Club Rules

All members must have a suitable unhooking mat & landing net no smaller than 30 inches. Please note that all members must have a valid membership card with them at all times whilst on club waters. the club suggests you take a photo of your membership card and save it on your mobile phone. Failure to produce a Membership card or photo to a bailiff or committee member could result in you being asked to leave the water immediately.

  1. FISH CARE: ALL MEMBERS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN CARP CARE KIT WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES NO SHARING.
  2. FISH CARE: ALL LANDING NETS/KEEP NETS AND UNHOOKING MATS MUST BE DRY BEFORE TAKING ON TO ALL CLUB WATERS.
  3. FISH CARE: ALL MEMBERS MUST HAVE A SUITABLE LANDING NET NO LESS THAN 30” INCHES OR MORE WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES NO SHARING WITH OTHER MEMBERS EVEN ON THE SAME SWIM ALL MEMBERS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN.
  4. FISH CARE: ALL MEMBERS MUST HAVE A SUITABLE UNHOOKING MAT AND MADE WET WITH LAKE WATER BEFORE PUTTING A FISH ON IT AND MUST HAVE THEIR OWN NO SHARING EVEN ON SAME SWIM.
  5. FISH CARE: MEMBERS MUST USE AN UNHOOKING MAT/LANDING NET OR A WEIGH SLING TO CARRY FISH SAFELY BACK TO THE WATER AND MUST BE USED AT ALL TIMES AND MUST HAVE YOUR OWN NO SHARING EVEN ON THE SAME SWIM.
  6. FISH CARE: NO CARP TO BE RETAINED IN KEEP NETS OR CARP SACKS.
  7. FISH CARE: KEEP NETS ARE PERMITTED ON WATERS BUT MUST BE NO LESS THAN 10 FEET LONG.
  8. FISH CARE: NO CARP OR FISH MORE THAN FIVE 5LB IN WEIGHT TO BE RETAINED IN A KEEP NET.
  9. FISH CARE: BAILIFFS OR COMMITTEE HAVE THE RIGHT TO INSPECT YOUR KEEP NET AND MAY REQUEST THAT YOU EMPTY YOUR KEEP NET IN THE INTEREST OF FISH CARE.
  10. WE ARE A MEMBERS-ONLY CLUB NO NON-PAYING GUESTS OR VISITORS ARE PEMITTED ON ALL CLUB WATERS UNLESS A PERMIT IS PAID FOR.
  11. MEMBERS' GUEST PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE.
  12. Once a member’s guest ticket is requested by the member it MUST be paid for ON THE DAY IT IS REQUESTED.
    If a guest ticket has been requested and no payment is received, on the day of request you may forfeit your right to any future guest tickets due to admin costs.
    Members’ guest tickets are NOT available at the bank.
    AND ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE OR REFUNDABLE
    GUEST PERMITS MUST BE REQUESTED BY THE FULL CLUB MEMBER NOT THE GUEST.
    PLEASE PRIVATE MESSAGE US ON FACEBOOK TO REQUEST A PERMIT AND FOR INFO ON HOW TO PAY.
    PLEASE DON’T EMAIL OR TEXT MESSAGE US TO REQUEST A MEMBER’S GUEST PERMIT AS THIS COULD BE MISSED.
    ONLY ONE MEMBER’S GUEST PERMIT PER MEMBER AT A TIME.
    YOUR GUEST MUST BE IN THE SAME BIG SWIM OR A SWIM NEXT TO YOU.
    YOU MUST BE WITH YOUR GUEST AT ALL TIMES.
    YOU MUST REQUEST THE PERMIT 24HRS BEFORE YOU WANT TO GO.
    MEMBERS' GUEST PERMITS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE OR REFUNDABLE.
  13. NON-PAYING VISITORS ON CLUB WATERS.
    WE UNDERSTAND THAT OCCASIONALLY THE WIFE/GIRLFRIEND/PARTNER OR PARENT MAY LIKE TO SIT WITH YOU AS YOU FISH OR DROP FOOD OFF TO YOU THIS IS FINE AS LONG AS THEY DO NOT FISH OR STAY OVERNIGHT AND YOU ONLY HAVE ONE VISITOR. ALSO, MEMBERS MUST SEE SAID PERSON IN AND OUT OF CLUB WATERS AND NOT LEAVE THEM TO UNLOCK AND LOCK GATES YOU MUST TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME WITH YOU HOWEVER, THE MATTER WILL BE LEFT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE BAILIFF AND YOUR VISITOR COULD BE ASKED TO LEAVE.
  14. NO FISH ARE TO BE REMOVED FROM CLUB WATERS.
  15. MEMBERS MUST NOT PUBLICISE LOCATIONS OF CLUB WATERS AND CATCH REPORTS OF FISH.
  16. NO MORE THAN TWO RODS PER MEMBER ON ALL CLUB WATERS. REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE MEMBER HAS AN EA "THREE ROD LICENCE" ALL BAILFFS AND COMMITTEE CAN ASK TO SEE YOUR E.A ROD LICENCE.
  17. ALL GATES MUST BE LOCKED WHEN ENTERING AND LEAVING CLUB WATERS WITH NO EXCEPTIONS.
  18. COMMITTEE MEMBERS/CLUB BAILIFFS MAY AT ANY TIME REQUEST TO INSPECT A MEMBER’S BAIT CONTAINERS AND FISHING TACKLE WHILST ON CLUB WATERS. FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY RESULT IN A BAN FROM ALL CLUB WATERS FOR A SPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME.
  19. MEMBERS MUST NOT CROSS OR DAMAGE CROPS SHRUBS BUSHES AND TREES OR USE THEM AS A TOLIET.
  20. TO PROTECT WILDLIFE AND LIVESTOCK MEMBERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TAKE AIR GUNS OR DOGS ONTO CLUB WATERS.
  21. NO MATCHES ARE TO BE HELD ON CLUB WATERS.
  22. All children from 12y to 14y must have their own membership and must be accompanied by another full member, over the age of 14y or a non-fishing member with a non-fishing member permit at all times on club waters.
    Children aged 6y to under 12y do not require membership to fish but must be with a full member over 14y and have the child’s details submitted to the club secretary to be added to the member's I.D card.
    Only one child under 14y per member over 14y old.
    The club accepts no responsibility for the children under 12y safety whilst on club waters.
  23. NO LEAD CORE OR LEAD CORE REPLACEMENTS SAFETY LEADERS ARE PERMITTED.
  24. Fishing is only allowed from designated swims on all club waters where designated swims are available.
  25. MEMBERS MUST NOT BE MORE THAN ONE SWIM AWAY FROM BAITED RODS AT ALL TIMES ON CLUB WATERS.
  26. NO PEAS BEANS OR NUTS ARE TO BE USED ON ANY CLUB WATERS.
  27. NO LIVE BAIT TO BE TAKEN ON TO CLUB WATERS.
  28. ONLY ONE KILO OF BAIT IS TO BE USED PER SESSION (SESSION TO MEAN 6 AM-10 PM) EXCESS BAIT MUST NOT BE DISPOSED OF INTO CLUB WATERS OR ONTO THE BANKS AFTER THE DURATION OF FISHING PLEASE TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME WITH YOU.
  29. WHEN USING HALIBUT OR HIGHLY OILY PELLETTS PLEASE USE THEM SPARINGLY.
  30. NO FIRES OR DISPOSABLE BBQ TO BE LIT ON ANY CLUB WATERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GAS COOKERS. HOWEVER, GAS BOTTLES MUST NOT BE LEFT ON CLUB WATERS.
  31. CLOSURES OF ANY OF THE CLUB WATERS MAY BE ENFORCED AT ANY TIME BY THE COMMITTEE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE THIS MAY BE TO CARRY OUT MAINTENANCE OF THE LAKE.
  32. NIGHT FISHING PERMIT(S) ARE REQUIRED BETWEEN 9.00 PM AND 06.00 AM ON ALL CLUB WATERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CATLEY CROSS LAKE AND OLD HILL POND WHERE NIGHT FISHING IS NOT PERMITTED.
  33. ALL INFLATABLE ITEMS, AIR BEDS, DINGHY-STYLE BOATS WAIDING AND SWIMMING ARE BANNED ON ALL CLUB WATERS.
  34. FIXED LEADS AND FIXED FEEDERS ARE BANNED ON ALL CLUB WATERS.
  35. THE USE OF BRAID AS A MAIN LINE IS BANNED ON ALL CLUB WATERS.
  36. SPODDING IS BANNED ON ALL CLUB WATERS.
  37. NO TINS CANS OR GLASS BOTTLES ARE TO BE TAKEN ONTO CLUB WATERS TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME WITH YOU.
  38. DRUGS ARE PROHIBITED ON ALL CLUB WATERS IF FOUND USING DRUGS OF ANY KIND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE CLUB WATERS IMMEDIATELY AND BE BANNED FOR LIFE.
  39. THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED ON ALL CLUB WATERS.
  40. ALL MEMBERS MUST TAKE THEIR LITTER HOME WITH THEM IF YOU ARE FOUND TO BE LEAVING LITTER YOU WILL BE BANNED FOR LIFE. NO EXCUSES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  41. Treble hooks are banned on all club waters apart from Partridge, lake Yeldham for pike fishing pike season only. Micro barbed & crushed hooks are permitted on all club waters.
  42. Members who ONLY have the syndicate lake permit do not have a vote at the AGM AND CAN’T FISH THE REST OF CLUB WATERS.
    To have a vote or fish the rest of the club waters you MUST also have a permit for the remainder of the club waters.
  43. ANY DRUNK OR AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS MEMBERS/BAILIFFS/COMMITTEE MEMBERS OR THE PUBLIC WILL NOT BE TOLERATED ON CLUB WATERS. IN THE EVENT OF THIS HAPPENING THE SAID PERSON(S) WILL BE BANNED FROM THE CLUB FOR LIFE AND REPORTED TO THE POLICE.
  44. ANY MEMBER WHO IS BANNED FROM THE CLUB AND HAS THEIR MEMBERSHIP CANCELLED SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REFUND.
  45. THE CLUB HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE MEMBERSHIP.
  46. HALSTEAD & HEDINGHAM ANGLING CLUB WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS/DAMAGE/ACCIDENT OR HAPPENING TO ANY MEMBERS/BAILLIFFS/COMMITTEE OR CHAIRPERSONS’ PERSONAL BELONGINGS HOWEVER CAUSED.

    ADDITION RULES FOR CATLEY CROSS LAKE AND OLD MILL POND
    - NO Audible bite alarms
    - NO Bivvies
    - NO Night Fishing
    - NO Fishing from the wooden Jetties