IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) Rules Explained

Holding The Swivel On A Leader


Holding the swivel on a leader

I understand that holding devices on leaders, such as toggles, loops and other such contraptions are not IGFA legal. However, I have a lower section on my wind-on leader that is attached to the top section with a fairly large swivel. Is a crew member allowed to grab or hold on to this connection when tracing a fish?


The IGFA does not consider a swivel connecting the two sections of your wind-on leader as a ‘holding device’, and there is nothing to prevent you or a crew member from grabbing this as you trace your fish.

IGFA Rule Book: Rules Explained:

Holding The Swivel On A Leader

Answer supplied by: Jason Schratwieser
Position: IGFA Rules

This question ran in ISSUE 88 of BlueWater magazine: NOV / DEC 2011

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