NICAS RULES

Offence Codes

Any offences will be dealt with using our Disciplinary Policy which is available upon request.

All offences must be reported to a committee member by means of formal communication i.e. hand written letter, email from private account or a text message from the reporter’s phone.

 

Rule Nr Swan Hole Rules
1A Close Portaferry Road Gate even if open on entry.
2A Park in designated parking area located at the notice board, overflow carpark is on the Portaferry road not adjacent laneways!
3A Sign in and out; log book is located in the shed/clubhouse.
4A Maximum of 9 anglers at any one time.
5A No visitors without written consent from a committee member.
6A No entry before 07:30 or after 21:00.
7A Rubber bivvy peg mallets only not metal or wood.
8A Green bivvy or brolly only.
9A Only NICAS carp care equipment to be used.
10A No carp sacks. Carp only to be retained using NICAS Retaining slings for a maximum of 30mins only. No exceptions.
11A Medicarp or anti-bacterial gel too be used on all hook holds or wounds. Please contact a bailiff if excessive damage is observed.
12A No wading in lake other than to land fish.
13A No boats other than radio controlled bait boats.
14A No nut baits of any kind.
15A No unattended Rods, with the following two exceptions:
1. Swims 2, 3, & 4 no more than one swim away i.e. 2 – 3, 3 – 4 vice versa, not 4 -2 or vice versa.
2. Swims 7 and 8 no more than one swim away i.e. 7-8 or vice versa.
16A Public Toilets are available in Greyabbey Village.
17A No fires or BBQ’s.
18A No dogs or pets of any kind.
19A Bivvy only in designated swims.
20A Remove all litter in your swim even if it’s not yours!
21A No damaging vegetation to include trees, reeds etc. If there is an obstruction when casting please alert a bailiff.
22A Horses use the lake please ensure the following;
1. Give right of way.
2. keep alarms volume off if using a receiver or low if not.
3. Always face towards a horse with your hands by your side.
23A Minimum 15 lb breaking strain line (No Braid).
24A Minimum size 8 hooks.
25A No chod rigs or any variation of it.
26A Do not climb trees.
27A No bent hooks or long shanks.
28A No fixed leads, lead clips are advised.
29A No raking weed without consent from the committee.
30A Pike Fishing Rules;
1. No gags or pike tubes.
2. Forceps to be used.
3. Pike fishing only permitted November ending 1st of March.
31A All fish to be returned unharmed.
32A Maximum three rods at any time.
33A No reserving swims.
34A All members should challenge any breach of these rules, failure to do so is an offence.
35A Keep swims clean and tidy with all bright coloured equipment stored out of sight whilst not in use.
36A Members must carry membership card and valid DAERA rod license. Membership cards will be issued in due course.
37A No straying from the lakeside paths, boundary is the last swim closest Greyabbey.
38A Juniors must be accompanied at all times by an experienced adult angling guardian.
39A Only Quad ticket members can use the quad for transportation of equipment.
40A No more than 11 people on the premises at any time (9 swims, 9 anglers) this is to include visitors.
41A No longer than 96 hours in one swim and no return to that swim for 120 hours.
42A No longer than 2 hours away from your swim in 1 day.
43A No football tops or memorabilia at the premises.
44A No alcohol or drugs permitted on NICAS waters.
Rule Nr Swan Hole Quad Rules (Members Only)
1Q Use designated pathways only.
2Q Do not drive off main path to access swims or turn quad.
3Q Horses have right of way, pull to the side of the road way and turn off engine, do not restart until the horses are a safe distance away.
4Q Quad must always be covered and the key retained when stored at the lake.
5Q Club house must be kept locked at all times.
6Q Only members with a valid SWAN HOLE QUAD TICKET, may use the quad & trailer.
7Q No use before 07:30 or after 21:00.
8Q Use the quad only for taking equipment to and from your swim.
9Q Follow pre-use checklist as per training before using the quad.
10Q Sign for quad before use and after, log book to be retained in quad storage compartment and hand over to new user completed!
11Q Maximum second gear is to be selected at any time, drive slow!
These rules should be read in conjunction with the constitution, committee code of conduct and member’s code of conduct.

Offence Codes

Any offences will be dealt with using our Disciplinary Policy which is available upon request.

All offences must be reported to a committee member by means of formal communication i.e. hand written letter, email from private account or a text message from the reporter’s phone.

 

Rule Nr Glenvale Dam Rules
1B Close and lock Entrance Gate.
2B Park in designated car park.
3B Sign in and out; log book is located in the shed.
4B Maximum of 6 anglers at any one time.
5B No visitors without written consent from a committee member.
6B No entry before 07:30 or after 21:00.
7B Rubber bivvy peg mallets only not metal or wood.
8B Green bivvy or brolly only.
9B Only NICAS carp care equipment to be used.
10B No carp sacks. Carp only to be retained using NICAS Retaining slings for a maximum of 30mins only. No exceptions.
11B Medicarp or anti-bacterial gel too be used on all hook holds or wounds. Please contact a bailiff if excessive damage is observed.
12B No wading in lake and no waders to be bought on site.
13B No boats other than radio controlled bait boats.
14B No nut baits of any kind.
15B No more than 1 swim away to a max of 20m.
16B Public Toilets are available in Newtownards.
17B No fires or BBQ’s.
18B No dogs or pets of any kind.
19B Bivvy only in designated swims.
20B Remove all litter in your swim even if it’s not yours!
21B No damaging vegetation to include trees, reeds etc. If there is an obstruction when casting please alert a bailiff.
22B Minimum 15 lb breaking strain line (No Braid).
23B Minimum size 8 hooks.
24B No chod rigs or any variation of it.
25B Do not climb trees!
26B No bent hooks or long shanks.
27B No fixed leads, lead clips are advised.
28B No raking weed without consent from the committee.
29B All fish to be returned unharmed.
30B Maximum two rods at any time.
31B No reserving swims.
32B All members should challenge any breach of these rules, failure to do so is an offence.
33B Keep swims clean and tidy with all bright coloured equipment stored out of sight whilst not in use.
34B Members must carry membership card and valid DAERA rod license. Membership cards will be issued in due course.
35B No straying from the lakeside paths, boundary is clearly signed.
36B Juniors must be accompanied at all times by an experienced adult angling guardian.
37B 3 rods permitted between 1st October and 31st of March.
38B No more than 8 people on the premises at any time (6 swims, 6 anglers) this is to include visitors.
39B No longer than 96 hours in any one swim and no return to that swim for 120 hours.
40B No longer than 2 hours away from your swim in 1 day.
41B No football tops or memorabilia at the premises.
42B No alcohol or drugs permitted on NICAS waters.
These rules should be read in conjunction with the constitution, committee code of conduct and member’s code of conduct.

Offence Codes

Any offences will be dealt with using our Disciplinary Policy which is available upon request.

All offences must be reported to a committee member by means of formal communication i.e. hand written letter, email from private account or a text message from the reporter’s phone.

 

Rule Nr The Mill Lodge Rules
1C Speed limit of 5 mph.
2C Close and lock Entrance Gate.
3C Park in designated parking area located on the right after the bridge!
4C Sign in and out; log book is located in the shed.
5C Maximum of 15 anglers at any one time.
6C No visitors without written consent from a committee member.
7C No entry before 07:30 or after 21:00.
8C Rubber bivvy peg mallets only not metal or wood.
9C Green bivvy or brolly only.
10C Only NICAS carp care equipment to be used.
11C No carp sacks. Carp only to be retained using NICAS Retaining slings for a maximum of 30mins only. No exceptions.
12C Medicarp or anti-bacterial gel too be used on all hook holds or wounds. Please contact a bailiff if excessive damage is observed.
13C No wading in lake and no waders to be brought on site.
14C No boats other than radio controlled bait boats.
15C No nut baits of any kind.
16C No unattended Rods, except for swims within 20 meters distance over land.
17C Toilets are available keep clean and tidy at all times.
18C No fires or BBQ’s.
19C No dogs or pets of any kind.
20C Bivvy and fish only in designated swims.
21C Remove all litter in your swim even if it’s not yours!
22C No damaging vegetation to include trees, reeds etc. If there is an obstruction when casting please alert a bailiff.
23C Minimum 15 lb breaking strain line (No Braid).
24C Minimum size 8 hooks.
25C No chod rigs or any variation of it.
26C Do not climb trees!
27C No bent hooks or long shanks.
28C No fixed leads, lead clips are advised.
29C No raking weed without consent from the committee.
30C All fish to be returned unharmed.
31C Maximum three rods at any time.
32C No reserving swims.
33C All members should challenge any breach of these rules, failure to do so is an offence.
34C Keep swims clean and tidy with all bright coloured equipment stored out of sight whilst not in use.
35C Members must carry membership card and valid DAERA rod license. Membership cards will be issued in due course.
36C No straying from the lakeside paths, boundary is clearly signed.
37C Juniors must be accompanied at all times by an experienced adult angling guardian.
38C No more than 17 people on the premises at any time (17 swims, 15 angers) this is to include visitors.
39C No longer than 96 hours in one swim and no return to that swim for 120 hours.
40C No longer than 2 hours away from your swim in 1 day.
41C No football tops or memorabilia at the premises.
42C No alcohol or drugs permitted on NICAS waters.
These rules should be read in conjunction with the constitution, committee code of conduct and member’s code of conduct.

Offence Codes

Any offences will be dealt with using our Disciplinary Policy which is available upon request.

All offences must be reported to a committee member by means of formal communication i.e. hand written letter, email from private account or a text message from the reporter’s phone.

 

Rule Nr The Brookhall Rules
1D Close and lock Entrance Gate.
2D Park in designated Carpark only.
3D Sign in and out; log book is located in the Kitchen.
4D Maximum of 7 anglers at any one time.
5D No visitors without written consent from a committee member.
6D No entry before 07:30 or after 21:00.
7D Rubber bivvy peg mallets only not metal or wood.
8D Green bivvy or brolly only.
9D Only NICAS carp care equipment to be used.
10D No carp sacks. Carp only to be retained using NICAS Retaining slings for a maximum of 30mins only. No exceptions.
11D Medicarp or anti-bacterial gel too be used on all hook holds or wounds. Please contact a bailiff if excessive damage is observed.
12D No wading in lake and no waders to be brought on site.
13D No boats other than radio controlled bait boats.
14D No nut baits of any kind.
15D No more than 1 swim away to a max of 20m.
16D Toilet available in lower farmyard.
17D No fires or BBQ’s.
18D No dogs or pets of any kind.
19D Bivvy only in designated swims.
20D Remove all litter in your swim even if it’s not yours!
21D No damaging vegetation to include trees, reeds etc. If there is an obstruction when casting please alert a bailiff.
22D Minimum 15 lb breaking strain line (No Braid).
23D Minimum size 8 hooks.
24D No chod rigs or any variation of it.
25D Do not climb trees!
26D No bent hooks or long shanks.
27D No fixed leads, lead clips are advised.
28D No raking weed without consent from the committee.
29D All fish to be returned unharmed.
30D Maximum three rods at any time.
31D No reserving swims.
32D All members should challenge any breach of these rules, failure to do so is an offence.
33D Keep swims clean and tidy with all bright coloured equipment stored out of sight whilst not in use.
34D Members must carry membership card and valid DAERA rod license. Membership cards will be issued in due course.
35D No straying from the lakeside paths, boundary is clearly signed.
36D Juniors must be accompanied at all times by an experienced adult angling guardian.
37D Entry to the upper farmyard near the church is strictly forbidden.
38D Members must not feed the farm animals at any time.
39D Anglers must fish within the designated swims only, which are clearly marked on the map and by the white designation posts which are between each swim.
40D No more than 9 people on the premises at any time (7 swims, 7 anglers) this is to include visitors.
41D No longer than 96 hours in any one swim and no return to that swim for 120 hours.
42D No longer than 2 hours away from your swim in 1 day.
43D No anglers permitted past the pipes or the meadows if there are anglers on those pegs.
44D No football tops or memorabilia at the premises.
45D No alcohol or drugs permitted on NICAS waters.
These rules should be read in conjunction with the constitution, committee code of conduct and member’s code of conduct.

Offence Codes

Any offences will be dealt with using our Disciplinary Policy which is available upon request.

All offences must be reported to a committee member by means of formal communication i.e. hand written letter, email from private account or a text message from the reporter’s phone.

 

Rule Nr The Cove Rules
1E Close and lock Entrance Gate.
2E Park in designated parking area.
3E Sign in and out; log book is located in the shed.
4E Maximum of 4 anglers at any one time.
5E No visitors without written consent from a committee member.
6E No entry before 07:30 or after 21:00.
7E Rubber bivvy peg mallets only not metal or wood.
8E Green bivvy or brolly only.
9E Only NICAS carp care equipment to be used.
10E No carp sacks. Carp only to be retained using NICAS Retaining slings for a maximum of 30mins only. No exceptions.
11E Medicarp or anti-bacterial gel too be used on all hook holds or wounds. Please contact a bailiff if excessive damage is observed.
12E No wading in lake and no waders to be brought on site.
13E No boats other than radio controlled bait boats.
14E No nut baits of any kind.
15E No unattended rods.
16E No fires or BBQ’s.
17E No dogs or pets of any kind.
18E Bivvy only in designated swims.
19E Remove all litter in your swim even if it’s not yours!
20E No damaging vegetation to include trees, reeds etc. If there is an obstruction when casting please alert a bailiff.
21E Minimum 15 lb breaking strain line (No Braid).
22E Minimum size 8 hooks.
23E No chod rigs or any variation of it.
24E Do not climb trees!
25E No bent hooks or long shanks.
26E No fixed leads, lead clips are advised.
27E No raking weed without consent from the committee.
28E All fish to be returned unharmed.
29E Maximum two rods at any time.
30E No reserving swims.
31E All members should challenge any breach of these rules, failure to do so is an offence.
32E Keep swims clean and tidy with all bright coloured equipment stored out of sight whilst not in use.
33E Members must carry membership card and valid DAERA rod license. Membership cards will be issued in due course.
34E No straying from the lakeside paths, boundary is clearly signed.
35E Juniors must be accompanied at all times by an experienced adult angling guardian.
36E No more than 5 people on the premises at any time (4 swims, 4 anglers) this is to include visitors.
37E No longer than 96 hours in any one swim and no return to that swim for 120 hours.
38E No longer than 2 hours away from your swim in 1 day.
39E No football tops or memorabilia at the premises.
40E No alcohol or drugs permitted on NICAS waters.
These rules should be read in conjunction with the constitution, committee code of conduct and member’s code of conduct.

6.0 DISCIPLINE

6.1 It is the responsibility of all members to inform the Committee of any conduct on Society premises, associated media or angling facilities under the control of the Society by any person, whether or not they are a member of the Society, that is illegal, unsafe, dishonest, discreditable, ungentlemanly or contrary to the rules and aims of the Society as agreed by the membership at that time.

6.2 The Committee may take disciplinary action against any person who is suspected of breaking any Society Rule or whose conduct is otherwise objectionable or is liable to bring the Society into disrepute. Such person or persons shall be asked to appear before a disciplinary Sub-Committee where all evidence shall be considered.

6.3 The Secretary, or in his absence the Chair or Treasurer shall establish an investigation committee of three persons to consider the matter not later than 14 days after notifcation of the incident.

6.4 The Secretary, Chair or Treasurer shall in the intervening period obtain statements in writing from both the accused and the accuser, and if necessary from any witness(es), and will lay those statements before the Investigation Committee when it meets.

6.5 Any person who is suspected of committing an offence against  Society Rules shall have their card removed and their membership suspended pending investigation. Such period of suspension shall count towards their overall sanction should one be applied.

6.6 The Investigation Committee, having examined the evidence, may decide:

1) That there is no case to answer in which case the accuser and accused will be informed by the Secretary that the matter is closed,

or

2) That there is a case to answer in which case the matter shall be the subject of a disciplinary hearing.

6.7 If there is a case to answer, the Secretary or in their absence the Chair or Treasurer will establish a Disciplinary Committee comprising three persons who shall conduct the disciplinary hearing within 28 days of the meeting held under 6.3 above.

6.8 At the disciplinary hearing all parties to the incident may attend in person, and the accused may have with him / her a friend. This friend will take no part in the proceedings. Should the accused or any other person connected with the matter wish not to attend, they can submit a full written submission which will be considered as if they were in attendance. If the accused does not attend they shall be entitled to receive a copy of the record of the hearing within 7 days of it taking place, or within 3 days of requesting the same, whichever is later.

6.9 The Disciplinary Committee will consider all written evidence as well as oral submissions when reaching their decision.

6.10 The Disciplinary Committee shall first decide whether the allegation has been proved or not.

6.11 If it decides that the allegation has not been proved it shall declare formally that the matter is closed.

6.12 If it decides that the allegation has been proved, the Disciplinary Committee may impose one or more of the following penalties:

1) A verbal warning

2) A written reprimand.

3) Withdrawal of the right to use the Society’s waters for a fixed period of time, the minimum being one month and the maximum being five years.

4) Withdrawal of the right to use the Society’s facilities for a fixed period of time, the minimum being one month and the maximum being five years.

5) Withdrawal of all membership rights for a fixed period of time, the minimum being one year and the maximum being ten years.

6) Immediate termination of membership of the Society or in the case of a non-member of the right to make use of any of the Society’s facilities.

6.13 All proceedings of the Investigation and Disciplinary Committees under 6.3 and 6.5 above shall be fully minuted.

6.14 Any person who disputes any decision, whether as to liability or penalty, by the Disciplinary Committee may appeal against that decision by serving upon the Secretary within 7 days a notice of appeal in writing. This should be accompanied by a security of £150.00. Should the appeal be successful the security will be returned in full. In the event of the appeal being unsuccessful the security will be forfeited and the sanction may be increased. An appeal will only be deemed successful if the allegation is found to not have been proven.

6.15 Upon receipt of such a notice of appeal the Secretary or in his absence the Chair or Treasurer will appoint an Appeal Committee consisting of three persons to hear the appeal. No member of this Appeal Committee will have been involved in the previous investigations or hearings.

6.16 The appeal shall take the form of a re-hearing, so the meeting shall not be entitled to enquire into the manner in which the Disciplinary Committee reached its decision.

6.17 On the hearing of the appeal by the Appeal Committee the provisions of clauses 6.7 to 6.12 inclusive shall  apply.

6.18 All decisions on disciplinary matters by the Investigation Committee, the Disciplinary Committee and the Appeals Committee shall be reached by means of a vote by those attending and eligible to vote. A simple majority will decide the issue and if necessary the Chair shall have a second or casting vote.

6.19 On completion of the Disciplinary Proceedings a full report shall be made to the General Committee.

6.20 Littering of Club waters will be viewed as an extremely serious offence.

6.21 Non-compliance with any determination made by the Disciplinary Committee or Appeals Committee will lead to a life ban from membership.

6.22 Any member who receives a sanction for breach of rules shall have no claim to a refund of subscriptions paid.

6.23 Persons suspended or have had their membership terminated shall not be permitted to fish as a guest.

6.24 Any person whose membership is suspended for a period of 12 months or more will be eligible to re-apply for membership of the Society on completion of their suspension. If their application is successful a joining fee will apply.

6.25 Any person who has received a sanction under paragraph 6:12, sub-paragraphs 3 to 6 inclusive will not be entitled to attend any meeting nor have any voting rights during the period of the sanction.

6.26 Any person who may be considered for immediate termination of membership or a life ban will be offered the option to resign their membership.

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