BMAA Newsletter January 2023
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BMAA Newsletter January 2023

BMAA Newsletter January 2023

Hope you are all keeping well.

Membership fees – from February 2023

An increase in subscription rates was agreed at the recent AGM. This is due to several large increases in water leases and rental costs. The increases will be as below:

Adult membership – £100

OAP membership – £60

Junior membership (u18) – £20

Fly Fishing 

We have reached an arrangement with the established local venue listed below for the 2023 season.
1. Blithfield Reservoir (16th March – 15th November)
We have purchased permits to fish at Blithfield. The cost to an existing member is £50 which will allow up to 8 days fishing with a 2-fish limit, followed by catch and release.
Boats for BMAA members are available on a full or half day basis (start any time) – Cost TBC

If you wish to apply for one of the fly permits you will need to do the following:

  1. You will need to ensure that your club subscription is up to date and fully paid
  2. Once you have done above please contact myself by email at and I will issue you with a code to allow you to purchase a fly permit online along with the guidelines that we have received from Blithfield.
  3. Once you have paid, I will contact Blithfield and add your name to those allowed to fish.
  4. You are then able to contact Blithfield direct and arrange your sessions

Night permits (Branston water park

The committee have agreed an increase in the cost of night permits from 2023/24 season onwards to £75. This is the first increase for several years and reflects the substantial (and ongoing) costs for restocking with carp and tench on this water over the past decade.

New applications for a night permit – Members must have at least one year’s membership before being eligible, applications should be made by email ONLY to the secretary ( All that is needed is an email with your name/email – applications should be made no earlier than April and no later than 1st June.

There will be a draw of all eligible applications made if the number of applications exceeds the number of spare night permits. Night permits will be issued during June, if we receive more applications than we have night permits unsuccessful members will be informed by email.

Members without a night permit may only fish Branston between the hours of 5am to 10pm Summertime and 5am to 5pm Wintertime. They must LEAVE the waterpark outside of these times. Summer and Winter being defined by clock changes.

New Members

New memberships for Adults, Juniors and OAP’s are currently open. The website and Facebook page will be updated accordingly if any change is agreed regarding new membership.

Canal only membership is still available.


If you are interested in running your own matches on any of our waters or would like more information on how to book onto one of our matches. Please see our match page on the website or contact our match secretary – Jez King -07855 833113


Attached below, several changes made and agreed at the AGM. Please read carefully as failure to know is not a valid reason to break any rules.

Best regards


Secretary Andy Gibbs – 07985 217337


  1. Members must read and understand these Rules. Members breaking any Rule may be expelled from the Association. THE COMMITTEE’S DECISION IS FINAL
  2. All members must obey the Environment Agency (E.A.) bye-laws.

Members must:-

  1. Keep to the riverbank or tow path, or to an appropriate access, fishing from banks only.
  2. Close all gates where appropriate. Our lock may be accompanied on a gate by other locks. In this case our lock must always be kept locked.
  3. Not leave any litter
  4. Not damage any property
  5. Not light any fires including BBQ
  6. Keep a distance of 15 yards apart, if requested.
  1. Members must pay their subscriptions via Clubmate in full (see subscriptions page).Any member not having paid within 30 days of membership expiring will forfeit membership. Proof of membership is by an identification card. It is the member’s responsibility to renew membership each year, by paying the appropriate subscription.
  1. Members, when fishing, must produce their proof of membership on demand of other members or bailiffs. All members should be on the alert to prevent trespassing by asking strangers to produce their identification.
  2. If any unauthorised person or persons are found fishing in the waters of the Association, such person or persons may be prosecuted at the discretion of the Committee.
  3. All Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout must be returned to the water. All coarse fish must be returned to the water (including pike, eels and grayling) on termination of fishing, in accordance with EA byelaws.
  4. River Dove ONLY – During the close season for coarse fish, fishing for trout is by fly only. There is no fishing with bait or lures on any running water during the close season.
  5. Guest Day tickets are available to all members including Juniors.
  6. Any Member may take his/her spouse fishing free of charge. Senior members may take persons under the age of 17 free of charge in an effort to teach/encourage them – provided that they all fish the same peg, with NO increase in the number of rods allowed per peg. (See also general rule 14).
  7. For all matches listed on BMAA website, no members shall pleasure fish either bank of the match length during the match.
  8. All members must use a suitable landing net and when fishing for specimen fish and must use a suitable unhooking mat. The applies to ALL waters.
  9. Night fishing at Branston Water Park, or any other water designated by the Committee, is controlled by use of a night permit that must be applied for each year. A charge may be made and/or numbers may be restricted.
  10. When fishing the River Dove anglers must not fish the swim of another angler already fishing from the opposite bank, unless they have no objection.
  11. Only two rods are allowed on all club waters except Branston Water Park, Manor Park, Saddlesall, Oddstone (incl Coton and Predator) and Staunton Harold where 3 rods are allowed, subject to EA rules.
  12. Only semi-barbless treble hooks are allowed (with the exception of lures where barbed trebles are allowed).
  13. Carp sacks/retainers are allowed during the hours of darkness and for a maximum of one daylight hour only.
  14. A member can spend no more than 24 hours on one river peg, but that member can move to another peg.
  15. Members should not take dogs with them onto club waters with the exception of Branston Water Park where dogs are allowed to be taken. Dogs must be tethered AT ALL TIMES.
  16. No carp are to be retained in keepnets or sacks at Kingstanding pools except during an official event. (This is to help prevent movement of fish between pools)
  17. Bait boats are NOT allowed on Kingstanding, Cauldwell, Callingwood and Rangemore.
  18. All person(s) fishing B.M.A.A waters must carry a current EA Rod Licence and produce it on request of any authorised official.
  19. Where night fishing is permitted (see individual venue details) there is a 24hr-48hr maximum stay dependant on time of year with exceptions of Branston Water Park where members can stay for a maximum of five days and Kingstanding (bottom pool only) and Caldwell where members can stay for a maximum of 24hrs or 48hrs depending on time of year
  20. No camping on any club water under any circumstances. Our fisheries and car parks are for angling only NOT for camping.
  21. Night fishing is for members only unless an application is made to the secretary for a single guest (non-fishing) to join them (this must be approved before the date). When night fishing it is only permitted to use a single bivvy or a brolly (NOT tents) – If night fishing on a river brolly’s only, (no bivvies or tents permitted on any river).
  22. You are responsible for any litter in your swim, whether it’s yours or not. Litter must be cleared before fishing and taken with you when you leave. No excuses.
  23. No access is available on The River Trent during the close season for members to walk the banks/pre-bait/Fish spot etc – BMAA may change padlocks to combination locks during close season period
  24. No junior members may night fish unless accompanied by a full BMAA adult/OAP member.
  25. No fishing is allowed for Pike during the period from 15th March – 30th September, (i.e., no use of deadbaits, livebaits, lures, spinners etc).Deadbaiting for eels with single hook rigs is permitted in the period one hour before dusk to an hour after dawn. Drop shotting and lure fishing (maximum sized lure being 2” (50mm) long) with single hooks and no wire traces is permitted for other predatory fish.