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Rules And Information

Our rules exist to safeguard our fish stocks and ensure that you have a safe enjoyable visit to A1 Pits. Please read these rules carefully before you fish, as failure to observe the rules or acting in any way which interferes with others’ enjoyment or use of the lakes, will result in the offender/s being immediately removed.

  • There is no access to the fishery before the arrival of the bailiff, please refer to the fishery’s opening and closing times. There is no fishing outside of the permitted times. The gate will be locked overnight with permitted night fishing only within those times.
  • Access is only permitted to the public areas, please do not trespass.
  • Access will only be permitted to those with a fishing licence or two licences if three rods are being used, and must obey the Environment Agency by-laws including close season regulations (river only). Environment Agency Bailiffs are welcomed onto the complex on a regular basis.
  • Children under 16 must be supervised at all times.
  • People enter the site for the purpose of fishing only, and are on the property at their own risk.
  • Fish only from the peg areas provided, please do not fish between pegs.
  • All nets must be dipped before starting to fish.
  • Lures/spinning or live bait is not allowed on the fishery.
  • All fish must be returned to the water immediately, do not use keepnets or sacks to retain fish.
  • Anyone found killing fish and/or removing fish will be prosecuted.
  • Firearms/Guns - Shooting is strictly prohibited on the A1 Pits complex. At NO time, in NO situation, should anyone bring a firearm to the site.
  • When returning fish to the water, you must use a sling, zipped unhooking mat or landing net regardless of the distance being carried.
  • Use only barbed or micro barbed hooks.
  • When fishing Pits 5 & 6 adequate shock leaders must be used when casting
  • The use of bait boats or drones is strictly prohibited at any time.
  • All forms of fixing lead are banned – all leads must be free running.
  • Rods are not to be left unattended at any time or for any reason.
  • Mobile telephone ringing tone volumes must be kept to a minimum and ideally turned onto vibrate, That being said please do carry a charged mobile phone for emergencies.
  • You must be in possession of an unhooking mat for all forms of fishing.
  • All fish being photographed must be held over an unhooking mat at all times – photos should be taken kneeling down, under no circumstances should you hold fish standing up.
  • Fish must be weighed using a sling, zipped unhooking mat or landing net.
  • Particle baits are banned with the exception of sweet corn, hemp and carp pellet, the use of cat and dog food is not allowed.
  • No wading, swim raking or swimming.
  • Take all litter, discarded line and unused bait home, even the smallest items are to be taken home.
  • Do not cut or otherwise damage bank vegetation.
  • Do not disturb wildlife, please advise a member of staff as soon as possible should any wildlife becomes hurt or injured, hooked or entangled with line, or if line becomes snagged on trees, bushes or any underwater snag during your visit in order that this can be immediately removed.
  • No petrol or similar combustible fuels allowed anywhere near bank side.
  • We do allow dogs onto the fishery; however, they must be kept on a lead at all times, you must clean up after them and they must not be noisy.
  • Do not light any fires and do not burn the grass when using any form of cooking equipment.
  • The use of BBQ’s is only allowed under close supervision, they must be allowed to cool and you must take the remains home with you. The use of disposable BBQ's is not allowed on the complex.
  • Toilets are available on the main entrance track, please use them.
  • Catch reports and photographs of any notable fish caught would be appreciated for our website and notice board.
  • The bailiff is vital to the running of the fishery, please respect this, and respect his wishes.
  • No violence or verbal abuse will be tolerated.
  • During night fishing at least one proper night lantern for lighting the base area and each angler must wear their own headlamp.
  • A strict 10mph speed limit should be observed at all times.
Emergency Number: 07970 209 433
Postcode: NG23 6EQ
Please note: you will be asked to leave the fishery without refund and you will be banned if you break these rules.


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