The tournaments and competitions that are held in recreational fishing or the sports of fishing have certain rules and regulations. There are rules and regulations, and then there are licensing agreements. IGFA (The International Game Fish Association) is the association that is responsible for coming up with and enforcing these practices.
They have a list of guidelines that are voluntary. Some of the most notable guidelines are:
- you cannot use nets to catch fishes.
- you cannot use hooks in the mouth of the fish to catch them.
There are other rules too but these are really very important. Some regulations are strictly enforceable, and they are enforced by the ruling governing body and the anglers are supposed to follow them at any costs.
While you are fishing, it is also important that conservation is kept in mind. A lot of species are dangerously on the brink of extinction and it is everybody’s responsibility to make sure that these rules are followed to the T. You cannot fish for species that are on the brink of extinction. You must not fish in areas that are off limits and prohibited.
Before you head for the river or that lake you had your eyes on for some time now, make sure you are well versed in the local laws of the land. You can land in a lot of trouble for breaking some of these laws.
Another popular method that is used by anglers is the catch and release practice. Since you are catching fishes just for games and fun, instead of killing them, you can set them free after catching them. This will preserve their life and give you more satisfaction as an angler. A common practice to make the sport sustainable and also eco-friendly at the same time. What kind of an angler are you?