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The name of the Club shall be the Portishead Small Boat and Sea Angling Club.
All tidal waters eastwards of a line from the end of Brean Down to the seaward side of Steep Holm and Flat Holm across to Lavernock Point up to the Old Severn Bridge.
a) Open to any person with an interest in boat sea angling who accepts the constitution and bye laws of PSB&SAC.
b) The membership of the Club shall consist of Life Members, Ordinary Members, and Honorary Members. Honorary Members will have full Club facilities but have no voting powers.
c) Applications for membership must be approved by the Committee. The Committee reserves the right to refuse membership without explanation.
d) The Committee reserves the right to ask the Membership at a General Meeting to terminate the membership of a person who brings the Club into disrepute. That member may be present.
The aims of the Club are to protect the interests of members with regards to access to the sea at Portishead and to promote friendship, well-being, a sense of unity and awareness of the needs of its members both afloat and ashore
The President shall be elected at the AGM for a period not exceeding three years, He/she may be re-elected, without nomination after this period. He/she will be a non-voting member of all meetings, committee & general.
The PSB&SAC shall be governed by an executive committeeelected by members at an AGM
Chairman. Vice Chairman. General Secretary. Treasurer. Fish Recorder. Safety Officer. Cup Custodian.
a) Chairman. The chairman shall preside over all meetings. In his absence the Vice Chairman shall preside, If neither are available a chairman be elected by the meeting.
b) Vice Chairman. The vice chairman shall be available and able to carry out the position of chairman in his absence.
c) General Secretary. The secretary shall deal with all correspondence relating to the PSB&SAC. He will take an accurate record of the meetings and will circulate these minutes at the next meeting.
d) Treasurer. The treasurer shall keep an accurate account of the PSB&SAC finances and submit an audited balance sheet at every AGM. At every general meeting he will advise the members of the financial situation of the club.
e) Fish Recorder. The fish recorder will submit to the general meetings all claims that have been received to date. He shall be responsible for the annual record list and award winners list. The angling year runs concurrently with the financial year. (See rule 9)
f) Safety Officer. The safety officer shall be responsible for making new members aware of the safety equipment requirements for member’s boats. (See Bye Law 3h Safety Equipment.) He will nominate safety boat / boats for club competitions and make sure safety tags are issued to skippers of boats taking part in competitions and make sure all tags are returned before the end of the weigh-in. (In his absence he should make arrangements for a club member to act as safety officer for the duration of the competition) The safety officer shall make spot checks of members boats to insure that safety equipment is in place.
g) Cup Custodian. The cup custodian shall ensure that the trophies of the PSB&SAC are kept in a good state of repair. He shall also be responsible for their return by the January AGM meeting.
The Treasurer shall be responsible for all banking of monies received and for payment of all accounts. Such accounts to be paid by cheque, signed by two from: Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer. The financial year starts on 1st January and ends 31st December. See also Rule 8, pars (d). Treasurer’s responsibilities.
Member of PSB&SAC shall pay an annual subscription of £20, (Partners £5 and Juniors £5) There is to be a joining fee of £10 for new members and a joining fee of £5 for Partners and £5 for Juniors.
Junior members are up to the age of 16 years after which they may become full members without having to pay any additional joining fee. Any alteration to the annual subscription fee, to be advised by the committee and put before the November general meeting for implementation the following year, starting on the 1st January.
Club subscriptions are due at the Annual General Meeting held in January and must be paid by the end of the March meeting. Anyone who has not paid by then will be deemed to have resigned from the club.
The committee is elected at the AGM and consists of the elected officers, (rule 6). Extra committee members maybe elected to make a total committee of 10. A quorum for this committee is 4 members. The purpose of this committee is,
a) To make decisions on topics not finalised at general meetings.
b) To action any business brought up at general meetings and progress reported back to the next general meeting.
c) To arrange for guest speakers etc for club nights.
d) To arrange the order of business to be discussed at general meetings.
e) The Committee shall have the power to co-opt any member.
12. General Meetings
The general meetings are held monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month. They meet to discuss any topic relevant to the smooth running of the PSB&SAC. Members may ask the committee to examine other matters concerning the PSB&SAC. To ensure these meetings are productive the chairman may, at his discretion, sanction a time limit on each/any topic under discussion.
Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month but can be changed to a more acceptable date if agreed by the majority of the committee members.
13. Annual General Meeting
The AGM shall be held on the second Wednesday of January. An audited balance sheet shall be available at the start of the AGM. All resolutions or amendments to the Constitution rules must be with the General Secretary by the 1st of December of the previous year in writing. Rule alterations to be passed by two thirds of those members present who are eligible to vote.
The quorum of the A. G.M. shall be one third of the Members, excluding Honorary Members, and no decisions upon rules shall be made except at a properly constituted A.G.M. All officers and committee members to be elected individually at the A.G.M. Auditors to be appointed at the AGM for the following year.
14. Extra –ordinary General Meeting
An Extra-ordinary General Meeting may be called by the Committee or by one third of the Membership and shall have the same powers as an A.G.M.
a) At committee meetings, the committee uses one vote per member present, the chairman, or the person taking the chair has a casting vote and a result is based on simple majority.
b) At general meetings, each member present has one vote the chairman, or the person taking the chair has a casting vote and a result is based on majority.
c) At Annual General Meetings, each member present has one vote the chairman, or the person taking the chair has a casting vote. At the AGM any topic needs a two thirds majority to win.
Constitutional rules may only be amended or deleted or new rules implemented at an AGM and with the necessary two thirds majority of the members present. Bye laws may be amended, deleted or added at general or committee meetings with the necessary majority vote.
17. A register of attendance
A register of attendance will be kept at all meetings and each member shall sign as a proof of attendance.
1. Club Affiliations.
Portishead Small Boat & Sea Angling Club shall be affiliated to The National Federation of Sea Anglers and the Bristol Channel Federation of Sea Anglers.
2. The Presentation Evening.
The Presentation Evening will be incorporated with the April meeting. All cups & trophies should be returned by the AGM in January.
3. General Competition Rules.
a. Booking in.
Booking in will be at the Reel Fun Tackle Shop from the times announced.
The Competition and safety officers will make the decision if the competition is on at 10 am on the day prior to the competition and a notice will be posted at Reel Fun. Although the committee members concerned take into account all the current weather forecasts and likely sea conditions before deciding if a competition is to go ahead as planned it is up to each individual skipper to make the final decision as to whether the conditions are safe enough for his boat and crew. As you will know weather and sea conditions can change incredibly quickly and while it might still be safe for larger boats to go out skippers with smaller boats or skippers new to our waters may find themselves in trouble. Remember the old adage “IF IN DOUBT DON’T GO OUT” that way there will always be another day tomorrow!
You must make your own arrangements for lockings unless told otherwise.
d. Safety Tags.
Each boat will be given a safety tag to be worn by the skipper and must be returned to the Reel Fun or to the weigh-in station by the time of the last fish to the scales. Failure to do this will raise the alarm as to your whereabouts. If you have returned to the marina and have not returned your tag by this time you will be disqualified from the next competition unless you have a good explanation given in writing to the committee for their consideration at the next committee meeting.
e. Fishing Limits
All fishing shall be within the clubs waters. (See Club Constitution 2 Boundaries.)
f. Fish Sizes.
Fish sizes to BCFSA minimum and specimens to apply, except minimum size for Dog Fish at 2lb 4oz and Thornback Ray 10Ib. (See Bye Law number 18.)
g. Safety Officer.
You will be informed who will be Safety Officer for the day (and the name of safety boat / boats) before the start of the competition and he/she will be contactable on VHF channels 8 and 16.
h. Safety Equipment.
All boats must be equipped with the following. Navigation lights, compass, fenders and mooring ropes, VHF radio, charts, tow rope, tool kit, life jackets for all persons on board, first aid kit, spare anchor, chain and rope sufficient for the area being fished, in-date flares and a Black Ball which must be displayed as high as practical while fishing at anchor during daylight hours. (A white all-round light should be displayed during the hours of darkness.)
A maximum of two rods and four hooks to be used per angler, with a maximum of three hooks on one rod. A treble counts as one hook as does a double. No deliberately foul hooked fish will be accepted at any competition.
4. Minimum Persons on boat.
Please be reminded that there is a minimum of two persons in a boat for all club competitions. This rule is for your safety and will be strictly enforced.
5. Top Boat / Top Cod Competition.
For this major competition there will be prizes for the top boat and the heaviest cod caught. The top boat will be the boat with the heaviest percentage weight. i.e., the total weight of cod caught on the boat divided by the number of people fishing on that boat. The number of prizes for the competition will be announced on the day.
6. Monthly Competitions.
Competitions will be held most months at the discretion of the fish recorder and the committee. The format of these competitions will be decided by the fish recorder i.e., total weight, number of species, selected species etc and be posted in Reel Fun Tackle Shop at least one week before the competition takes place.
7. Fish of the Month Competition.
This competition is open to all club members fishing from a boat belonging to a club member. A bottle of spirit or wine will be awarded to the member who weighs in the best percentage species based against the BCFSA Specimen List caught in our club waters. (See Club Constitution 2. Boundaries.)
Scales for weighing fish and the current claim sheet are kept in the marina office, make sure the scales are set to zero and the claim sheet is filled in and witnessed correctly. (If you find any problems with the scales please report it to Steve at Reel Fun Tackle Shop.)
9. Speed Restrictions.
Please observe the “dead slow” speed limit and do not create excessive wash within the confines of the marina. The marina office can be contacted on VHF channel 80, please do-not use channel 16
10. Lock Safety.
Please observe the following instructions when using the marina lock. Brief your crew. Only enter the lock when instructed to do so. Enter and depart at dead slow speed. Proceed as far forward in the lock as practicable. Secure your vessel with bow and stern lines and springs.
11. Safety Notice.
Please be aware of fellow anglers fishing from the pier when leaving or returning to the marina. Please give as wide a berth as depth of water permits or at least make the anglers aware of your presence and give them enough time to retrieve their lines.
12. Radio Procedure.
Radio Procedure for small vessel traffic around Avonmouth.
Club rules require that all boats are fitted with a VHF radio but in the event of radio failure you can contact Avonmouth Signal Station by mobile telephone on 0117 9822257, passing on your own telephone number on the initial call.
13. Skippers Decision.
It is the skippers decision to proceed to sea. Please ensure the safety of your vessel and crew. Monitor VHF Ch.12 for shipping movements and at all times while in the King Road channel. The area of water used by the club for competitions etc are controlled by Bristol VTS, and their instructions must be adhered to at all times.
14. CG66 Form.
All skippers are advised to complete a CG66 Boat Registration form.
15. Boat Insurance
All vessels must carry full comprehensive and public liability insurance to the value of £2 million. Failure to be insured nullifies membership of the club.
16. Club Insurance.
The club will carry third party insurance to the value of £1 million to cover club activities.
The Club and its Officers will in no way hold itself / themselves responsible for any member involved in an accident or incident in any location wherever, on land, foreshore, marinas or at sea, for injury or damage sustained to that person or property or persons or any member of the public.
18. BCFSA Minimum / Specimen Size List.
The Minimum & Specimen Size List is reproduced as a PDF file and can be accesed via the sites Menu Bar.
Appendix to bye law 18. Silver Eels.
Silver Eels (Anguila Anguila). From a line between Avonmouth and Beachey Head, eastward, Severn Trent Water Authority require a Freshwater Licence if this species is retained.
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