Society Matches 2023/24

Matches are held throughout the season. They are fished mostly on our own venues canals, lakes, and rivers and are largely fished as roving matches. If any are to be fished as pegged down matches, members will be informed in advance. We also use a couple of shared waters to hold matches. To book your place in one of our matches contact Richard Cowling, Competition Secretary, either by email at or by text on 07479213454.

Match NoVenueDateDraw TimeStart TimeFinish Time
1Crabtree Lake4th May10:0011:0017:00
2R Loddon, Stanford End22nd June10:0011:0017:00
3R Thames, Windsor Racecourse13th July10:0011:0017:00
4Tony Paul Memorial match, R Thames, Windsor Racecourse27th/28th JulyNight match & BBQ, details to follow
5R Kennet, Bulls Lock, Hambridge24th August10:0011:0017:00
6K&A canal, Colthrop, Thatcham7th September09:0010:0016:00
7Mark Thomas/Officer's match, R Thames Windsor14th SeptemberContact Fraser Mcadam to enter
8R Loddon, Stanford End5th October09:0010:0016:00
9Wey Navigation, Tannery Lane19th October09:0010:0016:00
10R Thames, Windsor Racecourse26th October08:0009:0015:00
11K&A canal, Wollhampton16th November08:0009:0015:00
12K&A canal, Kintbury Christmas match8th December08:0009:0015:00
12K&A canal, Kintbury11th January 202508:0009:0015:00
14K&A canal, Kintbury8th February 202508:0009:0015:00
15K&A canal, Hambridge canal section8th March 202508:0009:0015:00
CSAS Match Rules (adopted Sep 2021)
  1. The draw for pegs in both peg down and rover matches will take place 1 hour before the start of the match.
  2. The match officials will have the right to examine all containers carried by competitors prior to commencement of the competition, at their pegs.
  3. On pegged down matches no competitor will change his or her peg. Any angler fishing at the wrong peg will be disqualified.
  4. Roving matches only (rules 4-7) The Competitions Secretary will define the boundaries of a roving match. All competitors will draw numbers by ballot to decide the allocation of pegs or the order of walk off. If a voluntary pool is being run competitors wishing to enter it must do so before the draw takes place.
  5. In roving matches competitors must not fish within 15 metres of an adjacent competitor [30 metres at Hambridge] unless natural swims dictate.
  6. An angler may only change his/her swim after the match has started and all anglers are in their first-choice swim.
  7. Competitors wishing to change their swim must either locate a scalesman and have any fish caught weighed or release any fish caught.
  8. Large fish such as barbel & carp shall be weighed as soon as possible after being caught and returned immediately to the water.
  9. No competitor will have live or dead fish in their possession before the competition.
  10. The signal to commence and cease fishing will be given by the match organiser or nominated official.
  11. Matches will normally 6 hours in duration with the exception of overnight matches.
  12. Before the starting signal no competitor must on any account groundbait or loose feed the swim but will be allowed to wet a line, plumb the depth and test the float, mix or wet groundbait, clear his/her fishing ground of weed or obstructions and position his/her equipment. On no account must a feeder be used prior to the starting signal.
  13. A competitor may wade provided that the water does not extend above the knees, unless they can touch the bank with their fingertips, in which case the water can extend above the knees. When platforms are used the water must not come over the angler’s knees when standing on river/lake bed.
  14. Every competitor must fish from within one metre either side of their designated peg.
    1. On flowing water, they will fish from their position in the direction of the flow as far as the next peg.
    2. On still waters they may fish as far as half the distance between their peg and the pegs on either side.
    3. The competitor will restrict their activities completely to these boundaries. Neither their person, tackle, bait, groundbait or hooked fish may intrude into their neighbours’ swims. In an extreme situation, e.g. snagged tackle or a snagged fish, an angler must seek permission from their neighbour/neighbours before moving from their designated peg to try and remedy the situation.
  15. A competitor must not cause annoyance to or seek to interfere with another competitor during the competition. They must always act in a sporting manner.
  16. A competitor shall have in use one rod or pole, one line and single hook at any one time. They may have other poles or rods and tackle assembled in a position behind them, if possible, providing no such other tackle is baited.
  17. Competitors are prohibited from throwing/discarding their bait into water at the end of day.
  18. Any bait, with the following exceptions may be used, floating baits, live or dead fish, spinning baits and artificial lures.
  19. The use of electronic fish finders is forbidden.
  20. No competitor shall present their baited hooks into their swim by any means other than the pole or rod to which the line is attached.
  21. All feed may be thrown in by hand, or by the use of one- or two-handed catapults, throwing sticks, swimfeeders, baitdroppers, bait cups and bait shuttles, but no other mechanical means of projecting feed is allowed. No bait shall be introduced with a pole or bait dropper attached to an extra pole or rod whilst continuing to fish.
  22. Competitors must strike, play and land their own fish from the confines of their own peg.
  23. Competitors must retain all fish in a keepnet that complies with the relevant Environment Agency bylaws. Nets should be dry when arriving to fish, as dry nets do not spread diseases.
  24. Fish must never be handled with gloves or towels.
  25. All fish caught are eligible for weighing except game fish (including grayling), pike, zander and crustaceans.
  26. Competitors must, if practicable, keep all fish caught alive. If for any reason a competitor is struggling to keep a fish alive, it can be weighed in during the competition and returned to the water if it is still alive.
  27. Competitors must cease fishing at the signal. Should a competitor still be playing a fish hooked before the finishing signal is given, they will be permitted no more than 15 minutes after time has been called to land the fish.
  28. All competitors will remain at their pegs, except for the purpose of clearing litter from their swims, or if they have been allocated weighing in duties, until details of their catch have been recorded by the Steward, even if they have caught no fish.
  29. Competitors are responsible for ensuring their pegs are clear of litter and no competitor shall have their catch weighed in who has litter on the banks of their swim.
  30. Both the competitor and scales steward MUST ensure that the correct procedure for transferring fish from keepnet to weigh net and weigh net back to the water is followed. Keepnet to weigh net: –
    1. Swim the fish from the bottom of the keepnet to the top, ensuring that the top ring is out of the water, and gather the rings up from the bottom as the fish move up. Once the fish are between the top ring and the 2nd or 3rd ring (depending on the number of fish in the net), remove the keepnet from the water and gently slide the fish into the weigh net. Should the number of fish require more than one weigh, only slide sufficient fish into the weigh net for the first weigh. Whilst the weigh is taking place, hold the remaining fish back in the water until required for weighing and repeat until all fish have been weighed.
    2. Remove the keepnet from the water collapsing the net down until the 2nd or 3rd from the bottom can be reached from the inside.
    3. Pull the chosen ring through the top ring and then gently slide the fish into the weigh net. Should the number of fish require more than one weigh, only slide sufficient fish into the weigh net for the first weigh. Whilst the weigh is taking place, hold the remaining fish back in the water until required for weighing and repeat until all the fish have been weighed.
  31. After each competitor is weighed in at their peg, it will be the duty of the Scales Steward after each weigh to return the fish to the water. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES must the keepnet be removed from the water and fish tipped down from bottom to top.
  32. Each competitor will be responsible for ensuring that the weight of his or her catch is correctly recorded on the weigh sheet and on his/her peg card. He/she MUST sign both to that effect. The peg card MUST be kept safe in case of a query.
  33. After being weighed any dead fish are to be suitably disposed of by the scales steward.
  34. Any fish about which the stewards have any doubt must be brought before the match organiser and the competitor’s weight will not be confirmed until a ruling has been obtained. Even if a steward recommends the disqualification of a competitor, they MUST weigh the fish in case the stewards ruling is not upheld.
  35. Any objections must be lodged with the Competition Secretary no later than one hour after the end of the competition. Irregularities which are brought to notice at a later date may be dealt with only by and at the discretion of CSAS committee.
  36. All competitions must conform to Environment Agency bylaws. Any competitor reported to the match organiser by the Environment Agency for being unable to produce a valid licence shall be deemed to be in contravention of the rules and shall be disqualified and may face further disciplinary action from the CSAS committee. All pools, entry fees etc in respect of the said competitor shall be forfeited. Local fishery rules will also apply.
  37. The use of lead, including any alloy or compound of lead, in the form of split shot or any other suitable items for weighting fishing lines is prohibited. The prohibition does not apply to weights of lead, alloy or compound of lead, of 0.06g or less or of more than 28.35g. The prohibition also does not apply to weights of lead, alloy or compound less than 28.35g if the said lead, alloy or compound is incorporated in the construction of swimfeeders or self-cocking floats.
  38. If, in the opinion of the match organiser, any individual is in breach of these rules or is guilty of behaviour which is contrary to the best interests of the sport, the match organiser shall make a decision on all available facts and that decision will be final and binding. The match organiser shall lodge a copy of the complaint, facts and subsequent decision with the CSAS committee within 2 days of the match
  39. Any competitor proved to be in contravention of these rules will be disqualified.
  40. Any individual angler deemed to be bringing the sport into disrepute will be severely dealt with by the CSAS committee.