Please reply to this thread if you want to participate this year. I really hope we get lots of participants so it can be another good contest! So come-on people, who's in??
There will be a $15 entree fee again. The first 20 people to get their entry fee to iliketofish get in. Also please include your actual name AND your BFT handle with your entry fee so I know who you are.
This will also be a dual purpose thread. IF you plan on participating you may provide feedback and/or request changes to the rules. If you're not participating, sorry you can't change the rules.
I thought the rules last year worked well so they will be the default unless you guys want changes. Please review them and let me know of requested changes soon so democracy can have time to work!
Here are the rules:
1. The object of the game is to catch the most inches of fish. Only fish caught legally while ice fishing on public waters in the state of Idaho will be scored. Points will be awarded for up to 7 fish. Only one fish of each species will be scored. However you may upgrade and enter a larger individual of a previously scored species. A separate award will also be given for the longest individual fish caught.
The 7 fish may be composed of a combination of …
- Up to 5 different game fish (see page 55 of the 2011-2012 Fishing Seasons and Rules book published by IDFG; except that panfish, will be scored separately). All cutthroat trout and cutthroat x rainbow hybrids will count as one species. All variations of rainbow trout (e.g. banana trout etc.) will be counted as one species. All species of whitefish will be counted as one species.
- Up to 3 panfish. All crappie will be considered one species. All bluegill, sunfish, pumpkin seeds, and green sunfish will be counted as one species. So, you could enter 1 perch, 1 crappie, and 1 sunfish, for a total of up to 3 panfish.
- Up to 1 non-game fish (e.g. sucker, carp, chub etc.).
For example, the 7 species may be composed of 5 game fish, 1 non-game fish, and 1 panfish (probably the best combination). However other valid combinations would include 3 game fish, 3 panfish, and 1 non-game fish; or 4 game fish, and 3 pan fish; or 4 game fish, 2 pan fish, and 1 non-game fish etc….
2. To get credit for a fish you must post the species of fish, date caught, name of lake, and the bait or lure used. You must also include a picture of the fish on the ground/ice next to a measuring tape with the numbers of the tape visible. The BFT logo with the year (2012-2013) and your pretty face (or a picture of your pretty face) must also be in the picture. Pictures of fish in the air next to a tape will not count. Large pictures are okay as it will aid in scoring. (see attached picture for example of a valid entry from last year)
3. Measurements will be awarded by the half inch. All rounding will be down.
NOTE: the better the picture, the more accurate score you will receive. If your fish moves or the tape is covered with snow etc. you may receive a score you don’t like, or the fish might not be eligible to be counted. Point being – take good clear pictures and everybody will be happy.
4. You will only receive credit for fish that YOU caught, not your neighbor, buddy, kid, etc. Please be honest, this is after all just for fun.
5. For the general contest there will be a maximum score of 25 inches per fish. Fish longer than 25 inches may be entered, but a maximum of 25 inches will be awarded. Fish longer than 25 inches are eligible (and likely candidates) to win the longest fish contest, and their full measurement will be used for that.
6. You must be a registered member of BFT to enter.
Awards will consist of two trophies. The first will go to the winner of the “BFT Idaho 7 Fish Challenge”. The winner of the first trophy will also choose a charity where the remaining money in the pool will be sent. The second trophy will go to the person who catches the longest fish.