Offord and Buckden Angling Society Rules

  1. The health and safety of members is of paramount importance to the Society, but all members and day ticket holders are responsible for their own health and safety whilst fishing. If the water and/or the bankside conditions are considered dangerous then do not fish! In such cases please inform a Bailiff and identify the location
  2. Members must obey all the byelaws and rules of the Environment Agency (EA) and should be in possession of a current Rod Fishing License. The EA rod licence must be shown to the Bailiff, along with proof of OBAS membership upon request. Anglers failing to provide either will be asked to cease fishing
  3. A maximum of 3 rods per angler. (No exceptions)
  4. No angler to occupy more than one swim at any one time. (No exceptions)
  5. All anglers must be close enough to their rods to be able to react appropriately, in a timely manner in the event of a take. Determined by the Bailiff
  6. Any member causing verbal or physical abuse to an OBAS official will be expelled from the Society
  7. Membership of the Society shall be from payment of subscription expiring on 15th June next. Fees for 2018-19 is as follows:-
    Honary Member Free
    Senior Member (17 to 64 years of age) 25.00
    Senior Citizen (65 years +) 10.00
    Disabled Member (Blue Badge Holder) 10.00
    Affiliate Member (Reduced Seasonal rate) 15.00
    Junior Member (under 17 years of age) Free
    Day Ticket (daylight hours) - Car Park and Triangle only 5.00
  8. Night fishing - Members only
  9. The committee shall have the right to refuse or revoke membership to any person
  10. All members must use the car parks provided and must observe the Marina speed limit. Anglers with a disability may drive their vehicle beyond the carpark's boundary posts in order to load or unload tackle, but must return the vehicle to the carpark immediately after doing so. Anglers without a disability must not take their vehicle past the carpark's boundary posts. (No exceptions unless approved by a committee member).
  11. Any angler without a disability, fishing those swims on 'C' Section designated for anglers with a disability, will be required to vacate that swim when requested to do so by an angler with a registered disability
  12. Whilst all anglers are subject to the National, regional and local byelaws for the Anglia region, our members are not permitted to remove fish from the society's waters. Any member caught in the act of removing fish will be expelled from the society immediately
  13. All anglers to use unhooking mats when putting large fish on the bankside
  14. All anglers must carry a landing net of suitable size (Pike and Carp anglers minimum of 36 inches).
  15. All pike anglers must use a wire trace
  16. No keep nets to be used along the Mill Stream and Black overfalls weir pool
  17. Fish must not be kept in keepnets if showing signs of distress or damage, and in any event no longer than 6 hours
  18. All fish to be weighed in an appropriately designed sling (no carrier bags). An appropriately sized landing net may be used if a sling is not available
  19. No open fires
  20. No tents (a Bivvy may be used)
  21. The Ouse Valley pathway must not be blocked by anglers to walkers
  22. All litter and rubbish is to be removed from the bankside irrespective of ownership. Any member found leaving litter or rubbish may be subject to a ban from the society
  23. It is the duty of members to protect the water, wildlife and the environment. Any observance of a potential action that may be of a cause for concern must be reported to a society Bailiff and if appropriate the Environment Agency
  24. Members shall use designated routes to gain access to the waterand observe all speed limits
  25. Unscheduled sweepstake contests may be organised by any member or members but all participants shall be members or day ticket holders. No Society members shall be asked to move any swim or be prevented from fishing any unoccupied swim adjacent to a participant
  26. Should any case arise in which these rules are not sufficiently binding, it shall be a matter for the Committee to decide upon and their decision is final
  27. No magnet fishing on OBAS waters
  28. It is the duty of all members to protect the society's "Fishing Rights" and it's access "Rights of Way", whilst also respecting the rights of other users to the waterway and bankside
  29. Only members that enjoy Full Member status have the right to vote at the AGM
  30. Members pet dogs must be kept under control at all times. Determined by the Bailiff

Match Rules

  1. Match fishing competitors are subject to the general OBAS rules
  2. The draw for all matches is to take place at the OBAS Car Park, Station Road, Offord Cluny; Postcode PE19 5RX.
  3. On having drawn a competitor may proceed to his peg and fix his tackle but must not bait the swim or attach any bait to the line until the signal to start is given. Plumbing the depth of water is allowed
  4. Competitors must fish from a position within two metres either side of the peg and must not move the peg. Wading is permitted to NFA rules
  5. No raking to be done except to clear a swim of weeds or other obstructions
  6. A competitor must not allow his float or end tackle to travel beyond the next downstream peg
  7. No match will take place unless there are 3 or more competitors
  8. A competitor must hook, play and land his own fish
  9. A fish landed within 15 minutes of the cease fishing signal shall count if it is hooked before the signal is given
  10. Competitors must fish the swim drawn and shall have no excuse for moving to or fishing any other swim unless the stewards decide the swim drawn is totally unfishable and another swim is allocated
  11. Any competitor leaving his peg before his catch is weighed may be disqualified. Those appointed as stewards are exempt for the purpose of weighing and recording or if called away by another competitor during the progress of the match
  12. Competitors must provide themselves with keepnets complying with Environment Agency byelaws and rules. They must endeavour to keep alive all fish caught, which immediately after weighing must be taken to the water and carefully returned. If a competitor catches an exceptional specimen the stewards may assist if deemed necessary to prevent damage to any fish
  13. Pike and Zander will not be weighed in any match but of course will be when caught in a Predatory Fish match

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