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IGFA Rule Book
Click here to download and print out an IGFA World Record Application

Note: This information was reviewed and approved by the IGFA February 2008.
A question on shock leader length prompted this post.
  • LEADER
The use of a leader is not required. If one is used, it must meet the following specifications:

The length of the leader is the overall length including any lure, hook arrangement or other device. The leader must be connected to the line with a snap, knot, splice, swivel or other device. Holding devices are prohibited. There are no regulations regarding the material or strength of the leader.
  • Saltwater species:
In all line classes up to and including 20 lb (10 kg), the leader shall be limited to 15 feet (4.57 meters). The combined length of the double line and leader shall not exceed 20 feet (6.1 meters).

The leader on all classes of tackle over 20 lb (10 kg) shall be limited to 30 feet (9.14 meters). The combined length of the double line and leader shall be limited to 40 feet (12.19 meters).
  • Freshwater species:
The leader on all classes of tackle shall be limited to 6 feet (1.82 meters). The combined length of the double line and leader shall not exceed 10 feet (3.04 meters).
  • Disqualifications
Include but are not limited to: Wire line, umbrella rigs, leaving the rod in the rod holder, resting the rod against the gunwale, entangling the line with another line, anyone touching the rod, reel, or line once the fish has taken the bait. This is a general overview. Many details are involved for a properly completed IGFA application. For comprehensive and complete details, you may go to IGFA Rule Book online.
  • Processing a World Record Catch
The IGFA puts forth very specific guidelines for catches to qualify for World Record status. The IGFA provides four types of saltwater world records; line class, tippet class, Junior, and all-tackle categories. The line class and tippet class records require closer adherence to IGFA requirements, more documentation, and submission of more supporting materials than the all-tackle category. The line class and tippet class records also require the line to be submitted to the IGFA. If you have questions about this process, be sure to contact an IGFA representative, a certified IGFA Weigh Station, or the IGFA for assistance in order to avoid disqualifying a catch due to misinformation.
  • General Guidelines for World record applications: For all Catches:
If a fish is under consideration for World record status, care should be taken to carefully preserve the fish, either alive or on ice. Proper documentation of the catch is crucial, so take plenty of pictures or even a video if possible. Save and preserve the line, leader, and tackle used. Remember the more information provided, the easier it is for the IGFA to process the application.
  • Witnesses:
At least one witness to a record catch is highly desirable.
  • Time limits:
All-tackle records have no time limit. Catches made in U.S. waters have 60 days from the date of catch, 90 days for out of country.
  • Weighing:
The fish must be weighed by an official weigh master, IGFA official or a recognized local person familiar with the scale. If an IGFA representative or an IGFA officer is available, he or she should witness the claim. The scale must be checked and certified by a government agency or other qualified and accredited organization within the last 12 months, or submitted to IGFA with the application for testing.
  • Tackle:
At the time of weighing, the actual tackle used must be exhibited to the weigh master and weight witness.
  • Line:
For line class records: The entire leader, double line, and 50 feet of line is required for submission and must be intact and connected. Fly fishing records must be accompanied by the lure, entire tippet, entire leader and one inch of the fly line, and these components must also be intact.
  • Photographs:
Required: 1) The certified scale 2) The rod and reel 3) The full length of
the fish 4) The angler with the fish.
Suggested: 1) The angler and fish at the time of the catch. 2) The fish
displayed on the certified scale with the weight visible 3) The fish on a flat surface with a ruler beside the fish 4) A video of the catch.

The IGFA puts forth very specific guidelines for catches to qualify for World Record status. The IGFA provides four types of saltwater world records; line class, tippet class, Junior, and all-tackle categories. The line class and tippet class records require closer adherence to IGFA requirements, more documentation, and submission of more supporting materials than the all-tackle category. The line class and tippet class records also require the line to be submitted to the IGFA. If you have questions about this process, be sure to contact an IGFA representative, a certified IGFA Weigh Station, or the IGFA for assistance in order to avoid disqualifying a catch due to misinformation.
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