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General Club & Water Rules 
updated March 2024


General Rules.

  1. A Current Membership book must be carried at all times. Rod Licenses must be produced on request from an official EA bailiff. Members books must be produced on request by either a club bailiff or member. Any person without a book shall be asked to leave.

  2. All persons on Pdac waters must be registered with the club or have possession of either a Membership, Exchange or a Complimentary permit.

  3.  Members 16 and under may only use one (1) rod and must always be accompanied by an adult member in the same or adjacent swim, Juvenile members must remain in the same swim as the adult member at all times.

  4. Fishing from defined swims only.

  5.  No trees, reeds, rushes or other vegetation may be cut or trimmed. If there is a problem, please inform the warden or bailiff. 

  6.  No more than two rods may be used (unless stated otherwise).

  7.  Landing nets and unhooking mats must be dry on arrival & carried at all times by all members. Landing nets must be a minimum size of 24” on the shortest side of the triangle or 22” diameter on pan nets, members may use discretion if these are suitable to land larger fish. Where fish are larger than 10lb, a larger net is required.

  8. Keep nets are banned on all PDAC waters, except at authorised competitions when the position and number will be specified by the organiser.

  9. No fish to be allowed to come into contact with the ground. The minimum size of approved unhooking mat is 24”x36”. All anglers must have some form of mat.

  10. Disgorgers and artery forceps must be carried and available for use at all times.

  11. No braided mainline permitted except for lure fishing. 

  12.  No lead-core permitted unless otherwise stated.

  13.  Twig Rig by OMC or any other rig replicating it, are banned on all PDAC waters

  14.  Tailors & Gaffs are prohibited.

  15. Members must carry fish care kits.

  16. No coarse fish may be taken away and all must be safely returned to the water.

  17. No natural nut baits to be used on Pdac waters, except in Carp rules for Harting Combe.

  18. Bread may be used as hook-bait. Max 1pint crumb/liquidised used only during Nov/Dec/Jan & Feb. All remaining bread must be taken away and not thrown into the water or left on the bankside on either Pdac or other waters.

  19. A maximum of 1kg of dry particle baits can be used at any one time. All dry particle baits must be fully soaked and boiled before use.

  20. 2kg mixed ground-bait max.

  21.  No surface baits, unless otherwise stated.

  22.  No Bloodworm or Joker.

  23.  No tins, bottles or plastic containers are to left behind. Equipment and belongings should have a tidy appearance when fishing.

  24.  Members are responsible for any litter found in a swim. It must be left clean and tidy, free from any item likely to harm wildlife.

  25.  No tackle to be left in the water unobserved or left baited out of the water.

  26.  No wading permitted (except in the rivers).

  27.  Night fishing is only allowed at Harting Combe. (Please read the Harting Combe rules).

  28.  No unauthorised use of any type of bait boat or remote controlled device.

  29.  No fires or Barbeques are allowed.

  30.  Audio/Visual equipment may only be used with headphones.

  31.  Bailiff’s reserve the right to interpret the rules according to the circumstances. 

  32. Any member who is asked by a bailiff to stop fishing or leave must do so.

  33.  No dogs permitted (accept for assistance dogs).

  34.  Anti-social behaviour, bad language, any consumption of alcohol or recreational drugs will not be tolerated. Members must not enter into direct confrontation with the public, dog walkers or other anglers.

  35.  Any PDAC member deemed to have committed an act of gross misconduct will face disciplinary action and may be banned from all PDAC waters.

  36.  Any Pdac water may be shut without prior notice at the discretion of the Fisheries Manager or Pond Wardens, once sanctioned by the Pdac committee. 

Fly fishing is permitted from 3rd April to 31st October, with fishing before 16th June by fly only. Due to low stock levels, all trout must be returned to the water.


  1. Line with a minimum breaking strain of 15lbs must be used with a wire trace of at least 12” in length.            

  2. Treble hooks when used must be barbless or semi-barbless, minimum size 10 and maximum size 6.                                                                                                          

  3. Long forceps must be carried along with some form of wire cutter.

  4. Only sea fish dead-bait may be used. No live baiting is permitted on any Pdac waters.

  5. Unhooking mats must be used, recommended size 36”x24”.

  6. Surface lures may be permitted.

  7. No members aged 16 or under may fish for Pike unless accompanied by an experienced adult member.

  8. Pike fishing is permitted throughout the season.                                                                                                                                                                                               


The use of braided MAIN LINE is permitted for Predator/Lure fishing only on all club waters unless otherwise stated. These are only to be used in conjunction with mono hook length of lower breaking strain, or wire trace if Pike are present.


Water Rules:

Nyewood Ponds

  1. All general water rules apply.

  2. Fishing is dawn to dusk except between 1st Oct—1st Feb inclusive when the water must be cleared (i.e. in car park) by 4pm.

  3. Use of One rod only, another may be set up.

  4. Dam wall swims may be fished from if it does not interfere with other anglers.

  5. Barbless or micro-barbed hooks only, Size 10 max.

  6. Mainline 10lb max & hook-lengths of lighter breaking strain.

  7. Leads to 1oz max.

  8. Boilies can be used as hook-bait, 10mm Max.

  9. No surface baits.

  10. No braid of any form to be used! Unless for lure fishing.

  11. No cross stocking between ponds.

  12. Assistance dogs only allowed on venue.

  13. Please keep the complex gate shut & locked at all times. The top entrance gate must be closed at all times and locked. To open lock, press the clasp to release.  

East Pond.

A book to fish venue

Parking is in the lay-by marked on the map or on the side of the road. DO NOT park in front of the gate to the track. Please be respectful to local residents at all times.

  1. Members must book in via the booking system, located on the website.

  2. All general water rules apply.

  3. NO carp style set ups ie Rod Pods, Bite alarms and Bivvies.

  4. 2 Rods may be used.

  5. Barbless hooks only (Max Size 10).

  6. Natural baits can be used i.e. maggots, casters, worm. (NO bloodworm or joker).

  7. Pellets and Wafters up to 10mm only. sweetcorn may be used and bread as hook-bait only.

  8. 1Kg (dry) ground-bait and pellet (NO pre-baiting).

  9. All bait must be in a bait box. NO tins, cans, glass jars etc.

  10. NO Litter or Fires. All rubbish must be taken home.

  11. Members must remain within the boundary at all times.                                        

Exchange permits are not permitted for this venue

Harting Combe

  1. All general water rules apply.

  2. 2 rods may be used all year round, day & night.

  3. Barbless or micro-barbed hooks only.

  4.  Feeders must be free running; Guru hybrid feeders are permitted.

  5. Only 2kg mixed ground-bait permitted. (per 24hr).

  6. Particle baits: see general rules.

  7. Boilies may be used (2kg max) in a 24hr period.

  8. No surface baits are to be used if waterfowl are present, any member found doing so will be BANNED.

  9. No fish to be retained in keep-nets, slings or sacks.

  10. Pike fishing all year round (all Pike rules apply).

  11. No tins, cans or glass jars etc.  NO LITTER! - TAKE IT HOME! ...BE WARNED.   

  12. The public footpath to be kept clear at all times.

  13. Only assistance dogs permitted to accompany those fishing.   


  1. All other general water rules apply unless otherwise stated.

  2. Night anglers must book in via the booking system located on the website.

  3. Night fishing is from dusk to dawn, 2 rods only.

  4. Bookings can be up to 48 hours max Mon-Thus and 24 hours Fri-Sun, subject to availability. If an angler booked in for Friday night and wants to fish Saturday night, he/she must book in on-line or contact the bookings officer no earlier than Saturday 12 noon. Members fishing 48 hours must wait another 48 hours before booking again.

  5. No night bookings will be taken for the night prior to a competition on the following day.

  6. Carp Anglers must keep one member per peg, no doubling up. Junior/Juvenile members must stay with the senior member for safety reasons, with no other exception. (Max 1 rod each).

  7. Barbed or micro-barbed hooks only, size 4 maximum.

  8. A minimum of 15lbs mainline must be used at all times.

  9. The use of lead core leaders are allowed for Carp fishing only.

  10. No fixed lead systems on any description leads, rigs must be able to come free if a breakage occurs.

  11. Prepared nut baits can be used only as a hook bait, peanuts are BANNED.

  12. No Pre-baiting permitted.

  13. No Spombing or Spodding permitted.

  14. Members must be in possession of a padded unhooking mat when fishing, minimum size being 24”x36” and a minimum landing net size 42”. Advisory: Members to use high sided mats/cradles of 900x600mm.

  15. Carp must be released as soon as possible after capture; they can be retained in a proper floating Carp sling/net for the purpose of photography for a maximum of 10 minutes. No Wading permitted.

  16. All members must carry a Carp care kit to treat any hook holds/or visual fish damage.

  17. Lights for night fishing are limited to one and must not cause offence to others.

  18. No fishing directly into the lily pads at any time.

  19. No consumption of alcohol or recreational drugs is permitted.

  20. No dogs to accompany those fishing at any time.


Bopeep Pond

A float fishing only venue

  1. All general water rules apply.

  2. 1 rod only.

  3. Barbless hooks only.

  4. No boilies, peas, beans, or nut baits. Only 1 pint of hemp, sweetcorn and pellets may be used.

  5. Natural baits can be used i.e. maggots, casters, worm and bread. 1kg max combined (no bloodworm or joker).

  6. 500g of dry ground-bait Max.


Chichester Ship Canal

  1. An EA rod license is required to fish the canal; and must be shown on request of EA officer or Canal Trust Bailiff.

  2. Canal can be fished 8:00am—8:00pm between Chichester bypass bridge and Donnington Road bridge. Fishing from towpath side only.

  3. From 1st Oct to 31st March fishing is permitted north of Chichester Road bridge including the Basin. No fishing on pontoons.

  4. Members must have possession of their PDAC permit.

Check the Ship Canal website for further details.

River Rother: Chithurst to Iping Weir

  1. All general water rules apply.

  2. Chithurst, parking must only be in designated parking area in the farmyard making sure there is no blocking with cars and access. Iping, access via public footpath through churchyard and then across the field to the river, Access at these points only.

  3. Angling is limited to downstream of sign board, some 150m from Chithurst bridge and upstream from sign board some 200m above Iping weir.                                                                                                                                    


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