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  1. All members MUST comply with the Environment Agency bylaws and hold 1 valid rod license for the use of one or two rods and 2 valid rod licenses for three rods. Members MUST have their membership card and Environment Agency rod licenses with them at all times.
  2. We can only accept applicants that have a permanant UK address.
  3. Please observe the speed limit OF 5MPH AT ALL TIMES ON ALL OF OUR WATERS. This is walking pace; failing to do so will result in a ban. Only members that are fishing should be driving around the lakes!
  4. When visiting our venues or other members that are fishing, all visitors(members or otherwise) are asked TO NOT DRIVE AND PARK ON SITE but to use the car parks provided and WALK to whomever they are visiting. In all cases members/visitors should park with respect and consideration for others. Failure to do so will result in a three-month ban for all members involved, both visiting and fishing. This includes the Press!
  5. Only those that are paid members with a valid annual membership card are allowed to fish.
  6. We reserve the right to close any lakes at any time and for any given period when in the best interest of the fishery.
  7. All Members and non-members enter any Medway Valley Fisheries venue at their own risk. Medway Valley Fisheries does not accept liability for any stolen or damaged gear whilst on site. Members are responsible for the behaviour and actions of any visitors.
  8. Members are permitted to bring well-behaved dogs along fishing; providing they are kept within your designated swim at all times and you clean up after them. Use the dog-waste bins where available or take their waste home with you. Any anglers with dogs found be causing a nuisance to other anglers will be asked leave.
  9. Members are always responsible for keeping their swims and surrounding areas litter free. Please ensure that you take ALL litter home with you, failure to do so will result in a life ban. This includes human waste and dog waste!
  10. Swims cannot be reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Buckets left in swims in an attempt to reserve them will be considered littering as per Rule 7, they will be removed and whoever placed it there will face a 24hr ban from the fishery. Additionally, please show your fellow anglers consideration and refrain from parking behind them whilst they are still fishing if you want to fish their swim next. It is strictly only one vehicle per swim at any one time so if you are not fishing you should be parked in the designated car park. If your chosen swim isn’t available find an alternative! Pressurising fellow anglers to move on before they are ready to leave will not be tolerated!
  11. No trees or vegetation are too be cut back or damaged for any reason without our prior consent. Please respect all wildlife.
  12. Strictly no fires of any description.
  14. You must remain close to your rods at all times. It is illegal to leave a rod and line in the water unattended or over which you don’t have sufficient control. If the Bailiff deems that you are an un-safe distance away from your rods or are not attending them correctly, they will ask for your card and key and the matter will be referred to the Fishery Manager for consideration. You will be issued with a formal warning and not permitted to fish again until the Fishery Manger has agreed you can.
  15. All gates must be securely locked when entering and leaving any of our complexes.
  16. Line must be a minimum of .35. This will be checked with a Digital Vernier and applies to all waters.
  17. No back leading!! On Brooklands Lake in particular please avoid using slack lines due to the amount of Pea Mussels, Zebra Mussels and Swan mussels that reside on the lake bed. This will greatly improve your chances of landing fish and also reduce the amount of fish trailing line caused my mussel cut offs.
  18. A maximum of 3 rods on all lakes. The only exceptions to this are on Abbey Meads & Brooklands where if you have paid the extra rod supplement it is permissible to fish 4 rods. There is also a 2 rod limit on Woodlands from 1st May to 30th September only. Junior members are limited to 2 rods on all waters.
  19. Junior members (members aged 16 and under) who wish to fish after 6pm or before 6am must be accompanied by an adult fishing member and occupy the same swim.
  20. You purchase your keys to keep and they are non-refundable so please look after them. However, any member that is expelled from the club by the management for whatever reason must return their gate keys and membership card immediately as they are both the property of Medway Valley Fisheries. We reserve the right to take legal action to recover these items, at your expense if necessary. 
  21. No loud behaviour. Remember that peace and quiet catches more fish.
  22. A maximum stay of 48 hours is allowed on any of our waters and you are not permitted to return to the lakes for that same period (within 48 hours). If you need to leave your swim temporarily and are leaving your equipment in a swim, you have a maximum of 2 hours to do so. The Fishery Team will remove your equipment if you are timed out!! As before please ensure your rods are reeled in if you are away from your swim for any time.
  23. Human waste is just about the worse waste there is. Please use the toilets provided or take it home with you
  24. No wading under any circumstances! No waders/chestwaders to be bought onto any MVF site.
  25. No carp or pike are to be placed in keep nets.
  26. Floatation slings or your landing nets are the only means of retaining fish when captured. Please make sure this is kept to a absolute maximum of 1 hour as all you should need to do is ready your equipment. Failing to do so will result in a ban as fish care is absolutely paramount. All Carp sacks and Carp Cradles that can seriously damage the fish are banned and not to be bought onto any MVF site.
  27. Please ensure you have suitable unhooking aids with you, e.g. disgorger or forceps, along with a large unhooking mat suitable for Carp up to and exceeding 50lb and a generously sized well made landing net.
  28. When netting, weighing and photographing fish please take the upmost care to protect the fish and if in doubt about its health please return it to the water immediately.
  29. No particles are allowed with the exception of Sweetcorn and Hemp. The use of Sweetcorn and hemp are now restricted to 2kilo per 24 hours, please ensure they are prepared correctly prior to arriving at the lake. Pellet and Boillie have no quantity limitations. No oil-based pellets (trout, halibut, salmon etc.) are allowed.
  30. We have taken the step to ban the use of plastic baits permanently as on numerous occasions we have removed rigs and line from fish that have picked up baits that have been left in the lake through crack offs.
  31. We have had some issues with lead clips this could be through anglers misuse or it could indeed be just the product, so we have a list of clips we have found to be very safe and work better than others. A list of approved clips is available from the Fishery Manager or the office.
  32. Please ensure that all systems provide adequate drop of system and this includes In-line leads.
  33. Leads should be no heavier than 4oz.
  34. When pike fishing please use only barb-less trebles and please do not use crushed barb hooks.
  35. Lead core is banned end of.
  36. NO LEADERS OF ANY DESCRIPTION except on a spod or marker rod set up and no braided main line.
  37. All fishing to be done from designated swims only. No fishing from the Towpath Bank on the Trout Lake or the Housing Bank at Woodlands Lakes. No fishing from any swims that are designated for our disabled members unless you are a Blue Badge Holder.
  38. No swimming or boating or wading for any reason. However IN THE LARKFIELD COMPLEX ONLY a limited amount of small rowing boats are permitted on The Ocean but you must have express permission from the Fishery Manager plus your own Liability Insurance, plus you must supply the office with a copy of your insurance. Failure to adhere to theses conditions will result in an immediate ban. Details of our approved insurer can be found on the links page of our website.
  39. Bait boats are banned on all of our waters with the exception of The Ocean and Road and Island in The Larkfield Complex. THIS IS STILL ON A TRAIL BASIS so please can all Larkfield members who take advantage of this, please make sure that they operate their bait boats safely from the bank with care and consideration to other anglers and ensure that they cause minimal disruption to other anglers and lake users.
  40. Abusive behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances whether it is to a bailiff, fellow member or a member of the public. Any member who introduces a friend to the club who subsequently gets banned will also lose their place.
  41. Bailiffs have the authority to request that you reel in your rods in order to ensure that no illegal baits or rigs are being used.
  42. All our bailiffs have been handpicked and work closely with Medway Valley Fisheries and all their decisions are final. Please remember that there are no excuses for not knowing the rules and if you are in doubt about anything then please ask a bailiff as they are there to help you.
  43. We have common interest in the consideration of both our environment and members of the public please be aware of all aspects of your surroundings and show respect accordingly.
  44. Memberships are only valid for 1 year at a time. You are not automatically renewed each year.
  45. Any club signage on any lake is there to protect you and members of the public and should be considered as part of the official rules.
  46. Any press articles that refer to Medway Valley Fisheries, it’s staff, officers or lakes all need to be approved by The Fisheries Manager prior to being released. Failure to do so will result in an instant ban.
  47. Each member is entitled to two weeks (14 days) “Holiday” fishing on his or her specific water. This can only be taken in maximum blocks of one week at a time and must be booked at least one week in advance. All booking requests must be made by email and authorised by the Fisheries Manger. Failure to notify the Fisheries Manager will result in a three-month ban and you will be asked to leave immediately. We will not accept holiday requests from anglers already on the bank that decide last minute to extend their session as this is not fair to other anglers that may be waiting for a swim to become available.
  48. Medway Valley Fisheries reserve the right to make amendments to the membership policy and rules as and when we see fit and with no prior notice. It is the Member’s responsibility to regularly check the rules available on our website for any updates and changes that have been made.
  49. Some of our Bailiffs hold warrant cards that allow them to see your rods licences so its not just the Environment Agency you need to look out for so be warned. Failure to hold the correct licenses will result in an instant ban.
  50. Please keep alcohol consumption whilst fishing to an absolute minimum and store it out of plain site. You need to ensure you remain in control of your rods and set up at all times and whilst a few beers is fine, excessive drinking will not be tolerated and you will be asked to hand over your card and key and will be removed from the premises.



Medway Valley Fisheries Membership Office, 22 Pipers Drive, Christchurch, BH23 4TR

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