Burghfield Main Lake Membership Rules

Revised 28/3/2020

The season on Burghfield Main Lake will commence on 1st April and end at midnight on 31st March.

As a member you are required to comply with the following rules:

  1. Your annual membership ID card (PDF) must be with you when fishing or visiting the complex. Random checks will be made by bailiffs, you will need to show your membership ID card (PDF) when requested – show on smartphone alongside your current Environmental Agency rod license
  2. Members may fish for up to 4 nights consecutively and must then have 48 hrs off venue. Only members are permitted on site with no guests, no fishing at other lakes other than Burghfield Main Lake (i.e Burghfield River, Blue Pool and Gold Lake are not part of the syndicate)
  3. Gates must be locked at all times when not in use. If for some reason you lose the codes, please contact the office on 01425 272318 or our head bailiff team (Matthew Slade 07549842380 & Garry Dickson 07979234649)
  4. Anyone fishing/walking in the out of bounds areas will lose their membership. Only designated swims may be fished. Out of bounds areas are in red and white shading on the map. You can fish to the waters around Searle’s Farm as we have the fishing rights but please keep your rigs at least 2 metres away from the area
  5. Pegs 42+43 (Compound swim/Car Park swims on Searle’s Farm Lane) are officially owned by the Mould family and Advanced Angling have the fishing rights – these swims are now available for members to fish and if there are any disputes about this area please contact the office on 01425 272318 or our head bailiff team (Matthew Slade 07549842380 & Garry Dickson 07979234649). If there is any threatening behaviour from any persons please contact the police.
  6. The swims by Pingewood Road North are currently open on a trial basis. If members comply with the rules and keep off the out of bounds areas we will be able to enjoy this part of the lake for the foreseeable future. Please note that Mouldy Point is still out of bounds to Advanced Angling members, however bailiffs have been asked to patrol these areas.
  7. All anglers must use the following:

– A large dry landing net at least 42” inches wide

– A large dry padded unhooking mat big enough for a 60lb plus carp, minimum 37” x 32” (preferably cradles to be used)

– A large dry weigh sling at least 42” inches wide

– Fish must always be transported from un-hooking mat to the water in a retention sling.

– Under no circumstances should a fish be carried in your arms.

  1. All fish caught must be returned to the water as soon as possible after weighing and photographs (no more than 3 minutes out of the water)
  2. When taking a photograph of the fish always have one foot kneeling down, never stand up with the fish. Ensure you have a bucket of water to keep the fish cool
  3. Keepnets are not permitted. Carp retaining slings are permitted at night but must be securely tied up- fish must be returned ASAP after daylight/pictures taken
  4. Strictly no moving of fish under any circumstances. Advanced Angling will ban and seek to prosecute anyone found doing so
  5. No rod may be left unattended with bait or hook in the water. 3 rods are permitted per angler
  6. Minimum of 15 lbs breaking strain for line when fishing for carp and pike. For smaller species such as tench, roach, perch and silvers, lighter tackle is allowed. Any damages to tackle or line must be reported to the bailiff team.
  7. No barbless hooks above size 14, 16, 18, 20, etc.
  8. No fixed leads or death rigs
  9. Pike fishing is between the months of 1st October till 31st March where separate pike rules are to be observed – speak with our head/deputy head bailiffs
  10. We only allow quality frozen/fresh baits on our waters. Shelf life baits are banned. Unused bait must not be thrown into lake at the end of sessions. Tiger nuts can be used if prepared properly and used sparingly
  11. Boating is not permitted.
  12. Bait boats are permitted on the lake for a trial period (however NO bait boating between 1st June – 30th September due to weed) and please do not use them in the Pulleyn family waters (see red lines on the map), near the ski club buoys or whilst the ski boat is in use. Bait boats no longer need to be tethered but must be kept within a responsible distance, especially to promote fish safety. Bailiffs are not available at a drop of a hat for recovery, also no recovery once it starts getting dark, with a fee of £25 for each recovery attended and with loss of permit if members take their own boat out to recover (no boating). If we see abuse of these bait boat rules they will be banned again
  13. Do not cast towards the buoys to avoid snagging
  14. Do not place bait in an area that you cannot extract the fish from safely
  15. Braided line and leadcore is allowed on this venue
  16. Suitable quality fish care solutions must be used on hookholds or abrasions
  17. When setting rods on alarms, please use your off-switch to maintain the peace on the lake. Constant beeping is not acceptable
  18. Any form of abuse to the bailiff team will not be tolerated and will result in loss of membership
  19. Whilst alcohol is not banned from the complex, drunken behaviour will not be tolerated. Any alcohol, drug or solvent abuse will not be tolerated and anyone found under their influence will have their membership taken away
  20. A reasonable standard of behaviour is expected at all times, meaning no shouting, loud music, using bright torches or any other anti-social behaviour. Please be considerate at all times to other anglers and neighbours
  21. Wading is permitted but only up to thigh level. No swimming at any time
  22. Care and respect for the site should be shown at all times including no cutting or climbing of trees
  23. No litter will be tolerated. At the end of your session please take your litter home with you
  24. The toilets available are at Cottage Lane (Gold Lake) and the Cunning Man pub (during opening hours). Please use these as anyone caught defecating in the undergrowth will be asked to leave. Please leave toilet facilities as you wish to find them. It’s essential that nobody puts any bagged waste in the toilet
  25. Dogs are to be kept on leads at all times and please dispose of all waste appropriately
  26. Barbeques or any fires are NOT permitted by the lake due to the high risk of fire hazard, only proper cooking equipment is to be used and must always be supervised
  27. The official Advanced Angling car parks are at Cottage Lane or Searle’s Farm Lane (Compound car park). Alternatively, you can use the unofficial car park at the Cunning Man pub. We won’t be opening the Pingewood Road North car park but please park tightly on the roadside and you can use this access for walking to swims 52-59
  28. Any fish found distressed, diseased or dead should be reported to the bailiff team as soon as possible. Sightings of otters and mink should also be reported to the bailiff team
  29. All fish, irrespective of size and species should be treated with the same respect
  30. Please keep away from the crayfish nets and do not remove them
  31. All members are expected to help out alongside the bailiff team in some capacity on >2 work parties on the Burghfield Main Lake per year – more information will be communicated by the bailiffs on the Burghfield Work Parties whatsapp group (please contact bailiff Danny Rigby on 07572896626 for more details and dates).
  32. Anglers fish at Advanced Angling Venues at their own risk.
  33. Members must also comply with the following terms and conditions as found at this link – https://www.advanced-angling.com/our-venues/burghfield-main-lake/terms-and-conditions/

Any infringement on the above rules, terms and conditions will result in the loss of your membership with no refund given. We understand that experienced anglers already observe these rules and we hope you enjoy this historic water.

We would request photographs of any fish caught over 25lbs sent to us at: info@advanced-angling.com

Revised 28/3/2020