LGFC By-Laws

LGFC By-Laws

1.REGISTERING CATCHES

(a) For the purpose of registering catches of Members for points scored and competitions, only those fish (except as provided under the By-Law 16) caught in the area limited to the following bearings will be accepted.

Sea area enclosed by lines joining the following positions:

 1.  Teliata Point -5º05’00″S 147º20’30″E
 2.  Within one nautical mile from north coast Tolokiwa Island -5º15’00″S  147º35’30″E
 3.   Within one nautical mile from north coast Sakar Island -5º22’00″S 147º20’30″E
 4.  Cape Glouster -5º25’25″S 148º25’00″E
 5.  Following the southern coast of New Britain to Luchan Harbour -6º15’30″S 150º00’00″E
 6.  Kibirisi Point -9º35’30″S 150º00’00″E

(b) For those Members resident outside Lae who wish to claim Club records for fish caught in waters as prescribed, claims and weights must e certified by a person of repute.  The Committee shall decide whether or not such claims are acceptable.

(c) The Committee’s decision shall be final on all claims.

 

2. TAGGING OF FISH

For the purpose of registering tagged fish, all game fish tagged in PNG 200 mile economic waters will be accepted.

 

3.WEIGHING OF FISH

(a) All fish brought to scale shall be viewed and weighed by a LGFC Certified Weighmaster.

(b) The name of the Weighmaster shall be noted and signed on the completed capture certificate at the time of weighing.

(c) All fish brought to scale at Lae must be weighed on the Club gantry.

(d) The scale registration number shall be noted on the capture certificate.

(e) The weight recorded on the certificate must be the weight indicated by the scale.  Only weights indicated by the graduations on the scale will be accepted.  Visual fractionalizing of these graduations is not allowed.  Any weights that fall between two graduations on the scale must be rounded to the lower of the two.  This applies to both whole and gutted fish.

(f) The weight of the sling, platform or rope (if one is used to secure the fish to the scales) must be determined and deducted from the total weight.  The weight of such sling or platform or rope is determined (on registered scales of the Club) by rounding up to the nearest graduation on the scale.  Should the weight registered on the scale chosen be under the first graduation the weight indicated by the first graduation must be used.

 

4.ACCURACY OF SCALES

The Committee shall ensure that the Club scales and Members approved scales are tested for accuracy every twelve (12) months in accordance with IGFA requirements.

 

5.APPOINTMENT OF WEIGHMASTERS

A Weighmaster shall be appointed at the AGM of the LGFC; all persons wishing to be LGFC Weighmasters must attend and pass the LGFC Weighmasters course

6. MEMBERS SCALES ACCEPTED

(a) The Club will accept the weighing by any Members of fish caught by them, provided their scales are approved by the Club Weighmaster, and the fish be weighed on land and are witnessed in accordance with By-Law 3.

(b) Out-of-date scales (untested for mote than 12 months) will not be approved.

 

7. LIMITATION OF WEIGHT OF FISH

All fish caught and weighed for Club points scored must score at least 50 points in accordance with the points scored system set out in By-Law 8.

8. POINTS SCORED SYSTEM

The following points scored system has been adopted by the Club

(a) Billfish – Marlin and Sailfish

Weight of Fish x 150

Line Strength Classification

(b) All Sharks

Weight of Fish x 50

Line Strength Classification

(c) All Other Game Fish

Weight of Fish x 100

Line Strength Classification

9. CAPTURE CERTIFICATES

All sections on the certificate must be filled in. Failure to include all details and signatures results in automatic disqualification of that certificate.

Certificates must be placed in the requisite box at LYC, or handed to the Weighmaster, within five (5) days of capture, except at end of season when all must be in by July 1st.

Note:  There are two boxed.  One (labeled “Monthly Competition”) is for monthly competition certificates only.  The second is for all other days. The notation “Competition” is to be written on monthly competition certificates.  Only one day’s captures are to be entered on each certificate.

 

10. WORD OF MEMBER ACCEPTED

The word of Member who catches fish without a witness will be accepted in good faith that the fish was caught according to IGFA Rules.  However, a witness to the weigh-in must be obtained as per By-Law 3.

 

11. GUTTED FISH

(a) Gutted fish will be accepted and are eligible for Club records provided that the gutting is done in an orthodox manner including removal of all gill rakers, and does not remove any predator or other damage incurred whilst fighting the fish.

(b) Properly gutted fish must be inspected by the person witnessing the weigh-in and will receive extra 10% points scored.  The notation “Gutted” should be made adjacent to the weight recorded, for each gutted fish weighted.

(c) Bleeding a fish does not constitute gutting.

 

12. CLUB COLOURS AND EMBLEM

The Club colours shall be black lettering on a yellow background and black figures on a blue background.  The Club emblem shall be a billfish leaping over a game fishing boat.

 

13. RECORD MARGINS (WEIGHTS NEEDED TO DEFEAT AN EXISTING RECORD)

To replace a record for a fish weighing less than 11.33 kg the replacement must weigh at least 57 grams more than the existing record.

To replace a record for a fish weighing 11.33Kg or more the replacement must weigh at least one half of one (0.5) percent more than the existing record.

Example:  At 20Kg the additional weight required would be 0.1Kg.

 

14. VACANT RECORDS

The minimum acceptance weight for any record catch claim is 0.45Kg except where a fish is caught on 1 Kg line class when the minimum acceptance weight will be 0.3Kg.

 

15. SUBSCRIPTIONS

The annual subscription fees and the nomination fee shall be as follows:

Full Member                   K120.00

Junior Member              K60.00 (under 16 years)

Country Member           K60.00  (resident outside 130km radius of Lae)

Country Junior               K30.00 (under 16 years)

Life Member                  Nil

16. COMPETITIONS

(a) Club monthly competitions are held throughout the season excepting Easter month.  Points from these competitions are eligible to be included in a Members annual points scored total, bearing in mind that only the points scored for the best two (2) days per month will accrue for anglers totals.

Similarly, for line class totals, only the two best day’s scores in each line class will be counted monthly.

(b) Fish caught when fishing in National Titles hosted by any Club except LGFC will be eligible only for total yearly and monthly points scored.  Line class points scores, tagging points scored, and boat points will not be eligible for the Club’s individual fish award categories, (e.g. Heaviest Shark, Highest Points Marlin, Top Four Trophy, Heaviest Tuna etc)

(c) Fish caught while fishing in National Titles hosted by LGFC will be eligible for all yearly points and awards.

(d) Fish caught during any National Titles may be eligible for GFAPNG National Records by only fish caught in Lae Club waters by LGFC Members will be considered for Club records.

(e) Tag and Release points will not accrue for any Monthly Club Competition unless that competition has a specific category for the tagging and release of fish.

 

17. NEW MEMBERS

A proposed new Member is eligible to record points scored provided that:

(a) A membership application form has been completed, witnessed and dated by a Committee Member, and placed in the certificate box at least the day prior to any catch.

(b) Membership subscriptions are paid with the application.

(c) The application is subsequently approved by Committee

 

18. TAGGING POINTS SCORED

(a) The following tag and release points scored are currently adopted by the Club:

(b) See relevant page on website

(c) Any tagging points are eligible to be added to a Member’s annual overall points scored.

(d) Boat Score Tagging Points and Weigh Points are completely separated from each other.  There are trophies for Highest Tag Points Boat, Runner-up Tag Points Boat and for Highest Weight Points Boat, Runner-up Weigh Points boat.

(e) Only best two days per month count for all tagging and all weighing points for Boat Points Trophies as well as Anglers Points Trophies.

(f) Minimum weights for weighed billfish to score are:

Marlins 4 x line class

Sailfish 3 x line class

Broadbill 4 x line class

(g) Six awards are presented at the end of each season, they are:

1. Highest Tag Point Boat

2. Runner-up Highest Tag Point Boat

3. Angler with the highest total tag and release points

4. Runner-up angler for total tag and release points

5. Third Highest Angler for Total Tag & Release Points

6. Junior angler with the Highest Total Tag and Release Points

NOTE:  Trophies for First Marlin and First Sailfish of the season and the Lae Sailfish of the season can be won by tagged fish, providing a clear photograph can be produced. The Billfish Challenge Trophy is for tagged fish only also provided a clear photograph can be produced.

 

19. REMOVING OF FISH AFTER WEIGHING AT CLUB GANTRY

Members are responsible for the rapid and complete removal of their fish from the Lae Yacht Club.  Fish are only to be gutted/cleaned at the LGFC.   Fish Cleaning facility adjacent to the fuel bowser at Lae Yacht Club.

 

20. WEIGHTSTATION AREA

The weigh station area is defined as being inside the sea walls/fuel jetty of the LYC Marina.

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