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Copyright: South Manchester Angling Club 2013.

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South Manchester Angling Club

Rules for Fishing Club Matches


Amended: June 2015


1.   The duration of the match shall be set by the club prior to the competition.


2.   The match secretary to have final say about positioning of pegs prior to the match start.  


3.   These must remain in position until the match is over and must not under any circumstances be moved by anyone other than the match secretary.  


4.   The match secretary will be responsible for the drawing of pegs by members participating using a bag containing     numbered tokens.


5.   Members participating in the draw must only remove one token and draw once.


6.   Members must fish the peg drawn and not cast into or use adjacent pegs if not occupied.


7.   The casting across or into other members swims is strictly forbidden.


8.   Where competitors are drawn on opposite banks, the limit of the swim is the line midway between each bank.


9.   Members must only fish as far as half the distance between his/her peg and the pegs on either side.


10.  Competitors must restrict their activities to these boundaries, neither his/her person, his/her tackle, his/her hook baits or groundbaits may intrude into the neighbours swim. In an extreme situation e.g. snagged tackle of a snagged fish, an angler must seek permission from his/her neighbour before moving from his/her designated peg to try and remedy the situation.


11.   A competitor must not cause annoyance to, or seek to interfere with another competitor or use mobile phones during the course of the competition.


12.  Competitors must retain all fish in keepnets which comply with the relevant Environment Agency Byelaws.


13.  Competitors must take every practicable step to keep their fish alive and, after weighing must ensure their careful return to the water.


14.  If, for any reason fish are seen to be in distress, a competitor or match official has the right to demand that they be weighed immediately and returned to the water during the course of the match.


15.  A competitor to only use one rod or pole, one line and one single hook at a time, other rods or poles and tackle can be assembled for use and positioned behind him/her, if possible, none to be baited.


16.  AC Rose Bowl Competition: Rule 15 does not apply to this competition with it having its own that must be adhered to at all times. One being that those fishing must use traditional methods only i.e. floats rod and line. Poles Pellets & Boilies are not allowed. For the first hour of the match only bread a favoured bait of Alan will be permitted as hook bait. These rules have been put together as a mark of respect to Alan Cawley whom the trophy is named after who was a very good friend of many within the club.    


14. Before the starting signal no competitor must on any account ground bait or loose feed the swim but will be allowed to wet a line, plumb the depth and test the float, mix and wet ground bait, clear his/her ground of weed or obstructions and position his/her equipment. On no account must a bait feeder be used before the starting signal.


15.  Any competitor who abandons his/her peg having decided to cease taking part in the match will not be allowed to weigh their fish or return later to continue fishing.


16.Competitors are not allowed to wade.


17.A competitor must cease fishing at the finishing signal. Should he/she still be playing a fish hooked before the signal is given, he/she will be permitted no more than fifteen minutes to land the fish.


18.A competitor must strike, play and land the fish themselves.