The model boat club have applied to use Cyfarthfa Park Lake to run their boats, permission has been granted for the club to use the lake for a trial period of 6 weeks starting this coming Sunday. They are only allowed to used the lake on a Sunday and Tuesday of each week. They are restricted to the first round floating Island from the landing stage. If there are anglers on the main road bank then they are restricted to the side of the island by the Railway.
Th Environment Agency is advising that there will be a delay in sending out the 2017 rod licence. They are hoping to start sending the rod licences out next Thursday. If you have applied on line print off and keep the email sent out when you paid, this has the reference number on it that corresponds with your rod licence. EA are hoping that this is just a small glitch.
In 2016 Cardiff’s Environmental Scrutiny Committee set up the Restore Our Rivers inquiry to look into the problems facing local rivers and to identify how these could be resolved. To deliver this work they drew in the support of Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, South East Wales Rivers Trust, Glamorgan Anglers, Cardiff Rivers Group and Groundwork Wales.
To celebrate the work of the Restore Our Rivers Group and to raise the profile of the planned events for the River Ely Clean the group is running an organised litter pick at Grangemoor Park in Cardiff on Tuesday 21st March 2017. The event will start at 10am and finish at 12pm. A link showing the location to Grangemoor Park is provided below:
If you interested in taking part please contact Richard Bowen on 02920 873606 or email him at email@example.com. Equipment for the litter pick will be made available on the day and the event will be supported by Keep Wales Tidy. Those taking part should meet in the car park for Grangemoor Park between 9:45am and 10am – the car park is next to the roundabout on Dunleavy Drive.
Malcolm Williams fished from peg 7, using the top 3 sections of his pole, today 15 mar and from the start at 2-o-clock until he finished at 5pm he was catching roach and rudd every time he cast in. Malcolm was using single maggot and feeding liquidised bread and maggots. Malcolm said it was his best days fishing for silver fish for a long time. It looks as if all the fish we have recently stocked are hungry, and it bodes well for the children’s matches when they start in the near future.
Tony Rees our Treasurer has been asked about how to obtain Junior Rod Licences and has found out the following…..
After being approached by a members recently I have made enquiries and the following, contrary to what was originally mentioned will now need to be done to obtain a free Junior permit.
Natural Resources Wales do not issue the permits for Wales, all this is done through the Environment Agency Rod Licence Centre in England and any queries regarding Rod Licences should be sent to the email below or call the numbers below.
Telephone: 03708 506 506
Textphone: 03702 422 549
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm.
Junior licence are now only available on-line I’m afraid (you will have to register, and either print off the licence or write down and keep a record of the licence number).
Welsh Water have changed the rules on taking brown trout on Talybont Reservoir. From the start of the season on 20th March 2017 all brown trout caught must be returned to the water, anglers are no longer allowed to take any fish for the table.
On Saturday 4th March, dedicated members of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association, in conjunction with Keep Wales Tidy, participated in a mass clean up of the area surrounding Top Pond Penywern. Two separate areas were targeted, the first being the area just outside the gate to the ponds, just at the back of Asda. The lads managed to clear a small mountain of rubbish and as you can see from the photograph, the rubbish ranged from household and garden waste, to televisions and builder’s rubble. The second area targeted was just below the ponds at the old valve house, where they managed to clear up 36 bags of rubbish, which nearly solely consisted of empty beer bottles and cans. As you can see from the before and after photographs, they really did a grand job! On behalf of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association we would like to make a special mention to Vice-Chairman Keith Jones who works tirelessly, week in, week out, to keep the pond area litter free. Keith’s hard work and dedication paid off last summer as the site was granted a prestigious Green Flag Award in recognition of the area’s natural beauty.
At last March 3rd is here and the Rivers Taff, Usk and Tarrell are open. Unfortunately the weather is against fishing with rising rivers. Limits are 4 fish per day, but we would encourage you to return fish caught with the occasional one for the pot. Day ticket holders are limited to 2 fish per day and again we would encourage you to return fish.
Also opening today is Cantref Reservoir, please return the browns. There is a mix of rainbows and blues in the Reservoir.
If you have a nice photo of your catch we would love to have it on our gallery page.
Tight Lines to you all.
Below is a link (please click twice) which will take you to an article written by Dominic Garnett in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine March 2017 issue where MTAA is selected as club of the month.
The Welsh Fly Fishing Team will be visiting Cyfarthfa Park on the 1st April see the Poster for details
The Welsh Assembly Government has announced a further consultation on Access and Outdoor Recreation, follow the link for more information
Please find below NRW’s recent briefing for salmon and seat trout stocks and their proposed fishing controls for Wales. Please follow the 2 links…. 170207 FINAL Exploitation briefing (2)
If you have thoughts on what is proposed, please contact us either via the Contact Us Page on this web site or via my email address firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been asked to advertise the Pike Anglers event at Llanharren RFC on Wednesday 22nd Feb at 7.30pm, see poster below.
This confirmation helped win a recent legal case by Llangollen Maelor Anglers and Midland Flyfishers, both represented by Paul Stafford of Dispute Support Solicitors, Pershore, and supported by Fish Legal. The case was against Mr. Andy Povey, a canoeist and stand up paddleboarder.
Mr. Povey had paddled through waters controlled by those fishing clubs and outside of the terms of a permissive access arrangement granted by Welsh Dee Partnership on behalf of those fishing clubs and several other angling clubs and riparian owners which allows access 365 days a year to one of the best stretches of white water in Europe on the River Dee in North Wales. Mr Povey, when challenged by anglers, refused to say he would not trespass again and later boasted about his trespass online.
An application for an injunction to restrain Mr Povey from paddling outside the terms of the permissive access was sought in the High Court. However, after some initial resistance, Mr Povey decided he did not wish to fight the application and has undertaken to the High Court to stick to the terms of the permissive access and to contribute towards the clubs’ legal costs.
This follows a court case in 2011 and 2012 in which Mr. Andrew Biddulph issued a court claim against a Fish Legal member club claiming £4,000 in damages for what Mr Biddulph appeared to portray as interference with his right to navigate the River Dove. However, his court claim made little sense and after an application to the court by Fish Legal, Mr Biddulph was ordered by the court to rewrite his claim or withdraw it and pay legal costs. He withdrew and was later ordered by the court to pay over £10,000 to Fish Legal in legal costs, some of which he continues to pay by monthly instalments.
David Hart QC’s full legal advice – commissioned by Fish Legal – is available for download in the notes below, but the first 5 points of his summary could not be any clearer:
- There is no general Public Right of Navigation (PRN) on English and Welsh non-tidal rivers for canoeists.
- A PRN can only be established by long use of vessels on the relevant stretch of river, fulfilling all of the criteria below [these are set out more fully in David Hart QC’s ‘full’ Advice of September 2015].
- That use must have been regular and habitual, and must have made the river of substantial practical value as a channel of communication or transport.
- The time for which that use must be established is ‘time immemorial.’
- The law is entirely clear on the above issues.
Although Lisa Busch QC’s advice raises the possibility that a court might reach a different conclusion on the issue in future, she concedes repeatedly that David Hart QC is right about the current law. Further advice from David Hart QC for Fish Legal confirms that none of the points raised by Lisa Busch QC successfully undermines the long held position of Fish Legal and the Angling Trust (consistent with all legal commentators, textbooks and decided case law) that there is no general right to take boats or other water craft onto non-tidal rivers in England and Wales without the permission of the riparian owner(s).
The Angling Trust, the representative and national governing body for angling, together with Fish Legal, has been pressing British Canoeing (formerly the British Canoe Union or BCU) to accept the clarity of the legal position for many years. The canoeing governing bodies in England and Wales have repeatedly published statements that there might be a general right of navigation on all rivers, that the law is unclear generally and has even advised paddlers how to evade land and fishery owners when paddling without permission.
Many angling clubs and fishery owners have in recent years suffered a steady increase in unlawful canoeing throughout England and Wales which has often prevented them fishing in peace, with many paddlers quoting the canoe governing bodies and/or Rev Dr Caffyn as their justification for doing so.
The Angling Trust & Fish Legal have long supported (and continue to support) the use of voluntary access agreements – made locally by those who know the water best – to provide managed access to rivers in ways which do not interfere with angling or cause damage to often fragile water environments. However, British Canoeing has often refused to sign up to such agreements and has discouraged paddlers from considering them, unless they offer access at all times and water heights. In doing so, they have fundamentally undermined such local arrangements by repeatedly refusing to accept the law.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal, said: “We encourage our member clubs and fishery owners to provide more access to canoes and other water craft, but the canoeing governing bodies in England and Wales have made this very difficult by irresponsibly suggesting that paddlers may go where they like without permission and refusing to accept reasonable conditions within access arrangements.
“We hope that David Hart QC’s very clear legal advice and the costly experiences of Mr Povey and Mr Biddulph will now lead to a more sensible position from the canoeing governing bodies and the small minority of individual paddlers who have taken a militant approach to this issue in recent years.”
The Angling Trust & Fish Legal have written to the Canoeing Governing Bodies demanding that they:
- Recognise and accept the law as it is (rather than as they would prefer it to be);
- Recognise the clear legal rights of our members;
- Stop (wrongfully) asserting that the law is unclear;
- Stop discouraging paddlers from considering or entering into voluntary access agreements or arrangements;
- Stop encouraging paddlers to ignore the legal rights of others, commit trespass, and obstruct water bailiffs, anglers, fishery owners and riparian owners;
- Contribute constructively to a position in which there are more opportunities for people to go paddling, while respecting our members’ lawful rights.
- David Hart QC’s Advice 28th September 2015
- David Hart QC’s Further Advice 26th May 2016
- David Hart QC’s Further Advice 8th January 2017
The Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers have asked if we could help publise their competition calender for 2017, see below. If you fish the comps we wish you success.
|Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers|
|Calendar of Events 2017|
|Jan 8th||Country Stores Open||Byrea- Llangennich||B.Davies 01792 875050|
|Jan.15th||Air Ambulance Charity Open||Amroth||J.O’Connor 07774250260|
|Jan.29th||East Region Shore League||Aberthaw & Boverton||Steve Chadwick 02920794954|
|Feb.4th||National Executive Meeting||Rhayader||Colin Doyle 07429179530|
|Feb.12th||RNLI Annual Open||Amroth||J.O’Connor 07774250260|
|Feb.19th||Country Stores Open||Loughor||B.Davies 01792 875050|
|March 5th||Country Stores Open||Loughor||B.Davies 01792 875050|
|March 12th||East Region Shore League||Marcross & Monknash||Steve Chadwick 02920794954|
|March 13-15th||EFSA Wales||Welsh Championships||J.O’Connor 07774250260|
|March 19th||Country Stores Open||Loughor||B.Davies 01792 875050|
|March 25th||WFSA AGM||Rhayader||Colin Doyle 07429179530|
|April 9th||Gwent SAC||St Brides||I.Smith 07854829590|
|April 30th||Country Stores Charity Open||Llantwit Major||M.Cowell 07721791210|
|May 13-20th||World Club Championships||La Tremblade, France||Colin Doyle 07429179530|
|May 14th||Newport & Dist SAC||St Brides||Paul Yates 01633874029|
|May 21st||East Region Shore League||Ogmore to Porthcawl||Steve Chadwick 02920794954|
|17th / 18th June||Team Wales Boat Trials||Amlwch, Angleseyemail@example.com|
|July 9th||East Region Shore League||Llantwit Major||Steve Chadwick 02920794954|
|Aug. 6th||Smoothound Festival||Aberthaw & Boverton||Simon Batey 0759915526|
|Aug. Bank Holiday||Holyhead & Dist SAC||Holyhead Breakwater||Mark James 01407763584|
|Sept.3rd||WFSA Open (pegged)||Aberavon||Colin Doyle 07429179530|
|Sept 10th||East Region Shore League||Sully to Bendricks||Steve Chadwick 02920794954|
|Sept 23rd||Mens Shore Team Fish Off||Llandudno||Cut off date for application 31st March|
|Sept 24th||Mens Shore Team Fish Off||Colwyn Bay||Cut off date for application 31st March|
|Oct.8th||Osprey SAC Open||Amroth||J.O’Connor 07774250260|
|Oct.8th||Barry Angling Festival Final||Cold Knap- Porthkerry||Steve Chadwick 02920794954|
|Oct.21st||Mens Shore Team Fish Off||Llandudno||Cut off date for application 31st March|
|Oct 22nd||Mens Shore Team Fish Off||Penmaenmawr||Cut off date for application 31st March|
|Oct 29th||Welsh Flounder Festival||Loughor||B.Davies 01792 8795050|
|Nov 12th||Penarth Open||Penarth||B.Galley 0292070699|
|Nov.12th||Cwmavon Outcasts SAC||Aberavon Open||Degwill Coleman 07914770590|
|Nov.26th||Ty Coch SAC||Loughor Open||P.Bendle 07988029798|
|Nov.26th||East Region Shore League||Ogmore to Porthcawl||Steve Chadwick 02920794954|
|Dec.10th||East Region Open||Cardiff Foreshore||Steve Chadwick 02920794954|
Dave Couzens fished the pond today (1/2/17) and caught 13 bream and a 5lb carp all on the feeder using sweetcorn. Dave fished from 9.30 to 1.30 from peg 16. Last Wednesday he fished the same peg but only caught 5 bream, Dave fished from 9.30 until 4.30 but the weather was a lot colder. I have heard from other anglers that the pond has fished well all winter.
Last Saturday myself, Tony Rees, Malcolm Williams and Rhys Evans went over to Redhill Fishery and collected 30lbs of fish that we stocked into the pond, the picture shows a net of the fish
I fished Top Pond on Saturday 4th Feb, the weather changed quickly, one minute windy and very, very cold, the next mild with no wind. I hooked 9 bream, landed 6 using an open ended feeder with 2 sweetcorn hair rigged. A couple of pictures below show two of the fish, all of the fish I caught were between 3 and 4lbs. I photographed the fish in my landing net
Become a friend of the Atlantic Salmon Trust
The Atlantic Salmon Trust is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017. With a new Chairman Robbie Douglas Miller, a new CEO Sarah Bayley Slater and a re vamped board of directors, the vision is in the marine environment. This is a very driven team , which is greatly needed, our salmon stocks over the last twenty five years has dropped from 8-10 million to 3-4 million. The smolt statistics are even more worrying as 25% were returning, today less than 3% have returned. Never more has this keystone species needed our help.
Why should you help? Please watch our Chairman’s message first. https://youtu.be/S4gKjmsZIWA
The three projects that the AST are targeting:
- Acoustic tagging
- E dna probes
We have to get the funding to put these three vital projects into place and by your donation we can make this happen. All you have to do is go to our new website www.atlanticsalmontrust.org and click on friends or fill in the attached form and send it back to us.
The AST’s online auction went live on January 14th and closes on February 14th– please take a look as you may well find something that you really like. By bidding you will be helping fund one of the projects.
On May 25th The AST are holding a Gala dinner at Syon House to raise hopefully over £100,000 for these projects.
If you would like to be involved in the Gala through sponsorship, auction lots, donations or the Presidents Club please contact Tiggy Pettifer firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you get as a friend?
You will receive a car sticker, a gift voucher for Fishing TV and a newsletter keeping you updated with the progress that we are making and events happening later in the year.
Thank you, united together we can protect wild salmon.
Fundraising officer for the Atlantic Salmon Trust
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