Rules

We tend not to make a big issue about rules, because we do not have very many. Those that do exist are largely there to steer the formal administration of the society, and should not have much impact upon individual members’ own activities.

The Rules

  1. The Society. The title of the society is ‘Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society’ and shall be referred to hereafter as the Society.
  2. Officers & Committee. The business of the Society shall be conducted by the duly elected officers of the society who shall be as follows:
    • Chairman
    • Vice-Chairman
    • Secretary,
    • Treasurer
    • Membership Secretary
    • Committee. The committee shall consist of no more than ten members of the society.

    A quorum for committee purposes shall be two officers and three committee members. The committee shall be required to meet to discuss Society business at least twice per Society year.

  3. Annual General Meeting. The AGM shall be held on a saturday or sunday in march at a venue to be decided by the committee. The AGM shall receive reports from the officers. Nominations for officers and committee (proposed and seconded) shall be made to the secretary prior to the commencement of the AGM. The officers and committee shall be elected annually. Any proposed alteration to the Society rules shall be made to the secretary at least sixty days before the AGM. The secretary shall then notify the members of the proposals together with a notice of the AGM at least thirty days prior to the meeting.
  4. The Society Year. The Society year will commence on January 1st and will end on the 31st December in the same year.
  5. Conduct. Members will conduct their fishing in a sportsmanlike manner and with the aims of the society in mind. A size limit shall be determined by the committee in the interests of conservation, which members shall be recommended to observe: this is currently 48cms, measured from the nose to the end of the flattened down (and closed) tail. Members are only permitted to retain bass in accordance with current bass regulations. The society will offer no trophies or awards for other than individual fish.The society’s official “Fish-Ins” will be conducted on a catch and release basis. The only exception will be where a fish is clearly unfit for release due to injuries sustained during it’s capture. Any fish deemed mortally injured and unfit for release should be dispatched quickly and as humanely as possible.
  6. Affiliation. To aid in its conservation interests the society will maintain a membership of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, and keep members informed of matters of interest arising from this. Affiliation to other organisations will be decided by the AGM.
  7. Membership. Membership shall be open to all subject to the committee’s agreement and approval, but the committee may give vested powers of approval to the treasurer for administration purposes. The committee shall have the power to suspend or expel any member whose conduct shall in their opinion be prejudicial to the society.
  8. Subscriptions. There will be an annual subscription fee for individual membership set by the AGM. Juniors (15 years or under) and Senior Citizens will be entitled to full membership for a reduced fee. Family membership entitles any number of named individuals at one address to normal membership, but only one copy of the magazine. Clubs may affiliate to the society for an agreed annual fee. Subscriptions should be addressed to the treasurer, and enquiries about membership to the secretary. The Annual General Meeting may award life membership to an individual deemed to have performed an exceptional service to the society; no subscription shall be payable by life members.
  9. Disclosure. The Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society, its committee and webmaster reserve the right at all times to use their discretion about the disclosure of information into the public domain.
  10. The committee shall permit the treasurer upon the authority of both the chairman and vice-chairman to make payments in lieu of lost income should a committee member, or any other person so authorised, be requested to promote the Society’s interests during that person’s normal working hours causing an irretrievable loss of income. Such a payment would be restricted to average national income, and would qualify to be paid if the above conditions are met and that in the opinion of the chairman there is no other suitable person to represent the society.
  11. Child protection. Anglers, 15 years or under, may join as junior members only with the written consent of their parent(s)/guardian(s). Where they are joining as part of a family membership that consent will be assumed. Junior members may not opt to join the ‘Willing to Correspond mailing List. They may access the website forum only with the specific written consent of their parent(s)/ guardian(s) who will assess the site for suitability.
  12. Examination of the Society’s accounts. Accounts shall be produced annually on an Income & Expenditure basis, which will be examined independently by a willing BASS member, whose report shall be available at the AGM.