- All captures shall be weighed by either a Club Weighmaster, a Club Recorder, a Committee Member of the Club in the location at which the fish was caught or by a GFAA or IGFA Official, or by a recognised local person familiar with the scale.
- Disinterested witnesses to the weight should be used whenever possible. The weight of the sling, platform or rope (if one is used to secure the fish to the scales) must be determined and deducted from the total weight.
- No estimated weights will be accepted. Fish weighed at sea or on other bodies of water will not be accepted.
- All fish that are subject to record applications should be weighed on a scale that has been checked and certified for accuracy by a government department or other qualified organisation. All scales must be regularly checked for accuracy and certified. Note: the certification of the scale should not be more than one year old. However, if at the time of weighing the fish, the scale has not been properly certified within one year, it should be checked for accuracy as quickly as possible. A report stating the findings of the inspector prior to any adjustments of the scale must be included with the record application.
- GFAA reserves the right to have any scale re-certified for accuracy if there are indications that the scale might not have been weighed correctly.
- If there is no official government inspector or accredited commercial representative available in the area where the fish is weighed, the scale must be checked by weighing objects if recognised and proven weights. Objects weighed must be at least equal to the weight of the fish. Substantiation of the correct weight of these objects must be provided to GFAA along with the names and complete addresses of accredited witnesses to this entire procedure.
- Only weights indicated by the graduations of the scale will be accepted. Visual fractionalising of these graduations will not be allowed. Any weights that fall between two graduations on the scale must be recorded as the lower of the two.
- In remote areas where no weighing scales are available, an angler is permitted to use his own scale provided that it is of acceptable quality and has been properly certified.
- Weighing of fish.
Scales used to weigh fish must be attached to an object or weigh station that is fixed or mounted on a solid base attached or connected to the ground. In the case of a mobile crane or similar apparatus the displayed weight MUST remain stable for a minimum of 5 seconds.
Note: State Branches may prescribe minimum weights for the recording of fish within a state.