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West Water

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James Carr,13, bagged this 16lb Mirror Carp from the West Lake 20/2/2023


Quite a lot of work has been going on the complex over the last 3 year with work parties going on every other weekend to improve the pegs and upgrade to better suit the carp angler although any discipline can fish the pegs, The west is typically classed as a specimen water but has mixed fish which includes perch to 2lb , Tench to 8lb, Rudd , Roach.



1. Park only in car parks do not leave car on any causway whilst fishing .. 


2. Exchange Book holders are not allowed on the water one hour after sunset or before 8-00 am.


3. Do not wander onto any adjoining land or property


4. The use of bent hooks rigs is forbidden. All hooks larger than size 12 shall be barbed/micro-barb. Barbless hooks not to be used when fished with heavy leads and/or with a bolt rig


5. No more than TWO rods may be used at any on time on the West specimen water


6. When fishing, anglers must be in attendance at all times. All rods to be fished within the confines of one swim. If two or more anglers are fishing from one peg then no more than four (4) rods may be used in any peg.


7. All anglers specifically targeting specimen fish are required to be in possession of adequate tackle, including unhooking mats and landing nets. If any such large fish is taken unintentionally, other anglers’ at hand are expected to assist in the unhooking and advise on the general welfare of these fish.


8. Pike: Only one pike of up to 25.59 inches (65 cm) in length may be removed per day at the anglers discretion. (applies on ALL waters).


9. Guest Permits are available but not for fishing the West water at weekends i.e. Guest Permits can not be used from 5-00 pm Friday and 8-00 am on a Monday.

Guest Permits are normally valid for 24 hours from the time inserted except for the above times.


10. All dehydrated and seed baits (i.e. dog biscuits etc, hemp and other seeds) must be pre soaked/boiled before using.


11. Bait boats may be used but please be considerate of other anglers. The use of any other type of water craft is prohibited, so too is wading.


12. When erecting bivvies, the bank side should not be dug out to accommodate same.


13. 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.





See new National bye-laws re the removal of fish, species and size/weight restrictions. Ignorance of these bye-laws can not be used in any Court. Heavy fines and/or a prison sentence may be imposed if ignored.



The following applies to anglers specifically fishing for pike on any of the Brasside waters


Wire traces must always be used and must not be less than 15 inches in length. In addition, when fishing dead baits, treble hooks larger than size 8 must not be used and trebles must not be used that have more than one barb per hook. Traces and main line must not be less than 12 lb breaking strain.



General and Specific Brasside Water Rules

Please note: 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.


All Waters:

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 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 Any angler found to be under the influence of alcohol or/and drugs will be asked to leave. (Our insurers do not cover and other anglers could be put at risk)


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 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 allowed ONLY on the Specimen 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.


*Except for in official match events, and then large fish to be witnessed and verified and then returned.


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.


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.


See below for map of the West Lake showing swim casting limits.

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