Rules and byelaws

Sandwich and District Angling Association.

Rule Book (Revised May. 2010)

Constitutional Rules

(1) That the organization 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) 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.

(4) The business of the Association shall be conducted by a committee consisting of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and eight ordinary members, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, five of whom shall form a quorum. This committee having the power to co-opt and to make or revise bye laws for the proper working of the Association. Bye laws shall be printed in the members’ Rule Book or otherwise notified to the membership in a news letter or by notices at the Association’s waters.

(5) The Officers and members of the committee shall retire annually and be eligible for re-election.

(6) In order to maintain continuity, no committee member may be proposed for Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer unless they have served on the committee for at least twelve months.

(7) All nominations for members to serve as committee members and any business 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.

(8) 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.

(9) The Associations financial year closes on the 31st December, and the Annual General Meeting shall be held after 16th March, but before the last day of April, to which only fully paid up members may attend.

(10) Junior members, under 16 years of age, shall have no voting rights at the Annual General or Special General Meetings.

(11) 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.

(12) The Accounts of the Association shall be audited annually and presented at the Annual General Meeting. Copies may be obtained by written request to the Secretary.

(13) Applications for membership shall be submitted to the Committee who shall have the power to approve or reject at its discretion. The Annual Subscription for membership shall become due on the 1st February each year.

(14) Rule 11 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.

(15) 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.

(16) All cups and trophies held or owned by the Association shall be valued every three years.

(17) No Constitutional Rule of the Association shall be rescinded or altered except at an Annual General Meeting of the members. These rules to be reviewed every four years.

(18) Junior members will become senior in the year in which they attain 16 years of age.

(19) Senior Citizens – will be the year in which they attain the statutory age, as defined by HM Government, i.e. female 60 years of age, male 65 years of age.

(20)If members of the Association, at a duly convened Special Meeting or Annual General Meeting of the Association, resolve by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting 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 17, 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.

(21)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.

(22)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) Any member of the Association misconducting themselves or declining to comply with any of the rules and byelaws of the Association, may be expelled by a resolution passed by not less than two thirds of a full Committee.

(3) The winners of any Association cup or trophy shall have replicas awarded at an A.G.M

(4) Only coarse fish caught in waters owned or controlled by the Association qualify for cups or trophies.

(5) 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.

(6) Only fishing from the banks of any waters owned or controlled by the Association, is allowed.

(7) 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.

(8) When fishing waters controlled by other Clubs and Associations, we abide by their rules.

(9) Junior smust be with a responsible adult at all times.                                                                                          

(10) When fishing at night, only 6 volt battery lamps or under may be used.

(11) 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 net for fish over 1kg in weight, 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. 

(12)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.          .

(13)  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.
(14)The use of small open end  feeders, bait droppers and pole cups are permitted on all Association waters

(15)No gaffs to be used in Association waters.
(16) Guest tickets are available for all Association waters, with the exception of Wagtail Lake. Tickets must be purchased prior to fishing (tickets are available at local tackle shops). 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. Guest tickets may be purchased by a junior member, but only for an adult guest.

(17)All members and guests must fish in pegged swims (one swim per angler at any one time). No new swims to be cut. Junior guests must be accompanied by an adult member.
 (18)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.
(19)Members found not removing litter from the peg they have occupied, away from the fishery, will lose their membership.
(20)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.
(21)Areas of Association waters may be closed, without notice, for management purposes.

(22) A Member must surrender their membership card to any official bailiff of the Association upon demand.

(23) All fish must be handled with respect and with extreme care.

(24) 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.

(25) 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) Method feeders are prohibited. Ledger weights are limited to no more than one ounce in weight and the use of shot, size 7 to swan, to be lead free.

(3) Only barbless hooks, (manufactured as barbless), are permitted to be used. Double hooks, treble hooks, bolt rigs, plugs and  spinners are prohibited.

Bye Laws specific to Swallowbrook Lake

(1) Free-running method feeders are prohibited up to 1 ounce  in weight). Ledger weights are limited to no more than one ounce (28 g) in weight and the use of shot, size 7 to swan to be lead free.

(2) Only barbless hooks, (manufactured as barbless), are permitted to be used. Double hooks, treble hooks, bolt rigs, plugs and spinners are prohibited.

(3) 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 AA competition rules.

(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 round bait. When a walk-off is declared, the peg nominated by the competitor must be fished for the duration of the match.

(4) All competitions entries will 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 and hook only. Spare rods may be made up unbaited. For the purpose of this rule rod includes poles.

(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 organiser’s official consent.

(13) No feeder is to be cast or feed of any sort put into the water before the instruction to start fishing.

(14) Competitors may receive assistance to and from their peg for themselves and their tackle.

(15) No feed shall be introduced elsewhere while a competitor has another line in the water.

(16) No competitor shall approach or telephone another competitor throughout the duration of the competition.

(17) A competitor can only leave their peg to address a call of nature.

(18) Any competitor who abandons a match will be deemed to have ceased taking part and must return all fish to the water.

(19) Any angler proved to be in contravention of these rules will be disqualified.

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