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October 1st – November 30th 2021

These are the final and definitive rules for the CAG Fall Big 4 2021.

 

Entry to take part in the Fall Big 4 2021 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 2021 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 2021. 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 2021 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, anglers face, 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 2021 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 2021 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

 

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47 minutes ago, David Battistoni said:

Amy. Where do I find the logo to print

The logo will be available for printing or downloading late on the evening of Sept 30th. See Rule #8

8.     The Fall Big 4 2021 logo will be available for download in a separate thread just before the start of the Competition (just before midnight on September 30th). 

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17 hours ago, Bold2013 said:

Can I fish a different region than where I live? Can I included fish in multiple regions?

 

thanks

Yes to both questions - just include the state of capture with each result. 

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3 hours ago, Aaron Withers said:

Pretty sure it is only bank fishing unless it changed. Rule #10 doesnt go into detail but I think it would normally be a part of that rule.

Well I don’t think it has anything to do with fish care. I have the mat on floor of the boat and the same net and slings I use on shore. 

I have no problems fishing from shore. I’m not looking for any sort of advantage. The spot I have my sights on is 150 yards from my usual. I could probably even cut myself a hole on the bank. 
 

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

This seems to be the only thing speaking to method of catch. 

My concerns with it were 1) weighing it accurately 2) managing a photo
. I had assumed I would be doing both from shore anyway. At least in my case. I know I don’t have the stability. But I’ve  prepared myself to be able to take the fish to shore.
Or lose it trying maybe. As well as creating reasons to tell my girlfriend that I “need” to buy more nets and slings. 

 

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Fishing from a boat would be no different than fishing from an island.......I fish for carp from a boat, bank, gravel bar, toilet, pond, lake, river, creek, hill, etc. I don't think a boat gives an advantage or disadvantage................................my three cents, adjusted for inflation...................  MO

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There is nothing in the rules that says you cannot fish from a boat or kayak. 

As long as proper fish care & handling is observed and rules for documenting your capture are followed all will be fine.

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3 hours ago, (MO) MOCarper said:

Fishing from a boat would be no different than fishing from an island.......I fish for carp from a boat, bank, gravel bar, toilet, pond, lake, river, creek, hill, etc. I don't think a boat gives an advantage or disadvantage................................my three cents, adjusted for inflation...................  MO

A boat doesn't give advantage!? I wish I had a boat for certain fish that went under bridges and wrapped around who knows what.

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Ummm....nope- I see minimal advantages- difficult to tight line fish with bite alarms if there is any wind, carp wrap around brush/posts/docks whether your in a boat or on land.................but I do both- all of my current Big 4s are from land..........  MO

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