WAA club match rules.

These rules apply to Warrington Anglers club and open matches. The rules are based on the Angling Trust Model match rules (see below), with the additional local rules:

(1) Bloodworm and Joker are not allowed
(2) 1 rod only, but a maximum of 2 hooks may be used on a single float or ledger rig.

For any questions about the rules or their interpretation, please contact the match organiser.

Angling Trust Model match rules.

1. The starting and finishing times for the match must be prominently displayed at
match headquarters and on all literature relating to the match.
2. The recommended duration for a contest shall be five hours.
3. The match must be a pegged down competition. Pegs, preferably 20 metres
apart and not less than 15 metres, must be staked out and numbered prior to
fishing. All pegs used under normal conditions must be of a state to give
competitors a practicable and reasonable chance to fish his or her swim. And
must be a minimum of 30 metres from overhead power cables.
4. All officials participating in the organisation of the match must wear some kind
of insignia, ie an armband, as clear evidence of their authority.
5. Each competitor on drawing his/her number shall proceed to the corresponding
number on the bank and this will be considered his/her fishing ground where
he/she will fish. The peg must remain in position until the weigh-in is
6. Every competitor must fish from within one metre either side of his/her
designated peg. On flowing water, the competitor may fish in the direction of
the flow as far as the next peg. On still water, he/she may fish as far as half the
distance between his/her peg and the pegs on either side. Where competitors
are drawn on opposite banks, the limit of the swim is the line midway between
each bank.
The competitor will restrict their activities completely to these boundaries,
neither his/her person, his/her tackle, his/her hookbaits or groundbaits may
intrude into his/her neighbours swim.

In an extreme situation eg snagged tackle of a snagged fish, an angler must seek
permission from his/her neighbour/s before moving from his/her designated peg
to try and remedy the situation.
A competitor must not cause annoyance to, or seek to interfere with another
competitor during the course of the competition, and must act in a sporting
manner at all times.
7. No competitor may move his/her peg or exchange his/her peg or draw card with
another without the organiser’s official consent.
8. No competitor shall buy more than one entry ticket for himself/herself from
which it follows that all competitors must be strictly restricted to one draw.
9. Competitors must retain all fish in keepnets which comply with the relevant EA
Byelaws. Competitors must take every practicable step to keep their fish alive
and, after weighing them, must ensure their careful return to the water. If, for
any reason fish are seen to be in distress, a competitor or match official has the
right to demand that they be weighed immediately and returned to the water
during the course of the match.
10. A competitor shall only have in use one rod or pole, one line and one single
hook at any one time, but may have other rods or poles and tackle assembled
for use in position behind him/her, providing that no such other tackles are
11. Any bait, subject to local rules, can be used except live or dead fish, frogs
spinning baits or artificial lures.
12. No competitor shall have live or dead fish in his/her possession before a match.
All competitors must submit to a search if requested by a contest official.
13. Before the starting signal no competitor must on any account groundbait or
loose feed the swim but will be allowed to wet a line, plumb the depth and test
the float, mix and wet groundbait, clear his/her ground of weed or obstructions
and position his/her equipment. On no account must a feeder be used before
the starting signal. A ledger weight may be cast to find depth and distance etc,
but at no time must the line be left in the water whilst continuing to set up other
14. Competitors may receive assistance to or from their peg, or both, for themselves
or their tackle, or both.
15. All groundbait may be thrown in by hand, or by use of one or two handed
catapults, throwing sticks, swim feeders, bait droppers and bait cups, but no
other mechanical means of projecting groundbait is allowed. No bait shall be
introduced with a pole cup or bait dropper attached to an extra rod/pole whilst
continuing to fish. Spodding is not permitted.
16. All hooks on all waters should be Barbless (Maximum size 10)
17. Braid Hook lengths are not allowed

18. Maximum permitted length of poles is 16 metres. Floating poles are not
19. The use of electronic fish finders is forbidden.
20. Surface floating baits, either hookbait or feedbait, are not permitted.
21. A competitor must strike, play and land his own fish.
22. Hand lining fish is not permitted, this includes handling elastics and line, also
not allowed is the practice of trapping stretched elastic with the hand down the
length of poles sections. Fish should never be bullied like this. The use of Pulla
bungs and similar devices is allowed.
23. Keepnets should be dry when arriving to fish as dry nets do not spread disease.
Fish must never be handled with gloves or towels.
24. Carp over 2lbs and silver fish must be kept in separate nets. No more than 70lbs
in a net. Common sense must prevail when net weights are verified.
25. No bait or equipment can be given to any competitor during the course of the
match. Competitors withdrawing from the match are not allowed to give their
groundbait or hookbait to another competitor during the duration of a match.
26. Any competitor who abandons his/her peg having decided to cease taking part
in the match but who decides to continue fishing must do so outside the confines
of the length being used for the match.
27. All competitors shall, as far as possible, prevent any persons other than match
officials from entering the fishing ground.
28. A competitor may wade provided that the water does not extend above the knees
unless he/she can touch the bank with fingertips, in which case the water can
extend above the knees. When platforms are used, the water must not come
over the knees when standing on a river/lake bed.
29. No competitor shall leave his/her peg at any time during the course of the match
other than to answer the call of nature and then he/she must not leave his/her
baited hook in the water. At the end of the match, a competitor must remain at
his/her peg until his/her catch has been weighed unless he/she has been detailed
for weighing duties. Any competitor so detailed must have a witness to the
weighing of his/her own catch.
30. A competitor must cease fishing at the finishing signal. Should he/she still be
playing a fish hooked before the signal is given, he/she will be permitted no
more than fifteen minutes after time has been called to land the fish.

31. All fish caught are eligible for weighing with the exception of pike, zander,
game fish and crustaceans. It will be the responsibility of the scalesman to
return all live fish to the water after weighing. Dead fish, handed to the
competitor by the scalesman, must be returned after the match, to the
headquarters by the competitor concerned and placed in the receptacle provided.
Any fish suspected of being weighted or any fish considered suspicious by the
weighers must be laid before the match organisers and the angler’s weight be
not confirmed until a ruling has been obtained.
If stewards recommend the disqualification of a competitor, they will weigh
his/her fish in case the ruling is not upheld.
32. For Dial Scales, All catches will be weighed to the nearest quarter of an ounce
or ten grammes rounded up. For Digital Scales, the exact weight can be
33. Each competitor will be responsible for ensuring the correct weight of their
catch is recorded by the Steward and sign the sheet to that effect. In any dispute
the decision of the weighers and the organisers will be final.
34. All fish must be weighed at the competitor’s peg. Unless the bankside terrain
renders impossible, no catch shall be carried more than ten yards to the scales.
35. Competitors are responsible for ensuring that their pegs are clear of litter and
no competitor may have his/her catch weighed in who has litter lying on the
banks of his/her swim.
36. Any objection to an angler’s conduct, for whatever reason, must be lodged in
writing with a match official or weigher within one hour of the end of the match.
In all cases the objector shall inform the offender of his/her intentions at the
time in order that he/she may speak in his/her own defence. Should an offender,
after receiving such a warning leave the match scene, the objection shall be
deemed to have been sustained and the match organisers must inform him/her
of their findings and punishment (if any) within seven days.
37. All the foregoing rules are subject to the byelaws of the Environment Agency,
and any local rules applicable to a fishery.
38. All holders of trophies must, on presentation of them, give a written guarantee
for their safety and shall undertake to return same (when applicable) in a clean
and presentable condition when asked by the organisers. In the case of a team
trophy, all members of that team are obliged under this rule.
39. Any angler proved to have been in contravention of these rules will be
40. Any association or organisation wishing to deviate from these recommended
Angling Trust rules must advertise the fact and list the deviation on the match
entry ticket and other literature.