General Rules

  1. Access to be gained to club waters via stiles, gates and official access points only.
  2. Litter and discarded tackle shall be taken home by the individual angler.
  3. The management committee shall be empowered to withdraw individual membership in the event of a breach of club rules or bylaws.
  4. Wilful damage will not be committed on any club water or surrounding area.
  5. Members shall not fish from boats or from the island. Members are reminded that no tents, caravans or camping is allowed. the use of a purpose-made fishing shelter will be permitted.
  6. No fires are to be lit at any time.
  7. Members must not drive or ride any vehicle on footpaths or the surrounding area, except for invalid transport or official business.
  8. Members are reminded to be in possession of a current environment agency rod licence and should note that B&DAC fishing season extends from 1st march to midnight on the last day of February. Two rods per angler limit on St James's lake.
  9. Members must not take fish away from any club water.
  10. Reservation of swim is strictly prohibited except for club matches. For the benefit of non-match anglers, the water will be closed for two hours prior to the time of draw.
  11. Tackle must not be left unattended for undue lengths of time.
  12. A limited amount of day tickets for the use of non-members will be issued at the discretion of the Management Committee. All-day tickets to be purchased in advance. Any angler found to be fishing without a day ticket will be asked to pay a 50% on the bank surcharge, over, and above the normal day ticket price. Anglers will cease fishing until correct payment is made, or in the event of refusal will be asked to leave the water and face legal proceedings.
  13. No night fishing on a day ticket.
  14. Any member found breaking or aiding any other person to break the rules of the club, may be asked to appear before the management committee to explain their actions, and may be subject to suspension or dismissal from the club, as the management committee sees fit.
  15. Club trophies to be returned by the 1st of November to Match or Membership Sectary.
  16. Junior members under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Junior members of 12 to 15 years must have parental consent to fish unaccompanied.
  17. Bait bans shall apply for any duration set by the Committee.
  18. No open shot containers to be used at the waterside.
  19. No junior/senior members under the age of 18 years to be fishing unaccompanied during the hours of darkness. Members under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a senior member aged 21 years or over, fishing in an adjacent peg. Senior member to be a fully responsible for the safety and behaviour of the junior member under their control, whilst fishing or within other area known as St James lake or any water/land controlled by B&DAC. Senior member must be in attendance at all times. Junior members from the age of 10-16 years (age will be taken from the 1st of march) may apply for a night permit at club cost. All other rules and regulations to remain.
  20. Barbless hooks ONLY to be used whilst fishing, except when purposefully and intentionally carp fishing, where micro barbed hooks are allowed.
  21. For a night permit holder, fishing is allowed up to a maximum of 36 consecutive hours, after which time the swim and the lake must be vacated for a period of 24 hours. If a night permit holder fishes any period between 12 and 24 hours, they may vacate the swim and leave St James lake to return later the same day. If a night permit holder fishes any period between 24 and 36 hours, they must vacate the swim and the lake for a minimum of 24 hours before returning.
  22. An angler may leave their equipment set up in a swim for a duration not exceeding one hour, providing no baited rods are left in the water or on the bank. Any angler exceeding this one-hour limit will be deemed to be in breach of the rules.
  23. As from the first of November until the 31st of March each year, the maximum period allowed for night fishing one session shall increase from 36 to 48 hours the 36-hour rule shall apply for the rest of the year as normal.
  24. No person fishing club waters shall be under the influence of alcohol, or any illegal substances, rendering them incapable of fishing in a sensible and responsible manner.
  25. The senior member of the club who holds a night permit may purchase in advance from the secretary one guest night ticket on production of the guest’s rod license. The senior member to be in attendance with their guest at all times, Fishing in an adjacent swim and to be fully reasonable for the safety and behaviour of their guest whilst fishing or within the area known as St James lake or any water/ land controlled by B&DAC. All other rules and regulations to remain the duration of intended stay must be stated at the time of purchase, as only three separate guest tickets will be issued at any time.
  26. The practice of casting a baited hook and/or lead weight onto a far bank, in order to secure exact placement of the bait by hand in the far margins, otherwise known as 'BANKING' is totally banned.

Minimum requirements/practices to be followed:

  • Mainline not less than 10lb breaking strain.
  • 36-inch minimum landing net.
  • Fish to be unhooked on an adequate fish-friendly unhooking mat.
  • Fish not to be retained in keepnets, but in suitable retaining sacks/slings/pike tunnel.
  • Use of fixed lead rigs is not permitted.

Pike

  • Pike fishing is only allowed from the 1st of October until the 1st of March.
  • No freshwater baits alive or dead to be introduced to club waters, only artificial or dead sea baits.
  • Only treble hooks to be used for pike fishing.
  • For pike fishing minimum 15-inch wire trace including when lure fishing.
  • For pike fishing locking artery forceps of 8-inch minimum length.
  • Suitable strength, purpose-designed rod.
  • Bite indication capable of registering backdrop bites when legering or free-lining.
  • Pike to be returned to the water without unnecessary delay.
  • All fish caught in St James Lake to be handled with the utmost care and returned safely to the water as soon as possible.
  • The holding and lifting of all pike under the jaw with one hand is not acceptable practice on club waters.
  • All fish to be landed with suitable sized fish-friendly landing net supported with two hands at all times and unhooked on a wet unhooking mat.
  • All weigh slings to be wet and scales set prior to the fish being weighed and photographed.
  • When returning a fish to the water use either an unhooking mat, suitably sized weigh sling or a landing net.
  • A total ban on the use of live bait
  • Semi barbed trebles are allowed for pike fishing with dead baits

Carp

  • When carp fishing, a single hook and line to be used.
  • Suitable strength purpose-designed rod.
  • All fish to be landed with suitable sized fish-friendly landing net supported with two hands at all times and unhooked on a wet unhooking mat.
  • No carp to be retained in keepnets.
  • All weigh slings to be wet and scales set prior to the fish being weighed and photographed.
  • When returning a fish to the water use either an unhooking mat, suitably sized weigh sling or a landing net.
  • All fish caught in St James Lake to be handled with the utmost care and returned safely to the water as soon as possible.

Procedure for registering a claim for a record weight fish:

  1. The fish must be weighed in the presence of a committee member.
  2. In the absence of the club scales, the claimant's scales must be surrendered for verification of accuracy.
  3. Obtain photographs to substantiate the claim.
  4. Write to the club secretary stating that you wish to make a claim, providing the following information: Species of fish, Weight at capture, Name of committee member witnessing the weighing of the fish, time and date of capture, which scales used and any other information to support the claim.