Persons using the Durham City Angling Club Brasside facility do so entirely at their own risk.
Durham City Angling Club and its officers accept no responsibility for death or injury or loss or damage to personal property.
Prebaiting is now prohbibited on the DCAC Brasside complex
A resolution unanimously passed at a committee meeting on 13/09/2022 prohibits the prebaiting of any water at the Brasside complex, to protect water quality and safeguard fish health.
No bait shall be put into any water except from the peg being fished during a bona fide fishing session.
The Brasside complex caters for many types of still water coarse fishing. Pleasure anglers have taken mixed catches from the Canal and Backwater,whilst the West Lake continues to produce carp to over 24lbs. Pike anglers can now fish all year round, with fish to mid teens being taken.
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Brasside also incorporates a wetland area created to encourage the already flourishing rich mix of wildlife to be found at the site.
(the provision of the wetland is a condition of the the planning approval for digging the canal,)
The West Lake holds specimen Carp, some Tench, Pike, Bream and Roach
The East Lake is a mixed coarse fishery holding a mix of coarse fish, some larger Carp and Pike; the water was part of the original single clay pit before the water was split in 2005
The Canal Water to the far East of the site was created with match/pole fishing in mind. It contains a mix of hybrid Carp, Ide, Chub, Tench, Perch, Bream and Crucian Carp.
The Backwater again was part of the one single clay pit and was cut off from the main body of water in the Brasside development work. It contains Crucian Carp, Tench, some Carp, smaller Pike, Roach, Rudd and Perch. It is an ideal water for juniors/anglers new to fishing.
A fifth water, to the Southeast of the complex and referred to as "The New Pond," has been stocked and is fully operational.
Car parking: In addition to the main car park there are now several located around the site - however, please do not park on the two causeways.
- LITTER & RUBBISH -
Please take yours home, DO NOT leave for others to collect and dispose of!
Please remember, if the rubbish is in your swim, it's yours!
Since the club installed the new otter fence around the complex it has been widely welcomed as a positive step in protecting our waters and safeguarding our fish. Please make sure that you close the gates properly when arriving and leaving.
However, there have been instances of the gate being left open, leaving free access to the fishery. As a member these are your waters, paid for by your club, with your membership fee. It is in everyone's interest to make sure both gates are secured so please check carefully before leaving the Complex
We currently have a problem on the complex with predation by Cormorants, which has resulted in reduction of fish stocks.
This club is taking a number of actions in defense. The most obvious one being the cables/discs over the Backwater,Canal and New Pond.
Secondly, we have changed our policy regarding stocking. We stopped stocking small fish into the East Lake because it
became obvious that the Cormorants were predating them in the Winter months.
We have started stocking fish over the size vulnerable to Cormorants.
The other measure we took was to obtain a licence from Natural England to cull Cormorants by shooting.
We are allowed 5 guns on the licence and have the requisite number for now.
However members who are holders of a properly licensed shotgun and would like to be considered for for future inclusion on the licence should give their details to Tony Cockburn at Brasside.
Important Safety Information
There are high voltage cables running above the West Lake, adjacent to the pegs along the west bank.
Please take care when fishing from these pegs.
Report any incident of casting over these lines so the appropriate action can be taken.
Click on the "safety" button below to go to the Energy Network Association "Angler Safety" booklet.
No Open Fires
It is unlawful to leave a rod and line in the water which is unattended or over which control can not be effected. (i.e. to be physically at your swim, not relying on alarms/remote sounders whilst away ‘socialising’) .
General and Specific Brasside Water Rules
NB. Rules on the complex may change due to particular circumstances. Any changes or notification will be posted on the notice boards at Brasside. It is the responsibility of each individual to check the notice boards on each visit.
These waters are open all year for fishing except at periods when it be deemed not to be in the interests of the fish stocks or for any maintenance work to be carried out
Re Junior Members: As of the May 2012 GMC meeting Junior members are not permitted to fish any club/association water after the hour of sunset. This rule replaces all others relating to Junior members and night fishing, accompanied or otherwise.
Ø All nets/sacks to be dipped in the bins (when/if) provided before commencement of fishing. Please wash and thoroughly dry all nets after every session, preferably left to dry in the open whenever possible. Please also use the trays (again when/if provided) for footwear. Fish are expensive to replace.
Ø All legal methods of fishing allowed as per local bylaws.
Ø No fly fishing for health and safety reasons.
Ø Pike fishing from Oct 1st to April 30th
Ø Fishing with lures is prohibited from May 1st to September 30th.
Ø No fishing over the predator deterrent tapes
Ø No live baiting allowed on any of the Brasside waters. Only sea fish and commercially prepared dead’ baits’ allowed.
Ø No open fires, (only gas stoves etc) Swimming, wading or boating is prohibited at all times. Bait boats can be used (West water only) but please consider other anglers.
Ø Anglers must fish from designated pegs.
Ø Please remove and take home all litter from your swim. Any litter found will be as assumed to be yours whether it is or not. The Club does not provide litter bins.
Ø Please report catches/ individual large fish taken either by telephone, the club web forum, e-mail or letter, the Club Management Committee NEEDS to know what is being caught, and from which water.
Ø Only D.C.A.C. Members, their guests and exchange Permit holders, are allowed at Brasside. Please ask any one there without a valid permit to leave immediately. Any Member knowingly allowing unauthorised persons to remain/give access to, will be subject to disciplinary action.
Ø Disabled Pegs: (when constructed) If a non disabled member is occupying a designated disabled peg they should vacate that peg if a registered disabled member wishes to use it.
Ø No Guest permits will be issued to fish from 5-00 PM Friday’s to 8-00 AM Monday’s for the West Water. Does not apply to the East, Canal and Back waters
Ø Please use the official D.C.A.C. access gate and car park. D.C.A.C. accept no responsibility for any loss or injury suffered by any Member, or guest of a member
Ø Night Fishing, when allowed, ONLY on the East and West water.(see Rule: 13. re: Juniors/West water
Ø Under no circumstances should the gate combination number be given to non members. Please ensure the gate is l locked at all times and that the combination number is scrambled.
Ø Any member/angler found to be illegally introducing fish to any D.C.A.C. waters will have their membership/Permit withdrawn immediately and may face prosecution. New fines can now be imposed of up to £50,000, waters drained and cost paid by/recovered from the individual concerned.
Ø Fish to be retained* for the minimum length of time If using a sack, one fish/sack and no fish to be kept overnight.
Ø All other ‘common sense’ rules to apply. Behave responsibly and respect other anglers using the waters.
Ø Anyone found to be under the influence of alcohol will be asked to leave the club water for their own and others safety (Our insurers do not cover and other anglers could be put at risk)
(b) Anyone found to be in procession of illegal drugs will be reported to the appropriate authority and if found guilty will have their membership terminated.
Do not damage trees or bushes and do not interfere with the wildlife. Only personal audio equipment with earphones to be used, and no loud or bad language to be used.
*Except for in official match events, and then large fish to be witnessed and verified and then returned.