Constitution and Rule Book
Constitution, Objectives, Rules and Codes of Conduct of the Club 2015.

Members of Angling Trust and Fish Legal.
Your committee requests that that every member assists the bailiffs in policing our members only waters. Anglers should be asked to produce their membership card and rod licence/s but not at the risk to the members own welfare and safety.
BAILIFFS. The Club often has vacancies for bailiffs. Anyone interested should contact the secretary or bailiff co-ordinator for further details.


  • Section A – Constitution.
  • Section B – Aims and Objectives.
  • Section C- Part 1). - Membership.

                          Part 2). – Temporary Membership.

  • Section D – Subscriptions.
  • Section E - Management of the Club.
  • Section F – Officers and Officials of the Club.
  • Section G – Management Trustees of the Club.
  • Section H- Part 1). – Financial Objectives of the Club.
      Part 2). – Petty Cash.
  • Section I – Accounting Objectives of the Club.
  • Section J- Complaints and Grievances.
  • Section K – Bailiffs Objectives and Responsibilities.
  • Section L – Code of Conduct for Committee Members.
  • Section M – Code of Conduct all Members.
  • Section N – General Rules for Members.
  • Section O – Fishing Rules for Members.
  • Section P - Predator Angling Rules.
  • Section Q – Venue Specific Rules.
  • Section R – Data Protection Act 1984.
  • Section S- Membership and Price List.
  • Section T – Useful Contact Details and Telephone Numbers.


  1. The name of the club is the ’Ashfield Angling Club’, henceforth in this book to be known as ‘The Club’.
  2. The Club will be affiliated to the ‘Angling Trust’ and will adopt the rules and codes where appropriate.
  3. The Club shall be non-profit making and any surplus funds will be used for the benefit of the club members.
  4. This Book comes into force on 21-04-2013 and all previous books are null and void.
  5. The Constitution, Aims and Objectives can only be amended at the Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) or at Extraordinary General Meeting (E.G.M.), by properly debated proposals and a two thirds majority vote at the meeting. The rules can be altered by a simple majority vote at the meeting.
  6. Throughout the document the singular includes the plural, the masculine include the female and vice versa.



  1. To promote and encourage the sport of angling with rod/reel or pole regardless of ability.
  2. To promote and protect the angling interests and other activities meeting the objectives of the membership.
  3. To encourage anglers in the conservation of fish species and numbers.
  4. To encourage the safe handling and return to the water where caught with minimum stress of all fish.
  5. To encourage anglers in the protection and conservation of their angling environment and its ecology,
  6. To purchase, lease, rent or otherwise obtain waters and provide fishing and access rights for the benefit of the Club and make waters available to anglers with a view to making their sport more variable and enjoyable.
  7. To ensure an on-going commitment to the fair treatment of all anglers with no discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or social class.
  8. It is the responsibility of all club members to read and familiarize themselves with the constitution, rules and codes of conduct of the Ashfield Angling Club.

Section C   Part 1). . MEMBERSHIP.

  1.  Membership is open to any angler, who successfully completes a membership application and pays the relevant fees
  2. He committee has the right to refuse entry with no explanation given.
  3.  Membership numbers will be set by the Committee.  
  4. When membership is full a waiting list will be established.
  5. Membership will be offered in the following categories.

    A. Full membership. 18 years + has the right to vote at A.G.M.
    B. Concession for Disability (Blue Badge Holders).Has the right to vote if over the age of 18 years.
    C. Concession for Senior Citizen, currently 65 years of age. Has the right to vote at the A.G.M.
    D. Juniors: 12years-15years.No voting rights.
    E. Intermediates: 16years-17years.No voting rights.
    F. Honorary Members: free membership for period set by committee. Has no rights to talk or vote at A.G.M and cannot stand for committee nomination.
    G.  Infants: Children to the age of 11 inclusive may fish with the member from the same peg.
    H.30 ½ price winter membership tickets will be available from the 1st October till the 31st March
    inclusive. Price of tickets, including administration charge, will be set by committee.

  6. All persons wishing to become members will be expected to complete an application form, supply a recent and valid passport sized photo, with name printed and signed on the back, along with fees and subscription payments. Members can join on the Web Site, Disability has to be proven by photocopied documentation.
  7.  Member must keep the Club updated of any change of details. It is the member’s responsibility to keep his records correct.
  8. All junior and intermediate membership must be supported by a parent or guardian. That person will be responsible for them on all matters, including infringement of the rules.
  9. All junior members 12years – 15years must be accompanied by an adult at the discretion of the bailiffs.
  10. All members fishing club waters will produce a current membership card and current rod licence(s).
  11. Membership will cease: A. By resignation. B. By expulsion. C. By non-payment of fees / registration.
  12. A) The Club shall not be dissolved whilst there are 50 members and then only by a postal vote with 75% of members in favour of the resolution.

    B) If dissolved then any surplus funds, after debts and liabilities are settled, will be divided between the adult members on the clubs records at the time that the resolution was first called..


  1. Temporary members will be anglers on guest and/or day tickets including match fishermen. They must have permits and current rod license(s) and abide by the rules of the club and membership will expire when the guest/day ticket/match ticket expires.
  2. Members applying for guest tickets will be responsible for their guest (there is a maximum of 2 guests per session) and will accompany them to the venue selected. Tickets must be obtained prior to fishing by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the Secretary along with the guest’s name, payment, and venue and fishing date. The payment will be non-refundable. It is hoped to allow payment on the web soon, until then no other method of obtaining tickets will be allowed.
  3. Guests can only fish for a maximum of 3 times before applying for membership to the club.
  4. Temporary guest tickets will be issued on a dated session basis: - 1 session = 24hours (or part session) at a cost decided by the club. A full day 24 hour guest ticket will be 2 sessions and priced accordingly.
  5. Day tickets will be purchased on the bank from the relevant bailiff at a price set by the committee.

A list of current prices can be found on the Club Website or from committee members.

  1. The Club year is from 1st March to the end of February the following year inclusive. Fees and subscriptions are due to be paid by the 28th February.
  2. Members agree, by the paying of fees/subscriptions that the committee and management trustees are authorised to act on their behalf when entering into purchasing, contracts and agreements concerning The Club and its legitimate business.
  3.  Entry to Club waters is by key entry.The key can be rented at a cost decided by the committee, refundable at the termination of membership when the key is returned. This fee can be included along with membership payments.
  4. Membership fees/subscription to be agreed and fixed by the committee.
  5. Members of the club who are in the Armed Forces, on active service abroad, will have their membership payments suspended for the duration of their posting. When home on leave they will be able to avail themselves of all the clubs activities.


  1. The affairs and running of The Club shall be controlled by the Committee, consisting of 14 members. The executive officers are the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
  2. Committee has the right to vet nominations for committee posts
  3. Members wishing to stand for election must be proposed and seconded and have been a member for at least 2 years. The submission must be in writing with the secretary by 28th February.
  4. Committee members will be elected, or their office ratified at A.G.M. They will be accountable to the members     of the Club at A.G.M. and can stand for re-election each year.
  5. The Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary shall receive yearly Honorariums from the Club of an amount agreed by the Committee. This is in recognition of the difficult and often complex nature of the work that they do for the Club.
  6. No rule, once ratified by the A.G.M. can be challenged for 5 years unless there sufficient evidence to prove that     the rule is wrong or unjust – e.g. alterations to law or better research which would contradict the rule in place
  7. The financial year for The Club will run from 1st March to the end of February each year.
  8. A).The A.G.M. must be called within 3 months after the end of the financial year.
    B) All notification of motion, proposals and committee nominations for A.G.M. must be in writing and with Secretary by the end of February and must have a proposer and be seconded, both must be full members.
    C) There will be no business at the A.G.M. other than that on the agenda.
    D)  Time will be permitted at the close of meeting for general discussion without minute or vote
  9. The committee shall meet at a time and date set by the secretary, with at least 7 days’ notice given before the meeting. There will be a minimum of 4 committee meetings per year.
  10. The committee shall be the sole authority for the interpretation of the rules and the decision of the committee on all matters will be final and binding upon all members.
  11. The committee has the powers and authority to act, on behalf of The Club, in all matters, including the addition of new rules and rule changes (to be ratified at A.G.M.). They have the power and authority to purchase, rent and loan tools, equipment, waters and all things necessary for the smooth running and wellbeing of the club.
  12. The Committee has delegated powers to enter into contracts and agreements on behalf of the Club. These contracts and agreements are to be reported to the next A.G.M. following their agreement but no financial figures with reference to rents and leases, including bids in progress will be given.
  13. The committee, acting as authorised, are entitled to indemnity from the members and will be indemnified against any risk and expense reasonably incurred on behalf of the Club.
  14. All matters under discussion and notification relating to The Club will be treated in the strictest confidence until announced to the membership by way of the correct committee channels.
  15. A).Attendance records will be kept, members who miss 3 consecutive meetings will be asked for an explanation.
    B). If the explanation does not satisfy the committee then the member may be asked to stand down.
  16. A). The committee can co-opt any paid up member onto the committee but they are temporary until ratified by the A. G. M. B).They cannot hold executive office unless it is for the position of Treasurer. 
    C).The number co-opted cannot exceed the total number of committee members, i.e. 11 members and they
    can vote in committee.
  17. The committee may ask anyone, member or not to assist in the work of The Club, but they will not gain  preferential treatment from the committee and will have no voting rights.All A.G.M. and E.G.M. meetings will be set by committee with a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice, via the webpage
  18. Quorum for meetings will be a minimum of 6 members. Written minutes must always be taken for the meeting to have any binding effect.
  19. Should any executive officers post become vacant during the year the committee will be responsible for the appointment of a replacement, to be ratified at the next A.G.M.
  20.  The Committee shall be authorised to approve reimbursement of such costs and expenses incurred by the Officers and Officials of The Club in pursuance of the Club’s work and business. They shall receive the benefit of free membership whilst undertaking their duties.
  21. On relinquishing the post all Officers and Officials must pay relevant members fees as designated by the Committee.

The officers of The Club will consist of 14: - the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer plus 11 committee members.

1. Chairman:

A).He will be responsible for keeping order at meetings, holding the committee together and acting as a point of contact for the membership.
B). He holds the casting vote in the event of a tied vote.
C).He will be elected by the membership and will be responsible to the committee and to the membership in all actions and decisions.

2.  Vice-Chairman:-

A).He will act as chairman in the event of the absence of the chairman, with the full powers that
the office holds.
B).He will be elected by the committee and be responsible to the chairman.

3.  Secretary:-

A).He will be responsible for the day to day running of The Club.
B)  He will keep all records and correspondence relating to The Club.
C) He will call all meetings and produce the agenda of said meetings.
D)  He will be elected by the committee and be responsible to the chairman.

4. The Treasurer:-

A). The Committee, if they cannot appoint a financial person to the role of Treasurer, e.g. accountant or book auditor must allow and pay for the member taking on the role to acquire proper knowledge of the requirements of book keeping. At the very least he must be instructed by the Reporting Accountants of the Club.
B). He will be elected by the committee, who will notify the membership and he will be responsible to the chairman.
C). He will be responsible for all monies, banking and financial records of The Club.
D). He will organise statements and balance accounts for committee meetings and arrange yearly reporting accounts for the membership at A.G.M.
E). The Treasurer may be removed/suspended from office on the joint authorisation of the Chairman, Vice- chairman and Secretary. Such a move must be reported to the membership within one calendar month at a specially convened E.G.M.

5.  Membership Secretary: -

A).He will be responsible for all matters pertaining to membership.
B). He will keep all records and issue all membership cards.
C). He will be elected by the committee and be responsible to the chairman.

6. Health and Safety Advisor:-

A). He will be an elected member of the committee, who is responsible for the wellbeing and safety of the club.
B). He will be responsible for risk assessment, safety, providing information/advice on health and safety issues,
maintaining and recording information/advice for the committee and the membership.
C). He will be responsible for advising compliance with health and safety law within the club.
D). He will be a member of the club who is trained in the monitoring/introduction of health and safety law within  
the club, or is prepared to gain the knowledge.
E). He will be elected by the membership and responsible to the chairman.

7. Committee Officers of the Club: -

A). There will be 11 members who with the Executive will run The Club.
B). Each officer will be elected by the membership and be responsible to the chairman.


  1. The committee shall elect 3 Management Trustees, henceforth in this document known as ‘Trustees’. They will be responsible for the management of the clubs property, waters and equipment, not cash or bank accounts.
  2. A).Trustees will ensure that the committee pursues its objectives as defined by the Constitution and Objectives of the Club.B).Trustees will ensure that the clubs resources are used, exclusively, in the pursuance of its objectives and no monies to be spent on activities not included in its objectives.
  1. The Trustees will be members of The Club, appointed by committee and shall hold office until death, resignation or removal by the committee.
  2. Trustees will only enter into contracts when authorised by the committee and the trustees will be indemnified and protected, from any liabilities and legal penalties they may incur, by the Club against any claim made. In all leases, contracts and agreements provision will be included stating that they, the Trustees, are acting on behalf of The Club and that in no case will their personal liability exceed the amount by which they are indemnified out of The Club funds.
  3. A) Trustees are entitled to receive advanced notice of all committee meetings and to attend but they will have no voting rights.B).Trustees can refer resolutions back to the committee if they consider that the committee oversteps its mark in the pursuance of the objectives of the club.
    C).Failing satisfactory outcome they may refer the matter to the membership by way of E.G.M.
  4. The Trustees will not be held responsible for any debts, whether incurred in the past, present or the future. These will be the responsibility of The Club.
  5. Members of the club have the right of appeal to the trustees, in complaints and grievances that the committee cannot resolve. The decision of the trustees is final and binding on all parties, including the committee.


  1. All financial transactions conducted on behalf of the Club, shall be in pursuance of the objectives of the Club.
  2. All monies and transactions carried out by the Officials on behalf of the Club shall be properly recorded, banked and the appropriate details/documentation etc. shall be given to the treasurer.
  3. Membership fees and subscriptions will be duly recorded with the members name, membership number and amount paid. The membership card will act as receipt of payment.
  4. All monies, cheques etc. will be banked promptly in properly organised bank account approved by the Committee and opened in the Clubs name.
  5. Withdrawals and cheque signing can be made by any 2 from 4 nominated and approved signatures from the Committee.One signature must be the Treasurer, although he does not always have to sign the cheque or note he must be the only one to issue said document.
  6. All monies collected and expended on behalf of the Club shall be evidenced by proper accounts, bills or documentation that will satisfy any audit as to its validity.
  7. The accounts of the Club shall, at a reasonable time, be open to inspection by club members but not the details of rentals, leases or any confidential matters etc. Accounts should be presented at any official meeting of the Club or Committee.
  8. All financial records must be retained for a minimum 7years.

Section H. Part 2).  PETTY CASH.

  1. The following persons are authorised by the committee to hold petty cash. They are the Chairman, Secretary,
    Treasurer, Membership/Webb Secretary and Bailiffs. Amounts held will be decided by the committee.
  2. All petty cash expenditure will be evidenced by bill/accounts or receipts.
  3. Payments of petty cash will be recorded on a form produced for that purpose and will be evidenced by receipts.
  4. Each month at a time agreed all paperwork will be passed to the treasurer and petty cash floats adjusted to the authorised level that the member is permitted to carry.
  5. Any changes to personnel holding floats or the amount of cash held will be decided the committee.
  6. All records must be retained for a minimum of 7 years.


  1. The Club shall, at the A.G.M. appoint by way of resolution a properly qualified Reporting Accountant.
  2. The Committee may appoint an interim Reporting Accountant if the vacancy occurs before the A.G.M. Such an appointment is to be recorded in the minutes of the meeting and details to be reported to the next A.G.M.
  3. The Reporting Accountant shall make a report to the Club on the Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheets  of the Club examined by him for the year of account for which they have been appointed.
  4. Such accounts, balance sheets and reporting accounts shall be presented at the next A.G.M. of the Club.
  5. Revenue accounts, balance sheets and reporting accounts must be retained for a minimum of 7 years


  1. All complaints and grievances must be made in writing to the chairman and be dealt with in the first instance by the executive. An initial response or acknowledgment will normally be made within 2 weeks.
  2. A). Members may apply to have their case heard before the committee.B). All members have the right to a hearing before the committee and to offer any relevant information.
    C). There is a right of appeal to the Management Trustees and their decision is final and binding on all parties including the committee.
  3. Members making false accusations and/or statements against any other member may be suspended pending investigation.
  4. Members treating other members and officials with contempt may be suspended pending investigation.
  5. The committee has the right to suspend or dismiss any angler who, in the opinion of the committee breaks the
    rules, or acts in a manner not in keeping with the good name and interests of The Club.


  1. Bailiffs are officers of The Club and should be treated as such by the membership. They are the clubs representatives on the bank and will carry Bailiff Cards.
  2. Bailiffs will be appointed by the Bailiff Co-ordinator and the positions ratified by the Committee who will give them their full support.
  3. They should offer sound and practical advice to members and help create a friendly, responsible club.
  4. Abuse of a bailiff by any member will result in instant dismissal unless there are extremely extenuating circumstances and vice versa.
  5. Bailiffs should visit their venue frequently to ensure the club rules are being adhered to and that the fishery is in good order.
  6.  They should check for signs of pollution and/or fish in distress and report any occurrence promptly to the committee and the E.A.
  7. Bailiffs should look for signs of other problems, otter/bird predation, and broken gates/fences, fly tipping, poaching etc. and report to the committee any problems for consideration and action.
  8. In the case of poaching fish or stealing the committee must be informed immediately with a view to informing the E. A. and Police.
  9. They will inspect membership cards and licences on production of their card. Any person without a current membership card will be asked to leave. The membership numbers of those checked should be noted and a list submitted to the Bailiff Coordinator.
  10. Bailiffs are authorised to check tackle, including terminal tackle already in the water, to see that it complies with club rules.
  11. The bailiff should point out any rule infringement to the member which should rectify the matter. Serious and repeated cases will be reported to the committee for action.
  12. Bailiffs should not place themselves in dangerous or harmful situations. If serious conflict arises they should walk away and report the matter to committee.
  13. Bailiffs should ensure the fishery is kept in good order and litter free. They should encourage all members fishing the venue to assist in the task of litter removal and to also adopt good bank practices.
  14. Bailiffs should coordinate and cooperate with the committee member responsible for bailiffs (the Bailiff Coordinator).
  15. Bailiffs are responsible for regular venue reports, including water conditions, number of anglers fishing and notable catches, for publishing on the clubs webpage.
  16. Bailiffs of The Club shall receive the benefit of free membership whilst undertaking their duties.
  17. Bailiffs shall be responsible for pegging out and officiating at matches. They shall receive in return 50% of the match fee for this service to cover expenses, advertising etc.
  18. Bailiffs responsible for Day Ticket Waters shall receive 50% of the fee for this service to cover fuel and expenses.


  1. A).Committee members agree to represent the best interests of the club. and not represent any other interest/matter that may be contrary to the best interests of the sport of angling.B) Abide by all resolutions democratically agreed by the committee.
  2. Every elected member agrees to act for the benefit of The Club. The member agrees to use his vote in a manner that they deem is in the best interest of The Club.
  3. Outside of committee meetings the member will support and not criticise any motion or decision properly discussed and voted on in committee even if they were not in agreement of the decision. All members will be able to have a frank and meaningful discussion during the meeting, but once the democratic decision has been made the topic or motion cannot be raised again unless circumstances deem the decision was not in the best interest of The Club.
  4. No member can publicise any matter in the name of The Club unless that member has been nominated the spokesman for The Club but be mindful of rule 3. This should not prevent a member from expressing their own views at private meetings, but they must make it totally clear that these are personal views and will not necessarily be adopted by the committee.
  5. A). Members of the committee must agree to accept and comply with this Code of Conduct in its entirety with no exceptions or amendments.B). If a member feels at any time that they cannot comply or agree with this Code of Conduct they should consult with the chairman in confidence in an attempt to resolve the problem.
    C). If no favourable result is concluded then the member must stand down from the committee.


  1. Club members and temporary members, from now on in this document known as members, are persons that have given the requested personal details and financial costs as necessary to the Club.
  2.  Members will promote the highest standards of sportsmanship, fair play, see that the spirit of angling is upheld and be mindful of the Constitution and Objectives of The Club.
  3. Members will only fish in a manner that is fair and lawful. They must not bring the club into disrepute.
  4. Members will be brought before committee if they allow their standard of behaviour to fall below accepted standards as in abusive, threatening and obscene behaviour and/or language.
  5. A) Members to respect the right of privacy and solitude of other anglers and remember to stay within the boundaries of their peg.
    B). Be aware of anglers fishing opposite banks. Members have no fishing rights beyond half way when the
    opposite peg is occupied.
  6. Members must fish and conduct themselves in a manner that causes no offence and avoid disturbance of other anglers, water users and members of the public. Noise levels, either verbal or otherwise and movement to be kept to a minimum.
  7. It is the responsibility of all club members to read and familiarize themselves with the constitution, rules and codes of conduct of the Ashfield Angling Club. Ignorance will be no defence. Remember the rules, like the club, are always evolving and amendments will be added to the book on the web page
  8. Members that cannot accept and agree to abide by the rules and codes of conduct should stand down from The Club.


  1. All members and temporary members must update and be aware of the current rules. Remember the close season is set by law and not by The Club.
  2. All members enter the venues for the purpose of recreational angling at their own risk. The Club do not accept any liability for any injury, damage or loss of equipment or transport on any of our venues.
  3.  A).All permits are not transferable and must be shown to Bailiffs or any club member upon request, who will show their permits before making the request. Any angler without the required permit/licences will be asked to leave the water.B). Members must not risk their own welfare and safety when requesting documentation.
  4. All anglers are only allowed to fish with a maximum of 2 rods on rivers and 4 rods on lakes and only when in possession of the relevant, current angling licence(s).
  5. Any angler found breaking any club rules or rules imposed on The Club by the landowners or any authorised agency of the waters that they lease will be reported to committee.
  6. Access keys must not be loaned to any person, including other members to gain access to any Ashfield water. Persons found in possession of another person’s key will result in disciplinary action being taken against both.
  7. Gates to Club waters, which has keyed access must be closed and locked upon entry and exit of the venue. All vehicles shall be parked within designated parking areas where applicable with club car permit displayed.
  8. Members must drive slowly and responsibly on all access roads leading to club waters. Remember to respect other users and the environment.
  9. Litter offenders may be suspended from the club. Any litter, including paper, glass, waste nylon line and broken end tackle in your peg is deemed to be your litter.
  10. Where toilets are not available and it is not practical or hygienic to remove personal waste products, bury them completely, well away from the fishing area.
  11. No camping, barbecuing and lighting of fires is allowed on club waters. Bivvies’ and camping stoves are allowed so long as they do not infringe on others.
  12. The use of night lights other than battery powered torches will be prohibited.
  13. Radio and other audio/visual equipment must not be used in such a manner as to cause offence to any person.
  14. No member shall use or be in possession of a firearm, without the written permission of the committee on or around any club waters.
  15. A) The use of radio controlled boats and only these types of bait boat will be allowed on named waters run by the club. No bait boats will be allowed on the rivers or any other waters run by the club.B). Boats needed for maintenance and repair work on any Ashfield water must have the written permission of the committee. The boat will be used at the users own risk and they must wear life jackets and not work alone.
  16. No boats will be launched from club waters other than Dollar Lake at Gunthorpe. Members are reminded that it is against British Waterway laws to launch a boat from anywhere other than a designated launch site.
  17. Members must not damage any bank, trees, and fences; flatten any waterside vegetation, reeds, water lilies and any other fixtures on club waters. Removal of newly planted trees and vegetation will not be tolerated. Pruning of trees will only be done by the bailiffs or members officially sanctioned to carry out such work.
  18. All dogs must be kept under proper control and foetal waste removed from the peg.
  19. Members are allowed to fish the same peg, on club waters that allow night fishing up to a maximum of 4 days (96hours) in any one session. They must not return for at least 2 days (48 hours) to that peg.
  20. Pre-baiting a swim does not give the member priority to fish the swim. Members must accept that the swim may be occupied by another angler when they return to fish.
  21. Be aware when baiting a swim, too much bait can deoxygenate and sour the water making the fishery stale.
  22. Members cannot reserve or save swims for themselves or other anglers. Remove tackle from the swim when not fishing i.e. no baited tackle in the water.
  23. Anglers cannot sleep on the swim without fishing. No baited tackle in the water after 60 minutes means that the angler is not fishing and must vacate the swim. Night fishing means fishing through the night.
  24. Night fishing will be interpreted as ‘from dusk till dawn’ within this document.
  25. Members contributing to any form of media publication must not disclose any Ashfield Club venue by name or photograph, where the background can be identified to a specific venue
  26. A). Please read and adopt the National Angling Alliance Code of Conduct for Coarse Anglers. The Club endorses this code.  B). The code can be downloaded free of charge from the web: - type in `code of conduct for coarse anglers’.


  1. Strictly no match fishing on any club waters without the written permission of the committee.
  2. Strictly no illegal stocking or removal of fish from any club waters, including the removal of fish for live/dead baits.
  3. A). No coarse fish, dead or alive may be removed from club waters or between waters without the written consent of the committee.B). Be aware that any person who unlawfully takes/ destroys or attempts to take/ destroy any fish on private property WILL BE PROSECUTED under the THEFT ACT 1968.
  4. A).No member shall leave baited tackle unattended. For the purpose of this rule unattended means 10metres (11 yards) either side of the tackle.B). No non-member may be in charge of any baited tackle.
  5. Members can only fish one peg at a time. When using multiple rod setups the rods must be spaced such that the distance between the butts of the outside rods is no more than 3 metres (10feet) apart.
  6. No peanuts to be used on any venue.
  7. If particle baits are used ensure that they have been pre-soaked and thoroughly cooked for the required time. If unsure how to prepare particles safely then only use commercially prepared baits.
  8. A). Tackle must meet the requirements of the species fished for.B).Members must not use fixed leads.
  9. Keep nets must comply with environmental agency specifications. No specimen fish to be kept in a keep net.
  10. A). If keep nets must be used, then they should be staked out correctly in water deep enough to cover the rings of the net. B). Special rules may be implemented during adverse weather conditions.
  11. It is the members responsibility to check if keep nets can be used with the bailiff.
    A). Use only a knotless landing net big enough for the intended species.
    B). Always carry, at least 2, suitable disgorgers/forceps of the recommended size 
    and strength for the safe removal of hooks.
    C). Always carry wire cutters if predator fishing.
    D). No gaffs to be used.
  12. A). Only use barbless or semi barbless hooks for predator fishing.
    B). Try to adapt your angling techniques to use barbless hooks for all types of fishing.
    C). It is better to educate anglers than to lay down bans
  13. A). Unhooking mats must be used for all specimen fish. Always take your unhooking
    mat with you.
    B).Unhooking mats and weigh slings should be of large and adequate size for the
    species. Ensure that the mat and slings are wet before use.
    C). Be sure to keep the fish wet at all times, especially in hot, dry conditions. 
  14. Specimen fish may be retained for a short period of time in a retaining sack, fish tube or a
    large landing net for weighing and photography.
  15. Return the fish as soon as possible to the water, supporting the fish in the water until
    it has recovered sufficiently to swim off on its own. Treat all fish with care.
  16. Members must adhere strictly to the rules covering the handling and safe return of fish
    to the water. Remember all fish, are an asset and investment for the club.

  1. All fish to be treated with the greatest respect and care. Pike are far more fragile than their reputation suggests.
  2. All predators, pike, zander, perch, eels and catfish shall be returned alive to the water where caught.
  3. No pike fishing from the 1st April till the 30th September inclusive.
  4. A) Live bait can only be used from the water being fished.B) Be selective of bait, do not use rare or specimen fish. C) Remember not everyone is keen with this method of fishing.
  5. A) Use sea fish for dead baits fresh or frozen.B). Use commercially frozen coarse/trout dead bait only because of the risk of spreading disease between waters.
  6. Eels, perch and zander may be fished for all year, the following rules apply between April 1st and September 30th inclusive:
  7.   A) Only use coarse fish baits, maximum size 4”.
    B) Single barbless hook only maximum size 2 . No treble hooks to be used.
    C) A wire trace must be used with a minimum breaking strain of 20lbs.
    D) No lure fishing from 1st April till the 30th September inclusive. 


Cromwell Lock and Weir:-

  1. Ashfield Angling Club fishing boundaries are clearly marked with signs at either end of the stretch of water. Be aware the river can rise rapidly when in flood.
  2. In wet weather no vehicle may drive or park on the grassed area along the stretch.
  3. All vehicles are to be parked considerately in the designated parking areas.
  4. No parking on the lane leading to the lock or the lock area beyond the conifer hedge.
  5. No fishing upstream of the conifer hedge on the floating boat moorings or lock areas at any time.
  6. No fishing from any boat, waterways pontoon, locks basin or landing jetty.
  7. Any member in possession of a British Waterways key with access to the shower and toilet must leave the facilities in a clean and tidy state and the door must be locked on leaving.
Stoke Bardolph Estate Lock and Weir:-
  1. Members entering the Stoke Bardolph estate must close and lock the gate.
  2. Members must drive slowly and responsibly along the Ferry Field road. Be aware of free roaming cattle.
  3. Members must park considerately and strictly no parking in the wheelie bin area, taking care not to obstruct the lock keepers vehicles.
  4. Member’s crossing over lock gates to reach the island must do so with extreme caution, making sure that the small wooden gate is closed behind them.
  5. Members are forbidden to fish into the lock or from the high lock walls.
  6. Members can fish from the floating boat moorings above and below the lock from 1st October to 14th March each year. No fishing is allowed from the moorings at any other time.
  7. Members should be mindful of the moored boats and be aware of the residents and their property in the area.
  8. Extreme care must be taken when fishing from the boat ramp into the weir. Remember it can be unsteady underfoot when wet. The river can rise rapidly when in flood.
  9. To access the river above the weir – turn right, just before the car park at the lock entrance and follow the track around the lock keepers house. The gate needs an Ashfield Key.
  10. Driving can be tricky at times, especially bad weather so check vehicle access beforehand. Not suitable for large vans or campervans. Do not obstruct the track.
  11. You will make your own peg. Please be careful and don’t just hack away at the undergrowth.
 Winthorpe Lake and River Trent:
  1. Winthorpe Lake is open for fishing all year round.
  2. Members will drive slowly and responsibly through the villages of Holme and Winthorpe and show respect to the local residents and property.
  3. All gates must be closed and locked when entering and exiting the estate.
  4. Members shall take care and show common sense, especially in winter and wet weather, when driving around the lake on the track. Do not drive in the wheel ruts of previous vehicles.
  5. Vehicles parked on the Trent bank and the Lake side should park no closer than 3 metres (10 feet) from the banks edge.
  6. Vehicles must not be left on the track anywhere on the venue.
  7. No parking on the spit area of the lake and `Old Man’s Point`. Use the parking area designated.
  8. Strictly no fishing in the river and lake at the same time.
  9. Drive with care on the grass, we are responsible for the upkeep of the banks and grassed areas. Any unreasonable damage and/or wheel rutting of the surface will result in the agency placing parking restrictions.
  10. Strictly no fishing in the clearly marked No Fishing areas, these are deemed wild life sanctuaries by the agency. The bank from Old Man’s Point to the river outlet, the bank along the new track and from the concrete barge, along the east bank to the end of the spit.
  1. Members will drive carefully through the village and estate and show respect for the residents and their property. Be aware of free ranging animals.
  2. Drive slowly through the estate, keeping to the track. Close and/or lock all gates behind them.
  3. Members can only enter the estate after dawn and must be off the estate by dusk. Fishing is only permitted during daytime.
  4. Parking only in the designated car parking areas. Members may drop off and collect their fishing tackle from their fishing pegs.
Cauldwell Dam:
  1. No boilies are allowed without exception.
  2. Maximum 2kgs of ground bait to be used in any one session.
  3. No night fishing permitted at any time.
  4. All gates must be closed and locked when entering and exiting the venue.
  5. Vehicle may be parked in the designated car park or on the road at the side of the fishery.
  6. Members must park sensibly in the car park taking care not to obstruct other users.

Gunthorpe Lakes and River Trent.

  1. Access to the estate is via the Ashfield key locked gate on the A6097, near David Fullers Caravans.
  2. All gates must be closed and locked when entering/exiting the site.
  3. Kingfisher Lake is for our affiliated Kingfisher Angling Club members only and not to be fished by the standard Ashfield Club membership.
  4. Bait boats can be used on Gunthorpe Lakes.
  5. Rowing boat may be used on Dollar Lake to assist in the landing of specimen fish over the sand bar. The boat will be used at the anglers own risk. They must wear life jackets and not work alone. They must always have assistance.
  6. New Rule 17/5/15: Tench Lake (Small Lake) is now limited to a maximum of 2 Rods and Keepnets are not allowed.

Under the provision of 1984 data protection act, any person may request a copy, or be able to see, on payment of a reasonable fee, any and all information held by The Club concerning the said individual. All other personal data is protected and will not be passed or sold to any parties not required by law to it.

Membership numbers and costs will be published on the clubs website may also contact the committee with any queries.


Contact details for the Committee Members and Bailiffs can be found on the clubs website www.ashfieldanglers.comOther useful contacts: -                              

Environment Agency: Local midlands Solihull 0121 7112324
Enquiries:                                           0845 933311,   
Emergency:                                        0800 807060
Angling Trust:       Head Office         0844 7700616
Fish Legal:                                         0156 8620447

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