Club Rules

Club Membership Rules 2017 – 2018

Please ensure you read, understand and follow the club rules, any member found to be in violation of club rules will be issued with a warning, which may result in the forfeit of his or her membership.

1. Membership card(s) & rod license to be produced on demand to bailiffs or any other member.

2. Members wishing to use two rods (maximum) will require TWO membership cards

3. Members are not allowed on the bankside during darkness, unless in receipt of a special night fishing permit.

4. Members must fish from NUMBERED PEGS ONLY and not cast across neighboring swims

5. Fish must be handled with up-most care, returned unharmed & alive. No fish, dead or alive, to be removed from our fisheries.

6. All members MUST have a suitable landing net when fishing.

6a. Landing nets and unhooking mats must be DRY ON ARRIVAL AT FISHERIES and be set up and ready to use before casting in.

6b.When fishing for ‘Carp & Pike’ a minimum of a 36-inch landing net and a large padded unhooking mat is required.


8. Rods and lines must not be left in the water unattended at any time.

9. All hooks including and smaller than size 10 must he barbless.

10. Both the ‘Beachcaster’ and ‘fly fishing’ style of fishing are prohibited.

11. No braided mainline for carp, allowed for Spod/Marker set up only. Monofilament Mainlines must be a minimum of 12 lbs. Hook links must be made with dedicated hook link materials.

12. Pike fishing – No live fish baits or dead Course fish baits allowed. Dead Sea fish baits allowed during winter pike season 1st Oct – 15th March.

13. Leacroft Pool – No Pike fishing during the summer period – 16th March – 30th September inclusive.

14. No assembled rods / lines or baiting up allowed beyond the ‘No Fishing Point’ at Calf Heath, Beware Hazardous Electrical Powerlines.

15. No bait boats.

16. No unofficial Competitions / matches allowed at any Society Fisheries.

17. No pleasure fishing allowed in reserved pegs on match days (see Match Date information)

18. Members will be held responsible for litter/ rubbish in the vicinity of their peg, whether or not litter was present on arrival.

19. Disposable cans/tins are banned on society waters

20. All particle baits ie…hemp, maize, tiger nuts must be prepared correctly prior to use.

21. Unused bait must not be left on the bankside. This encourages rodents.

22. The Riding of cycles, lighting fires, playing radios, camping and sleeping is forbidden at all Society venues.

23. Juvenile members, less than 16 years old. Must be accompanied by a responsible adult when fishing Society waters.

24. No alcohol or drugs on society waters.

25. All gates must be kept locked at all times. Close and lock gates when entering & leaving fisheries.

26. Members must be familiar with Club and Match rules before fishing, rules can be viewed on our website.

Club Member Competition – Match Rules 2017 – 2018

1. Matches will be for 5 Hours duration and will take place on the dates and times given in the Membership Cards.
2. Members shall abide by the general rules of Club membership as detailed on membership cards.
3. A peg fee of one Pound (£1) per match will be charged to support costs associated to the match fishing events.
4. A financial pool will be available for members wishing to participate. Payouts / winnings will be proportioned at the discretion of the match organizer and announces at the draw.
5. Members will only be allowed to book match places for themselves. One place / booking per call. Booking contact protocols are those as detailed on membership Club cards.
6. Members arriving without booking a place, may, at the discretion of the match organiser and subject to there being a place available, be allowed to participate in the match.
7. Club membership cards and names will / may be checked before matches.
8. All participating anglers MUST be in possession of a current Environment Agency Rod License.
9. Participants are restricted to the use of one rod/pole, line and hook ‘at any one time’.
10. All matches are designated as ‘Silver Fish’ only – no Carp or Pike to be retained or weighed.
11. Competitors will be required to clear litter from their peg irrespective of its ownership before they are ‘weighed in’.
12. Bait limits may be imposed at the discretion of the Match Secretary. Unused bait must not be left on the bank..
13. In addition to the above, matches will be run in general accord with the NFA match fishing rules.
14. Match anglers shall be considerate of other Club members, the general public and other water users.
15. Participants should seek guidance from the Match organiser on any issues of concern or uncertainty before the match starts.
16. The Match Secretary shall have discretion to impose other conditions or requirements as may be deemed necessary and, shall be the final arbiter in any maters relative to these events.

17. Keepnets:
a. Keepnets and Landing nets shall be of an approved ‘Soft’ type – Compliant with the Environmental Agency Bylaw 12.
b. Keepnets MUST be fully DRIED prior to visiting / and use at Blackfords venues.
c. When participants arrive at their ‘peg’, they shall open and place their Keepnets on the bank behind them until the match-‘starting signal’.
d. Each angler must have at least two Keepnets available for use during matches.
e. Not more than 40 Pounds – 20Kilo approx. of any fish to be retained in any one net. Additional nets may be used.
f. Keepnets must be weighted or staked out to submerge as much of the net as possible and so as not to collapse onto contained fish.
g. Fish must not be ‘Rolled Down’ keepnets during the ‘weigh-In’ activities.
h. Fish must be weighed and returned safely to the pool – not dropped out of nets.