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Largs and District Angling Club

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CONSTITUTION

I - TITLE

The Club shall be called " LARGS AND DISTRICT ANGLING CLUB " and shall promote reservoir and burn fishing.

II - OBJECTS

(a)  To further as much as possible the facilities for angling in the district.

(b)  To stock, conserve and improve the fishing of any reservoir or water  which may be leased or

obtained by the Club for use by its members.

(c)  To encourage young members to take an active interest in the Club's activities and to promote

the art of angling.

III - MEMBERSHIP

The number of members shall be limited to a number to be decided by the office bearers and management committee after taking into consideration the water at the disposal of the Club at any given time.  All new members must be proposed and seconded by members of the Club and such application shall be considered by the management committee.

The membership shall be drawn from the area from Skelmorlie to Stevenston and inland to Kilbirnie.  However, members may join from outwith this area at the discretion of the Committee.

Juvenile members shall be members who have not yet reached the age of 13 years by the 15th March in that year, and must be accompanied by an adult at all times when fishing.

Junior members shall be those members who have reached their 13th birthday but have not yet reached the age of 17 years by the 15th March in that year.

IV - SUBSCRIPTIONS AND ENTRY MONEY

The annual subscriptions shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting or other regularly constituted meeting.

Any member who lapses his or her membership, if seeking to return will not be required to pay an entry fee.

Under no circumstances can any monies ( subscriptions etc.) be refunded in part or in whole.

All duly elected members shall pay the annual subscription in force at the date of their entry.

Members permits must be renewed before 15th March each year.

A mandatory condition for this is that a current returns slip be remitted ( this to include a " nil" return where appropraite) prior to or at the fee paying meeting for that year.

Returns slips must be produced before permits will be renewed.

V - WITHDRAWAL

Members wishing to withdraw from the Club must do so in writing to the Secretary prior to the Fee Paying Meeting.

VI - MANAGEMENT

The management shall consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Competition Secretary and a Burn Convenor together with a Committee of not less than seven, to be elected annually, seven to form a quorun. The Chairman at all meetings shall have a deliberative and casting vote.

VII - MEETINGS

The Annual General Meeting will be held in November each year for (1) the election of Office bearers and Committee (2) the Treasurer's and Secretary's reports and (3) the transaction of any other competent business.

Special meetings can be called at any time by the Committee or by ten Ordinary members of the Club giving fourteen days notice in writing to the Secretary, for the hearing and disposal of any complaint or the transaction of any special business, such as an increase in membership fees etc.

VIII - MONIES

All monies recieved to be lodged in a bank for and on behalf of the Club in the name of the Treasurer; it is deemed that such monies shall be used only for the purpose detailed under paragraph 2(b) with the exception of the working expenses of the Club.

IX - RULES

It shall be the obligation of the members to adhere strictly to any rules or conditions of fishing which may be imposed at any time  by the Club. The Committee shall have power to expel any member who infringes any such rules or conditions, and no part of any subscription from such member will be repayable to him.

The Committee will also have power to expel from the Club, with no monetary reimbursement , any member who can be proved to have acted in a manner which the Committee consider to have been detrimental to the interests of the Club.

X - LIABILITY

The Club shall not be held liable for any accident or injury to members or visitors to the Club fisheries.

XI - STOCKING POLICY

The stocking policy will be decided annually by the Committee with due regard to the financial position of the Club at that time

XII - ALTERATIONS

Any part of the foregoing Constitution may be altered  or ammended on notice of motion being given in writing fourteen days before a General Meeting of the Club called by the Committee for that purpose or at the Annual General Meeting, and must be passed by a two-thirds majority of the members present.

 

CLUB WATERS

Muirhead reservoir

This is our largest reservoir of approximately 110 acres and is situated about 4 miles from Largs on the right hand side of the A760 Kilbirnie road.  Access is gained through gates at either end, key access only at the Kilbirnie end.

Crosbie reservoir

This reservoir is situated about 1.5 miles from West Kilbride.  Follow the B781 Dalry road and take the first left after leaving the village then first right past Crosbie Mains farm to the reservoir.  Members must keep to this road and not digress through any of the surrounding fields or woods.  Close all gates.  Also there is a strict 5 mph speed limit through Crosbie farm.

Outerwards reservoir

This reservoir is approximately 3 miles from Largs on the left hand side of the Brisbane Glen road at the head of the Noddle burn.

Noddle burn

Flows through the north end of the town and may be fished in sections from the sea to Outerwards reservoir

Gogo burn

Flows through the south end of the town through the lands of Halkshill Estates.

 

COMPETITIONS

A series of competitions will be run annually in order to award the various trophies which the Club now possesses.  They will be competed for as follows:-

Muirhead Competitions

Freeman Cup - Awarded for fly fishing during a series of bank fishing competitions on Muirhead reservoir.

Lorraine Cup - Awarded to the winner of a one off competition on Muirhead.

Currie Cup - Awarded to the junior winner of a one off competition

Glen Eldon Trophy (Wee Mary) - Awarded to the winner of the last competition on Muirhead.

Boat Outings

Aircell Shield - Awarded for fly fishing during a series of boat outings at various locations.

Feeney Cup - Awarded to the member catching most fish at Lake of Menteith outings

The Bowl - Awarded to the member catching the most fish at the Boat outings.

Committee Cup - Awarded to the winner of the committee outing

Club Championship,

Kilbride Trophy - Club Champion, with highest aggregate points from three bank and boat competitions.

Robert Paton Shield - Junior Champion, most points from three bank competitions

Doubles Trophy - Awarded to the pair with the highest points between boat and bank competitions.

Burn Competitions

Brisbane Mains Shield - Burn Champion, most points from a series of burn competitions

Clydesport Shield - Junior Burn Champion, awarded as above

Best Fish

Agnes Bown Trophy- Awarded to the captor of the best brown trout from Club waters.

Largs Shield - Awarded for the best salmon or sea trout from Club waters.

 

The number, venue and rules for any competition or series of competitions will be decided by the Committee.  Current competition rules are shown in the login section.

Members who wish to qualify for the best fish awards must have their catch confirmed by a committee member within 24 hours.

No member may fish competition waters on the day of any competition unless participating.

Trophies must be returned to the Secretary or Competition Secretary by 31st October each year.

 

CLUB RULES

General

1. Under the terms and conditions of the West Strathclyde Protection Order it is mandatory that each person fishing the waters of the Largs and District Angling Club has written permission on their person.  This permit, tackle and catch must be shown on demand to another Club or Committee member, warden or crown bailiff.

2. Trout season 15th March to 6th October                                                                                       Migratory fish season 11th February to 31st October ( both dates inclusive)

3. Fishing shall be with a single rod and line which must be hand held at all times.

4. Fish being kept must be dispached quickly with the minimum of distress.

5. Catch and release is permitted provided debarbed or barbless hooks are used.

6. The fences around fishing areas must be crossed only at stiles erected for that purpose and all gates must be closed properly.

7. Dogs taken to the fishing areas must be kept under control at all times

8. The Club may be held responsible for restoring and making good any gates, fences, footpaths etc. which may be damaged by its members and responsible for any loss or injury they may cause.  The Club will in turn hold the individual or members responsible.

9. The Committee have the power to stop fishing at times of low water.

10. The trade or sale of any fish caught is prohibited.

11. Members under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.

12. Members are allowed two guests per season on club waters.  Only one guest is permitted at a time and this guest must be in possession of a guest permit available from Committee members.  This permit must be returned to the Committee member immediately after the event.

Reservoirs

1. The water in the reservoirs is for domestic use and every care must be taken against pollution, all excretions must be made at a reasonable distance from the water.  The banks of the reservoir and surrounding land must be kept free from all refuse i.e. paper, bottles,plastic materials etc.   Each member shall be personally responsible for the removal of his/her own refuse.  All debris from consumable materials  taken to the waters must be removed by them.  Nothing must be jettisoned in the reservoirs.  The boathouse and boats must be kept clean and tidy and litter placed in bins provided.

Persons infringing the above may be barred or suspended.

2. Fly fishing only except on Outerwards where spinning  is allowed but live minnow fishing is prohibited.

3. Fishing on Muirhead is only allowed from dawn to dusk.

4. Bag limit - 2 fish per day except Crosbie which is ONE fish only

5. Size limit - 10 inches to fork of tail

6. Wading above knee is not permitted.

7. Float tubes are not permitted

8. Members under the age of 18 years must wear a lifejacket

9. At Muirhead cars must only be parked at the roundel and at least 5 metres from the dam wall.

10. Only those taking part are allowed to fish on competition days

Boats (additional to above)

1. All paid up members may use boats

2. Members using boats do so at their own risk, Largs and District Angling Club will not accept responsibility for any accidents.

3. Members being responsible for safety must ensure that:-

- Boats and equipment are in a safe and servicable condition before use.

- Each occupant is wearing a life preserver

- Weather conditions are suitable for launch , retrieval and use of boats

4. Junior members are not allowed in boats unless both wearing a lifejacket and accompanied by an adult who accepts responsibility for their safety and behaviour

5. Only electric outboards to be used.

6. No anchoring allowed

7. No trolling

8. No boats to be used on competition days.

9. Boats to be left in a clean condition and litter removed.

10. Anglers are advised that standing whilst moving the boat or fishing is extremely dangerous

11. Any damage to boats or equipment must be reported to a committee member immediately

12. Ensure that the boathouse door is properly locked at all times with top and bottom bolts in place.

Burns

The proprierors of the following lands have granted permission to the Largs and District Angling Club to fish the courses of the Noddle and Gogo burns where they flow through the lands of Cunninghame District Council, Halkshill Estate, Brisbane Mains and Middleton farms, Noddsdale Estate, South and North Whitteburn farms and Tourgill.

1. Entrance to or egress from the burns may only be made at recognised access points.  The course of the burn may, however be followed throughout.

2. The onus of knowing the boundaries, entrances and exits to and from the burns will rest with each individual member

3. Sunday fishing is prohibited on both burns.

4. All migratory fish, parr, smolts, kelts and undersized fish must be returned to the water unharmed under current ligislation.

5. Size limit for brown trout 9 inches 23 cms

6. Bag limit, NO migratory fish may be killed in burns, 2 brown trout per day.

7. Any legal method may be used provided that when bait fishing no hook smaller than size 6 is used.  Size is shown on back of permit.  This is important.

8. Removal of trees, branches, shrubs etc. to gain access to fishing or walking is prohibited.

9. The proprietors retain the right to dismiss any member of the Largs and District Angling Club from their lands.

Shore Fishing

Anyone fishing for migratory fish from the shore must have written permission. either from a fishery board, fishing trust or local angling club. This projibited zone extends for one mile out to sea regardless of there being an estuary nearby.

Country Code

Anglers must follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Stock, crops or wildlife must not be interfered with.

Respect other person's property and interests

Leave no litter, take it home with you!

Keep dogs under control

Leave all gates as you find them

The only thing you should leave is your footprints!