Regulations: Permit holders are members of the Association until the 15th June each year when the permit is renewable. Whilst this is an Annual Permit, legislation does not at present permit fishing during the ‘close season’ on rivers or canalised rivers, of which the Kennet & Avon is one, excepting the Froxfield Canal section which is purely canal water.
These Permits authorise the member to fish from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset or until 9 pm (darker nights) on eligible waters, see venue page on website, Members will cease fishing after the 1 hour or 9 pm and then be given 30 minutes to leave the venue.
Fishing is permitted with 2 rods only unless stated otherwise under a venues own specific rules
Click here for SUNRISE AND SUNSET TIMES
Click here for the VENUE PAGE for specific fishery rules.
Click here for rules about dogs on venues DOG OWNERS RULES
Click here for concise NIGHT FISHING RULES to be adhered to in conjunction with the general rules below.
Any member who has tackle (assembled or not) in his possession on the venue outside the permitted hours will be deemed to be fishing.
Members are not permitted to fish any Association water the night before a booked match that appears on the Association’s WATER BOOKING SHEET , and must be off the water at the stipulated general permit time. No member is then permitted to set up tackle, break the water or fish elsewhere on the venue prior to the match commencing. Permission to fish after the commencement of the match will be at the sole discretion of the person controlling the booked match.
It is also an offence to fish an opposing bank on venues that have 2 banks controlled by the association during a match featured on the water bookings
It is an offence to hold matches on unbooked venues. If, however, due to exceptional circumstances, a club is subsequently allocated a venue which does not appear on the Water Booking Sheet they must respect the rights of members who may already be fishing on their arrival and peg around them. They must also permit later arrivals to take up any vacant swims.
PERMITS: No member shall be on any water controlled by the Association, for the purpose of fishing, without carrying their current general Annual Permit.
GUESTS: Senior members only may take a maximum of two guests on to R&DAA waters, by first obtaining Accompanied Guest Day Tickets. The member must accompany the guests and be responsible for the conduct of those persons.
When a senior member is accompanied by their partner, or a child under 14 years of age, then that person may fish for free providing there is no abuse of the privilege. At no time may the number of rods in use by the party exceed two (but see Rule 4. Such person must fish in the same swim as the Association member wherever possible, if not they must fish adjacent swims. Fishing in other swims will require the relevant permit or Day ticket
PARKING: Members parking in RDAA venue car parks must display a parking permit/sticker. Failure to do so will result in a permit endorsement.
Any member found to have entered or exited a locked car park or locked access gate or barrier, without effectively re-securing it, if in working condition, will have committed an offence for which their Annual Permit will be immediately confiscated leading to a maximum 3 year membership ban.
Parking at venues which obstructs the access of farming equipment or unauthorised parking on farm property is strictly prohibited and constitutes a major offence.
CONDUCT: All members shall pursue their angling activities in a sportsmanlike manner, having due regard to the rights of property owners adjacent to waters and property controlled by the Association. They shall conduct themselves in an exemplary manner and shall not interfere with the sport of other anglers.
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE: Dependent on the nature of the offence and other circumstances, a warranted bailiff may endorse the member’s permit with the date and nature of an offence.
On the occurrence of a second offence committed by a member with a permit endorsement, the permit shall be withdrawn and referred to the Executive council disciplinary committee.
When a permit is withdrawn by a Warranted Bailiff, membership is suspended and no access to any Association water is permitted. The Association’s Disciplinary Secretary includes the item on a Disciplinary Committee agenda and contacts the member’s Club Secretary to advise him of the date fixed for the hearing which the member is invited to attend to present his own case.
These proceedings will take place even in the absence of the member and a decision reached. It should be noted that the Annual Permit issued remains the property of the Association. No recompense will be made for any period for which any permit is subsequently withdrawn.
FISHING AN ASSOCIATION VENUE WITHOUT A PERMIT
BEING IN POSSESSION OF AN UNSIGNED PERMIT
FAILURE TO DISPLAY A PARKING STICKER IN ASSOCIATION CAR PARKS
NOT SECURING RELEVANT BARRIERS AND GATES
FISHING INSIDE THE 30 METER NON FISHING ZONES BENEATH OVER HEAD POWER LINES (these are marked as red on venue maps)
DO NOT FISH FROM LANDING STAGES, PERMANENT MOORINGS, LOCKS OR BRIDGE APPROACHES ON CANALS OR WITHIN 25METRES OF LOCKS OR SWINGBRIDGES.
DISRESPECTING ADJACENT LAND/PROPERTY OWNERS, MEMBERS OF PUBLIC AND OTHER ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
BRINGING THE ASSOCIATION INTO DISREPUTE THROUGH INFLAMMATORY REMARKS TO MEMBERS/OTHER VENUE USERS/WEBSITE FORUM USERS
CAMPING OR THE USE OF BIVVIES ON VENUES OTHER THAN THOSE STIPULATED FOR NIGHT FISHING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RELEVANT PERMIT. NO ‘TENTS’ TO BE USED EVER.
FAILURE TO ADHERE TO TEMPORARY NOTICE SIGNS ON VENUES
ABUSE TOWARD FISHERIES OFFICERS/BAILIFFS OR OTHER ASSOCIATION OFFICIALS
USE OF BOATS OTHER THAN RADIO CONTROLLED BAIT BOATS ON STIPULATED VENUES
SWIMMING OR WADING IN WATER HIGHER THAN THIGH HEIGHT
CUTTING TREES AND DISTURBING BANKSIDE VEGETATION
LIGHTING OPEN FIRES
FISHING A SWIM THAT HAS LITTER WITHIN A 5 METER RADIUS WHETHER DEPOSITED BY THE PARTICULAR MEMBER OR NOT
USING RADIOS ABOVE A SUITABLE AUDIO LEVEL THAT DISTURBS OTHER MEMBERS
THE USE OF BLOODWORM, JOKER AND CRAYFISH AS BAIT
THE USE OF NON EA COMPLIANT LEAD WEIGHTS
THE USE OF MORE THAN 2 RODS AT ANYTIME UNLESS STIPULATED UNDER THE VENUES SPECIFIC RULES
THE USE OF ANY AUTOMATIC STRIKING DEVICE, HAND LINES OR ANY FORM OF GAFF OR GORGE HOOKS
WEIGHING FISH ANYWHERE OTHER THAN AT THE SWIM FROM WHICH THEY WERE CAUGHT
THE INTRODUCTION OF ANY FISH SPECIES TO ASSOCIATION WATERS
TAKING ANY FISH FROM ASSOCIATION WATERS
FAILURE TO RETURN FISH SAFELY AND ALIVE TO THE FISHERY FROM WHENCE THEY CAME
THE USE OF KEEPNETS LESS THAN 35CM DIAMETER AND 2 MTR LONG OR WITH KNOTTED OR METALLIC MESH OR HOLES LARGER THAN 25MM.
FAILURE TO ABIDE BY ANY OTHER ENVIRONMENT AGENCY BY-LAWS NOT STATED IN THIS LIST THAT ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. HERE YOU CAN VIEW THEM ON LINE CLICK
ENVIRONMENT AGENCY ROD LICENSES CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE POST OFFICE OR ONLINE HERE
Whilst every effort is made to make the venues under our control safe for our members, please be aware of possible high, under-cut banks along with possible trip and slip hazards.