FISHERY RULES

General

  • 2 Rods mainlake (If in our winter months there are 10 anglers or less on then 3 rods can be used), 3 rods (Merlin lake)

  • Gates are open from 8am-6pm march - October and November - February 8am - 5pm anyone caught climbing over the gate will be asked to leave.

  • We only allow a non-fishing partner or son/daughter to stay over night.

  • Anyone wishing to view the lake must notify a member of staff so an appointment can be made. 

  • No Litter please- take all litter home with you - this includes cigarette ends and tea bags 

  • No fish are to be introduced or taken off site, all fish remain the property of merrington fishery, removal of fish is deemed as theft and will become a police matter- cctv footage will be used as evidence. Please don’t be aggrieved when asked to inspect your vehicle

  • No under 16s without an experienced fishing parent/guardian

  • No Tents or gazebos only angling bivvies' permitted

  • No Dogs to be present on site

  • Please respect the wildlife around the area, also no person is permitted to cut remove vegetation. 

  • Payment for fishing must be done upon arrival in where by you will be given a receipt for the duration of your stay. All sessions must be booked in advance via the fishery phone or via Facebook message! We will require a 50% deposit for each booking payable by bank transfer. 

  • If you look to move swims, please notify a member of staff before doing so.
  • Keep toilet and shower facilities as you found them.

  • No not under any circumstances damage or hang items off the fence.

  • During wet conditions please ensure bivvies' are placed upon the swim and walking is kept to the footpath 

  • The boat is for strictly not for use anyone seen doing so will be asked to leave.

  • We are in close contact with other fisheries around shropshire, so if you get banned from merrington then you can expect to be banned from them aswell. The other fishery owners will be contacted and your details passed on, as they will do for us! 
  • All anglers must sign in before starting fishing. (this is a must as the owners need to know whos on site incase of emergencies).
  • No guns/firearms of any kind onsite (This will result in an instant ban).
  • The fishery gates must be closed at all times 

 

Care of fish 

  • Rods must not be left unattended in the water (EA rules state you must not be more than 3 meters from your rods)

  • No fish are to be kept in sacks or retainer slings. Leave them in landing nets to rest while sorting camera, unhooking mat and carp care.

  • All anglers must use the appropriate unhooking mats, weigh slings, & landing nets provided on site, no others must be brought onsite preventing the spread of any diseases. Also no waders on site!

  • All of the equipment provided is your responsibility during your stay, do treat it as if it was your own and please make sure everything is cleaned off to a suitable standard. (Any damage to our equipment will need paying for in full)
  • When transporting fish from water to the mat make sure the landing net is rolled down ensuring fins are not crushed before lifting. (We also prefer the sling to be used when lifting fish from the water, especially larger fish)

  • Fish must always be transported from unhooking mats back to the water in slings  (not in your arms)

  • When photographing fish please do so over an unhooking mat kneeling down/not standing

  • Keep the fish wet at all times specially during the summer months buckets are available onsite.

  • Please use carp antiseptic if necessary e.g. Klin-ik  dry area before use then leave for 30 seconds to dry before releasing fish , carp car kit compulsory and sold onsite 

  • Any crack offs or snags must be REPORTED fish safety is paramount.

 

Tackle and Bait 

  • Barbless hooks only flattened/filed barb not allowed. Rigs will be checked before and during your stay.

  • No Keep nets or sacks allowed on site

  • Minimum strength line 15lb

  • No braided main line (Braided hook link is fine)

  • All nuts must be used just on the hook, no loose feeding, particals are ok however must be checked before use.

  • No fixed leads

  • Rigs must be safe with the lead able to eject if the fish gets snagged 

  • No Maggots or casters. Chopped worm is fine

  • No plastic baits including fake corn, maggots.

  • Leadcore leaders are banned other types (example: safe zone leaders, leadless leaders or tubing) can be used.
  • No Zigs, we have had fish foul hooked and comig in via their tails and fins (surface fishing is fine). 

 

Care and respect for other anglers 

  • Radios are allowed but must be kept to a minimum so as neighbouring anglers are not disturbed

  • No excessive amounts of Alcohol (crates of beer is not acceptable) you will be asked to pack away and leave, No drugs, swimming or fires

  • No bait boats or dinghies. Do not use the boat on site (this is for the the bailiffs use only)

  • antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated, please keep noise to a minimum at all times.

  • Please talk to other anglers, there is more than enough water for everyone no need to dispute boundary's

  • No high powered head torches or laser pens to be used.

  • Please ensure all alarms are turned down while setting rods
  • The ground can be hard in places however please refrain from using mallets.
  • All anglers to have a current EA rod licence for fishing
  • No swimming, wading or paddling permitted
  • management reserves the right to inspect all fishing tackle, bags and vehicles
  • All children under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. The management accepts no responsibility for supervising minors.
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