We are always looking for controllers to assist at our competitions. The job is not hard and you get to quiz some on NZ top anglers. If you can help them please contact us.

Responsibilities of a Controller

You must check that every time a competitor lands a fish

  • All flies will be dressed on hooks which are barb-less.
  • The distance between the files is at least 50 cm when hanging vertically
  • The fish is landed in the net and passed to the controller
  • Factory made floating, sinking or sink tip lines may be used (Shooting heads are prohibited). 
  • All weight must be incorporated within the dressing
  • Beadhead flies are allowed provided only one bead is exposed and the exposed bead is no more than 4 mm in diameter.
  • Braided leaders are not allowed.

Valid Fish are

  • The fish is equal or greater than 18 cm  (depends on size limit set for each comp)
  • Only fish hooked in the mouth area (i.e. in front of the gill cover) will be eligible for the awarding of points.
  • A fish hooked inside the time limit is eligible if it is landed not more than ten (10) minutes after the end of the period
  • That is netting of fish must be done by the competitor, except in boat fishing when the controller may assist.
  • In the event of the loss of a fish by a controller before measurement or weighing, the competitor will be awarded the average of the points for all valid fish taken in that sector in that period.

You must not

  • Give advise on how to or where to fish
  • Supply tackle

It is desirable if you

  • Carry a copy of the rules with you
  • Ask if you are unsure of any of the rules
  • Familiarize yourself with the beat that your competitor is going to fish
  • Have the competitors must confirm catch information by signing their scorecard at the end of the session.

If there is a breach of a rule, then it is your responsibility to gather the facts and evidence necessary to prepare a report for the people controlling the event.

Care of fish caught 

  • The controller must remove the hook, revive the fish and release it, taking care not to damage the fish, and do this as efficiently as possible to minimise the time it is out of the water.
  • Warm dry hands can harm fish, so wet them before handling – the use of wet gloves or a rag is highly recommended (the net is a good substitute for this)
  • It is recommended to keep the fish in the net while measuring to reduce the risk of any harm to the fish.
  • Do not squeeze the fish or hold it tightly and never put fingers in the gills.
  • When releasing fish hold them in the water facing into the current until they decide they want to swim away.

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