Snapper Classic Rules

  1. Non-Competitors: Competitors fishing with non-competitors will be asked to move away from the non-competitors.
  2. On Demand: Patrol Marshalls will ask to see competitor's photo ID tickets and tickets must be produced on demand. Random checks on competitors will be undertaken.
  3. Photo Registration ID: Tickets must be worn around the competitor's necks at all times during competition hours apart from when casting.  You may be asked for alternative Photo Identification e.g. Drivers License.
  4. Daily Fishing Times on the Beach: Competitors may proceed to their positions on the beach after they have purchased and registered their tickets, but cannot start fishing until advertised times. Anyone commencing fishing before these times shall be disqualified. Competitors may place one rod holder only to mark their fishing spot. Any competitor who places more than one rod holder to mark their spot will be in breach of the rules.
  5. Tickets: One ticket - one rod or one hand line – one person (no sharing lines). One rod or hand line can be used for each ticket. Each person shall have one ticket for one hand line or rod. Tickets are not transferable once the contest has commenced. The contest will be deemed to have commenced at the start of the briefing on the Monday, prior to Tuesdays commencement . Tickets purchased prior to the commencement of the contest may be transferred with the consent of the contest organisers and with written notice of such transfer to the contest organisers.
  6. Marked Areas: Fishing must be carried out within the marked areas only.
  7. Abandoned: In the event of the contest being abandoned all contestants' money will be refunded.
  8. Casting: More competent competitors may cast for others. Lines must not be taken out on surfboards, kon tikis or by swimming out with the line or with bait mortars or by any other method other than casting.
  9. Tackle: Only rods and conventional hand lines will be permitted. No contestant may use more than two hooks on any line or rig.
  10. Tagging: No fish will be accepted for weigh-in unless it is tagged by the official Patrol Marshalls. Each and every angler must stay at the water's edge with the angler's fish until it has been tagged. No fish will be tagged away from the place where the angler has landed the fish. Only fresh caught fish will be tagged. No contestant shall use a chilli bin or any other device for holding fish between the time it is caught, landed and tagged.
  11. Landing of Fish: An angler may not use any gaff or landing net or other device for the landing of fish. The fish must be taken from the sea on the line or the rod used by the angler without any other assistance whatsoever.
  12. Patrol Marshalls: Patrol vehicles (which are clearly marked) will be patrolling up and down the fishing areas. These Patrols will officially tag any snapper and will have their respective areas under surveillance at all times. Any angler should report any breaches of the rules to a Patrol Marshall. Remember this is your fishing competition and you can assist in ensuring that there is fair play at all times. In any emergency contact a Patrol Marshall.
  13. Weigh-In Procedure: All fish must be weighed in during competition hours during each and every day on the day the fish is caught. All competitors must be in possession of their own fish when weighing in and these fish may be gutted (by the officials) immediately after weigh-in. At the weigh-in the official or officials weighing in any fish may after gutting discard any foreign matter found after the opening of the fish stomach. Foreign matter is any matter or substance not found in the natural stomach contents of the snapper in the region. The presence of foreign matter in the stomach contents of the body of a fish shall, because of its presence therein, disqualify the angler in respect of that fish and of any participation in the contest.
    Note: In the event of a tie the first fish weighed in will be declared the winner
  14. Non-Refundable: Once a receipt has been issued, ticket money will not be refunded.
  15. Liability to the Public: No liability is accepted for the damage to any vehicle or property or loss of property or personal injury or damage of whatever nature or kind to any person however caused.  I agree to sign a disclaimer form to this effect when uplifting my starter pack. Failure to sign this disclaimer will render my entry invalid. No refunds will be given.
  16. Clarification of the Rules: Before you begin fishing make sure that you are clear on all the rules - if in doubt ask the officials as no warning will be given. Any competitor who commits a breach of the rules shall be disqualified.
  17. Changes: For the safety of the contestants the organisers reserve the right to change the daily fishing areas and hours if circumstances warrant and competitors will be notified of any such change at the Head Quarters (H.Q.) Weigh-In.
  18. The Rules: The rules, prizes and daily fishing hours printed in the official tournament guide (issued at registration) are the official rules, prizes and hours of the NINETY MILE BEACH SNAPPER CLASSIC and supersede any previously published rules. Copyright remains the property of the organisers of the Ninety Mile Beach Snapper Classic. Contestants grant The Ninety Mile Beach Snapper Classic, (its agents and assigns) permission to use or alter any photographic images of them (or which they may be included and taken by the photographer) in any media publication now or thereafter as part of their entry in the Snapper Classic tournament and events.
  19. Insufficient Snapper: Should insufficient snapper be caught on a given day, the daily prizes will be drawn at the weigh-in that night.
  20. Lost Ticket & Cap: Lost registration tickets will not be replaced without absolute proof of the identity of the ticket holder. A charge of $15.00 will be required for the re-issue of a lost registration ticket. A charge of $15.00 will also apply for the reissue of a lost registration Snapper Classic cap.
  21. Acceptance: The purchasing of a ticket in the SNAPPER CLASSIC constitutes acceptance of the rules and regulations of the tournament and participants agree to abide by the decision of the organising committee.
  22. Age Restriction: All contestants under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by an adult. Any prize won by a contestant under 18 years of age will be paid/provided to that contestant's parent that accompanies the contestant.  Contestants must provide proof of age if requested.
  23. Marine Life: It is important to preserve our marine life; any catch that is not part of the Snapper Classic Tournament and the Angler will not consume, must be put back in the water using the Ministry of Fisheries helpful tips.
  24. Daily Heaviest Snappers: Contestants with snapper weighted in that are not kept aside for the prize cabinet (at the H.Q. Weigh-In Marquee) must be collected at the end of each days prize giving, or they will be given away.
  25. Regulations: The SNAPPER CLASSIC is fished in accordance with the Amateur Fishing Regulations which were introduced on 14 December 1994. These regulations as they effect this tournament are as follows: 

    Maximum Daily Snapper: 7
     (catch per person)

    Minimum Size: 35cm (for this contest only) - (nose to "v" in tail)
    All fish over 30cm count towards daily bag limit of 7 snapper per person per day. 
    Only snapper caught over 35cm are weighed in for this contest.

    Note: (It is only the fish that are actually “landed” that count towards the daily bag limit of 7.  Fish over 30cm may be released as long as they are going to survive.)

  26. Not Transferable: Once a receipt has been processed and fishing ticket with photograph ID issued the ticket is not transferable.
  27. Parking of Vehicles: Competitor’s vehicles are to be parked above the high tide mark during the competition hours. No vehicles are to be parked near the water’s edge or in the path of the general traffic flow. The organisers reserve the right to search competitor’s vehicles for items that may be used to contravene the rules. Any competitor who does not adhere to an officials request will risk disqualification.
  28. Camping: There is to be no camping by contestants (in a tent, shelter/structure or vehicle equipped for camping) on the beach either below or above the high tide mark (including the sand hills) prior to the commencement or during the tournament. Failure to comply with the officials requests will be considered a breach of the rules and contestants will risk immediate disqualification.
  29. Dispute: In the case of a dispute the decision of the committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  30. Complaint: Any competitor who wishes to lay a complaint against another competitor for breach of the rules must do so in writing to the organisers within 1 hour of the close of the competition hours on the day that the offence occurred. The organisers will not investigate a breach of the rules unless it is received in writing by the said time. The organisers reserve the right to withhold prize money should there be a dispute over the legality of a fish and will introduce outside parties to investigate and examine the fish to rule on its legality.
  31. Conduct: The organisers reserve the right to not sell or cancel a fishing ticket to any person or persons whose conduct in their opinion is contrary to the spirit in which the fishing contest is run. The decision of the organisers in this matter is final.

NOTE: No Dogs On-Site: Snapper Classic contestants, sponsors, guests, spectators or onlookers with dogs (or any other animals or pets of any kind) must park off-site and not within the Snapper Classic Head Quarter (H.Q.) Weigh-in or parking grounds.



The team's event rules have been modified to incorporate the Amateur Fishing regulations and to encourage conservation of our Snapper stocks. Please read the rules carefully:

  1. Maximum number of team members: 4 per team.
  2. All participants must be contestants in the Heaviest Snapper section of the competition
  3. Rules for the main competition apply to the team’s event.
  4. Teams may be registered before or after fishing times on any given day.
  5. Teams cannot be registered during fishing times.
  6. Should a competitor purchase more than 1 ticket in the main competition all individual tickets fished by that competitor must be entered into the same team.
  7. Maximum number of Snapper per team to be recorded and weighed on a daily basis is four. Snapper must be weighed on the day they are caught.
  8. Daily prizes will be paid out on the weight of up to the first 4 Snapper weighed in by the team. The combined weight of the Snapper presented for weighing will be divided by 4.
    Note: In the event that two teams record the same weight the team that weighed in first will be declared the winner.
  9. The team with the highest accumulated weight divided by 4 over the 5 days of the contest will be declared the winner.