This is a ‘catch and release’ event (see info page)!
After signing in at one of our official locations, you are free to roam the entire Cornish coastline, either by yourself or with friends, from Friday evening until Sunday morning. Entrants must be back at the ART OF FISHING in Wadebridge no earlier than 12 noon on Sunday (and before 1pm). From there we’ll run through all the fish caught and do the official prize giving, tackle displays and general fishing talk. This will be much smoother this year.
To register any fish that you have caught, we just need you to supply us with clean and clear photographic proof of your longest/biggest fish (more info will be supplied on how best to do this – and of course we are using ways to ensure authenticity) by 1pm on the Sunday.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three individuals with the largest (longest) bass recorded during the weekend. There will also be a prize for the highest scoring visiting angler (living outside of the most local counties – Devon and Cornwall) who places outside of the top 3 places. For clarity, juniors may win adult prizes, and visitors may win main prizes. There is an additional prize this year for the angler who catches the longest 3 fish combined!
– Target species: European Sea Bass (Dicentrarchus Labrax).
– Minimum qualifying length: None!
– Shore only (‘Shore’ definition limits entrants to fishing locations reachable only on foot. You must be able to walk to and from your chosen mark, and all the way along/around it. No swimming, skishing, kayaks or boats.).
– Lure (and fly) only (artificial baits/lures only. Hard or soft – including Berkley Gulp and Marukyu Isome. No natural baits are permitted).
– Your personal angler entrant card must appear in all photographs with your personal number clearly visible (cards are provided at sign-in).
– To qualify fish must be measured from the nose to the tip of the tail.
– Photographic proof must clearly show the nose of the fish accurately aligned with the ‘zero’ mark and the tail closed and straight over the tape. Badly aligned fish will be disqualified! – we will be extra strict on this!
– Qualifying fish must be measured on flat sand, rock or grass to ensure that tapes are not stretched along bent fish.
– Tape numbers must be clearly visible in photos.
– The angling zone extends from the north Devon/Cornwall border point west of Morwenstow on the North Coast and the west side (Cornwall) of the River Tamar on the South. Plymouth is out of bounds.