IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) Rules Explained

Regulations For Assist Hooks


Assist Hooks

Whether I’m casting poppers for giant trevally or tuna, or speed jigging for kingfish or wahoo, I prefer to replace the treble hooks on my lures with single assist hooks. The assist hooks I use are from a major manufacturer, but in case I land a world record fish, what are the IGFA rules, if any, regarding the use of these dangling hooks?


This question is becoming more frequent due to the increased popularity of assist hooks, rather than trebles, on many types of lure. The IGFA rules permit the use of assist hooks, however, there are some specific requirements that must be met.

When using these hook rigs on any artificial lure other than a skirted lure, the connecting cord – termed the ‘lead’ – cannot be more than 1.5 times the hook’s length, and the bend of the hook may not be more than 4-inches (101mm) from the closest point of attachment on the lure. Double and treble hooks may not be used as assist hooks.

The reason for limiting the length of the lead is to prevent the potential foul-hooking of fish due to free-swinging hooks that extend farther beyond the lure.

IGFA Rule Book: Rules Explained:

Regulations For Assist Hooks

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

This question ran in ISSUE 124 of BlueWater magazine: JUNE / JULY 2017

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