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Changes to the Annual Rod Licence

May 6, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Below is the text of an email sent out by Rob Evans of Natural Rescourses Wales about the new licence structure the Environment Agency (England) and NRW wish to introduce.

Dear All,

Natural Resources Wales and the Environment Agency are consulting on proposed changes to rod licence duties and structures for 2017/18 (and then fixed until at least March 2020).

I attach for your information a copy of the formal notice which will appear in some newspapers and the Angling press in Wales and England from Friday, 6 May (including the Western Mail and Daily Post in Wales). I have also attached a brief summary of what the changes will mean and how they will work (this document will be available in Welsh soon).

There have been no changes to the rod licence duties for the past seven years and we trust the overall package, which includes proposals for a free junior licence, will be broadly welcomed by our stakeholders.

Regards,

Rob Evans

Rod Licence Duties proposed 2017 changes – Q&A 

Context: Natural Resources Wales together with the Environment Agency are placing statutory adverts in the Western Mail, Daily Post,  London Gazette (6 May 2016) and other media detailing our proposed changes to rod licence duties and structures for commencement from 1 April 2017.  The closing date for objections is 6 June 2016. 

Why do I need a licence?

We have a statutory duty to maintain, improve and develop migratory and freshwater fisheries. It is a legal requirement to hold a valid rod licence when fishing for freshwater fish, salmon, sea trout and eels.

Where does the money go?

Rod licence Income provides the funding to deliver our statutory duty to maintain, improve and develop freshwater and migratory fisheries, including the current fisheries service we provide to recreational anglers.

Why has the cost gone up?

We have not increased the cost of rod licences since 2010. We feel that there is much more that needs to be done to ensure angling and fisheries in Wales are the best they can be. Market research tested various price points and customers’ willingness to pay at various price points for both existing and the new products. Market research demonstrated that those asked were generally positive about paying for a moderate increase in fees if this would help raise additional funds to deliver the fisheries service required. So that we can continue to fund our fisheries work, we are increasing the licence fee.  By improving rod licence products and generating more income, we will;

  • improve the customer experience
  • encourage more people to go fishing
  • enable more anglers to buy rod licences, more frequently and easily on line.
  • reverse the decline in junior participation
  • improve peoples’ health and wellbeing and contribute to the economy
  • develop stronger partnership working with the third sector
  • increase the number of catchments in Wales where fish are achieving Good Ecological Status and hence WFD compliance.

In addition since reaching a peak in 2010 sales of junior licences have almost halved. Market research highlighted that the vast majority of anglers were willing to pay for a free junior licence (through a small increase to the full rod licence) as a way of increasing junior participation and in turn increasing the pool of future anglers.  Benefit to the customers are that juniors (12 – 16 yrs) can go fishing for free, increasing junior participation and family fishing and in the medium term increasing the number of people who go to buy full licences to provide funding for the sport and for environmental improvements.

The market research report demonstrated that the proposed remodelling of the licence structure found favour with our customers and provided key evidence of the willingness to pay suggested level of pricing was acceptable to customers and that it would help raise additional funds to deliver the Fisheries Service required.

What has changed?

With some one million unique anglers buying rod licences in Wales and England in any one year we receive frequent feedback on the nature and suitability of the licence products.

We’ve listened to feedback on how we can make the rod licences better.  As a result we’re proposing a more flexible licence that allows us to continue improving fisheries;

Changes include:

  • The full licence will run for a year from their first day of validity, which the customer can choose.
  • The customer will have the choice of a licence covering 3 rods as well as the standard 2-rod licence
  • Junior licences will be free (duty waived) although juniors must still register for a licence
  • There will be an option to upgrade from a temporary licence to a full licence
  • There will be easier payment options

The proposals to change licence structure and duties are supported by robust   market research, reflect common feedback from customers and are supported by angling stakeholder representatives.

Why are we moving to a 365 day licence?

Currently anglers can buy their licence at any point during the year however the licence will always expire at the end of March. We realise many angling trips take place in late spring and summer but we recognise that some anglers who buy later in the year feel they do not receive good value from their licence as they may only have limited opportunities to fish that licence year. A 365 day licence would offer a full 12 months of fishing regardless of when it is purchased in the year. Just over half of anglers we asked during Market research felt it would provide more choice, better value for money and less hassle.

How will the 365 day licence work?

The full annual licence will run from the time and date of purchase, or requested future start time and date, to 23:59 on the eve of the anniversary of purchase one calendar year latter.  

Will I still receive a physical licence?

We have listened to feedback, and understand the importance to anglers of receiving a physical licence, and will continue to provide this.

Will I still get a new picture on the licence?

From feedback we understand that the annual picture on the licence is a feature that anglers like.  We will continue to provide this.  Although the licence is changing to a 365 day licence, the picture will change annually in March.

Will I still get a reminder when my licence expires? 

Currently all anglers receive a reminder to renew licences in March onwards.  Moving to a 365 day licence will result in each individual angler having a different renewal date.  Depending on when you buy your licence you will receive a renewal reminder

Will I still be able to buy my licence over the counter at the post office?

We are being guided by government to transition to a more digital service. However, we realise a significant proportion of customers still visit their local Post Office to buy their licence. We are looking into options of how we can move to a more digital service while supporting those who do not wish to buy online and will continue to offer the counter service. We found the majority of customers who would be unlikely to buy online would do so if support was available.

How did we come up with the structure?

The proposals to change licence structure and duties are supported by robust   market research, reflect common feedback from customers and are supported by angling stakeholder representatives.

Who have we consulted with?

The proposals to change licence structure and duties are supported by robust   market research, reflect common feedback from customers and are supported by angling stakeholder representatives, including the Angling Trust.

Have you forecasted income/ sales?

The Market Research examined price elasticity and willingness to pay for the new range of products being offered. It is estimated the increase to prices and the new structure will bring an overall increase to income.  However, we also need to take into consideration the decline in sales and participation we have seen since 2010; however we still estimate a net increase in income

How long until you put the price up again?

No increase in duties for a minimum of three years.  After three years the duties will be reviewed, not necessarily increased at this stage.  

What qualifies as a concession?

The concessionary charge will apply to: persons aged 65 years or older, persons in possession of a Blue Badge parking concession, persons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.     

 Why are concession licences also going up?

We have not increased the cost of rod licences since 2010. We feel that there is much more that needs to be done to ensure angling and fisheries in England are the best they can be. The market research tested various price points and customers’ willingness to pay at various price points for both existing and the new products.

Our market research demonstrated that those asked were generally positive about paying for a moderate increase in fees if this would help raise additional funds to deliver the fisheries service required.

How many rods does an annual licence cover me for?

A licence allows the use of up to two rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws. 

How will a 3 rod licence work?

The 3 rod licence allows the use of up to three rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws.

Why are we having a 3 rod licence?

Over recent years a significant minority of anglers, predominantly specimen carp and pike anglers, have made a case for being able to buy a single licence which allows 3 rods. We have listened to this feedback and to make it easier for these anglers, without reducing funds to benefit the majority, we are introducing a 3 rod licence in addition to the standard 2 rod version which will cost 1½ times the ordinary, 2 rod licence.

Market research found that 95% of current full coarse and trout licence holders who plan to fish with 3 rods would opt for a 3 rod licence. 

Why can’t I buy a 1 rod licence?

Previously licences covered anglers for 1 rod.  In the past we have listened to the feedback we received which showed that the majority of anglers wanted to have the option to fish with 2 rods, even if they often only fished with 1. We therefore allowed anglers to fish with an extra rod at no additional charge. Anglers wanting to fish with more than 2 rods now have an option to buy a 3 rod licence in addition to the standard 2 rod version which will cost 1½ times the ordinary, 2 rod licence.

While some anglers feel they should be allowed to fish with a 1 rod licence, it is important to stress that we set the duty at the minimum required to fund the work we do. By allowing 2 rods on a licence we maintained this minimum level of funding and accommodated the wishes of the majority of anglers. Introducing a lower priced 1 rod licence would inevitably mean a lowering of service. 

What do I need to fish with 4 rods?

Two full annual licences are needed.  Two full annual licence allows the use of up to four rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws. 

Why can’t I have a single species specific licence (Sea Trout, Carp etc)?

This level of complexity in licensing structure would add significant costs and have significant enforcement implications. 

Why is a junior licence free?

The decline in junior rod licence sales over the past 5 years is well documented, since 2010 sales of junior licences have almost halved.   This is of course worrying for the future of angling and we have been investigating various options to reverse this decline and encourage younger anglers back into the sport.  Over 75% of customers would be happy for junior licences to be free to boost participation in this age group and secure the future of the sport.  Market research highlighted that the vast majority of anglers were willing to cover the costs incurred in order to provide for a free junior licence (through a small increase to the full rod licence) as a way of increasing junior participation and in turn increasing the pool of future anglers and securing the future of the sport. Benefit to the customers are that juniors (12 – 16 yrs) can go fishing for free, increasing junior participation and family fishing and in the medium term increasing the number of people who go to buy full licences to provide funding for the sport and for environmental improvements.
Why am I funding the free junior licence?

Since reaching a peak in 2010 sales of junior licences have almost halved.  Market research highlighted that the vast majority of anglers were willing to cover the costs incurred in order to provide for a free junior licence (through a small increase to the full rod licence) as a way of increasing junior participation and in turn increasing the pool of future anglers.  Benefit to the customers are that juniors (12 – 16 yrs) can go fishing for free, increasing junior participation and family fishing and in the medium term increasing the number of people who go to buy full licences to provide funding for the sport and for environmental improvements.

 Who qualifies for a junior licence?

Persons who have not reached the age of 17 on the date of registering of the licence.

Do I need to register for a junior licence?

Yes.  Although the junior licence is free, it is still a requirement to register for a licence.  As with full licences juniors must be able to produce a valid licence on request.

Will I still receive a physical licence as a junior?

The junior licence will now be provided free of charge, however juniors are still required to register for the licence and will receive a physical licence.  As with full licences juniors must be able to produce a valid licence on request. 

Why are short term licences going up disproportionately compared to a full?

The market research tested various price points and customers’ willingness to pay at various price points for both existing and the new products. Our market research demonstrated that those asked were generally positive about paying for an increase in fees for short term licences, if this would help raise additional funds to deliver the fisheries service required and is offset by the benefit that Anglers now have with the option to upgrade from a short-term to a full 365 day licence within a set period. 

How can I upgrade from a 1 or 8 day?

Anglers now have the option to upgrade from a short-term to a full 365 day licence within a set period. A single 1 or 8 day fee will be discounted from the full annual of the same licence type on upgrading. A fourteen day window from the date and time of expiry will exist to upgrade to a full annual. The window to upgrade will expire at 23:59 on the fourteenth day.  Market research found that a significant number of anglers we asked who are short term licence holders would make use of this new option. It would be particularly appealing to those new to the sport who may have the cost of a 1 day licence discounted when they upgrade to a full 365 day licence.

If I buy multiple short term licences will it become a full licence?

Only one 1 or 8 day fee will be discounted from the full annual of the same licence type on upgrading. 

What’s happening with net duties?

Net duties will remain unchanged for 2017. We will undertake a comprehensive review in 2016 of existing net duties, byelaws and Net Limitation Orders. Net duties were originally set based on average catch per licensee in the individual fisheries. We now need to determine how new fishery restrictions will impact on average catch per licensee in the various fisheries before setting new duties. The Environment Agency is talking the same approach in England.

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

NATURAL RESOURCES WALES

SALMON AND FRESHWATER FISHERIES ACT 1975                                               

ROD AND LINE FISHING LICENCE DUTIES

Pursuant to section 25 of and Schedule 2 to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975, as amended, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales gives notice of its intention to raise Rod and Line fishing licence duties and alter the licence structure for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020. The new duties will have effect throughout the Environment Agency areas as described in section 6(7) of the Environment Act 1995 and the Natural Resources Wales areas as described in section 6(7A) of the Environment Act 1995.

Duties (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 and

1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020).

 

Licence type Licence Category 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020 Structural Change
Non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels Full annual (2) £30 365 day licence (4)
Concessionary annual (3) £20
1-day temporary £6 Option to upgrade to a full 365 day  licence (5)
8-day temporary £12
Junior annual (6) £0 Free junior licence
Full annual 3 rod licence £45 3 rod licence (4) (7)
Concessionary annual 3 rod licence (3) £30  
Salmon, migratory trout (sea trout), non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels Full annual £82 365 day licence (4)
Concessionary annual (3) £54
1-day temporary £12 Option to upgrade to a full 365 day  licence (5)
8-day temporary £27
Junior annual (6) £0 Free junior licence

 

Notes:

(1) The rod licence duties advertised above are a raise from previously fixed Rod and Line fishing licence duties and alter the licence structure for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020, and will result in no increase in duties for a minimum of three years.

(2)  A licence allows the use of up to two rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws.

(3) The concessionary charge will apply to:

(a)  persons aged 65 years or older,

(b)  persons in possession of a Blue Badge parking concession,

(c)  persons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

(4) The full annual will run from the time and date of purchase, or requested future start time and date, to 23:59 on the eve of the anniversary of purchase one calendar year latter.

(5) A single 1 or 8 day fee will be discounted from the full annual of the same licence type on upgrading. A fourteen day window from the date and time of expiry will exist to upgrade to a full annual. The window to upgrade will expire at 23:59 on the fourteenth day.

(6) Persons who have not reached the age of 17 on the date of registering of the licence.

(7) The 3 rod licence allows the use of up to three rods at the same time when fishing for freshwater fish and eels, subject to byelaws.

Any person who wishes to object to the proposed full annual, concessionary and junior duties for England must send a statement of their objection in writing to Rod Duties – Migratory and Freshwater Fisheries team, Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR or email freshwater.fish@defra.gsi.gov.uk or for Wales, to Jeremy Frost, Marine and Fisheries Division, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or email jeremy.frost@wales.gsi.gov.uk to be received no later than  6 June 2016 and must send a copy of the statement of objection to The Fisheries Advisor (Rod Duties), Environment Agency, Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol BS1 5AH.

Peter Kellett, Director of Legal Services on behalf of the Environment Agency

David Cavell, Head of Legal Services on behalf of Natural Resources Wales

 

 

 

Cantref Catch evening 21/4/16 Ceri Thomas

Apr 25, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

I fished Cantref for the first time last Thursday night (21st).   Stopped by straight after work from Fishtec. The wind picked up, but despite this in calm areas off the top end roadside bank a few fish began to move for a brief spell, taking black buzzer off the top. I managed a lovely overwintered rainbow and two wild browines (both returned). Floating line and black woolly bugger did the trick. By 7.15 pm I had to leave, as it was seriously cold by then – I could barley feel my hands! Still, things are starting to wake up.

 

Cruelty to Ducks

Apr 22, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

One of our members was walking around Cyfarthfa Park Lake when he spotted a small stick, sticking up between the stones of the lake attached to which was a length of Mono line attached to a piece of sprung steel in an S shape.   This was baited with bread and obviously designed to be swallowed by a duck and then the perpertrator just pulled the line in and could take the duck.    We (the Association) have reported, and given the offending instrument to the Park Warden who in turn is informing the relevant authorities including the Wild Life Crime Officer for the area.    If members see anything like this in the future please take the offending instrument to the Museum for the staff to pass on to the Park Warden.

Duck Trap

April 16th Newsletter

Apr 20, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The link below is for the latest newsletter……………..

 

April 16

Crucians caught by Tony Rees

Apr 17, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The following crucians were caught by Tony Rees whilst fishing from Peg 2 this afternoon, Tony fished from 2.30 until 6pm, he landed 15 crucians, 1 goldfish, 1 bream as well as roach, rudd and perch.   Tony used a pole and double maggot bait.

Latest Newsletter

Apr 16, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Follow the link for the latest newsletter March 2nd

Fishing Report for River Taff and Cyfarthfa Park Lake

Apr 15, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Report By Ceri Thomas of Fishtec – 10/4/16

Spent a few hours on the Aberfan stretch of the Taff. Arrived at 1.00pm hoping to find hatch of LDO, MB’s and therefore rising fish. Airflo streamtec rod was rigged up with size 12 parachute Adams, my ‘go to’ dry for this time of year. Walked the banks looking for risers – and found some. Landed 6 nice fish, with each one spotted and targeted carefully with the dry. All in mint condition, each one in the 14 – 16 inch range and very strong. Missed, pricked and lost many more. Hatch and rise over by 3.00pm. Could have caught more by fishing nymphs blind, but what fun is that compared to a take off the surface!

Cyfarthfa Lake – 14/4/16

Malcolm Williams fished from peg 6 on the roadside of the lake and had an excellent days fishing catching Perch, Roach and Rudd.   Malcolm fished a waggler float and maggot hook bait

Fishing News 14 Apr

Apr 14, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Cantref News

Hwyll Jones fished the far bank and landed a 2lb 2oz Rainbow Trout, he caught it on a gold head hares ear.   Gavin Jehu fished the neck of the reservoir and caught 6 rainbow/brown trout he returned them all.

Gavin Jehu and Dave Matthews are both trialling this weekend for the Welsh Bank fly fishing team and we wish them both the best of luck.

 

 

I have had a report that a young lad fishing the park lake last week caught 5 trout, whilst coarse fishing, he returned them all the water.   These have come into the lake via the feeder and are wild trout, we have not stocked the Taf Fechan for a long time.  If when fishing the park lake you catch trout they are to be returned to the water and not kept.

 

 

Local News – Cyfarthfa Park

Apr 13, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Throughout 2016 we are inviting visitors to Discover Cyfarthfa and take part in our brand new heritage tours led by Park Warden Ian. Spaces are limited so if you would like to attend please book in now.
Saturday April 30th 2016

Discover Cyfarthfa- Flora and Fauna.
Spring has arrived at Cyfarthfa Park!
Join us to explore Cyfarthfa taking in the ponds, the newly restored Icehouse, underground water tunnel, meadows, the sensory garden, the bandstand and Cyfarthfa Castle. Our Park Warden will guide you through the tour providing a fascinating insight into the many varieties of plant and wildlife which call Cyfarthfa home. Record your findings- there may be a few surprises in store!

Tickets: £8 per adult (To include refreshments at the new Bothy Heritage Centre and free entry to Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery at the tour end). Approximately 2.5 hours.
Book now at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery or contact us on 01685 727371.

Trecastle Competition

Apr 9, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The competition to be held on the Usk Reservoir Trecastle has been cancelled.   It will be re-organised to be held later in the year.

Fishing News/Newsletter

Apr 8, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Jordan Pearson and Luke Ashley braved the weather to fish Top Pond today Friday 8 Apr.    Jordan landed 4 carp, 2 common carp weighing 5lb and 8lb, a mirror carp of 6lb and a leather carp of 5lb.   Luke 1 common carp and 4 mirror carp.   Dave Cousins was practicing for the match on Sunday (draw at 8.30am) on Tuesday he landed 3 carp and 6 bream, today he landed 4 carp and 3 bream.

Malcolm Williams fished the park on Tuesday from 4pm until 7pm and caught 3 bream all about 3/4lb.   His chosen bait was sweetcorn, he said that he had to be very patient because bites were few and far between and the only bites he had he managed to land.

The River Usk at Mardy is fishing well at the moment and the March Brown is hatching.   This fly was also seen on the River Taff for the first time in the Troedyrhiw area.   Ron Jones was not sure if they were March Browns so he caught 2 and took them home to check and reported that they were, which is very good news for the River Taff.

Newsletter, the latest copy of our newsletter compiled by Tony Rees is available here…… http://www.mtaa.co.uk/fishing-newsnewsletter/march-20162/

Cantref

Apr 6, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

I fished the reservoir on Tuesday and caught a small brown trout on a GRHE.   Whilst entering the reservoir I couldn’t help but notice the frogs gathering in the margins, plus a couple of dead ones that looked as if they had been eaten by an otter, have a look at the pictures below…….

frog

dead frog

Removal of Canadian Pond Weed on Top Pond

Mar 31, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

A small work party attended the pond on Sunday and removed a large amount of the weed choking the pegs on the long concrete bank,   Hopefully the match next Sunday will proceed without any problems. The same crew went back up today (Friday), and cleared some more weed out.   Although weed is showing on the surface now it is floating.

On Sunday 3rd April at 9.30am a work party will be removing  Canadian pond weed from in front of the pegs on Top Pond, if you wish to help you will be very welcome.

Fishing Report

Mar 25, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Malcolm Williams has fished Cyfarthfa Lake three times this week with some success. On the first day he landed five bream over 4lbs each fishing on a feeder and using two pieces of sweetcorn. The same method the following day resulted in three crucian Carp, two Bream, and a common Carp of four pounds. He only managed one bream on day three.
Neil Ashman fished the river Taff this week. Using a Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, and Red Tag Nymphs and the French leader style he caught these trout. All the trout were returned.
 Ceri Evans of Fishtec fished the River Taff below Quakers Yard and using a parachute adams caught and returned the trout below
Ceri Evans Trout 1

Trout from Quakers Yard

Mar 22, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Neil Ashman caught the trout in the gallery below on the weekend

 

 

Usk Poaching Prosecution

Mar 19, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

AN angler has been fined more than £1,300 by magistrates after he got into an argument over fishing.

Jackson Davies, 19, failed to appear at Newport Magistrates Court yesterday but was handed the fine by magistrates.

The court heard how Davies, of High Street, Pontypridd, had been fishing in the river Usk on private land near Newbridge on July 29 when the offences happened.

Ian Jones, an officer employed by Natural Resources Wales, came by the scene at around 1.20pm after seeing two cars parked up.

Mr Jones approached the men and asked to check their fishing licences, to which Davies said he had left his at home. Mr Jones said he could tell Davies “did not like” his presence.

Mr Jones seized Davies’ fishing equipment and then ran checks which showed Davies had been lying and did not have a licence. Davies also lied about his address.

The court heard how Davies then started to try and run away from the scene.

Prosecutor Mohammed Yakub, for Natural Resources Wales, said: “He became aggressive. He said, you can’t arrest me, you have got no power.

“He tried to walk past and to get to the gate.”

Mr Jones said Davies’ face was getting red and his voice was loud and aggressive.”

A scuffle ensued and Davies was tackled to the ground. He was restrained until police officers arrived at around 2pm.

Yesterday Natural Resources Wales prosecuted Davies for four offences. Davies did not enter a plea but the offences were proved in his absence.

He was fined for fishing in the river Usk without a licence, using a piece of equipment called a spinner which is banned, obstruct an enforcement officer including resisting arrest and the attempted theft of fish.

Magistrates had the power to impose fines of more than £20,000.

But they fined Davies a total of £1,301.

The biggest fines were £440 for obstructing the officer and £440 for the attempt to steal fish.

Cyfarthfa Park

Mar 19, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Steve Francis fished the grass bank on Friday and caught bream to 3, 4lb on bread flake and fed liquidised bread.   Whilst I was talking to Steve one of the Cygnets came along and firstly tried to eat the float, which Steve quickly moved, the cygnet then put its head under the water and kicked its tail up to reach Steve’s groundbait, it seemed to do so quite easily.

Fishermen are advised when fishing the lake, if a swan takes an interest in your float or dives down to feed near your float/feeder please reel in and wait until the swan moves away, we don’t want to hook these magnificent birds.

Litter

Mar 17, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Members should be aware that Merthyr Council have recently started using a private company to take action against anyone found illegally depositing litter in public places throughout the Borough including Cyfarthfa Park , Penywern Ponds & river banks . The Association completely support the efforts to keep our Town free from litter .
Should any member be found to have left litter at any of our facilities as well as facing on the spot fines from the Council they could also find their membership status in jeopardy .

Sea Trout

Mar 16, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Our Chairman Gary Davies loves his Sea Trout Fishing and found the following video on You Tube

Latest Newsletter

Mar 14, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

February 2016

1st Coarse Competition to be held at Redhill on Sophies lake to be fished on 27th March.  Draw 8.30 fish 10am until 3pm.  All members welcome