In order to preserve both the fishing and environment on our 200 plus waters and ensure they are in the best possible condition for members it is essential to have a large active bailiff force. This bailiff force is in place and is led by a Head Bailiff who is a member of the Management Committee of Prince Albert A. S.
Our bailiffs are on day patrol throughout the year including close seasons and night surveillance teams cover each area. These teams have no set waters to cover, acting on information received and visiting waters, which are at known risk from poachers.
Our Bailiff Teams also liaise and work with and in conjunction with The Environment Agency Bailiffs, the Police (Wildlife Officers) and the Angling Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Support Service (FESS)
The roles of the bailiff are many. These include, patrolling waters each week checking for pollution or other problems, which could endanger our fisheries or compromise members’ safety i.e. broken stiles, ensuring our signs are in clear view, replacing any which are vandalised, checking member’s rod licenses and permits, ensuring that these are valid and are properly filled in with name address and photograph glued in the permit, reporting working parties needs on each water to enable working parties to be planned each season based on local priorities.
Many bailiffs also run working parties on their local waters each year, maintaining pegs, controlling vegetation and opening new pegs where possible. Please support the team by attending a working party each year.
The bailiffs ensure that members fish within the rules of the society. Ignorance of the rules relating to a water is not regarded as an excuse as such rules are in the membership card and the water’s guide. It is members’ responsibility to read the rules each year and also take notice of updates in HLS, or local signs at each water.
The most important duty is to protect the members fishing by evicting non-members and gathering information on poachers for prosecution, obtaining police assistance if they fail to leave the water. If possible we charge these people under the 1968 Theft Act.
On the other side of the coin the local bailiff will have a vast amount of information on the water and if asked will gladly pass to the member i.e. where to fish, best methods for the conditions of the day, bait, rigs etc. If they can help they will. For the less mobile and older members the bailiff will assist in any way he can. At the end of the day if you have had a good days fishing from information received thank the bailiff so you can both go home happy.
To be a bailiff can be a very rewarding, if you wish to know more about becoming a bailiff please write to PAAS Box 151 Macclesfield, Cheshire.