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Recreational boat event details

Premier Marina Port Solent June 20th - 23rd 2024 will see the third year of the Sea Angling Classic staged on the South Coast of the UK using the prolific diverse fishing grounds of the Solent.

240x160 Premier Port Solent

Host venue of SAC24

Condition of Entry

  • The competition is open to all from the age of 10 years and above. Must be 10 on the first day of registration.
    Competitors aged between 10 and 15 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    Sea Angling Classic classes any one of 16 and above on the first day of registration as an adult and therefore can participate without any guardianship but are not allowed to be recognised as the Captain of a boat until they become 18 on the first day of registration. 
  • 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 commercially coded angling charter boat from any port within 25 miles of Portsmouth Spinnaker tower will not be permitted to enter the Recreational Boat category.
  • All anglers are 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 before onsite event registration; each participant is 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, that cleanup is not conducted before 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, Smooth-hound, 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 lengths 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 who have entered the competition are permitted to be on board any competing boat during the hours of the competition with the exception of approved media or in the case of disabled anglers approved helpers.

Cost of Entry

Early bird until 29/02/2024

  • £250 per angler – minimum of 2 anglers per boat required – anyone of 16 years of age and above on first registration day.
  • £125 per junior angler – between the ages of 10 and 15 on the initial registration day.

Normal price from 01/03/2024

  • £275 per angler
  • £125 per junior angler