game fishing

HELP WITH IGFA FISHING RECORD REQUIREMENTS

I was sitting at home looking at the IGFA website and got prompted to contribute this piece.

IGFA RULES & REGULATIONS, READ ME FIRST

While everyone makes out the rules to the IGFA are quite complicated, I gave them a good read through I certainly don’t consider them difficult to remember. It is just a matter of taking your time with the current files and we’ll show you some tricks to help you learn down below. The IGFA website is seriously focused on what they do. However, their documents can be a little hard to read because they appear old fashioned. We have this advice for you.

“You hear a lot of hearsay when you are out about fishing, and I always come across those who say the rules are just too complicated. The style of IGFA PDF download documents keep a lot of their original style on purpose.

Because people are used to clean wide open layouts across the Internet, I often recommend just taking a little time to adjust and you’ll find that you enjoy the layout.

Anything worth studying is going to take some effort anyway. On top of that, if we can keep our stock of fishing line in line with changes made by them each year, then I reckon you really give a go”

THE IGFA RULES ARE THE ONLY RULES FOR WORLD RECORDS

Finding the rules for world records is very easy on the IGFA website. I’ve downloaded and attached the copy of the rules. I must admit, it is amazing they update the rules each year and manage to keep that historical look.

DOWNLOAD THE PDF RULES

IGFA assures you the only rules you download are the latest at the time you download. In other words, you are always getting the latest version and they do lay claim to just that. You can download the latest international rules from their website.

PREPARE TO PUT SOME TIME

Yes, they are the rules and they are not page links to the first ever copy of National Geographic Fish Book. Printing out the forms is not a very good unless you can go A3 per page with laser or high definition printing.

Use a PDF viewer and zoom on those Bible-style and sized fonts. The English version has 15 pages to the current rules PDF document. Compared with current page standards, there are about 30-40 pages at the same word count. It’s a cluster fudge purely because it is laid out so badly. I thought about making a download mock for everyone but they clearly say that they are the only place in the world where you can get the official rules. I could get slapped and then downloaders might too.

To give you an idea of how exciting the rules are, I used Alex at Speech to Text on OS X to read this Word version of the Angling Rules PDF with Adobe Acrobat Pro. Take a listen for a few minutes. Listening was certainly much easier than reading.

CHOOSE YOUR FISHING LINE CAREFULLY

Line choice is a critical component of the IGFA rules and monofilament line in the appropriate line classes is the preferred choice for anglers chasing IGFA records. It’s important to find line that is pre-tested and IGFA-rated to ensure that your efforts are compliant.

You know it’s the best you can buy and we’ve got the whole selection matching the rules and requirements. If we can navigate those rules pages and make sure we have the fishing lines to match, then you will make it through with a little patience.

YOUR SAMPLE FISHING LINE IS REQUIRED WITH APPLICATION

To confirm your potential record IGFA will require a line sample and I couldn’t imagine anything more devastating than to discover that your record doesn’t stand because of a non-compliant line. As an experienced angler, I have to recommend Fin-Nor IGFA-rated monofilament fishing line.

FISHING LINE QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR

Other line qualities to look for are knot strength and abrasion resistance as these attributes can impact your chances of landing big fish. High visibility monofilament lines are also great for monitoring and adapting to the battle. Lines that provide contrast from the water help to track the erratic movements of a high-flying Marlin or a deep plugging Tuna and provide timely warning to make adjustments to your fighting tactics.

TRUSTED IGFA-RATED FISHING LINE

When it comes to game fishing, Fin-Nor is among the most trusted of brands. I am not the only experienced angler who knows this to be the case. This is my recommendation although it is important for you to compare for yourself and make your final decision.

 


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Martin White
martinw@dinga.com.au

Martin is huge on everything outdoors and is even bigger on driving and technology. He loves boats, new stuff and writing about it.