Contest Rules

Departure / arrival: During the competition all boats daily start from and return to Käringsund, i.a. to be able to inspect the boats, which the organizers are entitled to.
The team´s boat must be in place at Käringsund (at the dock or on the trailer in the parking lot) always at the skippers meetings (not on Wednesday)

Crew: Minimum number of participants per boat is 2. At least one person/ boat must participate in the mandatory skippers´meetings.
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: Are mandatory and one of the team’s participants must attend the meetings.

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 mandatory Skippers meeting or at another specified time.The tag must be handed in not later than 7 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, the team is approved if the boat is visible to the organizer from the Käringsund Resort jetty.

Stickers with the team’s start number ( handed out by the organizer) shall be affixed visible on both sides of the boat.

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.

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.

Green Flag is awarded during Thursday’s and Friday’s prize award ceremony to the team that leads the contest (= largest total amount of fish). The flag is visible hoisted on the team’s boat the following day of contest.

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. Proposals for jury members are given in connection with the registration and the jury is appointed on the skipper´s meeting at Wednesday.
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
  • Any complaints of violation of the rules shall be communicated to the organizers immediately after the finish. Protest deposit exists

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.

 

Rules for fishing

It is a trolling contest and therefore the boat has to be in motion all the time during fishing.

Unrestricted number of trolling rods are allowed in the contest.

Salmon an trout are included in the contest.

The minimum measure for fish to be weigh in is 50 cm (trout) – 60 cm (salmon).

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 in which also Björnhuvud fishing area is included although it is red marked on www.fiskekarta.ax and on the map distributed to the participants.


Björnhuvud included in the Eckerö- fishing card

Contestants may also fish in other fishing license areas, but must buy a fishing license for the area.

Note: In all fishing license areas belonging to the Government of Åland, including Signildskär west of Eckerö and Björkör and Big Båtskär south of Lemland, trolling is prohibited.

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 16 years.

Participating boats are obligated to inform the organizers 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.