Rules and Regs

 

   Polite Notice

The Wantsum Angling Association (WAA)wishes you a pleasant day at our waters and that the surroundings are appreciated.

We have formulated a simple set of rules to enhance your long-term & short-term fishing experience at Marshside Fishery and the Rivers Stour and Wantsum.

The rules are there to keep everyone (and the fish) happy so please stick to them

                 We ask all Anglers to respect each other, our staff, and the surroundings you find yourself in.

Entry into our waters may be via a coded lock these codes must not be publicised.

 The coded locks when in use must be refitted to the gate after entry.

 Loud Music, Alcohol, Abusive behaviour, Littering  will not be tolerated .The WAA Bailiffs or Committee reserve the right to deal with such behaviour in ever way they feel fit to do so.

This may result in the individual(s) being asked to leave. Further action may be a future ban from entering the site.

Members may face a ban or expulsion from the Association.

       No refunds will be given

The WAA accepts no responsibility for Injury, Death, or theft to persons, vehicles or equipment whilst at our waters.

The WAA Reserves the right to close the waters at anytime.

 

Full Membership Rules

  • Membership will be limited to 150 adult members only. A Separate membership is for Members that have been recognised for services rendered Life Time, Founder members, and juniors, Spouse membership is free.
  • The Committee have the right to refuse membership.
  • Membership cards are not transferable and must be carried with you at all times when fishing club waters. You may be asked to show your membership card to the Club Bailiff’s or any officer of the Committee at their request. If you are not able to produce your membership card you will be required to purchase a day ticket.
  • The Committee has the right to expel any member who is found acting against the interest of the Wantsum Angling Association.
  • There will be a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and up to 5 other Committee members.
  • All Officers and Committee members will serve for three years, after which they may stand for re-election.
  • Renewal of Membership must be completed within 1 Month of expiry. Failure to do so will result in the place being given to the next person on the waiting list.

 

Bylaws

  • All anglers must hold a current Environment Agency Rod Licence when fishing Club waters for the quantity of permitted rods
  • Knotless keep-nets of not less than 18 inches diameter x 8 feet long (or equivalent) may be used, with discretion in low water conditions.
  • No swims or banks to be cut by individuals.
  • Members found with Litter in their swims are liable to have their membership withdrawn. It is the duty of all anglers to ensure that the swim they are using is clear of litter at the end of the session, whether it is their own or otherwise.
  • No night fishing, no camping, no fires, no dogs, no radios and no caravanning where specified.
  • The conservation of the surrounding area must be upheld at all times and is the duty of all members to enforce.
  • No cars to be left anywhere other than the Wantsum Angling Association car parking areas. Please park sensibly.
  • No fish to be killed or removed, including Pike.
  • Every effort must be made to retrieve lost tackle.
  • No rods to be left unattended with bait in the water.
  • All anglers fish at their own risk.
  • All Carp caught are to be returned to the water immediately & Carp mats must be used.
  • No live baiting
  • The fishing season for the Rivers Wantsum and Stour runs from 16th June to 14th March each year (inclusive). Fishing on the River Wantsum or Stour at any other time is strictly prohibited and is illegal.
  • All fishing on all club waters will be Barbless hooks only unless specified.

 

Rules, Regulations. Scroggins and Homersham

Fish Care

  • Barbless hooks only.
  • Maximum permissible size of hook limited to size 6.
  • maximum 2 rods per swim ,additional charges  for 3 or more rods .
  • No fish to be taken from the lakes, all fish must be returned to the lakes alive.
  •  All Nets must be dry or dried for 15 minutes before entering our waters.
  • Fish Mats / Cradles must be used, and with the angler whilst fishing.  (matches exempt)
  • Keep Nets can only be used at approved organised matches or if permission is granted by a member of the Committee or Bailiff’s. Maximum permissible weight per net is 50LB (22KG).
  • No rods to be left unattended with bait in the water.

Baits

  • No Nuts
  • No Boilies (except for hook bait)
  • Ground Bait  and Loose feed limited to  3.5 LB ( 1.5Kg) per session (  A Session is 8 hours)
  • No Spodding, PVA bagged offerings OK.
  • No live baiting.
  • Bait boats can be used under the discretion of the bailiffs .They must not cause nuisance to other Anglers.

Environment

  • Alcohol is strictly not permitted.
  • Fishing is only allowed at designated swims.
  • No Open Fires, No Disposable Barbecues unless raised from the ground .Other barbecues allowed. Do not put them on the platforms or grass if damage may occur.
  • No Swimming.
  • Audio/Visual equipment can be used as long as they do not disturb other Anglers, Volume to be kept to a minimum. Or use headphones.
  • No Camping unless fishing at night. Motor homes OK.
  • No Tents.
  • Day Shelters or Bivvies only .Bivvies must be sited so that there is no obstruction to other users of the lakes, during busy periods April to September Bivvies on Homersham will not be allowed during the day unless permission is granted.

 

Additional Rules for Little Homersham

  • Fishing restricted to Float only
  • No Boilies
  • No Floating Baits
  • No Ground bait.
  • No Bivvie,or Tents
  • No Night Fishing.

River Wantsum .

Fish Care

  • No fish to be taken from the river, all fish must be returned to the river alive.
  • Nets: All Nets must be dry or dried for 15 minutes before entering our waters.
  • Fish Mats / Cradles must be used, and with the angler whilst fishing. (matches exempt)
  • Barbless or Micro barbed hooks only.

Baits

  • No Joker or Blood worm  February – November

Environment

 

  • No night fishing, no camping, no fires, no caravanning.
  • No Bivvies, Tents or Caravans
  • No Fires.
  • No Disposable Barbecues unless raised from the ground.
  • Audio/Visual equipment can be used as long as they do not disturb other Anglers, Volume to be kept to a minimum. or use headphones

River Stour

  • All Juniors must be accompanied by a adult. ( Buoyancy aid or jacket recommended )
  • No fish to be taken from the river, all fish must be returned to the river alive.
  • Nets: All Nets must be dry or dried for 15 minutes before entering our waters.
  • Barbless or Micro barbed hooks only
  • No Fires.
  • No Disposable Barbecues unless raised from the ground
  • Audio/Visual equipment can be used as long as they do not disturb other Anglers, Volume to be kept to a minimum. or use headphones

Marshside Fishery and WAA staff reserve the right to ask anyone not observing the ‘rules’ to leave the Fishery and other club waters forthwith