Pontardawe and Swansea Angling Society

© 2009-18

15 February 2019

Fishing Rules

Members must comply both with club fishing rules, as set out in the club Byelaws, and Environment Agency Byelaws.


Full club Byelaws (PDF 303KB)…


Full NRW Byelaws 2019…

Extracts from Environment Agency Byelaws

These are the NRW Byelaws which apply, to the best of our belief, TO THE RIVER TAWE. If in any doubt, or for the Byelaws relating to other waters, refer to the version on the NRW website here…  


OPEN SEASONS AND METHOD RESTRICTIONS, SALMON AND SEA TROUT

Salmon, River Tawe - 20 March to 17 October

Sea trout, River Tawe - 20 March to 17 October

Note


CATCH AND RELEASE RESTRICTION

Any salmon caught before 16 June must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum delay.

It is recommended that, whenever fishing with the intention of releasing any fish that are caught, either barbless or de-barbed hooks are used.


OPEN SEASONS FOR NON-MIGRATORY TROUT, ARCTIC CHARR, COARSE FISH AND EELS


OTHER RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF LURES AND BAITS


FISHING NEAR OBSTRUCTIONS

Fishing is not permitted in the vicinity of the Wychtree Weir - 25m below weir to 25m above weir


USE OF RODS


HOOKS AND HOOKING OF FISH


USE OF LEAD

The use of lead weights is prohibited with the following exceptions:


SIZE LIMITS

It is illegal to take fish not reaching the following size limits (measured from tip of the snout to the fork of the tail):

Individual fisheries may impose size limits that are more stringent or prescriptive than those outlined in the byelaws (as above); and

Undersized fish taken unintentionally must be released alive to the water immediately;


LANDING NETS

Landing nets must not have any knotted meshes or meshes of metallic material.


GAFF OR TAILER

The use of a gaff or a tailer is prohibited at all times when fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or freshwater eels.


REMOVAL OF FISH


RESTRICTIONS ON THE SALE OF SALMON AND SEA TROUT (from 30 Jan 2009)

No person shall sell, offer or expose for sale or have in possession for sale any salmon or migratory trout which has been taken by rod and line.

Extracts from Club Byelaws

The Management Committee has appointed bailiffs to enforce these rules.  

Members who are not bailiffs should NOT attempt to enforce any Society rules themselves but should report suspected infringements to the Secretary or Head Bailiff, whose details appear on the permit / membership certificate.

1. Members are authorised to fish the waters of the Society (as set out on the permit / membership certificate) with one rod and line during the recognised game fishing season subject to the following rules.

2. Members must obtain before fishing an appropriate NRW / EA rod licence in addition to their permit / membership certificate.

3. Members must carry their permit and rod licence with them when fishing and, when requested by a bailiff appointed by the Society, must produce for inspection their permit, rod licence, fishing tackle and any fish in their possession.

4. The minimum size limit for brown trout and sea trout is ten inches, measuring from the tip of the snout to the cleft or the fork of the tail.

5. On the River Cilieni members are required to release all fish.

6. On the River Tawe members are encouraged to release: (a) all wild brown trout; (b) all salmon and sea trout.

7. Where fish are allowed to be killed, the bag limits shall be: (a) salmon – no more than one fish per day; (b) sea trout – no more than one fish per day; (c) brown trout – two per day.

8. Fishing methods:

a. On the River Cilieni, only flyfishing is allowed.

b. On other water controlled by the Society:

(i) no spinning before 20th March;

(ii) no spinning from 20th March to 31st May inclusive with lures measuring less than two and a half inches overall;

(iii) no spinning when the water is below the low level markers;

(iv) no worming with treble hooks;

(v) no bait fishing with maggot, shrimp or prawn;

(vi) no bait fishing with a float;

(vii) no electronic fish finders.

c. If catch and release is practised, members must ensure that fish are returned to the water unharmed by following best practice as published by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and, in particular, must: (i) use barbless hooks at all times and must not use trebles (hooks with crushed barbs are accepted as barbless); (ii) minimise the time spent playing a hooked fish; (iii) release the fish as quickly as possible and not remove it from the water; (iv) support the fish in the water until it is sufficiently recovered.

NRW guidance is at https://cdn.naturalresources.wales/media/ 685859/catch-and-release.pdf

d. All anglers, including bait anglers, must proceed at a reasonable speed through a pool, if other anglers are waiting to fish behind them. Without agreement, members must not start fishing a pool downstream of another angler already fishing the pool.

9. Members must avoid damaging gates, trees, hedges etc. All gates must be closed. No litter to be left on banks. All nylon must be removed. No fires allowed. No dogs to accompany members onto the water.

10. Members must also comply with NRW fishing byelaws and other fisheries legislation, which might be more restrictive than the Society’s own rules.

11. Adult members (full and concessionary) must submit a catch return each season, no later than renewal of membership for the following season, showing:

(a) number of days Society water fished for brown trout and for salmon / sea trout;

(b) numbers and approximate sizes of fish killed and of fish released on Society waters.