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 Scott's Coarse Angling Club,

 Bowden Club Rules 2016/17


*Membership ticket to be visible at all times by anyone fishing (no exceptions).

*Club members only, NO day tickets. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult

*Membership cards to be worn or at least be visible at all times.

*Barbless of Micro barbed hooks only.

*All fish caught must be returned to the water alive and well.

*Fishing at one peg only.

*Rods not to be left unattended. There are swims allocated as “social swims” marked by a green square, members permitted to be ONE swim away. Swims marked with red square, rods not to be left unattended with line in the water.

*Sensible use of bait, unused bait is not to be thrown in the water on completion of your session.

*All litter MUST be taken home, anyone found to be leaving litter will leave the club.

*NO ALCOHOL is permitted, No fires, NO excessive loud or abusive language, respect other members.

* We expect anyone fishing for Carp or Pike to use appropriate equipment for the task. FISH SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT.

* A Suitably large landing net (minimum 36” for Carp) must be available before rods are cast out.  

*A suitable unhooking mat must be available and used at all times when Pike or Carp Fishing.

*Klin-ik or similar antiseptic (Bonjela is also a good alternative) must be used to treat all hook holds, fin damage and other obvious sores/injuries on any fish present.

*No fixed rigs, lead must be able to break free by using safe rigs. If unsure ask for advice.

*Maximum 3 rods permitted but we expect anyone to reduce rods in the water if/when it gets hectic. Fish within peg boundaries i.e. halfway to next peg and halfway across.

*Fish must not be sacked, retaining slings permitted (please retain for minimum amount of time)

*Keepnets are not allowed.

*No braided mainline, except marker/spod rods and when spinning for predators, braided hook lengths allowed.

*No nuts allowed of any type (unless from a reputable bait supplier)

*For Carp fishing, mainline minimum 12lb breaking strain.


We now have bailiffs operating for the club, anyone caught breaking the rules may be barred from the club.



Pike fishing rules

Season closed from 15th March to 31st May.

*Semi barbed hooks only.

*Bite alarms and hangers to be used for bite indication.

*Maximum 2 rods permitted.

*No rods to be left unattended.

*No fixed rigs (free running rigs only).

*Minimum wire traces breaking strain 20lbs and minimum length 12 inches.

*Pike to be handled and returned with care. Please follow this link on how to unhook pike, http://www.pacgb.co.uk/tips/unhooking.html


The committee/bailiffs reserve the right to carry out spot checks on club members tackle to ensure they are observing the club rules. Those who persist in breaking the club rules will be asked to leave and barred from the club.


          TICKETS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE



ANYONE ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE FISH FROM THIS WATER WILL BE PROSECUTED



Club Constitution.

1. Name

The name of the group shall be Scott’s Coarse Angling Club, hereby referred to as the Club.

2. Objectives

The objects of the Club are:

a) to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Scottish Borders & North Northumberland and surrounding areas by associating voluntary organizations, local authorities, statutory authorities and the private sector in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time activities especially but not exclusively with an emphasis on angling;

b) To support any registered charity by donation.

3. Powers

In order to further the objectives, the Club shall have the power to:

a) Employ and pay staff;

b) Acquire and dispose of property (subject to any consents required by law);

c) Invest funds by any lawful manner provided that professional investment advice is obtained whenever it is prudent to do so;

d) Raise funds by any lawful means except permanent trading;

e) Accept gifts either for the general purposes of the Club or for a specific purpose within or connected with the Objectives.

4. Membership

a) Adult membership shall be open to any individual aged 16 or over who agrees with the objectives of the Club and pays any subscription set by the Executive Committee;

b) Junior membership is open to those aged under 16 who agree that they must be accompanied by a parent or notified adult member at all times;

c) Every member shall have one vote

d) If the Executive Committee consider that a members conduct is harmful to the Association it may require the member considered to put his, her, or its case to a meeting of the Executive Committee;

e) Where the Executive Committee is satisfied after hearing the case put by or on behalf of the member concerned that the member should leave the Club it may terminate that membership by written notice, any membership fees will not be returned, and that notice is final;

f) The executive Committee may make provision for no-voting categories of membership including junior membership, associate membership and honorary membership, and set the subscriptions payable(if any);

g) Members of the club will be provided with a copy of the Club rules and constitution;

h) All Club members shall be deemed responsible to accept all by laws and the country code, published by the government and or local authority;

i) The membership fee can be reviewed and changed by the Executive committee at a monthly meeting. Due notice must be given to all members;

j) Members accept full responsibility for ensuring they are fully covered by their own insurance in respect of any loss, injury, or damage caused by or to them or to their property and or business. The Club accepts no responsibility.

5. The Executive Committee

a) The Club shall be managed by an Executive Committee of not less than 4 and not more than 10 members all being resident within the Scottish Borders.

b) The Executive Committee officers shall include a Chair, a Vice Chair,a Secretary, a treasurer and any other officers that the Executive Committee shall decide;

c) The Executive Committee shall meet not less then four times a year and a formal record of the meeting shall be kept;

d) Four members shall be a quorum

e) Each member shall have one vote, and if the vote is tied, the Chair shall have a second casting vote

f) The Executive Committee shall have the power to co-opt up to three members on to the Executive Committee to fill vacant places until the next Annual General Meeting. Each co-opted member has one vote.

6. General Meetings

a) The Secretary shall give two months notice of a General Meeting to all members via the website forum or website.

b) All members shall be entitled to attend and vote at the meeting;

c) Twenty members, or a quarter of the meeting, whichever is the smaller shall be a quorum;

d) A formal record of a General Meeting shall be kept

e) The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held in October every year or as soon as possible afterwards, when a report of the years activities and accounts shall be presented;

f) Nominations for Officers and Committee Members shall be made at the AGM;

g) Officers and Committee shall be elected on a show of hands and serve from the end of the AGM to the end of the following AGM;

h) An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called at any time by the Executive Committee. If 10% of members request such a meeting in writing the Secretary must call one.


7. Finance

a) All the funds belonging to or raised by the Club must be used in furthering the Objectives;

b) The Treasurer shall keep an account of all income and expenditure and shall present examined accounts at the AGM

c) There shall be one or more Bank or Building Society Accounts in the name of the Club. Cheques must be signed by two Committee members, who must not be related;

d) Executive Committee Members may take reasonable claims for out of pocket expenses on terms approved by the Executive Committee. No other payments shall be made to members of the Club, unless requested and authorised in advance.

8. Property

a) If the club acquires any land, building investments or any other property of a permanent nature, the legal title to that property must be transferred to a corporate body as holding trustee, or, in the case of freehold land, invested in the official Custodian for Charities.

9. Notices

a) Whenever notice has to be given to the member of the Club under the provisions of this Constitution it must be delivered by post or email to the individual members of the Club;

b) Whenever any notice is required to be given to the Executive Committee it must be delivered by post or email to the secretary;

c) Whenever any notice is given by post it is deemed to have been received 48 hours after posting.

10. Amendments

The constitution may be amended by a two thirds majority of members present at a General Meeting (Annual or Extraordinary) provided that notice of the proposed amendments has been sent to all members with the notice of the meeting.

11. Dissolution

a) A resolution to dissolve the Club must be approved by a two thirds majority of members present and voting at a General Meeting provided that 2 months notice of the proposed dissolution has been sent to all members;

b) In the event of a resolution to dissolve the Club, any assets remaining after the clearing of debts and liabilities shall be given to an Association, or group having similar objectives, or, if that cannot be done, to any charitable purpose.

12. A Copy of the Constitution shall be made available to all members on the Club’s website.


This constitution was approved at an Annual/Extraordinary General Meeting held at


Town Arms, Selkirk on 28 October 2015