Anglers' Club Recommended Code of Conduct for Pike Matches
Anglers entering a pike match should be in possession of the proper unhooking
tools. This should include as a bare minimum, forceps and an unhooking mat.
entering a pike match should have suitable tackle to retain their pike until a
steward can weigh them in. this should be either a pike tube or carp sack, not
more than one pike should be kept in either a tube or sack at the same time.
should ensure that no pike are retained for more than 30 minutes wherever practically
should be ideally at least one steward per 10 anglers, and never less than one
steward to 20.
should be experienced pike anglers capable of helping with unhooking and recovery
should be contactable by all anglers fishing the match, be that through a walkie
talkie or mobile phone.
should use suitable tackle to land a pike quickly and without undue stress. Recommended
tackle should be a pike or carp rod of 2 1/2lb test curve or more, 15lb line and
28lb wire trace. Hooks should be semi barbed or barbless. A 36 inch plus landing
net should also be used. Beachcasters, boat rods or rods deemed by the stewards
as too light will not be allowed, and any angler found without the appropriate
tackle will be disqualified from the match.
runs should be dealt with promptly, gorge tactics should result in the immediate
disqualification of the offender.
or damaged pike will NOT be weighed in.
should do a tackle check before the match commences.
anglers fishing a pike match should be issued with a clear set of rules and a
contact number for stewards, before the match commences, or when booking their
if allowed, should be caught from the fishery during the match.
angler found to be transgressing either the code of conduct, specific match rules
or endangering the quarry in the eyes of the stewards should be disqualified from
the match with immediate effect.