Rules for Club competitions

The club holds a number of competitions throughout the year.

Rules may well vary depending on the type of competition being fished.

All members must abide by the match rules at all times.

For All competitions

  • Only fish hooked between the match start and finish times will be eligible for weighing.
  • Entry to club matches is free (except for Open matches), however if a competitor has committed to entering the optional pools, he/she must pay whether they attend the weigh-in or not.
  • A maximum of two rods to be fished with at any one time.
  • A maximum of 3 hooks per rod, a pennel rig will count as two hooks, a treble will count as one hook.
  • All types of baits, feathers, and lures may be used, unless specifically banned by the match organisers.
  • All fish must be caught by rod and line; No Handlines, long-lines or Anchor packs to be used.
  • No wreck fishing, unless specifically allowed by the match organisers.
  • All fishes entered for weighing must adhere to the local NFSA area minimum size limits. Inclusive of HCA Amendments for specific  species for conservation measures (See minimum fish size link on this site
  • Observe fish that should not be weighed in or brought to the scales all species of shark family eg smooth hounds,spur dogs,Lsd,s and Flatfish including Flounders and dabs (See minimum sizes list notations)
  • Each person taking part will steward himself and all other members while fishing.
  • The prize payout will take place during the next available monthly meeting. There will be occasional exceptions to this rule, during Open matches for example.
  • The club strongly recommends that boat skippers announce on the VHF network that they are taking part and approximately what area they are fishing in (for safety reasons). This announcement should be made as soon as possible on channel 6. 
  • In the event of bad weather or in the interests of safety, organisers shall have the right to abandon the match, at any time.
  • In the event of a match being abandoned all fish caught after the match start time will be eligible for weighing in. This is providing that the match has been running for a minimum of one hour.
  • Competitors are advised to monitor VHF Channel 6.
  • Boat casting is permitted in Club competitions unless prohibited by the Skipper, if boat casting is done, please ensure that it is done safely.
  • All fish must be weighed in at a time set by the match organisers, this will normally be 45 minutes after the match finishing time. There will be a 15-minute window for late entries.
  • The bringing to the scales of under size fish will result in that angler’s disqualification. If requested, the Fish recorder will check an angler’s fish, prior to the bringing of that fish to the scales.
  • All fish must be gutted prior to being weighed.
  • Any complaints must be submitted to the Fish recorder or Match organisers within 15 minutes of the end of the weigh in time.
  • The decision of the organisers will be final in the case of a dispute.
  • All boats used in Club competitions shall be in a Seaworthy state and shall be of adequate size for the number of anglers on board.
  • All boats should have a designated skipper who will be responsible for the safe operation of his craft and the safety of his crew.
  • The Skipper must be fully aware of the particular requirements regarding the use of small boats in the Humber, particularly in regard to the movement of commercial shipping. For instance, no boat should anchor either in or close enough to the shipping channels to cause the boat to drift into the channels.

H.C.A Sea Angling Club


  • The club will be called the Humber Cruising Association Sea Angling Club.
  • The club will promote and encourage Sea angling from boats, both beach launched and moored in the Dock, for the benefit of its members.
  • The club will affiliate itself to the NFSA.
  • Membership of the club will be from April to April.
  • The decision to allow membership of the club will be the responsibility of the Club committee.
  • The committee shall have the right to refuse admission to the club without reason.
  • The committee will set the annual membership fee.
  • The officers of the committee shall consist of at least a Chairman, a Treasurer, a Secretary and a Fish recorder, committee members shall be voted on or off the committee, by the members every two years at the AGM.
  • The committee can invite a member to join if an existing member has stood down from office. This would be a temporary post until the next AGM whereupon that member can be voted in by the membership as a whole.
  • The AGM will be held annually in March, all members will be invited to attend and will be informed at least 14 days before the date of the meeting.
  • Motions for consideration at the AGM shall be submitted to the secretary at least 7 days before the meeting, duly proposed and seconded.
  • The Treasurer shall receive all funds and distribute them as directed by the committee. He should also prepare a balance sheet for audit, to be presented at the AGM.
  • Alteration to the constitution can only be made at the AGM or at an EGM with the approval of two thirds of the members present.
  • An EGM shall be convened at any time by the Secretary, on a written request signed by at least half of the membership. The request shall also state the nature of the business to be discussed. The secretary shall then arrange a meeting within 28 days
  • Meetings of the club will normally be held on the last Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm (presently at the HCA clubhouse, Aukland Rd).
  • The Club must be self-financing. In the event of the winding up of the club, all profits or losses will be shared equally amongst all the members.
  • The Club or its officers will not be held responsible for the actions of any member.
  • Each member of the club shall abide by all local byelaws and all Club rules, failure to do so, may result in suspension or removal from the club, at the committee’s discretion.
  • Similarly, should any member bring the club into disrepute, the committee reserve the right to terminate membership or refuse a member the right to join the following year.
  • All third party insurance, boat insurance and personal injury insurance, shall be the sole responsibility of each club member.