Fishing Rules 2018.01.01 Print

IWFA FISHING RULES

Freshwater & Saltwater Fishing

The fishing year for all awards is January 1st through December 31st. All members of the IWFA are eligible for monthly and annual awards.

Exceptions are noted within the guidelines of each award. Membership dues are payable prior to May 1st of each year. Dues not received by May 1st are considered delinquent and render a member unable to compete for monthly and annual awards until dues are paid.

Those affidavits received during the delinquency period will not be eligible for monthly or yearly competition. A revision as adopted by the Board of Directors, June, 2008.

Divisions
There are four divisions that all catches will fall under - General, Spin Casting, Plug Casting and Fly Casting

The following apply to all divisions:

  • Members must do their own casting. From the time that a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the angler must hook, fight, and land or boat the fish without the aid of any other person. If a rod holder is used, once the fish is hooked, the angler must remove the rod from the rod holder as quickly as possible.
  • No wire line allowed.
  • All fish must be returned to the water unharmed and in good condition. Fish kept for IGFA World Records or IWFA Club Records are considered weight fish and can NOT to be reported as a released fish. Refer to IWFA Club Records for complete instructions on reporting club records.

General Division
The following criteria apply to the General Division:

  • A general reel is a revolving reel that is on top of the rod and perpendicular to the rod.
  • Fish caught using bait (live bait, dead bait, bait tipped on an artificial lure)
  • Fish caught while trolling will be entered in the general division no matter what kind of tackle they are caught on.
  • General Division allows all the IGFA line classes: 2 lb. (1 kg), 4 lb. (2 kg), 6 lb. (3 kg), 8 lb. (4kg), 12 lb. (6 kg), 16 lb. (8 kg), 20 lb. (10 kg), 30 lb. (15 kg), 50 lb. (24 kg), 80 lb. (37 kg), 130 lb. (60 kg).
  • In the general division, an official release occurs when the swivel, leader knot or trace comes in contact with the rod tip. If a leader is not used, the release occurs when the angler or fishing companion touches the class line within two feet of the hook.

Spin Casting Division
The following criteria apply to the Spin Casting Division:

  • A spinning reel has a visible exposed spool with a wire loop called a bail that is used to guide the line around the spool when retrieving. The spinning reel is below the rod. A spin casting reel has the line completely enclosed in a housing and the line leaves the spindle by way of a hole at the top of the housing. A trigger is used to loosen the line for casting. A spin casting reel is mounted on the top of the rod. Using a spinning reel/rod or spin casting reel/ rod arrangement qualifies for spin casting division.
  • Line must not exceed 12 lb. test. Line over 12 lb. test must be reported in the general division. Spin division allows all the IGFA line classes: 2 lb. (1 kg), 4 lb. (2 kg), 6 lb. (3 kg), 8 lb. (4kg), 12 lb. (6 kg)
  • The lure must be artificial. If lure is tipped with bait, it must be reported in the general division. A revision to eliminate pork rind was adopted by Board of Directors, April, 2008.
  • If spinning reel/rod is trolled, it must be reported in the general division.
  • In the spin casting division, an official release occurs when the swivel, leader knot or trace comes in contact with the rod tip. If a leader is not used, the release occurs when the angler or fishing companion touches the class line within two feet of the hook.

 Plug Casting Division
The following criteria apply to the Plug Casting Division:

  • The reel must be a revolving spool casting type with level wind. The rod must be designed for casting, manipulation, and retrieval of artificial lures. It must be capable of one-handed casting, and not less than 5 feet (1.49 meters) or more than 7.5 feet (2.29 meters) in length. The butt section as measured from the front of the reel seat to the end of the butt cannot exceed 12 inches (12.5 centimeters) and must be permanently attached to the front of the reel seat. Detached, add-on, or sliding front grips are specifically prohibited. Leader and double line may not exceed the rod length. Alteration of the reel, i.e. removal of the level wind, places any catch in the general division.
  • Members must do their own casting.
  • Line must not exceed 16 lb. test. Line over 16 lb. test must be reported in the general division. Plug Casting division allows all the IGFA line classes: 2 lb. (1 kg), 4 lb. (2 kg), 6 lb. (3 kg), 8 lb. (4kg), 12 lb. (6 kg), 16 lb. (8 kg)
  • The lure must be artificial. If lure is tipped with bait, it must be reported in the general division. A revision to eliminate pork rind was adopted by Board of Directors, April, 2008.
  • If plug casting rod/reel is trolled, it must be reported in the general division.
  • In the plug casting division, an official release occurs when the swivel, leader knot or trace comes in contact with the rod tip. If a leader is not used, the release occurs when the angler or fishing companion touches the class line within two feet of the hook.

Fly Casting Division
The following criteria apply to the Fly Casting Division:

  • The fly reel must be designed for fly fishing and cannot be used in any way other than as a storage spool for the line. The rod shall not measure less than 6 feet (1.82 meters) in overall length.
  • Members must do their own casting.
  • If the fly is tipped with bait, it must be reported in the general division.
  • If the fly is trolled, it must be reported in the general division.
  • Points will be credited according to the pound test tippet.
  • In the fly casting division, an official release occurs when the nail knot comes in contact with the rod tip.
  • FlyCasting Division allows all the IGFA Tippet classes: 2 lb. (1 kg), 4 lb. (2 kg), 6 lb. (3 kg), 8 lb. (4kg), 12 lb. (6 kg), 16 lb. (8 kg), 20 lb. (10 kg).