Club Rules, Byelaws and Catch Returns

 

 

Club Rules and Byelaws

On becoming a member of the Ogmore Angling Association, all members are issued with an up to date set of Association Rules and Byelaws which they are required to conform with. 

These rules are subject to change, should the need arise, at the Annual General Meeting.

It is recommended that all Association members become familiar with these rules and in so doing prevent possibly awkward situations from arising.

For those members that no longer have an up to date set of Association Rules and Byelaws, a facility has been made available to enable you to download them and hence have an up to date set to hand.

Please click on the icon for a copy of the 2019 byelaws which you can save on your computer or print -PDF

Our club byelaws are also published in full below if you'd liketo look at them without leaveing the site.

 

 

 

Catch Returns

All members of the Association, under section 3.11 of the Association Rules and Byelaws, must complete a mandatory catch return at the end of each season on the form issued by the Company.
We understand that you might not feel it's necessary because you didn't have a very good season and besides, what good would your input do anyway?

Even a nil return tells us a lot about the state of the river. All catch returns benefit the Association in a number of ways. They are used in the first instance to monitor the state of the migratory fish returning to the Ogmore. The information that we obtain goes into a database that can indicate trends over a period of time of a possible falling population of migratory stocks. Rather than be reactive to any issues, we can be proactive and put in place plans to investigate and possibly offset minor problems before it's too late.


Secondly, we must safeguard the fishing for present and future generations of anglers. As such, we require catch returns to enable us to record, what fish were caught each season. For example, should a major pollution incident occur that devastates the river, through various agencies, we would be able to seek compensation. However, without a true and accurate record of the catches that have been made, the Association would not be able to make representations for the loss of fish, other agencies, based on the number of fish caught would not be able to make an assessment of the number of juvenile fish lost and therefore, any possible restocking program would be seriously undermined because of the lack of data, i.e. catch returns that could be relied on.

We hope then, that you can see how important a catch return is to the Association.


In addition, it would be appreciated by the Association if visiting anglers could also complete a catch return for our records.


Completed forms are to be returned to the Membership Secretary. Please see the Contacts Page.

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Our club byelaws are published in full below.

 

 

 

 

2019 Byelaws

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Rules & Byelaws of the Ogmore Angling Association Ltd. Feb 2018

1 Rules – General

1.1 The Company shall be called, “The Ogmore Angling Association Limited”.

1.2 The Objects and Procedures of the Company are set out within its Memorandum of Association, a copy of which is available from the Honorary Secretary, email: secretary@ogmoreangling.com

1.3 The running of the Company is the responsibility of the “Council of Management”.

1.4 Members of the Council shall retire at each Annual General Meeting, but will be eligible for re-election.

1.5 Any member of the Association may stand for election to the “Council of Management”. They need to be proposed (in writing) by another Association Member and declare (in writing) their willingness to stand. Both elements of the notification must be left at the registered office of the company, not more than 21 days and not less than 7 days before an Annual General Meeting.

1.6 An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called by any member who has written evidence of the support of at least 20 members.

1.7 Any member found to be in breach of company “Rules and Byelaws” may be summoned to appear before the “Council of Management”, who shall have the authority by simple majority, to fine, suspend or expel any such member found to be in breach of the aforementioned “Rules and Byelaws”.

1.8 Any member that deliberately brings the company into disrepute, causes monetary loss or loss of company assets or any member associating themselves with such action will be expelled from the company.

1.9 The decision of the “Council of Management” is final on all matters relating to these “Rules and Byelaws” and to any other aspects of managing the Company.

1.10 Company accounts are available to all members on request from the Honorary Secretary.

1.11 New adult members are required to pay an enrolment fee which, will be set annually by the “Council of Management”.

1.12 Any member reaching the age of 18 years by the 3rd March is required to pay the adult membership fee.  Any member reaching the age of 65 by the 3rd March is able to pay the OAP membership fee.

1.13 Membership renewal must be completed by 10th March annually. Those members who have failed to renew their membership by this date will be deemed to have left the company and their membership enrolment fee forfeited.

2 Byelaws - General

2.1 Members are responsible for the conduct of themselves and that of their guests or companions whilst fishing by their acts and omissions; whereby the rules and bylaws of the association shall apply equally to all.

2.2 Members must display their membership permit and rod licence in a prominent position about their person when fishing or proceeding to fish. A permit holder and Lanyard will be provided free of charge for this purpose; additional permit holders or lanyards will incur a fee.

2.3 It is compulsory that all members and day and weekly ticket holders acquire an appropriate and valid Environment Agency Rod License before fishing.

2.4 Anyone fishing waters controlled by the Company must produce their authority to do so upon request of a bailiff, officer of the Company, or any member of the Company who first produces evidence of their membership.

2.5 Any member of the Company, whilst fishing or intending to fish shall at the request of a bailiff or officer of the Company, turn out any basket, bag or pocket.

2.6 Members of the Company must protect wildlife and the property of the landowners. All gates are to be closed after use, no fires to be lit, no litter dropped or fishing line discarded. Members must not walk through standing crops such as grass or corn etc.

2.7 No member shall take a dog with him whilst fishing company waters.

2.8 No member may fish in one spot for more than 20 minutes, if another member having first signaled, is waiting to fish.

2.9 Only members in possession of a Salmon and Migratory Trout License issued by the Environment Agency are allowed to fish throughout the night. Those anglers in possession of a Non-Migratory Trout License must cease fishing one hour after dark and not resume again until one hour before dawn.

2.10 The carrying and use of any gaff or tailer is prohibited.

2.11 A catch return must be returned at the end of each season on the form issued by the Company.

2.12 The digging of bait on land owned by Merthyr Mawr Estates is prohibited.

3. Restrictions on Angling Methods

3.1 Members together with day or weekly ticket holders may fish with only one Rod and Line at any time.

3.2 Fishing for brown trout must be carried out with barbless hooks only

3.3 No spinning, including the use of spinflies, or minnow fishing with artificial or natural bait shall be allowed on water controlled by the Company until the 16 June each year with the exception that spinning can be undertaken below the Swing Bridge from 1st April provided it is undertaken with a single barbless hook..

3.4 Ground baiting is only permitted below the confluence of the rivers Ogmore and Ewenny.

3.5 The use of maggots and ‘Powerbait’ as bait is prohibited on waters controlled by the Company.

3.6 The use of bread as bait is prohibited on all waters above the confluence of the rivers Ogmore and Ewenny.

3.7  Bait fishing is prohibited after the 30 of September.

3.8 Worm fishing is only permitted with barbless hooks.  No static fishing is allowed at anytime.

3.9  A landing net must be carried at all times fishing is being undertaken

3.10 River Ewenny: between Treoes Bridge and the A48 road bridge at Fords is reserved for fly fishing only. River Ogmore: between Water Street Bridge, Bridgend and the hump-back bridge (near the tennis courts) Merthyr Mawr, is reserved for fly fishing until the 16 June.

4 Restrictions on Taking Fish

4.1 Brown Trout
a. The season for Brown Trout is 3rd March to 30th September inclusive
b. The minimum size for which fish can be kept, when measured from the snout to fork of the tail is 10” (254mm)
c. All fish without a blue spot (wild fish) must be returned to the water dead or alive.
d. The maximum number of fish to be taken is Two.

4.2 Migratory Fish.
a. The season for Salmon and Sea Trout (Sewin) will be 1st April to 17th October inclusive
b. All salmon must be returned to the river dead or alive.
c. Sea Trout (Sewin) caught after 31st August must be returned to the water.
d. Sea Trout (Sewin) below 17” (43cm) and above 22” (56cm), when measured from the snout to the fork of the tail, must be returned to the river dead or alive
e. A maximum of One Sea Trout (Sewin) may be retained in any Seven day period.

4.3 All coloured or unseasonable fish must be returned to the water dead or alive

4.4 Any fish caught on waters controlled by the Company shall not be sold or exposed for sale.

5 Grayling Fishing

5.1 Grayling fishing is a privilege reserved for members only and as such, is unavailable to non-members.

5.2 The Grayling season is from 16th June until 14th February. Winter fishing, is from 18 October to 14 February by additional permit to be applied for at the same time as when members renew their annual membership.

5.3 No Grayling permits will be issued to any member applying after the 10th March.

5.4 Fly fishing only with barbless hooks no larger than size 10.

5.5 No Grayling is to be killed or kept. Every effort must be made to return the fish to the river unharmed.

5.6 Wading is only permitted between 16 June and 17 October each year.

5.7 Fishing during the hours of daylight only is permitted.

5.8 Grayling permit and Environment Agency Rod License is to be displayed when fishing or proceeding to fish.

5.9 Grayling fishing is allowed on the river Ewenny only.

END

The Association endorses voluntary catch and release for all wild and migratory fish.  Members are reminded that they also need to comply with any Natural Resources Wales Byelaws that are in place.