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DERBY RULES

BKUAA 4th Annual Brooklyn Fishing Derby Official Rules

DERBY DATES and TIMES:

The 2012 Derby begins at 6PM on October 14, 2012 and ends at 6PM, November 17, 2012.

ELIGIBLE FISH SPECIES:

Eligible fish are Striped Bass and Bluefish, hereinafter referred to as the Species.

DIVISIONS and ENTRY FEES:

An individual may register only once in each division for which he/she is eligible. By registering and paying to enter the third annual Brooklyn Fishing Derby, participants will automatically become members of the Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association (BKUAA), which includes a membership card.

ALL TACKLE PACKAGE (ALL TACKLE DIVISION): $25.00 (Seniors, kids $20.00)

The All Tackle Division is open to adults using any type of rod and reel including flyrod. Package includes Derby Registration, BKUAA membership, Derby Tee, and Derby-approved Measuring Tape. Persons who have reached their 65th birthday on or before the opening day of the Derby will be registered as Seniors.

FULL “BIG HOOKER” PACKAGE: $80.00 (Seniors & Juniors $70.00)

In addition to everything in the All Tackle Package, the Big Hooker Package comes with a complete fishing outfit including one (1) surfcasting rod, one (1) reel, tackle (hooks, leaders, weights, and “fish finder”), furnished by Dream Fishing Tackle, 673 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

“LITTLE BIG-HOOKERS” (JUNIOR) ALL TACKLE DIVISION: $20.00

The Junior All-Tackle Division is open to persons who have not reached their 15th Birthday on the opening day of the Derby. Juniors may use any type of rod and reel including flyrod. Except where noted, the Junior Division will follow the rules of the All Tackle Division. The BKUAA Derby Committee (hereinafter referred to as Committee) strongly discourages parents from taking children out of school to go fishing. We have an unwritten rule that no junior may fish during school hours. It is unsportsmanlike to do so when all other juniors are attending school. We expect all parents to enforce this commitment to education and to good sportsmanship.

FLYROD DIVISION: $25.00 Adults; $20.00 Juniors; and $20.00 Seniors

The Flyrod Division is open only to persons using flyrods. Flyrod Division competitors will be issued a separate Flyrod card and number and will fish under the rules of this Derby and the I.G.F.A. (Maximum tippet strength twenty [20] pounds). If a Flyrod competitor is also entered in one of the All Tackle Divisions, he/she may enter his/her fish as All Tackle. The decision to enter a fish in either division (but not both) must be announced to the Committee PRIOR TO PHOTOGRAPHING/VIDEO. That fish is then eligible for the Grand and Grand Slam Awards, regardless of the division it is entered in. Fish may not be entered in the Flyrod Division measuring less than Derby length limits. Juniors fishing in the Flyrod Division will be considered as adults and must meet the same minimum length requirements as adults.

PAYMENT OF ENTRY FEES:

Payment of Entry Fees may be by cash or personal check, or online via PayPal on our Registration page. There will be a $25.00 service charge for returned checks, which, along with the Entry Fee must be paid in cash. Failure to do so will disqualify the entrant from further participation in the Derby and forfeiture of any prizes.

METHODS OF FISHING and BOUNDARIES:

* A Competitor must be registered in the Derby BEFORE commencing to fish. From the moment a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the angler must hook, fight and land the fish without the aid of any other person except that another person may grasp the leader in order to net the fish. All fish entered as shore fish must be caught from the shores of the East River, between and including the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge (69th. Street Pier), Long Island City, Queens and Red Hook, Brooklyn.

PHOTOGRAPHING AND VIDEO OF FISH:

There is no official Weigh-In station for the Derby. Video is the preferred method for fish size submissions, though if that is not possible a photograph will be accepted. All video format is accepted including cell phone video footage. BKUAA rules state that the fish must by held flat along side the extended tape measure (included in the membership entry package) and measured clearly from the tip of the lower jaw to tip of the tail. We strongly suggest the practice of catch and release in an attempt to keep our NY fish populations abundant.

ALL DERBY SUBMISSIONS MUST BE TEXTED OR EMAILED TO OUR TWITTER ACCOUNT! Please keep BKDerby.catch@pikchur.com in your phone and email address books. Photos may be texted and emailed to this address. Photos not submitted in this manner will not be eligible for consideration in the derby.

All state and federal laws governing the catch of eligible species must be complied with by participants in the Derby.

All submissions must be made within 1 hour from the time of being caught. Fishing method known as yo-yoing (stitching and weighting bait) is not permitted in the Derby. High-grading of striped bass (leaving shorties on the shore to die) is against NY law, and therefore not permitted in the Derby. Please read NY Division of Marine Fisheries regulations for all Derby-eligible species, as well as any species used as bait. These regulations also apply to Derby participants.

Fish Length Minimum (TL) Daily Possession Limit (# fish)
Striped Bass:  one fish between 28 and 40 inches and one fish over 40 inches in length
Bluefish: no minimum for 1st 10, 12” for next 5 15 (total limit)

Measure from tip of lower jaw to tip of tail. The angler must be able to present his/her card and provide the Committee with full and certified information as to when and where the fish was caught, the type of tackle, lure or bait used, and any other requested information relating to the catch. The angler must declare the division into which the fish is to be entered prior to the weighing of each fish. As a signed, card-carrying member of the BKUAA, the angler attests to all information given. An angler may enter only his/her largest fish of each species into each category on any one day. The Committee reserve the right to inspect, test, open, photograph (for publicity reasons and otherwise), hold or reject any fish or images, video of fish entered.

AWARDING OF PRIZES:

If an angler qualifies for a prize he has already won, he/she will be awarded the highest prize for which he/she is eligible. Other winners, in order of their eligibility, will be adjusted to receive prizes left vacant. A Hat Trick will be awarded to an angler who wins first, second, third, and fourth prizes in a category. A special prize will be awarded for this achievement. 1 per person, per species.

OVERALL AND GRAND:

At the end of the Derby, overall prizes will be awarded for the three largest fish in each category of each division and species. The largest fish of each species, regardless of division, will also be awarded the Grand Leader Prize for the category and species. Winners of the species grand prizes will also receive their divisional grand prizes.

TOP ROD:

Awarded to the individual who wins the highest number of awards in the All Tackle Division by the close of the Derby. Separate awards for Boat and Shore categories and Junior Division.

IN THE EVENT OF A TIE:

The first registered fish wins.

UNCLAIMED PRIZES:

Prizes not claimed from the Derby Chairperson by December 1st, 2012 will be forfeited.

COMMITTEE RIGHTS:

Each contestant expressly agrees that he/she shall have no right or standing to contest any action of the Derby Committee, or otherwise make any claim against the Committee or the BKUAA in any court of law or other forum. Each contestant entering the Derby does so at his own risk. The Committee’s decisions are definitive and final. Grievances must be presented, in writing and signed, to the Committee within 48 hours. The Committee will investigate all grievances and reserves the right to call witnesses, to question them and all parties involved. The Committee may disqualify from the Derby (or any portion thereof) and/or from any or all future Derbies, any person or persons who falsify information, violate the Derby Rules, act in an unsportsmanlike manner, or falsely testify for or against any person.

PROPERTY RIGHTS:

It is expected that Derby participants will leave all land, beach, piers, and docks in the same conditions, or better than those found. No gates be left open. No fences be damaged. No shrubbery be damaged. No rubbish or refuse be left on land or beaches. No camping be done nor any fires lighted without proper authority.

ALL ANGLERS FISH THE DESIGNATED WATERS AT THEIR OWN RISK. THE ASSOCIATION WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR AND SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM ANY LIABILITY IN RESPECT OF ANY INJURY TO ANGLERS OR ANY OTHER PERSONS FROM ANY CAUSE OR IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER.

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BKUAA OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Association shall be called the “Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association” the headquarters of which shall be at 999 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, or at such a place as the Executive Committee shall from time to time appoint.

  1. Objects:
    1. The Association will have as its objectives the protection and furtherance of angling in the Brooklyn and New York City waters.
    2. The development and improvement of water in which at present there are few or no fish.
  2. Membership:
    1. All new Members shall be elected to the Association only after submission of their names to the Executive Committee who should be satisfied of their bonafide interest in the sport of angling.
    2. Any Member or day ticket holder infringing any of the rules of the Association or who may, or has been convicted of illegal fishing, or any offence under the Acts relative to salmon or trout fishing shall forfeit his/her membership or ticket. A membership or ticket holders permit may also be forfeited or suspended if the holder acts in an unreasonable, aggressive or inappropriate way to any other Member, landowner or as a result of his/her actions, or demeanor brings the Association in to disrepute.
    3. An initial suspension may be made on the direction of the Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer. This suspension to be notified by post to the Member/ticket holder at the address stated on his/her permit.
    4. The question of suspension/forfeiture will then be considered at the next Executive Committee following the initial suspension. The Member/ticket holder may make representations in person, or in writing to that Executive Committee. A majority of the Executive Committee with the Chairman having the casting vote will decide the issue.
    5. The Secretary will, within seven days of the Executive Committee Meeting taking place notify the Member/ticket holder of the decision in writing to the address on his/her permit.
    6. Approved at the A.G.M. on the 29th September 2011

RULES GOVERNING METHODS OF FISHING AND MEMBERS CONDUCT

1. All fishing should be carried out in accordance with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation Rules and Regulations.

2. Anglers must be in possession of a membership card at all times, which must be produced when requested by an authorized Agent. Any Member of the Association on production of his or her membership card is deemed to be an Agent of the Association and is empowered to enforce the rules of the Association and to check cards and tickets.

3. Any derby members caught keeping undersize fish (under 28″ for striped bass) will automatically be disqualified from the 2012 Derby. There will be no refunds in such cases.

4. Courtesy/Etiquette. No angler shall cut across another who is fishing a spot. Anglers shall take priority in order of their arrival at the spot. Anglers should remain at least 10 yards apart. Give consideration to anglers within casting distance. Do not cast across another angler.

5. There shall be no cutting of trees, undergrowth, weeds, etc., save by Members on official working parties or by prior approval of the Executive Committee.

6. No shooting, building of fires, camping, canoeing or launching of boats shall be allowed on the land or waters without the prior approval of the Executive Committee.

7. Conduct. Be considerate to all people, fishers and non-fishers alike. Park wisely and close all gates. Use recognized access routes only and take all litter and discarded nylon home with you.

ALL ANGLERS FISH THE DESIGNATED WATERS AT THEIR OWN RISK. THE ASSOCIATION WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR AND SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM ANY LIABILITY IN RESPECT OF ANY INJURY TO ANGLERS OR ANY OTHER PERSONS FROM ANY CAUSE OR IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER.

15 responses

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  2. AYden Cherry

    Hi

    I am 8 years old and I would like to enter your fishing contest.
    I live in Brooklyn Park Slope and where can I go to fish?
    and is there a place I can rent a rod because I left mine at my granparents house.

    remember I want to enter, how do you enter?

    thanks
    Ayden

    September 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    • Hi Ayden!
      Thanks so much for your comment. We’re all really stoked that you’re interested in joining us for this year’s derby! You can have your parent register for you online here for the “LITTLE BIG-HOOKERS” (JUNIOR) ALL TACKLE DIVISION, or you can come to our opening night this Thursday at Dream Fishing Tackle in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We’ll be there from 6-8pm to help sign people up. We even have an extra rod/reel you can borrow! Let us know if you want us to hold it for ya!
      Thanks again for note!
      Best,
      The BKUAA

      September 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm

  3. Brian

    What about the Hudson River?! I feel left out over here…

    September 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm

  4. What is the prize?

    September 30, 2010 at 9:28 am

    • prizes vary. we have a bunch of categories for prizes so it’s not just “the biggest fish of the derby.” there will be a cash prize, setups, handmade lures from Greenpoint Tackle and more stuff coming up…

      —mkl

      October 23, 2010 at 12:33 am

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  6. lurker2000

    is this open to fishing east river on the manhattan sidE?

    October 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    • sorry, it’s just on the brooklyn side. come on ovah across the east river and fish with us!

      October 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm

  7. Moi

    Kind of a stupid question. When is the 2011 Derby and is this open to people that are not from New York? I’m in Minnesota and even though I’m not the best fisherwoman, I would love to share in the experience!

    Thanks!

    August 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

    • the 2011 derby goes from october 1-november 5. if you’re in the NYC area around that time you’re more than welcome to join up.

      August 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

  8. thomaskarl

    Hi, I am going to sign up and I already own a rod and reel, but could always use another one…can I get some info on the combo you get if you register as a big hooker?

    September 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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