GUIDELINES FOR TAG & RELEASE

                     

  1. All GFAA Angling Rules and Equipment Regulations apply until the fish is tagged.                   
  2. Tagpoles must not exceed 4.57m (15ft) overall length.
  3. The tagpole or holding device must be in the hand when the fish is tagged.
  4. One or more persons, in addition to the person holding the leader, may tag or assist in tagging the fish. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. A fish is considered tagged and released when the tag is secured to the fish.

  

GUIDELINES FOR MEASURE & RELEASE

  

  1. Only gamefish species as listed for Measure & Release are to be considered by this guideline.
  2. All GFAA Angling Rules & Equipment Regulation & Codes of Practice to apply until fish is caught, measured and released in a healthy and vigorous state.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

 

  1. The use of gaffs to land fish is prohibited.
  2. 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.
  3. The use of knotless, rubber-coated nets or other similarly designed nets that minimise slime and scale removal is strongly recommended.

  

(b) Measuring device

 

  1. All fish must be measured using an official GFAA/IGFA measuring device (IGFA mat, NSW DPI mat or Shimano mat).
  2. The measuring device mat may be shortened by cutting it, but it may not be rejoined after it has been shortened.