Official members are permitted to fish the Club waters. Members must be in possession of a valid membership card when fishing and must produce the same for inspection when requested to do so by any member of the Club, a bailiff or any official of the Club. Please treat our club Bailiffs with respect at all times.
2. Day tickets
The Club does not issue day tickets, but guest permits may be purchased in advance by a police, associate or student member of the Club for guests, family and friends. The guest must be accompanied at all times by the member and the guest permit must be duly completed to show Guests Name, Members Name and Date. Permits are valid for one day only. The system for the purchase of guest permits will be published by the Management Committee on the Club Website, in the Club Information Package and on newsletters from time to time. Members of water specific sections are not entitled to purchase guest day permits or fish any of the Club Access Waters.
3. Close seasons
The normal close season operates between the 15th March and 15th June on all rivers. There is no close season for any of the Club ponds, lakes or canal. The predator fishing season remains 1st October until 15th March, however lure fishing is allowed at other times.
Only barbless hooks may be used and members fishing may be required to present their hooks for inspection, Failure to do so and the use of barbed hooks will result in revocation of membership. Micro barbs are however allowed for use on rivers and canals. Pike fishing, all lures must be barbless, however micro semi barbed hooks are allowed for dead bait fishing, to enable safe mounting of bait.
5. Keep nets
Keep nets may be used in official matches only. Any carp over the weight of 10lb should be weighed and returned to the water. Carp friendly keep nets should be used in the interest of fish welfare. Carp should be retained in a separate keep net to other fish. A maximum of 5 carp allowed in a keep net at any time. If this is not observed on a match, then a return booking will be refused. When weighing fish from keep nets, this must be completed over the top of a protective carp mat, then the fish returned safely into the water as soon as possible.
Please park in the allocated places and with due thought to other members. When fishing canals & rivers on Estates lanes, access tracks, paths gates etc. must not be blocked or obstructed in any way. When parking their vehicles members should be aware that large agricultural vehicles and equipment need wide turning areas especially near gates giving access to fields & land.
No litter must be left – please take away discarded lines and hooks, and cigarette butts.
No audio or radio equipment is allowed unless used with adequate earphones so they cannot be heard at adjacent pegs.
9. Junior members
Junior members are welcome but should at all times be under the care and supervision of a responsible adult member.
10. Injury and loss
The Club and its officials accept no responsibility for any injury, damage or loss occurring to any member, or his/her equipment or vehicles whilst attending at any of the Club venues. If rods are taken into the water by a fish, then this must be reported to the club.
Members must at all times respect the interests of fellow anglers and the reserving of swims (except for official matches) is prohibited. Loud foul and abusive language will not be tolerated. This is a family club, and please respect this.
12. Damage to vegetation
No damage must be caused to any vegetation, wildlife or banks – any person found committing damage will be prosecuted and will have their membership revoked.
13. Bait bans
Tiger nuts and peanuts of any type are not to be used on any of our waters. Live baiting is not permitted at any time on any of the Club Waters. There are no other bait bans, but members are asked to use ground bait in sensible quantities. Luncheon meat is allowed in reasonable quantities only.
All members must be in possession of a current National Fishing Licence, have the licence available for inspection and produce the same when requested.
15. Fish deaths
Members should report any sightings of fish deaths, pollution or damage to a bailiff, committee member or via the website.
Swims are NOT to be used as toilets. Urination is however allowed in close proximity to your swim, as long as this is done in a private manner. We have children that attend with adults, so please respect this.
17. Night fishing
Members can night fish on agreed waters only. Members to observe the 2 rod limit. Where residential properties are close to the venue due consideration must be given to the residents and their animals, members night fishing should arrive and leave at times when sleep is unlikely to be disturbed.
All nets must be left out in the open in sunlight for 30 minutes before use to help prevent spread of disease. Members must be in possession of their own landing nets.
Dogs are allowed at certain waters, but must be kept on a lead and under control. If not, then consideration will be given to removing your membership. Members wishing to take a dog with them should check with the bailiff as to where or not they are permitted. An enquiry can also be made via the Club admin line or contact box on the website. Dogs are not permitted on rivers & canals located within estates.
No open fires on any waters. Barbecues and stoves allowed, however these must be responsibly monitored, and barbecues must be off the ground.
21. Smoking Safe
smoking policy for all waters other than Woodsetts (banned at this venue). Safely extinguish and remove cigarette ends from the venue to prevent litter build up and fires.
22. Fish handling and care
Carp unhooking mats to be used for both carp and pike fishing. Photographs to be taken from a kneeling position, with a mat underneath. Fish to be returned to water as soon as possible to prevent stress.
23. Fishing line
Mainline braid is only allowed for lure fishing. It should not be used for any other style of fishing.
24. Alcohol and drugs
Alcohol is allowed in moderation. Please observe personal safety when consuming any alcohol on our waters. Excessive use can lead to poor fish care and damage, as well as creating personal danger to yourself.
Drugs and other illicit substances are not allowed on our waters. If found using banned substances, then your membership will be withdrawn, and the matter will be taken forward with the police.
25. Rule changes & amendments
The Management Committee reserves the right to amend or change the rules from time to time having due consideration to changing circumstances, fishing methods, baits and members behavior. Any such changes or amendments will be published on the Club website and included in the next Club newsletter.
Water Specific Rules
1. Woodsetts No smoking at this venue. Members are only permitted to take one guest to this pond.
2. Westwoodside Lakes Shooting The land owner reserves the right to hold shoots in the shooting season. If any are to be arranged the Club will be given adequate notice and details will be published on the Club website and a notice displayed in advance at the lakes.
3. Chesterfield Canal Ranby No fishing in the prohibited areas near overhead power cables. No fishing on locks and in mooring areas when boats are moored. Vehicles must be sensibly parked and not obstruct access to tracks on the Estate. Less able anglers should be given access to roadside pegs. Guest day permits are only issued to full club members not water specific Section Members. No fishing on the Ranby Village stretch either side of bridge 51, to the Old School House on the down flow side to the metal gate 120 yards on the up flow side. Please respect the privacy of residents.