- These rules, in accordance with the constitution of AIGFA, established practice for angling world over and all federal and state rules, governing fishing in Indian waters, are proposed by AIGFA Executive Committee and shall come into effect after approval of AIGFA first General Body Meeting.
- When these rules come in operation, these shall be the sole criterion for any Indian Catch Record Registration.
- In these rules, unless the context indicates otherwise: - A word to which a meaning has been assigned in the 'AIGFA' Constitution shall bear that meaning; and
'IGFA' means the International Game Fish Association.
'Executive' means the 'AIGFA' Executive Committee.
3.0 FUNDAMENTAL RULES FOR ANGLING
- Littering the place, where one is fishing, shall never be done.
- Use of any bait, artificial, live, dead or otherwise, harmful to the fish or the environment it resides or protected/banned by any Federal or State notification, shall never be used.
- Use of any rig, harmful to the fish, during fight or in case of breakup, shall never be used.
- Use of lead weight, other than specified in specific rule Para 5.0 (4.3) are not allowed.
- No line, mono filament, multifilament or otherwise shall ever be discarded beside the water body. Any line, to be discarded shall be either burned or cut into very small pieces before discarding.
- While setting up a rod, the angler shall make sure to keep the weakest link as near to hook as possible. In case of a snag, the angler shall try his level best, without causing him any danger, to remove the rig and if not possible, he will try and break the line from as close as possible to the hook.
- No rod, while fishing, shall be left unattended for reasons whatsoever. In case one is using more than two rods, the spacing between them shall never be more than two meters.
- While fishing, the angler should strive, not to damage any vegetation and nests of birds etc.
- While fishing, the angler should strive, not to fish from any nesting ground of birds, crocodile or tortoise etc.
- While not fishing, the angler shall always remove the bait from the hook, attach the hook securely to the rod and tighten the line to avoid any accident.
- While fishing, the angler shall try to keep his line submerged in the water or as close to the water, to avoid injury to any bird.
- While using floating baits, like bread, pop ups, artificial baits or poppers etc, the angler shall take due care that no bird swallows it. In case a bird swallows a hook accidently, the angler shall cut the line immediately and inform the appropriate authority or NGO for the rescue and treatment of the injured bird.
- The angler shall strive to remove any net, line or any plastic etc. even if left by someone else from beside the water body and dispose it to some suitable place.
- The angler shall hook, fight and land the fish without any help. No other person shall assist the angler by touching his rod or line. Someone else can hold the angler during the fight in such a manner that the person holding the angler does not influence the fighting of fish. Someone else can also bring landing net or gaff to the angler but the angler himself has to net or gaff the fish. In certain cases, where the fish is too large, the angler may take help from someone else subject to; he complies with the established ethical practices of this sport and International established rules.
- Rods. Rods shall include all kind of rods including fly rod & fishing poles. Although the modern rods are method specific, the angler will have latitude in selection of rods to the point that the rod used shall not give the angler an added advantage. AIGFA will adhere to the International established rules in selection of rod except that this association will recognise the use of traditional Bengali Cane fishing rod.
- Reels. All reels compiling to the established practice of the sport fishing are allowed. The modern reels are also method specific but the angler will have latitude in selection of reels to the point that the reel used shall not give the angler an added advantage. AIGFA will adhere to International established rules in selection of reels.
- Line. Monofilament, multifilament and lead core multifilament lines can be used. Use of wire line and rope is prohibited. One can use double line as allowed in International established rules.
- Hooks. Use of treble hook is prohibited except if attached with a factory made lure. Use of barbless or reduced barb hooks is recommended. In case, the angler is targeting a fish, which swallows the hook on first take, use of circular hook is strongly recommended. Double hooks are not required but can be used for live baiting and bottom rigs, subject to; these hooks are separated and are away from each other so as the fish does not foul hook itself while striking on single bait. Use of bare hooks is allowed subject to the intention of catching the fish, properly hooked in the mouth. Use of two hook rig shall never be used in course fishing.
- Backing Line. Backing line is the line which is attached to the main line and does not exceed the half capacity of the reel. The breaking strength of backing line shall not be less than the weakest link near the hook (Ref; Para 4.6). The backing line shall be of monofilament or multifilament.
- Lead Weight. Use of lead weight is prohibited unless they are 0.06 grams (No. 8 shot) or less, or are more than 28.35 grams (1 oz.) or more. Use of non toxic, environment friendly weights is highly recommended.
- Leader. A single or twisted monofilament, multifilament or wire leader is allowed subject to it is not attached with the line with a holding device. Removing a fish by pulling it out with leader is allowed. The length of leader will be as per the International established rules.
- Rigs, All rigs shall be fish friendly during the fight or in case of a break away. The number of hook used and spacing of hooks shall be as per the International established rules.
- Gaff. A non metallic, fish friendly landing net is preferred over gaff but for certain fishes and situation, the use of gaff may be necessary. If a gaff is used, it shall be barbless, with a single 'u' shape sharp hook. For the fixed gaffs, the length shall not exceed 2.44 meters (8 Feet). For a detachable type gaff, the rope length shall not exceed 9.14 Meter (30 feet). Any other entangling device, with or without hook shall never be used. Gaffing the fish while coarse fishing is not allowed.
- Others. All other equipments, methods, rigs and accessories shall be as per ethical and sporting practices and complies with International established rules.
5.0 WEIGHING & MEASUREMENT
- The fish shall always be measured from tip of its closed mouth to the rear centre edge of the tail.
- The measurement shall be in metric system only with a least count in Centimetres. In case of fraction less than 0.5 shall be counted as 0 and more than 0.5 shall be counted as one.
- The measurement shall be done using AIGFA measuring mats only.
- A photograph of fish, lying on the measurement mats shall be taken at the time of measurement.
- The angler shall also record the girth of the fish using a measuring tape.
- The angler shall always weigh the fish, using a calibrated weighing scale. The angler will also weigh separately the bag, string or net, used with the fish at the time of weighing, in as it is condition at the same time and record the same also. The scale used for recording the weight shall be calibrated as per AIGFA guidelines.
- The weight shall be in metric system only with a least count 100 Grams. In case of fraction less than 50 grams shall be taken as 0 and more than 50 grams shall be taken as 100 grams.
- The measurement and weight shall preferably be recorded in front of AIGFA representative or members. In case AIGFA representative or members are present at the time of catch; it will be their responsibility to certify the catch. In case the angler is fishing alone, he will have to certify the catch himself but the Executive will have a right to reject the record registration. Not
- Notwithstanding the clause 5.8, the executive shall have right to reject any record registration, without assigning any cause to it.
- The measurement and recording of fish shall be done in a manner that it does not harm the fish. In case the measurement and recording of weight is taking too long, the angler will keep the fish inside water or bait well according to established ethical practices of this sport.
- The measurement, recording of weight and mandatory photo shoot shall be done beside the water body, where the fish is caught. In case of a gory picture or picture taken at any other place other than as mentioned herein, the record registration shall be disqualified.
- If a fish dies or is not able to swim away at the time of release, after measurement, weighing and photo shoot, the record registration shall be disqualified.
6.0 RECORD REGISTRATION
- All record applications shall be scrutinised by the Executive and its expert panel. The Executive shall at all time have the right to delegate powers as it deem fit.
- Separate national and regional records shall be maintained for seniors, juniors and ladies anglers. The age limit for juniors shall not exceed 16 Years at the time of Catch. If the record is a tie or better a previous record, the same shall be part of the AIGFA Hall of fame.
- Any Indian Record certified from the AIGFA representative and associations, clubs or teams, affiliated with AIGFA shall be part of the AIGFA main record but will have a star rating.
- The Executive, on specific demand and on its sole discretion may register catch record of non members specially the NRI's or Foreign tourists, fishing Indian Waters.
- Any record registration shall only be recorded if it betters the reference fish data. AIGFA will consider the average weight of specific fish, as mentioned in Fish base, the reference weight.
- To better any record, the fish measurement and weight shall at least be more than the least count as specified in Para 5.2 & 5.7.
- The Executive shall organize at least one National Angling Competition, fresh water and salt water, every alternate year and the individual or team record for these competitions shall be maintained separately. In case of any national record during these competitions, such record shall also be part of national record.
- No record shall be considered for registration unless or otherwise the condition specified in Fundamental Rules Para 3.0 (3.1~3.14), Specific Rules Para 4.0 (4.1~4.7) and weighing & measurement rules Para 5.0 (5.1~5.11) are fulfilled by the angler.
- The Executive shall decide, upon time to time, as it deem fit, the nominal charges for record registration to cover the expenses for such record registrations.
- The maximum limit for any record registration shall be 60 days from the time of catch
Draft for circulation amongst the Executives.
Draft prepared by Ali H. Husaini.