The Torbay Sea Angling Festival (here-in known as the T.S.A.F.) is designed to promote a sporting opportunity for recreational anglers. Due to the nature of the event, it is based on trust and respect for each participant. To this end, it is imperative that the rules are adhered to, therefore any breach of these rules, if bought to the attention of the committee, will lead to disqualification and or a subsequent period of ban. 

Note that entries must be made before 8:00pm on the previous day before commencing angling; except for Charter Boat entries.

1. Definitions of anglers

a) A senior is defined as a person over 16 years of age at the conclusion of the T.S.A.F.

b) A junior is defined as a person under 16 years of age at the conclusion of the T.S.A.F.

c) A visitor is a person who neither works or resides within 30 miles radius of Paignton.

2. Rods and Terminal Tackle

a) Using One Rod - Using one rod only allows the use of up to 3 hooks and 3 baits.

b) Using Two Rods - Using two rods, allows the use of one rod with 2 hooks and 2 baits and the second rod with 1 hook and 1 bait.

c) Definition of a Pennel Rig - A Pennel rig is two hooks with the line passed through their eye, one is set or movable just above the second hook which is tied to the terminal end of the trace. It is designed to hold a single bait securely. The maximum distance between each eye of the hooks is 20cm (boat) and 10cm (shore). See illustration i.

                                Illustration i













d) Use of a Pennel Rig in the T.S.A.F. - If a competitor chooses to use a Pennel Rig, they may fish 2 rods terminating in a Pennel Rig with one single bait on each, thus two baits. Or an angler may use one rod terminating in a Pennel Rig, with another rod with two single hooks, with one bait on each, thus three baits in total.

e) Treble/Double forged hooks - A treble/double forged hook counts as one, therefore a maximum combination of three treble hooks or three doubles are allowed on a lure or pirk using one rod.


3. Casting and Landing of Fish


The competitor must cast the line and land the fish. The competitor may however, accept assistance in landing the fish, by means of a  landing net or gaff only and in taking fish off the hook(s).  A competitor may cast for another competitor who is disabled or incapacitated and cannot cast for themselves, provided that application is made verbally or in writing for each individual case to a member of the T.S.A.F. committee prior to commencing fishing.

4. Competition Boundaries

a) Offshore Boat Boundaries - There are three fishing boundary lines for boat anglers, as per the description and diagram. The Eastern boundary line runs from PINHAY BAY N 50° 42.770’ W 02° 57.870 which is close inshore, immediately off Pinhay Bay, Beer  and runs 38.98 nautical miles at an angle of 125° True or 129° Magnetic to the LYME BAY waypoint N 50° 11.320’ W 02° 20.890’. Fishing may only be had West of this line.

The Southern boundary line runs from  PINHAY BAY  (OUTER) N 50° 11.320’ W 02° 20.890’ for 67.51 nautical miles on a heading of 50° True or 54° Magnetic to BOLT HEAD (OUTER) N 49° 32.559’ W 03° 47.312’. Fishing may only be had North of this line. The Western boundary line runs from BOLT HEAD (INNER) N 50° 12.563’ W 03° 47.312’ for 40 nautical at an angle of 180° True or 184° Magnetic  to BOLT HEAD (OUTER) N 49° 32.559’ W 03°

47.312’. Fishing may only be had East of this line. See illustration ii.

          Illustrations ii








b) Inshore Boat Boundaries - Inshore boat fishing is within 6 miles from the shoreline inside the boundaries (excluding wrecks). Any boat fish caught outside this area is classified and rated as a wreck fish. Any boat that commences a drift over a wreck is deemed to be wreck fishing for the duration of that drift and therefore any fish caught on such a drift are classified and rated as wreck fish. The same applies to fish caught on a boat at anchor on a wreck.

c) Shore Boundaries - Shore fishing is between PINHAY BAY, BEER west to BOLT HEAD, Salcombe including the shoreline between the tidal waters of Salcombe Estuary up to Kingsbridge.

The definition of shore fishing for the purposes of the T.S.A.F, is any firm ground that does not rise and fall with the tide. Floating structures, such as pontoons, are classified as Inshore Boat.

RIVER DART - The River Dart is defined as being from a line between the two castles up river to the first bridge (Old Stonebridge) at Totnes.

RIVER TEIGN - The River Teign is defined as being up river from a line drawn between the “Lucett” Navigation Light House, Shaldon across to the Car Park Light House, Teignmouth up river to the first railway bridge past the A380 road bridge, towards Newton Abbot race course.

RIVER EXE - The River Exe is defined as from the mouth of the river up to the where the M5 motorway bridge crosses the river.

RIVER OTTER - The River Otter is NOT included and is therefore OUT OF BOUNDS.

Only fish caught within the above T.S.A.F. boundaries and boats leaving and returning to port within the boundaries are defined to be fishing the T.S.A.F.

The honesty and integrity of all skippers and anglers to adhere to all T.S.A.F. rules and boundaries is of great importance.

5. The Weighing in and disposal of Fish

a) Entry forms must be completed and relevant fees paid before a competitor commences fishing and must be presented when weighing in.

b) The angling day is 24 hours, starting at 8pm one day to 8pm the next.

c) Weigh in is from 7pm to 8pm on each respective day (except local shops and Dartmouth Angling Club). Please see ‘Weigh in Stations’ page.

d) Any D.E.F.R.A. or  Devon and Severn IFCA fish restriction will be upheld during the T.S.A.F.

e) Fish will NOT be accepted for weighing if hooked in any area of the body, other than the mouth or lip.

f) All fish must be bought to the scale intact and clean.

g) Fish will be compared against the T.S.A.F. Weights as published.

h) In the interests of conservation the minimum size for all fish for seniors is set at 60% of the T.S.A.F. Specimen Weights. The minimum size for juniors is set at 50% of the T.S.A.F. Specimen Weights.

i) All fish must be de-tailed after weighing, except in the interests of conservation, when a fish may be released alive.

j) All fish must be weighed on the day of capture (see 5b), at the official times as published, on T.S.A.F. scales only.

k) Anglers are responsible for disposal of their catch after the weigh-in. NO FISH MUST BE DISPOSED OF IN THE HARBOUR AREAS.



6. The Committee reserves the right to retain any fish for identification or Concern


a) Where there is doubt or dispute regarding the specie of fish, a sub-committee consisting of one representative drawn from each of the joint organising clubs shall convene for the purpose of determining which specie that fish is to be recorded as for the purposes of the T.S.A.F.

b) This also applies to any fish for which its general condition of freshness is disputable at the time of weighing. The sub committees’ decision is final in all cases.

c) Such a decision shall in no way bar or impinge on the right of any competitor to submit such a fish for subsequent consideration by the B.R.C.R.F.C. through their home club or independently. Even if the B.R.C.R.F.C. should subsequently determine that a fish is of a different specie to that decided by the T.S.A.F.  sub-committee, the decision of the T.S.A.F. sub-committee shall stand for the purpose of determining any prize category in the T.S.A.F.


7. Trophies and Prizes

a) No one fish is eligible to take more than one trophy and/or prize, with the exception of the Manor Building Trophy, the Sportsman Trophy, the Sorcerer Trophy and Sakuma Trophy.

b) In the case of the premier cash prizes, in the event of a tie, the cash award is equally shared.

c) The perpetual trophies will be held by the winner for a period under a signed guarantee for their proper keeping and safe return not later than July 1st in the year following the presentation. The custodian/holder of any trophy who fails or otherwise neglects to return it promptly by no later than 14th July in the year following the presentation, shall be liable to a penalty of £50.00 and/or be banned from retaining T.S.A.F. trophies in future.

d) No trophy is to move more than a 30 mile radius from Paignton.

e) Following the presentation, some trophies will be retained by the committee, due to their value. These trophies are clearly marked in the brochure and on the T.S.A.F. website with a double asterix. The winner will have a photograph taken, which will be posted following the presentation.

f) Where any trophy is to be retained in the custody of a third party within the 30 miles radius of Paignton, in addition to the winner signing for its safe keeping, that third party must also sign an undertaking of responsibility, which guarantees its safe custody while in their possession. In any case such arrangements will only be permitted when the winner has advised the T.S.A.F. committee of such proposed arrangements prior to presentation of the trophy and the arrangement has been agreed.

g) Top Charter Skipper prize - Being a Charter Skipper must be a full time occupation and livelihood to qualify for the Top Charter Skipper prize. The prize will be an engraved plaque.

8. Restricted Areas and Prohibited Activities

a) Torquay Harbour - No fishing boat or shore is allowed in Torquay Harbour. However, special permission for competitors of this years Torbay Sea Angling Festival has been given that they may fish in the Banjo area of Torquay outer harbour for Mullet only and with the following restrictions applying:

i)   Fishing midnight to 9.00am only.

ii)  No overhead casting.

iii) Split shot weights only.

iv) No mess is to be left.

v) You must carry your T.S.A.F. entry form with you. You may be asked to show it and if you don’t have it you will be asked to leave.

b) Paignton Harbour - Competitors may not fish into the Harbour limits. They will not be permitted to fish from any pontoons, steps or slipways within the harbour. They will not be permitted to cast feathers or other heavily weighted fishing tackle. Competitors are kindly reminded to exercise due care when fishing and respect must be given to passing vessels and members of the public using the harbour.

c) Brixham Harbour - Competitors are not allowed to fish within any part of the enclosed harbour, Brixham Fish Quay or the Oil Jetty. No entry to the Brixham Marina Wave Screen structure is allowed for whatever reason. Competitors will not be permitted to cast feathers within the waters inside of the Breakwater from the end of the lighthouse across the fairway to Battery Point. Competitors will not be allowed to fish from any pontoon or associated structures that rise and fall with the tide. E.g. Brixham yacht pontoon and Brixham Marina pontoons.

d) River Dart - Competitors may not fish from any of the MOD property or pontoons at Sandquay.

e) River Teign - Teignmouth Docks and Shaldon Bridge are out of bounds.

f) Areas marked ‘No Fishing’ - Fishing is not permitted from marked ‘No Fishing’ areas. All marina and Harbour Authority pontoons within the defined T.S.A.F. boundaries are also out of bounds, though it is permissible to fish from a boat moored alongside such pontoons, provided that no fishing takes place from the surface of such pontoons.

g) No Wreck fishing is permitted in the rivers and estuaries.

h) Any competitor who is found using or carrying gill nets, long lines or using any other means of fishing equipment apart from rod and line as outlined in section 2, during the nine days of the Torbay Sea Angling Festival will immediately be disqualified and banned from the T.S.A.F. for a period of time to be determined by the organising committee.

i) The committee wish to remind all those taking part to ensure bait, line etc and any personal litter is cleared from the fishing areas and infrastructures.

9. Commercial Participation

The Torbay Sea Angling Festival is a “Sport Not Profit” event for the Recreational Sea Angler. No person who has signed on to compete in the Torbay Sea Angling Festival shall neither land nor store any fish to be sold during or after the Festival, either personally or via a 3rd party acting on his or her behalf. Neither, shall they dispose of any fish caught during the event, personally, or via a 3rd party for their own benefit, whether for money or moneys worth. E.g. Fishing for the boat.

Any Commercial Licenced Fisherman/Woman, who wishes to weigh their fish, for entry, caught from any vessel or shore during the T.S.A.F., must apply to the Hon. Secretary in writing for a special dispensation stating that they will not take any fish caught from the vessel to market or receive any personal gain for the duration of the T.S.A.F. This must be received by the Hon. Secretary, duly signed, no later than 1 week prior to the commencement of the T.S.A.F.

For 2019 please use the following address.


Graham Dryer (Chairman)

10 The Quay

It will apply for a full consecutive ten days, which starts on the first day of the TSAF, irrespective of the number of days the participant fishes.


10.Complaints and the Rights of the Torbay Sea Angling Festival Committee

a) Any complaint must be in writing to the Hon. Secretary and be accompanied by £5.00. The £5.00 will be returned if the complaint is upheld.

b) Any complaint must be received within 72 hours, at the latest, after the official release of the provisional winners list, which will be within 7 days of the end of the T.S.A.F.

c) The committee reserve the right to refuse any entry.

11.Rules for Team Entries and Prizes

a) The Team prizes are special awards eligible from boats/shore or mixed.

b) Entrants must be individual participants of the T.S.A.F.

c) Individuals can enter one team only.

d) Each team members name must be clearly stated at the time of outset.

e) Two per team only.

f) Seniors and juniors can comprise a team

g) Entries are £10 per team.

h) Each team members best two fish of different species (4 different species per team) of the T.S.A.F. to count with the winners having the best percentage overall. 

i) In the event of a tie for ‘Best Team’ the winners and runner up cash prizes will be shared equally. In the event of a tie for the ‘Runner Up’, the ‘Runner Up’ prize will be shared equally.

j) Prizes will be cash only dependent on entries.


12. Please Note

a) For the purpose of all, the  T.S.A.F. rules are as printed in this handbook and published on the website. Breaching of these rules will be defined as cheating and may lead to disqualification of any fish caught and/or carry a 3 year minimum ban from any future Torbay Sea Angling Festivals, including any social functions organised by the T.S.A.F. committee. This also applies to any other person who aids, abets, counsels or procures such conduct.

b) Any person who is, or has been banned from a club or competition, is excluded from entering the T.S.A.F.

c) Any competitor or guest, whose conduct is in anyway discreditable and may consequently bring the reputation of the T.S.A.F. into disrepute, shall, at the discretion of the organising committee, be banned for a period of time from competing in the event and/or attending any social functions organised by the T.S.A.F. committee.

d) The decision of the T.S.A.F. committee shall be final and binding on all parties in such manners.

e) Any matters not covered in the foregoing conditions, shall be dealt with by the T.S.A.F. committee, whose decision will be final and binding on all parties in such manners.