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Oct 27, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Please follow the link to read our October Newsletter OCT 2017 Club

Our Annual General Meeting takes place on 8th November all members are welcome

Oct 26, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

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Soil Loss

Oct 25, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

This report appeared in the Guardian 24/10/17

UK is 30-40 years away from ‘eradication of soil fertility’, warns Gove

Farmers must be incentivised to tackle decline in biodiversity, says environment secretary at launch of parliamentary soil body

Autumn drilling near Ivinghoe village, Chilterns, Buckinghamshire
 ‘If you drench soil in chemicals that improves yields … but ultimately you are cutting the ground away from beneath your own feet. Farmers know that,” said Gove. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

The UK is 30 to 40 years away from “the fundamental eradication of soil fertility” in parts of the country, the environment secretary Michael Gove has warned.

“We have encouraged a type of farming which has damaged the earth,” Gove told the parliamentary launch of the Sustainable Soils Alliance (SSA). “Countries can withstand coups d’état, wars and conflict, even leaving the EU, but no country can withstand the loss of its soil and fertility.

“If you have heavy machines churning the soil and impacting it, if you drench it in chemicals that improve yields but in the long term undercut the future fertility of that soil, you can increase yields year on year but ultimately you really are cutting the ground away from beneath your own feet. Farmers know that.”

Arguing that farmers needed to be incentivised to tackle both the loss of soil fertility and the decline in biodiversity, Gove said that he hoped the SSA, a new body formed with the mission of bringing UK soils back to health within one generation, would hold the government to account and bring him ideas and inspiration. “We are listening to you now and it’s critical that we do so.”

Gove’s speech on Monday afternoon came as UK farmers anxiously wait to see if Brexit will take them out of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, and if so, what will take its place. Defra is currently working on a new agricultural bill and is simultaneously drawing up a 25-year environmental plan. Gove promised both would reflect the concerns of the SSA.

There has been a spike in awareness of the impact that intensive farming techniques are having on the world’s soils and its biodiversity. In 2014 Sheffield University researchers said that UK farm soils only had 100 harvests left in them, and a year later a UN spokesperson warned that at current rates of degradation, the world’s topsoil could be gone within 60 years. “It feels as if soil is now a hot topic,” said Helen Browning, head of the Soil Association. Meanwhile a new German study has revealed that numbers of flying insects have fallen by up to three quarters. Intensive farming techniques that encourage the heavy use of fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides are believed to be major factors in these problems.

The UK has a poor record in this area. The government has not been conducting regular soil monitoring since the last Countryside Survey in 2007, and in 2012 UK ministers helped block a critical EU soil health directive. Even a year ago, experts such as Peter Stevenson at Compassion in World Farming felt there was no real appetite for reform of intensive farming.

But environmentalists are now increasingly hopeful that, unlike his predecessors at Defra, Gove will take this issue seriously. In July he said that the UK would not move towards “US-style farming” and would prioritise “high environmental and animal welfare standards”. “There’s been quite a dramatic shift in understanding around what we’re doing to our soils,” said Browning. “Everyone is quite bowled over by some of the comments that Michael Gove is making.”

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 Gove said he hoped the Sustainable Soils Alliance, a body formed to bring UK soils back to health within a generation, would hold government to account. Photograph: Courtesy of NFU

Gove, as one of the leaders of the leave campaign, has a huge stake in making post-Brexit environment and agriculture policy a success, and key farming organisations appear to be shifting their positions on soil issues. The National Farmers Union, who were present at the event, have long been defenders of intensive farming. But three years ago they set up an environment forum, and yesterday its chair Mark Pope said that he is seeing a surge of interest and support for these issues from NFU members. In a blog published on the NFU website earlier in the week, Pope wrote: “We only get one lot of soil on our farms, so poor management could have major, irreversible impacts for many years to come.”

“There is a groundswell of interest in this, a terrific opportunity,” said Rebecca Pow MP, parliamentary private secretary to Michael Gove. Pow was brought up on a farm and worked as a journalist specialising in the environment, food and farming before becoming an MP in 2015, and she has been an energising force around the issue of soil and sustainable farming in parliament. “I voted remain,” she said yesterday. “But nevertheless, there is an opportunity here that we wouldn’t have had before.”

“The UK used to be the world’s leading agronomic centre, and could be again,” argued Tim Smit, the founder of the Eden Project. He wants to see “a new agricultural revolution”, elevating agronomy – the science of soil and crops – to a better respected profession, and turning the UK back into a world leader in soil and farming expertise.

Access – Transcript of Plenary at Sennedd Tuesday 17/10/2017

Oct 21, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

ACCESS

TRANSCRIPT OF  PLENARY @ SENNEDD Tues Oct 17 2017

Please find below the transcript from the recent Plenary session. Questions put to the Minister. A clear indication that the angling lobby can work, we must keep the pressure on and have contact with ALL AM’s.

 Access to Waterways
National Assembly for Wales – Oral Answers – National Assembly for Wales
Mark Isherwood: 4. What assessment has the Welsh Government made of the benefits that access to waterways brings to Wales? (OAQ51188)

Lesley Griffiths: In addition to considering activity tourism and recreation participation reports and strategies, the Welsh Government has undertaken significant public engagement. The recent consultation on sustainable management of our natural resources received around 15,000 responses. All show the value and potential of water recreation activities such as angling and boating and why a resolution to current disagreements is necessary.

Mark Isherwood: Thank you. The September 2017 update on the report ‘The value to the Welsh economy of angling on inland fisheries in Wales’, collated by the Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru, found that under the current arrangement for access to Welsh rivers, around 1,500 Welsh jobs and £45 million in household income is supported by angling on inland fisheries each year. There are 1.7 million days fished on inland fisheries in Wales by licence holders, generating £104 million annually, and that the contribution to the Welsh economy of angling on inland fisheries in Wales must exceed over £125 million annually in Wales. In that context, how do you respond to the concern expressed by Salmon and Trout Conservation Cymru that it would not be in the interest of the ecological integrity of such habitats to move to unfettered access under the proposed extensions of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and that environmental protection is paramount when consideration is given to increased access to the natural resources of Wales, and especially the fragile ecosystems in and around rivers and lakes?

Lesley Griffiths: I think your question lends me to say that it’s really important that you get the balance right, and that’s absolutely why we’ve consulted on such an important issue. You’re quite right, fishing tourism, in both domestic and day-trip visits to Wales, is very important. I think it was about £38 million in 2015. You referred to a report in 2017, but I know in 2015 it was about £38 million per year. I think it also highlights the importance of developing a framework so that we can facilitate responsible access opportunities, going forward.

David Rees: Cabinet Secretary, I have received many representations from constituents regarding this matter in particular, and I think, as you’ve pointed out, there is resolution that needs to come together between the two groups. Now, you’ve just mentioned fishing tourism, but many of our citizens actually enjoy fishing as a pastime, and therefore enjoy the activities they undertake, not as tourist activities, but as part of their spare time. Do you agree with me that, actually, a way of resolving these by coming together and getting an agreement that is voluntary between the organisations is the best solution, not having something imposed upon them?

Lesley Griffiths: Yes, I do, but I think—. You know, when I was a backbencher, this was a very hot topic, and I think the consultation showed it can be incredibly divisive and incredibly polarised, so it is about getting that resolution. We want to see that because it is vital for our tourism. So, I’m hoping that, following the analysis of the consultations and when we come forward with resolutions, we’re able to engage with all the stakeholders to make sure we have the absolute best way forward.

David J. Rowlands: Cabinet Secretary, following on from the comments earlier, I’m sure you’re aware of the potential for conflict that free access to Wales’s waterways may bring between those who use them in differing ways, in particular anglers and canoeists. I would say that David Rees is quite right in that if we can get some consultation between these two groups, that’s the best way forward. Unfortunately, the feedback to me from the angling societies is that there doesn’t seem to be that desire for talking coming from the canoeists.

I’ve been contacted by a number of angling societies, and have had meetings with Isca and Hay-on-Wye, one situated on the river Usk and the other on the river Wye. Both showed considerable concern with regard to canoe activity on the rivers, which, at this moment, is not regulated. One important factor pointed out is that canoes do not carry any form of identification, so any canoeist committing offences or simple nuisance cannot be identified. Does the Cabinet Secretary intend to bring in regulations to make registration and, hence, identification a mandatory requirement? Are there any plans to get canoeists to pay a fee for access to our waterways, as, of course, anglers have to, by way of fishing licences and/or society fees?

Lesley Griffiths: I mentioned in my answer to David Rees that it’s an incredibly divisive issue, and it’s a divisive issue that’s been around for a long time. However, I think this is our opportunity now to get it right. I would certainly want to bring all the groups together. I don’t want to take sides with any group, but if we can facilitate groups coming together, then I’d be very happy to do that. In relation to your specific policy questions around identification and fees, again, that is something that we would have to look at, coming out of the consultation.

Rachel Evans

Director for Wales

Countryside Alliance

Tel: 07825337978 / 01550777997

www.countryside-alliance.org.uk

Join us here https://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/ca/join.php

 

 

Response to Access Consultation

Oct 4, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

I have uploaded to the Access page several responses to the current access consultation called by the Welsh Assembly Government follow this link to the page http://www.mtaa.co.uk/access/

 

Catch and Release Consutation – Press Release from Plaid Cymru

Sep 25, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

“For immediate release – Friday 22nd September 2017

Fishing industry concerns raised with Government

Plaid Cymru shares fishing restriction fears of Carmarthenshire anglers

Carmarthenshire anglers were the focus of questions in the National Assembly this week as local AM Adam Price raised concerns against
proposals to introduce restrictions on the Towy and Teifi rivers. The proposals from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), which are currently
out for consultation, include a complete ban on bait fishing and a 100% catch and release policy in an attempt to combat dwindling levels of
salmon, sewin and sea trout – moves a number of local angling clubs and associations say will devastate the industry.

Questioning the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Plaid Cymru AM Mr Price told the Minister that the
proposals do not address all of the reasons for these dwindling stock levels, and that many anglers believe Natural Resources Wales is only
looking at the easiest target.

Responding to the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr AM, Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths noted that the fishing industry is worth £100million
to the Welsh economy, and agreed it was vital that the views of local fishers were taken into consideration.

Speaking after his question, Adam Price AM said:

“I have been contacted by several angling clubs raising their concerns about the negative effect that the NRW proposals – most notably the
complete ban on bait fishing and a 100% catch and release policy – will have on their clubs. Fishing isn’t just a hobby, of course. It is a
vitally important industry in my constituency, and across Wales.

“Pollution, changes in the seas and birds of prey all have an influence in the dwindling stock numbers of these fish. Local anglers therefore
see the NRW proposals as the easiest solution to a problem that has many more contributing factors.

“My question to the Cabinet Secretary was to emphasise that anglers have very real fears and want those fears heard right at the heart of
government.

“Natural Resources Wales must look comprehensively at all causes of dwindling stock levels and not just target anglers.”

Member of Parliament for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Jonathan Edwards added:

“Most if not all anglers and their societies have voluntary catch and release policies. They know the value of stock levels to the long term
sustainability of their hobby and industry.

“It is imperative that the Welsh Government doesn’t allow anglers to be the easy target by Natural Resources Wales. Simply targeting anglers
without looking at all contributing factors is a sticking plaster solution and will do little to get to the heart of the problem. I can assure local anglers and their associations that we will be keeping a very close eye on these proposals to ensure they are fair and proportionate.”

Chairman’s letter to WAG re Access and also Angling Cymru Letter to WAG, Canoeist response and Fish Legal/Angling Trust response

Sep 25, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

 

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I appreciate a few of you have already rec’d the attached. As you will see it is in response to the Welsh Gov who wish to pass your rights onto others with no recompense to us.
The letter was written to the best of my ability and with certain aid from other quarters such as Tony and a solicitor friend. I believe that a letter has been sent from the rivers trust, whether any of you have seen fit to write to Welsh Gov on this subject I do not know.
There is a letter from Angling Trust which I shall send to you separately for your consideration and discussion.
Be assured the will of government is to allow free and unfettered access to ALL waters whether river or still water (ponds). So if you have done nothing so be it.
As you can see this matter is NO JOKE!

Mr. W.G. Davies:       Chairman.                                                       3 Blanche Street,

E mail:W.GARY.DAVIES@sky.com                                               Dowlais,

Merthyr Tydfil.

CF48 3PE.

01685 371981.

07974806032

18/9/2017

 

Ms Lesley Griffiths AM.  AC.  Environment Secretary.

CC:-

Mr Carwyn Jones              AM. AC  First Minister

Mr Andrew R T Davies    AM.  Leader Welsh Conservatives.

Ms Leanne Wood             AM.  Leader Plaid Cymru.

Ms Kirsty Williams         AM. AC.  Leader Welsh Lib Dems.

Mr  Niel Hamilton           AM.  Leader UKIP

Ms Dawn Bowden            AM.

Ms Janet Finch Saunders AM.

 

Dear Ms  Griffiths,

 

Having read through the consultation document on ACCESS I feel the need to contact you with my particular interest in the property rights of the owners of inland water.

I have written to you in the past about this subject so I see no point of repeating myself on principles, but to address a different but related matter.

I presume you are aware that Ms Jane Davidson put in being the Splash fund which in total amounted to £2.5 million, the aim of which was to enable the paddlers and anglers to negotiate an ACCESS agreement across Wales. This started well with a trusted person as main facilitator (Andy Schofield) of Natural Resources Wales. Unfortunately  he left and the facilitator went under the auspices of Matt Strickland (also of NRW) and it seemed he was assisted by an officer of Canoe Wales.

On the face of things it would appear that the fund was administered fairly, apart from the fact that NO negotiations ever took place, At the end of the life of the fund, Matt Strickland finished with the NRW as did the Canoe Wales officer leave his post?

A short while afterwards, I requested freedom of information on the Splash Fund. The report was glowing (naturally) until the report was read and made suitable for examination. Also I obtained a document from Afonydd Cymru which outlined the method of discussion with round table participants. The result in my opinion indicates that there are some contentious issues regarding the way the fund was used.

I have read the full report and the only mention of access to rivers, access being either the provision of an access and egress point with permission , was by the Wye Usk Foundation. I cannot find any evidence of any negotiations over access (the ostensible purpose of the Fund in the first place), but I found many thousands of pounds for the purchase of BOATS, BOAT TRAILERS, ERECTION OF SLIP WAYS IN THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT, WEEDING A LAKE. The list goes on. (Copy available)

On this basis why are your Civil Servants still bending over backwards to insist that there is a need for more access of all kinds needed in Wales.

This leads me onto the fact that Welsh Government requested/demanded that Dwr Cymru made their reservoirs available to paddlers. That company complied with this and provided launching points on certain reservoirs (Pontsticill  was one) but with the provision that the paddlers paid a fee which could be had from Brecon Beacons National Park. I was privy to the fact that one year Dwr Cymru was paid £1500, this by adventure groups. No private group/person was recorded using the facility. The question. “Why no usage by canoes”, was put to the canoe executive at the Cardiff workshop. His response was, “People will not use the reservoirs because of the restrictions placed on them”. What a shame considering other users must follow the rules laid down (example – yacht club) by the company, and of course pay for the privilege.

At no point since 2010 has the Assembly followed through on the report that passed that it carried out certain measures to improve access. It now transpires that it is felt that the taking of property rights from ordinary people ie Fishing Rights is the way to go. At no time has there been any analysis or constructive dialogue with the owners and it appears that the taking of property rights something akin to what has happened in third world countries is now going to be a policy in Wales. Thousands of people(of all ages) did not  invest their money, time and labour;  for government to take and give away (to approx  1200 Welsh members plus some 2000 affiliated members of Canoe Wales) their rights.

Please note my Association MERTHYR TYDFIL AA (membership of approx 800 members – junior and senior) owns some 80 acres of land and 20 miles of salmon, trout and coarse fishing rights and freely gives access (after 50 years of hard work – also we upgraded approx 2 km of the Taff Trail) by revocable invitation to the public individually, so long as they individually respect our nature reserves. As for access we look for the common courtesy to be asked to use our facilities, in other words an access AGREEMENT which has been sought BY Anglers/Owners and Welsh Government since the inquiry in 2009/2010. Unfortunately one side would NOT talk.

There have been a couple of agreements (Coleg Gwent) and from information received there was a possibility for more if groups had not been coerced not to take part due to loss of insurance.

I was fortunate to attend every session and I can recall one of the committee stating to canoe Wales that they wanted everything and all for NOTHING.”

Which is entirely different when considered that anglers pay for rent/lease/purchase and maintenance of banks and footpaths?

I was also privileged to receive an embargoed copy of the 2009/10 inquiry findings.

Welsh Government is prepared to fund the paddling group despite the fact that there are in excess of 1.2 million?? (So we are told UK wide). With that number surely a modest amount would suffice to restrict the public monies given on an annual basis (£200k minimum pa to canoe Wales). I also find it strange that there are NO magazines available to paddlers ( I have trolled magazine shelves for months and not found any) whereas angling has a plethora to choose from, as do all other sporting activities,, which indicates a good profit to be made in the trade. Why not canoes? Perhaps they cannot afford the purchase price.

FINALLY

How unfair that Wales is to be turned into a “COLLECTIVE THEME PARK”, and the rights of a sizeable section of the Welsh electorate in every part of Wales trampled upon; in the name of what? Whatever it is, it’s oppressive and not worthy of a Labour administration.

Yours Faithfully

W G Davies   (Gary)

Chairman MTAA

Angling Cymru Letter to Welsh Assembly Government

 

Dear Sir.

I am concerned as Chairman of Angling Cymru about information now coming to light regarding the Splash Funding for Access to Inland Water set up by Jane Davidson when she was Environment Minister until 2011.
I sat on the Round Table discussion Group that was set up, and the setting up of the splash fund was billed as a way of getting voluntary access agreements on Inland water. At that time, and it still is, there is only a one way street in respect of access agreements in that riparian and fishery owners are struggling to find any group that respects the need for access to be shared.

My concern in looking at published figures is that other than exemplar agreements such as the Wye Usk and some on inland lakes and reservoirs the funding seems to have been spent on many questionable projects that had no bearing on the original setting up of the fund.

Tony Rees MBE

Chairman Angling Cymru

Paddlers Response

http://www.riveraccessforall.co.uk/docs/Response_to_Welsh_Gov_Proposals_Sept_2017.pdf

Angling Trust and Fish Legal Response to the Proposals

http://anglingtrust-news.net/3XSU-A43X-2PZXGV-5Z7D4-1/c.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European Eel – Petition please sign from Wye Usk Foundation

Sep 25, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

European Eel Populations in a Parlous State
Friday 22nd September, 2017

Last week we sent out an e-news urging you to respond to a Welsh Government consultation on open access to our rivers. This week, it’s a petition to DEFRA, the UK government and the European Union for a precautionary short-term closure on the commercial export of internationally-endangered European juvenile eels taken from their home waters.

The Severn estuary has long supported a commercial fishery for elvers – juvenile eels migrating from their birthplace in the Sargasso Sea. In some years the amount taken from the estuary has been as high as 50 tonnes. Most elvers are destined for far eastern markets where they are a delicacy, with over 300 million of them exported there in the past few years from UK waters. In the same period, a further 300 million have been exported to Scandinavia, Russia and other European countries for stocking purposes. And these are just the legal catches.

European Eel populations have fallen by 95% over the last 25 years. This year’s elver fishing season ended in May with the total catch from the Wye (part of the Severn estuary fishery) amounting to just 1 kilo. In the Lugg and Arrow catchment, two eel traps caught 187 silver eels (migrating adults) in 1988. Since then there has been a steady decline with the traps catching just 2 eels between them in 2014 and nothing in 2015.

This worrying situation has led the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to place the European Eel on their red list. However, licences to catch elvers for export are still being issued by the Environment Agency.

This species has been part of our aquatic landscape for millennia and they are crucial to the ecology of our rivers. Eels are an important food source for many predatory fish, along with aquatic birds and mammals such as otters. Without them, these predators will put more pressure on other prey species and/or decline in numbers themselves.

On Tuesday next week, WUF trustee Tony Norman will be delivering the petition to No.10 Downing Street. In the meantime, we urge everyone to support him by signing it. Also, please encourage anyone you know to sign it too.

All the best from WUF.

The petition can be found here.

 

Senior Competitions 3rd and 17 September

Sep 19, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Result for 3rd September on Sophies Pond Redhill Fishery

1st Jason Woodford 154lbs 4oz

2nd Clive Jayne 110lbs

3rd Doug Hawkins 104lb 12oz

Result for 17 September on Cyfarthfa Park Lake

1st Clive Jayne 41lb 11oz

2nd Dave Couzens 17lb 12oz

3rd Jason Woodford 4lbs 10oz

Sustainable Access Campaign

Sep 7, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Dear Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru Supporter, 

As agreed by the core SACC team I am forwarding the link to the Countryside Alliance’s e-lobby response to Welsh Government’s consultation “Taking Forward Wales” with specific reference to Chapter 4, Access.

 

 

View e-lobby

 

The letter opposes some aspects of the proposals particularly the proposal to allow open access to all inland water in Wales. Please do sign the e-lobby which is sent directly to the response team, the Minister as well as an Assembly Member. If you do not reside in Wales, there will not be the option to copy to an Assembly Member however your support still counts. 

Please pass this on to those you think will support and encourage everyone to sign. Share with friends and social media, twitter and facebook, spread the message far and wide. Individual responses to this consultation are also extremely important, please do take time if you can, to write personally to the response team. 

In the meantime, please do sign and promote the e-lobby. 

Thank you sincerely for your support, it is vital that the numbers in support are far greater than the last consultation so sign today, it is more than achievable when we all stand together. Thank you. 

On behalf of SACC 

Rachel Evans

Director for Wales, Countryside Alliance

 

Ladies Comp on Top Pond 6 Aug

Aug 8, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The ladies competed at Top Pond on Sunday 6th August.

1st was Dawn Jones with 22lb 9oz (consisting of 1 common, 1 mirror, tench, roach and  6 bream, (see picture below)).

2nd Kath Brown with 7lb

3rd Janice Farr with 3lb 11oz

Event on the Canal at Brecon

Aug 8, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

This is a message from the owner of Great Outdoors regarding an event which included canoeing, cycling and running along our stretch of the canal at brecon, please be aware.

This is just to let you know that we are holding a multi-discipline challenge event from Brecon on Saturday 2nd September 2017. Between 10:00-16:30 there is likely to be more runners / cyclists than normal using the towpath between Brecon and Talybont-on-Usk. And during the same period participants will be kayaking on the canal between the following two points…

  • Western / Northern extent of kayaking – Brynich Turn Bridge (Bridge #162) Nr Aqueduct & Brynich Lock Grid Ref SO 079 271
  • Eastern / Southern extent of kayaking – Court Farm Liftbridge (Bridge #155) Nr Pencelli Grid Ref SO 091 251

 

These details are provided so your members know in advance about our event, and can plan accordingly if they should wish to do so.

Wild Trout Trust Summer Newsletter

Jul 22, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

WTT Summer Newsletter 2017 lowres

Follow the above link for the Wild Trout Trust Summer Newsletter always an interesting read.

News

Jul 22, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

I have uploaded a petition, which our Chairman is strongly supporting, about Access.   The Countryside Alliance petition is in response to the Welsh Assembly Government once more opening the rivers and lakes to anyone and everyone to swim, canoe, etc in the Rivers, Lakes and Ponds for free.  We as fishermen are severely restricted in where we can fish and to fish anywhere we have to pay, through either a rod licence or day/season permits.   If we lose we will still be paying and everyone else will be using waters that we fish for free.   Please sign the petition it only takes a few moments and costs nothing but we need your signature

Access

Fishing News

Cyfarthfa Park continues to fish well as shown on our facebook page where one young angler had 17 runs when fishing for carp and landed 15 carp.   Although the river is low, it has been fishing well especially during the evening.   However, this recent rain should mean a little extra water in the river and the fishing should improve even more so.

 

Inter Schools Winners

Jul 10, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

On Wednesday 5 Jul 7 Schools competed to become inter-schools champions 2017.   In a keenly fought contest the youngest team won.   Ysgol-y-Graig won with 3lbs 9oz, 2nd was Heolgerrig with 3lb 7oz and 3rd was Gellifaelog with 2lb 14oz.

Ysgol-y-Graig winning team were:

Alicia Minahan

Gracie Durkin

Riley Morgan

Sam Davies

 

Lots Happening / Ladies Comp / Rubbish Top Pond

Jul 10, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

LADIES COMPETITION ON THE CANAL NEAR THE WOODEN HORSE 

The ladies fished the wooden horse part of the canal and all had a tremendous days fishing.

1st place Dawn Jones, with 14lb 1oz
2nd place Kath Brown with 7lb 4oz  (in her bag was a 3lb eel, it was huge)
3rd place Janice Farr with 7lb
Dawn’s winning net of fish

 

TOP POND POACHERS AND RUBBISH LEFT BY ANGLERS?

On Sunday Keith Jones did his usual litter picking around top and middle ponds and this is what he found, surely its not too much to ask for anglers to take there litter home with them its a dam sight lighter than when they carried it up to the pond. The fire remains are after some poachers who were moved on by Keith, Malcolm and Rhys thankfully at no cost to themselves. The two carp were found and removed from the neck of the pond

Aberfan Weir – Cyfarthfa Park

Jun 29, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Aberfan Weir
Just to let you know that some work off the bank will be taking place on Wed 28th Jun at the weir.
They are looking for contaminants.

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Paul Phillips and his grandson Jayden practised for the forthcoming junior match* last Sunday afternoon up the park, they practised using the method feeder.

I think the smiles speak for themselves.

*Junior match to be fished on Cyfarthfa Park Lake on Saturday 1 July draw 9am fish 9.30am to 12.30.  All Juniors are welcome

Senior Competition – Brecon Canal below Aquaduct

Jun 25, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

A senior competition was held on the Brecon Canal below the Aquaduct at Brynach Lock on Sunday 25th June

1st Jason Woodford with 7lb 12oz

2nd Dave Couzens 5lb 7oz

3rd Peter O’Sullivan 5lb 1oz

4th John Coombs 3lb 11oz

Senior Competition – Cyfarthfa Park

Jun 11, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The competition held on Cyfarthfa Park Lake was won by Clive Jane with a winning weight of 34lbs 4oz fishing from peg 8

2nd was Clive Saunders with 13lbs 13oz fishing from peg 28

3rd Brian Hayes with 13lbs 2oz fishing from peg 32

4th Dai Couzens with 12lbs 3oz fishing from peg 14

The next competition will be on the canal below the lock at Brynach on Sunday 25th June

The ladies competition which was to be held today was cancelled.

Ladies Competition – Cyfarthfa Park

Jun 7, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

1st Janice Farr 12lb 3oz four crucians and roach caught on pole with maggot

2nd place Dawn Jones
3 crucians and roach caught on pole with maggot