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Woolpack Syndicate Rules.

Complex Gates

Please, Please make sure all Gates are shut behind you as soon as you walk through them, This includes Shutting the Front Main gate once your vehicle is inside the Carpark, Once your vehicle is inside the car park please close and lock gate before parking your vehicle, so gate is open for as little time as possible.  Anyone Caught leaving gate open or not shutting correctly will lose their membership instantly.  No Exceptions.


Syndicate Start/ Expiry

Syndicate membership runs from 1st March until the end of February the following year.

Transfer or Refund of Syndicate Season Ticket

Once Syndicate membership has started and payment has been received no ticket can be transferred/ refunded under any circumstances.


Syndicate membership cards must be carried at all times and shown at request of Bailiff.


Nets and Unhooking mats

To help mitigate the risk of spreading disease, no landing nets, unhooking mats, weigh or retainer slings, sacks, etc. are to be brought on site. Please use the equipment supplied at the fishery in the container. No exceptions (unless otherwise previously agreed with the Bailiff)

Fishing Duration

Fishing sessions can be up to 72 continuous hours MAXIMUM in duration. The member can then return to the site after another 72 hours to fish again. For example, a member fishes a 12 hour session, he can then return 12 hours after leaving the site and so on, up to a maximum of 72 hours.

By prior arrangement, a member can fish a session of up to one week during each season. The angler can return to the site after 72 hours.


Anglers can leave their swim for up to 2 hours without having to remove their tackle but baits must be wound in during any absences from the swim. If an angler fails to return within 2 hours, his tackle may be removed from the swim in order to let another angler move in.


Fish to where you want from your swim. However, if anybody else arrives you are only entitled to fish the area sensibly covered from your swim. The onus is on you to remove your tackle, without comment, from water covered by any other swim.



Stalking is allowed with a single rod in the same lake, but your remaining rods must be wound in when out of your swim. PLEASE USE COMMON SENSE, No Fishing in snaggy areas or where a fish has potential to get injured. Anyone Caught fishing in areas not agreed with Bailiff or areas where fish have potential to get injured will be asked to leave the fishery immediately and may lose their membership.

When you are stalking always have an unhooking mat and floating retention sling, (not sack) with you. If another angler arrives to fish, you cannot claim to be occupying two swims simultaneously and must be prepared to give one up if required to do so, without having to be asked.


No bait-boats allowed on any lake.

No Baiting Poles of any length are to be used on any Syndicate Lake (Exclusive Lake is ok subject to other anglers fishing)


The islands are out of bounds on Lake 5/6. No fishing through a channel and beyond the end of an island in Lake 5/6


No swimming, but wading is permitted subject to a minimal level of disturbance to other members.


Rod limit

The rod limit is a maximum of three rods per member. All rods must be fished from the same swim. Please ensure that you have the necessary rod licence(s) before fishing.


Tackle and Baits

Hooks - Must be micro-barbed. Barbless hooks are banned. No bent hooks, but hooks with “extended shanks” made from bent shrink tube are fine. Long curved-shank (“Nailer” type) hooks are fine; if using these then carry and use wire cutters to aid unhooking in the event that a hook has turned and “double penetrated” the fish.


Main line - Main mono line to be of a minimum diameter of .35mm (.25mm for floater or zig-rig fishing). If braid is used, then it must be used in conjunction with tubing or leadcore to protect the fish and be at least .30mm diameter. Tench, bream or silver fish (excluding pike) may be fished for on Lake 8 with main line of 6 pounds breaking strain or higher.


Rigs - Leads must easily discharge from rigs, or if a ‘Helicopter’ or ‘Chod style’ rig is used, the hook link must easily slide off the tubing or lead core in the event of a breakage. (Rigs may be subject to checks by bailiffs or the owner, If any member refuses to show/ bring in their rod to show Baliff then you will be asked to leave the fishery immediately.)


Particle Baits - All particle baits must be fully cooked and not just soaked. Particles and properly prepared nuts and oily trout and/or halibut pellets can be used in moderation. PLEASE No Peanuts and red kidney beans.

Predator fishing - Sea baits, or artificial lures only, to be used for pike fishing. Wire traces of at least 18 inches long to be used together with semi-barbless hooks of size 6 or smaller. No freelining for Pike. Always use a running or fixed lead with buzzers and drop off indicators


Baiting up

Please do not ‘over bait’ the lakes, this can ruin fishing for all members and can also cause harm to the fish in the lakes.  We will take into consideration of imposing baiting restrictions if we see need to do so!


Spodding and baiting up in moderation is permissible but only when it will not unduly affect the fishing of other anglers.  Imagine your fishing and someone starts blasting tons of bait in the lake 5 swims down.. Won’t exactly fill you with joy!

Markers must be removed at the end of your fishing, feature finding or baiting up session.


Fish handling

Best practice fish handling is expected from all anglers to ensure that while you get great photos of your hard earned captures, the fish's welfare is always paramount.

Fish must be transported in landing nets from the water to the unhooking mat and returned to the water in a secure sling or mat.

Fish must never be carried in your hands to or from the water. Keep fish wet during photography sessions. Use a recognised, branded wound antibiotic agent on hook holes and any other external wounds, lesions or sores.

Have wetted weigh slings, zero adjusted scales, forceps, water bucket, cameras, wound dressing agent, etc. ready to use in your swim before lifting a fish from the water

Sacking is not permitted, and sacks must not be brought onto the site.  Anyone Caught with a sacked fish will be asked to leave the fishery immediately.


The Boat

The boat is to be used ONLY to rescue weeded or snagged fish, once a reasonable effort has been made to land it from the bank. Use the boat rather than pulling for a break if a fish gets snagged. Oars and life jackets are located under the boat, which should be left bottom up after use. Please do not use the boat at night time.

The boat is ONLY to be used if you are wearing a life jacket. There are no exceptions at all to these rules.


Fish movement

No fish, apart from pike sea deadbaits, are to be brought onto or taken off the site, or moved between lakes or ponds on site. Anyone moving fish, without the Bailiff’s prior authorisation will be asked to leave the fishery immediately.



All captures must be accurately reported in the new ‘Whatsapp Group’ All carp caught must be photographed on each side and the pictures and weights be sent to the Group within 4 weeks of the capture.  This is to allow the fishery to monitor Fish Growth and fish location.  This is really important to the fishery and we ask you to please help with this for the future of the fishery. Some photos may be used on Social Media, please let us know if you would prefer your pictures not to be posted. 


Spawning Season

There is no fixed close season. However, if several fish are grouping up to spawn or are in the process of spawning, it is probable that the lake will be shut down for fishing until spawning has finished. Any closures will be kept as short as possible consistent with ensuring the well-being of the fish, and as far as practicable will be notified to members on the news page, Email and social media.



Litter must be removed from your swim and taken away from the fishery when you leave.  If you happen to see any litter on site PLEASE could you take it with you, please help to keep the fishery a beautiful and peaceful place.



Site protection

Do not remove or cut any reeds, trees, bushes, plants etc. Do not stand on, climb or damage any fences. Apply extreme discretion when deciding whether or not to climb any trees, for your and the tree's wellbeing.

No guns, weapons or power tools to be brought onto the site without prior permission from the Bailiff.


Work party

Each member is required to attend one work party annually. Work parties begin at 9am and finish at 3pm. Any Member that does not attend at least one work party may be refused the offer of a new membership the following year.



No dogs on site without prior permission from the Baliff.


Injury/ Theft

Members and their guests use the site and lakes entirely at their own risk. The owner will not accept responsibility for any losses, damage, injuries, etc. to any equipment or members vehicles.


Site toilet

A toilet is provided on site. Please respect it and leave exactly how you would like to find it.  Any Issues with it please let Bailiff know so we can get it sorted.



Members may accompany a fishing guest onto the site, for sessions of up to 72 consecutive hours on a pre-booked, prepaid basis of £25 per 24 hours on lakes 7 & 8 only. To book any guests onto the Lake please speak to Bailiff first.  It is the member's responsibility to ensure that their guests adhere to all the rules and the Member MUST allow entry to the fishery and see them leave whilst making sure the Gate is Securely shut after entry and exiting. Anglers may invite their spouse and children to accompany them. No other non-fishing guests are permitted without permission from the Bailiff.



For the protection of the Fishery and its members The Woolpack Fishery will have CCTV Cameras in operation, If you would like further information please Speak to the Bailiff.


Electric Fencing

To Keep out animals that could damage the complex and fish, The Woolpack may use Electric Fencing to help assist.  Please observe Signs around the fishery or speak to the Bailiff if you have any concerns.


Site closure

It may be necessary to temporarily close the site, or individual lakes or swims, due to flooding, algae blooms, construction work, etc. Any such closure will be notified to members at the earliest opportunity and will be of as a short a duration as possible.


Rule changes

It may be necessary to amend existing or add new rules during the course of the season. All members will be notified in the event that any changes are made.

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