IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) Rules Explained

Certifying A Scale After Weighing A Potential World Record


Certifying Scales

I intend to chase an IGFA world record, however, my scale has not been certified within the past year and I will be unable to have it re-certified before embarking on my trip. If I’m lucky enough to catch the right fish, would it be within IGFA rules for me to properly weigh and document the fish, but to have the scale certified after the fish has been weighed?


This is a question that many anglers pose, whether pursuing a world record or not. First of all, the IGFA requires that “all scales must be regularly checked for accuracy and certified in accordance with applicable government regulations at least once every twelve months.” In other words, the scale must be certified every year. That said, IGFA rules also state that “if at the time of weighing the fish the scale has not been properly certified within twelve months, it should be checked and certified for accuracy as quickly as possible.”

Anglers should be aware that if they weigh a fish on a scale that is out of certification, they run the risk of the scale not checking out, in which case the catch would not be eligible for a world record. If you should find yourself in this situation, it is a good idea to weigh the fish on another scale, if possible. That way, you have a back-up in case the original scale cannot be certified.

IGFA Rule Book: Rules Explained:

Certifying A Scale After Weighing A Potential World Record

Answer supplied by: Jack Vitek
Position: IGFA World Records Coordinator

This question ran in ISSUE 108 of BlueWater magazine: MAR / APR 2015

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