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California Angler of the Year ~~~ Rules ~~~ 2016
« on: December 16, 2015, 11:14 AM »

1. All fish entered must be caught (i.e. hooked, fought, and landed) from a kayak in the state of California, no county boundaries present the whole state is fair game, without the aid of a professional guide, motor, or powerboat(mothership) and using methods deemed legal by the state of California.

2. Photographs with a digital camera providing evidence of the fish size with total length(except Sturgeon and yellowtail and barracuda is Fork length as per DFG rules) of fish taken in the center of the fish in the first picture and then a close up of the tail section must be provided at a minimum. The fish should not be stretched, bent, or manipulated in any way to enhance the fish length. The fish should also be in as natural lay position, mouth must be closed and against the 0 or other even number, and whole fish visible in at least one of the photos. Measurements will be rounded down in 1/4" increments. If there is no picture provided with the whole fish against a measuring devise then the fish will be disqualified. 
We don't want to disqualify fish because the mouth is slightly open, but want the whole event to be fair so if you are unable to get the fish to keep it's mouth completely shut then there will be a 1/2 inch deduction if on the water. Which adds up quick. So get that mouth on your fish shut. If your taking pictures on shore  the fish mouth MUST be completely closed with no gap visible. That being said fish with a wide open mouth will still be disqualified. Decisions up to AOTY committee.

3. The fish and measuring device should be on a flat surface. Having a measuring trough to assist makes taking good pictures much easier. No laying measuring tape on top of fish must be under fish. We have them for sale ( ) or you can contact Rhyak.

4. Dates to enter fish will be January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Fish caught prior to January 1, 2016 are ineligible. Fish caught prior to payment of entry fees are also ineligible.

5. The California Angler of the Year (AOTY) covers the following 27 species Lingcod, Rockfish, California Halibut, Pacific Halibut, Salmon, Cabezon, White Seabass, Barracuda, Yellowtail, Surf Perch, Flounders, Greenling, Calico Bass, Sand Bass, Sheepshead, Sturgeon, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Striped Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Sunfish, Trout, Kokanee and Steelhead.

6. Only top 10 Species will count towards total for the year. But your largest of each species can be changed as often as you catch a new one as well as species can change as well.

7. No out off season or undersize or oversize may be entered. All local water rules must be followed at all times. Including proper measuring of fish per DFW including fork length.

8. Entries must be posted within 15 days of being caught and photographed.

9. Panfish any of the following sunfish Bluegill, Green sunfish, Redear sunfish, Redbreast sunfish, Spotted sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Warmouth, and Sacramento Perch as well as Yellow Perch.

10. Trout will include the following species Rainbow, Browns, Brooks, and Cutthroat.

11. Please refer to California DFW handbook for all size limits and any further questions regarding species qualifications.
12.   Grand Prize will be Raffled off with a ticket given to each angler that registers for the event, every angler will be given an additional ticket for every 200 points obtained. Top 5 anglers will be given additional tickets being 1st place getting 25 extra, 2nd place getting 20 extra, 3rd place getting 15 extra, 4th place getting 10 extra and 5th getting 5 extra tickets.

13. Any questions about rules please email

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Re: California Angler of the Year ~~~ Rules ~~~ 2016
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2016, 08:04 PM »

Example of how your post for the AOTY should look... Please follow this so we have clear photos.
If we cant clearly see your fish due to photo quality they will be DQ this is not a rule change just a clarification.

the next line is KEY please state what you deem your fish to be in length.

19 inch Largemouth Bass

1st place 2015 Angler of the Year
1st place Estero Bay Challenge 2