A claim for both an Australia and World Record must be forwarded to the GFAA Recorder through the state branch in whose water the capture was made. The claim must be made on both the GFAA prescribed form and on the IGFA 'Form for Recording Record Game Fish Captures', which may be obtained from the Secretary of a state branch or affiliated clubs, or from GFAA. Application forms must be completed in every detail personally by the angler, and must be accompanied by:
- an affidavit attested by a notary public or justice of the peace.
- line samples as for a GFAA record.
- photographs as for a GFAA record.
- a filing fee as specified on the IGFA application form. NOTE - it is required that the filing fee be paid by credit card by filling in the details on the IGFA World Record Claim Form.
Claims will not be accepted by IGFA if the date of the catch is more than three months before the date of receipt of the claim by IGFA.
IGFA required that the claim be witnessed by a representative of IGFA, or a club official, if available.
IGFA Rules and Regulations change from time to time, and anglers are advised to check these before submitting a claim.
Any deliberate falsification of an application will disqualify the applicant from any future IGFA World Records.
On acceptance of a World Record, an Australian Record will be granted, provided that it meets the GFAA requirements and was applied for on the prescribed form.
All clubs affiliated with state branches must adopt GFAA rules as part of their constitution. Where a non-member angler captures a fish which obviously approaches a world record, affiliated clubs are asked to co-operate to see that the fish is properly weighed, measured, witnessed, photographed and registered according to the requirements of IGFA.