GFAA Junior Tournament Auction

By on October 3, 2017 | Category: news | No Comments

 

“So finally the GFAA Junior Tournament Auction site is open for business.”

 

Just click on the link below to access the auction and start bidding.

 

http://www.gfaa.asn.au/jt_auction/jt_auction_bids/jta_items_list.php

 

Keep Australia Fishing – Labor Greens plot to Lock You Out!

By on October 3, 2017 | Category: news | No Comments

Labor Greens plot to Lock You Out!

We understand that the Labor – Greens are plotting with the multinational anti-fishing organisations to overthrow the Government’s recent Marine Park plans and replace it with their own. Rumours are that they have been pacing the corridors of Parliament in Canberra leveraging support for their plot.

Though the Government’s plans are not perfect, they do provide a better balance between having world class marine protection on one hand and considering key stakeholders like recreational fishers on the other. Importantly, we can still access the majority of our iconic fishing spots around our nation.
 
We have learnt that the Labor Greens are scheming to have the Government’s plans overthrown and replaced by the “Labor – Greens Plan’ – also known as the Burke Plan. The Burke plan will lock you out of vast areas where we used to be able to fish (over 1.3 million square kilometres) and then we will have to share the area that is left with concentrated industrial scale fishing activities including super trawlers.
 

Help us stop the Labor Greens plan by supporting our petition on our website.

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Rule Changes July 2017

By on July 6, 2017 | Category: news | No Comments

GFAA Rules committee.
27 May 2017

Proposal for alteration to the Australian Record Requirements.
P61 2017 Journal

Under Categories:
Saltwater, Freshwater, Saltwater Fly, Freshwater Fly & Land-based S/W.
#4 on all the above.

Small Fry – persons who have not attained the age of 11 years.

Add in to follow on with:
A Small Fry can not claim a junior record but may claim men’s or women’s & all tackle records if eligible.

Rational –
To bring in line with IGFA requirements on junior & small fry records. The anglers are limited to their respective category, based on their age at the time of capture.

To become effective as of July 1st 2017.

Peter Babarskas
GFAA rules committee chair.

Radio Communications Abrolhos Islands

By on June 8, 2017 | Category: news,WAGFA | No Comments

In the light of a number of serious incidents in the Islands of the Abrolhos recently, we at Geraldton Marine Rescue are trying to raise awareness regarding radio communications from the Abrolhos islands to the mainland. In conjunction with DFES and WAVMR we operate and monitor two Marine VHF radio repeaters – one on Rat Island (Channel 81) and another on the Moresby Range (Channel 82). The accompanying Chart shows the nominal range of these. We monitor these from Geraldton on a 24/7 basis.

We also encourage all visitors to the Islands to log their trips with us – this considerably shortens response time should assistance be required and also confirms that communications equipment is operating correctly.

We also broadcast Local Waters Forecasts 3 times per day at 07:15, 12:15 & 16:15 hours. Our 24/7 emergency telephone contact number is 0427 643 543

Please share this information with all mariners.

Ian Beard
Communications Officer
Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group

Click on PDF below for more information and map:

Geraldton VMR Radio Coverage Chart

GFAA RULES RELEASE

By on February 14, 2017 | Category: news,WAGFA | No Comments

The GFAA Rules committee is pleased to announce the following changes to the GFAA Rules effective immediately, following IGFA’s acceptance of changes to their rules proposed by GFAA.

Changes – GFAA 2017 Journal

P 57

THE FOLLOWING ACTS WILL DISQUALIFY A CATCH:

#2 Add in to follow on from the existing rule.

Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification.

P 54

EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS:

(b) Line backing change to Line & Backing.

New 1. The use of backing is permissible.

New 2. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first five meters of the line directly preceding the double, leader & hook. This section must be comprised of a single homogenous piece of line.

Changes – GFAA Website (www.gfaa.asn.au

Under:

THE FOLLOWING ACTS WILL DISQUALIFY A CATCH

After

  1. The act of any person touching any part of the leader when striking or hooking a fish.

Insert

  1. Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification.

Under:

EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS

(b) Line backing

Replace

(1. Backing not attached to the fishing line is permissible with no restrictions as to size or material.

  1. If the fishing line is attached to the backing, the catch shall be classified under the heavier of the two lines. The backing may not exceed the 60kg (130lb) line class and must be of a type of line approved for use in these angling rules.)

with:

  1. The use of backing is permissible.
  2. The catch shall be classified under the breaking strength of the first five meters of the line directly preceding the double, leader & hook. This section must be comprised of a single homogenous piece of line.

 How it came about

The evolution of these changes emanated from a series of workshops, with input from all states, discussing proposed changes to be submitted at an IGFA Rule Conference held in Orlando Florida in July 2016. Those rule changes that were acceptable to IGFA were put to the Annual General Meeting of GFAA in September 2016 where there was unanimous acceptance of the wording to be referred to IGFA. IGFA President Rob Kramer, who was present at the meeting, undertook to expedite the changes through IGFA. In the past week, these GFAA proposed changes have been approved and adopted by IGFA.

The meeting in Orlando was attended by GFAA President Doug Sanderson and GFAA Life Member and IGFA Trustee Neil Patrick, where they received an excellent hearing with a well organised presentation and were viewed as leaders of change.

Contributors to finalising the changes, along with Doug and Neil, were Peter Babarskas – Chairman of the Rules Committee, Peter Cox – Vice President, Treasurer and Rules Committee Member and Peter Coote – GFAA Secretary. 

Acton required

Please ensure these changes are conveyed to all clubs and affiliated members. Any queries should be directed to Peter Babarskas at peterb@gfaa.asn.au . Changes in the website will be made immediately, and the 2018 Journal will include the corrections.

 

Weigh-master Preparation Course now available

By on December 11, 2014 | Category: news,WAGFA | No Comments

The weigh master preparation course is now available to complete online. This course is designed to encourage members to take a self paced approach to learning the ropes of game-fishing, and if interested, become and accredited weigh-master. Not finalised yet, we would welcome your  feedback.

CLICK HERE to start

or paste this link
http://www.wagfa.asn.au/courses/weigh-master/

 

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WAGFA Interclub Trophy

By on May 10, 2012 | Category: news | No Comments


WAGFA Interclub Trophy

WAGFA has donated a Bodo Muche trophy for the annual InterClub award held for the first time in 2011 as part of Exmouth Game Fishing Club’s Gamex Tournament. Exmouth GFC took off the trophy in 2011. It was held again as part of Gamex in 2012 when the trophy was won by King Bay Game Fishing Club.

The 2013 venue and rules are to be decided by KBGFC

New WAGFA Website

By on February 8, 2011 | Category: news | No Comments

WAGFA launches website

The new WAGFA website is up and running and we would appreciate your feeback.

Initially the website is intended to give club & tournament information and for the latest in state records as well as links to GFAA’s website. It will also disseminate information that will be of use to all members of the game fishing community.

Member club event organisers will be able to check the affiliation status of all club members through a secure “Committee Login” page.

With time it will become more useful for member clubs and affiliated members.

WAGFA

Representing the interests of game fishing clubs, and their members in the West.