Sport, Conservation and Integrity


ANSA is the peak body for sportfishing in Australia and encompasses all the needs of the beginner as well as the experienced angler. It represents recreational sportfishers through various branches and affiliated clubs across Australia. 

Joining a local ANSA affiliated club is the best way to maximise the benefits of ANSA membership. Clubs plan competitions and fishing trips, have an excellent social atmosphere and often have social training nights for beginners. If you can’t join a local club, direct membership is also available. 

The ANSA record chart is the largest in the world and covers line class from 1 kg through to 60 kg. There are seven different divisions that an angler can fish ranging from the general sportfishing through to flyfishing, gamefishing, etc. 

ANSA also conducts a non-line class ‘All Tackle’ Length Only record chart and a national tagging program. Catch and release is strongly encouraged and ANSA provides a Masters capture awards program for those sportfishers who really want to test their individual angling skills.



ANSA's ethics

Obey and respect the local regulations and conventions that govern fishing in your chosen area.

Purposefully conduct yourself in such a manner so as to minimise any negative impact on the fish’s environment. Being mindful of anchoring and speed restrictions is as important as preventing littering, pollution and habitat destruction.

The angler’s environment should be protected as well as the fishes. Do not indulge in littering, in particular with discarded tackle. Disposal of offal and unwanted bait should be undertaken in a manner that is both environmentally sound and publicly acceptable.

Respect the rights and interests of others especially those other anglers and commercial fishers who are legally participating in the fishery.

Be aware of the relationship between the angler and their quarry and understand that the choice of the individual is important when dealing with a capture.

Respect the rights of property owners including those that exclude access for personal or cultural reasons and negotiate access to waters rather than trespass.

Participate where possible in scientific, educational and community programmes that benefit the fishery or recreational anglers.

Fish taken should be killed quickly and should be prepared and preserved in such manner as to minimise spoilage and waste. Where a fish is not wanted it should be returned in such manner as maximises its chances of survival. Wanton unnecessary destruction of undesired species is unacceptable.


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Nowra Sportfishing Convention 16-18 Feb 2018


The Committee and Members of the Nowra Sportfishing Club Inc. invite anglers who are financial members of a club affiliated with ANSA to compete in the Nowra Sportfishing Convention at the Crookhaven Heads Tourist Park on 16th 17th & 18th February 2018. All details and entry forms are at this link.

ANSA NSW Freshwater Slam

ANSA NSW Freshwater Slam - fish the three freshwater conventions and win!

Committee meetings 2017

Tuesday 7 February 2017 - Phone Conference 7 pm
Tuesday 9 May 2017 - Phone Conference 7 pm
Tuesday 8  August 2017 - Phone Conference 7 pm
Saturday 26 August 2017 - Delegates' Meeting & AGM, hosted by South Sydney AFA
Tuesday November 2017 - Phone Conference 7 pm

Annual reports

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