Crackers Meadow Rules

  1. Membership of the syndicate is by annual invitation of Nigel & Jane Roberts and may be terminated at any time by their decision. Rule breaking or any bad behaviour will bring instant expulsion without refund, the decision of the owner being the final in all cases. Yearly Membership ceases on the last day of March each year.
  2. Maximum of three rods per angler from March to November(inclusive) and a maximum of four rods for the months of Dec, Jan & Feb.
  3. All anglers to exercise the greatest possible care of fish; All fish to be unhooked or hook link cut within the water before removal use unhooking mats which must have sides and be a minimum of 40mm thick except cradles, Tripods are now a must. For the avoidance of doubt. Under NO circumstance should any fish be held in a sack! RETAINERS ARE FOR FISH RECOVERY ONLY AND A MAXIMUM OF 15 MINUTES!. This applies to both night and daylight conditions. The fishes wellbeing is of paramount importance. Any member failing to abide by this rule will be asked to leave the lake forthwith and without return or refund.
  4. All particle baits must be fully cooked. Uncooked or “soaked only” particles are a danger to the fish and must not be used under any circumstances and tigers only out of the nut family allowed with all free offerings must be crushed.
  5. No “bent hooks” (curved hooks are permitted)and no permanently fixed leads, no braided main line and no lead core line due to possible fish damage.
  6. No litter, any anglers found with litter in their swim whilst fishing or after they have left will be banned. This is irrespective of whether the angler deposits the litter or not.
  7. No cutting, or removing, of weeds, reeds, bushes, trees, etc.
  8. Removal or introduction of fish strictly prohibited, except within these rules.
  9. No live-baits to be brought onto the property from outside.
  10. All baits must be reeled in when temporarily leaving the lake.
  11. No non-fishing guests, except for one guest at a time, no pets, no guns, no fires.
  12. The owners or any private guests of theirs, reserve the right to fish at any time.
  13. Fishing is carried out entirely at the angler’s own risk and the owners accept no responsibility for any accidents or damage that might occur on the property.
  14. The owners reserve the right to amend these rules, or add new ones, at any time prior to notice.
  15. The weights of all carp are to be recorded in the logbook.
  16. All carp caught must be photographed on each side(lying on an unhooking matt will suffice) and 6 x 4 prints or emailed with details of weights and date on reverse sent to the owners within 6 weeks of capture.
  17. The reserving of swims for other members or guests is not allowed. Leaving tackle in swims, to reserve them for yourself, for long periods whilst you are away is not allowed. Short period of up to a maximum of 2 hours is alright if you need to leave the lake during a fishing session, but if you are away any longer your tackle must be completely removed, well away from the swim, so it can be fished by someone else.
  18. The maximum length of session is three days and nights (72 hours), after which time you must not return to the site within 72 hours (three days and nights). If you fish three nights (72hrs) from 4-5-6 nights then it is not acceptable to return within 72hrs. For the months of Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb the maximum length of a session is five days and nights (120 hours).
  19. The owners reserve the right to close the lake at any time they think fit and prior notice will be given in writing whenever possible.
  20.  Members must appreciate that on some days during the winter, shooting will take place on or around the lakes and those shooting must give priority to the anglers. The shooting season starts on the 1st September.
  21. All gates to be closed and properly locked at all times, especially flood gates during the winter.
  22. Members should act as bailiffs where necessary and challenge anyone on the lake; they suspect are not members, for proof of membership. There is no public right-of-way over the property. Any presence of non-members, or any rule-breaking must be reported to the owners as soon as possible. Members are not allowed access to the adjoining Ringstead Fisheries (except for the Causeway Swim for access to the wooden shed) or onto the River Nene. Fishery Bailiff is Robert Wood, Tel: 07885 272247, or contact Nigel Roberts on 07801 833878.
  23. Members are not permitted on site unless they have their membership card on them.
  24. Rods must be fished from the same swim and not spread along the bank.
  25. Members must show the maximum possible respect to other members by being polite and courteous at all times.
  26. Cars are to be parked in the two designated car parks only and not taken onto the east bank (field side).
  27. The use of rowing boats is not permitted. Bait boats are not allowed for most of the year, but can be used in the three months of Dec , Jan and Feb.
  28. A fishing guest is permitted and they must be booked in advance. A guest ticket is £100 per session and it is the member’s responsibility that their guest abides by the rules. The maximum length of a session for a guest is three days and nights. No fishing guests allowed in May and September.

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