I was recently fishing and caught a fish that is heavy enough to beat the current IGFA line class record. Unfortunately, after weighing the fish I discovered that this particular species was illegal to harvest at the time, due to a closed season in those waters. However, since the fish was caught according to IGFA angling rules, can I still apply for an IGFA record?
The short answer to your question is no. The IGFA world record requirements state: “The catch must not be at variance with any laws or regulations governing the species or the waters in which it was caught”.
IGFA Rule Book: Rules Explained:
Local Laws Also Apply
Answer supplied by: Jason Schratwieser
Position: IGFA Rules
This question ran in ISSUE 92 of BlueWater magazine: JUL / AUG 2012