Match rules

1. The match must be a pegged down competition. Pegs, preferably at least Ten yards apart. Except Rover Matches. All Anglers to show their Kintbury Fishing Club permit to the match secretary before entering any match. The match secretary to keep a list of names & permit numbers.

2. Each competitor on drawing their number shall proceed to the same number on the bank and this will be their fishing ground where their will fish.

3. Every competitor must fish from within one metre either side of their designated peg. On flowing water, the competitor may fish in the direction of the flow as far as the next peg. On still water, their may fish as far as half the distance between their peg and the pegs on either side.

The competitor will restrict their activities completely to these boundaries, neither their tackle, hookbaits or groundbaits may intrude into neighbours swim.
In an extreme situation e.g. snagged tackle of a snagged fish, an angler must seek permission from their neighbour/s before moving from their designated peg to try and remedy the situation.

4. No competitor may move their peg or exchange their peg or draw card with another without the match secretary’s consent.

5. No competitor shall buy more than one entry ticket for themselves. Competitors must be strictly restricted to one draw.

6. Competitors must retain all fish in keepnets which comply with the relevant EA Bye-laws. Competitors must take every practicable step to keep their fish alive and, after weighing them, must ensure their careful return to the water. If, for any reason fish are seen to be in distress, a competitor or match official has the right to demand that they be weighed immediately and returned to the water during the course of the match.
All keepnets must be fixed at both ends during the period of April 1st  to October 31st on canal day light hours only.

7. A competitor shall have in use one rod or pole, one line and one single hook at one time, but may have other rods or poles and tackle assembled for use in position by them, if possible, providing that no such other tackles are baited.

8. Any bait, subject to local rules, can be used except live fish, frogs, spinning baits or artificial lures. (Artificial baits are permitted)

9. No competitor shall have live or dead fish in their possession before a match. Competitors must submit to a search if requested by the match secretary.

10. Before the starting signal no competitor must on any account groundbait or loose feed the swim but will be allowed to wet a line, plumb the depth and test the float, mix and wet groundbait, clear their ground of weed or obstructions and position their equipment.

11. Competitors may receive assistance to or from their peg, or both, for themselves or their tackle, or both.

12. All groundbait may be thrown in by hand, or by use of one or two handed catapults,throwing sticks, swim feeders, bait droppers and bait cups, but no other mechanical means of projecting groundbait is allowed. No bait shall be introduced with a pole cup or bait dropper attached to an extra rod/pole whilst continuing to fish.

13. A competitor must strike, play and land his own fish.

14. Any competitor who abandons their peg having decided to cease taking part in the match but who decides to continue fishing must do so outside the confines of the length being used for the match.

15. A competitor must cease fishing at the finishing signal. Should their still be playing a fish hooked before the signal is given,The angler much shout FISH ON immediately on hearing the signal and their will be permitted no more than fifteen minutes to land the fish after this time the fish will not count as part of there weight. but they may still land the fish.

16. All fish caught are eligible for weighing with the exception of Trout, Pike and crustaceans. It will be the responsibility of the match Secretary to return all live fish to the water after weighing.

Any fish suspected of being weighted or any fish considered suspicious by the match Secretary must be laid before the match Secretary and the angler’s weight be not confirmed until a ruling has been obtained.

If the match Secretary recommended the disqualification of a competitor they will weigh their fish in case the ruling is not upheld.

17. All catches will be weighed to the nearest Half of an ounce or twenty grammes rounded up.

18. Each competitor will be responsible for ensuring the correct weight of their catch is recorded by the match Secretary. In any dispute the decision of the match Secretary will be final.

19. All fish must be weighed at the competitor’s peg.

20. Competitors are responsible for ensuring that their pegs are clear of litter and no competitor may have their catch weighed in who has litter lying on the banks of their swim.

21. Any objection to an angler’s conduct, for whatever reason, must be lodged in writing with the match Secretary within one week of the end of the match. In all cases the objector shall inform the offender of their intentions at the time in order that their may speak in their own defence. Should an offender after receiving such a warning leave the match scene, the objection shall be deemed to have been sustained and the match secretary must inform them of their findings and punishment (if any) within seven days.

22. All Series will be determined by using a points system, (1 =first  2 = second  3 = third etc.) followed by a weight system should it be required. i.e. two anglers on the same points result will go on highest weight. As the Club Championship result is made up from matches throughout the season the points system for this is as follows: 20pts for 1st, 19pts for 2nd, 18pts for 3rd  etc etc.

23. Any angler proved to have been in contravention of these rules will be disqualified.

24. No person to enter the garden of the cottage . No pole to be passed beyond Tow path into garden by cottage.

25. No bait tins or glass bottles are allowed on club waters.


The Kintbury man system
This system is only used in the teams of two series.

In this series the teams are drawn out at the venue on the morning of the first match, and should there be an odd number of anglers turn up for this series, one angler will be teamed up with the Kintbury man. This means he will not have a partner and will draw out a ticket at the end of each match (in the series) to determine a weight for what his partner (should he have had one) had in the other section.


Weights for the Kintbury man shall be as follows:
Top weight should be one ounce above the winning weight of the day in the section the Kintbury man would be fishing in.

Second top weight should be one ounce above the second weight of the day in the section the Kintbury man would be fishing in.

This should happen for all places until we get to the final weight being one ounce less than the last place in the section the Kintbury man would be fishing in.


This is an example of how it should be calculated:


Position Top weight on the day for a section Kintbury Man weights
Top 6lb 3oz 6lb 4oz
Second 5lb 4oz 5lb 5oz
Third 4lb 8oz 4lb 9oz
Fourth 3lb 12oz 3lb 13oz
Plus one of  3lb 11oz