1.The DRAW and MATCH times must be advertised under the events section of the Match-Aid website after being agreed upon by the committee.
2.The duration for an event will be based on the age of the entrants. Matches shall not exceed 5 hours in duration except for Carpaid events.
3.The match must be pegged prior to fishing. This may take the form of permanent peg numbers of staked pegs in the event of permanent pegs not being in place. All pegs used under normal conditions must be of a state to give competitors a practicable and reasonable chance to fish his or her swim.
4.All Match-Aid officials will make themselves known prior to the draw.
5.Each angler on drawing his/her peg shall ensure their peg is recorded on the draw paperwork before proceeding to their peg.
6.Every competitor must fish from within one metre either side of his/her designated peg. On flowing water, the competitor may fish in the direction of the flow as far as the next peg. On commercial type fisheries, he/she may fish as far as half the distance between his/her peg and the pegs on either side or up to but not beyond the next peg if it is empty Where competitors are drawn on opposite banks, the limit of the swim is the line midway between each bank.
In the situation snagged tackle of a snagged fish, an angler must seek permission from a Steward before moving from his/her designated peg to try and remedy the situation. Or ask for assistance from said Steward.
A competitor must not use mobile phones or cause annoyance during the course of the competition, and must act in a sporting manner at all times.
7.The swapping of drawn pegs is strictly forbidden and will result in disqualification without the refunding of entry fees.
8.Competitors must retain all fish in keepnets, which comply with the relevant Environment Agency (EA) Byelaws. Competitors must take every practicable step to ensure the welfare of their catch and, after weighing them, must ensure their careful return to the water. Large specimens may be weighed immediately and returned to the water during the course of the match.
9.Competitor can have one rod or pole, one line and one single hook in use, but may have other rods or poles and tackle set up for use in position on their peg.
10.Any bait, subject to local rules can be used with the exception of floating baits.
11.No competitor shall have any fish on his/her possession before a match. All competitors must submit to a search if requested by a Match-Aid Steward.
12.No groundbait or loose feed to enter the swim prior to the “all in”. Entrants may wet a line, plumb the depth and test the float, mix and wet groundbait.
13.Entrants may receive assistance to or from their peg and the setting up of equipment. Assistance is not allowed after the “all in” unless a Match-Aid Steward gives permission.
14.No bait can be introduced with a pole cup or bait dropper attached to an extra rod/pole whilst continuing to fish.
15.All hooks on all waters should be Barbless (Maximum size 12) or inline with local bylaws. Barbed hooks may be allowed on rivers and canals.
16.Braid Hook lengths are not allowed
17.No Pole length limits are in force on Match-Aid events. However floating poles are not allowed.
18.A competitor must hook, play and land their own fish.
19.The use of puller kits is allowed, though entrants must not bully the fish.
20.Keepnets should be dry and lay out on the bank and, only placed in the water 15 minutes before the “all in” time.
21.Carp over 2lbs and silver fish must be kept in separate nets, with no more than 60lbs in a net. Nets over 60lbs will be weighed as 60lb.
22.Bait limits is fixed at 6 pints with the addition of 2kg of groundbait unless local rules allow more groundbait to be used.
23.Only Match-Aid officials are allowed to enter the fishing ground once the “all in” has been called.
24.An entrant may wade provided that the water does not extend above the knee.
25.No entrant can leave their peg at any time during the course of the match other than to answer the call of nature. All lines must be removed from the water.
26.All entrants must stop fishing at the “all out” signal. If they are playing a fish hooked before the “all out”, they will shout “fish on” and be allowed 15 minutes to land the fish.
27.Only coarse fish will be allowed to be weighed in. Game fish including Pike are excluded. No fish should be tampered with in any way. The Match-Aid organisers will disqualify entrants found guilty of tampering with any fish.
28.All catches will be weighed to the nearest ounce or ten grams.
29.Each entrant is required to sign the weigh sheet to ensure the correct weight of their catch is recorded by the Steward. In any dispute the decision of the weighers and the Match-Aid organisers will be final.
30.All fish must be weighed over a mat.
31.Entrants must clear all litter from their peg. Failure to follow this rule will result in the catch not being weighed.
32.Entrant’s conduct must not affect others entered into the event. Written complaints must be submitted for consideration by the Match-Aid organisers within 30 minutes of the “all out” being called. All decisions by the Match-Aid organisers are final. Entry fees will not be refunded in event of disqualification.
33.Environment Agency bylaws and any local rules applicable to a fishery must be adhered to including the use of lead shot sizes.
34. All entrants must be in possession of a valid Environment Agency (EA) rod license and produce it as requested by a Match-Aid organiser.
34.Any entrant proved to be in breach of these rules would be disqualified.
FOR TEAM EVENTS
35.Team entrant’s names must be submitted prior to the draw and no alterations will be allowed once the draw has been made. No placing of entrants is allowed or swapping of pegs. Breaches of this rule would result in the Team being disqualified from the event without the refunding of entry fees.
36.Team events will be decided by means of points. In the event of a tied points score the highest aggregate weight will decide positions.