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Summary of Membership & Rules of the Taw Fishing Club


       1. Membership

a.      Full Members. A maximum of 30 full members living or having residence within a radius of 30 miles from Lapford, and  paying the full subscription of not less than £60, the actual amount to be fixed at the Annual General Meeting.

b.      Country Members. Country members living outside the area described in 1.a. and paying not less than £30.  The numbers of such members and the fees charged are to be left to the discretion of the Hon Secretary and the Committee.

c.      Junior Members.  Up to age 20 years - Free fishing but all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.                          

d.      Honorary.   Honorary and Honorary Life members may be elected by an Annual General Meeting.  They will not be asked to pay a subscription.

        2.  Subscriptions

a.      The entrance fee for a new Full or Country member is presently the equivalent of the appropriate annual subscription.  In the case of a past member seeking re-election, the question of the entrance fee shall be at the discretion of the Committee.

b.      Subscriptions are due to be paid on the 1st January each year and members are asked to pay by Bankers Order.

c.      If a member has not paid his subscription by the 1st March the Hon Secretary is empowered to accept a new member in his place.  The case of the defaulting member shall be dealt with by the Committee.

d.      No member’s ticket shall be issued until the subscription, and where applicable, the entrance fee has been paid and the previous season’s catch return made.

        3.  Tickets

 a.      Each member will receive one non-transferable member’s ticket for his own use. In addition, three daily tickets will be issued to all except Junior members.  The member is responsible for signing and dating any daily ticket he may give away and will be responsible for the person using it.

b.       Fishing tickets and Rod Licences must be shown by anglers on demand of any member of  the Club who produces his own ticket, and also, if required, be shown to the Water Bailiff and owners or tenants of land or their agents.

c.      Holders of Club fishing tickets are required to purchase an Environment Agency Rod Licence.

d.      Landowners, who give fishing rights to the Club, shall be entitled to one non-transferable season ticket for their own use

        4.  General Fishing Rules

a.      The season is from 15 March to 30 September.

b.      The Club waters extend from Brushford Bridge to Hawkridge Bridge (including Coldridge Bridge) plus a further 400 metres below Hawkridge Bridge on the right bank only. Full access is itemised in the Members’ Handbook (and will soon be added to this website). 

c.      No bait is to be used for Trout or Sea Trout except artificial fly.

d.      No more than four fish are to be killed in one day and all fish under nine inches (23 cm) are to be returned.  Anglers are requested to return all undersized fish gently into the water.  On no account should fish be dropped or thrown into the river, as such treatment generally kills them.  The use of knotless mesh nets is mandatory and of barbless/de-barbed hooks is strongly encouraged.

e.      Members may fish for Salmon or Sea Trout provided they hold an Environment Agency Rod Licence for migratory fish.  No shrimp, prawn, worm or maggot may be used and spinning is permitted up to 31 March  only.  Catch limits for Salmon and Sea Trout, which are to be observed by members, are set out in Environment Agency Bye-Laws.

f.       Members are not to sell or otherwise dispose of their fish for profit.

g.      Members are to ensure that gates are secured behind them.

h.      In order to assist the Committee and the Environment Agency in monitoring fish populations, members are to return to the Hon Secretary by 31 October their member’s ticket completed to show fish caught/killed during the season.  The return is to include any fish caught/killed by persons using members’ guest tickets. 

i.       The committee may, in its absolute discretion, cancel any ticket if it is satisfied that the owner has contravened any rule of the Club, any provision of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act or Environment Agency Bye-Laws.

A FULL COPY OF THE CURRENT RULES WILL BE PROVIDED TO ALL NEW MEMBERS ON JOINING.                                                                                                                                  © gmurray 2017