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2023 Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic
Tournament Rules

2023 Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic

Tournament Rules

Please note that the following rules apply to the Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic event – not the Take a Kid Fishing competition (while running in conjunction, the TAKF is a separate competition).  


  • Earlybird entries (prior to midnight 30th September2023) shall be rewarded with a double ticket, meaning that if you catch a fish, you will receive two entries into the Top 5 Barrel Draw (only one fish required).  The Earlybird winner will announced on Monday 4 October 23.

  • All participants in the 2023 Stabicraft Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic shall have a current fishing licence.  Licences are available online at Fish & Game (  You will be required to show proof of a valid licence at registration.

  • Children may enter the Cruise Milford Take a Kid Fishing competition held at McGregor Pond as well as the Child Lake category.

  • No fish taken from McGregor Pond may be entered in the Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic competition.

  •  Fish shall only be taken from the waters and shoreline of Lakes Manapouri, Te Anau and the Upper Waiau.

  •  Regulations set out by Fish & Game for the waters of Lakes Te Anau, Manapouri & the Upper Waiau must be adhered to.

  • All pre entered participants must register at the Te Anau Rugby Club to receive Weigh In tickets and relevant safety information prior to commencing fishing.

  • If you fail to register and collect your weigh-in tickets, then you will be ineligible for any prizes.

  • Only 1 fish per individual entry may be weighed in.

  • Fish recorded (catch and release) via the online app are valid for the boat draw. (App download is available in both apple store and play store “TE ANAU MANAPOURI FISHING”)

  • You may record more than one fish on the App and we encourage you to do so. If you catch a well-conditioned fish, then you are encouraged to weigh it in at the Rugby Club to be eligible for additional prize draws.

  • Please do not weigh in any fish under 30cm.

  • No fish are to be caught prior to 2.00pm on Friday 20th of October 2023. 

  • No fish will be accepted at the weigh in after 2.00pm Sunday 22nd October 2023.

  • No fish accepted via the app after 1.00pm Sunday 22nd October 2023.

  • Fish are to be gutted but not beheaded prior to weighing in and must be in an edible condition.  We recommend keeping your catch chilled at all times. Fish being weighed in will be rejected if not chilled and in edible condition.


  •  Trout - condition factor

  •  Perch – heaviest

  •  Salmon – heaviest

  •  Fish recorded on the App - longest, (Men, Women, Junior & Child lake categories)

  •  Furthest travelled (if multiple from same area, then by lucky draw)

  •  Best hard luck story

  •  Hard Luck prize (draw from those that didn’t catch a fish)


  • The major prize of the Stabicraft boat will be by barrel draw from the adults that have caught a fish. This will be in the form of a shoot-out involving 5 entrants.

  • Entrants must be present at the prize giving to be eligible for prizes - unless prize giving is virtual due to very bad weather.

  • Fish must be weighed in or recorded on the app to be in the draw for the Stabicraft boat.

  • The boat shall remain the property of the Promoter until 1st August 2024 at which time ownership shall be transferred to the Winner.

The Promoter shall lease the boat to the winner from 23rd October 2023 until 1st August 2024 for the sum of NZ$5.00. After the 1st August 2024 the boat will then be put in the ownership of the winner. The winner shall ensure that the prize is fully insured for the period of the lease and provide to the organiser proof of insurance. 

  • The above rule may be voided, and the lease cancelled only on the receipt of a letter of approval signed by the Managing Director of Stabicraft Marine Ltd and the Chairperson of the Organising Committee and posted to the Organising Committee at PO Box 74, Te Anau 9640, or emailed to 5 working days prior to the intention to cancel the lease.

  • In the event of extreme adverse weather or any other eventuality that requires the event to be cancelled or postponed, a decision would be made by the Committee and Safety Officer in consultation with local Police.

  •   In the event of rough weather all skippers shall check in with the safety officer before commencing their journey home.

  • Southland Regional Council Navigation Safety Bylaws 2009. Boats and Skippers must comply with local boating bylaws, as per the “Navigation Safety Guideline” brochure for Te Anau – Manapouri.

  • All vessels must have at least two (2) forms of communication at all times and at all locations. The Fishing Classic Committee strongly recommends that all boats have a working VHF Radio and/or cell phone (in a sealed plastic bag).

  • Life jackets must be worn at all times on vessels under 6 metres in length. However, the Fishing Classic Committee strongly recommends that all persons on board all vessels, irrespective of boat length, shall wear a life jacket.

  • Boats will be required to show a boat name or registration number.

  •    All skippers must fill in the “Skippers Two Minute” form.  Forms are available online and at time of registration via ipad.  The purpose of the “2-minute form” is assist Search & Rescue in the case of an emergency on the water, so the information provided needs to accurate and truthful.  

  • Didymo is present in lakes Te Anau and Manapouri, and the Upper Waiau River. Please “Check, Clean & Dry” all boats and equipment. Didymo spray bottles and sachets will be available at registration.  Watercraft and their trailers coming into the competition waters should be checked for unwanted organisms. eg. Largosiphon water weed

  • Members of the organising committee are ineligible for any prize.

  • In entering this tournament, you agree to hold free of liability all members of the organising committee, their sponsors and associates. Upon entry, you will be required to accept the event terms and conditions & rules.

  •   In entering this competition, you agree that your contact details and any photos taken may be used by the organising committee and their major sponsors for promotional purposes. 

  • No correspondence will be entered into.

  • Breach of any of these rules may lead to participants being disqualified from the tournament and shall be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Chairman.

  • Please consider a Catch and Release policy for any fish you will not be weighing in.

  • All adult entrants must either download the Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic App or have access to it.  Download details will advised (via the email you provided at time of entry and/or on our Facebook page) as soon as the 2023 App details have been updated.

  • No prize won at the event may be redeemed for cash or on sold. All major prize winners will be named to the sponsor and any attempt to claim a prize by someone else will see the prize voided.