1. Name/Title: The Torbay & Babbacombe Association of Sea Anglers
a. To encourage sea angling as a sport and conservation of the marine
b. To organise competitions on the foreshore, piers, breakwaters and at sea.
c. To maintain fish record lists for seniors, juniors and ladies for boat and
shore caught fish.
d. To promote Torbay as an angling centre.
a. The affairs of the Association shall be administered by its officers and
committee. All are honorary positions.
b. Composition: President, Vice President(s), Life Members, Chairman, Vice
Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Fish Recorder, Fishing Chairman,
Membership Secretary, Junior Chairman, Junior Vice Chairman, Social
Chairman, Clerk of the Scales, Cup
Custodian, Publicity Officer, Magazine Editor, plus ten committee members.
The President and Vice President(s) shall be elected annually, and are exofficio members, and are entitled to vote at all committee meetings. Elected
life Members are entitled to vote at committee and general meetings.
Election of Officers:
All officers and committee of the Association shall be elected annually at the
annual general meeting to serve for one year or until the next annual
general meeting. Before election, nominees must have been fully paid up
members of the Association for a minimum of one year.
Nominations for officers and committee to be submitted to the Secretary in
writing at least ten days before the annual general meeting. Where
insufficient nominations are received in writing, nominations can be
accepted from the floor at the annual general meeting. Members co-
onto the committee are entitled to vote.
a. Nominations for Life Members and Vice Presidents have to be submitted to
the committee and if accepted, will be put before the next annual general
meeting for acceptance.
b. Vice Presidents and Life Members are entitled to one vote each at the
annual general meeting and all extra ordinary meetings.
a. The Committee is empowered to hold, administer and dispose of all
properties and assets of the association.
b. To set the annual subscription.
c. To make Bye Laws, and Competition and Fishing Rules and to take any
action which they may resolve to be embraced by the objectives as set out
in Rule 2. The Association Rules can only be amended or additions made,
except for Bye Laws and Competition and Fishing Rules, at the General
Meeting called in accordance with Rule 8.
A simple majority of those present will be needed for any proposal to be
passed. Bye Laws, competition and fishing rules can be changed or
alterations made by the committee by a simple majority vote of those
present. The change to be notified to the membership within a reasonable
d. The Chairman shall preside at all committee meetings. If absent the Vice
Chairman shall preside. If they are both absent, the senior officer present
shall take the chair.
e. A quorum for all committee meetings shall be made up of eight officers
and/or committee members.
f. The committee shall meet monthly, and shall meet a minimum of ten
times in each club year.
g. A committee member who is absent for three consecutive meetings
without suitable reason, or who fails to notify the secretary of their intended
absence, will automatically cease to be a member of the committee.
Set annually by the Committee.
a. The club year will commence on December 1st or upon joining and end on
b. New members joining the association in October. Their membership will
be for fourteen months until November 30th of the following year.
c. Members not having paid their full subscription by 1st March of any year
would be deemed to have left the club, and would need to seek re-
d. Fish caught before annual subscription or visitors subscription are paid,
are not eligible for any club records awards, prizes or medals and awards of
Federations or Associations to which the
Association is affiliated, except, members will be permitted to register fish
for club records, awards, prizes and medals and awards of
Federations and Associations, the Association is affiliated to between
December 1st and the next annual meeting, providing their
subscription is paid not later than the date of the annual general meeting.
a. Candidates for membership to the Association, must be proposed by and
seconded by a fully paid up senior member of the Association. Acceptance to
the Association will be a simple majority vote of the committee. Once
accepted by the committee, all fish caught by the new member from the
date of their proposal form together with their subscription will be eligible for
club prizes, awards and trophies.
b. A junior is aged under sixteen years of age. On reaching the age of
sixteen, he or she will remain a junior member until the end of the club year,
but all fish caught after their sixteenth birthday will be registered as senior
c. Temporary membership is available only to those living outside the
County of Devon, and for a maximum period of four weeks, at a fee of
£5.00. Any challenge cup or trophy awarded to a
temporary member will stay with the Association, but their name will be
engraved upon it, if names are usually engraved upon it.
d. Netsmen who use gill, mono, Longlines and ray type nets, whether fixed
or drift, are full time or part time, amateur or commercial fishermen are
barred from membership of the Association.
The annual general meeting must be held in the early part of each club year.
Extra ordinary general meetings may be called at the written request of
eight or more ordinary paid up members of the Association. Only such
business as given on the notice shall be discussed and voted on. Members to
receive not less than ten days clear notice of all annual and extra ordinary
To bank all monies received by the Association and to prepare a balance
sheet which shall be audited and presented at the Annual General Meetin
All cups and trophies to be the property of the Association, and to be insured
annually by the Association where appropriate.
They must be returned to the Association's Cup Custodian not later than
October 31st of each year.
Fish eligible for all Association competitions and prizes and trophies must
have been caught to the west of a line drawn from the old
Severn road bridge on the north coast, to Portland Bill on the south coast,
Include the coastline of the Isle of Portland and Weymouth Harbour.
The Channel Islands and boats leaving Weymouth harbour are excluded.
a. Fishing from any structure which rises and falls with the tide shall be
classed as boat fishing, e.g. marinas, pontoons.
b. A boat trip is defined as a boat leaving a harbour ,river or launching area
within Association's boundaries and returning to that same harbour, river or
launching area within 24 hours, without landing at any other port, harbour,
river or launching
c. Inshore boat fishing is defined as being within 5 miles of the shore line
within the club's boundaries, excluding all wrecks. All fish caught outside a
five mile limit will be classified as being a wreck caught fish. All drifts
commenced over a wreck, is wreck fishing for the duration of the drift.
13. Any member heard voicing adverse criticism, writing or
publishing defamatory remarks about the Association, or
bringing the Association into disrepute will be brought before the Committee
for disciplinary action, which may result in that person being barred from the
Association. Any person barred from membership of another angling club or association will not be eligible for membership of the Torbay and Babbacombe ASA.
Seniors £15.00, Husband and Wife £18.00, Family £20.00
i.e. 2 adults, maximum of 2 children under 16 years,
Juniors £3.00, Visitors £5.00. Student (16 to 18 in full time education) £5.00
2. The Association will maintain record lists for seniors, juniors, and ladies
from boat and shore. Juniors and ladies can hold records on the seniors list.
3. The Association will be affiliated to the Angling Trust and British Conger
Club, or any other Association or Federation they may decide from time to
a. Members to fish to Angling Trust Rules which allow a maximum of two
rods, to which a maximum of three hooks are attached.
A pennel rig will be deemed one hook providing the distance between the
hook eyes do not exceed 10cm (four inches) for shore rigs and 20cm (eight
inches) for boat rigs.
b. All fish must be weighed ON SHORE on certified scales. All specimen and
club record fish must be witnessed by a committee member in accordance
with rule 3e. Fish registered with another Club, Association or Federation,
other than those listed under Bye Law 3 cannot win Association prizes, cups,
Trophies, medals, or become an Associate record.
c. All fish must be weighed within twenty four hours of capture on scales
approved by the Association. In exceptional circumstances fish may be
weighed at another recognised Angling Club, by a recognised tradesman i.e.
fishmonger, greengrocer, butcher, or other nominated committee member,
providing the scales comply with the weights and measurers orders and or
the Angling Trust Rules. Specie, weight, port of
departure, and boat names where appropriate, must be
recorded on the club weight docket or tradesman's official Club docket, or
tradesman's official headed note paper, and signed by the person weighing
the fish. All weight dockets must be forwarded to the Association's Fish
Recorder within seven days.
Weight dockets not forwarded to the Association's Fish
Recorder within seven days may not be considered for Angling Trust monthly or annual
awards. It is the members responsibility to get the weight dockets
to the Association's Fish Recorder.
d. It is the responsibility of all Association members fishing in open
competitions or matches, including inter club matches, whether organised by
the Association or others, to collect a certified weight docket and send to the
Association's Fish Recorder.
e. All specimen fish and potential club record fish must be identified and
verified by an officer or committee member of the Association or an officer
or committee member of another recognised Angling Club. Members may be
requested to take or send their fish at their own expense to the Marine
Association of the UK at Plymouth if identification cannot be positively made
by the Association's Clerk of the Scales, before acceptance for Association
records, prizes or trophies.
f. Minimum Sizes
Any fish brought to the scales for weighing by a member below the minimum
size as listed in the current Association's handbook will render their catch
g. Mackerel caught from boat or shore on feathers are not eligible for any
a. For all Association competitions, trophies and medals, fish will be
compared against Torbay & Babbacombe ASA specimen weights list.
b. Angling Trust medal awards. All fish will be compared against the Angling
Trust specimen list for the area where the fish was caught.
c. For Wyvern Division, or other Federation or Association awards, fish will
be compared against their individual specimen weight list.
d. Competition weigh-
the place and time designated on the annual fixture list. On fixed venue
the competition fixture list.
e. A fish caught on a two day Bank Holiday competition, will for the fish of
the month competition be recorded on date of capture, and not date of the
f. On all club competitions, where a junior wins a senior prize, that junior
cannot win a junior prize with the same fish.
g. All juniors fishing in boat competitions must wear approved life-
is the responsibility of all parents or guardians or the boat owner, not the
Association to see this rule is enforced.
h. The decision of the appointed steward for each competition shall be final
in all disputes arising during or after the competition.
He/she may defer that decision and place the complaint before the
committee whose decision will be final.
i. In open competitions trophies will be retained and a replica will be issued
for angler to keep.
5. Members of the Association cannot take more than two annual trophies
with one fish with the exception of the Association.
The mouth of the River Dart is determined by an imaginary line between Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle.
Any trophy damaged while in the possession of an Association member, then that member may be required to repair the trophy at their expense.
Personal members of the Angling Trust are responsible for registering their own fish with these Federations.