Rule & Record Changes Now Active

 

 
THE CHANGES LISTED BELOW ARE NOW ACTIVE!!
 
 
Detailed information regarding these changes is listed below:  
 
CHANGES TO THE INTERNATIONAL ANGLING RULES 
 
Assisting the Angler
The IGFA has added the following language to the section 3 of Disqualifying Acts: “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”. 
 
This change became effective April 1, 2017.
 
 
 
 
CHANGES TO WORLD RECORD REQUIREMENTS 
 
Minimum Ratio Requirements
 
In an effort to have IGFA world records better recognize outstanding angling achievement, the IGFA has established the following minimum ratio requirements for all new line class and tippet class world records: 
 
For line class categories up to and including 10 kg (20 lb) and all tippet class (fly rod) categories:
 
• The weight of the catch must weigh at least ½ as much as the line class it is eligible for. For example, a fish entered for the 6 kg (12 lb) line class or tippet class category must weigh a minimum of 3 kg.
 
For line class categories greater than 10 kg (20 lb):
 
• The weight of the catch must be equal to, or greater than the line class it is eligible for. For example, a fish entered in the 24 kg (50 lb) line class category must weigh a minimum of 24 kg.
 
Minimum ratios will not be retroactive and records that currently do not meet the new minimum weight requirements will not be retired.  Records listed in the 2017 World Record Book and IGFA website will have a new column that instructs anglers what the minimum weight necessary is to establish a record for each line class.
 
This change became effective April 1, 2017.  
 
 
Backing & Top-Shot
Previously, IGFA's International Angling Rules stated: "If the fishing line is attached to backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the lines." 
 
The IGFA has made the following alterations to Equipment Regulation A: 
 
Title change from “LINE” to “LINE AND BACKING”
 
Adding a new subsection that reads: “3. The use of backing is permissible.”
 
Adding a new subsection that reads: “4. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first five meters of line directly preceding the double line, leader or hook.  This section must be comprised of a single, homogenous piece of line.”
 
This change became effective April 1, 2017. *
 
*The implentation of this rule was temporarily postponed, but is active as of April 6, 2017
 
 
 
CHANGES TO RECOGNIZED GAME FISH SPECIES
 
Eligible Game Fish Species
The IGFA maintains All-Tackle world records for thousands of different species, however only certain game fish species are eligible for the additional line class, tippet class (fly rod), and Junior Angler world record categories. In an effort to better recognize premier game fish species around the world that merit having line classes, the IGFA will no longer be accepting line class, tippet class (fly rod), and Junior Angler world records on the 45 species of freshwater and saltwater fish listed below: 
 
Freshwater: rock bass, shoal bass, white bass, yellow bass, bluegill, black bullhead, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, burbot, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, freshwater drum, Florida gar, shortnose gar, spotted gar, oscar, European perch, white perch, yellow perch, chain pickerel, red piranha, shorthead redhorse, silver redhorse, sauger, American shad, hickory shad, splake, green sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, tench, warmouth, lake whitefish, mountain whitefish, round whitefish
 
Saltwater: Pacific barracuda, black seabass, Japanese parrotperch, spotted parrotperch, Florida pompano, doublespotted queenfish, black-blue rockfish, Atlantic spadefish, oxeye tarpon 
 
This change is effective April 1, 2017.
 
 
 

An updated copy of the English version of IGFA’s International Angling Rules can be found online here; additional languages are currently being translated. For any questions on this, or any rule, please contact IGFA Outreach & Education Manager Jack Vitek at [email protected].