In 1957, an organization named the South African Game Fish Association (SAGFA) was formed and catered mainly for anglers fishing from larger game fishing boats in South African waters. At that stage  SAGFA had six Provincial bodies and two clubs, the S.A. Marlin and Tuna Club - Simonstown and the Natal Rod & Reel Club – Durban who, as founder members, enjoyed full Provincial status. 

In October 1958, the South African Ski Boat Angling Association (SASBAA) was formed in the Turfontein Hotel, Johannesburg in the presence of Dave Brunt, Basil Ashington, Leo Rossetenstein and Alf Jones.  Alf is still living today.  This name was subsequently changed to the S.A. Ski-Boat Light Tackle Game Fishing Association (SASBLTGFA).  The name change was the result of the very futuristic vision that (a) Light Tackle was identified as a conservation method and (b) game fish, in being pelagic, was less threatened than bottom fish.  This was during the time when South Africa’s 200 mile Economic Zone came into being and it was considered merely a matter of time before a ripple effect would also affect the near- shore areas as we are now experiencing. 

After a period of extended negotiations between SAGFA and SASBLTGFA the two organizations amalgamated in 1988 when and the name was once again changed to the present South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSAA). 

SADSAA is internationally affiliated to the European Federation of Sea Anglers (EFSA) and to the Federation Internationalle de Peche Sportive en Mer (FIPS-M) through its membership to the S.A. Federation of Sport & Sea Angling.


The question now is:



~ Provides for their member bodies to represent them at SADSAA.


~ Provides for members to represent their Province annually on an inter-provincial level as well as on a national level.


~ Provides for members to be selected for SADSAA colours prior to being selected for Protea colours.


~ Provides through I.G.F.A. for members to apply for internationally acclaimed world records.


~ Provides for members to have access to the All Africa records.


~ Provides anglers selected on a national and international (Protea) level with a small percentage of sponsorship from our Springbok fund.


~ Provides the members with suitably qualified selectors to attend all nationals to help with the selection / improvement and development of future Protea anglers.


~ Provides the guidelines for safety regulations for all the member skippers.


~ Provides through qualified instructors the resources to obtain skippers tickets and seaworthy tickets for their members.


~ Provides the training for all safety Officers.


~ Employs paid appointed Specialists working for the members of SADSAA when necessary.


~ Provides for its members, government representation, at all levels.


~ Provides a two page write up six times a year in the Ski-Boat magazine that 90% of the members of SADSAA subscribe to.


~ Provides guidelines for member bodies on the running of their Provinces and in turn the Provinces to the clubs etc.


~ Provides the members with a website updated by the Office Bearers of SADSAA.


~ Provides all clubs with a newsletter from the SADSAA P.R.O. updating them with matters.


~ Provides the members with the infrastructure for contesting matters relating to angling / ski boating etc.  E.G.  
              • 4x4 banning on beaches
              • Fishing licences
              • Bag limits imposed by the Government etc. 
~ Provides the junior angler to represent his/her Province nationally with annual U16 and U19 National Championship tournaments.


~ Provides the opportunity for PDI’s to join and partake in the sport at all levels.


~ Provides the opportunity for women to compete and be recognised on the same level and ability as men for Provincial, National and Protea levels.


~ SADSAA is a member of ILTA, EFSA, CIPS and FIPS which provides opportunities for members and clubs to compete internationally on all levels.


~ Provides all members and member bodies with a Safety Officer, Environmental Officer, Records Officer, Development Officer, Public Relations Officer,

Tournaments Officer (both international and local), a Secretary and Treasurer to see to the needs of all member bodies and their members.


~ Most of all SADSAA provides the opportunity to each and every member to belong to a locally and internationally highly respected and motivated associated.