Membership and Club Rules

Membership now open with a limited number of membership books available from Browns of LB and Gon Fishing of Wolverton. Tiddenfoot night passes are currently available.


LBAC is an open club. You may buy club membership wherever you live. Membership is sold through a number of club agents, usually fishing tackle shops in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. You may also join by sending a cheque (made out to Leighton Buzzard Angling Club) for the correct fee to our Membership Secretary. Club membership is from June 1st - May 31st. New members buying a membership during May are able to fish before June 1st of that year until May 31st of the following year.

Cheques will be processed through the banking system and cleared before we send out any membership books. This only applies if you are applying for membership by post. Our agents will only accept cash, no cheques or card payments.

Payments can be sent to :  Mr J Stimpson, LBAC Treasurer, 3 Insall Close, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Please note that LBAC DO NOT sell day tickets for any of their waters.


Club membership Fees 2020/2021

SENIOR (65+)

ADULT (17+) JUNIOR (12-16)



£40 £20


One junior, under 12, may fish with an adult member in their swim without a membership book.
 No night fishing, the junior angler must be supervised at all times and use only 1 rod. Juniors under 12 may not use a specimen style set up aimed at carp or catfish, a match style rod or whip set up is acceptable.

Tiddenfoot night pass  £50

Club Agents 2020/2021

Browns of
 Leighton Buzzard

Quills Printers

Grovebury Road Grendon
Leighton Buzzard Hillside Road
01525 372062 Leighton Buzzard
  01525 372062
Browns of Haddenham Gon-Fishin The Tackle Shack

Angling Direct

Thame Road 26 Church Street 4 The Queens Square Winterhill
Haddenham Wolverton Hemel Hempstead Milton Keynes
01844 292000 01908 313158 01442 262368 01908 231144
Please note our agents will not accept cheques or card payments, cash only


Club Rules
The club rules are there for the protection of our waters and fish stocks. When you join LBAC and sign our membership booklet you are accepting our club rules and agreeing to obey the rules. Failure to follow the rules may result in membership being withdrawn, serious infringements of the rules can and has resulted in club membership being barred for a number of years.



LBAC Club Rules
Members are provided with this booklet as proof of membership. The member's full name, address and club agent stamp must be clearly recorded. You must sign the book, agreeing to the club rules. Unsigned booklets are NOT VALID.

Members failing to observe the club rules may be called before the committee. The disciplinary procedures are explained in the membership booklet.

Members have the right to request any other angler to produce a valid club membership booklet. Club booklets must be carried when fishing club waters and produced on demand. Booklets must be on display, easily seen, at Claydon and Broadwater.

Club bailiffs and officials hold a warrant card which they must produce as evidence of their authority to challenge anglers fishing club waters.

Persons found taking fish from club waters will be prosecuted. All fish must be returned unharmed to the water. Fish must not be transferred between waters.

All members must have a valid rod licence and be aware of EA fishing rules.

Carp and catfish may only be retained temporarily for photographic purposes.. Members must ensure that all captured fish are treated with respect and not harmed. Fish must be returned ASAP.

Members must respect the environment.  Camping tents may not be erected. Firearms or other weapons may not be taken onto club waters. No fires may be started. Self contained cooking apparatus is allowed if adequate safety precautions are taken. Cook outside of your bivvy to stay safe. Dogs may not be taken onto club waters.

Catapults may only be used for depositing bait in your own swim, they must not be used as a weapon or for any purpose other than baiting your swim.

Members are responsible for any litter in their swim. At the discretion of a club bailiff members found with litter in their swim may be reported to the club committee, your membership may be removed. You must keep your litter in a bag, ready for removal when you leave.

All Club members intending to participate in Club or Inter Club matches should produce their membership booklet and a valid rod licence when requested to do so.

No juniors are to fish Tiddenfoot Pit without the supervision of an Adult Club member. Junior members and anglers less than 18 years of age may not night fish Tiddenfoot Pit.

A junior member is allowed to fish Rackley Hills Lake if accompanied by a responsible adult member. Only one junior per adult is allowed.

Rackley Hills lake may not be fished at night from April 1st to 15th October unless a written invitation and permission is given by the club committee. Members without permission to night fish can arrive one hour after the Claydon arrival time. You must leave by TWO HOURS BEFORE and not beyond the Claydon departure time, April 1st to 15th October. (See back of this booklet for Claydon times). Leaving times are available on the noticeboard by the Rackley main gate. Rackley arrival time is one hour after the Claydon arrival time. Members with a Tiddenfoot night pass may fish at night from October 16th to March 31st.

No treble hooks or multiple hook rigs may be used on club waters containing catfish (Rackley, Tiddenfoot, Claydon). On other waters, without catfish present, one hook, treble or single, may be used.

Club matches will be fished to NFA rules, subject to amendment by the committee. The club match programme is in the membership book and on this website.

No heaters, cooking stoves or candles may be used to heat a bivvy or angling shelter. This rule is for your personal safety.

Members must acquaint themselves with the Club match programme printed in this membership book. The club match programme is also published on the club website.

Night fishing is not allowed at Claydon Lakes. Times for arrival and departure are printed at the back of this booklet. Club members found to be fishing outside of the stated times will be automatically barred from club membership and may face prosecution. Keep nets may not be used at Claydon with the exception of an official club match.

Bivvies or bivvy system umbrellas may not be used at Claydon. Only a fishing umbrella with a single pole when required. Membership books MUST be clearly displayed by your seat or rods.

No live fish may be taken onto Club waters. Live fish baits or dead freshwater fish may not be used at Claydon. EA rules forbid the movement of live fish between waters.

No boats are to be used on Club waters, except in extraordinary circumstances where the verbal permission of a club officer may be given. Bait boats may not be used.

Anglers fishing Tiddenfoot lake may leave their tackle (baits out of the water and at their own risk) for a maximum of 2 hours in any 24 hour period.

Club members fishing Tiddenfoot lake may fish for a maximum of four nights in any seven day period, then they must leave the water, with their tackle, for 72 hours and may not return within that time period.

Club members fishing Tiddenfoot lake during the night must be in possession of a night fishing permit. Anglers under 18 may not night fish at Tiddenfoot. See the Tiddenfoot pages for further details and tackle rules, which must be obeyed.

Club members fishing Rackley Hills lake and Tiddenfoot for catfish must use a line of minimum 18lb breaking strain.  Rods of 3lb test curve or more, a minimum 50 inch landing net and large unhooking mat must be used. Club officers have the right to inspect tackle used by a member, if tackle is inadequate you may be asked to leave the water.

Only 3 rods and one bivvy, or angling shelter, will be allowed per swim at Tiddenfoot. If two anglers share a swim the rule still applies, only three rods may be used.

Anglers fishing for catfish or carp on any club water must use a large padded unhooking mat or cradle, a padded unhooking mat must be used for all species of specimen fish.

Club members may use up to three fishing rods on club waters with the exception of Claydon and the River Ouzel, where two rods is the maximum allowed. Club members must have the appropriate licences for the rods they use and keep lines in their own swim.

No bankside changes, building of swims, refurbishment or any other work may be carried out on any club water without the written permission of the club committee.

Bottles and tins must be kept inside a bivvy or out of view. Take ALL litter home with you. Keep empty containers and litter in a bag out of view.

Crayfish may not be used as bait on any club water. Any captured signal crayfish must not be returned to the water. This is an Environmental Agency rule.

The club reserves the right to refuse or withdraw membership.

Anglers fishing lakes may not retain fish in a keepnet.  Matches on club waters are the exception, keepnets may be used in a match. Handle all fish with care and return them as soon as possible.

Members fishing under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be told to leave the fishery for their own and the safety of others. Disciplinary action in accordance with the club procedures will take place at a later date.

Take your litter home. Do not leave litter on the bank.

Club members should respect other anglers,
all people frequenting our waters and all club officers.
Inappropriate behaviour may result in membership being withdrawn