We are a family leisure angling club with a good estate of picturesque, well stocked, mixed fisheries in and around South Yorkshire.

Whilst most of our waters hold a head of carp, we are not a carp syndicate, a match fishing society or a commercial fishery and our waters are not overfished. We do not have any day ticket waters. Full members of the Club can purchase guest day permits in advance to take a member of their family or guest fishing with them on Club Waters.

The club was formed in 1970 by the members of the Sheffield & Rotherham Constabulary match fishing Team. Whilst very successful in competitions, members of the team thought it would be nice to have a water of their own where they could fish with their family and friends.

That ethos has continued to this day. Over the years we have grown from one pond to several waters.

As a member you can fish lakes, ponds, river & canal for silver fish, carp & predators. Our annual subscription is modest and we have various categories of membership giving you a range of options to be either a full club member or just fish a water specific section.

SYPAC's Rules & Policies

The South Yorkshire Police Angling Club Rules

1. Name and Address

The name of the club shall be ‘THE SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE ANGLING CLUB’ [hereinafter referred to as ‘THE CLUB’] and the Clubs headquarters will be the South Yorkshire Police Sports & Social Club Ltd., Niagara Club, Niagara Road, Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield, S6 1LU.

2. Objects

The objects of The Club shall be to encourage good fellowship amongst its members by providing facilities where all members and their guests can enjoy angling. In the furtherance of angling, club nights and other activities may be arranged to suit the needs of the membership.

3. Membership

There will be six categories of membership:-

[1] Ordinary Members

Will be ordinary and life members of the South Yorkshire Police Sports & Social Club Plc, accepted by the Club Management Committee upon the payment of the initial joining fee.

[2] Associate Members

Will be fit and proper persons introduced to the club on the recommendation of at least one member of the Club. The number of associate members shall be determined by the Management Committee and proportionate to the number of ordinary members and the facilities available. Associate membership will be granted upon approval by the Club Management Committee and payment of the initial fee.

[3] Honorary Life Members

Any member, who in the opinion of the Committee, has made a significant contribution to the running and/or development of The Club over a considerable period, or any other person, the Committee considers has been an invaluable supporter. The granting of Honorary Life Membership shall be ratified at the Annual General Meeting of The Club.

[4] Junior Members

(1) Will be persons aged between 12 and 16 years accepted by the Management Committee, with the consent of his/her parent or guardian and introduced to the Club on the recommendation of at least one member of the Club. On acceptance the joining fee will be due.
(2) When a junior member attains the age of 17 years he/she will be eligible to join the Club as an Associate Member without payment of the initial one off joining fee or any further recommendation.
(3) Members children [including grand children/nephews/nieces] under the age of 12 years may fish club waters free of charge provided they are accompanied by an adult member of the Club at all times who will be responsible for them.

[5] Student

(1) Persons aged between 16 and 23 years in full time education
(2) A student member will be eligible to join the Club as an Associate Member without payment of the initial one off joining fee or any further recommendation.
(3) Student members will be able to introduce new members to the Club and purchase guest day permits.

[6]. Water Specific Members

The Management Committee shall have the ability to create a specific category of membership for additional Club waters which limits the member to fishing one water, subject to the approval of an application for such membership from persons over the age of 16 years and payment of the appropriate fee. Such Members will not be able to fish any other Club Waters or apply for guest day permits and they will not be eligible to vote at the Club Annual General Meeting.

The creation of a water specific category of membership will be ratified at the next Annual General Meeting of the Club.

4. Conduct of Members.

If the Management Committee considers that any member’s conduct is contrary to the interests of the club and injurious to its reputation, they may terminate or suspend that person’s membership. No refund in whole or in part of the annual subscription fee will be made.

5. Resignation.

Any member wishing to resign from The Club, shall give notice in writing to the Club Secretary and return his/her membership card to the Club Secretary forthwith.

6. Management.

The Officials of The Club shall be:

Each shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting, after being duly proposed and seconded by an ordinary or associate member.

The following supporting officials may be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting, following a recommendation by The Club Committee that the demands of the club are such that all or any one of the positions are necessary to enable to efficient running of the Club for the forthcoming year.
Vice Chairman.
Assistant Secretary.
Assistant Treasurer.

7. Management Committee.

The Club shall be managed outside the Annual General Meeting by a Management Committee consisting of the officers stated at Rule 6 and up to a maximum of nine ordinary or associate members.

The Management Committee shall be responsible for furthering the objects of the club. It shall be responsible on behalf of the club for securing and maintaining waters and maintenance of The Clubs equipment.

Meetings of the Management Committee shall be called by the Secretary as and when necessary to deal with matters awaiting consideration. A quorum for meetings will be Six.

8. Special Committees.

May be formed by the Management Committee as and when necessary.

9. Emergency Committee.

The Emergency Committee shall consist of two of the following: –
(a) Chairman.
(b) Club Secretary.
(c) Treasurer.
(d) One other elected member of the management committee.
This emergency committee has the delegated authority of the Management Committee to authorise expenditure and shall have the power to deal with all matters it considers urgent or expedient and its decisions shall be binding on The Club until the next meeting of the Management Committee, to whom it shall report any action taken.

10. Annual General Meeting.

The Annual General Meeting shall be held each calendar year. The Club Secretary will ensure that the date is published and circulated at least 28 clear days prior to the meeting. Items of business, which need to be included on the Agenda, must be submitted to the Club Secretary at least 21 days prior to the meeting. A copy of the Agenda will be circulated. No business shall be discussed unless it appears on the Agenda. Voting at the Annual General Meeting shall be confined to Ordinary and Associate members. Twenty-five shall comprise a quorum.

11. Special General Meeting.

The Management Committee may at any time summon a Special General Meeting upon notice being given in the manner described for the Annual General Meeting. Similarly, all members entitled to vote at a General Meeting shall be entitled to summon a Special General Meeting if not less than 25 join together to do so and notify their requirements and reasons in writing to the Club Secretary who shall effect publication in the manner described in Rule 10. Voting shall be confined to Ordinary and Associate Members. A quorum shall be 25.

12. Finance.

(1) All monies received by the Club Treasurer shall be paid as soon as possible into a bank account approved by the Management Committee. The account shall be registered in the name of The Club. No money shall be withdrawn from the bank except by cheque or authority signed by any two of the following:- The Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer. The Treasurer is authorised to conduct transactions relating to the account by means of Internet Banking. All receipts and expenditure shall so far as reasonably practicable be brought into the Banking Account. The treasurer will produce accounts for the Annual General meeting.
(2) The annual subscription for ordinary and associate members shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting and should be paid to the Club Treasurer within 28 days of that Meeting.
(3) At the discretion of the Management Committee an honorarium, gratuity or payment may be made to any member of the Club committing time as an official, providing a service or carrying out work on the Club’s behalf.
(4) No gratuity or honorarium shall be paid to any person without the approval of the Management Committee of the Angling Club.

13. Club Property.

Any member wilfully or negligently damaging the property of The Club, shall where the property is under the control of the Management Committee, make good the same to the satisfaction of that Committee. All fish in Club waters are the property of The Club and/or the landowner. Any member found removing fish from club waters without authority or wilfully damaging fish in club waters will be expelled from The Club forthwith.

14. Guests.

Members may take guests to Club waters in accordance with policy set by the Management Committee. Members must accompany their guests at all times and will be held responsible for the conduct of their guests. The Management Committee may withdraw the right of a member to take a guest to club waters, where abuse of the procedure or misconduct is established.

15. Management of Club Waters.

The Management Committee shall have the authority to effectively manage club waters, including the power to restrict access where appropriate. From time to time the committee will publish rules governing fishing at all club waters or rules specific to a particular water or type of fishing.

16. Amendment to Rules.

No amendment shall take place except at an Annual General or a Special General Meeting and then only with a majority of two thirds of members present at the meeting. Such proposals shall be proposed and seconded and notified to the Secretary in writing at least 21 clear days prior to the meeting.

17. Dissolution.

The Club may at any time be dissolved on the recommendation of not less than two thirds of the members of The Club present at an Annual General or Special General Meeting of The Club, properly convened in accordance with Rules 10 & 11. Any funds outstanding at dissolution will be paid to the parent Club, The South Yorkshire Police Sports and Social Club PLC.

Updated 03/2013

Fishing Rules

1. Membership

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.

4. Hooks

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.

6. Parking

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.

7. Litter

No litter must be left – please take away discarded lines and hooks, and cigarette butts.

8. Radios

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.

11. Respect

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.

14. Licence

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.

16. Toilets

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.

18. Nets

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.

19. Dogs

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.

20. Fires

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.

Match Rules

  1. Keep nets to be Carp friendly.
  2. All nets to be brought to the venue dry if at all possible and in any case be left out on the bank for at least thirty minutes before the match.
  3. Silver fish and carp to be retained in separate nets, maximum of fifty pound of fish per net. Any fish over ten pound to be weighed and released immediately.
  4. Weighing of fish should take place over an unhooking mat.
  5. Barbless hooks only (micro barbs acceptable on canal and river) maximum size ten.
  6. On stillwaters all feeders to be free running, no fixed or elasticated feeders.
  7. No braided lines or hook lengths.
  8. Floating baits are allowed but great care should be taken to avoid loose feed floating into adjoining anglers swims. Also great care should be taken when fishing floating hook baits when water birds are present.
  9. No cat food, dog food or luncheon meat other than as a hook bait.
  10. Ground bait to be applied in cup or feeder only (except on canal and river where it may be thrown).
  11. No tins to be taken to your peg and all litter to be removed at the conclusion of the match.


Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Try to fish with at least one other angler, rather than on your own. If one gets into difficulty then another can help (if safe to do so) or raise the alarm.
  •  If you do fish alone, then consider wearing a lifejacket (ideally self-inflating) and/or utilising a dog spike and rope. You can either tie yourself to this or use it to assist in climbing up steep banks. This guideline is particularly applicable in poor weather, flood conditions, winter and during dusk or darkness. If you do use a lifejacket then ensure that it is at least compliant with BS EN 393 and that it is maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Let someone know where you are going to fish and always advise of your estimated arrival time back home.
  • Ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear to keep you warm and dry. Wear a hat in cold weather.
  • If you are wading then it is advisable to use a wading stick or a bank stick to check where it is safe to go.
  • Do not wear waders in winter or whenever the banks are slippery.
  • Carry appropriate equipment: a fully charged mobile phone in case you get into difficulties, a whistle to attract attention, a torch.

Before fishing ensure that you have identified places to land and return fish, to ensure both your own and the fish’s safety.

  • Do not expose yourself to unnecessary risks, e.g. if a fish is snagged near to the bank it is better to cut the fish loose rather than try a risky action to land it.
  • Take the weather forecast and river conditions into account.
  • Ideally you should carry a small first aid kit (containing at least some plasters, antiseptic cream/spray and pain killing tablets). Consider also carrying a space blanket. These are very small and light but are ideal to keep warm a person who is suffering from hypothermia. They can be purchased from a chemist. In case of hypothermia keep the victim out of the wind and cuddle (yes, cuddle!!) them until help arrives.
  • Layout your tackle so you know where it is.
  • Weil’s Disease (Leptospirosis) is a real threat around water and can be contacted through the smallest area of broken skin. Either wear gloves or, if you cut yourself when fishing, cover the wound with a plaster.
  • It is dangerous to fish with carbon rods or poles within reach of overhead power lines. Maintain a safe distance and do not carry assembled rods or poles under these power lines.
  • Never fish in a thunderstorm – lightning kills. Take shelter (not under a tree), lying flat if needs be, and ensure that carbon fibre and metal items are not near you.
  • Ideally you should be able to swim and to be able to swim fully clothed. See your local swimming baths for courses.
  • Never give or take alcohol during an incident or when winter fishing.
  • Watch out for undermined or silt-covered banks.
  • Whatever the provocation, do not be drawn into conflict with boat or canoe users, cyclists, walkers or persons fishing or attempting to fish who are believed to be non members or engaged in unlawful activity. Back off and gather as much information as you can that will help to identify them i.e. description, vehicle registration number etc. Report any unsavoury incidents.