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BLAS General Rules

Postby John Petersen » Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:50 pm

The Blackpool & Layton Angling Society

The Society Was formed about 1905, and the first book of rules is dated 1906. It appears that it was founded out of the Victoria Angling Club, which first appeared about 1902
In 1906 The Blackpool Angling Society, as it was then known, met in a working men’s club in Church Street, the entrance fee was 5/- plus 3d a week contribution which entitled members to all benefits of the club
From its inception, the club was chiefly devoted to freshwater angling, but as more members took to sea angling it was decided to amalgamate with the Layton Sea Angling Society, which was a sea angling club, this union was concluded in 1945 and explains our present title
The Society flourished through good times and bad times, including two world wars, and we still have a very fine club, where some of the top fishermen in the Country have joined at one time or another and we still have a list of trophies, cups and shields that are second to none
A warm welcome is extended to all new members, so the message to all members is still as it states in rule 1 of the original 1906 book –

The Society’s object is the encouragement of the Art of Angling as a pastime and a sport


This Society be called; Blackpool & Layton Angling Society

The Office shall be the address of the current Secretary

Subscriptions to be recommended by the Treasurer by the 31st of December

Only fully paid up members can vote or voice their opinion at an Annual General Meeting or Extra Ordinary General Meeting

That the financial year be: 1st January until 31st of December and the Fishing & Membership year is the same

Members have up to the Annual General Meeting to renew their membership. After that date, anyone wishing to rejoin will have to pay the additional joining fee

All officials of the Society be elected on for a minimum of a three year period

The meeting place shall be the: Claremont Hotel, North Promenade Blackpool, where members shall meet to discuss any matters arising with the Society. Dates and times to be published in the newsletter

A register of attendance to be kept by the Secretary of all members present at General meetings and Committee meetings. Should any Committee member miss three consecutive meetings (General or Committee) without good reason, they will be deemed to no longer be on the Committee and another member will fill their position

There is to be an Executive working committee, which will consist of Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Sea and Freshwater Captains who have the power to make decisions without having to wait for a full committee meeting.

The Committee shall meet as and when needed to discuss matters and to deal with any disputes within the Society. Any member of the Committee can ask the Secretary to arrange a meeting

Two Auditors to be elected annually

Life membership shall only be awarded to members who have completed 25 years unbroken membership to the Society

All life members will be required to attend a minimum of one General meeting or one match (Sea or Freshwater) annually to be eligible to receive the newsletter, failure to do so will require the said member to re-apply for their life membership at a general meeting

Only members who have been a member of the Society for a minimum of twelve months are eligible for a position on the committee, except at the discretion of the Chairman and by consent at a meeting

That any Extra Ordinary Meeting, for which a minimum of 14 days notice has been given to all members, shall have the same powers as an Annual General Meeting

Any proposed rule changes, amendments or nominations must be to the Secretary, proposed and seconded by fully paid up members, in writing, not less than 14 days prior to an Annual General Meeting or Extra Ordinary General Meeting

Any decision taken by the Committee (Executive or Full) shall be final and binding on all matters, except those that effect changes to the Constitution

The Committee have the right to refuse or revoke membership to any person who it feels is unfit to hold a membership card on the grounds of; unreasonable behaviour, breaking of the Societies rules, or anyone who has brought the Society into disrepute, or, anyone who it feels will be a disruptive influence in the Society

Should three or more members stand for a position on the Committee, then, the person with the most votes shall be accepted onto the Committee. In the event of a draw then the Chairman will have the casting vote

No member to hold more than two posts on the Committee

Three individual members must hold the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary positions

The election of Committee members shall be by proposal and seconded by members of the Society and then by the voting for or against by members at a meeting. If a draw, then the Chairman shall have the Casting vote

Any Committee member has the power to suspend any member(s) who misconduct’s themselves in any way. The said member (s) will be requested to attend a Committee meeting, where their case will be discussed. If said member(s) refuses or does not turn up at the allotted time, then the Committee will deal with them in their absence

None of the Societies assets are to be sold for any reason unless agreement is reached at an Annual General Meeting or Extra Ordinary General Meeting and with a 75% majority of members attending the meeting

That in the event of the Society ceasing to exist, all assets are to be sold at Auction and the proceeds donated to a local Charity

The Chairman or elected Chairman, shall take the chair at all meetings and in the event of a tie in any vote have the casting vote

No member shall poach, damage crops or commit trespass or interfere with any farming equipment or commit any act that can bring the Society into disrepute.

No member shall have in their possession, any gun or crossbow or any implement for the destruction of game or wildlife other than the implements of Angling

It is a condition of membership that you enter onto any of the club waters and partake in any club activities at your own risk. The Committee will not be liable for any accident or injury howsoever caused

General Rules

Membership cards and Rod Licenses are to be carried at all times when fishing club waters. Any member who cannot produce theirs when asked to do so, will be asked to leave and must do so without argument

No keep nets to be used between the dates of 15th March to 15th June both dates inclusive. (Club matches are exempt)

No night fishing. Club waters must be cleared from dusk till dawn, no exceptions

No lead shot to be used

Barbless hooks only to be used on our waters, no exceptions

No swimming

No ground bait allowed at any time. Loose feed only. (Only bait that you can use on a hook) liquidised bread is classed as ground bait

Fishing from pegs/platforms only, no fishing between pegs
No ground bait allowed at any time. Loose feed only. (Only bait that you can use on a hook) liquidised bread is classed as ground bait.

No keepnets allowed on the pond known as “Thistleton No1 pond” at any time

No juniors to fish the club waters alone, juniors must be accompanied by a responsible adult AT ALL TIMES

No radios, tapes, cd players etc on club waters, you may only use a personal stereo with headphones

All pegs are to be left in a clean and tidy condition, if you are fishing on a peg that has any litter, line, or cans etc please take it away with you.

No cans/tins are allowed at the ponds at any time, (this includes food, drink or bait cans/tins)

During pit cleaning sessions the ponds being cleaned or tidied will be closed to all fishing. The pond management team, may at times ask for help at the ponds and all able bodied members are required to attend any pond cleaning sessions if asked to do so

The committee or pond managers may close any of the waters at any time when or if deemed necessary, without prior notice

Only the Committee can arrange and organise matches, sea or freshwater, this includes any sweepstakes or open matches

Members must only use standard, micromesh or Carp friendly keep net for retaining their fish, no other article to be used and all fish to be returned to the water. The removal of any fish, dead or alive, is not allowed for any reason and no fish over 2 lb should be retained, any fish that “looks” to weigh more than 2lb must be returned to the water immediately, and not retained

All unused bait to be taken home and disposed of, and not thrown in to the water at the end
Of your session

Any dead fish or fish in distress must be reported to a member of the Committee immediately, so that we can take any measures necessary to insure the well being of the fish

No friends, family members or guest anglers are allowed to fish the club waters

Please make sure that if you need to open any gates etc then you close any gates etc behind you

Abusive behaviour, Bad language or bullying will not be tolerated. Any member found to be abusive, bullying or using bad language will be asked to leave and must do so without argument, and will be asked to attend a Committee meeting and will be dealt with accordingly, including up to expulsion from the Society

General Match Rules Freshwater

No waters to be fished twelve hours prior to a match being fished on that water, this applies to both Sea & Freshwater, unless fishing a bona fide match

All members who fish the club matches must adhere to all fishery and club rules. Fishery rules take precedence over Club Rules; this includes any bait bans or restrictions.

Only the Steward(s) are to walk round the venue prior to fishing, unless fishing on a Canal

Anyone who vacates their peg must have a good reason for doing so and must ensure that their tackle and bait are well away from the water

No spinning in Freshwater matches also no artificial lures or bait

Only one rod, pole etc. to be in use at any one time, and one single hook only

For the Christmas matches, only members who have fished a minimum of five matches, sea or freshwater, will be entitled to any prizes, cash or otherwise

In the Stewards matches, only members who have stewarded a minimum of two full matches will be eligible for a prize, sea and freshwater

In the event of inclement weather conditions, any match, Sea or Freshwater, may be cancelled or moved to an alternative venue at the discretion of the match steward

To be eligible to steward a match, you must have been a member for a minimum of one year and have fished a minimum of five matches

In the Knock out matches, three way finals will be allowed if need be

No Salmon or Trout are to count in any match unless it is designated a” Trout Match”

In Trout matches, three flies, or two baited hooks or one spinner be allowed with only one rod and line to be in use at any one time

The deliberate foul hooking of fish is not allowed, Sea or Freshwater

The weigh in for freshwater matches are now to be weighed in kilo’s and grammes

There will be sections in all freshwater matches, with points in each section going from 20 to the winner down to 1 pt for turning up and not weighing in

It is the Stewards decision and theirs alone that will stand in any decision(s) taken with regards to any discrepancies at any matches, if you disagree with any decisions, you can make a complaint, at your earliest opportunity, to a member of the committee who will do their best to resolve it. If it involves weight or size of a fish then you will still have the right to have your fish or catch weighed and a separate note put on the match sheet, should the matter be resolved in your favour, your points and weights for that match will be instated

General match Rules Seawater

In all Sea matches a maximum of THREE hook points only

Apart from the J.L.Rogers match, which is WORM ONLY, at all other matches there are no bait bans

A shockleader MUST be used at all times when casting
Only 1 rod to be in use at any time, and fishing with rod and line only, no handlines

There is no restriction on how far you can wade out but you must return to shore immediately after casting

There will be a meeting point up to an hour before the match is due to start for all members who wish to take part in the match, if, however, you arrive late you must make yourself known to the steward, and if you leave early you must tell another member who is still fishing in the match, this is especially so in beach matches

To be eligible to steward a match, you must have been a member for a minimum of one year and have fished a minimum of five matches, with regards to the Christmas match; again, you must have fished a minimum of 5 matches to win a prize

In the event of inclement weather conditions, any match, Sea or Freshwater, may be cancelled or moved to an alternative venue at the discretion of the match steward or Committee

The deliberate foul hooking of fish is not allowed, Sea or Freshwater

Minimum size limits apply to all matches and are in line with the National Federation of Sea Anglers minimum size limits and may be increased or decreased as needed and only in size fish to count

If need be, any match held over two or more legs can be decided in a single match

The Pier cup is now to be called the Wall Cup

The points in sea matches will be as follows;
10 pts for 1st, 7pts 2nd and 5pts 3rd, 3 points for catching in size fish and 1 pt for fishing but not catching an in size fish

In both sea and freshwater matches, it is your responsibility to check out if the match you want to attend is still on, and if there are any places left, this will apply to all matches. At some venues we will be limited to the amount of members who can attend
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Re: BLAS General Rules

Postby Dave Kam » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:45 pm

Just that a shockleader must be used if casting
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Re: BLAS General Rules

Postby sparky » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:17 pm

Dave Kam wrote:Just that a shockleader must be used if casting

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Re: BLAS General Rules

Postby Shacky » Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:33 pm qualify for any of the money prizes you must have fished a minimum of 5 matches. Except! the Dave Greenwood, which requires you to fish a minimum of 10 matches.
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