1) Policies of the club will be decided through open meetings which everyone is encouraged to attend. Some members may, with our gratitude and subject to the approval of those members present, wish to undertake special duties, for example membership, social events, correspondence and finances, reporting back to the club and holding all dealings open to public inspection.
2) All members shall pay a subscription to the club, which reserves the right to defer or refuse any application which members feel warrants careful or further consideration. Subscriptions shall be due on 1st July of each year, with the previous year ending on 30th June. Please note that fish for weighing in may not be accepted unless subs have been paid in advance or, under special circumstances and subject to approval by the membership, not later than on the day of capture itself.
Because of safety issues, Baywater Anglers will not accept independent membership applications from children of primary school age. They are quite welcome to join as part of a family membership but not on their own. The reason for this is to ensure their safety at waterside events, to which they must be accompanied by a responsible adult. With parental involvement, it is also our hope that they will subsequently have more opportunities to practice and develop their skills. At the time of writing subscriptions stand at:
Senior Member £10 Junior Member (12 - 15) £3
Family Membership £15 (2 adults + children of 15 and under)
Husband and Wife/Partner £15 Student or unemployed (16-18) £5
Please note that fish for weighing in may not be accepted unless subs have been paid in advance or, under special circumstances and subject to approval by the membership, not later than on the day of capture itself.
3) Juniors are defined as those members being under 16 years of age. After their sixteenth birthday, any fish that they catch are treated as senior entries into all club awards or competitions.
4) The club does not purchase trophies for its members but operates instead an award and specimen medal scheme for exceptional fish. Half of all the profits from each year are used towards the purchase of prizes that celebrate the best fish caught by club members.
5) To qualify for prizes or awards, fish entered by Baywater Anglers must be caught in South Devon. Where the fish are taken on boat, the deciding factor will be the port from which the boat leaves, with the exception of boats travelling to the channel islands, which will not be admissible. All fish caught over a wreck or five miles out from the shore will count as wreck caught fish.
6) Fish entered for club awards must be caught using fair angling means and must not be foul-hooked. Fair angling means is defined as follows:
Float-fishing, spinning, trolling, legering, pole-fishing and fly-fishing. (Neither feathering nor sink or draw methods count as fair angling methods. All fish so caught do not count towards records or awards.)
No more than two rods may be used, with a maximum of three hooks shared between the two rods (not three on each rod). A treble hook counts as three hooks.
Each entrant must cast and retrieve the tackle upon which a fish is hooked for themselves with the exception of anglers under the age of ten. They may receive adult assistance with casting, not reeling in fish, provided that the distance cast does not exceed the distance attained by other children casting for themselves. Any other exceptions to this can only be allowed after a meeting at which all members present have the right to vote upon the proposal.
All fish entered for prizes will be compared against Baywater Anglers specimen weights and will only be accepted if the anglerís subscription is current and valid.
7) The club reserves the right to expel members whose conduct brings the club into disrepute, or whose actions threaten to spoil the friendly atmosphere that we have worked so hard to build.
All fish entered for club prizes or awards must be weighed on either the club scales or certified scales held by other angling clubs or shops, e.g. a tackle shop or fishmongers. The weight must be witnessed by either a nominated person from the club, a senior representative of the shop or by an official of another angling club. You must notify Martyn Green as soon as possible with details please. At the time of writing fish below three pounds in weight may be weighed in at Tidal Tackle, Torquay or Brixham Bait and Tackle. Larger fish, as well as smaller ones, may be weighed in at either Euro Angling or with Martyn Green, 31 Collapark, Totnes (please telephone Totnes 863279 to arrange a convenient time).
9) Deferred Entry
Anglers who wish to join the club from April onwards shall be given the choice of a deferred entry. This means that they still pay a full subscription, but must decide whether they wish to compete for the awards being made in the year of joining, in which case they must then renew their subscription in July, or would prefer that any fish that they weigh in should be held over towards the awards in the new club year starting on 1st July. Whatever their decision they may, however, still compete for day prizes in competitions.
Deferred entry subscriptions are charged at the appropriate rate for the age the member will be on 1st July, the start of the new club year.
10) Matters Arising
Although it is our intention to keep the number of rules in the club to a minimum, we anticipate that there may be occasions when a matter arises that is not covered by the above. On such occasions the issue will be referred to the next club event, when the members present will be asked to vote on any action that needs to be taken with the decision confirmed by a simple majority.