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Rules

The Associations rules are intended to ensure that members fish in a responsible manner respecting the fishery and the presence of other anglers and the welfare of fish.

Irresponsible anglers can easily lose us our waters and generally give fellow anglers a bad press.

  1. As an Association member you have responsibilities. READ THE ASSOCIATION’S RULES AND ABIDE BY THEM.

  2. No anglers are allowed to reserve swims on any Association water via any actions or means

  3. The maximum continuous length of stay permitted on any club water will be 72 hours followed by a minimum break of 48 hours away from the venue

  4. Members are expected to show due consideration towards other anglers fishing in adjacent, converging or facing swims. Do not cast more than half way towards an angler occupying another swim.

  5. Keep off mowing grass and growing crops, close all gates and use only official access points to waters.

  6. Leave no litter and ensure swims are left clear of all rubbish however caused, removing it on departure where required.

  7. No alcohol or illegal drugs are to be brought onto, consumed or used on any of the Association’s waters.

  8. Members shall not take a dog with them when fishing on Association waters except at Gingerbread Lake and Sandy complexes.  IT MUST BE KEPT ON LEAD AND STRICTLY CONTROLLED WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE MEMBER’s SWIM. ALL DOG LITTER MUST BE CLEARED FROM SWIMS AND PATHWAYS BEFORE LEAVING.

  9. No fishing is permitted in the immediate vicinity of locks and weirs controlled by the Environment Agency.

  10. No fishing shall be permitted on the Association’s river waters during the closed season. Still waters will remain open throughout the year unless otherwise advised.

  11. All members may request other anglers fishing Association waters to produce their membership cards, and or Environment Agency rod licence(s).

  12. Boats and dinghies may not be moored or used on any Association waters, with the exception of ‘bait’ boats which may be used no more than half way towards other anglers fishing in adjacent, converging or facing swims.

  13. Camping and lighting of fires is prohibited.

  14. The number of rods that may be used by on Association waters shall be limited to three, sited with a total distance of 3 metres, and within the confines of the angler’s swim. The exception to this rule is at the Sandy Lakes Fishery where the maximum number of rods permitted shall be two. Fish from designated swims only.

  15. Members noticing pollution are expected to notify an officer of the Association who will then arrange for appropriate action. Prompt action will prevent fish being lost, or other environmental damage.

  16. Night fishing is NOT allowed on Tempsford Estate Waters, Grace Lake or on The Riddy Nature Reserve at Sandy.

  17. No member shall take fish of any species from any of the Association’s waters for use as live or dead bait or for any other reason. (It should be noted that, under Environment Agency rules, live bait must not be brought from elsewhere for use on this Association’s waters). All fish must be returned to the water alive. NO LIVE FISH SHALL BE USED AS BAIT.

  18. No Pike, Barbel or Carp to be retained in sacks or keepnets except during Association matches.

  19. No bank work to be undertaken without the express permission of the Board.

  20. An unhooking mat must always be used whenever fish are placed on the ground regardless of their size or species and members must be in possession of a landing net when fishing.

  21. Track or other access closures will be made as appropriate to avoid ground damage.

  22. Exercise extreme caution when fishing near overhead power lines especially when using a pole.

  23. The maximum speed for vehicles being driven around all lakes is ‘walking pace’.

  24. Irresponsible or antisocial behaviour will be considered by the Board and could lead to expulsion of the offender.

  25. Night fishing permit(s) for Gingerbread Lake and the two Sandy lakes may be applied for via the Night Permit Secretary. Permits must be renewed by 30th of April each year or the permit holder will risk losing his entitlement for the coming year.

  26. Unless holders of a current night permit, members fishing the Sandy and Gingerbread Lakes must respect the following venue entry and departure times. (These are NOT ‘fish from’ and ‘fish to’ times).                                                                     

    April to September5am entry  9pm departure
    October to March7am entry  5pm departure
  27. The Association shall not be responsible for personal injury or loss or damage to the property of any member.

  28. Members should carry their membership book, be in possession of valid Environment Agency Rod Licence(s) and night fishing permit (where applicable) AT ALL TIMES when on Association waters.

  29. The Association holds the right to terminate the membership of any who are proven to have acted to undermine the financial assets, physical assets, reputation or well being of the Association.

  30. All Association members must abide by National and Regional Environment Agency rules/ laws.

  31. All gates must be kept closed when not in use. All gates with locks must be kept locked when not in use. Failure to comply with this rule will lead to removal from the Association.

  32. Whilst fishing on the Association still waters, all members must be in possession of an empty sealable bucket, to be used for removal of human waste from the site. Any member found leaving human waste on Association still waters will be immediately removed from the Association.

  33. Members must not leave their swims unoccupied for more than one hour in any 24 hour period, apart from a bailiff carrying out their duties

  34. On otter fenced fisheries, EVERYTHING that is required whilst at the water must be taken through a gated entry. No items to be introduced over the fence.

 

Child Protection Statement

Biggleswade & Hitchin A. A. Ltd is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and young people to practice angling. We intend to do this by:

  • Recognising that all children have the right to freedom from abuse.
  • Ensuring that our volunteers are carefully selected and accept responsibility for helping prevent the abuse of children in their care.
  • Responding swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse and providing parents and children the opportunity to voice concerns they may have.
  • Appointing a Child Protection Officer who will take specific responsibility for child safety and act as the point of contact for parents, children and any outside agencies.
  • Ensuring access to confidential information is restricted to the Child Protection Officer or the appropriate outside agencies.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of our Child Protection Policy and activities on an annual basis.

Our appointed Child Protection Officer is John Hutchinson Tel: 01767 260506

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