Event details: Recreational Boat category

June 15th - 19th 2022 will see the inaugural event of a new dynamic high profile boat fishing competition the Sea Angling Classic based on the South Coast of the UK using the prolific diverse fishing grounds of the Solent.

Condition of Entry

  • Competitors to be a minimum of 16 years of age at the time of onsite registration – Competitors 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or appointed guardian

  • This page details the event for recreational anglers, therefore in the spirit of fairness persons that are currently, or have within five years from the event start date operated a commercial coded angling charter boat from any port within 25 miles of Portsmouth Spinnaker tower will not be permitted to enter the Recreational Boat category. They are allowed to enter the Charter Boat category.
  • All anglers to be insured as per event requirements
  • All competitors will be required to sign the on-site registration form which includes a disclaimer to confirm acceptance and understanding of the full and final event rules, terms & conditions and any COVID-19 measures put in place.
  • All anglers participating in the event must:
    – undertake a minimum of one cleanup operation locally to where they live prior to onsite event registration; each participant to publish a public post with a minimum of 5 pictures on a social network and provide organisers with a link to be checked
    – In the case, cleanup is not conducted prior to the event there will be a £50 contribution per angler competing in the event to go towards Spirit OF Anglilng children’s initiatives and shoreline cleanups.

Event details in brief

Recreational Boat Category
A minimum of two anglers per boat (maximum of 4)
Maximum of 4 rods per boat and 1 set up with no terminal tackle (4 in total)
Maximum of 3 hooks per rod triple hooks count as 1 hook

  • Rod and line, catch, photograph, and release event
  • 1 spare rod may be set up on board but without any terminal tackle
  • Bait and artificial lures may be used
  • The longest 3 of each of the following 5 target species: Tope, Smoothhound, Rays, Bass, Black bream to count per day.
  • The combined length of the longest 3 of each species provides an overall length per day.
  • The length from day 1 and day 2 are added together to identify the overall winner.
  • Minimum legal length and above to count (if more than 3 of each species are caught the longest ones caught will count).
  • Only persons that have entered the competition are permitted to be on board any competing boat during the hours of the competition with the exception of crew on the charter boats / approved media or in the case of disabled anglers approved helpers.

Cost of Entry

  • £250 per angler – minimum of 2 anglers per boat required

Prize Table  

Recreational Boat Prize table with a value of £150,000
with prizes for 1st to 40th Place

Charter Boat category prize table £50,000
with prizes for 1st – 20th Place

Additional Prizes
Prizes for the overall longest of each of the 5 target species will be awarded to the longest fish regardless if caught in the recreational or charter category.
Best placed Lady prize
Best placed 6M and under boat prize