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Old 11-14-2014, 05:30 PM
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2014 Hard Water Fishing Derby – Official Submission Thread

This is the official entry thread for the 2014 Hard Water Fishing Derby. Here you will find rules, instructions for participation, other members entries and the current standings.

Anyone on this forum can participate in this derby, no registration is required just submit entries according to rules below.

IMPORTANT: Please NO discussion/congratulations in this thread. This thread is meant only for contest submissions. You are definitely encouraged to talk about your fishing trip and your fish, but please start a new thread or use the following thread.

http://www.outdoorsmenforum.ca/showthread.php?t=235431


Categories and Awards:

There are multiple categories associated with this derby as specified below. The awards for winning a certain category is bragging rights and winners will be supplied with signatures that they may use if they want.

1. Biggest Fish (by length)
  1. Artic Grayling
  2. Brook Trout
  3. Brown Trout
  4. Burbot
  5. Cutthroat Trout
  6. Lake Trout
  7. Lake Whitefish
  8. Northern Pike
  9. Rainbow Trout
  10. Rocky Mountain Whitefish
  11. Sucker(All Species)
  12. Walleye
  13. Yellow Perch

2. Combination Awards
  1. Most Species Caught
  2. Best Alberta Slam (Largest Combined Length of Pike, Walleye and Rainbow Trout)
  3. Ultimate Alberta Angler (Largest Combined Length of All Species)

In determination of Best Alberta Slam and Ultimate Alberta Angler only the largest fish of each species will be counted. You may submit multiple entries as you catch larger fish but know that only the largest submitted fish will count towards your totals. Example: If you post pictures of a 12” perch, a 36” pike, and a 15” rainbow your total would be 63”. If you get a 13” perch your total will become 64”. I will be keeping track of the standings and updating this thread with them every other week(and possibly more often near the end).


Instructions to Participate:

1. Print off a token(token will be posted either this Wednesday or Thursday) and fill in your AO username and remember to take this token with you when you go fishing (you’ll need to take a picture with it). Using the token is the only way to guarantee your fish will be counted, that said if you forget it at home etc then your picture will still be accepted if the following conditions are met.
  • Date can be proven either by time stamp, exif data or date in photo
  • Proof you caught the fish by having your username, face or other distinguishing feature in the photo.
2. Take a picture using the rules below and then post it to this thread. Check out the “Posting Pictures” thread here if you need help: http://outdoorsmenforum.ca/showthread.php?t=191020
3. In your post, please put the SPECIES NAME, and your MEASURED LENGTH.
4. Photos must be posted within 2 weeks. Stockpiling fish and submitting them at the end of the derby will not be accepted.


Rules:

1. Official Judges: AO members AppleJax, RavYak and CanadianBadass will be acting as judges. There hopefully won't be any issues but if there are the judges will converse and their decision will be final.
2. Timeline: November 22, 2014(Changed due to early ice) to March 15, 2015. ALL entries MUST be posted by noon on March 16, 2015 to be eligible.
3. Photos: Must show the entire fish in a live healthy state, your token, and fish measuring device(measuring board, tape measure etc). Please review and follow these photo requirement/suggestions.
  • Photos taken at home afterwards will not qualify.
  • Photos of dead or frozen fish will not be accepted.
  • Photos where the measurement isn’t legible can not be counted either.
  • Photos in which only a partial measurement can be clearly read will be scored as the largest readable measurement as determined by judges.
  • Using a measuring board is recommended as it not only makes attaining the photo much easier but it also provides a boundary for the fish to keep it out of the snow.
  • At this time a boundary is not required but is recommended. Suggestions for a boundary include a garbage bag, tarp, rubber/foam mats, measuring boards and more. Metal surfaces are obviously not good boundaries and cloth will work but should be damp. If you choose not to use a boundary please thoroughly clear the snow from where you plan on doing measurements. If there are an excessive amount of photos showing snow covered fish I will change the boundary to a requirement.
4. Locations: It is not required to disclose the lake of origin with your entry but the lake must be managed under the Alberta Fishing Regulations (ie: no private or community lakes). If a judge requires further proof the lake is in Alberta, be prepared to verbally verify it in confidence.
5. Catch and Release/Fish Handling/Barbs:
  • C&R is encouraged, but submissions of fish being kept are acceptable as long as the fish is live and healthy at the time of the photo.
  • If you are practicing C&R, handle the fish with the least possible impact, “C&R Fish Handling Suggestions” are provided below. Please try your utmost to use these for the contest.
  • In accordance with the official SRD stance, participants are encouraged to use barbless hooks but are not legally required to do so.
  • No negative posts about any of the above, use Private Messaging if you feel the burning need, or just lead by example.

Measuring Fish Length (from Alberta SRD)

Length – The total length (maximum) of a fish is measured from the tip of the nose or jaw to the tip of the tail fin, with the tail pinched.

NOTE: When measuring a fish either lay the fish on or directly beside tape so that it can be easily read. Do not set the tape on top of the fish or far away so that an accurate measurement is not possible. Please avoid using flexible tape measures as they are less accurate and also know that a yellow measuring tape is usually easier to read in a photo then a white one. As mentioned above a fish measuring device makes measuring and photos much easier and I highly recommend having one. You can either make one or buy them at most fishing stores.


C&R Fish Handling Technique

Fish handling is all about doing the least harm possible to the fish, which involves two main ideals: keeping the protective coating and not causing physical harm.

1. Protective coating: All fish have a protective coating on their skin, compromising this coating has long-term negative health consequences.
  • When grabbing the fish, refrain from using rough surfaced ‘fish gloves’, wool or cotton gloves are okay if they are soaked before handling the fish. If using bare hands, getting your hands wet before handling fish will cause less damage to the protective coating.
  • When you are laying the fish down, it helps to wet the surface beforehand. Please do not lay fish directly in snow as it will freeze to them, take the time to clean a spot for measurements when you arrive.
  • Handle fish with a secure grip. A fish dropping onto the ice and thrashing against objects will severely impact its protective layer.
2. Physical Harm
  • Do not put your fingers in the gills of the fish.
  • Do not put your fingers in the eyes of the fish.
  • Limit the time the fish spends out of the water.
  • Barbless hooks are encouraged.
  • If the fish has an over-inflated swim bladder, do not puncture it or squeeze the fish. Put the fish in the water and allow time for the bladder to deflate.
  • Holding fish horizontally is better than vertically, as it causes less stress on vertebrae and organs.
  • Carry needle nose pliers to allow hook to be removed more easily.
  • Check tipups frequently to reduce stress time on fish.

Very Important: Remember to have fun out there and good luck to everyone who participates.
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:32 PM
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And just to reiterate. Tokens will be made available this coming Wednesday or Thursday and the derby will be starting next Saturday, November 22nd.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:36 PM
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Ok guys, here are the tokens. I set it up so that you can print 4 on one page so you have extras.
Thank you sir. I fully intend to improve my score this season. I'd be watching over your shoulder...no where to go but up for me!





OK - my goal is to at least catch one.

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Old 11-21-2014, 04:55 PM
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Haven't looked at the ice yet but man did this rain and warm weather make a number on our snow... Looks like spring out there... Hopefully the ice is still good, be careful if you are going out this weekend, ice probably isn't as good as it was last week...
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Here is a new token
I will be accepting any token(printed, hand written etc) that references 2014 hard water derby and your AO user name...


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Here's my entry with no proof other than my word so I guess it won't count but this is what I got for my hard work yesterday out in the foothills.[IMG][/IMG]
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Someone beat me

Well this is the first official post

I didn't have a token and someone didn't like so share there's but I got the selfie. 14 3/4 inch rainbown lol



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Here's my entry with no proof other than my word so I guess it won't count but this is what I got for my hard work yesterday out in the foothills.
It also wouldn't count because the derby didn't start until today .

Remember that if you forget your token all you need to do is prove date and identity(or write hard water derby and username on piece of paper, in snow or whatever). A token guarantees your catch will count though and as such is the recommended method.

Lund Rebel, print a token :P.
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Everything good in life starts out small. Heres to bigger and better things to come. Brookie took a nasty gut hook unfortunately!
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Keep em coming guys! Please remember to post your measured lengths as it is a lot easier for me to confirm a length then it is to try and determine one. I will be posting the first standings update middle of next week.
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Pike now at 32 inches hoping to add another foot to that today. Pic when Im home again
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Pike now at 32 inches hoping to add another foot to that today. Pic when Im home again
Im a little dissapointed, only managed to bump my pike 10 inches so far. 42 by 21 inch lovely fat girl now. Pics when I get home.
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Im a little dissapointed, only managed to bump my pike 10 inches so far. 42 by 21 inch lovely fat girl now. Pics when I get home.
and my best of the day, 42 1/2 inches pinched. anyone missing a poodle?
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Pike now at 32 inches hoping to add another foot to that today. Pic when Im home again
my 32 first. just to keep them in order. got 2 this size today
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Sure hope this counts I had to get creative with no pen or paper lol 13.25 inch perch!
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Sure hope this counts I had to get creative with no pen or paper lol 13.25 inch perch!
I Would highly recommend a Metal Tape . That cloth one just does not stay flat, therefore throwing the measurement off !
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I Would highly recommend a Metal Tape . That cloth one just does not stay flat, therefore throwing the measurement off !
Come on you guys this is supposed to be a competition for fun, have a little trust you don't think I measured it completely flat? Hard to take a pic by yourself. If there is going to be a problem with every entry I make I won't continue this little "fun" tournament.
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Come on you guys this is supposed to be a competition for fun, have a little trust you don't think I measured it completely flat? Hard to take a pic by yourself. If there is going to be a problem with every entry I make I won't continue this little "fun" tournament.
Im not saying it does not count, its just easier to use the yellow metal tapes while alone, that's all ricky, never meant for it to be offensive, more of a suggestion ! Beauty Perch FYI , that will be hard to top ! GJ
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Thought I lost this pic for good since I deleted it before copying... If anyone ever needs help with recovering a deleted photo I now know how to do it lol.

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Old 12-31-2014, 08:03 AM
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Thanks for the update Tyler. That photoshop method is pretty neat.

Just reminder to everyone that this is strictly a fun derby first and foremost, so if you can't play nice here then this is not for you....

If you have any problems you can do so on PM.
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Well it's been a slow start this year but I finally got out and caught a few fish to post on the board.
Burbot 26 inches.
Pike 27 inches.
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