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Latest Rule Change

Equipment regulation and catch disqualification change as of 25th November, 2017.

GFAA Rules committee.

The full context of the motion is that the following changes are made to the GFAA rules as shown on the GFAA website (www.gfaa.asn.au)


After: 15. The act of any person touching any part of the leader when striking or hooking a fish.

Insert: 16. Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification.


(b) Line backing


  1. Backing not attached to the fishing line is permissible with no restrictions as to size or material.
  2. If the fishing line is attached to the backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the two lines. The backing may not exceed the 60kg (130lb) line class and must be of a type of line approved for use in these angling rules.)


  1. The use of backing is permissible.
  2. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first five metres of the line directly preceding the double, leader & hook. This section must be comprised of a single homogenous piece of line.


  1. The angler is still required to submit the 16 meters of line immediately after the double (as outlined in the World Record Requirements section), however the new rule simply clarifies that it is the first five metres of line following the double line, leader, hook is what we’ll be testing, and what will determine the appropriate category for that catch.
  2. Five metres of line is the MINIMUM length allowed with no maximum length. This will determine the line class.
  3. There are no restrictions on the size/strength of the backing.”

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