Covid 19 update 29.5.2020

Revised guidelines

For Freshwater Anglers

GETTING TO YOUR FISHING VENUE

You should travel to fishing venues on your own or with members of your household – abide by current guidelines on social distancing whilst fishing.

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other people (unless members of your household) in line with government guidance.

FOLLOW TRAVEL GUIDELINES

Only travel based on what is allowed under current Government guidelines.

WHO YOU CAN FISH WITH

You can fish with members of your household or one person outside your household – stick to social distancing guidelines at all times.

MATCH FISHING

The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS agreed that the new Angling Trust best practice guidelines were ‘sensible’ and could now be issued as the basis for a safe resumption of match fishing in England from May 25th.

PEG SPACING

For match fishing, we favour leaving peg spacing to the common sense of match organisers. A 15 metre space would be preferable for pleasure fishing and it is the standard on our river matches but we recognise there are venues where this is impractical.

SHARING OF FISHING TACKLE

No sharing of fishing tackle or other items under current guidance. 

IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Do not leave home if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and follow Government advice on self-isolation.

TACKLE SHOPS

The Angling Trust was unsuccessful in attempts to persuade the government to allow the reopening of tackle shops to coincide with the resumption of angling on May 13th. It now looks as iF they will be reopening on June 15th. Tackle shops are able to carry on trading by remote ordering (online, phone text or post).

CHECK BEFORE TRAVELLING

Many clubs & fisheries are using booking systems. Check you are permitted to fish before travelling. Fishing without permission is illegal.

PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE

Use hand sanitiser before and after touching locks, gates etc. Disposable gloves and use of face masks where appropriate are recommended.

READ CLUB / FISHERY NOTICES

Pay careful attention to club & fishery notices – if you are unsure speak to a venue for guidance. 

NIGHT FISHING

Following the government statement of May 13th 2020 and the accompanying guidelines from the DCMS, fishing at night in England is currently permissible.

USE OF KEEPNETS

Following the return of match fishing to the new COVID compliant best practice guidelines the Angling Trust has revised the overall guidance in respect of no longer discouraging the use of keepnets.

KAYAK & BOAT FISHING

Following government approval for water sports to resume, we can clarify that this includes solo boat and kayak fishing, and shared boat fishing on both sea and freshwater with a household member or one other person where social distancing can be maintained.

SHARING OF FISHING POSITIONS

No sharing of fishing positions / pegs except by members of the same household.

FISHING LICENCE

All freshwater anglers must be in possession of the relevant Environment Agency Rod Fishing Licence.

CLOSE SEASON

Please remember that the coarse fishing close season for rivers and some stillwaters remains in place until June 16th.

JBAC UPDATE

In view of the change in guidance from the Angling Trust we are now allowing members to fish on adjacent pegs, you no longer need to leave a free space at either side of you. Please continue to a maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres when at any of our venues which are open.