South West Federation of Sea Anglers

Conserve. Protect. Promote

We have asked a question to the Marine Management Organisation regarding the wording of returned immediately and through correspondence with them I can now put out the following statement:-

Bass can be accepted for Federation Awards but must be cared for, then weighed immediately after capture using a weigh sling to cradle the fish, returning it unharmed.
This is for shore caught fish only and normal federation rules apply regarding certified scales.
The intention from the MMO, with both ‘catch-and-release’ and ‘returned immediately’ is that the bass is returned to the sea healthy and able to survive and reproduce.
What can’t happen is that fish are kept alive and weighed at the end of a competition. This would in the view of the enforcement agency constitute being retained and therefore could face prosecution.

It was clear from the correspondence that at no time must any measuring (or other activity) affect the fish’s ability to survive. The key is that they are returned to the sea as soon as possible after measuring, thus ensuring survival. 




 FOTM winners has been updated To include July and August

WELCOME to all, whether you are a keen and dedicated angler, a wishful armchair fisherman or you would just like to keep in touch with this wonderful fishing world.

This website has been created with our Federation members in mind, offering a one stop shop for essential information, fishing news  as well as tools and useful links to aid you in your angling pursuits.

Make sure you look at the tools page for up to date tide and weather information.

If you are not a member through your fishing club and live in the Federation area (see right) you can join the club as a personal member for just £10pa (includes handbook) and enter our competitions, see our membership page for details


Please take a look at the handling advice for sharks from the Shark Trust.

Please take a look at the August Newsletter 

HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF BECOMING A PERSONAL MEMBER?  Membership for 2019 is unchanged at £10. per year including your handbook.

There are an array of prizes and certificates that can be won and a chance of winning a tackle voucher valued at £100 for the best specimen from the boat category and/or £100 from the Shore Category

Personal members form a can be found on the membership page with details on how to join!

Fish for Prizes

The Federation runs a fish of the month competition throughout the year.  This is awarded for the best specimen registered, boat and shore. Also for the best junior specimen registered overall.  

Certificates are also awarded for every specimen fish recorded.

These are presented at the AGM/Presentation night.

More details can be found in the Fish Recording page.


* We are a non-profit making organisation that aims to promote and encourage sea angling and to provide a body that will serve affiliated clubs and personal members.

*Our membership boundaries are: East, an imaginary line drawn between Bristol and Weymouth extended    to include The Channel Islands.  West, to include The Isles of Scilly.

* Our fishing boundaries are:

​    North - The southern banks of the Severn Estuary to Aust Ferry, Severn Bridge, South Gloucestershire

    South - Southern coastline East to Hengistbury Head, Dorset.

* Members of affiliated clubs and personal members are entitled to all of the privileges of the South West Federation of Sea Anglers, including the right to enter any competition for cups, medals and prizes offered by the federation.

* There are separate categories for personal and junior members.

*The Federation offers clubs a very reasonably priced public liability insurance to cover anglers    while fishing, this is currently available for £50. p.a. due 1st January.