Introduction

Welcome to Digital Livewell

Thanks for taking the time to learn about the Digital Livewell scoring system for fishing tournaments. This tutorial is designed for the Boat Official or Referees who will be responsible for recording the weight of a Scorable fish.

This tutorial is a step by step process covering the following:

  • Boat Official preparation for an Event
  • Equipment required by the Boat Official
  • Arriving at the Meeting Location the day of your event
  • Arriving at the Body of Water
  • On the Body of Water
  • Boat Official responsibilities including time keeping, the weighing of a fish, the scoring of a fish and penalty enforcements.

PREPARATION FOR YOUR EVENT

Boat Officials will receive an email 72 hours prior to your event which will include the event meeting location, a copy of the event Rules and a link to a Digital Livewell tutorial. At this time, you will want to contact the Angler that you signed up with to make any travel arrangements. This is also a good time to review the equipment list below ensuring that you have everything needed to be a Boat Official. In addition, you will need to review this tutorial and the rules.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

As a Boat Official you will need the following items:

  • Fully Charged SmartPhone with the ability to send and receive text messages.
  • A car cord or charging device for your SmartPhone.
  • A Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket. You and your Angler are required to wear a life jacket whenever the big engine is in gear.
  • Proper clothing for the weather conditions:
    • Consider dressing in layers you can always remove gear as the day warms up.
    • A hat or even a stocking cap
    • Sun Glasses
    • Sun Screen
    • And a must Rain Gear. Rain gear is a must for every event you never know when a storm will pop up and there is nothing worse than being wet and cold.
  • Any food or beverages you wish to consume during the event. (non-alcoholic of course)

The Anglers have been instructed to provide space on their boat for you to store your gear. Most will also have a cooler to store beverages and food.

ARRIVING AT YOUR EVENT MEETING LOCATION

Upon your arrival you will need to check in with the Event organizer. There will be a pre-tournament meeting for all Boat Officials that will cover everything about the days Event including the following:

  • Receiving your ILF event equipment for Scoring. You will receive a bag including the following:
    • ILF Official Scale
    • o ILF Official Log Book with Rules and Paper Log Scoring Sheet
    • 2 pens and a spare battery
  • You will receive a text message from Digital Livewell with the name of your assigned Angler and a pin number. At this time, you will also be introduced to your assigned Angler.
  • Additional Digital Livewell training and manual paper scoring procedures.
  • A text from the Event Organizer providing directions to the body of water.

ARRIVING AT THE BODY OF WATER

Before takeoff there will be a pre-tournament meeting with all the Anglers and Boat Officials. At that meeting you will learn the official start time (Lines-In) and end time (Lines-Out) of the first period along with the rendezvous meeting place between periods. You will also learn about any zoned off areas that Anglers are not allowed to fish.

ON THE WATER

Boat officials and Anglers are required to wear a life jacket whenever the big engine is in gear. Boat Officials are permitted to have conversations with their Angler, however Boat Officials are not allowed to provide any comments that would assist the Angler in fishing.

Boat Official Responsibilities

EVENT TIME KEEPER (BOAT OFFICIAL)

As the Boat Official you are responsible for keeping the time of the event, we suggest you use the SmartPhone device and even set alarms. In a pre-tournament meeting at the body of water you will be given Period 1 official Lines IN time (when the Angler can start fishing) and Lines OUT Time (when the Angler must stop fishing) by a Tournament Commissioner.

You will be given the Line In and Lines Out times for Period 2 and Period 3 at the break between periods.

Anglers will be given a 15-minute ride a round prior to the actual start time or Lines In. Boat Official should give the Angler a countdown as to how much time is left before Lines In. Like at 5 minutes, 1 minute and then seconds from 10 seconds down to 0 seconds. Boat Official should also give that same countdown for the end of each period to let them know when Lines Out is approaching.

Note: A fish that is hooked by an Angler in the last seconds of a period must be inside the boat gunnel before the period ends to count.

Time Keeper for Penalties: Boat Officials are also responsible to keeping track of time for any penalties assessed. Use your SmartPhone for this task.

FISH WEIGHING

Boat Official should be aware when a fish is being caught and should immediately gather their scale making sure the Scale is set to Pounds/Ounces and set to “Zero” before the Angler places the fish on the Scale Clip.

The Boat Official is not allowed to touch a fish The Angler is responsible for placing the fish on the "scale clip" securing the "clip".

A scorable fish is 1lb or more. Anything less is non-scorable.

The Boat Official will call out the weight of the fish to the Angler. Angler must agree. The Angler can ask for a re-weigh up to 3 times., however most won’t to save time. Once there is agreement of the weight the Angler is responsible for removing the fish from the Scale and releasing it back in the water.

SCORING A FISH – ON PAPER

A fish weight must be recorded in the log book first.

Once the fish is released it is time to record the weight of a Scorable fish in your Official Log Book. First record it on paper in your Official Score Book. It is extremely important that the Scorable fish be recorded on paper first which is the official record for keeping all Scorable fish weights. Once time permits you than can go ahead and score the fish into the Digital Livewell systems as shown below.

RECORING A PENALTY – ON PAPER

Once the fish is released it is time to start the penalty using a stop watch app on your SmartPhone. At this time, you should first record the Penalty on paper in your Official Score Book. It is extremely important that the Penalty be recorded on paper first which is the official record for keeping your event. Once time permits you than can go ahead enter the Penalty into the Digital Livewell systems as shown below.

SCORING A FISH – DIGITAL LIVEWELL SYSTEM

Once you have recorded the fish in your Official Log Book and time permits you should now record the fish in the Digital Livewell System by sending a text on your SmartPhone as follows:

  • Go to the text you receive from Digital Livewell showing your assigned Angler and pin number.
  • Scoring a scorable fish: enter the Anglers pin number, a space and the weight. (example 2.5 for a 2lb 5oz fish) Touch Send. Remember a Scorable fish must weigh 1lb or more.
  • Follow this procedure for each Scorable fish.

VIEWING THE LIVE LEADERBOARD – DIGITAL LIVEWELL SYSTEM

Boat Officials are required to update your assigned Angler the Leaderboard results at least every 15 minutes. Many Anglers will want it more often which is Ok.

View the full Leaderboard as follows:

  • Go to the text you receive from Digital Livewell showing your assigned Angler and pin number.
  • Enter the Anglers Pin #, a space, LB (caps)
  • Repeat the process whenever you need to give a Leaderboard update.

ENTERING A PENALTY – DIGITAL LIVEWELL

Once you have recorded the Penalty in your Official Log Book and time permits you should now record the Penalty in the Digital Livewell System by sending a text on your SmartPhone as follows:

  • Go to the text you receive from Digital Livewell showing your assigned Angler and pin number.
  • Enter the Anglers Pin #, a space, number of minutes followed by a p (example 2p for a two-minute penalty). Touch send.
  • Repeat the process whenever you need to assess a Penalty.

NEXT STEPS

This concludes your Boat Official training. You should review the Rules that were sent to you in an email. It is also a good time to prepare the equipment that you are bringing to the event.

Digital Livewell would like to thank you for being a Boat Official and we want you to enjoy your day on the water. If at any time you run into an issue at an event simply call one of us. Our phone numbers are in your Official Scoring Book.