1. General rules:

a; Official name of the competition: International Balaton Carp Cup (hereinafter: “Competition”)

b; Organizer of the competition (hereinafter: “Organizer”): Tematik-Kábel Kft. (1012 Budapest, Márvány St. 17.).

c; Competition period: 14.04.2019, 12:00 – 20.04.2019, 08:00

d; Registration period: 12.04.2019, 12:00 – 12.04.2019, 20:00

                                     13.04.2019, 08:00 – 13.04.2019, 16:00

e; Competition location: Lake Balaton

f; Center of events: Club Tihany, 8237 Tihany, Rév St. 3.

g; Official page of the competition:

h; Official Facebook page of the competition:

i; In order to maintain the standards and spirit of the International Balaton Carp Cup competition series, please strictly comply with fishing ethics.

j; The IBCC is an international team competition.

k; The IBCC is a “Catch and Release” competition.

l; In establishing the competition rules (hereinafter: CR), in addition to the carp fishing competition rules of FIPS / CIPS, international anti-doping rules, the Hungarian National Fishing Regulations and the Fishing Regulations on Lake Balaton, the organizer has paid special attention to provide a balanced competition with equal chances for each team. Furthermore, there is special emphasis on eliminating random events both within the competition, and during weighing. The organizer draws competitors’ attention to environmental protection rules and the dangers of alcohol abuse. People who do not observe these rules, after receiving the first warning, will be disqualified from the competition.

m; Attention: anglers may join the competition only with a flawless history in fishing, without proven ethical misconduct, offenses related to fish or fish care, and legal offenses. During the registration, the competitors are required to sign an affidavit. (see Appendix in CR)

n; The Organizer reserves the right to implement these rules in all cases.

o; The incidents reported or observed by the organizers will be investigated immediately, and depending on their severity, may result in disqualification.

p; The organizer declares that every violation of the rules will be reported. The organizer reserves the right to immediate or posterior disqualification, and the recovery of the potential charges in all cases where the regulations related to sanctions are violated, or the competitor’s affidavit contains incorrect information.

q; The official language of the competition is Hungarian and English. The CR is available both in Hungarian and English. However, in the case of potential discrepancies between the interpretation of the original version and the English translation, the Hungarian version is deemed valid. In the case of discrepancies between the appendices and the CR, the CR is deemed valid. Modifications and additions to the CR are made public by the organizer within 1 day after their approval. Modifications are alterations related to the content of the current 1.1 version of the CR, or any additions to it with new elements. Relevant modifications of the CR must not be made within 8 days before the start of the competition.

r; The official currency of the competition is euro (EUR).

s; Every time listed in the CR and the competition is defined according to CET.


2. Schedule:

Boat Check in the park of Club Tihany Hotel:

(Club Tihany, 8237 Tihany, Rév St. 3. – hereinafter: competition center) 

12.04.2019                 12:00 – 20:00 CET             

13.04.2019                 08:00 – 16:00 CET

Registration in the competition center:

12.04.2019                 12:00 – 20:00 CET

13.04.2019                 08:00 – 16:00 CET


13.04.2019                 16:30 CET

Official group photo:
13.04.2019                 16:45 CET

Flag parade:
13.04.2019                 17:00 CET

Opening ceremony and drawing lots in the conference room of the competition center
13.04.2019                 18:00 CET

Dinner together:

13.04.2019                  20:00 CET

Occupying encampments:
14.04.2019                 07:00 CET

Start of the competition:
14.04.2019                 12:00 CET

End of the competition:
20.04.2019                 08:00 CET

Closing ceremony and prize giving in the conference hall:
20.04.2019                 14:00 CET


3. Entry

In addition to the changes of competition rules, the IBCC organizers would like to retain the international character of the competition, therefore the organizer sets a quota of 25 teams on each nation. When choosing a team’s nationality, at least one of the team members must have the nationality of the given nation. Depending on the entries, this quota system may be dissolved by the management on 30 November 2018.

a; Entry to the competition must be done in writing using the online registration form on the website:

b; A notification is sent to the registered e-mail address by the organizer containing the following pieces of information: the acceptance of the registration form, request for correcting potential deficiencies, handing out registration number in case of acceptance, bank account number where the registration fee must be transferred to.

c; The basic criterion of valid registration is that 1.200 EUR as participation fee must be paid within 5 business days after the registration.


    I.  The teams who were awarded between 01.08.2018 and 15.08.2018 have priority over the other teams in the registration process provided that they pay the whole amount of the registration fee (1.200EUR) by 15th August.

   II.  The teams who took part in the competition between 15.08.2018 and 31.08.2018 have priority over the other teams in the registration process provided that they pay the whole amount of the registration fee (1.200EUR) by 31th August. Please note that having priority is possible only if the members of the given team are the same as in this year’s IBCC.

   III. From 01.09.2018 registration is open for everyone within the quota on each nation.

   IV. On 01.12.2018 the IBCC Competition Committee may dissolve quota limits. Therefore, teams on the waiting list may also take part in the competition.

e; Evaluation, acceptance, or refusal of the registrations are done continuously. The organizer may designate a spare team. The organizer makes a separate agreement with the spare team related to the conditions and benefits available (later competition benefits).

f; The organizer is not obliged to explain the refusal of registration.

g; The total Participation fee (hereinafter: fee) of the competition is 1.200 EUR/team.

h; The fee for the whole team ensures the following:

  • rent of the venue, fishing fees and fees of supplementary services
  • local fishing license for Lake Balaton valid during the competition
  • costs of organization and implementation
  • obligatory accident insurance
  • meals defined in the CR, furthermore
  • contribution to the trophies and fund


4. Registration

a; The registration takes place in Wimbledon hall, in the competition center.

b; Registration is possible only if the competitor has all the necessary documents; the process ends with signing the fully completed registration form.

c; Each competitor must hand over and submit the following written records and documents to the organizer of the competition, in absence of them, the participation in the competition is not possible:

  • Passport / driving license / ID card / official document with photo
  • Fishing documents (by nationality) necessary for issuing state license and angling license on Balaton

d; Each participant must sign the registration form.

e; With their signature in the registration, participants acknowledge that they have read and accepted the competition rules; moreover, they accept, in the case of disputes, to comply with the impartial decisions of the jury. “Declaration of acceptance of CR” can be found in Appendix 2 in the CR.

f; Each participant will receive a bracelet which he must wear throughout the competition.

g; The organizers will provide each team with a waterproof security card that contains all the necessary and contact information.

h; During registration, one member from each team will draw a number indicating the order of drawing pegs.

i; Teams that arrive late to attend the registration, or arrive after the registration has been closed, cannot participate in the competition and lose their registration fee.


5. Jury

a; The organizer must appoint a Jury to ensure successful implementation of the competition defined by the CR. The President of the Jury, as Chief Referee, is the manager responsible for the organization of the competition. The members of the Jury are the substitute for the Chief Referee, 2 persons from the Referees who weigh the fish, and 4 persons from the competitors. The Jury make their decision by simple majority. If the votes are evenly divided, the Chief Referee makes the final decision. “The List of Jury and Competition Referees” can be found in Appendix 3 of the CR.

b; Besides the Jury, Referees who weigh the fish, sector referees, technical and administrative staff are also part of the official competition staff. Only the Chief Referee, his assistants, or the referees who weigh the fish have the right to issue directives for competitors. Sector referees and other members of the Jury and official staff must indicate implementation and enforcement related to the CR to the Chief Referee, or in the case of his absence, his substitute.

6. Drawing pegs

a, Drawing pegs in the first round begins with drawing the order of the draw by a competitor designated by his team in the registration. The designated person draws a number which indicates the exact order of drawing pegs (for example, the team that has drawn number 4 will be the fourth team to draw peg).

b; In the second round, drawing pegs in front of the “Competition Map” must be carried out in the following way. The person who has been designated by his team draws a number with an exact peg on it (e.g. B3). With the help of the “Competition Map” he identifies the place of the peg. During the draw, the flag of the team that has already drawn a peg is pinned to the magnetic map by the organizers. If a team has not arrived, the number and position of the pegs are modified according to the decision of the Jury. In the following, the identification of teams are displayed according to the peg codes. Local identification is based on the “Competition Map.”

c; Occupying places is PROHIBITED before 14.04.2019, 07:00!

d; Drawn pegs cannot be thrown back.

e; The “Competition Map” which contains the sector and venue arrangement of the given competition, the buoys, and the most important pieces of information on the competition can be downloaded from the website of the competition. This map can be found in the CR (Appendix 1), and will have been published by 15th March 2019.


7. Team

a; One team can have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 full members.

b; Only persons above the age of 18 can register for the competition.


8. Equipment

a; A team can have 4 rods, with 1 single hook on each.

b; 2 boats are allowed per team.

c; Fish finders are allowed.

d; Each team must have at least ten carp mats or weight slings with a minimum size of 80X120 cm. The organizer does not provide carp sacks. From the time of catch until the weighing, the competitors are responsible for the safety of fish. Keeping fish in sacks tied to the shore is strictly FORBIDDEN!

e; The additional equipment prescribed above, their presentation, and their proper and continuous use during the whole period of the competition are also supplemental and limitation conditions. Besides at least 2 large sized landing nets (minimum size 90X90X70 cm, below 1X1 cm weave), it is allowed to use a triangular landing net bigger than 60X60X50 cm for fish smaller than 5kg. This triangular landing net must also be densely woven. The 2 carp mats prescribed by the rules (minimum size 60X100 cm) must be used as extra support when landing fish bigger than 5 kg and taking them out from the water. Using carp mats is compulsory on boats too. Furthermore, after taking photos, it is compulsory to use care liquids (possibly invisible) for every fish. The lack or misuse of fish care equipment results in sanctions (first yellow card).

f; The weighing tripod is a compulsory supplementary tool for all teams.


9. Water policy and boating regulations

a; For competitors’ safety, the condition of the boats that the competitors wish to use and their equipment are checked by the organizers according to the technical requirements and list of equipment published on the website or the CR (see CR).

b; All boats must meet the requirements prescribed by the Hungarian legislation in force and the prescribed conditions. These requirements will be available on our website.

c; Only the boats that have been checked and received satisfactory labelling in the registration may be used.

d; If the organizers find defects in the equipment of a boat, they stop the check.

e; Subsequent to the check, the referees issue a certificate which proves that the boat has all the necessary equipment and it is in satisfactory condition.

f; Each boat that has been checked by the organizers is given a security seal with a unique identification mark. Removing the security seal is forbidden until the end of the competition.

g; The organizers have the right to carry out spot checks on boats at any time before or during the competition. Any defects noticed may result in immediate disqualification.

h; Boat checks in the area behind the center of the competition:

12.04.2019 Friday 12:00-20:00

13.04.2019 Saturday 08:00-16:00

i; The boat cannot be longer than 5 meters.

j; Using inflatable boats is allowed.

k; Only electric motors must be used in the competition.

l; The maximum speed of the boat must be 15 km/h.

m; Compulsory equipment for all boats in use:

  • a pair of oars
  • two life vests equipped with a luminous bar and whistle
  • an anchor with a minimum weight of 5 kg
  • 10-m-long string with tow ring
  • foghorn

n; Wearing life vests on the boat is compulsory throughout the competition. Failure to do so leads to warning in the first case (yellow card!). In the second case it leads to disqualification (red card!).

o; Putting the boat on water before the beginning of the competition is strictly forbidden. Violation of this rule results in immediate disqualification.

p; The boat must be secured safely and properly on the shore.

q; Sleeping on the boat is strictly forbidden.

r; During the period of the competition 2 boats per team may be on the water, but in all cases, 1 person must be on the shore.

s; The competition referee must be informed prior to boat change.

t; It is compulsory to comply with the rules related to storm warnings on Lake Balaton. These rules can be found on the competition website. Current storm warnings:

u; Swimming in the lake during the whole period of the competition is strictly forbidden. After the first warning (yellow card), violation of this rule results in disqualification (red card).

v; In the case of second level warning, it is strictly forbidden to be on the boat anchored to the shore.


10. Other official rules

a; The official start of the competition, planned time: 14.04.2019, 12:00.

b; The official end of the competition, time: 20.04.2019, 08:00.

c; During the competition it is forbidden to illuminate the water with high performance reflector LEDs for a longer period. Furthermore, it is forbidden to disturb other anglers with lamps and laser devices. Search lamps and smaller reflector LEDs must be used only in justified cases (casting, landing the fish) for a particular purpose. During the whole night, it is compulsory to illuminate the peg and the tackle that have been cast into the water. Competitors are allowed to use head lamps continuously.

d; Except for live baits, any substance that is not harmful to the environment is allowed to be used for hooking and feeding.

e; 4 rods are allowed to be used simultaneously, but it is possible to keep spare rods in case one of the rods in use got damaged.

f; If the competition referee notices that apart from the 4 permitted rods other rods have been used, the team in question is immediately disqualified from the competition by the Jury.

g; As far as possible, playing the fish must not disturb other teams. In case of repeated sector crossing which is not allowed by the other team, the warning (yellow card) is followed by disqualification (red card).

h; The fish that was hooked before the end of the competition is taken into account in the final result provided it is landed within 60 minutes.


11. Fishing rules


a; Only competitors, organizers, and staff accredited by the organizers must be in the competition venue.

b; If a team’s boat enters the sector of a neighboring team, the competition referee must be asked to resolve the situation. The referee’s decision must be respected by both teams.

c; Only one person from the team is allowed to leave the competition venue at a time.

d; In any event, one person must be in the designated encampment.

e; A maximum of 4 buoys per team may be placed on the water. However, the buoys must be removed at the end of the competition.

f; It is forbidden to place a buoy within a range of 25 meters from the neighboring team’s buoy. Furthermore, it is forbidden to pull the rig through the neighboring team’s buoy when retrieving.

g; Luminous buoys are allowed, however, using green signal lights is forbidden.

h; Maximum distance of rigs is 350 meters in the northern shore, and 450 meters in the southern shore, starting from Keszthely. These distances are indicated by the buoys which have been placed by the organizers.

i; It is strictly forbidden to be outside the line indicated by the 350-450 m buoys. Furthermore, it is strictly forbidden to feed, use fish finders, and cast from boats outside the 350-450 m buoys. The person who violates this rule is given a warning (yellow card), and in the next case he is disqualified (red card).

j; When playing fish, competitors are allowed to leave their sectors and buoys.

k; If neighboring competitors cannot resolve their disagreements over boundaries, the competition referee designated by the Jury marks an imaginary line which must not be crossed by either parties.

l; In case of every disagreement over boundaries, the decision of the competition referee must be respected by everyone.

m; Using bait boats during the competition is strictly forbidden.

n; In case of second level storm warning, competitors are allowed to wade the lake on their own responsibility on condition that they wear life vests, the water is not deeper than 1 m, and the competitor is not further than 50 m from the shore. Competitors must wade the lake only to play, land, and keep the fish.

o; In case of second level warning, it is strictly forbidden to cast, feed, and do any activities related to fishing in the water except the fishing activities listed in n;.


12. Local rules of the competition venue

a; After occupying the pegs, the teams must keep the place sufficiently clean and protect the environment. Furthermore, the teams must leave the place in the same condition as it was when they occupied it.

b; Setting fire in the area of the encampment is strictly forbidden except in authorized places. Using camping gas is allowed.

c; Camping and putting up tents is allowed only in the area designated by the organizer. In any event, it is compulsory to obey the orders of the competition referee.

d; In order to avoid the possibility of irregularities and ensure the safety of the competition, competitors’ vehicles must only be in the competition venue when packing in and out.

e; Competitors must park their cars only in the designated parking lots. Competitors must not drive their cars in the competition venue during the competition.

f; Competitors must collect rubbish in closable plastic bags, which will be transported by the organizers after the end of the competition.

g; The competitors must obey the organizer’s orders related to the size of the pegs (maximum size 10 X 5 m per team) and how to approach them.


13. Rules of weighing

a; During the time of the competition, the organizers provide continuous weighing from sunrise to sunset. Extra weighing may be requested during the night in case the 10 compulsory carp sacks are full.

b; Competitors must actively cooperate in the weighing process, taking photos, and data collection. On the other hand, the weighing process may be suspended in justified cases when playing and landing the fish.

c; In case a fish is caught, competitors must send and SMS with the word “Fish” and the name of the sector to the referee designated for the given sector (e.g. Fish C2).

d; From the moment the fish is caught until weighing, the fish must be kept in carp sacks, in at least 1 m deep water. It is strictly FORBIDDEN to tie the fish to the shore (in the first case, a yellow card is given).

e; Weighing can be done only by the competition referee using the scale provided by the organizer and presented to the teams, otherwise the fish cannot be taken into account in the results.

f; One member of the team, the competition referee, and an additional person accredited by the organizer must be present when weighing the fish.

g; The documentation of weighing (time of catch, name of competitor, weight of fish caught) must be signed and certified by one of the team members.

h; It is the competitors’ responsibility to check the accuracy of the data included in the documentation.

i; After official weighing, a photo will be taken of each fish in the following way. One of the competitors holds the fish in his hand, while the competitor sitting next to him holds the sector plate.

j; In the weighing process, the photo taken by the competition referee takes priority over other photos taken for private use. After taking photos, the fish must be released in the presence of the competition referee.

k; The documentation may be modified only if it is countersigned by a competition referee.

l; In case of discrepancies between the weighing data in the possession of the competitor on the one hand, and that of the referee on the other hand, the data of the referee will be deemed valid.

m; After completion of the weighing process, the referee will send written documentation and photos to the central office of the organization to be registered.

n; In any event, the safety of fish is top priority. Therefore, taking photos and releasing fish must be carried out carefully.

o; After the weighing process, the fish must be released immediately in the presence of the competition referee.

p; Fish over 15 kg, which is likely to win the biggest fish prize based on the current results, must be weighed twice. In case of discrepancies, the greater weight will be registered.


14. Evaluation

a; Only carps that are 5 kg or over 5 kg are taken into account in the competition.

b; The overall winner of the competition is the team with the heaviest total weight. In case of a tie, the team with the bigger fish wins. If the weight of the biggest fish of the two teams is the same, the average weight of the fish that the teams have caught decides. Defining the remaining places is also based on the scores. However, if the highest-scoring teams of the designated sectors are not among the overall three places, they are given special prizes (sector winner).

c; During the competition continuous and objective information can be found on The performance of the teams (identification of fish species, number of fish, and average weight) can be seen with the help of the map and pegs. Here, there is also an opportunity to compare the teams’ own results with the catches indicated on the evaluation sheet.

d; The official final results will be announced on 20.04.2019 (Saturday) at the prize giving ceremony starting at 14:00. Appeals may be made until 20.04.2019, 09:00.

e; Appeals related to the official current results published on the website may be made within 12 hours after the current results were reported, whereas appeals related to the final results may be made by 2019.04.20 12:00.

15. Rules of awarding prizes

a; There will be two competitions within the competition. This means that, besides awarding total weight, the total weight of the 5 biggest fish will also be awarded separately. Therefore, every team will have a bigger chance to win.

b; The prizes of the “5 Biggest Fish” competition:

  1. place: 20.000 EUR
  2. place: 10.000 EUR
  3. place: 5.000 EUR

c; The prizes for the weight of all the fish bigger than 5kg (overall winner):

  1. place: 30.000 EUR
  2. place: 15.000 EUR
  3. place: 7.500 EUR
  4. place: 4.000 EUR
  5. place: 2.000 EUR

Prize for the biggest fish in the competition: 10.000 EUR

Further prizes divided into sectors:

  1. place: 1.200 EUR + 500 EUR voucher
  2. place: 600 EUR + 500 EUR voucher
  3. place: 500 EUR voucher


Attention! Each team may win only one prize except for the prize for the biggest fish. If unexpectedly there are no catches in a sector, the first three prizes are defined by drawing lots among the teams in the sector.


16. Appeals

a; Reporting events that violate the CR is considered an appeal. Only written appeals may be made as described in 14; e;. Appeals that are handed in more than 1 hour after they have been indicated are rejected without explanation.

b; After the competition has started, the CR cannot be interpreted. The organizers provide an opportunity for interpretation during the registration process.

c; If a competitor notices and reports an irregularity (it is advisable to document the irregularity by making videos or taking photos of it), the incident is investigated within 12 hours, and will have been closed by 20.04.2019, 12:00.

d; The administrative cost of appeal is 100 EUR per occasion and reported case.

e; The cost of the appeal that has been deemed justified by the Jury is returned. In case of unjustified appeal, the sum of money is not returned.


17. Force majeure

a; In case the competition cannot be held due to unexpected (force majeure) events, the sum of money is refunded and the organizers transfer it back to the given bank account. Beyond these reasons, the registration fee that has already been paid is not given back, even if a team withdraws from the competition because of any reasons.

b; According to the CR, illnesses certified by a doctor, accidents certified by the police, or compulsory attendance before a court, whose date cannot be modified in time are considered force majeure events. The following events are considered force majeure by the main organizer: unsatisfactory water level, sudden deterioration of water quality in case of external pollution certified by authorities.

c; If a force majeure event related to the organizer takes place during the competition before 50% of competition time has passed, the results of the competition are deleted and the same field restart the competition in the next competition season with the same pegs (suspension of the competition). If more than 50% of competition time has passed until the event, the announcement of results is based on current results (interruption of competition). Declaring the cancellation, suspension, or interruption of the competition is the sole right and responsibility of the Chief Referee.


18. Rules of disqualification

a; In case of disqualification the current results are also cancelled. The disqualified team must stop fishing.

b; Fish mortality or mutilation caused directly or indirectly by deliberate acts result in immediate disqualification. Furthermore, labelling fish results in immediate disqualification.

c; If an unregistered team member is on the boat, the team is immediately disqualified.

d; The inappropriate use of boat, lack of life vest, walking into the water without life vest in case of second level warning result in warning which is followed by disqualification (yellow card: suspension of all activities related to angling for 8 hours).

e; Using boats when there is a second level storm warning results in immediate disqualification (exception to the rule: if the second level storm warning is issued while the competitor is already on the water, the competitor must go back to the shore as soon as possible).

f; If a boat does not meet the security requirements according to the competition referees, the team is first warned then disqualified from the competition (yellow card: suspension of all activities related to angling for 8 hours).

g; Violation of the CR and any other violation of fishing and environmental rules result in warning. If the violation is repeated, a yellow card is given (yellow card: suspension of all activities related to angling for 8 hours).

h; Any attempt to bribe the competition referees or their assistants result in immediate disqualification and will be reported to the police.

i; A team is immediately disqualified if they attempt to include a fish not caught by them in the results. The act is also reported to the police.

j; Violence, excessive alcohol consumption, and violation of social norms despite of several warnings result in (yellow card: suspension of all activities related to angling for 8 hours).

k; Using any kind of external help result in immediate disqualification.

l; Fish not caught by hook results in immediate disqualification.

m; It is strictly forbidden to be outside the line indicated by the 350-450 m buoys. Furthermore, it is strictly forbidden to feed, use fish finders, and cast from boats outside the 350-450 m buoys. The team that violate this rule is given a warning (yellow card: suspension of all activities related to angling for 8 hours), and in the next case disqualification.

n; Moving boats must be illuminated at night (with head lamps or navigation lights). Violation of this rule results in warning (yellow card: suspension of all activities related to angling for 8 hours) and in the next case disqualification.

o; In case of second level storm warning, it is strictly forbidden to be on the boat anchored to the shore. (It results in immediate disqualification.)

p; The improper storage of fish and inhumane treatment result in warning (yellow card: suspension of all activities related to angling for 8 hours) and in the next case disqualification.


19. Liability

a; The organizers are not responsible for accidents or damage to the equipment, its use is solely the responsibility of competitors. On the occurrence of damage or accident, the terms and conditions of accident and liability that are signed in the registration are valid.

b; By signing the registration form, the competitor acknowledges the risks and that the organizers do not hold responsibility resulting from the deviation of the rules.


20. Marketing and media

a; Teams must support the work of accredited media representatives by granting permission to make interviews, take photos and videos.

b; By signing the registration form, competitors acknowledge that the pictures and videos taken during the competition may be published in the media.

c; It is strictly prohibited to publish their own records without prior written consent of the organizers

d; Upon the request of the organizers, competitors have to withdraw personal pictures posted online on any platform.

e; Preparation of this regulation was based on EPBC standards (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act) and permission was based on section 98 of the competition regulations published by the EPBC. As main referee of IBCC event, on behalf of the Organizer and organizers, I approve this Regulation and make it public. (version 1.0, written on 18.08.2017).


Tamás Csörgő                                                         Dr. István Dérer                                                

Chief Competition Referee                    Deputy Chairman, MOHOSZ


                                              Zsolt Szári
                          General Manager of BHN. Ltd.


Budapest, August 10th 2018



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