These rules were made by the SALTBAA Executive Committee in terms of section 14.10.2 of  the SALTBAA Constitution.

When these rules come in operation it shall substitute all previous SALTBAA Angling Rules.

These rules shall come into operation on 15 February 2014.

In these rules, unless the context indicates otherwise: -

2.1 A word to which a meaning has been assigned in the SALTBAA Constitution shall bear   that meaning; and

2.2 ‘IGFA’ means the International Game Fish Association.

2.3 ‘Executive’ means the SALTBAA Executive Committee.

3.1 Annual national competitions shall be organized by the Executive and the Executive shall at all times have the right to delegate power as it deems fit.

3.2 Separate national competitions for senior and veterans and for ladies and juniors may be organized.

3.3 The Executive shall determine the venue of national competitions after consultation with member associations at the SALTBAA Annual General Meeting, these competitions shall be rotated between fresh and saltwater competitions.

3.4 The Tournament Officer may for safety reasons and in conjunction with the Safety Officer amend the Angling area and competition times of the session. These amendments will  come into operation after the Tournament Officer has announced his decisions at the  Captains meeting or verbally via radio or telephone to the Team Captains.

3.5 All competitions shall take place in sessions over a period of a minimum of one (1) day and a maximum period of four and a half (4½) days. The minimum time for one session is half (1/2) of the original day’s session. A session is 8 hours from 07H00 to 15H00.

3.6 During the annual national competitions no other teams other than teams of member associations who comply with the SALTBAA constitution and SALTBAA teams selected by the SALTBAA executive from the results of the last nationals may participate

3.7 At nationals Senior, Ladies’ and Junior teams of member associations shall each consist of  four anglers, one travelling reserve, one manager and two skippers in the case of ladies and  junior teams, all affiliated to that member association. At competitions separately organized  for Inlands, Estuaries and off shore a senior B team will be allowed.

3.8 A team shall fish from a maximum of two boats. One angler will not be allowed at any time to fish alone on a boat. The executive may allow seniors and veterans or a lady and a U/16 or a Lady and a U/21 or a U/16 and a U/21 to fish from one boat, this request must reach the secretary 30 days before the start of the tournament.

3.9 Veterans; A member qualifies to be a veteran in the year he/she turns fifty (50) and that is affiliated to a member association, to compete at Senior national competitions. This facet may  consist of two (2), two (2) man teams. The veterans teams will compete for separate trophies, there will also be a separate ranking list for veterans but their individual results will also be included on the combined senior and veterans national ranking list.

3.10  Juniors. There are two different age groups for juniors namely o/16 and o/21.Junior anglers stay juniors up and till the end of the year in which he/she turns 21.a Angler will be allowed to fish for the o/21’s if he/she turns 16(sixteen) in the year which the competition take place, in retrospect the onus lies with the angler to decide in which age group he/she wants to take part. The o/16 and o/21 will appear on the same merit ranking list. There will also be a separate ranking list for the different age groups. The o/16 angler’s points will be carried forward to the o/21 ranking list. The o/16 facet consists of a four (4) man team and the o/21 may consist of two (2), two (2) man  teams.

3.11 Member associations shall select teams to participate at national competitions on merit with due regard to league points, experience, and availability for previous teams and position on SALTBAA ranking lists.

3.12 Before each competition every member association shall notify the Secretary of SALTBAA in writing of its intention to participate in such competition not less than 60 days prior to the commencement of such competition.  Such notification shall be accompanied with the payment of the team’s entrance fee as determined by SALTBAA’s Annual General Meeting from time to  time. The member association shall send the full list of all anglers/traveling reserve/manager/skippers and ID numbers not less than 30 days prior to the  commencement of such competition.

3.13 National competitions shall be confined to inland water, estuaries, tidal rivers, bays, harbour areas, lagoons, and salt water lakes.

3.14 The championship/competition venue shall be closed for all members of member associations  for 30 days before the start of the event, practice days included and for Estuaries 7 days.

3.15 No member or team shall be on the angling waters 12 hours before the start of each session.

3.16 If an angler should experience difficulties with boat motors he/she may, with the consent of the Tournaments officer and the host association test his/her boats motors within the said 12 hours before the start of a session.


4.1 Line used shall be restricted to IGFA test 4,0 kg maximum breaking strain.

4.2 Should lesser breaking strain be preferred, the conditions of IGFA. test would still apply.

4.3 SALTBAA shall provide or sell IGFA test 4,0 kg maximum breaking strain line at national competitions and no other line than that provided or sold by SALTBAA may be used at such competition or be on any reel or reel spool on board of any boat during the championships.

The Record or Tournament Officer may test any line submitted for record purposes or used at any LTB tournament by means of a line test machine.

4.5 If the test in 4.1.3 indicates a maximum breaking strain of over 4.0kg and is not of line supplied by SALTBAA, the Records Officer may refuse to record a record and the Tournaments Officer may subject an angler to disciplinary proceedings, provided that such actions shall be suspended if the applicant or angler indicates that the line sample should be tested at his/her cost by IGFA or its agent or the SA Bureau Of Standards.


5.1 All anglers must comply with all the applicable legislations.

5.2 Boats must be properly surveyed and carry the required safety equipment.

5.3 Anglers are only allowed to fish with a maximum of two rods and reels, no other rods are permitted on  the boat unless a marshal is present on the boat. Spare reels may be on the boat if comply with angling rule 4.3.

5.4 Not more than two separate hooks may be used per rod.

5.5 Double or treble hooks may only be used if attached to a factory standard artificial lure.

5.6 A trace may be used and made of any material provided that the length does not exceed 153cm at anytime. The total length of trace is measured from where the single 4kg line terminates to the end of the trace whether it be the hook or the sinker.

5.7 No float or bung exceeding 50 cubic cm shall be used in any competition.

5.8 Gaffs with a maximum length of 2, 5 meters may be used.

5.9 Fish may only be gaffed or netted from the boat on which the angler caught the fish.

5.10 Only fish on a hook can be netted or gaffed.

5.11 The angler shall not receive any assistance in casting, hooking or playing a fish.

5.12 An angler may not receive any assistance from a person from another boat.

5.13 The angler may receive assistance in gaffing or netting a fish from his boat partner or skipper for ladies and juniors.

5.14 An angler's rod may not be handled by any one other than the angler his/herself while the rod  is alive. An angler's rod is considered alive when there is a hook or lure attached and the line  is in the water.

5.15 In the event of two persons simultaneously hooking the same fish – the fish shall not be   counted in any competition.

5.16 No boat may beach on the bank during competitions so that fishing can take place from that position. During any competition boats must be afloat at all times and be surrounded by water.

5.17 If fishing in an estuary, a boat may be beached if anglers are to collect bait i.e. to pump prawns, however, lines may not be in the water.

5.18 The angler, his partner or skipper may not leave the boat during the process of reel in, gaffing or netting of fish.  The angler may only leave the boat in case of an emergency.

5.19 During competitions, no boat, angler, skipper or weigh marshal may go ashore or receive          assistance from anyone ashore, to load or unload any items, other than at the designated launching site with the permission of the Tournament Officials.

5.20 A fish hooked, but not landed at the expiry time of the session may be played for one additional hour on condition that a marshal or the Tournament Officer is notified.

5.21 No foreign objects such as cages may be put or left in angling waters.

5.22 Anchors may not be left in water when moving to another spot or after a day’s fishing.

5.23 Markers may however be used as prescribed in Rule 6.

5.24 In saltwater venues chum buckets may be used.

5.25 At Estuaries it is compulsory for all boats to have a 20kg adjustable scale, suitable landing net, gaff and hammock or bag in which to weigh the fish.

5.26 Protest notes must be handed in to a marshal or the Tournament Officer within twenty four (24) hours after lines up.

Anglers are allowed to use markers at a freshwater competition under the following conditions:

The Tournament Officer shall supply a visible marked marker per boat at the captains meeting no other marker may be used.

If the anglers on a boat have placed their marker in the water, no other boat may place  a marker within 100m from said marker. Boats may not anchor, place an anchor or anchor rope within 50m from another boat unless agreed between the boats.

If local rules permit, these markers may be left in the water for the duration of the competition including practice days.

At the end of the competition all markers are to be removed from the water.


7.1 At saltwater venues -

A team may only fish at such venue if a four angler team (seniors, ladies and Juniors)  provides at least two persons and in the event of two angler teams (veterans) at least  one person to act as stewards during the competition. These stewards must be the  reserve and manager of the senior team and in the case of SALTBAA, Ladies and  Junior teams where there is a non traveling reserve the stewards will be the coach  and the manager.

The Tournament Officer shall assign a steward to act as weigh master and Marshal for  every boat,: provided that a steward shall not be assigned to a boat of a member  association to whom he is affiliated.

Fish obviously under ten (10) kg should preferably be netted and not gaffed.

Fish shall be measured and released and a weight shall be allocated to such fish  according to a scale drafted by the Executive.

All fish must preferably be released alive, provided that each angler shall be allowed to  retain two edible fish for consumption purposes per day which will count towards his  points: provided further that fish for the purpose of claiming a record may be retained  and weighed after a prescribed session. The measuring weight shall count for point  purposes.

The minimum age for a steward is sixteen (16) years and older.

A steward may not assist an angler with baiting, hooking or landing a fish, but may  assist with the measuring/weighing and releasing of a landed fish.

A steward may not catch bait.

Fish that count towards points on your weigh sheet may not be used for bait.

No Tobi, Octopus, Crustaceans, Shell fish, Sea Barbel Eels, Dory’s or any fresh water    fish shall be legible for weighing.

Fish measured incorrectly will be disqualified.

7.2 At freshwater competitions all fish will be weighed after a prescribed session.

7.3 Every catch must be audited and signed for by the angler or his/her representative.

7.4 The team score card must be signed by the team captain/manager.

7.5 All fish caught at a freshwater nationals, stay the property of SALTBAA. At sea nationals the angler is allowed to take two fishes for personal consumption as per ordinance.


8.1 Records will be allocated in four categories:
Senior records.
Ladies’ records.
Junior records
Open records.

8.2 An angler who applies for a South African Light Tackle Boat Angling record must weigh the record fish on an assized scale.

8.3 The Records Officer of the angler’s Member Association must certify on the application form that he/she is satisfied that the scale was assized at the time of weighing of the record fish.

8.4 The application for a record must be completed in triplicate on the prescribed record application form which is available from the Records Officer.

8.5 Application for a record must be accompanied by three (3) clear photographs of the fish recorded from three (3) different angles of the fish, according to the guidelines set by the Record Officer from time to time and circulated to the Member Associations.

8.6 Fifteen (15) meters of line used by the angler when the record catch was made, must accompany the application.

8.7 An application for a South African Light Tackle Boat record must be sent by the angler to the Records Officer of his/her Member Association. The Records Officer of the Member Association must submit the application for a record to the South African Records Officer within sixty (60) days from the date that the record catch was made.

8.8 Each application to register a record as a South African Light Tackle Boat record must be accompanied by a prescribed fee.

8.9 For an application for the Club 100 certificate, the rules as set out above will mutatis mutandis be applicable to such application.  ‘Club 100’ means a fish which weighs 100 lbs. or 45,359 kg or more, caught on IGFA tested 4,0 kg maximum breaking strain line.

8.10 The South African records shall only be awarded in respect of fish caught at approved LTB venues within the boundaries of the Republic of South Africa. (Richards Bay, Algoa Bay(PE), Durban, East London, Mossel Bay, Struisbaai, Langebaan, St. Helena Bay all fresh water venues and estuaries.)

8.11 The prerequisite as set our in par.4 above, that an application for a record fish must be accompanied by three (3) photographs, shall not be applicable under the following circumstances :

8.11.1 If the record fish is caught during a South African Championship.

8.11.2 If the record fish is positively identified by the Vice-President in his capacity as Records   Officer  of the Association, or somebody appointed in his place, he must sign the form.

8.11.3 The mass of the record fish must be certified as correct by such Vice-President or   somebody appointed in his place.

8.11.4 The application is signed by such Vice-President or somebody appointed in his place.

8.12 Should a record be rejected by the Record Officer, an appeal may be lodged at the Annual     General Meeting for reconsideration.

8.13  There will be two separate sets of records for saltwater fishes namely: measured and    weighted. To qualify for a measured record, the weight of the measured fish must be greater than that of the weighted record.

8.14  Tariffs for claiming records are as follows:
Measured record - R 100-00
Weighed record, including fresh water fish.- R 100-00
Club 100 - R 100-00
All or two of the above - R 200-00


9.1 A skipper must operate the boat, anchor, assist in netting or gaffing a fish, baiting of hooks, take a fish off the hook and place the fish in a keep-net or bag or release it after the fish has been landed.

9.2 While the rod is alive, the skipper may not handle the angler’s rod in any way whatsoever. The skipper may also not cast a rod for any angler. A rod is alive when there is a hook or lure attached to the line and the line is in the water.

9.4 Skippers must have access to or be in possession of a boat that complies with all legal  requirements laid down.

9.5 There may only be one non-angling person on the boat, namely the skipper, and such a person must be a member of the Member Association of the specific team, except if angling is done according to the catch and release system and a steward is used on the boat.


10.1 All floating trophies which have been or may be presented shall become the property of SALTBAA.

10.2 Floating trophies shall be kept and maintained by the Member Association represented by the winning team or anglers until the next competition.

10.3 Trophies must be suitably engraved and maintained by the member.

10.4 Trophies lost or returned in a bad condition, the last recipient shall be responsible for the cost of replacement or repairs and if SALTBAA cannot recover such costs from the last recipient, then the recipient’s member association shall be responsible for such costs.

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