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The 2014 National Sea League was held on the North Norfolk shingle ridge over the weekend of 22nd/23rd November fishing the beaches of Cley, Salthouse and Kelling/Weybourne. Head Quarters for the event was the Kelling Heath Holiday Park just a short distance from these venues.

Repeating their success of 2010 and 2012 on the same beaches as well as Eastbourne last year, Worthing based PRIME ANGLING once again took the honours with 49 penalty points winning £2,000 and 1st place trophies along with the “John Amery” Shield. Runners up was yet another Worthing based team of TRONIXPRO with 56 points winning £1,000 and 2nd place trophies. Final podium place went to the Welsh team of GARRY EVANS MATCH TEAM with 79 points winning £600 and 3rd place trophies.

For both days Zones A & B were at Cley, Zone C at Salthouse and Zones D & E at Kelling/Weybourne. Day 1 had ideal conditions throughout with an overcast sky and a light to moderate SSE wind with no rain but surprisingly there was a reasonable swell. Altogether 1595 fish were caught and released weighing around 469lb which was remarkably similar to the 2012 Day 1 weight of 461lb but with a lot more fish totalling 1938. The vast majority of fish were dabs and flounders with very few whiting unlike previous years but there was a lot of quality flounders which explains the equivalent weights from less fish. Top team on the day was new team TRONIXPRO who took a slender lead with 16 penalty points from current champions PRIME ANGLING on 18 points and GWENT NOMADS 44 points. Top individual on the day was Dave Shorthouse of North Norfolk Lads with around 9 ½ lb from peg 62 in Zone C at Salhouse which again was remarkably similar to the 10lb top weight on Day 1 in 2012.

Day 2 saw a total contrast with the wind switching to a light to moderate NW with rain persistent throughout the whole match which made things most uncomfortable for everyone. Thankfully, the moderate swell of the previous day had subsided and only locally generated wind waves were coming ashore similar in height to the previous day. Early forecasts of serious midday winds that sparked a Gt.Yarmouth contingency did not arrive but they did get the rain right. In total, 1182 fish were caught and released weighing around 281lb which ironically was again similar to Day 1 in 2012 of 294lb when slightly more fish totalling 1277 were caught. As in Day 1 dabs and flounders were the main species with relatively more dabs than flounders in contrast to Day 1. The flounders were again of good quality but not of the same quality in numbers as on the previous day. Making a late charge to sneak up the leader board was GARRY EVANS MATCH TEAM who narrowly took the day with 29 penalty points from an ever consistent PRIME ANGLING team on 31 points. TRONIXPRO’s charge for the title stuttered after their Day 1 success taking the third slot with 40 points. Top individual on the day was Brett Green of Zziplex with just under 7lb from peg 128 in Zone E which again is almost identical to heaviest Day 2 weight in 2012.

As in 2010 and again in 2012 PRIME ANGLING’s consistent performance on the final day enabled the team of Paul Stevens (captain), Joe Arch, Darren Bond, Colin Carey and Darren Newlands to take the title by just 7 points with 49 points. Their Day 1 performance was enough to help TRONIXPRO finish runners up on 56 points. An outstanding performance on Day 2 enabled GARRY EVANS MATCH TEAM to grab third place with 79 points. The best Individual over the two days was Darren Bond of Prime Angling on just 2 points with runner up Shane Russell of Tronixpro also on 2 points but with an inferior total fish weight. Final individual podium slot went to Brett Green of Zziplex on 3 points.

The top eight teams who received prizes were …

1st PRIME ANGLING                           49 Pts
2nd TRONIXPRO                                 56 Pts
3rd GARY EVANS MATCH TEAM       79 Pts
4th ZZIPLEX                                         92 Pts
5th SOUTHWOLD                              104 Pts
6th A&T TACKLE ELITE                     114 Pts
7th NORTH NORFOLK LADS            116 Pts
8th ANGLERS DEN                            117 Pts

The organising team of Holt Sea Angling Club would like to thank Bernard Bishop (Cley Nature Reserve Warden and Norfolk Wild Life Trust Chairman) for presenting the Team and Pools prizes along with the NSL trophies. The club would also like thank the Kelling Heath Holiday Park staff for helping to make it once again a memorable event.

The 2015 National Sea League Final will be in Eastbourne either on the weekend of 31st October/1st November or 28th/29th November.

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Click Link to display results      … NSL 2014 Final Results
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The 2014 National Sea League Final will be held on the North Norfolk coast according to the following detail … …

Date:                                   Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd November
Fishing Times:                   Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
.                                            Sunday    – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
High Water:                       Saturday – 5:51 a.m.
.                                            Sunday    – 6:28 a.m.
Venue:                                North Norfolk Coast
Event Headquarters:       Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Team Entry Cost:
              £200
Team Pools Cost:              £100

As in previous years there will be an Optional Individuals £5/day Super Pool with the monies being collected at registration time.

Registration will be Friday 21st November 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Captains only will make the draw.  Any teams not booked in by 10 p.m. will be drawn for and excluded from the optional pools unless paid in advance.

Prize Presentation will be on Sunday evening 23rd November commencing 7 p.m. subject to the availability of the final results.

Fishing will be catch and release with length to weight conversion charts which are included in the match cards.
A minimum size of 18 cm will apply but a limit of 36 cm for Bass, 35 cm Codling and 27 cm Whiting will be introduced if fish numbers at the time dictates. It is expected that these size limits will be used.

All baits will be allowed except CRAB & WHITE RAG.

Team Entry should be made on the following Booking Form …

                           SAMF NSL 2014 Team Booking Form (Word)
.                          SAMF NSL 2014 Team Booking Form (Excel)

Cheques to be made payable to HOLT SEA ANGLING CLUB.
To reach TONY THOMAS by Friday 24th October 2014.
Receipts will be issued if requested.

A balance sheet will be presented after the event

Local Organisers

The local organisers for the event are …

Tony Thomas      07780793141 / thomasamt@btinternet.com
Peter Morse        07769908480
Mike Watts         07858758669
Richard Ellis        07824882854
Holt SAC              07899032984 / www.holtsac.com

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM will be held on the evening of Saturday 22nd November  to commence at around 7pm. There will be an election for the League Secretary and Treasurer.  Please note that only anglers present will be allowed to vote. Any proposals must be put in writing and received by the League Organiser before 31st October 2014. Proposals for the venue of the 2015 NSL Final are also requested and should be received by the same deadline.

ONLY THESE PROPOSALS WILL BE DISCUSSED.

Nb. During the event all nominated captains become committee members and their collective majority decision will be final if needed.

 

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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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SAMF NSL 2013 Winning Team

The 2013 SAMF National Sea League was held at Eastbourne over the weekend of 23rd/24th November  fishing the beaches of Pevensey and Norman’s Bay.  Head Quarters for the event was the Eastbourne Angling Association club house a short distance from these venues. An excellent turnout of 28 teams from around the UK participated in this event.

Repeating their success of 2012 Worthing based PRIME ANGLING yet again took top spot with 53 penalty points winning £2,000 and 1st place trophies along with the new SAMF National Sea League Shield.  Runners-up was the Essex team of CLACTON ANGLING TEAM with 77 points winning £1,100 and 2nd place trophies.  Final podium place went to the Welsh team of GARRY EVANS MATCH TEAM with 93 points winning £700 and 3rd place trophies.

Weather conditions leading up to the event had been almost ideal with good bags of healthy whiting and dabs along with some double figure codling albeit more in evening sessions. However, high pressure had set in with light north easterlies which could change prospects dramatically and it was  predicted by the Morgan brothers at Anglers Den that Saturday would produce whereas Sunday would be very difficult, how right they were.

Pegging venues for both days were identical with Zone A in Norman’s Bay from around Billy’s Tower westward, Zone B east and west at Pevensey Bay itself, Zone C infront  of Grey Towers, Zone D infront of Whitehorses Tower and Zone E east of Langney Point.  The traditional stretch which was Zone B  infront of the bungalows had been left out due to local access problems to the beach .

Day 1 weather was as predicted with a chilly light north easterly and initially an overcast sky which unfortunately changed to bright sunshine as the match progressed.  There was still good colour in the water which led to good bags been recorded in all zones but Zone E was by far the most productive.  The majority of the catch was whiting but some good flounders were found along with a few dabs but as expected no serious codling appeared.  All Zones apart from E were very peggy and there were contrasting results from one end of these zones to the other. For the majority it was a slow start with numbers and quality of whiting improving as the tide flooded but switching dramatically off at slack and high water.  As the tide started to ebb the small whiting for some came back on and it was then a frantic rush to the line to capitalise on this last points gathering opportunity.  In total 1907 fish were recorded weighing 519lb which is remarkably similar to the 1938 and 461lb day 1 totals in North Norfolk last year.

Top team on the day was PRIME ANGLING who again took a healthy lead with just 23 penalty points from CLACTON ANGLING TEAM on 32 points and GARY EVANS MATCH TEAM on 53 points. Top individual on the day was Tony Thomas of North Norfolk Lads with just over 10 ½ lb from 41 fish from peg 28 in Zone A.

Day 2 saw a repeat of the weather conditions of the previous day although it became more overcast as the match progressed. The continuance of the light north easterly certainly changed the prospects for the day with the colour in the water visibly disappearing as the match progressed.  The prediction from the Morgan brothers was certainly spot on as it became a real struggle for the vast majority.  The numbers of quality whiting had disappeared and picking up one of these or a good flounder in the majority of the zones would see you in the frame.  For once the 20cm rule saved the day allowing a significant number to at least record something on their match card and the real challenge was to find a 20cm whiting amongst all the “pins” coming ashore.  In contrast to the previous day the quality whiting never really appeared and when slack water came there was literally nothing.  However, Zone E was producing a number of fish to those on certain pegs with respectable weights being recorded. In total 439 fish were recorded weighing just 141lb and a significant drop on previous day’s totals.

Once again PRIME ANGLING took the honours on the day with just 30 penalty points from GARY EVANS MATCH TEAM on 40 points and HASTINGS ANGLING CENTRE ‘A’ on 42 points. Top individual on the day was Keith Sturmer of Hastings Angling Centre Team 2 with just under 7lb from 23 fish from peg 137 in Zone E.

PRIME ANGLING’s consistent performance on both days enabled the team of Paul Stevens (captain), Joe Arch, Darren Bond, Colin Carey and Darren Newlands to take the title with a healthy margin of 24 points on 53 points.  A steady performance from CLACTON ANGLING TEAM enabled them to use their Day 1 success to finish runners up on 77 points.  An improving performance on Day 2 enabled GARY EVANS MATCH TEAM to grab third place with 93 points.  With a payout to 8th place it was very close for the final 5 teams here with just 17 points covering their scores. The best Individual over the two days was Darren Newland of Prime Angling on just 3 points with runner up Keith Sturmer of Hastings Angling Centre Team 2 on 4 points.

The top eight teams who received prizes were  …

1st  PRIME ANGLING                                          53 Pts
2nd  CLACTON ANGLING TEAM                        77 Pts
3rd  GARRY EVANS MATCH TEAM                    93 Pts
4th  GWENT BEER BELLIES                                 96 Pts
5th  HASTINGS ANGLING CENTRE ‘A’               98 Pts
6th  TONYS TACKLE SEA MATCH PIRATES     111 Pts
7th SOUTHWOLD                                               112 Pts
8th  IPSWICH SEA ANGLERS                             113 Pts

The Organising team would like to thank Eastbourne Angling Association for use of their facilities, the Anglers Den team for the pegging and Holt SAC members for assistance with the running of the event. The team would also like to thank John Amery  for the donation of the JOHN AMERY SHIELD for the annual winners of this event.

The 2014 National Sea League Final will be in North Norfolk on either the weekend of 8th/9th November or 22nd/23rd November fishing 10:00 – 3:00 on both days with the latter date the most likely.

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Click Link to display results … SAMF NSL 2013 Final Results

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The 2013 National Sea League Final will be held at Eastbourne as follows …

Date:                                   Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November
Fishing Times:                   10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days
High Water:                       2:02 p.m. Saturday & 2:43 p.m. Sunday
Venue:                                Eastbourne – Pevensey Bay
Event Headquarters:       Eastbourne Angling Club, Royal Parade, BN22 7AA
.                                            Tel: 01323 723444
Team Entry Cost:              £200
Team Pools Cost:              £100
As in 2012 there will be an Optional Individuals £5/day Super Pool with the monies being collected at registration time.

Registration will be at the HQ on Friday 22nd November from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Captains only will make the draw.  Any teams not booked in by 10 p.m. will be drawn for and excluded from the optional pools unless paid in advance.
Prize Presentation will be at the HQ on Sunday evening 24th November between 6 and 7 p.m. with the exact timing being determined by the time taken to prepare the results.

Fishing will be catch and release with length to weight conversion charts which are included in the match cards.
A minimum size of 20 cm will apply.
All baits will be allowed except CRAB & WHITE RAG.

Team Entry should be made on the following Booking Form …
                        
SAMF NSL 2013 Team Booking Form (View)
                           SAMF NSL 2013 Team Booking Form (Word)
.                          SAMF NSL 2013 Team Booking Form (Excel)
Cheques to be made payable to HOLT SEA ANGLING CLUB.
To reach TONY THOMAS by Friday 25th October 2013.
Receipts will be issued if requested.
A balance sheet will be presented after the event.

MATCH INFORMATION
Venues
The match will be pegged in PEVENSEY BAY, more details available when entry numbers are known.
A
ll fishing will be over clean ground (the rougher the weather the better the fishing, except southerly gales)
Species
Whiting, Dabs, Flounder, Codling with the occasional Bass and LSD depending on weather conditions on and prior to the match.
Bait
Main bait will be lug, fresh or wrapped which can be tipped with fish and squid. If there have been gales before the match shellfish may work.
Rigs
Suggested fishing 3 hook clipped rigs, hook size 2 to 1/0.
Local Bait Suppliers & Tackle Shops
Anglers Den, Pevensey Bay.        01323 460441
Tony’s Tackle, Eastbourne           01323 731388
Both tackle shops will give 10% discount over the weekend (except bait and special offers)

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Accommodation, etc.
Eastbourne Tourist Information:       www.visiteastbourne.com  or 08716630031
Angling Clubs website                          www.eastbournenomadsac.com
Event Organisers
National Sea League
Tony Thomas           07780793141 / thomasamt@btinternet.com.
Peter Morse             07769908480
Mike Watts               07858758669
Local
Ian Hopper                07526759371
Kevin Morgan           07730008603

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM chaired by League Organiser will be held at the HQ on the evening of Saturday 23rd November commencing at 7pm. We will endeavour to keep the meeting short and to the point and it is requested that all attendees participate in a constructive manner.
Amongst other matters, the meeting will …
•       Review/amend if required/ approve National Sea League proposed rules/guidelines
       which will have previously  been distributed to all Team Captains.
•       Elect League Secretary/Treasurer.
•       Determine the venue for the 2014 NSL Final.
•       Any Other Business.
Please note that only anglers present will be allowed to vote.
Any proposals must be put in writing and received by League Organiser by 25th October. Proposals for the venue of the 2014 NSL Final are also requested and should be received by the same deadline.
ONLY THESE PROPOSALS WILL BE DISCUSSED.
Nb. During the event all nominated captains become committee members and their collective majority decision will be final if needed.

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The 2012 SAMF National Sea League was held on the North Norfolk shingle ridge over the weekend of 1st/2nd December fishing the beaches of Cley, Salthouse and Kelling/Weybourne.  Head Quarters for the event was the Kelling Heath Holiday Park just a short distance from these venues.

Repeating their success of 2010 on the same beaches, Worthing based PRIME ANGLING did the business taking the top spot with 63 penalty points winning £2,000 and 1st place trophies.  Runners up was the Northumberland crew of SEATON SLUICE with 85 points winning £1,250 and 2nd place trophies.  Final podium place went to a Suffolk team of IPSWICH SEA ANGLERS with 97 points winning £750 and 3rd place trophies.

For both days Zones A & B were at Cley, Zone C at Salthouse and Zones D & E at Kelling/Weybourne. Day 1 kicked off with a fresh south westerly with a slight swell and ideal conditions for the North Norfolk shingle but as the match progressed this switched to north westerly increasing to very strong in the last hour with wave heights well over 2 metres. The changing conditions did not deter the fish though as 1938 were carded weighing 461lb predominantly dabs along with a few flounders up to 36cm and pockets of whiting up to 44cm.  Top team on the day was SEATON SLUICE who took a healthy lead with 37 penalty points from GWENT DON’T KNOWS on 47 points and both GARY EVANS MATCH TEAM and PRIME ANGLING on 48 points. Top individual on the day was S Vickers of Stowmarket Exhaust & Tyres with just over 10lb from peg 149 in Zone E.

Day 2 saw a continuance of the strong north westerlies which had stated to abate although the wave heights were still approaching 2 metres. The rough action overnight had produced a lot of feed and along with the serious swell contributed to a reduced number of 1277 fish being recorded weighing around 294 lb. Again the majority were dabs with a few flounders up to 37cm, whiting up to 38cm and a lone bass. Getting their act together for a last day charge, PRIME ANGLING were by far the best team on the day with just 15 penalty points from IPSWICH SEA ANGLERS on 37 points and ANGLERS DEN on 40 points. Top individual on the day was Dave Cook of Ipswich Sea Anglers with just under 7lb from peg 143 in Zone E.

As in 2010 PRIME ANGLING’s performance on the final day enabled the team of Paul Stevens (captain), Joe Arch, Darren Bond, Colin Carey and Darren Newlands to take the title with a healthy margin of 22 points on 63 points.  Consistent performance from SEATON SLUICE enabled them to use their Day 1 success to finish runners up on 85 points.  An outstanding performance on Day 2 enabled IPSWICH SEA ANGLERS to grab third place with 97 points.  The best Individual over the two days was Micky Bell of Seaton Sluice on just 6 points with runner up Steve Adams of Ipswich Sea Anglers on 8 points.

The top eight teams who received prizes were  …

1st  PRIME ANGLING                           63 Pts
2nd  SEATON SLUICE                            85 Pts
3rd  IPSWICH SEA ANGLERS               97 Pts
4th  GARY EVANS MATCH TEAM       99 Pts
5th  GWENT DON’T KNOWS             104 Pts
6th  ANGLERS DEN                             105 Pts
7th  IMAX                                             107 Pts
8th  HOLT MORSTON CREEK             115 Pts

The organising team of Holt Sea Angling Club would like to thank Brian Payne (Mayor of Holt) who presented the Team and Pools prizes as well as the Kelling Heath Holiday Park staff for helping to make it a memorable event.

The organiser apologises for the glitch in the results that delayed the presentation.  A procedure has been put in place to prevent such errors occurring in future.

The 2013 National Sea League Final will be in Eastbourne on the weekend of 23rd/24th November fishing 10:00 – 3:00 on both days.

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To date six leagues have registered to participate in the 2012 National Sea League Final to be held on the North Norfolk Coast during the weekend of 1st/2nd December 2012 …

  • Daiwa Eastbourne Sea League          (South Coast – East Sussex)
  • East Anglian Sea League                   (East Anglia – Suffolk/Essex)
  • East Region WFSA Shore League     (South Wales)
  • ISAC 2012 Solent League                  (South Coast – Hampshire)
  • North Norfolk Sea League                  (East Anglia – Norfolk)
  • Northumberland Sea League             (North East – Northumberland).

Formal invitations for the 2012 NSL Final have been sent out to league organisers for distribution to their teams.   Not all the teams from these leagues will be participating in the Final but we are expecting between 25 and 30 teams to be involved.  This should provide us with some healthy competition as well as an equally healthy prize table.

Even at this late stage, if there are other national leagues who wish to participate in the Final it is not too late.  Provided a league meets the requirement of a minimum of 4 teams over a series of 4 or more matches then all the teams in that league are eligible to participate.  If interested please contact Tony Thomas on 07780794131 or thomasamt@btinternet.com .

The following details the full documentation for the Final or use this link for a word document …

http://www.seaanglersmatchfederation.com/NSL%20Final%202012%20documentation.doc

 

NATIONAL SEA LEAGUE FINAL 2012

 

The 2012 National Sea League Final will be held on the North Norfolk coast according to the following detail …

Date:                                    Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December
Fishing Times:                    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days
High Water:
                          7:48 a.m. Saturday & 8:24 a.m. Sunday
Venue:                                  North Norfolk Coast
Backup Venue:                    Gt. Yarmouth
Event Headquarters:           Kelling Heath Holiday Park
Team Entry Cost:                £200
Team Pools Cost:               £100

Booking in will be Friday 30th November 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Captains only will make the draw.  Any teams not booked in by 10 p.m. will be drawn for and excluded from the optional pools unless paid in advance.

As in 2010 there will be an Optional Individuals £5/day Super Pool with the monies being collected at registration time.

Fishing will be catch and release with length to weight conversion charts which are included in the match cards.

A minimum size of 18 cm will apply but a limit of 36 cm for Bass, 35 cm Codling and 27 cm Whiting will be introduced if fish numbers at the time dictates. It is expected that these size limits will be used.

All baits will be allowed except CRAB & WHITE RAG.

Team Entry should reach TONY THOMAS by Friday 27th October 2012, cheques made out to A M THOMAS. Receipts will be issued if requested. A balance sheet will be presented after the event.

As this will be relatively a new venue to the majority of the competing teams more information is being provided than normal to assist these teams. This is identical to the information distributed prior to the 2010 Final at the same venues.

MATCH INFORMATION

Venues
The match venues will be on the only shingle bank in Norfolk which stretches for 6 miles from the end of the cliffs at Weybourne in the east until it peters out into sand bars at Blakeney Point.  The event will use the beaches of Cley, Salthouse, Kelling and Weybourne.

All venues back onto a relatively low shingle bank which in places is topped by large tides and northerly winds.  The beach then slopes via shingle and sand to sand and mud gullies over 30 to 50 metres between low and high water giving a relatively steep drop.

The beaches at Cley and Salthouse have a low sand bar at about 100 metres at low water and only is exposed by white water with a stiff northerly.  The beaches at Kelling and Weybourne have a similar form but with a flatter sand bar and mud gullies which in places run at right angles to the beach which makes fish predictions very difficult.

With such a profile fish will be found at 60 to 100 metres and in certain tide situations even closer.  This means that these beaches are very much suited to the non-casters and true match anglers.  However, it does not mean that casting will not find the fish on all the beaches when the tide and conditions allow but on a whole fish are not at range.

Tide run can be strong but nothing a good grip weight cannot handle.  Tide flow is left to right on the flood and right to left on the ebb.  Slack water occurs around about 2 hours after both high and low water when the tide direction changes.

Back-up Venue
Strong gale force north westerly, northerly or north easterly winds will make it impossible to effectively fish the above venues.  If this situation arises then Gt. Yarmouth North and South beaches will be used as back-up venues which is around 40 miles south east from the event HQ.  Only extremely strong gale force north easterly winds will prevent this venue being used.This venue has a sandy beach which slopes very steeply into a deep gully running parallel to the beach and a few 100 metres wide. A mile or so off shore is Scrobie Sands now housing a wind farm and the presence of this bar protects the beach from all but the severest of weather.

As with North Norfolk, this is not necessarily a casting venue and fish can be found at 40 to 80 metres.  However, under certain conditions and in certain places fish will be found at range.

The tide run here is very strong and at certain states of the tide it will be impossible to fish at range.  Tide flow is similar to North Norfolk but slack water is over very quickly and occurs within an hour of high and low water.

Species
Target species for North Norfolk will be Dabs, Flounders and Whiting.  The numbers of whiting appearing will be dependent on the weather leading up to the event but the flat fish should always be there.  Prolonged cold spell seems to keep the majority of species off shore.  Secondary species will be pouts, rockling, bass and if we are lucky codling may make an appearance.  Other species that could be caught are soles, turbot, coalfish and plaice but they are generally very rare.

The Gt. Yarmouth species are similar to the above but probably less flounders.  There will certainly be more chance of picking up a few decent codling from this venue where there are a number of hot spots for this species.

Bait
The main bait for North Norfolk is blow lug and can be very effective on its own.  However, tipping off can bring its rewards in particular with black lug, squid, mackerel, bluey, king rag and maddies.  Crab and White rag can tempt a specimen but these baits just don’t seem to work on this coast at this time of the year and in any case these baits are banned for 2012.

The main bait for Gt. Yarmouth is similar to North Norfolk but straight black lug can attract whiting and codling.  Here tipping off with fish baits is the favourite for whiting.

Rigs
The main thing to remember for the North Norfolk venues is to keep snood lengths short, between 6 to 12 ins although in some conditions long snoods can work so be prepared.  Although not very trendy the boom rigs tend to work extremely well particularly the short Avis booms.

The rigs that seem to work well are three hook boom traces, flappers and clip-down booms if you need to cast just that extra few metres but all with short snoods.  Straight three hook clip-down traces is another option with 9 to 12 ins snoods which can cater for fish at all ranges.  The three or two hook Portsmouth rig is becoming more popular here when there is need to put biggish bait at range.

Best hook size is size 2 fine wire for the target species followed by size 1’s if quality fish are feeding.  For catch and release fine wire is preferred particularly for dabs and whiting to improve the numbers returned alive.

The same rigs and hook sizes apply for Gt. Yarmouth although slightly longer snood lengths would be better.

Local Bait Suppliers & Tackle Shops
One of the best suppliers of quality baits in Norfolk is JSH Seabait Supplies of Framlingham. James can supply blow lug, king rag, blacks and maddies.  He can be contacted on 01728 720014 or 07887653648 or james@seabait.freeserve.co.uk and he will deliver any ordered bait to the HQ on the Friday evening prior to the first match.

The nearest tackle shop is Brights of Sheringham which is about 4 miles from the HQ.  Sue & Lyn can supply a whole range of frozen bait as well as king rag and blow lug and have an extensive stock of sea angling tackle.  They can be contacted on 01263 825858 or check out their website www.brightsfishing.com and their shop is open 7:30 to 5:00 every day.

Three other Norfolk tackle shops in the area that support local clubs and the North Norfolk Sea League are …

Hunstanton Tackle in Hunstanton
www.hunstantontackle.co.uk   –  01263 513676

Avenue Angling in Norwich and Beccles
www.avenueangling.co.uk       –  01263 513676

Sabre Tackle in Cromer
www.sabretackle.co.uk            –  01263 513676 .

There are a number of alternative bait suppliers in North Norfolk, please contact the local organiser if required to contact them.

Headquarters & Accommodation
The event HQ will be Kelling Heath Holiday Park postal code district NR25 7.  This is situated 2 miles from the nearest match venue, Weybourne and about 5 miles from the furthest, Cley.  The Park is situated a 1 mile from the A148 between Holt and Cromer.

Kelling Heath has restaurants, bars and plenty of accommodation and at this time of the year we will have almost the whole complex to ourselves for the weekend.  For the weekend we have been offered a 25% discount on list prices.  To qualify for this discount you need to quote reference SAMF001.

The accommodation comprises of lodges for 4 & 6 at £270 & £327 list price and luxury holiday homes for 6 ranging from £159 to £197 list price for the weekend.  They have just a few Lodges but in the order of 40 Holiday Homes, so plenty of accommodation.  More information and bookings can be obtained by calling 01263 588181 or via their website www.kellingheath.co.uk .

Local Organiser
The local organisers for the event are …

Tony Thomas          01263 822400 / 07780793141 / thomasamt@btinternet.com.
Peter Morse             07769908480
Mike Watts               07858758669
Holt SAC                  07899032984

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM will be held on the evening of Saturday 1st, which will be chaired by Tony Thomas, to commence at 7pm. There will be an election for the League Secretary and Treasurer.  Please note that only anglers present will be allowed to vote.

Any proposals must be put in writing and received by Tony before 1st November 2012. Proposals for the venue of the 2013 NSL Final are also requested and should be received by the same deadline.

ONLY THESE PROPOSALS WILL BE DISCUSSED.

Nb. During the event all nominated captains become committee members and their collective majority decision will be final if needed.

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To:  All National Sea League Organisers …

As some of you may be aware, after the 2011 NSL Final in Eastbourne I (Tony Thomas) took over as Secretary of the SAMF National Sea League from John Amery.  John has done an excellent job in running the League and it is solely down to his efforts that the League exists today, many thanks John!  Over the past few years I have been helping John with the running of the League and hope that I can continue to make it strong and successful.  John will still be on the side lines giving help and guidance so he’s not getting away scot-free.

The Daiwa Irish Pairs and National Sea League are two SAMF events that seem to be bucking the trend and continue to be well supported by match anglers from across the country.  I believe that with its current following the National Sea League can become even more successful and I will do whatever is required to achieve this. 

My initial task will be to understand the whole League structure and identify contacts along with preparing for the 2012 National Sea League Final in North Norfolk.  These actions I would like to get started straight away so could you please answer the following and return to me as soon as possible.

League Structure
You are receiving this letter because you were either on John Amery’s distribution list or you may be interested in or in the process of forming a league.  Could you therefore please answer or action the following …

1.    If you are no-longer an organiser of a league please let me know and whether or not you want to continue to receive similar information to this?

2.
   
If you are responsible for a League then please provide the following information …
–          Name of League.
          League area (e.g. Anglia, Cumbria, Humber, South Wales, Sussex, etc.).
          Number of teams in League.
          League Organiser details, to include full name, full postal address, email address, home and mobile phone number plus any other info that is  relevant.

3.    If you are aware of anybody else organising a National Sea League in your area who is not on this distribution then please pass this letter on to them and ask them to answer 2. above and return to myself.

2012 National Sea league Final
The 2012 Final will be held in North Norfolk and has been moved from October as advertised at Eastbourne to the weekend of 1st/2nd December 2012 and I apologise for any inconvenience this move may have created.  The change is primarily due to the availability of accommodation and the high probability of a significant number of teams participating. This is because all teams in a league now qualifying provided the league comprises of 4 or more teams and that each team has fished 4 or more rounds in that league.   The HQ for the event is Kelling Heath Holiday Park which was used in 2010 when everyone was most impressed with the facilities.  As in 2010 I will be distributing closer to the date more information about the event and venues.  However, I am aware that some teams want to book their accommodation now and as all teams now qualify this would be wise. So the following information details the HQ accommodation …

          Name of HQ is Kelling Heath Holiday Park.  Their website is www.kellingheath.co.uk and the booking phone number is 01263 588181.
          All bookings have to be made by phone as booking for that weekend is not available on-line because they have reserved their accommodation exclusively for us for that weekend.
          Current cost of accommodation for that weekend ranges from £159-£197 for a 6 berth holiday home to £270-£327 for a lodge.  This is their list price for the weekend but we will be getting a 25% discount on this reducing the costs to £119.25-£142.50 and  £205.25-£245.25. Teams must quote SAMF when they are booking to qualify for this discount.
          The accommodation will be from the afternoon of Friday 30th November until morning of 3rd December 2012.

To assist with the logistics of the event at this early stage could you please answer the following …

4.    How many of your League teams will be participating in the Final?

5.    How many of your League teams will be using Kelling Heath Holiday Park’s accommodation?

The above does not have to be the exact final number as we know that may change but at least it will give me some idea of numbers.

National Sea League documentation
Finally, I have noticed over the past few years the distinct lack of visible rules and practices for the League along with being made aware of rules that are either in the minds of previous organisers or been handed down verbally.  Over the next few months, one of my tasks will be to document all this information so that it can be presented, debated and agreed at the next General meeting.  You and your league members are key in ensuring that I have all this documentation so if you have anything tucked away that might be useful for this process please send it to me.  I must point out that with this action I am not trying to dictate what these should be but merely to document what already exists.  Until everything is formally agreed at the next General meeting we will continue with the situation as it is currently.

I hope you find the above information useful and please contact me if you have any queries.

As well as the Email distribution I will be placing this letter on the SAMF website so if you are reading this via that route and want to set up a League or have an existing League that would qualify for the SAMF National Sea League Final then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Tony Thomas
Secretary, SAMF National Sea League
01263 822400/07780793141
thomasamt@btinternet.com 

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