Lake Rules and Conditions of Membership

These are the rules for Highbridge Fisheries.

Our primary aims are to protect our fish stocks and promote fish care as well as to provide a safe and friendly environment for our syndicate members.

Failure to abide by these rules will result in an instant ban from the fisheries and cancellation of the syndicate membership. Please read carefully and make sure you fully understand these rules.

1. Up to a maximum of FOUR rods may be used at any one time for carp and for coarse fishing.
2. If more than three rods are used then additional Environment Agency licences are required. The Environment Agency Licence states rods should be no further than 3 metres apart
3. Rods must not be left unattended. You may go one swim (appx 20 metres) away from your rods (as we understand socialising is a big part of fishing). You may leave your rods under the care of another fisherman who is within 20 metres of your rods and able to hear your alarms. If in doubt please reel in.
4. While carp fishing use a minimum line strength of 10lbs. No braid mainlines allowed except for marker floating.
5. All roach over 2lb and all carp over 15lbs (mirrors) or 20lb (commons) must be added to the website using the gallery facility. We take this very seriously so we can monitor the fisheries stock.
6. Fish must not be kept in keep nets or carp slings/sacks ever.
7. The brief use of net stations and appropriate retainers for fish recovery/photographing is actively encouraged rather than having a specimen fish out of the water for prolonged periods, fish care is paramount.
8. Whilst fishing use leadcore/leaders/tubing at all times to protect the fish. Strictly no direct line to lead.
9. Microbarbed / Barbed hooks only for carp fishing. Barbless / Micro Barbed hooks only for coarse fishing to protect the large roach.
10. A large quality unhooking mat with supporting sides must be used to stop any fish rolling off the mat. This includes ALL coarse and carp anglers.
11. All fish (carp or roach) caught to be treated with Carp Clinic (or other proprietary brand) on the hookhold and any other damaged areas. This must be visible by your unhooking mat so the bailiff can see it as the site is patrolled.
12. The ONLY particles to be used are hemp, corn/maize and pellets and all must be properly prepared. 25kg sacks of the exact carp pellet used to feed the fish are available from James Brown at £30.00 per sack.
13. No Tiger Nuts/Peanuts. Boilies which include Tiger Nuts & Peanuts are permitted.
14. Bait boats allowed but you must stay in your swim boundry.
15. Maximum lead size 3oz to protect the stocks.
16. Laser pens are banned at the fisheries.
17. All Zig Rigs (adjustable and fixed) are banned on the fisheries.
18. Carp safe rigs must be used at all times, if you are in doubt please speak to the friendly bailiffs. Random checks of rigs will be carried out.
19. Update Feb 2023: All plastic baits (corn toppers, plastic maggots etc) are banned for fish welfare as they cannot be digested and are linked to fish deaths.
20. Update Feb 2023: Carp/Koi HPV virus is in the area ALL NETS/MATS/SLINGS/RETAINERS MUST be dipped in the car park before entering the fishery. Failure to do so risks the entire fishery.

Conditions of membership

a. Access to the lake only is permitted.
b. Dates of membership inclusive and only for the purpose of coarse fishing.
c. All Members must be in possession of valid Environment Agency fishing licence(s).
d. Access is strictly limited to Ticket members. + 1 Non Fishing Guest.
e. Membership is not transferable.
f. Green bivvies are permitted, but all other types of tent are not allowed. Bivvies / rods must not be pitched/setup and left unattended for more than 2 hours.
g. All gates must be left closed and fences are to be left as found and all rubbish must be removed from site - observe the country code.
h. Car parking is only allowed in the car park area designated.
i. No pets or other live animals may be brought on to the land at any time (except for use as bait).
j. No guns or other weapons (such as crossbows or slingshots except for projecting bait) may be carried or used at any time.
k. No bathing or swimming in the lake.
l. No trees, bushes, fruits, nuts, berries, cuttings or birds eggs to be removed or damaged.
m. Toilets are for use by Syndicate Members and guests only and must be kept clean at all times, failure to do so will mean leaving the Syndicate.
n. If you find the toilets are not clean please ring James on 07810 546776.
o. Rowing boats / inflatables are not allowed.
p. The wooden decked pontoon area is strictly out of bounds, it is unsafe and is not covered by the public liability insurance.
q. All members enter the property entirely AT THEIR OWN RISK.
r. James Brown his family or servants are not responsible for any loss damage or injury howsoever caused.
s. Please remove all surplus baits or foodstuffs as this may encourage the spread of rats and therefore increase the risk of contracting Weil's disease.
t. Avoid ingesting the lake water.
u. Please Report all trespassing or poaching to both James Brown on 07810 546776 and the Police on 101.
v. The boat is strictly for the use of James Brown or employees of Paul Rackham, use of this will result in a lifetime ban.