Frequently Asked Questions When Joining Farnham Angling Society
Q 1: How old does an FAS Members have to be to night fish on their own ?
A: Seniors & Intermediates Members may fish alone at night, with the exception of Winchfield Pond where only Senior Members may fish at night.
Q 2: How can I join FAS quickly ?
You can join immediately at The Creel in Aldershot (GU11 1HT) and you will need a completed application form, the appropriate cash and 2 x Passport photographs. Mick Borra (Membership Secretary) or his wife Fran, who run The Creel, will gladly answer any queries you have should you wish to discuss any aspect of joining FAS. They can be contacted during the opening hours of The Creel on 01252 – 320871: 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday.
Q 3: What are the Rules of Farnham Angling Society ?
A: All of our rules are listed on the website, just click here to to see them all.
Q 4: Can I night fish on all fisheries ?
A: All fisheries can be fished at night with the exception of Somerset Bridge, River Wey. Some night fishing rules apply at particular fisheries, see the pages within the handbook. There is no maximum length of stay on the fisheries, with the exception of those operating a night ticket system.
There are also restrictions for Intermediates and Juniors. Intermediates members may not fish at night at Winchfield Pond. Juniors members may fish at night with a Senior members and must occupy an adjacent swim.
From 1st March on Warren Pond and from 1st Apil on Mill Lane and from 16th June on Frensham Little Pond and Tarn Pond, a night ticket system operates until 31st October: 1 night at a time can be booked (up to 3 nights on Mill Lane & Tarn Pond), but you can try and get a 2nd night after they are available to other FAS members first.
Q 5: Is there an additional charge for night fishing ?
A: There is no additional charge to fish at night on any of our fisheries.
Q 6: Can non-FAS members come to FAS fisheries with me ?
A: Non-FAS Members are not stopped from being with you on 'open waters' such as Stockbridge Pond, but not gated and secure ones such as Wyke Pond, the Badshot Lea Complex, Mill Lane, Stillwater or fisheries where the land is private, such as Stanford End, River Loddon or Warren Pond and River Wey sections at Woodside Farm, Dockenfield, and Broomfield.
You can add a partner/wife to your permit, and they could then simply access any site with you to enjoy the time whilst you fish. A non-FAS member friend can accompany you to any of the non-secure fisheries: Frensham's, Lodge Pond, Stockbridge, Winchfield and Tarn Pond, River Wey at Somerset Bridge which provide lovely surroundings on publicly accessible land.
Q 7: I am a student and was wondering what the Joining Fee is ?
A: The Joining fee for Intermediates, Students, Disabled and Seniors is the same and is shown on the application form which is available on the website here.
Q 8: What ID is required for Disabled membership ?
A: A current disabled EA rod License is required to be shown. Students (Under 21) have to show a Student ID.
Q 9: I am currently filling in the form to join as a member but have noticed that it says in the case of Husband and Wife to provide two photos. Can you please advise if there is a Husband and Wife membership and if so what the cost would be or can couples share the same membership ?
A: Husband & Wife Membership allows a couple to use 1 x rod each. The cost of such membership is the same as that of a Senior Membership. Two photographs of each person are required when applying for membership.
Q 10: I was just wondering do you have an age restriction for Juniors on your waters ?
A: There is not a lower age limit, but Juniors fishing on FAS waters will be required to hold a valid Junior Members permit until the age of 16. At which point they become an Intermediate, until the age of 18, when they will become a Senior Member.
Children may fish on a Senior (Parents) Permit, but both are only allowed to fish one rod each and must fish the same swim. They may only fish Society waters when accompanied by a Senior paid up Member. This is permitted until the Junior reaches the age of 10, when they must then purchase a Junior Membership and pay the appropriate New Member Joining Fee as shown on the application form.
Q 11: Are boats allowed on FAS fisheries ?
A: No, see byelaw 4.z., the only boats allowed are remote controlled bait boats, see Q 12 below. Please note that bait boats are not allowed on Frensham Little Pond.
Q 12: Are bait boats allowed on all fisheries with no additional fees ?
A: Yes. Their use does not require a fee, but there is a half way to the nearest angler rule that must be adhered to.
Q 13: Are there any additional fees for non-attendance of work parties ?
A: There are no costs for not attending work parties that are organised, but we very much appreciate your assistance if you can assist us.
Q 14: Do you issue Day Tickets for any of your Venues ?
A: The Society do not issue Day Tickets on any of our waters, although full Members are allowed to take 1 Guest on most venues for £10/rod Senior & £5.00 Junior for 24 Hrs, though this is not allowed at Stanford End and night fishing is restricted to Members on certain venues.
Q 15: Could you please tell me when parking at your fisheries whether you need a barrow to your swims ?
A: Yes, I would suggest that you will need a barrow or trolley if you have a lot of fishing tackle with you and are fishing our larger fisheries, like Badshot Lea Big Pond or the Frenshams. Trolleys and barrows cannot be left on the fisheries.
Q 16: I see you have exchange permits available could you confirm which waters are applicable ?
A: You need to ring Mick Borra (our Membership Secretary) on 01252 - 320871 at The Creel to find out which waters are available on the Exchange Permits that we currently have with Carshalton & District AS; Eastleigh & District AS; Guildford AS; Portsmouth & District AS + Royal Aircraft Establishment AC.
Q 17: Hello, we were wondering how much a joint joining fee is ?
A: Our fees are currently £100.00 plus a £25.00 Joining Fee for a Senior Member (see Membership page for Joining Fees for other classes of membership).
Farnham Angling Society provides a system whereby a wife/husband may join on their husband/wife's permit, but the actual membership will remain with the principal member, i.e. the husband or the wife. A Member has the right to attend an AGM and to vote, and of course to go fishing on their own, whereas the wife/husband can only go with their partner and has to fish in the same or adjacent swim and each may only use one rod. Question 9 in this FAQ will also assist you.
If you each wanted to join and fish 2 rods and have the freedom to fish away from each other or whenever it suited you, you would have to join as individual members.
Q 18: I understand there is a 'night booking' system for numerous venues. Is this just a case of calling a specific number and booking yourself in for your duration? Is this swim specific?
A: There are night fishing restrictions on Tarn Pond, Warren Pond, Frensham Little Pond & Mill Lane: numbers of anglers allowed for each venue are restricted to 10, 4, 10 & 19 respectively. Members call a phone number to a Night System Operator and obtain a code that allows them to fish, providing that there are spaces available. They are not swim specific, but there are Night Priority swims that allow those fishing the night to request a member to leave to allow them to set up before nightfall.
Q 19: Is fly fishing allowed on any of the waters? If so is that included in the cost or is there an additional fee?
A: Fly fishing is allowed on the River Wey sections between 1st April – 30th September – No extra charge, but these waters are not stocked with trout, but there a few in the river, all fish caught, including Trout & Grayling have to be returned.
Q 20: Are dogs allowed on FAS fisheries?
A: Byelaw 4. f. Members may take dogs unless precluded by the terms of a lease or other local Bye-laws as in para 2.c. All dogs will at all times be kept on a lead and are not allowed to interfere with other Members sport, or the general public. Members who walk their dogs round venues must be in possession of a pet waste bag in case their dog fouls and a failure to do so will result in them being asked to leave by a bailiff. Dogs, even on leads, are not allowed at Stanford End, Somerset Bridge or Winchfield Court Farm Pond.
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