Warkworth Game Fish Club Fishing Rules

This version is current from August 5, 2000, and is a summary of all the clubs rules on fishing including any amendments passed by your committee and various AGM’s since the incorporation of the club in 1985. The club fully adopts IGFA fishing rules with any alterations or amendments as applied by the NZ Sport Fishing Council. Some club rules further restrict the qualifying standard of fish or line weight for club records, trophies and Pins. These are amplified below.

1. Qualifying Anglers

For any fish to count for the club in any way the angler must be a current financial member of the club prior to the fish being caught. The season commences July 1st each year and ends June 30th the following year. There is a period of grace where members current at the 30th of June each year have until 31st October immediately following to renew their membership. Fish caught in this grace period will still be recognised provided the angler pays their fees before the season ends.

2. Qualifying Fish

For fish to qualify for the club it must be a NZSFC recognised species caught by financial club angler with the
following exceptions. For any fish to count for the club it must be a NZSFC recognised species caught by a financial club angler and weighed only for the WWGFC and not with any other club. Fish caught out of competition hours of the host organisation and any fish caught in a Warkworth GFC contest including the NZSFC Nationals qualifies for the club. In the annual allocation of club trophies, if a trophy has no winner from regular club qualifying fish then the trophy may be awarded to an angler catching the appropriate fish species in another clubs contest.

3a. Minimum weight/size and line B/S

To qualify for club trophies, pins and records the following apply. Some of these are at variance with IGFA when claiming a world record or NZ record.The club will process all world or NZ record claims irrespective of the clubs own rules.
• Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin and Black Marlin 90kgs minimum or be tagged and released.
• Spearfish must exceed 10kg.
• All sharks must weigh 50kgs minimum or double the breaking strain of the line.
• Kingfish must measure greater than 1 metre.
• Yellowfin Tuna must weigh 15kgs minimum or better the breaking strain of the line.
• Albacore – no line weight restrictions.
• Snapper – line weight not to exceed 15kg except for the (yet to be named trophy) where there is no B/S line
• Kahawai – line weight not to exceed 15kg.
• Other species not mentioned, all line weights will be accepted.

3b. Exclusion for Club Trophies

In the event that any club trophy may not be awarded due to lack of a qualifying fish as per these rules, then the committee has the discretion to consider anglers whose fish do not meet the qualifying weight and or line breaking requirements.

4. Club Pin qualifying standard

To be awarded a pin for a species then the following additional qualification must be met for the first to be awarded each season. Subsequent pins in the same season must exceed the standard of preceding Pinfish awarded.
Species Eligible; Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Broadbill, Mako Shark, Thresher Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Tuna (all type except albacore), Albacore, Kingfish, Kahawai, Snapper.
The first pin must equal or exceed the following;
• Striped / Blue / Black Marlin, standard club rules, the first fish each season may be tagged with the subsequent fish to weigh greater than 90kg.
• Broadbill and all Sharks must exceed 50.0kgs
• Kingfish and Tuna must exceed 15.0kgs
• Snapper must exceed 9.0kgs
• Kahawai must exceed 2.5kg
• Albacore – no restrictions

There are three types of Pins.
• Sliver Pin – awarded to members reaching the requirements set out by the club
• Silver Pin – Ruby Eye – Any confirmed NZ record
• Gold Pin – Ruby Eye – Any confirmed World record

Junior anglers will have their own club pin award section. Should a junior angler qualify for an open section pin
then that would be the pin awarded. In this event the pin will become the new standard for both open and junior sections.

5. Club Records

The club will maintain a club record register. This will be broken into the following classes;

Open Men Open Women
Juniors aged 11-16 years Boys Juniors aged 11-16 years Girls
Small Fry 0-10 years Boys Small Fry 0-10 years Girls

Fish species will be those recognised by the NZBGFC council

6. Weigh Sheets & Tag Cards

Weigh sheets and tag cards must reach the club records officer within 31 days of the capture or tag to qualify for
any club award. If courtesy weighing have 2 weigh sheets at weigh station.

7. Fish Tagging

When tagging a fish then MFish encourage the following only be tagged.
• All Marlin
• Mako Shark greater than 5kg
• Blue Shark greater than 5kg
• Kingfish greater than 75cm in length
• Yellow Fin Tuna
All other fish not intended to be kept should be released without tagging. Pulling a marlin out of the water onto your boat during the T& R process will disqualify your tag and release capture.

8. Release of Sharks without tagging

The club will recognise any shark released without tagging in the same manner as a tagged shark. The following criteria must be met to claim a released shark. The fish is deemed caught when the leader is in hand and
the trace is either intentionally cut or hook intentionally removed. When completing the club weigh sheet annotate released without tag.