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 in Australia. Joining a local ANSA affiliated club is the best way to maximise the benefits of ANSA membership. Clubs usually meet monthly to plan competitions or fishing trips for that month. Clubs 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. Costs are minimal and benefits are high.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.