It is the responsibility of each angler to make themselves aware of the latest rules which can be found on the club website. Individual Fishery Rules may be found on Venue Notice Boards, Websites, and Social Media Pages.
Common sense should be exercised, to ensure that both the letter and the spirit of the rules are complied with.
Where fishery rules are unclear or open to question, agreement amongst the match anglers at the event will be sought; ultimately the match official’s decision will be final.
The club rules should be considered a basic platform for each match and not setting out to restrict an angler’s choice of; bait, method or style, prejudiciously or to supersede the fishery rules.
- All members must make themselves available to assist the match official in the running of each event.
- All peg and pool fees must be paid before the draw
- Anglers will draw their own peg – late arrivals will be drawn last; if necessary by the match official.
- Anglers must fish the peg they draw, from the permanent peg position or the closest safe distance to it.
- If there are fewer pegs available to the club, than anglers wanting to fish them, priority will be given to regular attendees.
- Where there are dipping tanks at the fishery – all nets must be dipped (Whether they are dry or not).
- Nets must be laid out and not put in the water until 10 minutes before the all in.
- Floats, lines and weights etc. may enter the water before the start but no bait of any kind may be introduced.
- Only one line and hook to be used at any one time.
- Only barbless hooks to be used (no micro-barb or pinched down barbs)
- Floating bait must not be introduced either as feed or on the hook. Anything that remains on the surface for longer than a few seconds is considered floating bait. Anglers must ensure that the bait they are using, is prepared and maintained in such a way that it meets these requirements.
- If you leave your peg during the match, every effort must be made to prevent disturbance to other anglers and their swim, by keeping well back from the water’s edge etc.
- The division line between swims is to be considered as, equal distance between the two pegs (either adjacent or across). Where there is a spare peg between anglers, then the line will considered to be up to the side of that platform nearest the angler.
- Any fish caught that appears to be over 15lb, must be weighed immediately and returned; not kept in a Keepnet.
- All fishing must stop immediately upon the whistle/ “all out”.
- Anglers must alert the match official to any fish they are still playing at the end.
- Any fish still not landed before the weigh in reaches them will not be counted.
- Any angler considered by the match official, to be in breach of the rules will not be weighed in.
- Match officials have the right to inspect angler’s equipment and bait to ensure compliance.
- Any angler that repeatedly breaks the rules or whose behaviour is: in the view of the Club Officials; damaging the club, will not be permitted to fish future matches.
- All club rules are open to review and amendment, by the membership at the club AGM.
- Club official positions are open for election at the AGM, to any current member.