Seemed much more realistic to me. People may fish for several days out of coverage... Might be clearer to say:

Upload your entries preferably within 48 hours of capture and certainly no more than 5 days during the period of the competition.

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On 9/7/2020 at 1:25 PM, (CT) Savayman said:

Have you tried an iPhone remote for taking pictures? This might be an ideal option as you can hold the fish AND then operate the remote when you are ready to take a photo. 

$6 via Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Bestshoot-Wireless-Bluetooth-Shutter-Smartphones/dp/B07BLWY9BP

Thanks a lot for the advice. I bought one, received it this morning and it works great to remotely trigger either picture taking or video recording. Very cool!

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