Fishery Rules

The fishery has to have rules to ensure that the environment is protected, members, fish and all wildlife are safe and that no compromising behavior takes place to spoil the enjoyment of others.

RULES – BAINTON FISHERIES

  1. The use of keepnets is banned for the retention of Carp, Catfish, Pike, Tench and Bream.
  2. An unhooking mat with is mandatory for all anglers on the complex, this must be large with a retention flap for anglers targeting Pike, Carp and Catfish.
  3. The use of peanuts is not permitted.
  4. Live bait fishing is only permitted with fish caught on site or with trout. No fish to be transferred in either direction across Maxey Cut.
  5. All pike anglers must be in possession of two pairs of forceps, one of which must be at least 10″ in length. Pike hooks must be semi-barbless and wire traces must be used at all times with non lure-fishing traces being at least 18 inches in length. Fishing line must be a minimum of 15lbs breaking strain when Pike Fishing and braid with an equivalent diameter to 15lb mono.
  6. All rubbish is to be taken home; any littering will result in an immediate ban without refund of membership.
  7. No lighting of fires and no loud playing of radios.
  8. All anglers must be in possession of an Environment Agency Rod License(s).
  9. Up to 4 rods are permitted with the appropriate Rod Licenses.
  10. When more than one rod is used in pike fishing it must be accompanied by an audible bite alarm, to avoid deep hooking of pike.
  11. In the interest of safety and public liability risk, wading and the use of boats is not allowed without prior agreement from the fishery owner.
  12. Bait boats are permitted but they must be used without intruding upon other anglers, nor introducing risk of loss of fish by proximity to snags.
  13. Dogs are allowed on the fishery but must not be allowed to bother other anglers, wildlife or enter the water.
  14. Cars are permitted on site but must be parked with consideration to other anglers and plant life.
  15. All anglers must immediately re-lock the entrance gate with the padlock provided. It is in your interest to ensure that the site is kept secure at all times.
  16. All members are automatically bailiffs and should ensure that all other members abide by these rules and challenge people who are unknown to them, checking their membership.
  17. All members must carry their Membership Card at all times and fish only the lakes permitted.
  18. Members must be available for at least one working party day a year.
  19. Day fishing is permitted from Dawn until Dusk.
  20. Night fishing is only permitted with an appropriate Night Fishing permit.
  21. Swims may not be occupied for more than 7 days by the same angler on all lakes with exception of the New Pit, which may not be occupied for more than 72 hours, with no return for 72 hours.
  22. Anglers should not fish with rods/poles over 13 feet in length within 30 metres of Electricity cables or Pylons.
  23. There is no close season. However a distance of 50 metres should be kept from nesting birds during the spring.
  24. The member ID card must be displayed on the dashboard of any vehicle onsite.
  25. An angler is permitted to leave the site for up to 6 hours and not forfeit their swim, provided their swim is marked with the majority of their tackle e.g. Bivvy, chair. All equipment is left at anglers risk.
  26. Day tickets will not be issued. This fishery is season members only.  Members can however arrange a guest ticket as a taster session for a nominal fee of £5.00, they must accompany that member and restricted to a dawn til dusk ticket only.
  27. There is a strict speed limit of 10 mph on the site.
  28. Swim clearance must be restricted to cutting stems of no more than an inch in thickness without authorisation of the bailiff or fishery owner.
  29. Pike fishing is limited to lure only fishing between 1st April and 30th September.
  30. Members are responsible for guests when on site and should accompany them on and off site. A note should be displayed on guest vehicle dashboards indicating the members name and membership ID.
  31. The good practice guidelines to handling large fish must be adhered to by all members.
  32. The Environment Agency Byelaw that “Any person who leaves a rod and line with bait and hook in the water unattended or so that the person shall be unable at any time exercise sufficient control over said rod and line shall be guilty of an offence” will be enforced on the fishery.
  33. All Anglers should attempt to minimise the disturbance to other anglers with vehicles with specific reference to boot and door slamming and headlights.
  34. There is a baited rod limit on the New Pit of three rods and only disignated swims can be fished from, on this Pit, casting only into designated areas. This creates areas of sanctuary in the pit which bait boats should not be used to circumvent.
  35. Anglers may only fish one lake at a time.
  36. Unapproved direct reference to Bainton Fisheries in publicity material generated by anglers should only refer to the complex as a “Cambridgeshire Gravel Pit”.

Good practice guide to handling large fish

Preparation

Before fishing, familiarise yourself with the swim and think about how you will be able to cast and play fish without snagging on tress and bushes. If minor trimming of vegetation is required then it’s better to do so rather than tangle fishing line in a bush or a tree. If you are planning to night fish, note any parts of the swim that could potentially snag a net or damage a fish in a net.

Landing

Once a fish is safely in a lianding net ensure it is at the bottom of the net and not “hung up”, check the line and leaders are clear of the fish, paying attention to the gills and fins. Carelessness with this check can result in split fins and dames to gills. Do ensure that any nets with holes are mended to avoid fins becoming trapped in holds. If you do not plan to weigh or photograph the fish, if possible, unhook the fish in the net. To ease moving the fish ionto the bank you may have to cut or unclip the hook length to avoid having mainline and a rod on the bank. A pair of small wire cutters are also handy for cutting away hooks to help removal.

Unhooking

Place the fish on a wet large unkooking mat that will retain the fish to prevent it from struggling. Cover the eyes to calm the fish down. Never rip hooks out, take your time, keep the fish wet, if you have retaining flaps on your unhooking mat, use them and cover the fish’s eyes. Cool your hands in the lake water as they will feel hot to a fish, especially when holding for photos.

Weighing

When moving fish into a wet sling ensure that the fins are always flat to it’s body.

Retaining

Only sack fish for short periods and watch over them in the sack until the fish calms down. Ensure that cords are long enougth to ensure the fish is in deep sheltered water and can be reached for retreival, it is possible to mark the sack or cord with a marker float just in case the cord comes loose and the sack and fish drift off.

Returning

Before returning a fish check it over, removing obvious paracites and treat fish if required with small ammounts or oral gel antiseptics. While transferring fish into slings and sacks, put the fish head first into the apparatus, never pull it backwards as this will bend fins. When returning a fish, ensure the fish is kept upright until they recover, become aleart and swim off. Waders, especially chesties are ideal and useful for those returner photo shots.

Bainton Fisheries Disciplinary Tariff

Bainton Fisheries has a set of rules that are reviewed annually by the membership.  To ensure consistent enforcement of these rules for the benefit of the fishery it has become necessary to introduce a disciplinary tariff, which members should be aware of and that the owner and bailiff will consistently apply.  Please remember rules are not to not designed to be broken, they are developed to ensure the fishery is a safe and enjoyable place for all.  Enjoy the fishery within the rules and there will never be a need to apply any disciplinary tariff to a member.

Key Principles:-

  • Tariff used should be based on witnessed or evidenced behaviour by bailiff/owner.
  • Initial Tariff should be based on an assessment of intent, i.e. genuine mistake or deliberate rule breaking.
  • Tariff is cumulative; a repeat offence of any rule break will result in a higher tariff.
  • Tariff is cumulative across rules, not separate for each rule.
  • Fishery owner will postpone or terminate membership and will formally write to member.
  • Any warnings/membership termination will be given as reference by owner if requested by other fisheries.
  • Allegations made by other anglers but un-witnessed or evidenced by bailiff/owner will be subject to an evidential investigation by owner to be fair to all parties.
  • Any warnings given by bailiff to be notified to owner to update records on fishery database.
  • Bainton will operate three strikes and out policy. Therefore no more than two warning should be given by bailiff/owner within 12 months before consideration by owner for termination/suspension of membership for a third offence.
  • Clear reckless behaviour endangering life of people, causing deliberate harm, cruelty to animals & fish, serious rule breaking such as theft, illegal activity or aggressive/aggravated behaviour will result in an immediate suspension with referral for membership termination to the owner.
  • Bailiff warnings and tariff within principle 1 and 2 are without appeal from member to owner.
  • Key to be recovered on third strike offences.
  • Tariff issued in first two strikes will be wiped from the slate after 1 year. E.g. 1 month ban served two years ago would probably result in subsequent 1 month ban, not 3 or 12 months.
Rule Summary (consult members handbook for full wording) Bailiff Tariff Available – Initial two strikes. Owner Additional Tariff Available.  Third Strike.
1.         Keepnets Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
2.         Unhooking Mat Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
3.         Peanuts Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
4.         Livebaits 3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
5.         Pike Tackle 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
6.         Rubbish/Fouling 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
7.         Fires/radios 3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
8.         EA license Enforced by EA. Enforced by EA.
9.         Max 4 Rods 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
10.     Alarm for 2nd+ pike rod Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
11.     Wading/Boats Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
12.     Baitboat intrusion/snags Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
13.     Nuisance Dogs Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
14.     Inconsiderate Parking Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
15.     Relocking gate Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
16.     Members bailiffing Not enforced – requested by fishery. Not enforced – requested by fishery.
17.     Carrying Permit Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
18.     Working Party Not enforced – requested by fishery. 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
19.     Day is Dawn to Dusk Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
20.     Night fishing only with permit 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
21.     7 day swim limit, new pit 72hr on;72hr off. Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
22.     Max 13ft rod within 30m of pylons/cables Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
23.     50m nesting birds Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
24.     Display dashboard ID Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
25.     6 hour swim vacation Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
26.     No day tickets (guests prior approval by fishery) 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
27.     10mph speed limit Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
28.     Swim clearance 1” stem thickness. Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
29.     Pike lure only 1/4- 30/9 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
30.     Members responsible for guests and escort on and off site. Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
31.     Use good practice guidelines Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
32.     EA byelaw rods unattended.  10m limit on carp alarmed rods for wandering off, rods within 10’ of each other and no trees between rods. Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
33.     Minimal car disturbance. Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
34.     3 rods on new pit, cast into designated areas and no bait boating into sanctuary areas. Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
35.     Fish one lake only. Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban
36.     No unapproved publicity directly referring to Bainton. Verbal, 1m,3m, until 15th June 1 year Ban, Permanent Ban

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