‚ÄčSouth West Federation of Sea Anglers

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General Fishing Rules

  • All fish entered for Federation trophies, medals, prizes and records must be caught by fair angling with rod and line.  
  • A maximum of THREE HOOKS, fished on either one or two rods.
  • A treble hook counts as one hook.
  • Foul hooked fish will NOT be accepted.  Definition - The point of the hook must have entered from the inside of the mouth or lip.
  • All fish must be weighed on calibrated scales - a copy of the calibration certificate must be held by the SWFSA at the start of the year for awards to be valid.  Please note a renewal certificate will be required on expiry (ie. every 12-36 months depending on the life of the calibration certificate to a maximum of 36 months).  
  • Members without access to club scales may have their fish weighed on scales that have a current certificate of accuracy, e.g. Tradesmans.  if this method is used the angler must obtain a letter head or bill of sale, or similar, stating the weight of fish, signed by the person who weighed it.
  •  A completed claim form and a weight certificate must be sent to the fish recorder by the 14th day of the month following the capture of the fish.
  • No species of fish will be accepted, unless it is at least 75% of the federations specimen weight for the species.
  • All fish are measured from the head to the tip of tail for minimum size.  
  • No fish weighed on boats will be accepted by the federation.  
  • Any fish caught and weighed in for SWFSA awards MUST NOT be sold for gain or exchanged for reward.


For rules on submitting specimen fish please see our fish recording page

Rules