Contest Rules

Departure / arrival: The team´s boat must be in Käringsund (at the spot the participant got from the organizer or at their own legally arranged spot. Also on trailer in the parking lot is approved) always at the skippers meetings (except Wednesday) because possible inspection of boats will be done after the skipper meeting. Even if the team does not participate in the skipper meeting, the boat must be in place *)
Teams that have fish to weigh in must also return by boat to Käringsund at the end of the competition day.

* Mooring: Mooring at / near the competition center is included in the participation fee for all teams. It´s allowed to have the boat on trailer or at other jetties within about 500m distance from the competition center with the permission of the jetty owner. Please inform the organizer at info@alandevent.com latest on Wednesday 1.6.2022 if own arranged spot will be used.
If the team moors their boat in an illegal place the team may be disqualified from the competition! (NEW / CHANGED for 2022)

Crew: Minimum number of participants per boat is 2, of which two are at least 15 years old. Name for the entire prospective crew is given at registration. If any member of the crew is replaced and / or do not take part in the competition every day, the organizers need to be notified of the changes.
Outsiders aren´t allowed on the boats unless the organizer has approved this.
Skipper: One of the contestants must be appointed skipper of the boat and shall daily be at the boat if nothing else is communicated to the organizers. The organizer must have contact information for the current skipper.

Skippers´meetings: Skipper meetings aren´t mandatory, but at least one person/ boat is recommended to participate in the skippers´meetings because it´s the participant’s responsibility to get the information given at the skipper’s meetings.
The team´s boat must be in Käringsund (except Wednesday) because possible inspection of boats will be done after the skipper meeting.

Start tag and participation number: Start-tags with participation number will be hanging  on a board at the competition center. The skipper or a crew member will get the tag from the organizer at the daily Skippers meeting or at another specified time.The tag must be handed in not later than 7.30 pm at Thursday – Friday and 3 pm at Saturday unless the organizers do not indicate otherwise.
If the start-tag is handed in too late no fish can be weigh-in for the contest day in question. Tags must be handed in even though no fish were caught *)
NOTE! If the handing in of the start tag is delayed due to queue when fish is submitted to the organizer’s jetty, the team is approved if the boat is visible to the organizer from the Käringsund Resort jetty.
NOTE! Finnish time UTC+3 (EEST)

UPDATE 1.6.2022

The team must be inside the bay, visible to the organizer from Käringsund Resort’s jetty, no later than 7.30 pm (Thursday – Friday, Saturday at 3 pm)
No later than 7.45pm (Thursday – Friday, Saturday at 15.15) the tag must be returned to the organizer or back on the board!

If the start-tag is handed in too late no fish can be weigh-in for the contest day in question. Tags must be handed in even though no fish were caught *)

 

Stickers with the team’s start number ( finded in the registration package) shall be affixed visible on both sides of the boat.

*) A later time can be agreed on if the team wants to stay out and fish after the end of the competition day. However, the team must follow the security rule (see below) on the obligation to inform the organizer of the delay.

Wind limits: At wind speeds of 10 m / s the jury will make decisions from case to case if the start is postponed and / or the boats will be called ashore.
The wind will be checked from http://sv.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/vadret-vid-kuststationerna

Shortened / paused contest day: If the contest for any reason will be shortened / paused the fishing stops at the time the message is sent to the teams. The teams confirms that they have received the message by sending info about how many fish they have at that time. The tag must be handed in latest at the new, given time.
Extended contest day: The organizer also has the right to extend an ongoing fishing day, for example if there is a risk that the following competition day is inhibited due to hard winds.

Reporting and submission of the catch: The teams must immediately inform the organizer of the catch by sending a picture (and possible other information, more info latest at skippers meeting on Wednesday) to the organizer’s phone 0405223823, by Messenger to Trollingträff Åland or by info@alandevent.com
Only reported fish may be weighed in and the organizer has the right to go out with information during the competition what has been caught.
Each fish is labeled with tag (obtained from the organizer) by the participants.Teams that have fish to weigh in must also return by boat to Käringsund at the end of the competition day and and submit their catch at the place where they have boat mooring (organizers jetty or guest harbour). If the team has its own arranged mooring the team chooses at which spot they leave their catch. (NEW / CHANGED for 2022)
The catch and the team’s start tag must be on site at the specified location no later than 7.30 pm (Thursday and Friday) and 3 pm on Saturday.
NOTE! Finnish time UTC+3 (EEST)

Each team may weigh in a maximum of 2 fish / day. (NEW / CHANGED for 2022) Wild salmon may also be weighed in.
The organizer reserves the right to change the number of fish that may be weighed in during the competition.


Each fish is labeled with tag

Weighing of catch: On Thursday and Friday, the catch is weighed in continuously from 6 pm when it arrives to the weigh-in point. On Friday, the weigh-in starts at approx. 3.15 pm when all catches have arrived to the weigh-in place. (NEW / CHANGED for 2022)
The catch belongs to the team, which takes care of the fish themselves after the weigh- in. If the team isn’t present at the weigh-in the catch is left after weigh-in, marked with the team’s number, at a designated place near the weigh-in point.

Prize ceremony: If the prize winners do not show up, their prize can be passed onto the next prize winner.
If the contest is interrupted the winner is selected based on completed fishing days/ hours. For a day shall count as a day of fishing, it must consist of min. 4h fishing.
Undistributed prizes can be transferred to the next contest day and / or raffled among the participants.

Times and harbour may be changed during the contest due to weather or other factors.
ALL COMPETITION IS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 

The competition jury consists of  people from the organizers and representatives from the participants. The competition jury is appointed in advance. The members for 2022 are Jimmy Lillvik (Åland), Erik Liljeström (Finland), Lars Hedberg (Sweden) and Ia Colerus (organizer)
The jury decides on i.a. exclusion or disqualification.

Contestants may be excluded from the contest in case of:

  • Violation of rules
  • Attempts at cheating when weighing fish
  • Threats or violent behavior towards contestants or organizers

Protest: Participant team is entitled to hand in a written and signed protest no later than 15 minutes after completed weigh-in. Protests cost 30 €, refundable if protest is accepted. The jury is unanimous and its decisions can not be appealed.


Jury 2022

 

Rules for fishing

  • It is a trolling contest and therefore the boat has to be in motion all the time during fishing.
  • A maximum of 16 rods / teams (incl. extra rods) are allowed in the competition
  • It is highly recommended to have flags on large paravanes (NEW / CHANGED for 2022)
  • Salmon (incl. wild salmon) and trout are included in the contest.
  • The minimum measure for fish to be weigh in is 50 cm (trout) – 60 cm (salmon).
  • A maximum of 2 fish may be weighed in per team / day. (NEW / CHANGED for 2022)
    The number of fish that may be weighed in per day can be reduced during the competition, which in that case will be announced during a skipper meeting.
  • Handover of fish between teams or outside the contest is prohibited.
  • Mashing is prohibited.
  • Fishing with dead bait fishing is allowed if it takes place under known methods.

 

Fishing area

The fishing area for the contest are the areas at www.fiskekarta.ax mentioned “Allmänt vatten/ Public water” (light brown / yellow areas).
The contestants in the Trollingträff Åland also has the right to fish in the Eckerö-fishingcard area. Contestants may also fish in other fishing license areas, but must buy a fishing license for the area.
NOTE! Fishing during the competition is NOT ALLOWED on SWEDISH WATER!

Note: In all fishing license areas belonging to the Government of Åland, including Signilskär west of Eckerö and Björkör and Big Båtskär south of Lemland, trolling is prohibited.
Teams can´t be disqualified from the competition if they are within these areas but can be penalized by fishing guards.


Coordinates for Signilskär- area

Coordinates for Government of Åland´s all fishing areas can be found here:
https://aland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=be1a3daef2074368a63b77f9cf83047d

 

4 – mile limit (NEW / CHANGED for 2022)

Within the so-called 4-mile limit it´s allowed to catch wild salmon during the period 1.5-31.8, outside the border only fin- clipped salmon (1 salmon / fisherman / day) may be caught.
The organizer will not control where the fish are caught, however authorities can do so.


From Trollingträff Facebook page 18.5.2022

At the first picture there is a line called “De inre territorialvattnens yttre gräns” ( inner territorial waters outer boundary). Add 4 nautical miles from that and you have the 4 mile line!

At the second picture there is a area called “Fiskeområde utanför fyrasjömilsgränsen” (fishing area outside the four-nautical-mile limit ) – there you have to 4 mile limit but you need to stay on the right side of the limit to be INSIDE the 4 mile limit!

WITHIN the 4-mile limit it´s allowed to catch wild salmon during the period 1.5-31.8, but outside the border only fin- clipped salmon (1 salmon / fisherman / day) may be caught.
This line is not a part of the rules for competition and we as organizer will not control where the fish are caught, however authorities can do so!
NOTE – the Swedish border breaks the 4 mile limit in some places. In the competition fishing on Swedish water is NOT ALLOWED!
In the competition both fish with and without the fin will be approved! Every team can weigh in 2 salmons per day!
 

More about these rules can be read e.g. in Article 9 of the following regulation: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R1888&qid=1637907730551

 

Safety

Security rules for Åland for e.g. maritime saftey must be obeyed. Emergency rockets and signal flares must be available on the boat.

The organizers must have current contact information (= mobile phone number) for all boats.
The organizers phone number is +358405223823

Information that need to get to the participants during the contest will be sent via SMS and VHF (ch77)

The organizers can cancel a contest day due to bad weather, for example hard wind or thunderstorm. Registration fees will not be reimbursed.

For security reasons there must be at least two contestants on each boat. Two contestants must have a minimum age of 15 years.

Participating boats are obligated to inform the organizers via SMS (+358405223823) if the boat will not arrive in Käringsund on time. If failure to inform the organizers of any delay will result in a rescue action, the boat in question will be liable to pay for this rescue action.

Life jackets or flotation suit is mandatory.

Alcoholconsumption and/or BAC ≥ 1 ‰ is prohibited during competition.