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IGFA Angling Rules

Monofilament, multifilament, and core multifiliament may be used.

Wire lines are prohibited.

The use of a leader is not required. If one is used, it must meet the specifications listed in the IGFA Rules.

Rods must comply with sporting ethics and customs. Considerable latitude is allowed in the choice of a rod, but rods giving the angler an unfair advatage will be disqualified. The rule is intended to eliminate the use of unconventional rods.

The rod tip must be a minimum of 40 inches in length. The rod butt can not exceed 27 inches in length. These measurements must be made from a point directly beneath the center of the reel. A curved butt is measured in a straight line.

Reels must comply with sporting ethics and customs.

Power driven reels of any kind are prohibited. This includes motor, hydraulic, or electrical driven reels, and any device which gives the angler an unfair advantage.

Ratchet handle reels are prohibited.

For live or dead bait fishing no more than two single hooks may be used. Both must be firmly imbedded in or securely attached to the bait. The eyes of the hooks must be no less than a hook's length apart and no more than 18 inches apart. The only exception is that the point of one hook may be passed through the eye of the other hook.

The use of dangling or swinging hook is prohibited. Double or treble hooks are prohibited.

Handling or using a handline or rope attached in any manner to the angler's line or leader for the purpose of holding or lifting the fish will disqualify the catch.

Shooting, harpooning, or lancing any fish (including sharks or halibuts) at any stage of the catch will disqualify the catch.

Outriggers, downriggers, spreader bars, and kites are permitted to be used provided that the actual fishing line is attached to the snap or other release device, either directly or with some other material. The leader or double line may not be connected to the release mechanism either directly or with the use of a connecting device. Spreader bars are also acceptable when used strictly as a teaser.

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 air of any other person, except as provided in these regulations.

*As Per IGFA Rules, mutilated fish are not eligible for prizes.