L.D.A.S RULES as at January 2018
TITLE. The Society shall be known as Leatherhead and District Angling Society.
OBJECT OF THE SOCIETY. To promote and encourage freshwater angling.
COMPOSITION. The Society shall be composed of senior members over the age of 17 years, and Juvenile members whose 17th birthday falls after April 1st, Juvenile members under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Honorary membership may be granted at the discretion of the Committee.
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE. The governing body shall be a President, Vice President and Committee which will consist of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon Treasurer, Hon Secretary and any other officers that are deemed necessary and appropriate. The total membership shall not be less than 12. No member who is an Officer or Committee member of any other angling body (other than those to which the Society is affiliated) is eligible to hold office in, or serve on the Committee of the Society. Quorum of 5 for any Committee Meeting. The Committee has power to fill any vacancy which may occur during the year. Should any Committee member be absent from two consecutive meeting without explanation, he or she shall be deemed to have resigned.
GENERAL MEETINGS. The Annual General Meeting shall take place in the months of April or May each year on a date deemed suitable by the Committee. All motions for the AGM must be submitted in writing 14 days prior to the meeting. Special meetings may be convened on requisition giving 14 days’ notice, and signed by not less than 10 members. That any person interested may attend the AGM but only those who were members of the Society during the preceding subscription year are entitled to vote. The Committee have power to call a Special Meeting at any time. The business to be transacted at a Special Meeting must be declared in writing on the notice convening the meeting and no other business shall be dealt with. Twenty members shall form a quorum.
ALTERATION TO RULES may be made at AGMs or Special Meetings only.
DUTIES OF COMMITTEE. The Committee shall have power to alter any bye-law, fishery rule and competition rule for the regulation and smooth working of the Society.
TRUSTEES. All Cups and Trophies and other property of the Society shall be vested in three Trustees, who shall consists of the Chairman, Hon Secretary and Treasurer. The Trustees shall be responsible for all monies in payment of accounts passed by the Committee and discharged by cheque signed by any two trustees. The Society shall indemnify the Trustees against any liability they may incur by reason of any act done or obligation entered into by them with the prior sanction of the Committee.
AUDITORS. Two auditors shall be elected at the AGM.
SUBSCRIPTIONS. The Society’s subscription year runs from 1st April to 31st March. The subscription rates shall be those as agreed upon at the AGM. Categories of subscription to be Senior Member, Student, Junior, Senior Citizen and Family Membership.
FINANCE. It shall be the responsibility of the Treasurer to oversee the safe handling of the Society’s monies by members of the committee and any other approved member of the Society. He shall ensure that all liabilities of the Society as directed by the committee are met. Committee members or other approved member of the Society who shall receive monies owned by the Society shall hand these to the Treasurer or shall deposit them into the LDAS bank account without undue delay. They shall then hand to the Treasurer documentation recording those deposits, which documents may be in electronic form. Committee members and any other approved members of society who shall incur expenses, which have been approved by the committee, shall recover these expenses on production of receipts or other documentation to the Treasurer within a reasonable time of incurring the expense. The Treasurer shall close the Society’s books on 31st December each year and prepare an Income and Expenditure Account with a balance sheet as of that date. Such accounts shall be audited and presented to the members for approval and adoption at the Society’s AGM.
DISCIPLINE. Members must comply with all LDAS rules and bye-laws. Any member whose conduct brings discredit upon the Society may be expelled or suspended at the discretion of the Committee; in any event 7 days’ notice shall be given to the member in question to enable him or her to appear before the committee. Members so expelled shall forfeit any prizes due and shall cease to have any claim on the assets of the Society.
SUB COMMITTEES. Sub committees will be formed by the discretion of the committee.
AFFILIATIONS. Should the Society be affiliated to any other Angling Association or body, such affiliations and subsequent renewals shall be agreed at an AGM. The committee shall inform senior members of the Society of any pertinent information received from or concerning any such affiliations.
PRIVATE FISHERY RULES
All fish must be returned alive to the water. Any person removing fish from a fishery shall forfeit his/her right of membership. No fish should be introduced into any water without prior consent of the committee. Fishing must only be carried out from dawn until dusk. A valid, current membership card with photo ID must be carried at all times when fishing any fishery. All senior members are empowered to act as bailiffs. No rubbish, paper, bottles or any other litter to be left on the Society’s waters or banks. All members must ensure no litter is left behind after leaving your swim. No dogs, radios, firearms or tents to be taken onto a fishery. No fires allowed. Members should ensure that no damage is caused to any notices, trees, banking, fences, crops and gates; no interference with drains and overflows or livestock and wildlife. Members must keep to paths and edges of meadows. No boats allowed on any waters unless used for the purposes of fishery maintenance and only then with prior consent from the Committee. Motor vehicles, motorbikes and other forms of transport to be parked in authorised parking areas only. No form of container for preserving a catch other than a keepnet shall be used. Keepnets must conform to Angling Trust (previously NFA) standards. No keepnets allowed on closed waters (ponds) except for club matches or with Committee permission. Members should maintain a minimum of 15 yards (13.7metres) between anglers when fishing: unless otherwise agreed by all parties. Any member who breaks these rules or whose conduct brings discredit upon the Society may be expelled or suspended at the discretion of the Committee. All large Carp, Tench, Bream and Barbel are to be weighed and returned to the water as quickly as possible. Only barbless hooks are to be used. Whole slices of bread must not be thrown in the water. The LDAS reserve the right to ban bread floating if necessary.
No person can rank for the Society’s Competition or Trophies unless his or her subscription for the year has been paid. Members who wish to participate in a match, must before he or she starts, report to the club captain. A draw for order of starting shall be made on all rover competitions. No competitor may pass a lower drawn competitor until the latter has chosen a swim or has given consent to be passed. Wading will only be allowed when authorized by the Captain but competitors may stand in the water up to 1 yard (90cm) from the bank. Competitors may only use one rod, one line and one hook at a time. Unattended tackle should not be left in a position to endanger wildlife. Competitors should maintain a minimum of 15 yards (13.7metres) between anglers when fishing: unless otherwise agreed by all parties. No floating (surface) baits allowed. Only barbless hooks are to be used.
FISH CARE RULES
When fishing, all members shall carry a made up landing net of a size appropriate to the species being fished for. No fish shall be laid on gravel, stones, concrete or any hard surface. An unhooking mat shall be used for Carp, Tench and Pike. An un-hooking mat shall be used for all species on the Society’s lakes and ponds. All members shall carry forceps and a disgorger and use them for unhooking fish. Extra-long forceps (minimum 10 inches [25cm] long) shall be carried when predator fishing. When predator or lure fishing, appropriate wire trace or similar predator trace shall be used (minimum 12 inches [30cm] long). Trebles used for predator fishing shall be barbless, or have crushed barbs and shall be a maximum of size 6 for bait fishing. No rod shall be left unattended with a baited or loose hook – either in or out of the water. Since June 2006, it is mandatory that any anglers new to predator fishing undergo instruction in fish safety and handling by one of the Society’s Bailiffs prior to fishing any of the Society’s waters.