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17

Minutes of 2015 AGM – Hythe

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MINUTES OF THE AGM – 30th OCTOBER 2015 – HYTHE
The AGM was opened at 19.27 pm by the chairman, Darren Phillips who welcomed everyone to the meeting, thanking members for a good turnout.

APOLOGIES
Apologies had been received from Rob Neale

MINUTES FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING
The minutes from the previous meeting were circulated prior to the meeting and were proposed as a true record by Hugh Rathbone and seconded by Stuart Littlewood. The only matter arising pointed out by Andy Steele was the Future of SAMF proposals were still ongoing.

CHAIRMANS REPORT
Darren  started by thanking the organisers of the weekend and that everything else he would like to say would be covered during the meeting.

SECRETARIES REPORT
Andy started by saying that it was a nice change to be able to focus on the positives rather than the negatives of the last few years. Membership has increased this year to 180 an increase of 52. Numbers fishing the Masters at 100 was also the best for many years and thanks were given to Martin Reid and his team for organising a good competition which had helped in increasing the numbers. Finances were also in good shape. Once again Andy had sent out 400+ letters to members and past members in January asking them to join.
During the prevbious year Andy had said that he felt it was time for him to retire, with the federation needing new blood to take it forward and  had received numerous requests to stay on with the offer of assistance in the form of a Competition Secretary and a Press Office. The membership agreed these positions and as a result Andy was willing to carry on overseeing the federation, membership, doing the accounts etc. However it was disappointing to report that Andy Dawkins had resigned as Competition Secretary for personal reasons, and now the organising of the Masters has fallen to him again. The committee are now looking for someone to take on this role of Competition Secretary.
Andy went on to thank Darren for all his support throughout the years and also for running the Challenge teams.
Andy also thanked the committee for their work. Andy also thanked members for their support and in particular those in attendance at the meeting. Everything else to be said would be covered during the meeting.

TREASURERS REPORT
Copies of the report had been circulated prior to the meeting and were accepted as a true record on mass by the membership with no questions being asked. The following is the treasurers summary:
The treasurers report shows that SAMFs worth is £9323.67 which is an increase of £897.19 from 2014. This is obviously good news which is a result of cutting costs and an increase in membership. This has enabled me to fund the Masters prize fund and will give us some leeway towards sponsoring some of the challenge matches. Being in a strong position, and as long as we keep membership numbers stable I propose that SAMF subscriptions remain at £20 for 2016.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The following people were re-elected to continue as committee members. A volunteer is being sought to take on the role of Competition Secretary
Chairman – Darren Phillips
Vice Chairman – Eddie Painter
Secretary – Andy Steele
Competition Secretary – VACANT
Press Officer – Dene Conway
Treasurer – Mary Steele

AREA REPRESENTATIVES
South West Scotland – None
North West – Bill Lindfield
North Wales – Shane Russell
North East – Bob Gascoigne
Anglia – Dene Conway
Sussex – Chris Snow
Hants & Challenge Match organiser – Darren Phillips
Kent – Saul Page & Richard Yates
Essex – Ian Reynolds
South West – Julian Shambrook
South Wales – Joe Arch
Humberside – Rob Neale
Isle of Man – Andrew Dugdale

CHALLENGE MATCHES
Darren reported that this had been a good year for SAMF having won both the Belgium/Holland and  CAF challenges. Full reports are on the website
Scotland won the recent challenge match in Scotland in what had been a very difficult match in tough conditions. Congratulations go to the Scottish team. Full reports are on the website
We have not got any dates for the 2016 matches which will be published hopefully, in the January newsletter and via the usual internet pages.

WORLD CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2016 competition is being held in Belgium and it is expected that we will be looking to enter a team, maybe two,  to represent the AT. Applications from interested anglers are requested.

FINALS 2016
The finals are due to be held in the South West next year. Julian Shambrook made a proposal to take it to Minehead. The idea being that it was a new venue in a new area which would help promote SAMF in that area. Julian told us that the venue and possible HQ would be suitable, however there were some reservations about the venue and the fishing with it being suggested that some anglers would blank. The venue was voted in with some reservations.
Footnote: this offer was subsequently withdrawn after the meeting and we are now looking to take the Masters to Chesil.

PROPOSALS/RULE CHANGES
No proposals for rule changes had been received.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
A proposal was made by Dene Conway to look at the possibility of having a womans representative, but with no firm proposals or support nothing came of this, however to further this there was a discussion about attracting juniors/youths. Andy pointed out that it was always free for juniors to become members to fish our comps. There was a suggestion to run a challenge match for under 25’s As a result Malcolm Stote volunteered to look at running an age limited comp, funded partly by SAMF.
Mark Sharman raised the point that the wording of ‘qualification’ should be removed when offering non qualifiers the chance to enter the masters. Andy said he would look at this.
MEETING FINISHED AT 20.05 p.m

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Jan
16

Minutes of 2014 AGM – Skegness

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MINUTES OF THE AGM – 7th  NOVEMBER 2014 – SKEGNESS

The AGM was opened at 21.30 pm by the chairman, Darren Phillips who welcomed everyone to the meeting.

APOLOGIES

No apologies had been received

MINUTES FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING

There had not been an AGM in 2013 because the committee was not present at the Isle Of  Man Masters.

CHAIRMANS REPORT

Darren started by saying that the federation was at a crossroads and that the proposals produced by Julian Shambrook needed serious consideration because the alternative was for the federation to slowly dwindle and cease to exist. This would be discussed later in the meeting. Everything else he would like to say would be covered during the meeting.

SECRETARIES REPORT

Andy started by reiterating what Darren had already said about the future of the federation. Membership has reduced this year to 128 members, the lowest ever. Numbers fishing the Masters at 60 was reasonable and thanks were given to George Smith for organising Skegness at short notice after the South East had been cancelled. Once again Andy had sent out 400+ letters to members and past members in January asking them to join.

During the year Andy had said that he felt it was time for him to retire, with the federation needing new blood to take it forward. He had received numerous requests to stay on with the offer of assistance in the form of a Competition Secretary and a Press Office. The membership agreed these positions and as a result Andy was willing to carry on overseeing the federation, membership, doing the accounts etc.

Andy went on to thank Darren for all his support throughout the years and also for running the Challenge teams.

Andy also thanked the committee for their work. Andy also thanked members for their support and in particular those in attendance at the meeting. Everything else to be said would be covered during the meeting.

TREASURERS REPORT

Copies of the report had been circulated prior to the meeting and were accepted as a true record on mass by the membership with no questions being asked. The following is the treasurers summary:

The figures show that SAMFs worth is £7313.92 which is an increase of £1051.56 from 2012. Membership has dropped by about 50 over the last two years causing a drop in income of approx. £1000. We have had to reduce spending as a result which is the reason why there has hardly been any sponsorship for Challenge matches and a reduction in correspondence. Changing our third party public liability to Angling Trust has put back the renewal date to November which is why there is no figure in expenditure for this. However we are still in a strong position which is why we have been able to keep the Masters prize fund up to decent levels over the last 2 years.  I would normally propose that SAMF subscriptions remain at £20 for 2015, however if the new structure supports a reduction to £15 then I would support this in the short term to see what effect it has.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The committee was re-elected on mass with everyone willing to continue and no new volunteers.

Chairman – Darren Phillips

Vice Chairman – Eddie Painter

Secretary – Andy Steele

Competition Secretary – Andy Dawkins

Press Officer – Dene Conway

Treasurer – Mary Steele

AREA REPRESENTATIVES

South West Scotland – None

North West – Bill Lindfield

North Wales – Shane Russell

North East – Bob Gascoigne

Anglia – Dene Conway

Sussex – Chris Snow

Hants & Challenge Match organiser – Darren Phillips

Kent – Saul Page & Richard Yates

Essex – Ian Reynolds

South West – Julian Shambrook

South Wales – Joe Arch

Humberside – Rob Neale

Isle of Man – Andrew Dugdale

NATIONAL SEA LEAGUES

Tony Thomas, the organiser, had sent a full report which Andy used to give the bullet points from last years final at Eastbourne. Fished on the weekend of 23rd & 24th November, 28 teams had competed and the winning team was Prime Angling, with Clacton Angling 2nd and Garry Evans Match Team 3rd.  The 2014 final is in North Norfolk on 23rd and 24th November.

Tony also thanks John Amery for the donation of an annual shield.

The full report was available for anyone to read it after the meeting. The report is also on the website.

CHALLENGE MATCHES

Darren gave a report on competition fished in Belgium in September. The Belgians won the event for only the 2nd time with 501 points, with the SAMF team 2nd with 771 points and the Dutch 3rd with 798 points. Full report is on the website

The Combined Forces challenge was due to be fished at Kelling in North Norfolk on 5th & 6th December, Darren asked if anyone wanted to be considered for the team to let him know by the 8th November.

 

WORLD CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Unfortunately no team has been sent to this because of the expense.

FINALS 2014

The finals were due to be held in the South East this year but because of circumstances out of our control they had to be cancelled. Because of this the 2015 will now go back to the South Eeast with Martyn Reid and Kirk Watson offering their help to hold it in November on the Parade.

PROPOSALS/RULE CHANGES – No proposals for rule changes had been received. We had received a report from Julian Shambrook about the future of the federation which was discussed by the members. Andy had pointed out that no decisions would be taken at the AGM however any points raised by members would be taken into consideration. Overall the report was well received but concerns were aired by some members about the Masters going back to qualifying only. The report and committee proposals are at annexe A

ANY OTHER BUSINESS  – None

 

MEETING FINISHED AT 22.30 p.m

 

 

ANNEXEA

 

PROPOSALS

After listening to the views of members and discussions with Julian Shambrook the following is what is deemed to be the best way forward:

 

Rename SAMF as the Sea Anglers Match Federation of Great Britain and Ireland (SAMF GB&I). – There had been a suggestion that we should also include the Isle of Man in the name because of the support we get from the IOM. The conclusion is that the name would become too much of a tongue twister, therefore the name should be simply SAMF GB

 

The structure shown in Chapter 2 be adopted that National Representatives are proposed, selected and elected onto the Committee. – The federations are aware of what is being proposed and the representatives are in agreement. They are waiting for us to give them the go ahead to take to their national bodies.

 

The position of Chairman will be held by one of the National Representatives but must be proposed, seconded and voted for by the membership. – Fine

 

SAMF Team to be re named the SAMF GB&I Lions. This name will be copyrighted. We should just be SAMF GB.

 

 

Furthermore:

 

We offer 2 places to each country for the Alan Gilbert Memorial and CAF events. The remaining 7 anglers to be chosen by a Selection Committee as at present. – Fine

 

The current Scotland challenge be widened to include Ireland and Wales and reduced to 10 man teams. Each SAMF Nation would take a turn to host the event. Like the other events it will be bait supplied. – A good idea with invitation to a team from the Isle Of Man (at their request). Darren to take this on.

 

Julian Shambrook is empowered to raise sponsorship for the SAMF GB Team, if proposal 4 is adopted. – Agreed and Julian is happy to do this.

 

Press Secretary is to be issued with short TORs that require them to implement the Future Communication Policy. – Seen as key to the future and we need to put together some thoughts to determine what the TORs should be. Also need to speak to Paul Fenech of Sea Angler to see what he would be expecting. Paul is keen to see all of this succeed.

 

Membership to be decreased to £15 per annum. Life membership to remain at £150. – Not sure whether this will be a success, cannot see that £5 a year will make much difference, however this can be introduced for 2015 to see what affect this will have. Life membership has always been 10 years subscription.

After listening to feedback, his should remain at £20

 

For the Masters go back to the old system of qualifiers only. – There are two schools of thought on this and quite a lot of discussion on social media.

  1. Having a buy in has devalued the competition to it just being a 2 day open competition. We understand this but it was deemed necessary to do this to keep entry numbers up. It was also voted in by the members at an AGM.
  2. A number of area representatives are concerned that there are not enough competition anglers in some areas to be able to run qualifiers, and even if they did only a few would enter with even less being able to come to the Masters – Quote from Isle of Man boys.

overriding feeling is that we should leave it as it is at present. Qualifying events can still be run meaning that some anglers would qualify for less money than the £20 buy in. Maybe the old rules of qualifying should be changed i.e. 1 in 3 or maybe 2 qualify?

 

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A dialogue be started with a view to bring the National Sea League fully under the control of SAMF GB&I. When and if this is achieved: – SAMF has always historically had an input into the NSL when needed, but it is left to run itself with a capable organiser who is a SAMF member running the competition to SAMF rules. Do not see the need to do anything different. We could not insist on full SAMF membership, which only achieve a reduction in an already well supported event. Hopefully, if the anglers see an improvement in SAMF fortunes and a benefit, they would want to join.

 

Masters Qualifiers should be incorporated into all National Sea League qualifying events as a mandatory requirement provided that there are enough entrants. – I am sure that the organiser can see if the competitors want to do this, but mandatory requirements are a none starter.

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Re organising SAMF to represent the interests of all shore match anglers in GB and Ireland is a huge step forward. If successful the new organisation will provide benefits towards the development of our future national teams.

 

Personnel and doers are seriously lacking, it is key we get a feel good factor back to the organisation, it is not unlike any other and it is dormant, Bringing a new look and feel will not change everything but it is a step in the right direction.

 

Improving communication is a key enabler. With Sea Angler magazine now in new hands there are opportunities to be exploited to promote match angling.

 

SAMF is held in high esteem by those who compete against it, it is both a privilege and honour to compete against SAMF it will now be an honour to compete against SAMF GB as it is an even bigger team.

 

 

If we take the route as outlined in ANNEXE A then I am sure the requirements in this summary will be fulfilled.

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The Rules & Guidelines described below are those that were approved at the 2013 AGM held in Eastbourne on Saturday 23rd November 2013.

Use this link to download a copy of this document …
SAMF NSL Rules & Guidelines File

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The SAMF National Sea League can be described as an organisation of Local Sea Leagues from around the United Kingdom meeting certain basic eligibility criteria.  The objective of the National Sea League is to run an Annual Final event at which qualified teams from these Local Leagues can compete to determine the champion National Sea League team.  The intention of this document is to provide some very basic rules and format for these Local Leagues and the National Sea League Final.

Local Sea Leagues

1.    A Local League can be formed anywhere in the United Kingdom, there are no boundary restrictions.
2.    A Local League must comprise of at least 4 Teams and fish at least 4 rounds in the qualifying period to qualify for the National Sea League Final.
3.    A Team may only participate in ONE Local League for qualification.
4.    Each Team in the Local League must comprise of a maximum of 5 anglers.
5.    Each Team Member can only fish for ONE team during the qualification period.
6.    It is recommended that the Local League adopts a catch & release policy but this is not mandatory.
7.    The format and running of the Local League will be determined by the local organisers and can comprise of either pegged or rover matches.
8.    It is recommended that SAMF Match Rules are used by the Local League but this is not mandatory.

National Sea League Final

9.    The National Sea League will be responsible for running an Annual Final event at which a champion team will be determined.

The following statements relate to the organisation for the Final.  These can only be changed at an AGM via a majority vote of participating team members …

10.  The National Sea League will be run from within and supported by the Sea Anglers Match Federation (SAMF).
11. The elected National Sea League (NSL) Organiser will be responsible for the full running of the NSL Final event. These responsibilities will include …

      Identifying and arranging HQ for Final.
      Establishing match venues with or without Local Organiser.
      Announcing and distribution of NSL Final information to Local League Organisers.
      Coordinating NSL Final team bookings with qualified Team captains.
      All administration for the NSL Final.
      Managing results and trophy presentation for the NSL Final.
      Chairing the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
      Managing all the financials for the NSL Final and after the event preparing a balance sheet.

12.  The NSL Organiser will have the authority to co-opt others into the Organising Team to assist in the running of the NSL Final.
13.  The Local League Organiser(s) at the NSL Final venue will assist the NSL Organiser in the running of the Final.  This will include assisting with HQ selection, identifying match venues, pegging and event administration. If there is no Local Organiser these responsibilities will be taken on by the NSL Organiser.
14.  During the event all nominated captains become committee members and their collective majority decision will be final if needed.

The following rules relate to the qualification for the NSL Final.  These can only be changed at an AGM via a majority vote of participating team members …

15.  All Local Leagues must register with the NSL Organiser no later than 3 months prior to Final for that year.
16.  A Local League may participate in the Final if any of its matches have been run within 12 months prior to the date of the Final. Local Leagues run and completed before the previous Final are not eligible for the current year’s Final. However, with appropriate representation to the NSL Organiser and under certain circumstances such a Local League may be allowed to participate.
17.  All teams in a Local League qualify for the National Sea League Final.
18.  All teams must participate under the ‘team name’ used for qualification.
19.  Participating Team Members in the Final must have either only fished for their Final Team or no Team in the qualification year.  Team Members found during a Final to have fished in other Teams will be disqualified from the Final.
20.  Participating Teams must field at least 3 members of their qualifying Team in the Final along with 2 reserves. However, with appropriate representation to the NSL Organiser and under certain circumstances other reserves may be allowed.

The following statements relate to the competition format for the NSL Final.  These can only be changed at an AGM via a majority vote of participating team members …

21.  Each participating Team will comprise of 5 members although a team may elect to bring along a 6th member or reserve who may replace another member in any of the matches.
22.  The results of all 5 team members will go towards the Team’s final total score, there will be no dropping of worst score.
23.  The NSL Final will be a 2 day 2 match event unless weather conditions dictate that it should be reduced to 1 day with just 1 match or 2 short matches on the same day.
24.  Each match will comprise of 5 sections and a team member will fish in each section.
25.  The NSL Organiser in conjunction with the Local Organiser will be responsible for assigning Day 1 and Day 2 peg numbers for Team Captain selection.  Each Team Captain will randomly select his/her Team’s match cards for Day 1 and Day 2 at registration time.
26.  The Team Captain will be responsible for submitting his/her team’s match cards to the NSL Organiser or representative at the end of each match within an advertised deadline.
27.  The SAMF catch and release chart will be used in which length is converted to weight where 1/3oz is equivalent to 1 weight point.
28.  The traditional points scoring method will be used where the winner of each section will receive 1 point, second 2 points, third 3 points and so on. In the case of a tie on weight points the number of fish (greatest best) will determine position and if these are the same then identical section points will be allocated.
29.  A Team Member that blanks or does not return match card will be assigned a number of points equivalent to the number of pegs assigned to a section. This same assignment will apply to a team if they have one or more team members missing.
30.  A Team’s result will be the accumulation of each of the team member’s section points over the two day event and the team with the lowest score will be deemed the winners. In the case of a tie then total weight points and then total fish number will be considered. If there is still a tie then the position and associated prize money will be shared.

The following match rules to be used in the NSL Final.  These can only be changed at an AGM via a majority vote of participating team members …

31.  SAMF Match and Catch & Release Rules will apply in all NSL Final matches.
32.  Size Limits to be used in a NSL Final will be determined by the NSL Organiser in conjunction with the Local Organiser(s).
33.  Bait bans will be employed in a NSL Final as determined by the NSL Organiser in conjunction with the Local Organiser(s).

The following venue selection criteria to be used in the NSL Final.  These can only be changed at an AGM via a majority vote of participating team members …

34.  The NSL Final venue will be selected at the previous year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) along with a backup venue at the same location if this is available.
35.  It will be the responsibility of the Local Organiser or NSL Organiser to determine how the venue is to be used.
36.  If the main venue is unfishable then the NSL Organiser in conjunction with the Local Organiser will be responsible for determining if the backup venue (if available) is to be used.
37.  If weather creates a safety issue, probable cancellation of one or both matches or change of match itinerary, the NSL Organiser will convene an emergency meeting between all Team Captains to determine the course of action to be taken and this will be determined by a majority vote

The following prize table and reporting to be used in the NSL Final.  These can only be changed at an AGM via a majority vote of participating team members …

38. For the main team event there will be an overall Team winner and appropriate prize money will be paid out. The exact value of this prize will be determined by the number of teams participating. Prize money will also be paid out to the lower placing’s but again the number of positions and amount will be determined by number of teams. To assist in this pay out the following is a guide to the prize money breakdown  …

No. of Teams Pay out down to team   Team Position % of   prize fund per no. of teams
  10-15 16-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40
 
10-15 5 1 45% 43% 41% 39% 37% 36%
16-20 6 2 25% 24% 23% 22% 22% 22%
21-25 7 3 15% 14% 13% 13% 13% 13%
26-30 8 4 10% 9% 8% 8% 8% 8%
31-35 9 5 5% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6%
36-40 10 6 4% 5% 5% 5% 5%
7 4% 4% 4% 4%
8 3% 3% 3%
9 2% 2%
10 1%

The NSL Organiser will have the authority to make small adjustments to this breakdown to make the values more appropriate for ease of payout.

39.  Trophies will be awarded to team members of the 1st and 2nd placed teams and in the majority of cases to 3rd place dependent on team numbers.
40.  A perpetual trophy will be presented to the winning team at the Prize Presentation. This trophy will be retained by the NSL Organiser who will have it suitably engraved with name of winning team.
41.  The Optional Pools monies will be paid out by individual on a section by section basis for each day where 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th may be paid out depending on the numbers participating.
42.  At the discretion of the NSL Organiser an Individual Super Pool will be run. The structure and amount of payout will be determined by number participating.
43.  After the event a full set of team and individual results will be posted on the SAMF website.

The following details the AGM to be held at the NSL Final.  These can only be changed at an AGM via a majority vote of participating team members …

44.  An AGM will be held if possible at the HQ during the 2 day event.
45.  The current NSL Organiser will be the chair for the whole of the meeting.
46.  Proposals to be discussed must be received by the NSL Organiser by the advertised deadline and only these will be discussed at the meeting.
47.  Throughout the meeting a majority vote of those participating will determine course of action.
48.  At the meeting the NSL Organiser for the coming year will be elected. This Organiser will be both Secretary and Treasurer for the NSL.
49.  The meeting will determine the venue for the next year’s Final from proposals provided by the advertised deadline.

General ruling for a NSL Final.  This can only be changed at an AGM via a majority vote of participating team members …

50.  During any NSL Final the NSL Organiser will have the authority for whatever reason to convene an emergency meeting with the Team Captains of the participating Teams.
 

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AGM MINUTES 2012

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MINUTES OF THE AGM – 4th  NOVEMBER 2012 – OTTERSPOOL

The AGM was opened at 16.10 pm by the chairman, Darren Phillips who welcomed everyone to the meeting.

APOLOGIES

Apologies had been received from Nick Haward.

MINUTES FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING

The minutes from the previous meeting were circulated prior to the meeting and were proposed as a true record by Richard Burrows and seconded by Bill Lindfield. There were no matters arising.

CHAIRMANS REPORT

Darren started by thanking Andy for his efforts in keeping SAMF on an even keel and the membership numbers similar to last years. He expressed concerns about attendances dropping at our events but did understand that with costs such as travel going up it was bound to have an effect. Everything else he would like to say would be covered during the meeting.

SECRETARIES REPORT

Membership had more or less stayed the same this year with 170 +members. Numbers fishing the Masters had risen to 79 with Merseyside always being a popular event. Once again Andy had sent out 500+ letters to members and past members in January asking them to join and also 400+ letters inviting anglers to enter the Masters. Andy went on to congratulate the SAMF teams that had both won in Holland and against the CAF. He also congratulated the Welsh team that had done so well in the world championships and in particular the new world champion Alan Price. Also mentioning Englands Richard Yates who had won bronze.

Andy also expressed his keenness to promote SAMF with more matches and had been approached by our one and only Scottish member, Billy Buckley to see if we could start a challenge match with a Scottish Federation team. This was agreed in principle and we would wait for Billy to come back with more details. Hopefully this would generate more members north of the border.

Andy went on to thank Darren for all his support throughout the years and also for running the Challenge teams.

Andy also thanked the committee for their work especially Nick for running the Pairs and Andy Gallacher for organising the world club team.. Andy also thanked members for their support and in particular those in attendance at the meeting. Everything else to be said would be covered during the meeting.

TREASURERS REPORT

Copies of the report had been circulated prior to the meeting and were accepted as a true record on mass by the membership with no questions being asked. The following is the treasurers summary:

The above figures show that SAMFs worth is £7313.92 which is an increase of £671.17 from 2011. Membership has stabilised this year with an increase in takings of £400 together with a decrease in expenditure which has halted the slide that we have experienced in the past few years. Even though we are still in a strong position we still need to be careful with expenditure but I am now in a position to start putting back some of this money to the members in the form of sponsorship.  I propose that SAMF subscriptions remain at £20 for 2012.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The committee was re-elected on mass with everyone willing to continue and no new volunteers.

Chairman – Darren Phillips

Vice Chairman – Eddie Painter

Secretary – Andy Steele

Treasurer – Mary Steele

AREA REPRESENTATIVES

South West Scotland – None

North West – Bill Lindfield

North Wales – Shane Russell

North East – Bob Gascoigne

Anglia – Mark Sharman

Sussex – Paul Stevens

Hants & Challenge Match organiser – Darren Phillips

Kent – Saul Page & Richard Yates

Essex – Ian Reynolds

South West – Hugh Rathbone

South Wales – Joe Arch

Humberside – Rob Neale

DAIWA PAIRS

Once again the SAMF 2012 Daiwa Irish Pairs had continued to be a solid event well supported. Nick said that if anyone wanted any information about the pairs then a full report and result listings can be downloaded from www.irishpairs.co.uk

Nick had previously expressed his concerns that SAMF is no further forward as an organisation sitting in increasing isolation and, as such, it has progressively less standing in the world of angling. Fortunately, the Pairs does not need any financial help from SAMF; it stands on it’s own two feet. What frustrates NIck is that the event is prime for anglers of various skill levels, ages and interests, and through SAMF it does not get exposure to this wider audience. You will never grow match angling without a wider catchment and it is this lack of exposure which irritates him and does not want to wait a further year without any progress or at least a positive attempt progress regarding developing a positive relationship with AT.

Should members at the AGM wish him to continue to run the Pairs for 2013 under the SAMF banner, he will, but  will only do so on the basis he has our endorsement and reasonably free hand to open negotiations with AT to see how and if we could work together for the benefit of The Pairs future.

Myself and Darrens reaction to Nicks thoughts was that he should progress this with the AT and see what benefits there would be with regards to a closer relationship, only then could we start making any decisions with regards to the future of the pairs.

NATIONAL SEA LEAGUES

Tony Thomas the organiser gave the following report:

Since the 2011 Masters I am pleased to report that the National Sea League continues to be well supported with an increasing number of teams becoming involved.  There has been no League Final since the 2011 Masters with the last Final at Eastbourne on the weekend of October 29th/30th 2011 and the next Final scheduled to be run on the North Norfolk Coast on the weekend of December 1st/2nd 2012.

The 2010-11 Secretary’s report provided extensive coverage of the 2011 Final at Eastbourne so the following briefly details the results of that Final …

Day 1 top team was Prime Angling with 23 penalty points followed by Zziplex on 24 points and Hastings Angling Centre on 34 points.

Day 2 top team was Imax Team Snags with 28 penalty points followed by Garry Evans Match Team on 31 points and Zziplex on 32 points.

With two podium finishes Zziplex took the overall honours with 56 penalty points followed by Hastings Sea Angling Club on 67 points narrowly beating Imax Team Snags on 68 points.  On the Individual front  Brett Green of Zziplex with two section wins took the honours with 2 points followed by Mark Pinder of Imax on 4 points and Rob Tuck of Imax and J. Morgan of Anderida A on 6 points.

The annual meeting also agreed a few important matters, namely …

  • The 2012 NSL Final will be held in North Norfolk on the weekend of 20th/21st October 2012 which was later moved to 1st/2nd December 2012.
  • All teams in every league will now qualify for the next final.  This is provided a league has a minimum of 4 teams and that the qualifying team has fished in at least 4 matches in the league.
  • Size limits for a Final will be determined by the League Secretary and Local Organiser.
  • All baits except White Rag and Crab will be allowed in the 2012 NSL Final.

The 2012 Final is to be held as in 2010 on the North Norfolk shingle ridge on the weekend of 1st/2nd December 2012.  The venues will be at Cley, Salthouse, Kelling and Weybourne with a back-up venue of Gt. Yarmouth.  The Event HQ will be the Kelling Heath Holiday Park which is providing accommodation with a 20% discount along with all required bar and eating facilities.  The HQ is just 2-5 miles from the main venues and 40 miles north of the backup venue.

Six leagues will be participating in this final, namely …

 

  • East Anglia
  • Eastbourne
  • ISAC
  • North Norfolk
  • Northumberland
  • South Wales.

 

With all teams in a league currently eligible to fish the Final there are at time of press 26 teams registered and paid up to fish the 2012 Final.  This is an increase of 3 on 2011 and is a very encouraging trend considering the current economic climate.

The weather is always the Achilles heel of this venue and provided this cooperates we could be in for a cracking weekend.  Currently the dabs and flounders are at these venues in force and the whiting should have arrived by then along with odd decent codling and lingering bass.  This is the best time of year for catches for these venues so I hope we will be reporting this in the 2013 report.

The National Sea League Final has the potential to be a significant event in the match calendar for those match anglers who prefer team activity and the associated social side. To achieve this the league requires to become more organised and documented which I have attempted to progress over the past year with limited success at present.

We currently have a reasonable coverage across the country but I am disappointed that we only have one team from the 16 strong ISAC league participating in the 2012 Final.  I am also disappointed that we don’t have eligible leagues in the North West, North Wales, Tyneside, Scotland and Yorkshire/Lincolnshire where I failed to have one established on the Humber.

A successful 2012 Final could encourage the setting up of leagues in these areas and increase the number of teams eligible for the National Sea League Final.  A significant increase in teams would then enable us to get back to proper qualification for the Final and bring it back to being a real prestigious event.  At the same time it would bring back the true meaning of the leagues around the country where qualification really does count.

 

 

 

CHALLENGE MATCHES

Darren gave a brief report on both teams winning, firstly against the CAF at Horden and in Belgium in September.

There had been problems with the timing of this years CAF competition with the mid week date proposed not being acceptable and all the teams had pulled out. A new acceptable date in January is being considered with the match to be held in January. Darren would circulate all known members who might want to fish this match.

Andy discussed the approach from Scotland to have a challenge match which was agreed in principle and he would circulate the information as and when it was received. He also wanted to point out the SAMF challenge match teams were open to all members because there was a perception, especially amongst the welsh members that they were becoming for England members only. This is something we had to correct.

WORLD CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Andy Galllacher gave a report about the recent championships held in France saying that the venue had proved very difficult for a lot of teams especially with the beaches being very peggy. In practise the team had caught a lot of fish but even though we had some good individual performances collectively as a team we had not been good enough being up against top international teams.

He said that he was hopeful to send a team to Portugal next year, where he had heard the fishing was very good. He said that he would find out as much information and let me know so that I could ask for applications in the new year. Also Darren would approach the AT to get more info such as cost etc.

FINALS 2013

The finals were due to go to the South East next year but at last years AGM there had been positive reaction to a proposal from the Isle of Man members to take the event there in Late November or early December. There was concern about the support we would get if this was to happen especially from members who would had to travel a long way, however it was felt that we should do this as a reward to these anglers from the Isle of Man who supported us year on year. It was pointed out that there were numerous anglers on the Island that would join SAMF and Mick Emery said that he was sure he could get a deal with the ferry/hotel operators to reduce the costs. He would be able get back to Andy with the information to canvass members in the January newsletter to see what support we would get.  A vote was taken with 14 members for the event to be held on the Isle of Man with no one voting against. Andy said that he was happy for this to happen as long as we were going to be supported and that the Masters would go to the South East in 2014.

PROPOSALS/RULE CHANGES – No proposals or rule changes had been received.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS  – None

 

MEETING FINISHED AT 17.30 p.m

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SAMF QUALIFYING HEAT

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SAMF QUALIFYING HEAT – RESULT SHEET AND MONIES RETURN FORM

This Result Sheet and Monies Return Form should be returned to the secretary together with a cheque payable to SAMF covering the qualifying heat entry monies within 14 days of the Heat.

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Length Table

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QUALIFYING EVENT RULES

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SAMF UK MASTERS QUALIFYING EVENT RULES

  1. All heats should be notified to the secretary within a minimum of 1 month either using the form below, or by e-mail.
  2. All heats must be open events, however, dispensation may be sought for league series matches.
  3. All heats, including roving matches, must be at least zoned; pegged events are the preferred format.
  4. Entry fee to all heats is £4.00 per angler.
  5. 1 in 5 competitors in the heats qualify. In the event of a tie on points/weight then countback on fish numbers decide. If both anglers still tie both qualify.
  6. All qualifiers MUST CATCH FISH. If nobody catches a fish the entry money is still proper to the Masters prize fund.
  7. Heat organisers must be a Personal Member of the Federation.
  8. Heats organised in conjunction with established opens or other qualifying matches will offer optional entry.
  9. Rule and size limits can either be SAMF* or Organising club.
  10. A minimum of 5 qualifying entrants constitutes a heat. However if only 3 or 4 anglers wish to make a heat this can be done as long as a minimum of £20.00 is forwarded. Numbers are based on total heat entrants, not numbers of entrants in a section. The number of qualifying anglers is decided to the nearest 5 i.e. 17 entrants = 3 qualifiers, 18 entrants = 4 qualifiers etc. Where possible, qualifiers should be selected from section or zone results.
  11. The Results Sheet and should be returned to the secretary, together with a cheque made payable to SAMF within 14 days of the Heat.
  12. All finalists will have to be a Personal Member of the Federation to fish the final.

*SAMF Match Rules for information/duplication purposes and match cards will be available if required, however postage costs for match cards must be re-imbursed.

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Rules

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SAMF COMPETITION MATCH RULES – JUNE 2008

  1. All SAMF matches should be pegged and conform to the weight/measure system. All fish to be measured down to the nearest CM (minimum size 18cms).
  2. To benefit from the public liability insurance all persons fishing a SAMF match should be paid up members. The organisers shall not be held responsible for any loss, accident or damage occasioned to any competitor, official or member of the public.
  3. Anglers must have their bag searched by an adjacent angler before the start of the competition. The match card must be signed in the correct place by the checking angler and their peg number recorded.
  4. Fishing will be from a peg allocated by means of a draw. Anglers must fish from no other peg number or position. The redrawing of pegs is not allowed. Anglers may cast from any point equidistant from theirs and the adjacent peg, but must then return to their peg. Any angler that leaves the venue taking their fishing tackle with them will have deemed to have finished the competition and will not be allowed to take any further part in that days competition.
  5. The organisers will signal the start, and finish, of the competition. Anglers are permitted to wet their lines without bait up to 20 minutes prior to the commencement of the match.
  6. An angler is permitted to have spare rods set up with reels lines and baited traces attached, but can only have one line in the water at one time.
  7. Spare baited traces are allowed and no more than three hooks may be attached to any trace. Treble hooks count as three hooks. Anglers must attend their own spare traces, assistance in any form such as unhooking fish or baiting up is not allowed.
  8.  Restrictions on bait, tackle or methods, if applicable, will be notified to participants by the organisers. Feathers and lures are not allowed.
  9. Anglers wishing to use ‘power casting’ styles should use a minimum of 50lb breaking strain shock leader. Furthermore it is recommended that the breaking strain of the shock leader should be a minimum of 10lb per oz of weight used. In the interests of safety competitors will be advised if any type of casting is banned. Anglers are permitted to cast immediately after landing a fish, however the retrieval of this cast is not permitted until the anglers fish is recorded by the steward or the adjacent angler on their official match card.
  10. Assistance may be given to land a fish but no one other than the competitor may handle the rod. In pier competitions assistance to land a fish with a drop net is permitted, as is hand lining the fish up the pier or promenade wall, providing it can be lifted clear of the surface and not pulled through the water towards the angler.
  11. The deliberate foul hooking of fish is not permitted, however foul hooked fish are allowed. In the event of a fish being hooked by two or more competitors then the one whose hook is in the mouth is deemed to have caught the fish otherwise they are not eligible for weighing in. Neither are fish caught on lost traces allowed. 
  12. As soon as a fish is caught it must be put in a bucket of fresh seawater (contaminated or bloody water must be changed) and taken in the bucket of water to the adjacent angler to be measured, witnessed and recorded on the match card. All fish are measured from the tip of their snout with mouth closed to the end of the tail fin. All rays are measured across the wings.
  13. Care should be taken in the unhooking of fish. A wet rag should be used to handle fish and anglers should use a disgorger or similar tool to assist deep hooked fish. Care in handling fish should be a consideration at all times.
  14. It is each angler’s responsibility to ensure all undersized fish are returned to the water immediately. Any physical attempt to extend their length will lead to disqualification. Fish that are kept for the table must be of minimum ministry size for the area and should have their tails cut, witnessed by the neighbouring angler.
  15. Anglers should, where possible, go to their right to have their fish recorded. In the unlikely event that the angler on the right is your pairs partner or team member, then you must go to your left to have the fish recorded.
  16.  Anglers must comply with any request from a neighbouring angler to check and record their fish details accurately on their match card. Common sense dictates this should be done at a convenient moment e.g. not when the angler is reeling in or casting out! !
  17. Details on the match card should be recorded in ink. Pencil is not acceptable.
  18. Anglers must be in possession of their match card at all times during the competition and it is their responsibility to ensure that the details are recorded accurately. The exchanging of cards with a neighbouring angler is not allowed.
  19. At the end of the competition anglers must have their match card underlined immediately underneath the last recorded fish, total weight/length/ points recorded and signed as a witness by the adjacent angler. Competitors have one hour, or a period specified by the organisers, for bringing their own completed match card back to the HQ.
  20. Competitors are responsible for keeping their match cards in a good, legible, state and that the details are accurate. Damaged or unreadable cards may be disqualified.
  21. Any complaints must be submitted to the organisers, in writing, within one hour of the end of the competition. A protest fee of £10 must accompany the complaint, which is returnable if the objection is upheld. The decision of the organisers will be final in the event of any dispute not covered by these rules.
  22. Weavers, mackerel, sea trout, salmon and all shads are banned.
  23. Competitors must produce their match card on request by a match official or steward at any time during the competition.
  24. Any angler reported leaving litter or throwing litter into the sea during or after the competition will be disqualified.
  25. All anglers are stewards. It is in everyone’s interest to see that correct procedures are adhered to, to ensure fair play.
  26. As well as the aforementioned rules, the rules of fair play will apply. Anglers must conduct themselves in a manner within the spirit of the sport.

The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to any angler, and any failure to comply with these rules could render you liable to disqualification from the competition on that particular day. Furthermore any angler found cheating will be immediately expelled from the Federation.

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The AGM was opened at 12.10 pm by the chairman, John Amery who welcomed everyone to the meeting. He commented that it was a good turn out of members.

APOLOGIES

Apologies had been received from Darren Phillips & Nick Haward.

MINUTES FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING

The minutes from the previous meeting were circulated prior to the meeting and were proposed as a true record by Hugh Rathbone and seconded by Eddie Painter. The only matter arising was brought to the attention of members by Andy was about the website, which had been put on hold until the outcome of the negotiations with AT. We had now commissioned Dene Conway to progress the website.

CHAIRMANS REPORT

John announced that his previous intention to stand down this year had been put on hold and that he was prepared to stay on for a further 12 months. The main reason for this was the problems surrounding the newly formed Angling Trust and our subsequent step back from integrating with them. He then went on to explain what the Angling Trust was trying to do and the problems they had been experiencing.

Everything else he wanted to say would be covered by the Agenda.

SECRETARIES REPORT

Andy explained about another difficult year with membership down again to 205 members, and out of 107 qualifiers only 50+ had entered the Masters. We had to cancel the Individual league final because of lack of interest, and no matter what we do it does not seem to have the desired effect. We have introduced size limits, converted back to weight and produced new venues to no avail.

There is too much infighting going on within the federation and this needs to stop, in this climate we all need to pull together if we are to succeed in taking the federation forward.

Once again this year there have been complaints about the lack of qualifying events, and Andy pointed out that any member can organise one. However we are aware that in some areas there are not enough anglers to fish qualifiers and travelling can be difficult and expensive these days. To try and overcome these problems and to boost entry to the Masters Andy proposed a two tier qualifying system, qualifying in the normal way, and he proposed that we should accept entries from members who have not qualified but are prepared to pay the full £20 qualifying entry money. This obviously goes against what the Masters was all about but times are changing and we need to do something to reverse the trend. Nobody had any objections about this so we will trial it for the 2010 Masters.

On a positive note Andy said he was pleased that John was staying on for another year, the challenge match in Holland had gone well and he congratulated the team, and also for the first time in a while we had actually used the selection process for the Forces Challenge.

Andy went on to thank the committee for their work, especially Eddie and Hugh for organising the Individual Leagues, Darren for organising the challenge matches, Nick for running the Pairs and John for all his support throughout the year. Andy also thanked members for their support and in particular those in attendance at the meeting.      

TREASURERS REPORT

Copies of the report had been circulated prior to the meeting and were accepted as a true record. There were no questions about the accounts. The following is the treasurers summary:

The above figures show that SAMFs worth is £6537.42 which is an increase of £229.87 from 2008. However we have to bear in mind that this year we have not had the Forces challenge yet and we had a free year from the NFSAS for the third party public liability insurance. If these figures were to be in the accounts this year then we would be showing a deficit. With only 147 members (202 members in total) renewing their annual subscription it did not give us much of a budget to play with this year. The steps we have taken in the past has largely done away with the losses we were suffering however it is obvious that our income is only just keeping the federation going, and this despite our running costs, such as postage, printing & stationary, telephone & broadband reducing by £545 this year. 

Despite all of this we are still in a relatively strong position, we just need to continue being careful with expenditure. For this reason I propose that SAMF subscriptions remain at £20 for 2010.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The following people were elected:

Chairman – John Amery

Vice Chairman – Eddie Painter

Secretary – Andy Steele

Treasurer – Mary Steele

AREA REPRESENTATIVES

South West Scotland – None

North West – Bill Lindfield

North Wales – Shane Russell

North East – Bob Gascoigne

Anglia – Ian Bowell

Sussex – None

Hants & Challenge Match organiser – Darren Phillips

Kent – Mark Rogers & Mick Davies

Essex – Ian Reynolds

South West – Hugh Rathbone

Individual League Organisers – Eddie Painter & Hugh Rathbone

South Wales – Joe Arch

Humberside – Rob Neale

DAIWA PAIRS

A report had been sent by Nick:

Despite the difficult financial climate, the SAMF 2009 Daiwa Irish Pairs again attracted a significant turnout with 120 anglers competing in this prestigious annual fishing week. As always the competition was very tough with Eammon Foggerty and Paul Whelan from Dublin taking top honours, with Colin Carey and Darren Bond in second place. A full report and result listings can be downloaded from www.irishpairs.co.uk

Because of problems with accommodation, HQ etc. this years event has been brought forward one day so that registration will be on Friday 24th September and the first match will be on Saturday 25th September. The prize presentation night will be Thursday 30th September. Again full details are on the website.

INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE                   

Because of the lack of support this event has been cancelled

NATIONAL SEA LEAGUES

John reported that following the cancelling of the final in 2008 he had agreed to co-ordinate the event in 2009. He was pleased to report that there would be an entry of 29 teams to fish the final, which would be at Eastbounre 21/22 November.

Numbers had been boosted by allowing qualifiers from 2008 to enter this years final, as well as 2009 qualifiers. He stated that the entry illustrated that this is still a popular event and he hoped it could mover forward from here.

He thanked Ian Hopper and Kevin Morgan as local organisers for all their help.

If anyone wants to start a league, or resurect an old league in their area then they should contact John for details. john@sa-mf.com

CHALLENGE MATCHES

No report had been received from Darren but Andy explained that the SAMF v Belgium & Holland had been recently fishing in Holland. Despite bad conditions and difficult fishing the SAMF team had won the event, gaining back our pride after the previous disaster in 2008. It was our turn to host the event in 2010 and Darren was making arrangements to fish at venues in Lymington Hampshire in July.

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