General Rules.

  1. The Club shall be called” Poole Dolphins Sea Angling Club”.
  2. The object of the Club shall be to foster sea angling in every aspect and to arrange competitions.
  3. The Club shall consist of Honorary, Ordinary and Junior members. Membership is by invitation only.
  4. The management of the Club shall be vested in a President, Vice President, and Committee comprising of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Beach Captain, Honorary Fish Recorder, Honorary Boat Commodore, Honorary Conservation Officer, Club Welfare Officer, and a number of ordinary members as deemed necessary.

5.The President shall be elected by the members at an AGM to a person who has provided a valued service to the Club and shall be elected for a period of 5 years.

The Vice President shall be elected by the members at an AGM to a person who has provided a valued service to the Club and shall be elected for a period of 5 years.

Life Members shall be elected by the members at an AGM to persons who have provided a valued service to the Club and shall be elected for life.

Honorary membership shall be vested in persons who have provided a valued service to the Club, and will be re-elected every year at the AGM.

The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon Treasurer, and the Hon Secretary shall serve continuously for a period of three years. All other officers and committee as required shall be elected for a period of one year.

Only fully paid-up Members shall be eligible to vote at an AGM or EGM.

  1. The Committee has the power to appoint Officers and Members to fill vacancies throughout the year or co- opt members for special purposes.
  2. Committee meetings shall be held monthly. Four members shall form a quorum. The Chairman shall have a casting vote.
  3. Any member of the committee who is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings without giving a satisfactory explanation to the Secretary prior to the third meeting shall cease to be a member of the committee. Using the list of Committee nominations drawn up at the previous A.G.M. the Committee shall have the power to elect another member in his/her place.
  4. The Treasurer shall produce at each Committee meeting a Statement of the Clubs accounts to date.
  5. The Treasurer shall receive all monies on behalf of the Club and receipts shall be given for the same on all occasions. All expenditure from Club Funds shall be by authority of the Committee. All cheques drawn from the Bank must be signed by at least two (2) of the following: The Chairman, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall produce at the A.G.M. an audited balance sheet made up to the 30th November each year.
  6. The Annual Subscription and the Entrance fee for the next year shall be decided at the A.G.M. immediately preceding. Annual subscriptions shall become due on the 1st January each year. (31 days grace for payment shall be given) Junior members (under 16) do not have the right to vote at any meeting. Junior members must fish with their parent or guardian at all times without exception in all club matches.

General rules can only be altered at the A.G.M. or by convening an Extraordinary General Meeting. 

Angling rules can be amended or added to by majority of committee members at their regular meeting.

  1. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened at any time by the signed requisition of ten (10) Fully Paid- Up Club members. All Members shall be given 14 days’ notice of any such meeting.

14, Discipline.

14 a) The Committee will have the power to reprimand, or suspend for a period not exceeding six months, any member who is found to have infringed any of the Clubs Rule’s or whose conduct is found to have been prejudicial to the interests of the Club.

14 b) In cases of gross, or repeated transgression of the rules or conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Club, the Committee may permanently expel from membership of the Club any member found to have acted in such a way.

14, c) Any alleged act of misconduct should be reported to a committee meeting within 28 days of the alleged offence or, if later, within 28 days of the alleged offence having come to light.

14, d) The Committee must notify the member in writing of the allegations against him / her and shall appoint one committee member, who is unconnected with the allegation, to carry out such investigations into the matter as may be necessary.

14, e) In the event that the allegation is about a committee member then that person will take no part in Committee activities until such time as investigations have been concluded and the matter has been decided.

14, f) If preliminary investigation indicates that no misconduct has occurred, or that the matter is so minor that no action is necessary, then the Committee will write to the accused member to that effect.

14, g) If investigations indicate that there is a case to answer the member will be invited in writing to attend a meeting with the Committee in order that it might consider the allegation(s), the results of any investigations and to hear any representations that the member may wish to make about them. Not less than seven ( 7 ) days’ notice must be given of such a meeting.

14,h) At the conclusion of the meeting the Committee will consider the evidence, and the points of mitigation or defence offered, and will decide:

        1,) if an offence has been committed,

        2,) the seriousness of the offence, if any, and

        3,) the disciplinary penalty for the offence.

14,i) No Committee member who was in any way involved in the allegation(s) may take any part in the Committee’s deliberations, but may offer evidence to the  committee if he / she wishes.

14,j) Should the decisions of the Committee not be unanimous then confidential ballots will be undertaken with regard to the finding  of guilt and the disciplinary penalty. A majority of not less than two thirds will be required to proceed with any disciplinary penalty.

14,k) Should the accused member, having been given proper notice, fail to attend the meeting without prior reasonable explanation then the meeting may proceed, and the matter be decided in his / her absence.

14,l) The decision of the Committee will be notified in writing by the Secretary to the member involved. The decision of the Committee will be final save that the member may appeal to the Committee setting out in full his /her arguments in mitigation or further defence. The Committee will consider such an appeal but it is under no obligation to hold any further meeting with the Appellant before its final decision.

15, No Officer or Committee Member will serve on the Committee of any other affiliated Sea Angling Club.

16, A member must attend at least five (5) Club events before any fish caught freelance fishing will qualify for a club award. Miniature awards will only be presented with the main trophies and at the discretion of the Committee. This may be extended to all trophy’s finances permitting.

17, The term Fully Paid members shall be deemed to mean a member who has paid in full their subscription for the current year. It will not include Honorary Members or those given free membership. Annual subscriptions will cover the period from 1st January to 31st December of the same year. Subscriptions received from new members prior to 1st November will cover the current year. Those received after 1st November will be deemed to cover the following year, with free membership being given for the remainder of the current year.

18, That the Clubs financial year for All purposes shall commence annually on the 1st December and shall terminate on the 30th November of the same year.

19, All stewards shall the right to abandon or alter Club Competitions.

20, Any fish entered for a Club Award will not be considered for an award if it is entered for another Clubs Awards.

21, Entry fee for Angling Trust Wessex, Champion of Champions Competition for Clubs Boat and Shore Champion will be paid by the Club on a 50/50 bas


1, Entry into Club Competitions denotes acceptance of these rules and the decision of the Committee or any Steward of the competition on any point that may arise is final.

2, All competitors must report to the Steward before leaving the match. All fish of all sizes are to be measured and witnessed by another member during the match. (this applies to shore / pier matches only)

3, The Steward shall have the power to alter or abandon any competition, and to ensure that the boats leave for their destination at the authorised times. Fishing venues will be by majority decisions or by the Skipper ruling inclement conditions.

4, Members must fish in accordance with Club rules governing the number and use of rods.

Those rules are as follows: No Marinas will count for either Shore or Boat for any Club Awards

Charter Boat/ Reefing anglers are allowed to make up2 rods provided that only one rod is in the water at any one time. Three hooks maximum. Or two (2) Pennell rigs.

Private Boats. All anglers are allowed ro fish with two (2) rods, at the same time during Club Competitions. Three hooks maximum. Or two (2) Pennell rigs.

Shore / Pier. Two rods may be used, but no more than three (3) hooks to be used, Anglers are allowed to have fully made-up traces.

5, A fish shall be disqualified if the competitor hooking the fish allows another person to play it. Assistance may be allowed to gaff or net and land a fish or remove a hook from the fiish.

6, Five Mackerel will be allowed in Shore Club Competitions if caught on baited hooks or a single lure, excluding feathers or similar multi- hooked rigs and within rule 4.

7, Weight and particulars of any fish entered for a Club or Angling Trust Award (Beach or Boat) must be registered on a witnessed docket with the Fish Recorder or Club Officer (who will notify the Fish Recorder) within seven (7) days of capture. These awards will be open to any species of fish, which is at least 40% of the Angling Trust, Specimen, the schemes are divided into two sections. Section B is for fish caught from boats and kayaks. Section S is for fish caught from the shore, piers, harbour walls or breakwaters. 

8, No fish will be considered for listing as a Club Record unless it is at least 40% of the Angling Trust specimen weight. Where there is no specific listing, the Committee will consider the fish on merit using the National Record as a Guideline.

9, Members are required, if fishing from any Pier to observe that Pier Authority’s Rules.

10, Boundaries for angling on any organised trips are South Parade Pier, Southsea to Beer Head. Or any other scheduled Club event venue.

11, Members booking boat trips must be prepared to pay the full amount of any trip that they have committed themselves to and then have to cancel if the Boat Commodore is unable to find another angler to take their place. In exceptional

circumstances the Committee can agree to subsidise the cost. A deposit is required from members booking their first trip. This deposit will be carried forward annually. On all Club Competitions Digital scales must be used.

12, Points are awarded in each competition as follows.

      1st place    10 points                                   6th place    5 points

     2nd place    9 points                                    7th place    4 points

     3rd place    8 points                                     8th place    3 points

     4th place    7 points                                    9th place    2 points

     5th place    6 points                                   10th place   1 point

If an angler does not succeed in catching any fish, then one (1) point will be awarded for attendance. Where two or more anglers share equal weight or points, the points for the appropriate placing’s will be divided equally between them.

13, Shore and Away competitions will each have a champion, the total points from each section will decide the Overall Shore Winner.

14, The Club Boat Champion shall have first choice of any Boat Competition to which the Club is invited to send a representative. There after representatives will be nominated in order of merit.

16, Members must not litter the area they are fishing or discharge any litter from the boats that they are fishing from. All litter must be taken home or disposed of in a litter bin. Any Member found not abiding by this rule will be disqualified from the competition and will be requested to explain their actions to the committee.

17, Juniors will only score points in their own competitions and will not be included in the Senior Competitions. They will qualify for Trophies, i.e. Bass, Ray, etc

  1. Species hunt

Remember that other Club rules apply.

You can’t change the fish once entered.

You only get one point per fish.

Only fish detailed on the specimen list for AREA D shall apply NO MINI SPECIES.

Competition and Freelance will count within these sections, Private Boat, Shore & Pier, Boat Charter





1, Competition starts and finish times will be as fixture list. All boats must report to the Steward within one (1) hour of the end of the competition with their results. This can be by telephone or radio. Any boat fishing after the end of the competition must inform the Steward that they are doing so and report to him when they are safely ashore.

2, Members must organise their own boats and fish with at least one other Club member. The Club accepts no responsibility for booking boats. Boats must be launched from within Club limits. (Rule 10 Angling Rules). Any member fishing the Competition must notify the Club Steward for the day before going out, and report to the Club Steward on their return as per Rule 1.

3, Any member who fails to register before going out, or fails to report to the boat Steward after the competition has ended as per Rule 1 will be disqualified.

4, Results will be recorded by the Private Boat Steward or Deputy.

5, Each angler is allowed to fish with two rods or a total of three (3) hooks on one rod during Club Competitions.  Or two rods with a Pennell rig only on each rod. Both hooks to be attached to the same bait. No other hooks to be used. (No Flyers)

6, Points for each competition will be awarded by the amount of fish points scored. 10 points being awarded for the most points recorded on the day, reducing down to 1 point for the 10th place. One (1) point will be awarded for attendance to those anglers who entered the competition but did not catch any fish.

7, At the end of the year points awarded for the Private Boat Competition will be added to each anglers’ total points for the Overall Club Champion. But only the best fifteen (15) results will count towards the Private Boat Champion.

8, Entry into any Private Boat Competition acknowledges acceptance of these rules.

9, For Private Boat Competitions, the first five (5) of the species caught by each participating angler will count for full points and there after one point only. A list of species and points is available.

10, All boats entering Club Private Boat Competitions must have their boats inspected by the RNLI Sea Safety Scheme at least every two (2) years and be able to provide a appropriate certificate of Insurance








1, Members are reminded that there will be an Official Club weigh- in on completion of each competition, except where the Club Competition is held in conjunction with an open fishing festival. In such cases it will be the responsibility of the Club Fish Recorder to obtain a list of Club Members taking part and the agreed weight of fish caught by each member.

2, Fish caught while freelance fishing may be weighed in at the following locations up to 10-30 pm. To save yourself a wasted trip we suggest that you phone in advance to ensure that it is convenient, and that the official is at home.

Chris Holloway, 41 Clarendon Road, Broadstone,

3, Fish may also be weighed in at local tackle shops. Please ask for a signed ticket. Or any Club Officer.

4, Don’t forget. It is your responsibility to inform the Club Records Officer in writing of the details if you wish to enter the fish for any Club Award or Angling Trust Certificate. Remember that if your fish is weighed at any Angling Shop the shop stamp and the signature of the proprietor must be on the document before it is handed to the Club Records Officer.

Remember also that the fish must be registered with the Records Officer or Club Officer within Seven (7) days of capture if it is to be recorded towards the above.

5, All fish caught during all Club matches or freelance shall qualify for any perpetual trophy. No Marinas will count for either Shore or Boat for any Club Awards

Fish of the month awards will be awarded for competition or freelance caught fish, (shore or boat)

Fish can only be weighed in on scales checked by the club, this applies to all fish entered for all club competitions, FOM and other records.All fish must be witnessed by a club member or if on a charter boat the charter skipper.

To qualify for the above all fish must be caught and weighed according to Club Rules.

The Awards are divided into two sections. Boat is for fish caught from boats and kayaks.

Shore is for fish caught from the shore, piers, harbour walls or breakwaters.

6, Fish weighed at sea on Digital scales and returned alive will be able to qualify for all Club Awards and Trophies on equal terms with fish weighed on shore.








It’s strongly recommended that these best practice guidelines are followed at all times: Shore, Pier.

Always wear enough clothing to keep you warm and dry. Be vigilant. A few minutes checking your fishing area could save your life. Beware of changing Weather and Sea conditions. Winds, tide, currents and temperature. Watch Out for slippery and loose rocks. Look for hidden danger such as mooring rings, ropes, and spikes. Be careful if wearing waders. If they should fill with water then lie on your back with your feet together and paddle with your hands to the shore or shallow water. Always check around you before casting. Avoid fishing by yourself, and always tell someone where you are fishing and a time you will be back.


It is recommended that you attend the appropriate training course for your activities Aways tell someone else what time you are going out and when you return If you are fishing from a licensed Charter boat the Skipper should always make you aware of where the life jackets are stored. When fishing from a Private boat make sure you know where all the safety equipment is kept, and wear a life jacket at all times. Always check the local weather forecast before setting out. If in Doubt. Don’t Go.

Get Trained – It is sensible to undertake some form of training suitable to

the intended voyage(s) of your vessel; if you do get trained you will be far less likely to be involved in a maritime incident. If you get into difficulty, you will also know how to get the right help quickly, reducing the impact of your problem;

Check the Weather and Tides – Always check the weather and tidal conditions before you set out so that you can prepare accordingly. At sea, changes in tidal streams could make conditions worse, particularly if the wind and tide are against each other. Tidal heights may also hide underwater hazards.

Limitations of the Vessel: consider whether your vessel is up to the proposed trip and that you have sufficient safety equipment and stores with you

Crew: take into account the experience and physical ability of your crew. Crews suffering from cold, tiredness and seasickness won’t be able to do their job properly and could result in an overburdened skipper

Navigational Dangers: make sure you are familiar with any navigational hazards and dangers you may encounter during your boating trip. This generally means checking an up-to-date chart and a current pilot book or almanac covering the area of intended voyage




Call 999 or 112 ask for the Coastguard in an emergency don’t be afraid to ask for help.



Maximum Points

Highest total points scored by an angler in all club competitions in one year.

Shore champion


Home Shore


Total number of points scored in Home shore and Away shore.


Highest total points scored in the shore competitions within the boundaries of Poole harbour including Branksome chine and midway path Sandbanks.

Away Shore


R/Up shore trophy 

Highest total points scored in the shore competition outside the boundaries of the Home shore area. 


Private Boat Champion

Highest total points scored in the small boat competition.(Top 15 results to count).

     “       “         “     R/U

2nd “     “         “         “         “          “     “             “

Senior Pier competition

Highest total points scored in the pier competition

Top Junior

Highest total points scored by a junior in all club competitions.

Junior Boat

Highest total points scored by a junior in all boat competitions.

Junior Beach

Highest total points scored by a junior in all shore competitions.

Junior Pier

Highest total points scored by a junior in all pier competitions

Junior best specimen

Best specimen fish landed from club waters.

Top Ladies Cup

Highest total points scored by a Lady angler in all shore and boat   competitions

Ladies Shore

Highest total points scored by a Lady angler in all shore competitions

Reefing Cup

Highest total points scored in on the Charter boats

Reefing R/U

R/up as above 

Evening boat cup

Maximum number of points scored on the Evening boat cup

Wrecking Cup

Highest total points scored on the wreck competitions

Best Specimen

Best specimen fish landed from club waters.

Small Boat Specimen

Best specimen fish caught during a club small boat competition.

Free lance

Best fish caught outside of club matches

Heaviest Fish

Heaviest fish recorded in the year.

Conger Cup

Heaviest Conger recorded in the year.

Bass Cup

Heaviest Bass recorded in the year.

Silver Eel Bowl

Heaviest Silver Eel recorded in the year.

Tope Cup

Heaviest Tope recorded in the year. Fish to be weighrd at sea and returned

Flounder Shield

Heaviest Flounder recorded in the year.

Bream Cup

Heaviest Bream recorded in the year.

Plaice Cup

Heaviest Plaice recorded in the year.

Skate/Ray Tray

Heaviest Ray recorded in the year.

Conservation Cup

Lure Cup

Mullet (Grey)Cup

Species hunt

Best Specimen weighed and released whilst on a boat

Any caught on a lure

Best mullet specimen (Mugilidae)Caught during the year boat or shore

Any fish caught as listed an Area D specimen AT . Private boat,shore pier,charter boat freelance or competition