New GFAA Rules

The GFAA Rules committee is pleased to announce the following changes to the GFAA Rules effective immediately, following IGFA’s acceptance of changes to their rules proposed by GFAA.

These changes relate to holding of anglers and line backing and affect the wording in the current GFAA Game Fishing 2017 Journal.

Queries on the interpretation should be addressed to the Club’s Weigh-master John Webber on 0407 386734

How did these changes come about?
The evolution of these changes emanated from a series of workshops, with input from all states, discussing proposed changes to be submitted at an IGFA Rule Conference held in Orlando, Florida in July 2016. Those rule changes that were acceptable to IGFA were put to the Annual General Meeting of GFAA in September 2016 where there was unanimous acceptance of the wording to be referred to IGFA. IGFA President Rob Kramer, who was present at the meeting, undertook to expedite the changes through IGFA. In the past week, these GFAA proposed changes have been approved and adopted by IGFA. 
The meeting in Orlando was attended by GFAA President, Doug Sanderson and GFAA Life Member and IGFA Trustee, Neil Patrick, where they received an excellent hearing with a well organised presentation and were viewed as leaders of change. Contributors to finalising the changes, along with Doug and Neil, were Peter Babarskas – Chairman of the Rules Committee, Peter Cox – Vice President, Treasurer and Rules Committee Member and Peter Coote – GFAA Secretary

 

Changes – GFAA 2017 Journal

P 57

THE FOLLOWING ACTS WILL DISQUALIFY A CATCH:

#2 Add in to follow on from the existing rule.

Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification.

P 54

EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS:

(b) Line backing change to Line & Backing.

New 1. The use of backing is permissible.

New 2. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first five meters of the line directly preceding the double, leader & hook. This section must be comprised of a single homogenous piece of line.


Changes – GFAA Website (www.gfaa.asn.au)

Under:

THE FOLLOWING ACTS WILL DISQUALIFY A CATCH

After

  1. The act of any person touching any part of the leader when striking or hooking a fish.

Insert

  1. Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification.

Under:

EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS

(b) Line backing

Replace

(1. Backing not attached to the fishing line is permissible with no restrictions as to size or material.

  1. If the fishing line is attached to the backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the two lines. The backing may not exceed the 60kg (130lb) line class and must be of a type of line approved for use in these angling rules.)

with:

  1. The use of backing is permissible.2. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first five metres of single line directly preceding the double, leader or hook . This section must be a single, homogenous piece of line.

 

 

Effective Dates The GFAA rule changes are effective from 7th February 2017. The changes do not apply to IGFA rules until the 1st of April, 2017. Until 1st April, world record claims will need to be submitted under the previous set of IGFA rules.

Line & Backing Changes – Interpretation 5 metres is the minimum length of rated pre-tested line that can be used. When submitting a record claim, 16 metres length of line will need to be supplied which may include part of the backing line.

There is no restriction on what can be used as backing (braid etc.). For example, a 15kg pre-test monofilament main line (at least 5 metres in length, excluding the double line) is attached to 75kg braid, the weakest link is the 15kg line and that is the line class that is considered for a record claim.

These changes do not apply to fly fishing which are detailed in the GFAA Game Fishing 2017 Journal and the GFAA website www.gfaa.asn.au .

Queries on the interpretation should be addressed to the Club’s Weigh-master John Webber on 0407 386734

 

 

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