2022 GFA National Game Fishing Titles - Rules

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National Game Fishing Titles Rules - Madang 2022 

  1. Tournament Anglers
  2. Registrations
  3. Tournament Waters
  4. Line Categories
  5. Scoring – Weighing
  6. Scoring – Tagging
  7. Teams
  8. Rods
  9. Junior Teams and Anglers
  10. Radios, Safety Equipment and Reporting
  11. Times
  12. Weighing
  13. Prohibitions
  14. Transfer of Fish/Angler
  15. Protests
  16. Boat Prizes
  17. Overseas Angler
  18. Time Clause
  19. Captures defeating Host Club Records
  20. Tagging
  21. Skel Rice Billfish Shootout Rules
    1. Tournament Anglers
      All participants must be members of the IGFA or a club affiliated to either the IGFA or the GFA of PNG and all fishing will be strictly in accordance with the rules laid down by these organisations. [Return to top]
    2. Registrations
      Anglers nominating to fish in the National Titles must complete and sign the GFA of PNG National Titles Registration form supplied by the host club. All details must be completed and the form properly signed. Acceptance of the Registration will be solely at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. Junior anglers’ forms must be signed by a parent or guardian. [Return to top]
    3. Tournament Waters
      The tournament waters are the Host Club Club’s Constitutional fishing waters. A map is included in each team kit. [Return to top]
    4. Line Categories
      Line classes and sections will be as follows:
      Ultra Light 1kg, 2kg, 3kg, 4kg
      Light 6kg, 8kg
      Medium 10kg, 15kg
      Heavy 24kg, 37kg, 60kg

      Anglers registered as Junior anglers may only fish on ultra light, light and medium tackle. Line classes and regulations for fly fishing shall be as per IGFA regulations. Maximum tippet line class is 10kg. Shock leaders shall be a maximum of 305 mm (12 inches) in length, any material. [Return to top]

    5. Scoring – Weighing
      Points scoring will be calculated by dividing the weight of the fish by the line class and then multiplying by the fish factor as indicated:
      Billfish 150
      Game Fish 100
      Sharks 50

      To weigh, Marlin and Broadbill must be a minimum of four times line class, and Sailfish a minimum of three times line class (ALL line classes). [Return to top]

      All other fish must score a minimum of 50 points to be eligible. [Return to top]

    6. Scoring – Tagging
      The following points will apply for tagging:
      (1) Billfish and Sharks

      Line Class Marlin/Broadbill Sailfish Sharks
      1kg 3000 2500 350
      2kg 2500 2000 300
      3kg 2000 1600 250
      4kg 1500 1200 200
      6kg 1300 1000 175
      8kg 1100 800 150
      10kg 950 700 125
      15kg 800 550 100
      24kg 700 400 70
      37kg 600 300 50
      60kg 500 250 30

      No tagging limit numbers for the above. [Return to top] 

      (2) Other Game Fish
      Tagging points will not be awarded for Skipjack Tuna, Mackerel Tuna and Rainbow Runner caught on heavy tackle. A limit of 5 tags per angler per species for:

      Tuna – Dogtooth, Bluefin, Longtail 60 points
      Cobia 60 points
      Dolphin Fish 60 points
      Wahoo 50 points
      Bigeye Tuna 50 points
      NB and Spotted Mackerel 50 points
      Queenfish 40 points
      Tripletail 40 points
      Barracuda 30 points
      Large Scale Tuna 30 points
      Yellowfin Tuna 60 points
      Skipjack Tuna 10 points
      Mackerel Tuna 10 points
      Rainbow Runner 10 points

      Note that for these species, the Host Club Club points scale has been adopted to suit the local fishing environment. 

      (3) Note
      Tag points shall be treated as being an entirely separate category to points earned by actually weighing fish and shall only accrue for designated tagging prizes. In addition to normal tagging information, all tag cards presented to the Weighmaster must show the line class and time of Capture and the Capture Number. [Return to top]

    7. Teams
      Each team shall consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 anglers. They shall be limited to a maximum of 2 days fishing which need not be consecutive. All members of a team must fish on the same boat and on the same days. [Return to top]
    8. Rods
      There is no limit to the number of rods that may be fished, however in the event of multiple hook-ups, the first rod picked up by each angler will be the only one eligible to score on[Return to top]
    9.  Junior Teams and Anglers
      To encourage Junior participation, and to allow Junior anglers and teams wider opportunity, they may elect to compete as follows :

      1) A Junior angler fishing as part of a Junior Team (2-4 junior anglers).

      •  They and their team compete for all Junior individual and team prizes.
      •  They are not eligible for any other individual or team prizes.
      •  Registration is free

      2) Junior Full angler, fishing as part of a Junior Full Team (2- 4 anglers)
      •  They and their team compete for all Junior and Senior individual and team prizes.
      •  Junior Full Anglers each pay K300 Registration Fee

      3) A Junior Full angler, fishing as part of a Senior Team ( 2-4 anglers, at least one of whom is a Senior)

      •  They compete for all prizes other than Junior Team prizes.
      •  Junior Full Anglers each pay K300 Registration Fee
       [Return to top] 
    10. Radios, Safety Equipment and Reporting
      All boats must be able to receive and transmit on the Madang Game Fishing Club’s VHF channel 82 and must maintain contact with the Tournament Base directly or by relay through another boat at every sked. The first daily radio sked will be at 0705 hours and then every two, 0905, 1105, etc. (Advise grid location and score i.e. strikes, hook-ups, landed, tagged.)

      Boat skippers must sign "on" on departure and "off' on return, both by radio to Tournament Base. In the departure radio call skippers are required to advise team name, angler names and numbers, the total number of people aboard the boat, and the boat’s normal transit speed in knots.
      Boats that miss two consecutive radio skeds (directly or by relay) will be liable to disqualification for the day. Where reasonable concern exists for the safety of any vessel a search will be instituted. Variation to communication requirements may be made in the case of radio failure whilst at sea (eg mobile phone, sat phone, HF) at the discretion of the Tournament Director. It should be clearly understood by all skippers that if their boat has limited radio range they will be required to operate inside the range of their fixed radio unit. This important safety aspect will be enforced. Boats must be equipped with safety equipment. A list of recommended safety equipment will be in each skipper kit. It is compulsory for all boats to be equipped with a functioning GPS unit. All billfish hook-ups and landings must be reported immediately to the Tournament Base. Details of any team’s first scorable non-billfish (captured or tagged) must be reported at the time of landing (important in the event of a count back, see Rule 18), plus those of any meritorious fish captured or tagged.
      Information to be provided:

      •  Boat & Team name
      •  Angler name and number
      •  Line class
      •  Species
      •  Estimated weight
      •  Grid reference
      •  Tag card number
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    11. Times
      (1) Definitions
      Weigh StationA boat has arrived at the Weigh Station when it has entered the host club’s marina or designated base. 
      Weigh in: On all days except the last day – 1900 hours TE: refer Clause (2), Time Rules, below, para’s 6 and 7 On the last day (Sunday) – 1800 hours, absolutely no exceptions.
      Lines In: Time at which fishing may commence - 0600hrs
      Lines Out: 1800 hours, or at the latest time at which your boat can depart your fishing location and travel at normal speed to reach the Weigh Station by Weigh In.

      NOTE: Normal speed is your transit speed advised to Tournament Base when you log on each morning. This speed will be used to calculate lines out times for boats fishing in distant grounds, together with the lat. and long. advised by the boat to Tournament Base when they ceased fishing.


      (2) Time Rules

      On their first fishing day, teams may depart from anywhere inside or outside of the host club waters. Team captains are responsible for ensuring that the Tournament Director is directly advised of their intentions to do so, together with team and angler names, fishing dates, communication, and acceptable SAR arrangements prior to leaving port.

      Boats will otherwise depart from the host club’s base.

      Boats may depart any time after 0500 hours.

      Fishing times will be from Lines In to Lines Out each day. Boats with eligible fish must arrive at the Weigh Station by Weigh In time.
      This applies to all boats including those who departed from alternate locations.

      All boats are to advise Tournament Base when they cease fishing for the day (Lines Out) and their lat. and long. at that time.

      Other than on the last day, fish hooked up prior to Lines Out may be played until the fish is either landed or lost, providing that the hook-up and location were reported to, and acknowledged by Tournament Base prior to that boat's Lines Out time. The loss or capture of such hook-ups must be reported immediately to Tournament Base. In these circumstances, Weigh In timing may be extended beyond 1900 hours to allow safe passage of the boat and anglers. Except on the last day, and providing that all rules with respect to Lines Out time are met, and only at the request of the Team Captain or the boat Skipper, the Tournament Director may provide extended Weigh In time for exceptional and extenuating circumstances.

      NOTE: The purpose of the above paragraph is to allow the Tournament Director some latitude to consider circumstances which are not covered in the rules, and therefore to avoid having to have an exhaustive set of rules covering all situations. It is not intended to provide blanket extensions on request. A request for extension needs to be made for a specific reason by the boat’s Skipper or Team Captain. Examples envisaged are situations where a boat, which is otherwise functioning normally, is unable to travel at normal speed due to exceptional sea conditions and/or exceptional weight of catch. [Return to top]

    12. Weighing
      All captures will be weighed on the day of capture by a Tournament Weighmaster on arrival of the fish at the Weigh Station. Note the exceptions allowed in Rule 10, Clause ( 2 ) Time Rules, para’s 6 and 7.

      All fish presented for weighing must be identified by the supplied aluminium or plastic tag marked by indentation or permanent marker and wired to the dorsal or tail fin.

      The following information is required:

      •  Angler's number
      •  Line Class

      Capture sheets are in use by certain clubs. Visiting boats or boats fishing for the first time in the Titles will be supplied with Capture sheets. On presentation of fish at the Weigh Station the Capture sheets, correctly completed, must be presented at the same time.

      In the case of tagged fish, fully completed tag cards must be handed to the Weighmaster before Weigh In (refer to Rule 6.).

      The Weighmaster reserves the right to investigate any or all tackle on the boat to see that it conforms to IGFA rules.

      For any fish caught that may be subject to National or World record claims, it is required that the leader/lure, double and at least 50 feet of main line remain intact and be presented with the Fish at the time of weighing.

      Anglers intending to make Record Claims should remove the required line, leader & lure immediately the decision is made to make a record claim.

      Mutilated fish will be treated in accordance with IGFA rules.
      All fish weighed and presented for weighing become the property of the host club and will be disposed of for charity. [Return to top]
    13. Prohibitions
      (1) Fishing within 100 meters of any fish trap or commercial or village fishing activity.
      (2) Passing live bait between boats.
      (3) Tying or anchoring to a FAD.
      Note: The host club’s recognized FAD's are excluded from Prohibition (1) above and may be fished as per normal fishing activities. [Return to top]
    14. Transfer of Fish/Angler
      (1) Transfer of Fish
      Where a breakdown occurs, or when a fish is too large to be boated safely, the fish may be transported to the Weigh Station by another vessel, provided that the angler and tackle used accompany the fish and arrive at the Weigh Station by the specified deadline.Any such alternate transport of anglers and their fish will be at the sole discretion of the skipper of the boat providing the alternate means of transportation. Tournament Base must be advised at the time of transfer.
      (2) Transfer of Angler

      In the event of an angler having a fish in play and there being dangerous sea conditions, boat engine failure or other reasonable consideration, the transfer of the angler fighting the fish to another vessel will be allowed - providing it is approved by a Tournament Committee Member, and carried out in accordance with IGFA rules. Boat points shall be split 50/50 to either vessel. [Return to top]
    15. Protests
      Any protest must be submitted in writing and placed in the protest box at Tournament Base on each day of fishing within one hour of completion of Weigh In for the day. On the last day protests must be submitted by 1830 hrs.The Protest Committee shall consist of the Tournament Director (or his nominee from the Titles Committee), a representative of the IGFA (if none is available then a representative from the host club Committee) and a representative of the GFA of PNG.
      Decisions of the Protest Committee will be final[Return to top]
    16. Boat Prizes
      All boats, including those on charter for the Tournament are permitted to win the listed boat prizes. The winning boats will be determined by their best 2 days of fishing recorded for the whole tournament (not necessarily the best 2 days by any one team). [Return to top]
    17. Overseas Angler
      Must be a non-resident of PNG whose permanent domicile is in another country (PNG resident students attending overseas facilities and returning to PNG on holidays do not qualify). [Return to top]
    18. Time Clause
      In the event of a tie for any prize category, and depending on the availability of prizes, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to revert to award the prizes on a count back basis. In the event of a tie the earliest recorded capture or tag by the angler or team during their fishing days will count. The official time for countback will be the time at which Tournament Base logs and acknowledges the capture or tag. [Return to top]
    19. Captures defeating Host Club Records
      During the National Titles and in accordance with GFA of PNG rules, all registered anglers are deemed to be members of the host club with respect to claims for host club records. (All captures will be checked against current record files and new records will be notified automatically). [Return to top]
    20. Tagging
      Tagging must be done in accord with the GFA of PNG’s tagging rules also printed in the tournament magazine. [Return to top]
    21. GFI Billfish Shootout Rules

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