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Charvil Fishing Society 
Charvil Country Park Complex
Fishing Rules 2024/2025

1)  Lake fishing is for 11 months during the period of 1st April until March 31st inclusive and 16th June to the 14th March on the River. In accordance with our lease the lake fisheries shall be closed for fishing for a period of a month to give the fish a break ,the closure will normally occur when some of the larger fish are spawning.
The dates for the lake closures will be determined by the Fishery Manager whose decision shall be final.
2)   Members must be in possession of the relevant Environmental Agency licence and must abide by the site rules and those of the Environment Agency at all times.
3)  Members will make every effort to minimize disturbance on arrival ,on departure and whilst fishing .
Anglers to be courteous to all park users at all times.
4)  PROOF of membership will be carried at all times when fishing and must be produced at the request of Bailiffs, other members and Country Park staff or their representatives.
Any person without their permit will be asked to leave the complex.
5)  No member is permitted to fish or occupy a swim for a continuous period longer than 72 hours, after
which the individual and their equipment will leave the fishery for a minimum period of 48 hours.
6) Members are not allowed to swim or bathe in any water on the complex. Marginal Wading is permitted for landing fish.                           
7)  Syndicate boats to be used only by bailiffs, or to rescue snagged fish or and for working parties.
LIFE JACKETS and a proper paddle must be used at ALL times in the boats. If you find yourself in a situation where the boat use is necessary, please notify a member of the bailiff team ASAP. The boats are padlocked .
No other boats to be bought onto or used on the complex.
8) Bait boats are allowed on both lakes for a Fee of £30 per season.
9) Members can fish with a maximum of 3 rods at any one time except when fishing the river when it is
limited to TWO rods. The traditional Close Season applies to the river
10) Members must act considerately to other syndicate members at all times, particularly upon arrival if other members are already angling.  Members may not bait up if not actually angling either directly opposite or
within 2 swims of members already angling, unless that angler gives permission.
11)  Fishing from recognized swims only.
12)  Barbed hooks only to be used on this fishery.
13)  The health of the fish is top priority and to ensure this all nets, weigh slings etc shall be totally dried in sunlight before being brought on to the fishery.
14)  No litter or discarded fishing tackle of any description to be left on the banks because of the danger to wildlife. Anglers are responsible for litter or discarded fishing tackle of any description including cigarette
butts found in or within 2 metres  of their swim.
15)  No person shall leave a rod and line with bait or hook unattended in the water.
Rods left unattended with rigs out of the water MUST not have hook baits left on at anytime.
16)  No reserving of swims. A members bivvy/ kit may be left in a swim mid-session for a absolute maximum
of 60 minutes. This is to allow for short re-supply runs etc.
17)  Members are not allowed to tread down bankside vegetation, cut or climb trees  or dig out the ground without prior permission from the Fishery Management/  Council.
18) NO KEEPNETS (on any part of the complex) Suitable fish retainers can be used for short periods in order
to prepare for fish weighing and photographs prior to safe return to the water.
Every angler shall have a landing net with minimum 36" arms and a suitable size UNHOOKING MAT. All fish to have suitable antiseptic applied to hook marks and any other wounds/ sores after capture and before
returning fish to the water they came from as soon as possible.
 Under certain conditions the fishery management may prohibit the use of retainers completely.

19) Vehicles must only to be parked in the car park and not anywhere else on the complex
20)  Please keep the main gate shut at all times.                                                                                                             The Council or Fishery Management will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to any members vehicle or possessions however caused while members are using the Fishery.
21)  No Fires around the lake ( unless permission has been granted by the Council ) ie Work Parties.
22)  No Firearms, Airguns or Laser pens shall be taken onto the fishery.
Wildlife shall neither be harmed or disturbed when nesting.
23) Human waste is to be removed from the Country Park..... Buckets and bags/ Bivvy Loo systems are to be used with no exceptions.
24) Dogs are permitted on the venue but owners must keep them on a lead and under control at all times.
Clean up their mess and remove from venue. Dogs are not to be left unattended at any time.
If your dog causes a nuisance to other anglers, park users or wildlife you will be asked by the bailiffs not to
bring it to the venue anymore. Please report any dog nuisance incidents to the Bailiffs.
25) No recreational/illegal drugs to be bought onto or used within the Complex. Alcohol in moderation is permitted.
26) Should the Council/ Fishery Management Team deem necessary, fishing may be restricted or prohibited
on any particular water on the complex. This decision will be Final. 
27)  Anybody found removing fish from the complex will have their membership cancelled and will be
reported to the Police for theft.
28) To maximise the safety of our fish stocks and other wildlife any loss of rig,marker float,Spomb,braid or
line etc either in bankside vegetation ,on an Island or in water, must be reported as soon as possible to a member of the Bailiff team if you are unable to retrieve it safely yourself.
29) Any member found breaching the Complex rules will be asked to leave the water.
Dependent upon the breach of the rule(s) membership is liable to be cancelled.
In the event of cancellation or removal of a permit from a member No refund shall be payable by the Society as of right.

30) No refunds shall be payable for any reason.

  Additional Rules for Pike Angling
1  Large, padded unhooking mats must be used.
2  Minimum 15lb breaking strain line to be used.
3  Minimum trace of 18 inches of 28lb wire.
4  Barbless or semi-barbed hooks only.
5  Adequate size landing nets must be carried and used.
6 Large forceps and wire cutters must be carried and used when necessary.
7  No Livebaiting.
8  Pike anglers must use an effective indicator system capable of showing drop back bites as well as runs.

 Membership is taken up on the understanding that neither Charvil Fishing Society Fishery Management nor
the Council (Landowner) accept liability for the damage or loss of property or personal injury to injury to members or quests on the fishery 


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