Shore League Complaint



Only Clubs/Teams present at that meeting will be allowed to put forward dates and venues, which will be voted for democratically.
Voting strength will be one vote per Club/Team.
Teams will consist of five anglers, to be named prior to the start of the first leg and three reserves that do not have to be named until required to fish. In the event of a team member dying or incapacitated due to injure or illness, a substitute person other then reserves may be used.
All Team Members must belong to the same club, with the exception of the Personal Members section.
Clubs may enter more than one team.
Entry fees to fish the league will be £5 cash per team, payable to the EAST REGION of the W.F.S.A. With a further £45 per team which will be fished for on the last leg of the league. See details later in the document.
If a team wishes to fish in the National Shore League Final they must state their intention at the start of the first leg. A self-financing fee of £200 plus pools (£100) per team is payable to the National Shore League Organisers prior to the final.
East Region Shore League legs will be fished to W.F.S.A rules & size limits, with the exception of the following;
1. Spotted Ray 30cm wing tip to wing tip.
2. All other Ray’s 45cm wing tip to wing tip. 
3. Flounder 25 cm.
4. Whiting 27cm.
5. Pouting 18cm.
6. Poor cod 18cm.
The Final of the National Shore League will be fished to the Organisers rules & size limits.
Booking in and leave draw time:
All clubs must be booked in by the time stated on the fixture. It is the responsibility of the Team Captains to fill out the booking in sheet, collect pool and hand to organizer.
A draw will then take place by the organiser to establish which team will leave first etc.
Reserves and visitors on the team sheet will be allowed to leave the same time as the team.

Inappropriate driving when leaving car park ( wheel spins ) and dangerous overtaking when travelling to fishing marks.
The above will not be tolerated and with result in a total ban from the event if found guilty!
Note: Participating anglers are not allowed to have rod stands on the beach prior to the start of the match, or have a rod stand placed by any other person not taking part in the match. Disqualification of the whole team will result if such practises are found to have taken place.
League Points will be awarded to the heaviest bag of fish. Points start from 100 for first place down to 1. The individual points will then be added together to establish the Team positions.
Note: All team anglers, reserves and visitors will be award points if fish are caught up to 100th place. This will enable anyone fishing the shore league to be eligible to win the overall individual series. For which there is a prize of a top range Anyfish Anywhere beach caster.
In the event of a tie on weight, number of fish will be the deciding factor. If still tied then positional points will be added together and divided equally between the numbers of anglers that have tied.
All five-team individual points will count towards team positions.

In the event of a tie on Team points at the end of a leg. Total Team weight will be taken into account.
In the event of a tie on Team points at the end of the series, Team Individual points will be the deciding factor. If still tied, total Team weight will be taken into account.
Clubs holding competitions in-conjunction with Shore League legs must fish the same times.
Each venue will have limits suitably defined on the fixture list. Anyone found to be out of bounds will result in their Team being disqualified from the leg.
In the event of adverse weather conditions, the organising will indicate to the Team Captains that a meeting will take place, prior to the start of the leave draw procedure. A majority vote of Team Captains will decide on this course of action.
The Organising Clubs will have the casting vote in the event of a tie.
Changing of the venue will be acceptable providing a suitable venue is agreed by a majority vote by Team Captains.

Lines must be out of the water, fifteen minutes before the start of the competition. This includes Club Members not involved with the Shore League.
Practice casting with WEIGHT ONLY will be permitted.
Each leg will have a series of POOL systems in operation. They are as follows;
Compulsory team pool of £3 per individual including reserves and visitors. This will be split 50% , 30% and 20% between the 1st 2nd and 3rd teams on the day.
Compulsory Individual (Excluding juniors), Pool of £5 per individual to be split between top 5 heaviest bags.  
Individual, named species and most fish pools will be paid out on the day. Due to the time it takes to compile overall results & to avoid errors the production of the team & individual positions will be complied the following day and published via E-mail, WFSA web site and  social media. (Facebook)  Team pools will be paid out at the next leg of the shore league. The only exception will be on the last of the series where the results will be completed on the day and team super pools will be paid out.
Overall individual points prizes. Supplied by Julian Shambrook  of ANYFISH ANYWHERE.
The top individual points winner prize will be funded by the East Region WFSA. To fund the 2nd and 3rd individual points prizes, £35 will be taken from the individual pool on each leg.  Remaining money will be split between top five anglers as follows: 40%, 25%, 20%, 10%, and 5%.
Optional Pool of £1 per individual for most number of fish caught by an individual. 100% pay out to one angler only. If two anglers tie the POOL, then the weight of the fish will be the deciding factor. Optional Pool of £1 per individual for the heaviest named species. 100% pay out. In the event of a tie the prize will be shared.
To keep all teams interested in the event throughout the six legs, the optional team entry of £45 per team will be fished for on the last leg. Thus giving all the teams a chance to win a respectable amount of prize money at the end of the league. Pay out will be split 50%, 30%, 20%. Each team must have fished the five previous legs to be eligible to fish for the money on the last leg. 
Recommendation: For those teams who are genuinely interested in fishing the National Shore League final, any team prize money won during the course of the six-match league, could be used to fund the entry to the National Shore League event. 
Named Species for the Shore League legs are as follows:
January            Rockling
March              Pouting.
May                 Whiting.
July                  Pouting.
September:      Codling
November       Whiting

Fish caught to be used as bait, (not silver eels and bass) must be de-tailed prior to the start of the match. In size fish caught during the match with the exception of silver eels and bass may also be used as bait as long as they are de-tailed after being weighed.
All fish can be weighed on the beach using digital scales and returned to the water, provided a member of another team signs the fish card. Each fish must be recorded as a separate entry on the fish card. Note: Fish must be weighed in KILOS; if no digital/metric scales available then the fish must be brought back to the weigh in. Fish weighed in pounds & ounces will not count.
Fish Cards are to be handed to the team captains at the end of the match. Team captains will then hand all team cards to the organisers. Card will not be accepted from individual anglers.
Note: Match cards that do not have the anglers name and team on the card or are eligible to read will be disqualified.

 Additional Guidelines
Team Captains to ensure all participants are aware of the rules. Ignorance of the rules will not be accepted.
Rules violation procedure.
Any objections must be lodged in writing using the rules violation form. See Appendix 1. This be will available on request from the organizer and must be submitted before the end of the weigh in, along with a £10 fee. This will be refundable if the objection is up held.

Scale accuracy, weighing and recording of fish. Rules for Seamaster and Shore League legs.



The catch and release method for the weighing in of fish for the above competitions has been in operation for the last 2 to 3years. In general this change of practice as been a resounding success and has been welcomed by most anglers.

However, there are some areas that must be tightened up on to ensure we improve the accuracy of the results.

Scales and calibration accuracy:

Like all aspects of calibration, scale accuracy is only as good as the day of calibration. To limit the amount of error between one set of scales and another, the follow rules will applyAny in size fish caught before the start of the competition must return to the water


  1. All scales used must be digital.
  2. All weights must be recorded in metric.
  3. When calibration checks are done prior to matches. A tolerance of 0.01 (10grams) either way of a kilo test weight will be accepted.


Weighing of the fish:

Remembering the reason why we have introduced catch and lease policy, all fish should be treated with has much respect as possible and the following rules will apply.

  1. All fish must be brought to the scales in a bucket of water.
  2. All fish must be measured prior to being weighed to ensure they comply with WFSA/Match size limits.
  3. A maximum of 3 fish can be brought for weigh in at any one time but must be weighted and recorded separately.
  4. Small fish should be weighted in a bucket or plastic bag remembering to calibrate the scales with the receptacle attached before weighing the fish. Scales be set to zero before weighing the next fish.
  5. Larger fish should be weighed by attaching to scales via the mouth.
  6. In windy conditions, steadying of the fish being weighed must be done to eliminate scale-reading variations until a steading reading is obtained. If a constant weigh can still not be achieved, then the lowest weight should be recorded.
  7. Prior to weighing, all fish must be checked and emptied of seawater ensuring the water does not enter the bucket or plastic bag.
  8. In cases were an angler is not fishing within 100 yards of another angler, the fish must be weight and return on the beach at the earliest opportunity.

Recording of fish on the fish card:

This is one area where the standard of the fish recording leaves a lot to be desired and can be a nightmare to sort out for organisers of matches.

It is recognised that genuine mistakes can be made when dealing with numerical aspects of fish recording, however the standard of information on a number of fish cards is unacceptable. E.G. No names and club information, no fish species, and no tallying of fish at the end of the match without card signed off by adjacent anglers.
The following rules will apply:

    • Ensure your name and club are clearly written on the card.
    • Species of fish are written in the appropriate column.
    • Record weight of each fish individually in the first recording column, then complete the running total in the next column to the right.
    • At the end of the match the accumulative total should be marked on the card and signed off as correct by the adjacent angler.

    Leaving of litter on the beach:

    A new rule was voted in at the 2017 shore league meeting as follows:

    Any angler reported via the rules violation procedure for leaving litter on the beach will be fined £20 and issued a yellow card. A second offence during the series will result in a  one match ban. The leaving of plastic of any description, glass bottles and tin cans etc etc on the beach is now banned in all shore league matches. Any left over bait which is not likely to be engulfed by the incoming tide should be thrown into the sea.


    Organisers have the right to disqualify persistent offenders, may be a yellow/red card system should be in place!!!!