Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic Rules 2022

This page contains information about the rules and conditions of entry into the Te Anau Manapouri Fishing competition AND the Take a Kid Fishing competition.

If you are entered online and are also skippering a boat, to speed up your registration process, we recommend you print this Skippers form (coming soon), fill in and bring with you to registration. It will save having to fill it in at registration and you will able to get out fishing earlier!

Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Competition

General tournament rules

  1. Earlybird entries (prior to midnight the 31 August 2022) shall be rewarded with a double ticket, meaning that if you catch a fish you will receive two entries into the Top 10 Barrel Draw (only one fish required).
  2. All participants in the 2022 Stabicraft Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic shall have a current fishing license.  NOTE: Available online at Fish & Game (www.fishandgame.org.nz)
  3. No person shall enter in more than 1 category in the Stabicraft Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic; however, children may enter the Take a Kid Fishing competition as well as the Child Lake category
  4. No fish taken from McGregor Pond may be entered in the Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic competition.
  5. Fish shall only be taken from the waters and shoreline of Lakes Manapouri, Te Anau and the Upper Waiau.
    Participants should be aware of the Non-Motorised Area from the Te Anau control structure to the Marakura Yacht Club.
  6. Rules set out by Fish & Game for the waters of Lakes Te Anau, Manapouri & the Upper Waiau shall be adhered to.
  7. All participants must register at the Te Anau Rugby Club to receive Weigh In tickets prior to commencing fishing.
  8. If you fail to register and collect your Weigh In tickets then you will be ineligible for any prizes.
  9. Only 1 fish per individual entry may be weighed in.
  10. No fish are to be caught prior to 2.00pm on Friday 22nd of October 2021. 
  11. No fish will be accepted at the weigh in after 2.00pm Sunday 23th October 2022.
  12. Fish are to be gutted but not beheaded prior to weighing in and must be in an edible condition.
  13. Please consider a Catch and Release policy for any fish you will not be weighing in.
  14. All entrants must be present at the prize giving in order to claim a prize.
  15. All prizes are to be allocated by condition factor ‚Äď except the Manapouri Perch prize which will be for the heaviest Perch - and the major prize of the Stabicraft boat will be by barrel draw. This will be in the form of a shoot-out involving 10¬†entrants. Prizes will be drawn under Police Supervision.
  16. You need to weigh in a fish to be in the draw for the Stabicraft boat.
  17. The boat shall remain the property of the Promoter until 1st August 2023 at which time ownership shall be transferred to the Winner. 
  18. The Promoter shall lease the boat to the winner from 24th October 2022 until 1st August 2023 for the sum of NZ$5.00. The winner shall ensure that the prize is fully insured for the period of the lease and provide to the organiser proof of such insurance.
  19. The above rule may be voided and the lease cancelled only on the receipt of a letter of approval signed by the Managing Director of Stabicraft Marine Ltd and the Chairperson of the Organising Committee and emailed to info@teanauevents.co.nz or posted to the Organising Committee at PO Box 74, Te Anau 9640, 5 working days prior to the intention to cancel the lease.
  20. In the event of extreme adverse weather or any other eventuality that requires the event to be cancelled or postponed, a decision would be made by the Committee and Safety Officer in consultation with local Police.
  21. In the event of rough weather all skippers shall report to a safety boat before commencing their journey home. Check your safety boat guide for the boat closest to your location.
  22. Southland Regional Council Navigation Safety Bylaws 2009. Boats and Skippers must comply with local boating bylaws, as per the ‚ÄúNavigation Safety Guideline‚ÄĚ brochure for Te Anau ‚Äď Manapouri.
  23. All vessels must have at least two (2) forms of communication at all times and at all locations. The Fishing Classic Committee strongly recommends that all boats have a working VHF Radio and/or cell phone (in a plastic bag).
  24. Life jackets must be worn at all times on vessels under 6 metres in length. However, the Fishing Classic Committee strongly recommends that all persons on board all vessels, irrespective of boat length, shall wear a life jacket.
  25. Boats will be required to show a boat name or registration number and skippers¬†must¬†fill in a ‚ÄúSkippers Two Minute‚ÄĚ form at time of registration.¬† Information on this form would be used in the event of an emergency and to assist Emergency Services in locating you.
  26. Didymo is present in Lake Te Anau and Manapouri. Please ‚ÄúCheck, Clean & Dry‚ÄĚ all boats and equipment. Didymo spray bottles and sachets will be available at registration.
  27. Members of the organising committee are ineligible for any prize.
  28. In entering this tournament, you agree to hold free of liability all members of the organising committee, their sponsors and associates. You will be required to sign an indemnity form at registration.
  29. Any dispute regarding the interpretation of these rules shall be decided by the organising committee whose decision shall be final and no correspondence shall be entered into.
  30. Breach of any of these rules may lead to participants being disqualified from the tournament.

Take a Kid Fishing Rules and Conditions

  1. This event will take place 7.30am -  6pm on the Saturday of Labour Weekend. 

  2. All entrants must register prior to beginning fishing.

  3. Only children aged 11 years and under as at the 1st of October 2022 are eligible to enter this section of the Tournament.

  4. Participants must have a current fishing license. Licenses for Children (under 12 years on Oct 1) will be available at time of registration.

  5. All children entering this event must have a parent or guardian accompany them during the event. This event is not to be treated as a baby sitting service.

  6. A number of experienced fisherman will be on hand to advise and assist.

  7. Prizegiving will be held at the Te Anau Rugby Club at 2.00pm Sunday 23rd October (in the case of wet weather, prize giving will be moved to the Fiordland Community Event Centre).

  8. Only 1 fish per entrant is to weighed in.

  9. Weigh in will be available at McGregor's Pond between 9am and 6pm on Saturday 22 October 2022.

  10. Any child that lands 2 fish, kept or not, must retire as per the Fish & Game regulations for McGregor Pond.

  11. While we will be encouraging ‚ÄúCatch & Release‚ÄĚ, no injured fish are to be returned to the water.

  12. No fish caught in the Take A Kid Fishing competition may be entered in the Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic competition.

  13. Children are encouraged to pre enter on our website, but may also enter at the Te Anau Rugby Grounds on Friday 21 of October between 2pm and 9pm or on Saturday 22 of October at McGregor's Pond between 9am and 4pm.

  14. Any dispute regarding the interpretation of these rules shall be decided by the organising committee whose decision shall be final and no correspondence shall be entered into.

Please consider a Catch and Release policy for any fish you will not be weighing in.  Remember, only ONE FISH per person is allowed to be weighed in.