Burghfield Main Lake Syndicate Rules

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. All members must hold a current Environmental Agency rod license to fish any of our waters
  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 code, please contact the office on 01425 674951 or our head bailiff team (see website for their numbers)
  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 674951 or our head bailiff team (see website for their numbers). If there is any threatening behaviour from any persons please contact the police on 101 to log a complaint
  6. The swims by Pingewood Road North are being opened for 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
  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 or office.
  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 bailiff
  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 bait boat rules they will be banned again
  13. Do not cast towards the buoys to avoid snagging. Do not place bait in an area that you cannot extract the fish from safely
  14. Braided line and leadcore is allowed on this venue
  15. Suitable quality fish care solutions must be used on hookholds or abrasions
  16. When setting rods on alarms, please use your off-switch to maintain the peace on the lake. Constant beeping is not acceptable
  17. Any form of abuse to the bailiff team will not be tolerated
  18. Whilst alcohol is not banned from site, 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
  19. 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
  20. Wading is permitted but only up to thigh level. No swimming at any time
  21. Care and respect for the site should be shown at all times including no cutting or climbing of trees
  22. No litter will be tolerated. At the end of your session please take your litter home with you
  23. 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 immediately. Please leave toilet facilities as you wish to find them. It’s essential that nobody puts any bagged waste in the toilet
  24. Dogs are to be kept on leads at all times and please dispose of all waste appropriately
  25. Barbeques are not permitted or any fires by the lake due to the high risk of fire hazard, only proper cooking equipment is to be used and always supervised
  26. 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
  27. Any fish found distressed, diseased or dead should be reported to the Advanced Angling office or our head bailiff. Sightings of otters and mink should also be reported to the head bailiff/office
  28. All fish, irrespective of size and species should be treated with the same respect
  29. Please keep away from the crayfish nets and do not remove them
  30. Anglers fish at Advanced Angling Venues at their own risk. Please see our terms and conditions on www.advanced-angling.com

Any infringement on the above rules 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 our venues.

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