Correctly photographing your fish is critical to ensure your catch is eligible for entry into the competition.
There are a few simple rules to follow.
When you catch your target species simply lay the live fish with the nose in line with the “0” (zero) measurement on the bragmat.
Photograph the fish so the entire length can be seen in the photograph along with your Angler Number and Codeword.
Remember to write your Angler Number and Codeword CLEARLY in the white box provided on the brag mat.
When photographing your fish on the mat the dorsal fin must point towards the top of the brag mat. Any photographs submitted with fish belly towards the top of the mat will not be accepted. Flat fish are to be photographed belly down on the mat.
The dorsal fin MUST go to the top of the brag mat and the nose to the ‘0’ measurement (flat fish belly down on the mat), if it does not your entry will be excluded from the competition.
Check your photograph to ensure the whole fish is in the photograph and the nose end of the fish is in line with the “0” (zero) measurement and the overall length along with the Angler Number and Codeword is clearly visible.
If you are not happy with the photograph, simply take another one.
Quickly release the fish and try to catch a bigger one.
Only a fish caught by the registered angler can be entered.
Any photograph that shows a fish not alive or damaged will not be accepted.
Any photograph which has undergone digital manipulation, ie, photoshop, will be disqualified.
Photographs of competition fish must be taken in daylight hours. Photos taken in the dark or with a flash will be excluded from the competition.
You can upload one photograph per target species to the website.
If you do not receive your brag mat in time for the Challenge you may use another competitors 2023 PFC mat showing your Angler Number and the Codeword. No other measuring mat is permitted; your catch must be photographed on a PFC 2023 brag mat.
What If My Mat Doesn’t Arrive in Time?
If your measuring mat does not arrive in time you can use the following alternatives (in order of preference).
Another competitors 2023 Pirtek Fishing Challenge measuring mat.
A Pirtek Fishing Challenge mat from a previous year.
As a last resort, you can use a generic measuring mat from a BCF or local tackle store but the measurement indicators must be clearly visible and easy to read.
In all cases, your Angler Number and Codeword must be clearly visible, and no other angler numbers visible. Write your Angler Number and Codeword on white card and place on the mat when you take your photo. Make sure it covers any other angler numbers.
IMPORTANT: If you intend to use option 2 or 3 you must contact us using the Contact Us page on the website and advise us that you will be using an alternative brag mat. Please include your name, angler number and the type of mat you will be using.