Saracens Head Angling Group

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The Saracens Head Angling Group (S.H.A.G.) was formed in 1988 by members of Bill Tagg's Fly Dressing Class who had been meeting regularly since 1972.

The club provided access to local fishing waters, the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Trent running through the Staffordshire village of Weston.  

S.H.A.G. now has a significantly wider catchment of anglers from both Stafford and Potteries area's,

some members focus on the vibrant 'match' scene whislt others travel to enjoy the persuit of Grayling  on the River Tean.

Rules of the Club

General Rules

1. All members are deemed to have read and understood these rules. Members breaking these rules may be expelled from the Club. In these circumstances, membership fees will not be reimbursed.

2. All members fishing Club waters must carry a current Saracens Head Angling Group membership card and Environment Agency rod licence. Members must produce their membership card when requested by the Riparian owner, Environment Agency official or any club member. Club members must produce their membership card before requesting others to do so. Any unauthorised person or persons found fishing a club water will either be requested to leave the water immediately or will be reported to the Environment Agency / local police.

3. Members fish Club waters entirely at their own risk.

4. Members must comply with the Environment Agency Regulations and any other local bye-laws.

5. Bloodworm and joker is banned on all club waters.

6. An Environment Agency rod licence is required for all club waters. No more than two rods may be fished at any one time.

7. All rainbow trout of takeable size (over 10"/25cm) may be kept irrespective of fishing method. No other fish may be removed from any club waters.

8. Fly fishing only is permitted during the closed season on club rivers, subject to the member being in possession of the relevant Environment Agency licence.

9. No fish are to be introduced to any club water without the approval of the Club committee and the Environment Agency.

10. Night fishing is not permitted. No litter, fires or dogs. Members are required to ensure that their peg is free from any litter (whether theirs or a previous angler) before leaving the water.

11. No fish are to be carried in keep nets.

12. Barbless or reduced barb hooks to be used at all times.

13. Keep nets are permitted only on the Canal and must comply with relevant EA/local bye-law requirements.

14. No tins are to be brought to waters/pegs.

15. The club will not be held liable for any local or national restrictions preventing access to the club waters.

16. The Club officials have the power to interpret these Rules and other matters not covered herein.

Special Rules

Trent & Mersey Canal

o Fishing is prohibited between the marked sections below power cables. Members fishing these areas will be required to move to other "safe" pegs. Persistent offenders will be reported to the Club committee and may be expelled from the club.

o Club arranged matches take precedent over individuals fishing and members will be required to relocate.

o Members take priority over any scratch matches arranged.

o Parking is available at the Saracens Head pub. Please park at the furthest end of the car park and ensure a SHAG label is displayed on your dashboard. Park here for access to the Trent as well.

River Tean

o Parking is in the area of the three gates – no cars past this point.

o Care should be taken when walking close to the stables and fields to ensure that the horses are not disturbed.

o Fishing is by float, ledger or fly. Only one rod is permitted to fished at any one time.

River Blythe

o Parking is on the verge either side of the gate and access is diagonally across the field, through the gap in the hedge and then either straight to river bank or left over the footbridge and across the field to the footbridge over the main river. Two parking slots are available at the Manor Golf Club.

o The river runs through the Manor Farm Golf Club. Golfers unless a member of SHAG do not have the right to fish the water. Golfers have no right to challenge your being on the water unless they are entitled through membership of SHAG/EA etc.

o Anglers should be alert to the dangers from golf balls, especially where golfers drive across the river.

o Lost balls technically still belong to the owner. To avoid complications golf balls should be left where they lie.

o Fishing is by float, ledger or fly. Only one rod is permitted to fished at any one time.

1-Acre Pool

o Barbless hooks only.

o When fishing specifically for Carp, minimum of 8lb line should be used.

o No groundbating. No particle baits with the exception of hemp and sweetcorn.

o All gates must be kept shut.

o Unwanted bait must not be thrown into the water after your fishing session.

o Fixed lead rigs must not be used.

o Park sensibly. Parking is at your risk and the club will except no liability for any damage to vehicles. It is advised to rope of the cars using the rope, posts and a mallet provided when the cattle are present in the lower field.

o Access is through the farm yard. Please enter and leave as quietly as possible. Care should be taken when driving through the field so as not to spook the animals.

o Club arranged matches take precedent over individual fishing and members will be required to relocate.

o Members take priority over any scratch matches arranged.

Competition Rules

1) All open and club contests are to be organised by the Match Secretary or other officials authorised by the committee.

2) Competitors must hold a valid SHAG membership card and Environment Agency Rod Licence.

3) All club contests are subject to a fee per peg per competitor.

4) Members are welcome to organise their own contests on permitted SHAG venues (Trent & Mersey Canal only). In these circumstances club arranged matches and individual anglers take precedence.

5) The Match Secretary or authorised deputy shall define which pegs are to be fished on each match dependent on the numbers of competitors, condition / access to particular pegs or other matters identified prior to commencement of the draw.

6) Competitors are permitted to one draw per match and no competitor may exchange or move their peg.

7) Competitors may only use one baited tackle at any one time, but other tackle may be set up unbaited. Only one hook is allowed on terminal tackle.

8) Any baits may be used except live or dead baiting of fish, frogs, spinning baits or artificial lures. Bloodworm and joker are banned from all SHAG venues.

9) Competitors may plumb their swim, set up terminal tackle (unbaited). mix groundbait, position keepnets, clear debris and mix groundbait before the start of the contest. Ground bait must not be added to the swim before the start of the contest.

10) All tackle ie keepnets, landing nets and weights etc must comply with current bye-laws in force.

11) Competitors are permitted to fish a maximum of 1 metre from either side of their drawn peg. Competitors cannot fish past the half way point between their peg and the adjoining competitor.

12) Competitors must stop on their own peg and may receive no help or assistance to land fish.

13) Competitors must stop fishing on the finishing signal. If a competitor is playing a fish they will be given 15 minutes from the finishing signal to land it. Competitors that retire early from the match should leave the water in order not to cause a nuisance to other competitors.

14) All fresh water fish are eligible for the weigh in. Pike, trout, crayfish and other crustaceans will not be weighed in. Trout must be returned immediately to the water if caught.

15) Competitors will be weighed in once. It is their responsibility to ensure that all their fish are weighed in. The Match Secretary’s decision is final.

16) Competitors are responsible for ensuring their peg is free from all litter, whether it is theirs or not before the weigh in. No competitor will be weighed in with litter/debris on their peg. Unused bait must not be thrown into the swim or left on their peg at the end of the match but must taken away for disposal.

17) The Match Secretary may award prize money for up to 5th place as per the schedule of payments agreed by the committee.

18) The Match Secretary and club officials have the power to interpret these Rules and other matters not covered herein. Any competitor found in contravention of these rules could be subject to disqualification. Any objection must be made to the Match Secretary or other committee member within 1 hour of finish of the match and followed up in writing with 24hours.

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