Offord & Buckden Angling Society

Rules 2021-2022

  1. The health and safety of members is of paramount importance to the Society, but all members and day ticket holders are responsible for their own health and safety whilst fishing. If the water and/or the bankside conditions are considered dangerous then do not fish! In such cases please inform a Bailiff and identify the location
  2. Members must obey all the byelaws and rules of the Environment Agency (EA) and should be in possession of a current Rod Fishing License. The EA rod licence must be shown to the Bailiff, along with proof of OBAS membership upon request. Anglers failing to provide either will be asked to cease fishing
  3. A maximum of 3 rods per angler. (No exceptions)
  4. No angler to occupy more than one swim at any one time. (No exceptions)
  5. All anglers must be close enough to their rods to be able to react appropriately, in a timely manner in the event of a take. Determined by the Bailiff
  6. Any member causing verbal or physical abuse to an OBAS official will be expelled from the Society
  7. Membership of the Society shall be from payment of subscription expiring on 15th June next. Fees for 2021-22 can be found on our Membership page.
  8. Night fishing – Members only
  9. The committee shall have the right to refuse or revoke membership to any person
  10. All members must use the car parks provided and must observe the Marina speed limit. Anglers with a disability may drive their vehicle beyond the carpark’s boundary posts in order to load or unload tackle, but must return the vehicle to the carpark immediately after doing so. Anglers without a disability must not take their vehicle past the carpark’s boundary posts. (No exceptions unless approved by a committee member).
  11. Any angler without a disability, fishing those swims on ‘C’ Section designated for anglers with a disability, will be required to vacate that swim when requested to do so by an angler with a registered disability
  12. Whilst all anglers are subject to the National, regional and local byelaws for the Anglia region, our members are not permitted to remove fish from the society’s waters. Any member caught in the act of removing fish will be expelled from the society immediately
  13. All anglers to use unhooking mats when putting large fish on the bankside
  14. All anglers must carry a landing net of suitable size (Pike and Carp anglers minimum of 36 inches).
  15. All pike anglers must use a wire trace
  16. No keep nets to be used along the Mill Stream and Black Overfalls weir pool
  17. Fish must not be kept in keepnets if showing signs of distress or damage, and in any event no longer than 6 hours
  18. All fish to be weighed in an appropriately designed sling (no carrier bags). An appropriately sized landing net may be used if a sling is not available
  19. No open fires
  20. No tents (a Bivvy may be used)
  21. The Ouse Valley pathway must not be blocked by anglers to walkers
  22. All litter and rubbish is to be removed from the bankside irrespective of ownership. Any member found leaving litter or rubbish may be subject to a ban from the society
  23. It is the duty of members to protect the water, wildlife and the environment. Any observance of a potential action that may be of a cause for concern must be reported to a society Bailiff and if appropriate the Environment Agency
  24. Members shall use designated routes to gain access to the water and observe all speed limits
  25. Unscheduled sweepstake contests may be organised by any member or members but all participants shall be members or day ticket holders. No Society members shall be asked to move any swim or be prevented from fishing any unoccupied swim adjacent to a participant
  26. Should any case arise in which these rules are not sufficiently binding, it shall be a matter for the Committee to decide upon and their decision is final
  27. No magnet fishing on OBAS waters
  28. It is the duty of all members to protect the society’s “Fishing Rights” and it’s access “Rights of Way”, whilst also respecting the rights of other users to the waterway and bankside
  29. Only members that enjoy Full Member status have the right to vote at the AGM
  30. Members pet dogs must be kept on a leash at all times, whilst fishing.
  31. All members and day ticket holders are to provide full personal details, either on-line at or by completing the joining form when purchasing a membership from an approved sales outlet.
  32. Members under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an Adult (18+) when fishing.