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HORSHAM _ DISTRICT ANGLING ASSOCIATION Founded by A J T Kempson Powered By Docstoc
Founded by A J T Kempson in 1907 Affiliated to the Anglers Conservation Association (ACA) and the Central Association of London and Provincial Angling Clubs (CALPAC)


Address for all correspondence: PO Box 22, Horsham West Sussex RH12 2YT
WEB site address: www.hdaa..co.uk

GENERAL RULES OBJECTIVES AND CONSTITUTION 1. This Association to be called the Horsham and District Angling Association, having its headquarters at the North Heath Hall, North Heath Lane, Horsham. 2. The object of the Association being preservation of the waters in and near Horsham for the purpose of angling and trolling for sport only. Taking fish by any other means than a rod and line is strictly prohibited, and no fish caught shall be offered for sale. 3.The Association shall consist of a limited number of members whose names and residences shall be entered by the Membership Secretary in a book kept for the purpose. Details of the members may also be kept on a computer database for the purposes of administration and regulation of the membership. 4. The business of the Association shall be conducted by a committee of six, plus the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Match Secretary, Fishery Officer and Assistant Fishery Officer. A quorum shall be formed of 6 of these persons, all of whom shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. The AGM shall also elect the President, Vice-Presidents and Auditor. In the event of a vacancy arising among the officers from any cause whatsoever, the Committee shall have the power to fill up any such vacancy until the next AGM. The date of the AGM will be given on the Membership card.


GENERAL RULES TRUSTEES 5. The Trustees shall be elected by the committee. The number of trustees shall not be more than 3 nor less than 2 and the property of the Association (other than cash which shall be under the control of the treasurer) shall be vested in them. They shall deal with the property of the club as directed by resolution of the committee (of which an entry in the minute book shall be conclusive evidence) and they shall be indemnified against risk and expense out of the Association property. 6. The trustees shall hold office until death or resignation or until removed from office by a resolution of the committee which may, for any reason which may seem sufficient to a majority of the committee present and voting at any meeting, remove any trustee or trustees from the office of trustee. 7. Where by reason of any such death, resignation or removal it shall appear necessary to the committee that a new trustee or trustees shall be appointed or if the committee shall deem it expedient to appoint an additional trustee or additional trustees, the committee shall by resolution nominate the person or persons to be appointed the new trustee or trustees. 8. For the purpose of giving effect to such nomination the president of the Association is nominated as the person to appoint new trustees of the Association within the meaning of the Trustee Act 1925, Section 36, and he shall by deed appoint the person or persons so nominated by the committee as the new trustee or trustees of the Association and the provisions of the Trustee Act 1925 shall apply to any such appointment. Any statement of fact in any such deed of appointment shall in favour of a person dealing bona fide and for value with the Association or the committee be conclusive evidence of the fact so stated.


GENERAL RULES - MEMBERSHIP 9. Membership shall be valid from June 1st and will expire annually on 31st May, irrespective of date of issue. 10. Membership is available in the following categories: Senior (min. age 16) OAP 65 and above Disabled

Junior ( age 10 to15 inc.) Minor (up to the age 10) Non-Fishing (minimum age 18)

11. The date of birth of any member must be stated. 12. A Minor may only fish when accompanied by an adult member (18yrs and over). Both must fish the same swim and use a maximum of 1 rod each. 13. Junior Members aged under 16 may fish only when accompanied by an adult Member . over 18 years of age 14. Minor up to the age of 10 must fish with and in same swim as adult Members Wives/Fiancees 15. Member’s wives/fiancees may apply for full membership. Member’s wives/fiancees who do not apply for full membership may fish the Association’s private waters when accompanied by their husbands/fiances free and may enter competitions on payment of the appropriate fee.


GENERAL RULES - MEMBERSHIP 16. Membership cards must carry the members photograph with the members signature being carried across the photograph and members must not enter Association waters without a properly completed membership card containing their photograph.

MEMBERSHIP FEES 17. Membership fees (including fees for night permits, guest tickets and one-night tickets) will be determined on a year to year basis and existing members will be advised of the renewal fees and costs of the guest tickets and one-night tickets in the newsletter issued prior to the renewal date. 18. The committee may increase subscriptions by up to 20% without AGM approval. 19. New members joining the Association after 1st December shall pay half price. 20 No alcohol at any time allowed on any hdaa waters REFUSAL OF MEMBERSHIP 21. Membership application may be refused or withdrawn should the Association feel that such membership would be detrimental to the Association as a whole. The committee has the power to act on behalf of the Association in this respect.


GENERAL RULES - NIGHT PERMITS 21. A night fishing permit is available to Members (not Minors, Juniors or Intermediates) who have been Association Members for two seasons at least, subject to an additional fee which shall be notified on the renewal advice. New members may also apply for a night permit but the application must be supported by an existing night permit holder and be approved by the committee. From 1st December qualifying members may purchase a half price night permit. Existing night permit holders may also upgrade their night permits from 2 to 3 rods at half price. 22. Members may use 3 rods at night from 11pm to 6am only subject to a further fee. (Remember 2 rod licences will be required.) 23. The night permit is valid at the following fisheries only: Roosthole, Birchenbridge, Island Pond and Foxhole. 24. The night permit is subject to the following conditions: a) Maximum number of permits to be 45, issued on a first come first served basis, but with preference given to existing night permit holders. b) Permits are not transferable. c) Sessions restricted to a maximum time on the fishery of 48 hours. d) No tackle to be left unattended e) Carp sacks must only be used for single specimen fish caught during the hours of darkness. Any member breaking this rule will have the night permit withdrawn immediately and may also have his general membership withdrawn at the discretion of the committee. f) No Tilley lamps or other constant light source to be used. g) No fires allowed. Appropriate safety stoves may be used on the Horsham bank of Roosthole only. Members must accept full responsibility for the use of their stoves and any third party damage caused.


GENERAL RULES Guest Tickets



25. Senior members may sponsor two persons for an additional fee per person per day. Members must accompany their guests fishing. See Membership Card for further details. 26. Guest Night Tickets are no longer available until further notice 27. No Guest Tickets will be issued on the bank. ONE- NIGHT TICKETS 28. Members not in possession of a full night permit may purchase a onenight permit for an additional fee. One-night only tickets will not be available for Saturday nights. See Membership card for further details.

EXCHANGE TICKETS 29. Exchange tickets are available for a number of local clubs, including Worthing, Pulborough, Southwater, Crawley, Billingshurst and Loxwood, offering you access to even more waters. See the Membership Card for further details.


GENERAL RULES RULES APPLICABLE TO THE FISHERIES - 1 Number of rods 30. Two rods, two lines, (one hook each) shall be allowed at the same time by each individual with the exception of Minors and those accompanying Minors when only one rod per individual may be used. Members with a 3 rod night permit may fish with 3 rods at the times specified under the night fishing rules Hooks 31. Hooks smaller than size 8 shall be barbless or whisker barbed. 32. Island Pond and Foxhole. barbless. All hooks, regardless of size, must be

33. All treble hooks shall be barbless or semi-barbed. Keepnets 34. Keepnets must not be used at Roosthole, Island Pond or Foxhole except in bona fide competitions. 35. Carp sacks may only be used for single specimen fish caught during the hours of darkness.

Return of Fish to the water 36. All live fish caught in or out of competition must be returned to the water with the exception of sizeable Trout and Sea Trout.



Bait 37. No bait shall be dug or searched for in the banks or property adjoining any of the waters of the Association. 38. Prebaiting is not permitted


Pike Fishing 39. Pike Season. Pike fishing is only allowed on Association Waters between 1st October and 14th March. 40. When fishing for Pike minimum 15 lb line must be used with a minimum 20lb wire trace of at least 18 inches. Forceps must be carried. Live Bait 41. Live bait may only be used if they have been captured from the water being fished. No fish in excess of six inches shall be used as live bait on Association waters. Landing Nets 42. When fishing specifically for carp and pike a minimum 36 inch landing net must be used. Unhooking Mats 43. In the interests of the fish caught, members must be in possession of a suitable unhooking mat when fishing Association waters. Specific rules may apply on some waters.

Ice-bound Fisheries 44. Waters which are ice-bound may be closed at the discretion of the Fishery Officer and members must not break the ice to fish.


GENERAL RULES RULES APPLICABLE TO THE FISHERIES - 3 Close Season 45. The Close Season for fishing with rod and line shall be as stated in the Bye-laws of the local Water Authority, and no Member is allowed on Association waters closed during this time unless on official Association business. Association waters will be opened or closed as directed by resolution of the Committee. Responsibilities of Members to the Fisheries. 46. No member shall leave any gate unfastened or do or permit any damage to fences, mowing grass, or crops near or adjoining the river or pond, or shall be accompanied by a dog (with the exception of bona fide HDAA bailiffs) or gun. 47. No work of any description may be carried out without the permission of the Fishery Officer or Assistant Fishery Officer. This particularly applies to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (Sun Oak Farm Ponds, FoxHole and Island Pond). Litter 48. No member shall, when fishing, leave rubbish, such as paper, etc. laying about the banks and shall be responsible for the swim being used. 49. No cans of any description shall be taken onto Association fisheries (including bait tins, drink cans, etc.).


GENERAL RULES RULES APPLICABLE TO THE FISHERIES - 4 Production of Membership Cards 50. All holders of Membership Cards shall produce their cards when requested by any Member producing his own Membership Card, and to any Owner of Land or person in authority or to a duly appointed bailiff of the Association. Breach of Rules of the Association 51. Any Member being a witness of the infringement of the rules of the Association , or the rights and liberties of the Association, shall at once inform the Secretary and the Committee shall have the power to deal with the matter as they think fit. Fishery Owners 52. Individual owners of the Fisheries and individual occupiers of the land adjoining are (de facto) Honorary Members of the Association with full privileges. Change of General Rules 53. None of the General Rules shall be altered or amended, or added to without the sanction of a majority at the Annual General Meeting, or a Special General Meeting convened for that purpose. Proposals for rule changes must be given in writing and be seconded in writing and submitted to the secretary by March 1st. In exceptional circumstances the Committee may submit propositions after March 1st. Any proposition due for consideration by the Annual General Meeting, may be amended at the time of the Annual General Meeting, and without prior notice.




No member may fish within 9 yards (13yds on rivers) of another member without his permission


Any member casting to another swim, whether to the opposite bank or adjacent bank, must cease to do so if another member wishes to fish from that swim


LIST OF WATERS - 1 Roosthole Pond, Horsham. (Map ref: 187/206296) Fish: Roach, Rudd, Carp, Bream, Tench, Perch, Pike, Chub, Gudgeon Entrance: By gate on the Horsham side in Hammer Pond Road only. Access by key only. Gates must be kept locked at all times. Members wishing to fish the Mannings Heath side must enter by the gate on the Horsham side and walk round the lake. Members must not enter the fishery directly from the road on the Mannings Heath side.

No keepnets except in bona fide competitions.

Closed between 11pm and 4am.

This Fishery is open all year round.


LIST OF WATERS - 2 Sun Oak Farm Ponds, Horsham (Map ref:187/200307) Fish: Tench, Roach, Rudd, Carp, Perch, Bream, Pike. Access: Vehicles must not be taken down Hampers Lane. Vehicles may be driven down Sun Oak Lane when the gates are open but the gates are not under HDAA control and members may possibly find themselves locked in. If this does happen they will need to liase with Keith Booker at the Lodge. (He holds the combination to the lock.) Otherwise access is by the recognised footpaths only. Sun Oak Ponds are Sites of Special Scientific Interest and no work of any description can be carried out without permission from the Fishery Officer.

Fishery closed between 11pm and 4am.

The close season applies to this Fishery (15th March until 15th June).


LIST OF WATERS - 3 River Arun, Kerves Lane, Horsham (M. ref:187/180292) Fish: Carp, Roach, Rudd, Tench, Bream, Perch, Pike, Dace, Chub. North bank from Kerves Lane Bridge, Horsham, to Chesworth Farm and West of Chesworth as shown by notice boards. Entrance by gateways only. Fishing is not permitted from the island or the river bank opposite the island.

Members may now fish upstream from Kerves Lane Bridge in Amies Mill Farm. Cars may park inside the the farm gate except when Christmas trees are being sold.

Fishery closed between 11pm and 4am. The close season applies to this Fishery (15th March until 15th June).


LIST OF WATERS - 4 River Arun, Lee Place (Map ref: 197/045237) Fish: Perch. Carp, Tench, Bream, Chub, Roach, Rudd, Dace, Gudgeon, Pike,

Boundaries: Downstream boundary is the fence which marks the upstream boundary of the Snape Farm Fishery. Upstream boundary is marked by a BAS noticeboard. Access: Turn right from the A29, near the bottom of Codmore Hill, into Blackgate Lane. Proceed to the end of the lane, the last part is rough track. Parking is signposted. DO NOT PARK on the green in front of the cottages. Members may now park at the Hay Barn. Please take care driving down the track and do not, in any circumstances, block any farm machinery or access, or scare any horses being exercised. Members must display a HDAA car sticker in their windscreen SHARED FISHERY: This Fishery is shared with Billingshurst AS and is reserved for Billingshurst AS use on the dates given on the fixture list.

Fishery closed between sunset and sunrise.

The close season applies to this Fishery (15th March until 15th June).


LIST OF WATERS - 5 Birchenbridge Pond, Horsham. (Map ref: 187/194292) Fish: Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Tench, Carp, Pike, Gudgeon. Location: On the A281 between Horsham and Mannings Heath. A disabled swim has been constructed on the east bank (Mannings Heath side) for wheelchair-bound anglers. Parking on the main road and by the gate at the bottom of the hill is strictly forbidden. Members may park by the gateway up the hill on the Horsham side but must not obstruct the gate. Alternatively there is off-road parking on the Mannings Heath side up the hill from the pond (on the side of the road opposite to the pond). No fishing from the road bank. No fishing beyond Yew Tree swim on the Horsham bank. Fishery is closed between 11pm and 4am except for those with Night Permits. This Fishery is open all year round.


LIST OF WATERS - 6 Island Pond, Holmbush, Faygate Fish: Carp, Tench, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Pike Access: Located off the south bound dual carriage way between Crawley and Horsham. Turn up the track, just after the bus stop, marked “Private. No Cars.” Take the right hand track past the cottage and follow the track to the left. There is a barrier with a HDAA lock. Barrier must be kept closed. Speed limit of 10mph. Car Parking: Car parking is located amongst the trees towards the end of the track. Cars must not be parked on the track or taken right up to the pond.

Special rules: - No keepnets except in bona fide competitions. - All hooks to be barbless. - SSSI site. - Night fishing is allowed to those with night permits. Such members must not enter after dusk or leave before 7am. - All other members must not enter before 7am and must leave before dusk.

This Fishery is open all year round.



Foxhole, Holmbush Farm, Faygate Fish: Carp, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Tench Access: Is through Holmbush Farm. Holmbush Farm is on the dual carriage way between Horsham and Crawley. Follow signs to Foxhole. Access via gate with HDAA lock. Please ensure that the gate is kept locked. Please drive carefully through the farm and along the track. Speed limit of 10 mph. Car Parking: Park in designated parking only. Do not park on the track. Special Rules: No keepnets except in bona fide competitions when 2 keepnets are required, one of which must be carp-safe. All hooks are to be barbless. Members must not enter before 7am and must leave before dusk. Night fishing is allowed to those with night permits. Such members must arrive at the fishery before dusk and must not leave before 7am. This Fishery is open all year.



UNHOOKING MATS are to be used on all HDAA waters especially when fishing for Carp and Pike.

PIKE FISHING. A minimum line breaking strain of 15lbs must be used along with at least an 18 inch 20lbs trace. Forceps must be carried and wire cutters should be carried and used when necessary.

CAR PARKING All vehicles are left entirely at owner’s risk and members enter all fisheries at their own risk. No claim for damages will be considered either by the land owners or the Association.


Visit the Club’s WEB site

WEB site address: www.hdaa..co.uk


Reminder: No member may fish within 9 yards (13yds on rivers) of another member without his permission. Please respect other anglers’ privacy and personal space


Address for all correspondence:

PO Box 22, Horsham West Sussex RH12 2YT



 No member may fish within 9 yards (15 yards on rivers) of another m ember without their permission  Anyone casting to another swim, including far bank swims, must remove his tackle from that swim if another angler wishes to fish from that swin  Please keep bankside movement and noise to a minimum


Please respect the Fisheries

Please take all litter home

Please help to keep swims litter free

Please take home any discarded line or tackle





ASH (Angling Specialists Horsham) 29, Queen Street, Horsham Tel. No. 01403 264644

Premier Angling 2 Swindon Road, Horsham. Tel. No. 01403 265711

Both are open 6 days a week.

WEB site address: www.hdaa..co.uk