Perth Game Fishing Club held its annual general meeting on the evening of 15th December. In his address to the meeting President Peter Coote outlined the initiatives to be introduced immediately to further expand on member benefits.
Expansion of the Club Championship awards to include captures and tag and release of game fish species throughout the state will be introduced from 1st January on a trial basis until 30th June. Following the trial it will become a permanent feature of club scoring through the 2022 club year beginning on 1st July.
The second initiative is to hold all competitions as club events which will encourage membership and also mean that prizes and awards go to club members rather than those who may be attending from another club. Tournaments will be run on a low or no entry fee basis beginning with the Marlin Cup to be held off Rottnest Island on 6th and 7th February.
As a further benefit to members who are keen to go to exotic and far flung reaches, the Club is organising charters for groups of members to destinations in our north and perhaps to other states and event. The first of these to be inked in is to Scott Reef where big sailfish, dog tooth tune, wahoo, GTs and all other manner of fish present a feast of fishing opportunities.
A Special Resolution to change the Club’s Constitution was unanimously supported. As soon as is has been agreed to by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, it will become effective and will appear on this website. The CLub’s financial and competition year has been changed to 1st July to 30th June.
A new Committee was elected who were are pleased to say are very keen to move the club forward after a difficult year.
|Vice President||Adam Durell|
|Joint Secretaries||Tom Doyle|
|General Committee Members||Matt Hodkinson|
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.
Queries on the interpretation should be addressed to the Club’s Weigh-master John Webber on 0407 38673
Changes – GFAA 2017 Journal
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.
(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)
THE FOLLOWING ACTS WILL DISQUALIFY A CATCH
15. The act of any person touching any part of the leader when striking or hooking a fish.
16. 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.
(b) Line backing
(1. Backing not attached to the fishing line is permissible with no restrictions as to size or material.If the fishing line is attached to 2. 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.)
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 espanolfarm.com. 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