Competition rules

1; General rules

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

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

c; Competition period: 21.04.2024, 12:00 – 27.04.2024, 08:00

d; Registration period: 19.04.2024, 09:00 – 12:00 and 19.04.2024, 13:00-18:00 (according to timespans)

20.04.2024, 08:00 – 20.04.2024, 14:30 (according to timespans) at lake Balaton

e; Competition location: Lake Balaton

f; Center of events: Club Tihany Resort., Rév u.3., 8237 Tihany, Hungary

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 FIPSed / CIPS, the national carping (boilie) competition rules set by MOHOSZ (OVSZ), 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. The Organizer shall not modify the rules after 01.04.2024.

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 potential awards in all cases where the regulations of CR 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

Registration in the competition center:

19.04.2024                 09:00 – 20:00 CET (according to timespans)

20.04.2024                 08:00 – 14:30 CET (according to timespans)

Gathering on the bank of the competition center:

20.04.2024 – 15:00

Official group photo:

20.04.2024 – 15:15

Flag parade:

20.04.2024 – 15:15

Opening ceremony in the conference room of the competition:

20.04.2024 – 15:30

Peg draw:

 20.04.2024 – 16:00

Occupying encampments:

21.04.2024                 from 07:00 CET

Start of the competition:

21.04.2024                 12:00 CET

End of the competition:

27.04.2024                 08:00 CET

Closing ceremony and prize giving in the conference hall:

27.04.2024                 15:00 CET

3; Entry

In addition to the changes of competition rules, the IBCC organizers would like to retain the international character of the 2024 competition, therefore the organizer sets a limited quota 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 organizer of the competition.

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 2,000 EUR as participation fee must be paid within 5 business days after the registration.

I. As of 19.08.2023 all teams participated in the 2023 IBCC can register with priority until 25.08.2023. The first round of registrations will be based on invitation. The invitation will be sent to team member No. 1 of the team participating in the 2023 IBCC per e-mail.

II. As of 02.09.2023 anyone can register for the empty spots, up to the quotas of the different countries.

III. On 15.12.2023 the IBCC Competition Committee may dissolve quota limits. Therefore, teams on the waiting list may also take part in the competition.

d; 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).

e; Judgement of applications is the exclusive right of the Organizer; therefore, the Organizer is not obliged to explain refusal or acceptance.

f; The total Participation fee (hereinafter: fee) of the competition is 2,000 EUR/team.

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

  • rent of the venue, fishing fees and fees of supplementary services
  • parking fees, tent fees and communal costs
  • 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
  • the registration fee does NOT contain electricity supply at the venue

4; Registration

a; Registration takes place at Balaton

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, participation in the competition is not possible:

  • Passport / driving license / ID card (identification 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.

j; The teams will compete with their names provided at the entry to the competition. The team name cannot contain any special characters. The length of team names cannot exceed 25 characters with spaces. If there is any ethical question (offending someone) regarding the names of the teams entering the competition, the competition jury will decide on the rejection of the name. The organisers have no obligations regarding the team names used!

The name list of the competitors provided at the entry cannot contain any special characters.

In addition to the team names provided when entering the competition, the competitors can also provide the names of two sponsors, which will be displayed on the page “list of teams entered” by the organiser.

k; All teams must choose a time in the timeframe provided by the organisers. Failing to do so or not arriving at the time chosen will result in extra administrative costs in the amount of EUR 200.

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 Head Marshal, is the manager responsible for the organization of the competition. The members of the Jury are the substitute for the Head Marshal, 2 persons from the marshals 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 Head Marshal makes the final decision. “The List of Jury and Weighing Marshals” can be found in Appendix 3 of the CR.

b; Besides the Jury, marshals who weigh the fish, sector marshals, technical and administrative staff are also part of the official competition staff. Only the Head Marshal, his assistants, or the referees who weigh the fish have the right to issue directives for competitors. Sector marshals and other members of the Jury and official staff must indicate implementation and enforcement related to the CR to the Head Marshal, 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 designated person draws a number with an exact peg on it. With the help of the “Competition Map” he identifies the place of the peg. If a team has not arrived, the pegs are modified according to the decision of the Jury. In the following, when processing data by computer, the teams are identified according to the peg codes. Local identification is based on the “Competition Map.”

c; Occupying places is PROHIBITED before 21.04.2024, 07:00!

d; IT IS NOT POSSIBLE to throw back the drawn pegs!

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 4), and will have been published by 15th April 2024.

7; Team

a; A team can have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 full members. +1 person can assist the team. This person shall not do any activities related to angling. (He or she shall not touch fishing rods that are cast or have been brought in by boat, shall not feed, and shall not get on boat!)

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; Maximum 2 boats are allowed per team.

c; Fish finders are allowed.

d; Each team must have at least 3 floating weight slings with a minimum size of 80X120 cm, in which they can secure the fish until weighing Using traditional carp sacks is forbidden! 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.

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

g; The lack or misuse of fish care equipment results in sanctions.

9; Water policy and regulations regarding the use of boats

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.

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 marshals 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.

h; Boat checks are carried out by the marshals at the pegs (already drawn)

i; The boat shall not be longer than 5 meters and shorter than 2.4 meters.

j; Using inflatable boats is allowed.

k; Only electric motors can 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.

o; Putting the boat on water before the beginning of the competition is strictly forbidden.

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 full team member (not a runner) must be on the shore!

s; The marshal 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:

The teams are responsible for being aware of these rules.

u; Swimming in the lake during the whole period of the competition is strictly forbidden.

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

w; Moving boats shall be illuminated at night (with head lamps or navigation lights).

x; Both boats of all teams will be equipped with a GPS tracker device, which will be mounted with a security seal with a serial number on it by the marshal. With the help of this device the Competition Committee will track the movements of the boats during the whole of the competition!

10; Other official rules

a; The official start of the competition, planned time: 21.04.2024, 12:00.

b; The official end of the competition, time: 27.04.2024, 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 can 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; 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.

g; Bait limits! One team can have a maximum of 100 kg baits, with any kind of proportions. For example: 60 kg boilies and 40 kg particles. The quantity of baits will be checked by the organizers.

h; In order to protect the fish, the catches below 10 kg cannot be brought to the shore! For the purposes of controlling the fish around 10 kg it is advisable to have a weighing bag and a scale in every boat. The carps below 10 kg (not valid for this competition) must be let back into the water immediately!

 11; Fishing rules

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

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

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

d; A maximum of 8 buoys per team may be placed on the water. The buoys must be removed at the end of the competition.

e; 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.

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

g; Maximum distance of rigs is is based on the GPS-coordinates. These distances must be defined by the given teams with the help of the GPS-coordinates received with the peg drawn.

i; It is strictly forbidden to leave and to be outside the area indicated by the 4 GPS-coordinates. Furthermore, it is strictly forbidden to feed, use fish finders, take the rigs further than this line, and cast from boats outside this area.

h; The correct definition of these 4 GPS-points is the liability of the team! All teams have a maximum of 3 hours from the start of the competition to define these accurately. After this time the GPS devices will be functional and the fining sanctions will be in force also with regard to the crossing of the boundaries.

j; Even when playing fish it is not allowed to cross the sector boundaries!

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

l; 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 can wade the lake only to play, land, and keep the fish.

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

n: It is forbidden to use drop off rigs with lead. That is, during the period of the competition, it is forbidden to use any kind of clip that is designed for dropping off the lead immediately after the bite. 

o; After playing the carp from the boat, the fish can be brought to the shore for photo shooting in the following way:

  • After unhooking the fish, it can be pulled to the shore in the water, together with the net. The head of the fish shall face the direction of the boat.
  • After unhooking the carp, it shall be put into a carp mat with rigid walls. Water shall be sprinkled on the carp continuously when carrying the fish.
  • After the carp has been taken to the shore in the boat or next to the boat, it can be placed into a carp cradle (with rigid walls) on the bank in the following way: the carp shall be put into a floating weight sling, and then taken to the carp cradle placed on the bank for photo shooting and weighing. The fish in the landing net shall not be lifted, moved, and taken to the cradle on the bank without using a floating weight sling.

p; Every team is obliged to search for the lines broken in the course of the competition and to remove these and this will be checked by the organisers of the competition after the competition. If the organisers find lines on the territory of a team, that team will be suspended from the 2025 IBCC competition!

 12; Local rules of the competition venue

a; After occupying the pegs, the teams shall keep the place sufficiently clean and protect the environment. Furthermore, the teams shall leave the place in the same condition as it was when they occupied it. Following the competition, all teams must leave the venue until 12:00 the latest.

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 marshal. The teams must not occupy and leave the pegs by themselves without consulting the marshal!

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

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

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

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

h; In the designated competition area only the competitors, the runner, the organizers, and the persons accredited by the organizers can be present during the competition period.

iThe competitors can have visitors from sunrise until sunset in consultation with the local marshal.

13; Rules of weighing

a; During the time of the competition, the organizers provide continuous weighing. Extra weighing may be requested during the night in case the 3 compulsory floating weight slings 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 shall send and SMS with the word “Fish” and the name of the sector to the marshal designated for the given sector (e.g. Fish C2).

d; From the moment the fish is caught until weighing, the fish shall be kept in floating weight slings, in at least 1 m deep water. The quality of the floating weight sling is defined by the CR. It is strictly forbidden to tie the fish to the shore (in the first case, a yellow card is given). It is forbidden to use traditional carp sacks!

e; Weighing can be done only by the marshal 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 given team or the team’s assistant, the marshal, and one member of the neighboring team or their assistant, who accredit the catch, shall be present when weighing the fish!

g; The documentation of weighing (time of catch, name of competitor, weight of fish caught) shall 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 marshal takes priority over other photos taken for private use. After taking photos, the fish shall be released in the presence of the marshal.

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

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

m; After completion of the weighing process, the marshal 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 shall be carried out carefully.

o; After the weighing process, the fish shall be released only by the marshal, or – under the supervision of the marshal – a member of the neighboring team or the team’s assistant.

p; Fish over 20 kg, which is likely to win the biggest fish prize based on the current results, shall be weighed twice. In case of discrepancies, the greater weight will be registered.

14; Evaluation

a; Only carps weighing 10 kg or more are valid 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 all the fish 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 27.04.2024 (Saturday) at the prize giving ceremony starting at 15:00.

e; Appeals related to the official partial results published on the website may be made within 12 hours after the partial results were reported, whereas appeals related to the final results may be made by 27.04.2024, 08:00.

15; Rules of awarding prizes

a; There will be two different award categories within the competition. This means that, besides awarding total weight, the total weight of the top 5 fish will also be awarded separately.

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

  1. place: 12.000 EUR
  2. place: 8.000 EUR
  3. place: 5.000 EUR

c; The prizes according to the weight of all the fish bigger than 10 kg caught by the team:

  1. place: 30.000 EUR
  2. place: 15.000 EUR
  3. place: 7.000 EUR

d; Prize for the biggest fish in the competition (common carp – mirror carp): 5.000 – 5.000 EUR

e; Further prizes within the sectors – total catch:

  1. place: 5.000 EUR
  2. place: 2.500 EUR
  3. place: 1.000 EUR voucher

 f; 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.

  1. Taxation on the awards are taken care of by the winners.

h; The organiser – upon the instructions of the party setting out the awards – reserves the right to unilaterally modify the rules regarding awards and in this connection to unilaterally modify the present competition rules! The decisions in this regard must be taken until 01.04.2024 and must be published immediately on the official communication surface of the competition.

16; Appeals

a; Reporting events that violate the CR is considered an appeal. Only written appeals may be made per e-mail to the address, in case of catches as set out in section 14; e;. Appeals that are handed in after that will be 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 27.04.2024, 09:00.

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.

f; If a competitor notices an irregularity and wishes to report it as an appeal, he/she has to do that within maximum two hours of detecting the irregularity. This must be done in writing, per e-mail as set out in section 16;a.

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: measures ordered by the authorities due to the pandemic, 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 main 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 force majeure 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 Head Marshal.


18; Rules for warning, penalty and disqualification


A: Warning – 4 hours penalty (all fishing activities shall be suspended!)

a; Wearing life vests on the boat is compulsory throughout the competition. Failure to do so leads to warning in the first case, a 4-hour suspension of angling!

b; During the period of the competition 2 boats per team may be on the water at the same time, but in all cases, 1 fully valid team member (not a helper) must be on the shore! (Violating this rule results in 4-hour suspension of angling).

c; One member of the given team or the team’s assistant, the marshal, and one helper of the neighbouring team or if there is no helper, then one active team member, who validate the catch, shall be present when weighing the fish. If, at the request of the marshal, the neighbouring team are not willing to accredit the catch by their presence and signature, the team in question must suspend angling for 4 hours.

The penalty starts after taking out the last rod. During the penalty no fishing, no boat use and no feeding is allowed!

B: Yellow card – 12 hours penalty (all fishing activities must be suspended!)

a; If the fish protection equipment are not used or not used properly, the comeptitors will be given a yellow card warning and the relevant penalty sanctions!

b; Bathing in the lake during the whole period of the competition is strictly forbidden and the violation of this rule results in a yellow card!

c; In case of using the boats at night, the boats must be illuminated (with head lamps or navigation lights)! The violation of this rule results in a yellow card warning!

d; The fish shall be played without disturbing the neighbouring teams, as far as this is possible! In case of a repeated crossing the boundaries, which is not allowed by the neighbouring team, a yellow card warning is given.

e; It is strictly forbidden to leave and to be outside the area indicated by the 4 GPS-coordinates. Furthermore, it is strictly forbidden to feed, use fish finders, take the rigs further than this line, and cast from boats outside this area. The person who violates this rule is given a warning (yellow card – 12-hour suspension).

f; It is forbidden to use drop off rigs with lead. That is, during the period of the competition, it is forbidden to use any kind of clip that is designed for dropping off the lead immediately after the bite. Failure to comply with this rule results in warning (yellow card)!

g; After playing the fish from the boat, the carp can be brought to the shore for photo purposes as set out above (11/o), in case of violation a yellow card warning is given!

h; The inappropriate use of boat, lack of life vest, wading 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 12 hours).

i; Following the report of potential violation of rules, in case it cannot be proven that the reported team have violated any rules, the team reporting the violation will receive a yellow card!

j; From the moment the fish is caught until weighing, the fish shall be kept in floating weight slings – in the quality set out in the competition rules – , in appropriately (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). It is FORBIDDEN to use traditional carp sacks. The team using traditional carp sacks during the competition is given a yellow card!

k; If the marshals notice during the competition that the boat does not comply with the safety rules!

l; Any other violation of the competition rules, or of fish or environmental protection rules repeated after a warning or any other violation (yellow card: 12 hours, suspension of all fishing activities).

m; It is strictly forbidden to be outside the line indicated by the 4 GPS-coordinates! Furthermore, it is strictly forbidden to feed, use fish finders, and cast from boats outside this area. The team that violates this rule is given a warning (yellow card: suspension of all activities related to angling for 12 hours) for the first time, and in the next case disqualification. All the fish secured by the non-compliant team at the time when the violation was noticed will not be included in the results. Furthermore, the team loses its priority in the registration process for the next IBCC.

n; The improper storage of fish and unfair treatment result in warning (yellow card: suspension of all activities related to angling for 12 hours).

o; The penalty starts after taking out the last rod. During the penalty it is not allowed to fish, to use the boat and to feed!

C: 24 hours penalty (all fishing activities must be suspended!)

In case of a 24 hours penalty all fish caught thus far will be cancelled!

a; Use of boat in case of a second level storm warning!

b; Severe violation of the rules regarding Violence, excessive alcohol consumption, and unsportsmanlike behaviour despite several warnings!

The penalty starts after taking out the last rod. During the penalty it is not allowed to fish, to use the boat and to feed!

D: Exclusion

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

b; A yellow card after a yellow card or a 24 hours penalty after a yellow card results in exclusion!

c; Fish mortality or fish mutilation caused directly or indirectly by deliberate acts, furthermore labelling fish result in immediate disqualification, and will be reported to the fish protection authorities.

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

e; Any attempt to bribe the marshals or their assistants result in immediate disqualification and will be reported to the police. It will also result in an immediate disqualification, if the team tries to deceive the marshal and if the team attempts any kind of fraud at the weighing.

f; A team is immediately disqualified if they attempt to include a fish not caught by them in the results or try to weigh one fish more than once.

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

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

i; It is strictly forbidden to put the boat in the water before the start of the competition, the violation of this rule results in immediate disqualification!

j; 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.)

k; The organisers are entitled to check the boats randomly after the beginning of and during the competition and the irregularities detected may also result in immediate disqualification.

l; If the marshal 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.

m; It will result in an immediate disqualification and if justified it will be reported to the police, if a member of the team insults another person, behaves aggressively towards another person or causes wilful damage to public or private property during the competition for whatever reasons and this can be proved. If a team or one member of a team is affected by such event, this must always be reported to the head marshal immediately.

n; It results in immediate disqualification, if a team removes or tries to remove the GPS device secured by the marshal with a safety seal on the boat, which is used for tracking movement!

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.

c; The GPS device received from the organizers must be given back undamaged and personally at the registration desk after the competition. If the team does not comply with this or brings it back with a damage, the deposit paid will be lost.

20; Marketing and media

a; IBCC is an international competition, highlighted in the calendar of the National Federation of Hungarian Anglers.

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

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

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

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

21; Final provisions

a; 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. Furthermore, this regulation was approved by the National Federation of Hungarian Anglers and the Balaton Fish Management Non-Profit Ltd.

b; In the immediate preparation phase of the competition, considering the current Hungarian and international rules, precautions, and travelling restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on this subject, the Organizer retains the right to modify or extend the Competition Rules or cancel the competition because of vis mayor reasons. These decisions must be made at least 15 days the competition and immediately published on the official communication platform of the competition.

c; As head marshal of the IBCC event, on behalf of the organizers, I approve this competition rule and publish it. (version 1.2. written on 08.08.2023).

 Tamás Csörgő
Head Marshal  

Dr. István Dérer
Director General, MOHOSZ OHSZK

Zsolt Szári
General Manager of BHN. Ltd.