The Club Secretary has received a copy of an important Angling Trust Newsletter, which covers Game, Coarse and Sea Angling across the country. We thought club members might like to know of developments in the field of Sea Angling and the opportunity to influence policy. An extract from the Newsletter has been reproduced below, but we suggest members access the Anglers Trust's own website for the full picture. The Trust's full address is shown below.


Friday, 24h November, 2017

Make your views known on the angling issues that matter to YOU

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We also want to know what you think about your Angling Trust membership and benefits, and what you would like to see happen in the future. The survey only takes around 15 minutes to complete and is suitable for all anglers - coarse, sea and game.
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Dates for the next four years Newbiggin Opens have been decided and are:

2018 - Sept 30th
2019 - Sept 15th
2020 - Oct 4th
2021 - Oct 10th

Can everybody please note their diaries.

This note has been copied to the Newbiggin Open page.


Club members are asked to take note of the most recent advice received from the club's insurers. This affects everybody in the club and has been reproduced below:

Newbiggin and District Sea Angling Club
Membership number: 76428

We are writing to all Angling Trust member clubs with important information about your club's insurance.

We have been advised by Jelf Insurance Brokers that the cover provided under the Sportscover Sports Liability Policy in as far as it applies to individual members of Angling Trust member clubs and syndicates, covers your members only when they are engaged in activities connected with the member club or syndicate. This limitation is specifically referred to in clause 15.2 on page 5 of the Sports Liability policy document.

We would respectfully ask that your club committee or syndicate leader takes action to ensure that your members are aware of this limitation to the cover. Individual anglers who wish to ensure that they have the benefit of public liability insurance for all their angling activities worldwide, whether connected with a member club or not, can join the Angling Trust as an individual member and receive this cover as an automatic benefit of membership.

We will be writing to you again soon to introduce an exciting new initiative to help us grow Angling Trust individual membership and benefit you, our member clubs, as part of that recruitment process. We also expect to be in touch with news of a great new membership benefit for individual members.

We've also been addressing the new Data Protection regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018 and we'll be writing to all member clubs with advice to help you make sure you can be compliant with the new requirements.

We'll be sending these communications to all clubs through the post, so please make sure we have correct contact details for your club or syndicate and let us know promptly if any changes are required.

Kind regards and thank you for your continuing support.

Chief Executive

2017 AGM - Held on Tue 6 June 2017

21 club members braved the storm on Tuesday to attend the 2017 AGM. This was an excellent turnout given the conditions. Rob Thirlwell has produced a set of minutes and action points which have been reproduced below.



The following matters were agreed:


BOUNDARIES have been changed to Cambois pier to Amble Pier. This was proposed by John Bell and backed by two thirds of the attendees.

Gordon's proposal to limit one prize per monthly winner was voted against, so the same person can win both the H.S.F. and the heaviest bag in the same month. (This has only occurred once in the last three years.)


Fred has decided this year that he can no longer give his all in the role as secretary (with the health issues he has had over the recent years) and has decided to step down as role of secretary for the club which he has done for the last 16 years(Also the longest living member). All the members thanked Fred for his dedication and willingness in making our club one of the best sea angling clubs in the region. A really big thank you to Fred for was given.

Jamie Davison was voted in to take over the role from Fred after he nominated himself and was then voted in by all who attended. We all look forward to working with Jamie and the ideas he will bring to move the angling club forward.


The following club officials were voted in:-


Jackie Bell memorial will be fished alongside one of our daytime Sunday league comps (date to be decided) there will be free soups/food for all that take part in the Bankhouse afterwards.

Rory Bolton will run some money matches throughout the summer for anyone who is interested. These will be advertised on Facebook and our Club Website.

2017 AGM

The 2017 AGM is to be held on 6th June 2017 at 7.00pm at the Bankhouse Club. So far we have received two proposals that may require discussion and a vote. These are:

1. That only one prize is issued if the same persons wins both the heaviest bag and heaviest fish prizes in the monthly competition. The second prize would be returned to the club;

2. That club boundaries are extended to Tynemouth pier, excluding the pier and foundations.

Both issues require fundamental changes so will require the agreement of the AGM.

As well as sorting out new ideas the AGM will also introduce the 2017/18 season. The meeting which discusses and agrees the following year's fixtures is normally held in JULY so anyone wishing to inflence the programme for next year will need to make their wishes known either prior to or during the 4 July meeting

The AGM will host a raffle for those who attend, with the prize being given out after the meeting.


The presentation night was held at the Bankhouse Club on the evening of the 4 October. The event was very successful where substatial prizes were handed out to the winners of league and trophy competitions. A list of the winners has been reproduced below, alongside a few photos from the night.

Congratulations to all involved.


Costello D Thompson 9lb 0.4oz G Foster 7lb 3.6oz
Bankhouse T Taylor 10lb 14.1oz J Lindsay 9lb 13.7oz
Costello Salver D Swift 5lb 9.5oz J Lindsay 5lb 7oz
Dave Sands J Lindsay 10lb 2.3oz J Watson 6lb 10.4oz
Last Chance G Scott 2lb 2.2oz E Thompson 1lb 7.2oz
W Anderson G Humphrey 13lb 3.6oz R Thirlwell 12lb 2.6oz
Temples Jnr R Smailes 11lb 12.5oz  
Harry Mac W Foster 3lb 14.7oz L Davison 2lb 10.6oz

Dave Gibbons Cup

A Eke 8lb 12.6oz L Davison 5lb
McDermotts Cup J Lindsay 18lb 11oz Robin Bolton 15lb 6.5oz
CP Salver A Eke 7lb 12.1oz Steven Smith 3lb 14.8oz
WCF Junior Trophy-    
Steve Sports Trophy W Foster 14lb 2.9oz J Lindsay 3lb 10.6oz


As well as confortably winning both leagues Joe Lindsay had the heaviest aggregate weight with an impressive 202lb 14.3oz. Billy Foster was runner up in both leagues, and overall with 144lb 6.8oz. Well done to both.


We should also mention Ryan Smailes who won both junior leagues with 22lb 9.5oz and 30lb 11.9oz making a very creditable 53lb 5.4oz overall. Well done Ryan.


Heaviest Fish winners were Robin Bolton in the Winter League with 12lb 6.5oz and D Triplow in the mid week league with 7lb 11.6oz.








Can club members please note that the club match scheduled for the 18 September has now been cancelled. We have only recently been told that the Seaton Sluice Open is to be held on that day. The fixture list now shows these changes,


Knock Out Comp

J Watson is to run the annual knock out competition this year, to begin on Friday 14 October. It costs £5 to enter with a payout of 50%, 25%, 25% for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Normal match rules apply.



Prizes for the heaviest single fish and heaviest bag have now been agreed and are:

2016 AGM


The club fees for each competition have been increased this year. The last time there was an increase was in 2001. This was discussed and unanimously passed. This season's fees are -

Seniors £4.00
O.A.P. £3.00
JUNIOR £1.50

The subs and H.S.F. REMAIN THE SAME. There will also be a knockout cup ran by Lee Gray/ John Watson in this year's Midweek league, prizes and entrance fees T.B.C.
There was a discussion on 'Pre Pay' where you can pay money up front to fish the competitions without the need to attend the registration. It was unanimously agreed that once the money has been paid to fish whatever competition/ competitions you decide then you cannot then pick and choose different competitions to fish after the money has been paid. You pay your monies and that is that!

2016 Open

This year's open is 4th. September 2016. Times were picked with 9.30am-1.30pm being the most voted on (LW 12.09). The registration will start at 8.00am and the weigh- in ends at 2.45pm. Entry Fees has increased to -

£15 senior including H.S.F.
£5 Junior
All pools remain as previous year (£2 per team/£2 S/Pool)
The Eater crab rule will be amended also to allow the use of 'carte' / eater crab
The open committee will be G Foster, J Henderson, J Watson, L Gray & F Lothian. This will be to discuss any issues relating to the open.


Jamie Davison will take photos of comp winners/prize winners then forward them to Dave Swift for the website & tie in with Antony Eke for the Facebook account.

Open brochure - S&L who do the brochure have went bust so we will have to sort and pay for our own brochure this year. It's probably too late now to get potential sponsors involved in this years but Les and Fred mentioned local businesses may be willing to get involved.

July's meeting will be used to pick the competitions for the up and coming season. Possibly starting in August?


We have been making enquiries to establish the rules regading catching and releasing of Bass. It has been confirmed by one of the region's top angling journalists that the necessary regulations were agreed last week. The Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority have confirmed the new rules by copying us into a poster intended to implement the new arrangements. This poster, copied below, sets out very clearly the restrictions placed on recreational anglers where:

Further infiormation can be found on the NIFCA website.


Following a review of the use of edible crab for recreational fishing, the IFCA (Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority) have revised their advice on the use of edible crab as bait. A meeting was held on the 8 Dec 2015 @ 7.00pm to discuss these changes.


The meeting decided by a unanimous vote (22 in favour) that edible crab can be used as bait with immediate effect.

This being subject to the IFCA rules and regulations regarding the use of edible crabs for recreational fishing referred to in the leaflet below. All club members are expected to follow these guidelines.


Reproduced below are two papers from the NIFCA website which announces the changes. There are also articles within the North East Sea Angling Forum which expand on these rules and the use of CART, should you wish to read them.

I hope you find this useful.



Reproduced below is a copy of a notification of legal crustacean sizes. Whils most of these will have no bearing on our shore angling, some might, when collecting bait or catching the occasional eating crab or lobster. Everyone should be aware of all local IFCA size limits.


All club members and those taking part in the Open should note that from 1 Sept 2015 bass will need to be 42cm or over to take home or bring to the scales. There is also a restriction on the number of fish that size that can be removed, meaning no more than 3 fish of eligible size can be kept by any angler in any 24 hour period. This is a legal requirement so is mandatory, and must be complied with - without exception.

Bass are fairly rare things in our waters but everyone will need to be aware of the new rules just in case.


The following issues were discussed and agreed at the 2015 AGM held on 2 June:

1) Rockling - it was suggested that all apecies of Rockling should be banned from club competitions. Whilst 3 and 5 bearded rocklings are the most commonly caught species on our coastline, and they have already been banned, it was pointed out that other Rockling species can also be caught, and could be presented to the weigh in. For the sake of clarity - ALL ROCKLING SPECIES ARE NOW BANNED from all club competitions.

2) Health and Safety - A suggestion was made to alter the competition timings in the Sunday League slightly so we fish 2.5 hours down and 1.5 hours up. This is to avoid the situation where anglers might be tempted to stay to the last moment on some of the more dangerous marks and attempt to wade off. The logic and safety aspects of this suggestion were agreed and the change was voted in.

3) It was agreed that the club will support the 5 man team competition on Sat 3 Oct between local clubs. The club will pay the £25 per team entry charge for anyone who is interested in forming a team.

4) The Club's meeting in July will be used to select and agree the competitions dates for the start of the 2015/16 season. Please attend if you wish to influence these decisions.

Minutes of the meeting will be issued in due course.

2015 AGM

The club's 2015 AGM is to be held at the Bankhouse on 2 June at 7.00pm. An agenda with supporting papers will be provided at the meeting.

Only one proposal has been submitted to the Chairman for presentation at the meeting. This is that the club should provide at least one 5 man team to compete against other local clubs, with the cost of entry being picked up by the club. The entry will cost £25 per team. Further details regarding the competition will be provided at the meeting.

Club competition dates will be picked at the July 2015 meeting, but the AGM is an opportunity to express your views about this or any other club matter.

I hope everybody can attend.


It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Joe Dent, aged 86, one of the clubs founder members. Joe's funeral was on Friday 27 February where a number of club members were present. We pass on our condolences to Joe's family and friends.

As well as helping with the formation of the club Joe was a constant member for over 60 years, serving in a number of positions including Club Secretary. He helped support and develop the club in its goal to become one of the top sea angling clubs in the North East. A goal that was eventually achieved.

My abiding memory of Joe is his willingness to help and to compete. Joe was fishing competitions well into his 80s - and he was still catching plenty of fish. This is an inspiration to us all. It was only when ill health took over that he finally had to call it a day.

Joe was well respected in the club and will be greatly missed.

Rest well Joe.

2014 Annual General Meeting

Minutes of the meeting will be provided when ready.

Key issues discussed included:

Officials - The officials who helped run the club last year have generously offered to do the same during 2014/15. The only change is that Gordon Scott has offered to help out the Sunday league.

Balance Sheet - The club's accounts were examined and agreed.

2014 Season - The meeting which will determine the dates and times for 2014 fixtures will be held on the 1st July @ 7.00pm. It would be helpful if as many club members as possible could attend this meeting so their ideas for next season's competitions can be propeerly considered. A couple of good raffle prizes will be on offer!

Newbiggin Open - The date of the 2014 Newbiggin Open was confirmed as 28th September. Times etc will be decided at the meeting on 1 July.

Flounder Size - The meeting decided to stay with the current flounder size limit of 25cms.

2013 Annual General Meeting

Formal minutes of the meeting will be produced later, but what follows is a list of the key points and decisions made by those attending the AGM.

Balance Sheet and financial reports were agreed by those attending. Rob explained that the club is in a reasonably healthy position financially due to the success of last year's Open and the good numbers of anglers who turn up at our weekly competitions. Some of this money is to be used to provide monthly heaviest fish and heaviest bag prizes during the 2013/14 season. Prizes will be determined later but are likely to be Greys equipment. This was voted on and agreed.

It was agreed that a spot prize, probably for 40th place, was well received at last year's Open and should be repeated for 2013.

Club officials were voted in as follows:

Secretary - Fred Lothian

Chairman - Billy Foster

Weighmaster (mid week) - Rob Thirlwell

Treasurer - Rob Thirlwell

Cover Weighmaster - Joe Lindsay

Press Secretary - Steven Smith

Weighmaster (Sunday League) - No-one volunteered for this position.

(The meeting carried forward the election of a Sunday League weighmaster to the July meeting, in the hope that a volunteer might come forward. Concerns were expressed that the Sunday League might fold if no-one is prepared to do the weighmaster and registration duties. If anyone is prepared to do this could I ask that they make this known to Rob or any other member of the committee. Thanks.)

The Open Committee was elected and comprised of: Anthony Eke, Billy Foster, Joe Lindsay, Steven Smith, Sam Smith with G Scott and G Foster in reserve).

Four amendments to the rules were presented to the AGM for discussion:

Reverting to 3 hooks: Members were concerned that being allowed to use only two hooks was reducing their options, and catches on the beaches. This was voted on and agreed. 3 hooks will now be allowed in all club competitions and in the Open.

High Water boundaries: Members were concerned that some of the restrictions on accessing high water marks, particularly the cliffs at Newbiggin, was affecting their catches. These restrictions were put into place following a tragic accident at this mark and because of the deteriorating condition of the cliffs themselves. The discussion concluded that anglers should be allowed to fish these places, at their own discretion - although all those present accepted that the cliffs can be extremely dangerous, and most would avoid them. The committee stressed that the greatest of care should be taken by those deciding to fish these, or any other dangerous marks within the club boundaries.

Size Limits - A proposal was made to reduce the qualifying size for bass from 41cm to the MAFF limit of 36cm. This was agreed.

Wrasse: The meeting agreed that Wrasse should not be weighed in during the Open or club competitions.

The meeting supported the suggestion that anglers should 'buddy up' where possible, and inform someone if they decide to leave the competition early. This is to provide an 'early warning system' should an angler fail to appear at the weigh in or complete the competition safely. Whilst not infallible, those at the meeting agreed that this system represents good practice and should be encouraged.

Some members were concerned that the choice of competition dates did not make the most of the best available tides. The Chairman suggested that the July meeting will be deciding the league schedules for 2013/14 and anyone who wishes to be involved in the selection process should attend this meeting.

Christmas Competition (Sunday 16 December)

This year the Christmas Competition is open to any club member who wants to fish, but you must have fished at least 5 club competitions to qualify for free entry.

Prizes will be for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for heaviest fish and heaviest bag. Greys rods and jackets are likely to be the prizes on offer.

There will also be monthly heaviest fish prizes for November and December.

Details regarding these prizes are to be firmed up at the next club meeting.

Fixtures for 2013 will be decided at the December meeting.

2012/13 Season

Two issues were brought to everyone's attention on next year's fixture lists:

Committee Meeting 3 Jan 2012

Some of the key points discussed at the meeting were:

Attendance - 15 club members attended the meeting.

Remaining 2012 Fixtures - Fixtures for the remainder of the mid week and Sunday league fixtures were discussed and agreed by those attending the meeting. Rob will provide copies of the fixture list to tackle shops and Dave Swift will update the website.

Email received - Dave Swift explained the content of an email received from an individual (B Healeas) who is writing a book on sea angling around the UK coastline. His research includes contacting angling clubs with a view to determining clubs' specimin and record fish for inclusion within his book. The meeting agreed that this information should be provided. Dave will forward the email to Rob Thirlwell who will compile and provide the data.

Club Website - Comments were made that the website league tables are not up to date. Dave explained what has been done to tackle this but agreed it is not working as intended. The meeting agreed that league tables would be provided to Dave by weighmasters as soon as possible after club competitions, preferably via email. League tables can then be updated. The meeting also agreed that competition results would be a useful addition to the website. Steven Smith agreed to provide these details for the top 3 competitors of all competitions to D Swift via email. A separate page on the website will then be prepared.

AGM Topics: The following topics were raised and will be carried forward to the Club's AGM for a fuller discussion:

Changes to the provision of prizes for the 2012 Xmas Fayre;
The method for deciding the winner of a competition in the event of a tie on weight;
Problems where Open competitions overlap with club competitions

Future Opens: The club has been advised of the following Open competitions in the 2012/13 season:

Newbiggin 30/9/2012
Whitley Bay 21/10/2012
Bedlington Station 18/11/2012

A full set of minutes will be prepared in due course.

Rule Changes and Updates

Weigh In time - All club members are reminded of the need to weigh in within 35 minutes of the end of a competition. This rule will be applied for all competitions bar the Xmas Fayre which allows for one hour.

Eels no longer eligible - Eels can no longer be returned to the scales and weighed in. Any caught accidentally should be returned safely to the water.

Subscriptions for 2010/11 - Subs will be £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for juniors and OAPs. Heaviest fish will be an extra £5.00 for seniors and£3.00 for Juniors. There will be a minimum payment of £100 for each league's heaviest fish prize.

Presentation Night - Club members should note that the presentation night will be held at the Bankhouse Club on the evening of 5 October. This will be low key as the AGM agreed although all club members are encouraged to attend.

Annual General Meeting

The Club's AGM was held on 1st June in the Bankhouse Club. A few of the points raised and agreed at the meeting were as follows:

Club Officials - Fred, Rob and Bill were re-elected as Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman. A separate sub committee has been set up to discuss emergency measures, where it is deemed appropriate. Sam, Simon and Joe will attend these meetings.

Size Limits - As a conservation measure a suggestion to increase the size limit for Wrasse to 30 cm was made, voted on and agreed. Consequently Wrasse brought to the scales in club matches or the Open during 2009/10 will need to be 30cm to qualify.

Boundaires - Suggestions were made regarding an increase to the match boundaries to include Seahouses. This was voted on and rejected. Consequently boundaries for 2009/10 Club Matches will remain as applied during 2008/09 - Cambois to Amble.

Subscriptions - It was agreed that subs for the 2009/10 should be raised to £5. Subscriptions for juniors will remain the same.

Weighing in - A suggestion was made that fish coughed up during the process of landing or killing a fish to be brought to the scales should be replaced in the fish's gullet prior to weighing in. This was agreed by the meeting.

Balance Sheet - Rob presented the balance sheet for the 2008/09 season. All present at the meeting had the opportunity to view and question the details within the financial records. No substantive points were arising. Rob was thanked for his efforts.

Summer Open - It was agreed that there should be no Summer Open for 2009.

Xmas Fayre - It was agreed that Xmas Fayre prizes should be made available for the 2009 competition. The committee will organise this nearer the time.


CIU Open - The meeting was informed that there will be no CIU Open during 2009, or very possibly thereafter. This has been caused through a drop in competitor numbers and a lack of a representative to arrange it.

DEFRA Issues - The meeting was informed that the Marine Conservation Bill is shortly to go through Parliament. This may affect commercial and recreational fishing. Further information on the impact on angling clubs, if any, will be provided once this becomes clear. Anyone requiring further information should access the DEFRA website.

Sea League Finalists - It was agreed that a contribution should be provided to members of the club that are competing in the Sea League finals. This was agreed and was set at £125.