01-22-2007, 03:42 PM
Spent a good deal of time at the show trying to get an answer to a question on IGFA rules. There appears to be a line class record that I might possibily take a shot at. So here goes. For a 16# class record what would be the maximum tippet strength allowed? I ask this because the spools of material I was looking at say IGFA 16# class but are said on the label to test out at 17.8, I found this on 2 brands. If I were to submit a fish on this tippet would it be disallowed? If I have to step down a tippet size I would be looking at a leader that says IGFA 12# rated but breaks at 13.4. WTF? I got a few answers that appear to be reasonable but none definite. The most logical was anything that breaks at less than 16# would be good to go. Then how can they claim the tippet is 16# IGFA rated? I did find one brand that supposedly test out at 15.8, but due to small variations might in fact go a little higher, too close to take a chance with. If I drop down to the next class size would there be a problem with submiting a fish caught on 13.4 # tippet? I also heard that there is a minimum length for the tippet although that should not be a problem since I allways fish a long tip.
While I'm not an expert, here are some general responses to your questions. Tippets for IGFA records must be 15 inches long and if you are using 16lb tippet, you can use the metric equivalent, which is 8kg. Since a kilogram is 2.2 pounds, a 8kg tippet is 17.6 pounds. There is also a class tippet for 20lb, or 10kg. If you use a shock/bite leader, it must be no greater than 12 inches in length.
You can goggle IGFA for detailed info.
01-22-2007, 07:00 PM
So the 17.6 would be allowable? That seems strange. Now I`m even more confused.
01-22-2007, 07:35 PM
I took a look at my IGFA record book and it looks like Jim is spot on. The classes are rated in Metric with a reference to the US Customary measure. So while most of us quote the records in the US measure they are actually metric limits. I guess that explains the tippet material you were looking at this weekend. Breaking at 17.6 meets the 16lb tippet class.
01-23-2007, 12:03 AM
On a related subject, my recollection is that any scale (not tippet issue), needs to be some how "certified" for fish weight to be concidered acceptable to the Assoc. Not exactly sure how that is done but I think certain shops can do that in advance by testing your weight scale...Just FYI...John
01-23-2007, 12:55 AM
John, so good to hear from you again. I hope all is well!
Steve, you mentioned going for an IGFA record. Curious, what are you fishing for and where?
John, great to see you on the board. Hope all is well, and will see you in May.
01-23-2007, 12:30 PM
I should keep this to myself to avoid compition, but being sneaky is not one of my many faults. The current IGFA record in the 16# tippet size for Bonito is only 7lb. 4 oz. While thats a pretty good size Bonito, I think its totally doable. The trouble will be getting one to eat a tip that heavy, hence my question as to how light I can go before I end up in the 12# class where the record is substantially higher. This record may have changed, my info isn`t the most recent.
01-23-2007, 12:34 PM
For those that think thats a pretty large order for a Bonito, just ask Jim W about Watch Hill in Late Oct.
01-23-2007, 12:53 PM
Or check the book and see where all the records come from!
01-23-2007, 01:04 PM
Just tried to check they`re web site to find the most current list and it won`t allow me to check without joining. They can kiss my a$$.
01-23-2007, 03:18 PM
Are you talking to yourself again? :wink: