Club Byelaws

​These rules apply to all our venues - some of our waters have specific rules please check the Venue Rules Page to see these. Common sense and courtesy prevails.

  • Membership books to be carried whist on club venues at all times and must be presented to bailiff or club official upon request

  • No Fish to be removed from any of our venues - Catch and Release

  • Only two rods to be used (three may be available in winter if a special permit is purchased).

  • You must hold a Valid EA rod licence for the number of rods being used

  • No litter to be left in your swim, even if it was there when you started fishing. No glass bottles or tins containing bait allowed anyone found leaving litter will be BANNED from the club.

  • No fishing in overhead power line areas. (Expulsion if ignored).

 

  • No dogs, BBQs, fires or firearms allowed at any of our venues

 

  • Bait boats can be used (Except on North House Lake) with consideration for others.

 

  • Radios are only allowed with personal headphones.

 

  • No more than one barb on a treble hook 

 

  • Livebaiting only with a single hook (lip-hooked) using no more than 8 silver fish up to 6 inches caught from the water being fished.

 

  • You can only leave a swim with your tackle set up for 90 mins max. 

 

  • Baited lines in the water MUST NOT be left unattended as per EA Byelaws. Being some distance away with an alarm receiver is NOT acceptable, nor is turning up the volume of alarms and walking off.           

                                                                                                                 

  • Only fishing shelters and umbrellas are to be used. No tents, tarpaulins, wind breaks etc.

 

  • Carp sacks or retainers/slings may be used for a short period of time (no more than 30 minutes) to retain fish for photographic purposes. Catfish must not be retained in sacks”

 

  • Unhooking mats and landing nets to be of an appropriate size for the fish being sought and the venue being fished. (Beckerings, North House and South Lagoon, carp and pike anglers – minimum 42” landing nets and 24x36” un-hooking mats).

 

  • No carp, zander, pike, barbel or catfish over 12” to be kept in a keepnet.

 

  • No wading to place baits allowed.

 

  • No braided line from reel to hook allowed if Carp Fishing. (There must be a mono/fluoro section, No braided hook links over 9” allowed).​

 

  • No matches or competitions without prior approval from the club.

 

  • Entry to waters ONLY via official entrances – no climbing over gates or fences.

 

  • Gates to be closed and locked AT ALL times.

 

  • Cars to be parked in designated areas without causing obstruction.

 

  • No baits in, or fishing from “no fishing areas”.

 

  • No fishing whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 

  • Night fishing is defined as from 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise.At North House or Beckerings if you are not booked on you must leave the venue.

 

  • Night fishing on Beckerings and North House Lake requires pre-booking with the Night Bookings Officer at least 24 hrs before fishing. Anyone found night fishing these venues without a night booking will receive a 28 day night booking ban - multiple offences may result in a permanent night fishing ban.

 

  • No night fishing at Tingrith, or sections 6, 7 TN, TS, 8, 9a, 10b or c, 11, 12 ,13 or 14 on the Grand Union Canal. Night Fishing on the permitted canal sections is for MEMBERS ONLY.

 

  • Members under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult except on the Canal. 

  • There are no toilets available at our venues if you must defecate bag it and take it away with you

  • Non Compliance with any of the above rules WILL lead to disciplinary action. (Possible expulsion)

  • Non Compliance with any of the above rules WILL lead to disciplinary action. (Possible expulsion).

 

CLUB BAILIFFS REGULARLY PATROL OUR VENUES AND WILL ENSURE THE RULES ARE FOLLOWED.

OUR BAILIFFING TEAM  WILL NOT TOLERATE VERBAL OR PHYSICAL ABUSE. EA ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND ANGLING TRUST VBS BAILIFFS ALSO REGULARLY PATROL OUR WATERS

 

COMMON SENSE AND COURTESY PREVAIL