GUIDELINES FOR TAG & RELEASE
- All GFAA Angling Rules and Equipment Regulations apply until the fish is tagged.
- Tagpoles must not exceed 4.57m (15ft) overall length.
- The tagpole or holding device must be in the hand when the fish is tagged.
- One or more persons, in addition to the person holding the leader, may tag or assist in tagging the fish.
- Pelagic & Shark tags: The tag needle must not protrude more than 50mm from the end of the tagpole or tag holding device, nor shall it exceed 5mm in diameter.
- Billfish only tag: The tag needle must protrude a min 45mm & no more than 76mm from the end of the tag pole or holding device, nor shall it exceed 6mm in diameter.
- A fish is considered tagged and released when the tag is secured to the fish.
GUIDELINES FOR MEASURE & RELEASE
- Only gamefish species as listed for Measure & Release are to be considered by this guideline.
- All GFAA Angling Rules & Equipment Regulation & Codes of Practice to apply until fish is caught, measured and released in a healthy and vigorous state.
- The use of knotless, rubber-coated nets or similarly designed nets that minimise slime and scale removal are to be used – the use of gaffs (other than release/jaw gaff) is prohibited.
- The fish is to be measured using an approved or recognised measuring mat. Measurements between centimetre increments shall be measured at the lower of the two increments; ie 45-46cm will be recorded as 45cm.
- Once measured, the fish is to be returned to the water as quickly as possible, and supported until it is able to swim away in a healthy and vigorous state. If the fish dies during this process, it is the skipper and angler’s responsibility to disqualify the catch.
- All measurements and data must be recorded on an approved GFAA Measure & Release card that is to be returned to the angler’s club for processing.
- Fish caught and released under these guidelines may be eligible for club or state points. (Check with your club or state for this.)
(a) Gaffs and nets
- The use of gaffs to land fish is prohibited.
- Nets used to boat or land a fish must not exceed 2.44 metres (8 feet) in overall length (when fishing from a bridge, pier or other high, stationary structure, this length limitation does not apply.
- The use of knotless, rubber-coated nets or other similarly designed nets that minimise slime and scale removal is strongly recommended.
(b) Measuring device
- All fish must be measured using an official GFAA/IGFA measuring device (IGFA mat, NSW DPI mat or Shimano mat).
- The measuring device mat may be shortened by cutting it, but it may not be rejoined after it has been shortened.