Code of Conduct

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Remember, at all times you are an ambassador for your sport and LISA. To the public your individual conduct represents, rightly or wrongly, how the majority of anglers behave.

Respect others at all times.

When parking vehicles in public areas or near housing, keep noise to a minimum, especially when returning in the early hours after a night fishing session.

Park your car in a sensible place when accessing a mark. Never park on farmer’s fields or other private property without prior permission. The same applies to beaches where 4×4 vehicles can cause potential damage through access to wildlife.

Use obvious footpaths, pathways or sheep tracks to get to the fishing mark. Do not walk across fields that may contain crops or other harvest.

Make sure all gates are closed properly behind you. Never jump across fences and walls and this can inadvertently cause damage.

When fishing or using piers,jetties or structures do not obstruct access points or walkways. When casting be aware of other users at all times both on the structure and in the water.

Respect your fellow angler at all times.

Always use an appropriate shock leader.

When fishing a popular mark, allow plenty of room between you and other anglers for safe casting. At least 20-metres. Use a suitable size/type of lead for the conditions you encounter to avoid crossed lines and confrontation.

At night, practice good light discipline if you are fishing near to others.

Respect your environment at all times.

While fishing, take a carrier bag or bin liner in to which to put all your bait wrappers, food packaging and other rubbish you may see. Never leave ANY litter behind you . Put it in a bin or take it home.

Cut all discarded line in to 4in (10cm) sections and put it in the rubbish bag. Discarded line can still do damage on the rubbish tip by ensnaring birds.

Discarded hooks need to have the points broken off with pliers before placing in a rubbish bag.

When digging or collecting bait only take the amount that you require for a session or that can be successfully stored for use on another occasion.

When bait digging , back fill all the holes as you dig to minimise the scar and allow the environment to recover quickly.

Replace all stones and boulders exactly as you found them when collecting crab. Failure to do this will see the eco system living under the rock killed with any compressed weed rotting. This pollutes the whole area and no ready to peel crab will use the same rocks for weeks to come. Replaced rocks cause no damage and may contain another crab the next day guaranteeing continued supplies for everyone.

Respect what you catch at all times.

Make sure you know local size limits and any non retention species.

Use suitable equipment for the area and species you are targeting

Only take fish you intend to eat and release/return fish responsibly, allow them time to recover if necessary.

Despatch any fish you intend to keep swiftly and appropriately

Be prepared to weigh, photograph and return fish quickly. Handle the fish as little a possible, ideally using wet hands,cloths or gloves.

If a hook cannot be removed, cut the line as far down a possible

Respect other amenity users at all times.

Avoid leaving unused rigs on the sand behind your box. Dogs can get tangled in the rigs and hooks as they are let free by their owners. Cover your bait whenever possible to avoid unnecessary confrontations. Count rig winders or packets to ensure you have all your rigs at the end of a session.

Sea birds and other wildlife can get tangled in rigs and hooks if left behind.

Never kill fish for eating in front of members of the public. Always have a bucket or bag into which you can place any kept fish so they are hidden from view while you fish.

Any kept fish for eating should be cleaned and the remains placed in the sea to go back in to the system. Never leave carcasses or dead fish scraps on the beach or rocks. The public use the same area and can take offence, which reflects badly all anglers.

Respect your personal safety and that of others at all times.

Watch for big sea swells when fishing rock marks and deep storm beaches. Pay attention to the tide times when fishing estuary bars. Other peoples lives may be put at risk to save yours!

Make sure someone knows where you are exactly and that you give this person a time you expect to arrive home. Carry a mobile phone, but do not rely on it.

Dress sensibly for the conditions you may encounter. Wear or have something in a bright colour to help rescue services locate you if need be. Always carry a small torch and a small first aid kit.