One of the Tri-Cities most popular family outdoor events will be going virtual this summer!
After canceling last year’s Como Lake Derby, this year the derby is back in an EXPANDED VIRTUAL FORMAT. This year the Port Coquitlam and District Hunting and Fishing Club (PCDHFC) is stepping up to organize a VIRTUAL fishing derby for 2021 encompassing the entire Tri-Cities district between June 4 and June 20th.
In the 2021 Tri-Cities Virtual Derby, families will be fishing on their own time – and practicing social distancing – over three weekends and all the weekdays between June 4 – June 20th and will self-report their catches through mobile app. At the end of the period judges will award prizes for the longest fish in multiple categories and strangest / most unique catch!
When – Between Friday, June 4 (6am) – Sunday, June 20 (ending 6pm)
Where – Any fresh water body of water within the Tri-Cities area: Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam where fishing is legal
Who can enter – Open to children 16 and under (anglers who have turned 16 are required to have valid BC fishing licenses)
Entrance – Free!
Trout – 1st prize, 2nd prize, 3rd prize
Carp – 1st prize, 2nd prize, 3rd prize
Cat Fish (Brown Bullhead) – 1st prize, 2nd prize, 3rd prize
Strangest catch – every year we get a strange fish (or even non-fish).
Prizes & Sponsors
Sponsors – $1500 in prizes generously supported by the Port Coquitlam & District Hunting and Fishing Club and our prize sponsors: Sea-Run Fly & Tackle. And a shout out to our technology partners MyCatch by Angler’s Atlas .
- REGISTER for the 2021 Tri-Cities Virtual Derby at https://www.anglersatlas.com/tournament/486/tri-city-virtual-derby.
NOTE: each participant needs a separate account. Parents please use separate emails for each of your children.
There is NO fee for entering or participating!
- FISH Families can fish at any of the freshwater lakes, ponds and streams at any time during during the Derby times – paying attention to HEALTH and SAFETY COVID conditions. Please pay attention to current public health orders!
- REPORT your catches through using the MyCatch app. See download below.
- WATCH the leaderboard in the MyCatch app to compare your catches to others!
- KEEP UPDATED using this Derby page, the club website and the Tournament link for current information and announcements! After the end of the tournament, entries will be judged and winners contacted
- HAVE FUN!
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1. Getting Started
A. The 2021 Tri-Cities Virtual Derby is an online tournament run through Angler’s Atlas website and their mobile app MyCatch.
B. Participation in the 2021 Tri-Cities Virtual Derby is for youths 16 and under only. NOTE: anyone that is 16 years of age as per Provincial regulations must have the appropriate Fishing License. Registration is currently only able to support individual registration. For those without a personal cell phone (such as some younger children) the participant will still need to register using their own unique separate email and if using a parents cell phone; they would have to completely sign out and resign in using their own login credentials.
C. This Derby is free to enter for all youths 16 and under.
D. Catches must be submitted through the MyCatch app for consideration and entry.
E. In order for catches to be sent properly, you must use the same login email and password for both the Angler’s Atlas website and the MyCatch app.
F. All contestants must register for the tournament via this URL:
G. Once you have completed registration, you will receive an automatic email confirming that you have entered the tournament.
H. Once accepted into the tournament, download the free MyCatch mobile app which is available for both iOS (Apple App Store) and Android (Google Play Store) and login to activate the tournament on the app again using the same login email and password that you used to register in the tournament. (https://www.anglersatlas.com/mycatch)
I. Protecting anglers’ privacy is a priority, and any location data collected during the tournament will not be released to the public. Our promise to anglers is “Secret Fishing Spots Stay Secret”. See below for further details.
2. Catch Reporting Rules
A. This event is for Rainbow Trout and Common Carp and Brown Bullhead. There will also be a category for “Species Diversity or Strangest Catch” to enter all other fish caught on a hook, rod and line during the event.
B. In order for each catch to qualify, a photograph of the fish on a measuring device must be taken using the MyCatch app (ie. photos cannot be uploaded from a photo gallery or other source).
C. All contestants must have GPS/location services enabled on your cell phone for their catches to qualify. Your location data will be protected. For more information, see details below.
D. All length-based prize categories require the use of a ‘bump board’ or other measuring device that clearly shows the length of the fish. The nose of the fish must be aligned with the start of the measuring device, with both the nose and the tail clearly visible in the photograph. The photo must be taken from a birds-eye view looking down on the fish.
E. This is a pinched tail measurement tournament. NOT fork length.
F. Fish must be placed on top of the measuring device.
G. The fish must be measured belly-to-belly (the belly of the fish facing the belly of the person/angler holding the fish). The head of the fish must be on the left side of the photo, with the tail on the right.
H. While the fish is being held on the ruler, a “scoring” photo must be taken of the fish which clearly shows the overall length of the fish. The HEAD and TAIL of the fish as well as the start of the bump board and past the end of the tail must be included and shown clearly. A photo that does not clearly show the overall length of the fish, including head and tail, on the ruler WILL NOT BE SCORED. More than one attempt to get a valid scoring photo is allowed. The app will prompt you to either accept the photo or retake a photo
I. The mouth is allowed to be open, closed, or anywhere in between, so long as the fish meets the other above requirements.
J. There are to be no fingers placed in the gills or mouth of the fish. Any fingers in the gills or mouth of the fish will disqualify that fish.
K. A second photo, often called the Hero Shot may be used as a photo submission of the angler holding their catch but it is not required.
L. For species diversity categories, the photo must show the entire fish so it can be identified by tournament organizers.
M. The app works out of cell range, and catches will synchronize with the server once the user opens the app when back in cell range, or via a wifi signal. Photos are date, time, and location stamped to the moment that they are taken. If the catches are not synced by the prizing deadline, they will not qualify for prizes.
N. Catches that are submitted will be reviewed by the organizing team. Once the submissions are reviewed and approved, they will be immediately visible on the appropriate Leaderboards. Images of participants and their catches / entries will be displayed in the Tournament app site on Anglers Atlas.
O. A great resource is the MyCatch video that shows how to complete an entry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x5Zx-1APcs
3. Tournament Location and Times
A. Tournament boundaries are within the limits of Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, BC, Canada. The tournament runs from:
Friday, June 4 starting at 6am through to Sunday, June 20 at 6 pm
C. All catches made within the start and end times must be synchronized with the Angler’s Atlas server within the event times to qualify.
D. At the discretion of the organizers, tournament days may be shortened, postponed or cancelled due to unsafe weather or water conditions at any time for any urgent reason without notice.
4. Awards & Prizes
A. Prizes for the tournament will be distributed as prizes in accordance with the prizing the organizers receive. There will be prizes for: Total Length of best 5 Rainbow Trout – 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, Longest Carp – 1st, 2nd & 3d place, Longest Brown Bullhead – 1st, 2nd & 3d place, Random Species Diversity/Strangest Catch – 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. There will be other prizes as well.
B. A participant can only win one prize placing per species.
C. Results and prizes will be announced on the club Facebook site at facebook.com/pcdhfc AND on the club website at https://pcdhfc.com no earlier than 24 hours after June 6th. Anglers will be contacted directly using the contact information provided in the tournament registration process. Individualized information submitted by the participants will be used only for the administration of this derby and will not be shared with third parties except for the disbursement of any prizes.
D. In the case of a tie, the tie break will go to the person with the highest number of fish reported and if there is still a tie, a random method will be used to determine the winner.
E. Tournament organizers reserve the right to adjust entries.
F. Aside from prizes given to those meeting the derby criteria, no financial gain or benefit to the participants is implied by the derby.
5. Other Rules
A. By registering and participating in the tournament, all participants agree to abide by the rules and regulations they have received as set out in the 2021 Tri-Cities Virtual Derby event rules.
B. Anglers can only submit catches that they have caught themselves. This is an individual tournament, so you cannot enter as a partnership or team, and under no circumstances can you share fish with any other angler. Anglers are free to fish alone or with other tournament or non-tournament anglers, but each registered angler may only enter their own fish on their own app.
C. All fish entered for this event must be caught via angling i.e. using hook, line, rod and reel. At no time will fish caught by non angling (i.e. us of traps, trap nets or cages) be allowed to be entered. Usage of a landing net to land a hooked fish is allowed.
D. All participants must abide by the regulations and laws governing fishing in the Province of British Columbia and any municipal bylaws governing fishing in the City of Coquitlam, City of Port Moody and City of Port Coquitlam.
E. Promoters and organizers assisting in the tournament operation are not responsible for death, injury, damage, liability, theft, fire or any loss to any contestants.
F. Any angler found to be cheating will be disqualified from the tournament. Angler’s Atlas also reserves the right to ban anglers from competing in future events.
G. All rules have loopholes. It is our intention to provide an honest sportsmanlike tournament. In the interest of good sportsmanship, contestants are reminded the spirit of the rule will prevail in all judgments.
H. All questions or concerns relating to the rules of this tournament are to be referred to the Organizer or their designated Authorized Tournament Protest and Appeals Committee. Their decision will be final in all cases. No other person can be considered a spokesman for the rules during the tournament. The contact person for this event can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I. Any contestant has the right to make a protest against another contestant by contacting an Organizer or an Authorized Tournament Protest and Appeals Committee through email and must be completed and presented within 1 hour of the close of the tournament. Their decision will be final in all cases.
J. An infraction witnessed by a competitor can be reported to the Organizer or the Authorized Tournament Protest and Appeal Committee. In the event that an infraction is reported or a protest is entered, the Organizer or the Committee, appointed prior to the tournament; may convene.
K. Blatant abuse to fish or the resource is reason for disqualification. To ensure the best chances of survival for the fish, all participants are to handle fish safely.
L. All COVID-19 Public Health orders and Gathering Restrictions at the time of the event must be followed by all participants. No public event or gathering will be organized for the purpose of this derby.
M. At various times images of catches and participants may be used in social media or on the event website in order to promote participation. All photo submissions may be used by MyCatch by Angler’s Atlas for future use.
6. Data Privacy and Fisheries Research
“Secret Fishing Spots Stay Secret” — This is our primary commitment to anglers who report their catches through MyCatch. So what does this mean in practice?
A. Angler’s Atlas does not release MyCatch GPS data to the public. It is treated as confidential and is provided to fisheries researchers under strict conditions.
C. Data is anonymized before it is provided to the researcher.
D. Researchers agree not to share the data with anyone else.
E. Researchers cannot use the data for any purpose other than the research specified in the agreement.
F. Exact location data cannot be published as part of the scientific research. Instead, it has to be generalized to a larger region so the location cannot be reverse engineered.
These data privacy rules are designed to protect our angler’s private data, to conserve the fisheries, and to make sure we maintain a trusting relationship with our anglers into the future. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to reach out to Angler’s Atlas President directly by email (email@example.com).
Port Coquitlam and District Hunting and Fishing Club
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