All anglers angling the European Style, also known as Boilie Fishing (hair rig), and those already in the process of converting to this style of carp angling, are welcome to join.
Why European Style only?
The South African Carp Society has simply adopted the ethics and principles of this style and by no means are we discriminating against any other form of carp angling.
The European Style of carp angling focuses on targeting specimen (big) carp with carp friendly tackle and accessories while continuously focusing on the wellbeing of the carp. Unhooking mats, carp friendly landing nets, proper handling of the fish, strict catch and release principles are all prerequisites.
The SA Carp Society offers two levels of membership:
Level 1 (New members)
This level is for new members, anglers with less than 2 years of specimen carp angling experience and those new to this style of angling. Also, if you are planning to convert from any other form of carp angling, or have recently converted, then this level is for you.
Level 2 (Requires sponsor or interview or 5 points. To advance to this level you must first apply for Level 2 membership)
Your application will be considered if:
1. You have an existing member (Level 2) who can vouch for you, also referred to as a Sponsor, or
2. You have acquired 5 points (see Points System), or
3. You successfully completed an interview at any of the SA Carp Society accredited centres / venues located country wide.
Contact SACS at firstname.lastname@example.org for a family membership package if the need exists. Some discount are provided from the 3rd person in your direct family (husband / wife / children) aged 16 and older.
Code of Conduct
Upon joining the South African Carp Society each member will be required to sign the South African Carp Society's Code of Conduct. Members must strictly adhere to this Code of Conduct in order to ensure the long term integrity of the South African Carp Society.
How do I join?
Download the Member Application Form found at the bottom of this page, complete and fax it to us. Also include a copy of your ID with the application.
How will I be able to advance to the next level?
Option 1 - Sponsor
If you have been fishing with or you know a SACS members with Member Level 2 status, you can ask him/her to sign your application form for you (as a Sponsor).
Please note that Sponsors can be held accountable for certain Code of Conduct or Rule infringements made by sponsored members.
Option 2 - Points System
The South African Carp Society, through the Going For Gold Specimen Carp Fishing Series, Seminars, Social Events and Competitive Angling Affiliations offers various means to allow members to advance to his/her next level of membership. By getting actively involved and / or angling with other members you will earn 2 points for each event or pro-SACS action completed (requested by and on behalf of SACS).
This way your skill level and ethics will become known to fellow members and SACS Management / Committee. During this process fellow members will also be able to assist you to become a better angler (all you need to do is ask). Any issues with regards to ethics, carp care, tackle requirements and usage thereof will be pointed out to you and you can address them at your own pace.
Members with more than two years of specimen carp angling experience, who hasn't got access to a Sponsor, can use the Points System to progress to the next level.
How does the Points System work?
Every time you attend a SACS event, whether it is a social, Going For Gold Series competition or a seminar you will earn 2 points. Every time you act on behalf of SACS, e.g. distributing flyers, you will earn 2 points. Having acquired 5 points will allow you to submit your application for Level 2 membership.
Option 3 - Interview
Another option would be to make an appointment with a South African Carp Society representative at one of our assessment / interviewing centres located across South Africa.
Contact us for details of the nearest assessment centre to you.
How it works:
Make an appointment with one of the assessment centres for a fishing session (over weekends). During your session you will be interviewed and should it be successful, your application form will be signed by the SA Carp Society representative. You can then submit your application for Member Level 2.
Any issues with regards to ethics, carp care, tackle requirements and usage thereof will be pointed out to you and you can address them at your own pace.
More interview / assessment centres / options will be made available soon. Please contact us should you need more information about interviewing centres in South Africa.
Why the Points System, Sponsor or Interview?
The South African Carp Society is actively procuring venues and negotiating benefits for our members. The Points System, Sponsor and Interview are means required to uphold the integrity of the South African Carp Society Membership. SACS is making promises to venue owners on behalf of our members and we cannot risk a few bad apples spoiling it for the rest of our valued member base.
Code of Conduct / Rule Infringement
Any Code of Conduct or Rule infringement will be noted on the South African Carp Society membership record database and may result in further steps being taken, depending on the nature of the infringement.
A second infringement within one year of the first infringement will result in the angler/s membership being suspended / cancelled, subject to the consideration of the South African Carp Society Management / Committee, who will notify the angler/s in writing.
Your SA Carp Society Membership Card remains the property of The SA Carp Society and is non transferable. Should you lose your Membership Card a replacement will be supplied on payment of an administration fee. Should your membership be cancelled for any reason whatsoever you must return your membership card to the SA Carp Society.
Membership Validation via SMS
Your membership card together with your ID book will serve as proof that you are a member of the SA Carp Society. As a backup measure the SA Carp Society SMS system will allow SACS managed resort managers / owners to query the status of any membership in real time. Upon making a booking the resort manager / owner may query the SA Carp Society database via SMS. The SA Carp Society SMS system will respond with the member details to confirm membership.
Your ID Number will be required for this check.
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