Sandwich and District Angling Association.

Rule Book 2019

Constitutional Rules.

(1) That the organisation be known as the “Sandwich & District Angling Association”.
(2) That the objectives of the Association are:
(a) To obtain greater facilities for sea and freshwater angling.
(b) To promote the sport of angling.
(c) To increase the importance of Sandwich and district as an area for anglers.
(3) Membership of the Association shall be open to any person completing a membership application form and paying the relevant subscription,
as determined by the Annual General Meeting of Association Members and accepting the rules and byelaws of the Association.
Applications for membership may be submitted to the committee who shall have the power to approve or reject at its discretion.
(4) There shall be six classes of membership available, namely:
Full Membership
Senior Citizen Membership
Full Family Membership
Senior Citizen Family Membership.
Junior or Student Membership.
Honorary Membership.
(5) The Association shall consist of a President, vice-presidents (not more than three) and ordinary members. The President and Vice-Presidents shall be persons approved by the Members and shall have all the privileges of the Association, being Honorary Members.
(6) The business of the Association shall be conducted by a committee consisting of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and eight ordinary members, who shall be elected to the Annual General Meeting, five of whom shall form a quorum.
(7) The duties of the Committee shall be to:
(i) To control the affairs of the Association on behalf of the Members.
(ii) To keep accurate records of the finances of the Association through the Treasurer. These should be available for reasonable inspection by Members and should be audited before every Annual General Meeting. The Association shall maintain a bank current account and the following Officers shall be authorised to sign the Association cheques: Two from the Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary
(iii) To co-opt additional Members of the Committee as the Committee feels is necessary . Co-opted Members shall not be entitled to vote on the Committee.
(iv) To make or revise any byelaws of the Association to govern the control of fishing and waters held by the Association. Bye laws shall be printed in the Members’ Rule Book or otherwise notified to the membership in a newsletter, by e-mail or by notices at the Association’s waters.
(v) To make decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote. In the case of equal votes the Chairperson shall be entitled to an additional casting vote.
(8) The Officers and Members of the Committee shall retire annually and be eligible for re-election, by Members of the Association at the Annual General Meeeting.
(9) In order to maintain continuity, no Committee Member may be proposed for Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer unless they have served on the Committee for at least twelve months.
(10)The Association’s financial year closes on 31 December and the Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held after 16 March , but before the last day of April. Due notice shall be given to Members of the Annual General Meeting by circulating a copy of the notice to every Member at their home address, or by e-mail, and posting the notice on the Association’s notice boards no later than 28 days before the date of the meeting. All nominations, for Members to serve as Committee Members and any business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting, shall be sent in writing to the Secretary, by a date to be announced in writing to each Member. Nominations can only be made by Full Members (this excludes students and members under 16 years of age) and must be seconded by another Full Member. The Secretary shall circulate or give notice of the Agenda for the meeting to Members not less than one month before the meeting. (11) The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to:
(i) Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and any General Meetings held since the last Annual General Meeting.
(ii) Receive and approve the audited accounts for the year from the Treasurer.
(iii) Receive the annual report of the committee from the Secretary
(iv) Elect the General Committee Members, whereby the Officers of the Committee will be elected at the next subsequent General Committee Meeting.
(v) Review the Association subscription rates and agree them for the forthcoming year.
(vi) Transact such other business properly received in writing by the Secretary from Members, and contained in the Agenda.
(vii) Any Other Business at the discretion of the Chairperson.

(12)There shall be five trustees of the Association. Subsequent appointment of Trustees shall be by the Committee. Trustees shall hold office until their death or resignation, or until removed from office by a resolution by the Committee and ratified at an AGM or special meeting. All property of the Association (except cash, which shall be under the control of the Treasurer) including leases and fishing leases shall be vested in the Trustees to be dealt with by them as the Committee shall from time to time direct. The Trustees shall be indemnified out of the assets of the Association against any risk and expense incurred by them in the pursuance of their office
(13)Each Member of the Association shall be entitled to one vote at an Annual General or Special General Meeting. Members, under 16 years of age and Students, shall have no voting rights. Decisions made at an Annual General Meeting shall be by a simple majority of votes from qualified Members attending the meeting. In the event of equal votes, the Chairperson shall be entitled to an additional casting vote.
(14)The Committee may call a Special Meeting. The Secretary will on receipt of a request signed by 25 members, together with a written statement of the business to be brought forward, call a Special General Meeting and this meeting will be held at the earliest possible date that a venue can be booked. No business shall be transacted at this meeting other than that for which the meeting was called.
(15) The Annual Subscription for Membership shall become due on the 1st February each year and shall expire 31 January the year after.
(16)Rule 14 of the Constitutional Rules does not apply whilst the Committee is dealing with any matter handed back to the committee by Members at an Annual General Meeting.
(17)All proposals passed at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting shall come into effect as of that date. This will not effect subscriptions. These will come into force on the 1st February the following year.
(18)All cups and trophies held or owned by the Association shall be valued every three years.
(19)Any proposed alterations to the Association’s Constitutional Rules may only be considered at an Annual or Special General Meeting, convened with the required notice of the proposal. Such alterations shall be passed if supported by not less than two thirds of those Full Members present at the meeting. These rules to be reviewed every four years. (20)Junior Members will become Full Members in the year they attain 16 years of age.
(21)Full Members will become Senior Citizens in the year they attain the statutory age as defined by HM Government, i.e. when they are in receipt of a State Pension.
(22)Family Memberships include both husband and wife together with direct family junior members under the age of 16 years.
(23)Members of the Association, whose conduct is inappropriate or who decline to abide by any of the Association’s Rules and Byelaws may be expelled or suspended by a resolution passed at a meeting of the General Committee where their membership fee may be forfeited. A Member shall have the right of appeal in person with regard to any decision affecting them directly, provided that such notice of appeal be submitted in writing within seven days of notification of the decision.
(24)If members of the Association, at a duly convened Special Meeting or Annual General Meeting of the Association, vote by a two-thirds majority, of those present, to dissolve the Association, the Trustees shall realize any assets held by or on behalf of the Association, and any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred by the Trustees to such Charitable Association or Associations having objectives similar to the Association’s objectives, as the Association at the Special Meeting or Annual General Meeting may decide or, failing that, shall be applied by the Trustees for some other charitable purpose. Notwithstanding the provisions of rule 19, this present rule shall not be amended without the previous written consent of any parties having a vested interest in the Association or its assets.
(25)Any Committee Member failing to attend 50% of duly constituted Committee Meetings held in the Associations year (April to March) shall be deemed to have resigned and shall not be eligible for re-election for a period of twelve (12) months, unless the Committee members’ absence is due to acceptable mitigating circumstances. Such reasons for absence to be ratified at the following Annual General Meeting when the Committee members stand for re-election.
(26)Membership cards are not transferable and shall be carried at all times when fishing or when visiting Association waters, and shall be shown to any Official or member upon request. A current passport type photograph must be affixed to the membership card in the space provided. Failure to comply with this rule could result in the offender being asked to leave the water. The transference, to another, of a membership card will result in loss of membership.


Bye Laws Common to all Association Waters


(1) Any complaints must be submitted to the Committee in writing.
(2) The winners of any Association cup or trophy shall have replicas awarded at an A.G.M
(3) Only coarse fish caught in waters owned or controlled by the Association qualify for cups or trophies.
(4) It is paramount that the good opinion of riparian owners and farmers is maintained. Willful damage to fences, banks, etc. and interfering with game will not be tolerated and will result in loss of membership.
(5) Only fishing from the banks of any waters owned or controlled by the Association, is allowed.
(6) No fish may be removed from, or introduced to, waters owned or controlled by the Association without the consent of the statutory body and the Association’s Committee. To do so is an offence and automatic loss of membership will follow.
(7) When fishing waters controlled by other Clubs and Associations, we abide by their rules.
(8) Juniors must be with a responsible adult at all times.
(9) No more than TWO rods can be used at any one time. Keepnets may be used on Association waters, unless directed otherwise by the Committee. All keepnets to be knotless and of a minimum length of 3 metres. 2 keepnets must be used, one for carp with all other fish retained in the second net. A landing net must be available for sole use, not to be shared by another angler. Landed fish must not be placed on the ground, unless upon an unhooking mat. Fish shall not be placed into a keepnet for longer than 6 hours.
(10)No member may occupy a peg longer than 24 hours, after that time he or she must move at least 10 pegs. All rods must be attended at all times.
(11)All boilies and nuts are prohibited, together with pellets over 14mm. Sweet corn can only be used as a hookbait. A maximum of 1 kg. of cereal or pellet, under 14mm, may be used per angler per day as feed or hook bait. All left over baits, other than living baits, must not be thrown in the water but disposed of away from the venue.
(12)The use of small open ended maggot feeders, method feeders and pole cups are
permitted on Association waters. (13) Ledger weights are limited to no more than one ounce in weight and the use of shot, size 7 to swan, must be lead free.
(14)Only barbless hooks, (manufactured as barbless) are permitted to be used. Double hooks, treble hooks, plugs and spinners are prohibited. Only semi-fixed leads and feeders are permitted.
(16)No gaffs to be used in Association waters.
(17)Guest tickets are available for all Association waters. Tickets must be purchased prior to fishing (tickets are available as defined on your membership card ). Only one guest ticket may be purchased per session per member, and no guest may commence fishing until in possession of a guest ticket with the host member present. Guests must fish in an adjacent swim to the member.
(18)All members and guests must fish in pegged swims (one swim per angler at any one time). No new swims to be cut. Junior members must be accompanied by an adult
member. (19)Association waters will be closed, for listed competitions, two hours before the start time, during and one hour after completion. For festivals, waters will be closed from midnight the preceding day.
(20)Members found not removing litter from the peg they have occupied, away from the fishery, will lose their membership.
(21)All work carried out on Association waters, by work parties, must be done under strict supervision of the Committee Member allocated the duty of water management.
(22)Areas of Association waters may be closed, without notice, for management purposes.
(23) A Member must surrender their membership card to any official bailiff of the Association upon demand.
(24) All fish must be handled with respect and with extreme care.
(25) Competitions shall be arranged at the discretion of the Committee, with due regard to the competition rules set out by the NFA. and shall be final and binding on all competitors.
(26) Should any matter arise that is not provided for by the Association’s Rules and Bye Laws , the same shall be laid before the committee, whose decision will be final.


Bye Laws specific to the Reed Pond


(1)Tents, brolley camps, bivvies, open fires , guns, dogs, cans, glass bottles and portable audio equipment without personal headphones are prohibited. Gas cookers are permitted, providing they are kept under close control.
(2) No fishing or the casting of weights is permitted within ten metres of the solar powered aerator


Bye Laws specific to Swallowbrook Water



(1)Brolley camps and bivvies can only be used at swims, where no obstruction to the footpaths occur. Tents, open fires, guns, dogs, cans, glass bottles, and portable audio equipment without personal headphones are prohibited. Gas cookers are permitted providing they are kept under close control.


Competition Rules



(1) All Matches fished on Association waters must adhere to “Sandwich and District Angling Association” Rules and Bye Laws.
(2) Six or more entrants constitute a competition and individual trophies, where applicable, will be awarded. Where competitions are held with less than six entrants, entry fees shall be paid and aggregate points fished for, but any individual competition trophy, where applicable, will not be awarded.
(3)A competitor on paying their entry fee and drawing (and who may only draw once), may proceed to their peg, fix their tackle, plumb the depth, place their keepnets and mix ground bait. When a walk-off is declared, the peg nominated by the competitor must be fished for the duration of the match.
(4)All peg draws for competitions will commence 60 minutes before, and cease 30 minutes before, the start of the competition. A draw by proxy is permitted, providing all monies due have been paid.
(5)The signal to commence fishing will be given by the appointed steward, who shall also give the signal to cease fishing.
(6)Every competitor must fish from within one metre either side of his/her designated peg. On flowing water, the competitor may fish in the direction of the flow as far as the next peg. On still water, he/she may fish as far as half the distance between his./her peg and the pegs on either side. Where competitors are drawn on opposite banks, the limit of the swim is the line midway between each bank.
(7)Each competitor may use one rod or pole and hook only. Spare rods or poles may be made up unbaited.
(8)Each competitor must have two keepnets and a landing net in their sole possession.
(9)Large carp and other fish unlikely to survive the duration of the competition are to be witnessed, weighed and returned to the water instead of being placed in a keepnet.
(10)Only live fish to be weighed in.
(11)A competitor will be allowed 15 minutes after the signal to stop fishing is given, to land a fish hooked during the competition.
(12) No competitor shall move pegs or exchange a drawn peg without the steward’s official consent.
(13)No baited feeder is to be cast or feed of any sort put into the water before the instruction is given to start fishing.
(14)Competitors may receive assistance to and from their peg for themselves and their tackle.
(15)No feed shall be introduced to a swim while a competitor has another line in the water other than by hand or catapult. Using a pole to feed over a line is not permitted.
(16)Any competitor who abandons a match will be deemed to have ceased taking part and must return all fish to the water, unless prior arrangements for weighing the fish caught have been made with the competition steward
(17)Any angler proved to be in contravention of these rules will be disqualified.

(18)The steward’s decision is final on all competition matters.