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    • It is our honor to have you fish in our 36th Annual Rotary Fishing Derby.  We hope your dreams of catching big fish becomes a reality and look forward to welcoming you again for our 2020 derby: August 1 – August 15, 2020.

Official Derby Rules & Regulations

The following rules & regulations are effective for the 2019 Rotary Fishing Derby, an Albion Rotary Club event, hereafter referred to as Derby, August 3-18, 2019:

2019 Rotary Trout and Salmon Derby

1. All fish entered must be caught by hook and line, rod and reel in a legal fashion determined by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Laws. All entered fish must be caught within the U.S. waters of Lake Ontario proper or Lake Ontario Tributaries of New York State off shore of Orleans, Niagara and Monroe Counties, west of the Genesee River.

2. The participant must be registered in the Rotary Fishing Derby, prior to 7:00 a.m. on the day you wish to fish and prior to fishing. The participant must have in their possession at the time of the catch and weigh-in, their Rotary Derby Registration Card and their current New York State Fishing License (The N.Y.S. fishing license is not required if the individuals is exempt by law). Proof of I.D. will be needed with each weigh-in and/or claim of a door prize. The individual must be willing and able to present these documents to any derby official upon request during the Derby and the awards ceremonies.

3. The participant agrees to abide by the Official Rules and Regulations of Derby and agrees that failure to comply with any of the rules will result in automatic disqualification, forfeiture of all prizes, recognition as a prize winner and the right to enter any future Derby. Derby reserves the right to deny participation in Derby to anyone, including anyone who has been disqualified in any other derby in the United States or Canada.

4. The participant will submit all disputes to the weigh-in station official at the time of the weighing of the fish. If the dispute cannot be settled at the time of the weigh-in the participant must submit the dispute to the Derby Committee within 24 hours of the time of the weigh-in, or at the Awards Ceremonies (prior to the beginning of the awards distribution), whichever is sooner. The Disputes submitted to the Committee must be in writing and witnessed by a second derby contestant. The participant agrees that the Committee’s decision will be final and not reviewable in any form.

5. When fishing from a boat, all persons (including non-fishermen) aboard at the time of the catch must be participants in the Derby unless on a hired licensed charter the Captain and mate do not have to be entered in the Derby unless they wish to participate for prizes. “Any persons 15 years of age or under are not required to register in the Derby unless they wish to participate for prizes.” There must be a minimum of two people on the boat, both registered in the Derby, to qualify for entering a fish caught from that boat. The witness to the catch must accompany the participant during the weigh-in procedure to sign the affidavit corroborating the style and location of the catch. The minimum age of a witness is 10 years old.

6. When fishing from a pier, shore or stream the participant must be accompanied by another Rotary Derby Registered Participant in the immediate area who observed the manner in which the fish was caught. This same witness must accompany the participant during the weigh-in procedure to sign the affidavit corroborating the style and location of the catch. The minimum age of a witness is 10 years old.

7. Each participant who offers a prize winning fish and all registered affirming witnesses may be subject to a polygraph (lie detector) or voice stress test if so specified by Derby Officials. Failure to pass the test will result in disqualification. Disqualification will result if an entrant refuses a polygraph or is determined to be unfit for a polygraph due to drug or alcohol consumption. The official Derby polygraphist shall make this determination. Polygraph tests will be administered on the day of the awards ceremony.

8. The fish must be entered whole, not gaffed, gutted or snagged. Any fish containing any foreign materials (including but not limited to water, ice, and weights) will disqualify the fish and the entering participants from consideration for any prizes. The weigh master, prior to weighing, will remove all bait fish or ice visible in the mouth of any fish. Black Salmon will not be eligible for entry in this derby. Fish will be examined for gill net marks, bleached or slimy gills, hooks and/or gaff marks, fin rot or fungus, freezer burn, clouded eyes, unresponsive flesh — any of which can disqualify the fish.

9. All fish entered that are in contention for a prize are the property of the Derby until they are no longer in contention and/or are released by the Derby officials. Grand prize winner, or authorized representative of same, must present winning fish at Awards Banquet to receive prize award.

10. Participant agrees to submit, if required by a Derby official, their fish for microscopic tissue examination, internal and/or external examinations including but not limited to entering the cavity through an incision or through the use of probes, including temperature probes.

11. Registration of the fish and the witness must fill out the weigh-in form to the satisfaction of the Derby Committee. This includes but not limited to time of weigh-in, location of catch, time and date of catch, and lures and equipment involved.

12. Award recipients are responsible for payment of all taxes on prizes. Refusal to submit proper Social Security information will result in disqualification.

13. The winners will be determined by weight only. Fish weight is determined by full once only. No fractions of an ounce will be recorded. Partial ounce weights will be rounded down in all instances. In the event of a tie all fish caught first will be the winner. The subsequent fish will assume the next lower prize. In the case of a tie recorded at the same time, the toss of a coin at the awards ceremonies will determine the winner with the loser assuming the next lower prize.

14. All fish must be entered on the date of the catch at an official Rotary Fishing Derby Weigh Station. The weigh station hours for the Derby are Aug. 3-17, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.* and Aug. 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Derby ends at 1 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2019.  Fish must be presented early enough that the weigh-in process can be completed prior to closing time.

15. All participants agree to hold the Derby Officials, Rotary Club, Sponsors, their agents, servants and/or employees, harmless from any liability of any nature or kind for injuries and/or damage suffered by the entrant during the period of the Derby. Each Participant agrees that the decision of the Derby Committee is final and not reviewable in any form.  In the event of insufficient revenue from derby entry fees, the Derby Committee reserves the right to adjust prizes on a pro-rata basis to limit total prize money to the amount of total participant entry fees.

16. The participant agrees that all trout must weigh a minimum of ten (10) pounds, and salmon must weigh a minimum of twenty (20) pounds for entry in the Derby. Lake trout must be at least 30 inches long. Steelhead and rainbow trout are considered the same species in the Derby for purposes of awarding prizes. Chinook, coho & Atlantic are all considered salmon.

17. The participant who enters the prize-winning fish will be the sole recipient of cash or merchandise awards. Any dividing of prizes will be handled by participant, NOT the Derby committee. A prior written agreement as to the division of prizes is recommended.

18. Derby officials and members of their immediate families are not eligible for Derby prizes.

19. The participant freely grants to the Rotary Fishing Derby permanent and unchangeable permission to use any photographs taken during the Derby or awards ceremonies, in whole or in part and for any length of time, on their Web site or in their reports or gazette without pay. Pictures will be used, in conjunction with other images, to promote future derbies.

*Weighs stations hours may be different – check the above web site for station stated hours of business.


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