PLEASE NOTE: It is your responsibility to check and observe the rules specific to the water you arefishing and in addition to ensure that you have parked legally and that you useonly the appointed access routes shown in the Association map book. Any changes to the Rules or other information contained in the handbook will benotified to members via the Association’s website, or on notice boards at the venuesconcerned.The Association operates a 'zero tolerance' policy on issues such as litter and the possession of illegal substances and drugs. No tin cans to be bought onto any club waters all baits in cans to be prepared prior to arriving at the waters.
The Management Committee reserves the right to close any water either for maintenance purposes or in the interests of conservation or fish welfare. Members are requested to take every step to ensure the welfare of fish at all times. As well as the use of adequate tackle, members should avoid excessive handling of fish or prolonging their stay out of water for weighing and photographing. The use of products designed to promote healing of spawning scars or other injury is also encouraged.
Remember: minimum handling = maximum conservation. The Association will not be held responsible for legal action taken against any member who fails to comply with the law.
In granting membership the Association offers no guarantee or warranty as to the condition of the waterway and its banks. Furthermore, the Association will not be held liable for any loss, injury or damage, howsoever this may be caused.
General Rules 1. A close season from 15th March to 15th June inclusive, shall apply on the following Association waters:
2. The use of any line not connected to a rod is strictly forbidden.
3. Barbless hooks only on all waters.
4. Members without a night fishing permit are not allowed on Association waters any earlier than one hour before sunrise and no later than one hour after sunset.
5. No camping or sleeping in cars in Association car parks is allowed.
6. Unless mutually agreed, anglers must allow at least 10 metres between themselves and the next angler.
7. Members must cooperate, assist and comply with the requests of Bailiffs or Association Officials.
8. Members must, at all times, carry their Membership Card (complete with photograph and signature), and their current Environment Agency Rod Licence, and must produce both when asked to do so.
9. Use of Bloodworm and jokers is prohibited on any Association water.
10. Up to 5 small fish may be caught in a session and used as live or deadbait providing:
They are caught, and used, at the same water. Any which remain unused are returned to the water at the end of the session.
The use of dead game, sea or coarse fish for bait is also permitted. All other fish, including pike and eels must be returned to the water at the point of capture.
11. No carp or other specimen fish may be kept in keepnets, carp sacks or slings.
12.Keepnets only to be used in matches.
13. Members must not deposit litter of any kind. This includes toilet waste which must be disposed of safely off the site. Members are required to assist the Association in keeping our waters tidy by removing any litter they encounter on the bank before starting to fish. Any litter in a swim/peg will be deemed as your, if you witness any member leaving litter or encounter litter in a swim please notify the waters bailiff immediately. Leaving litter or refusal to remove litter carries a minimum of a 1 month ban.
14. Members must not take metal cans/tins or glass bottles onto any Association water.(Please prepare bait ie. corn and luncheon meat prior to arriving at a venue.)
15. Fishing is not allowed within 30 metres of any overhead power cable.
16. Members wishing to play radios or other audio equipment may do so providing
the volume is moderated so that it does not disturb others or headphones are used.
17. Members must fish from designated pegs.
18. Members fishing for carp, pike or other specimen fish must use adequate unhooking mats and medi/fish care kits. Under no circumstances must fish be placed on a hard surface, such as a staging or boards.
19. Members must be in possession of a adequate landing net for their intended fishing.
20. Members must not leave rods with baited lines unattended under any circumstance.
21. The use of bait boats, is permitted for applying of bait no dropping of rigs. Bait boats only to be used in the hours of daylight.
22. a) Members may not possess or consume any illegal drugs or substances whilst on Association waters.
23. Members may use small petrol or gas fired stoves but the lighting of open fires and the use of portable barbecues is strictly forbidden.
24. Members must not carry weapons of any kind. Specifically members are forbidden from carrying or using any firearm (including air guns) unless: authorized to do so in writing by the Management Committee.
25. Members are expected to ensure that those they are fishing with are also members of the Association. Non members fishing Association waters are committing a criminal offence and disciplinary action will be taken against any member aiding and abetting this offence.
26. The use of leadcore, fused or braided leaders and shock leaders is permitted so long there are no fixed beads. (safe-zone leaders preferred).
27. Any adult member on production of their own membership permit may request members to produce theirs for inspection.
28. No pets allowed on any club waters.
29. The use of artificial/plastic hook baits is banned on all waters. This includes fake corn, maggots, casters, pellets and bread and any other plastic baits. The use of pike lures and fly's is still allowed but a wire trace must be used at all times whilst lure fishing for pike.
30. A 3oz lead limit is imposed on all club waters.
(PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE ALSO VENUE SPECIFIC RULES THAT CAN BE FOUND IN YOUR HANDBOOK)