Dave it would seem thats not acceptable, though if you wanted to be really technical, the wording in the rules is " livewells" not livewell must be at least 60lt capicity, but thats enough of that.
It seems due to the hype surrounding the livewell rules that we will be checking down here at Danjeera ( even though our fish rarely measure more than 380mm ). Being that I normally help out at these events we need some clarifiction.
Are the measurements taken on the overall size of the livewell or to the overflow. Obviously a 60lt cooler with an overflow 150mm from the top would be less than 60lt capacity, most guys using coolers are probably using 60lt ones.. If this is the case then there could be some problems on Saturday. How have you been measuring them Ian ? Maybe you could clarify this for us Simon. I know it sounds picky but I know it will come up.
I agree with you Ian, the livewell rules do need upgrading so we don,t have have this debate every year.
Personally I believe everyones own interperatation or the rules as to whether 60lt means one or two livewells confuses the issue.
I built an electric boat a few years ago with twin 45lt wells because of how I interperatated it and that boat has been to many comps and two conventions without a question ever being asked. Also never lost a bass in the wells.
That boat now has a new owner who likely won,t fish this weekend because putting a 60lt cooler on the deck is not practical due to the layout of the boat.
At the end of the day we all fish these comps to enjoy ourselves and enjoy the company of likeminded others. Sending anglers away from comps should be a last resort. I understand that a large livewell at places like Wivenhoe is important, but at dams where the average size fish is much smaller a bit of commonsense could prevail and advice offered especially for a newby. I would hate to see a new ABT angler turned away from Danjeera down here because his well was 5lt undersize.
I would like to say than none of my coments are aimed at anyone for turning anglers away in recent comp as I have no knowledge of the curcumstances ( for all I know they could have showed up with buckets ).
Finally, if anyone feels abused ( I feel that was aimed at me Slim ) I am sorry, that was not my intention, but really, if anyone thinks putting a 50cm fish in 50cm long well is the worst thing you can do to it then read my previous post again.