General Rules


1. Fishing and car parking at anglers' own risk.

2. The fishing season is stated in individual water rules.

3. Maximum of 3 rods per person allowed.

4. Juvenile members are only allowed to fish when accompanied by a parent or an adult nominated by the parent over the age of 18. Juvenile members are only allowed to night fish if the accompanying adult is a member who holds a valid night permit. Members must fish the same peg - the total rods used on the peg must not exceed 3.
A person must be a minimum of 12 years of age on the 1st January of the current year to be a Juvenile member; a minimum of 17 years of age on the 1st January of that year to be an Intermediate member and must be 22 to become a Senior Member.

5. No member to leave his/her rods unattended with lines cast in or with baited hooks.

6. Members must not monopolise specific swims by any means. If it is felt that this is happening then bailiffs will tackle the members concerned and may ask them to vacate the peg. If a member wishes to relocate to a new swim they must deposit substantial items at the new swim then collects the rest of their tackle from the old swim without delay.

7. No member is to encroach within 15 metres of another member's swim other than by mutual consent. This does not prevent members fishing Designated Pegs that are less than 15metres apart. Members must only fish that water associated with the swim they are in. If an adjacent swim is vacant a member may cast a line towards that unoccupied swim on the strict understanding that if that swim is later occupied by another member then that bait and line must be removed.

8.No member is to fish more than half the distance between themselves and a member on the opposite bank. On rivers, members must not fish opposite another angler.

9. No swimming, no wading beyond thigh depth. No boats/floating aids to be used for baiting swims.

10. The use of an appropriate size un-hooking mat is compulsory where specimen fish are the quarry of the angler. Members must always use a suitable landing net when fishing.

11. Members must not use treble hooks except for Pike fishing. Curved long shank hooks are not allowed on any Society water.

12. No fish to be removed from any water unless a written authority has been issued by the Fishery Manager

13. Anglers must use 15 lb minimum breaking strain line and min 20 lb trace wire when fishing for pike.

14. Anglers must use 15 lb minimum breaking strain line when fishing for specimen carp.

15. Specimen fish must not be retained in sacks.

16. Fish must not be kept out of water for photographic purposes for longer than is absolutely necessary.

17. No fires and no bad language.

18. No radios, TVs or any other electronic devices for producing sound for entertainment purposes to be used by the waters; however, Members may use a device which outputs sound by means of personal earpiece(s).

19. Pegs must be kept clear of litter at all times.  All litter, including any waste line, must be taken away from the fisheries; under no circumstances is it to be left in litter bins which may exist on the waters.

20. Birds, their nests and eggs, or any other wildlife must not be interfered with or disturbed in any way. 

21. Members are requested to prevent damage to property pertaining to or adjoining the Society’s waters. Members must not cut or remove trees, bushes or marginal water plants.

22. All gates are to be closed; fences and hedges are not to be damaged.

23. The portion of a water scheduled for a match is closed from midnight on the day of a match until the match terminates. All matches fished to AT Rules.

24. Members are not allowed on any water during the relevant close season unless on official business.

25. Members must carry their membership card when: a) on any of our waters and produce it to any other member or bailiff or representative of the owner of the water b) when attending the AGM.

26. All accidents or contravention of Rules to be reported to the Secretary immediately.

27. The flying Of Drones and Remotely Piloted Model Aircraft is prohibited over Society waters unless specifically approved by the Society Committee.

28. A good relationship exists between our Society and the Sailing Clubs that share the waters; do not damage this relationship.

29. All our waters are looked after very carefully and we have a planned fishery management policy for each water.  To carry out this policy a great deal of work is carried out.  Every member will be expected to carry out a work party if called upon by the Management Committee.

30 Members are encouraged to send in catch returns for all waters.

31. The consumption of Alcohol/Drugs is forbidden on all Society waters.

32. No metal tins containing bait to be taken to any water.

33. Where dogs are allowed on Society waters they must be kept on a lead and under the owner's control.

34. IMPORTANT All members must adhere to The Country Code at all times.

35.No surface/floating baits of any kind are allowed on any stillwater other than Astbury Mere.

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