I hope this email finds you well. Members of the committee have been in conversation throughout the day following a lot of speculation around angling in Wales and it is something that is ever evolving.Following the advice from the Welsh Government, Local AM and Angling Cymru we as an association have decided that angling on MTAA water (All Rivers, Top and Middle Ponds) will be re-opened with immediate effect with the exception of Cyfarthfa Lake, as the park is still closed. We are seeking confirmation on the Reservoirs at Tal-y-bont, Ponsticill, Dolygaer and Cantref as these waters are owned by Welsh Water and we are still waiting to hear from them and as such they remain closed.
This statement does not however allow members to break the Welsh Government Covid-19 guidance which states that exercise must be carried out locally. Social Distancing must be abided and as such members are asked to respect that only one person is to be using a peg at any one time on the top and middle ponds. In the interest of your own and others safety where using gates please ensure you wash your hands or use hand sanitiser to prevent potential spread of the virus
Common sense needs to be applied well, you must not travel outside of your locality and where you can combine activities such as shopping, well being and exercise. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and would like to thank you for your patience and support during the lock down.
The key thing to making this work is abiding by the government rules- Remember you can still be prosecuted for travelling outside of the local area to exercise and any do not congregate in large numbers on our water as this could result in the Welsh Government withdrawing angling as an acceptable form of exercise.
Finally there has been significant incidents with regards to poaching on our waters during the lock down – The Directors would like to thank the Bailiff team for the excellent work in policing the waters during the last few weeks and would encourage any members to get in touch with the club or police via 101 to report any suspicious activity on our waters.
As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate in getting touch with myself
Club Secretary sent on behalf of the committee
Follow this link to see two new fly patterns you may wish to try whilst the lock-down continues
Children are invited to enter artwork of fish to celebrate World Fish Migration Day on Saturday 16th May 2020. This is a world celebration of migratory fish. The contest is open until the 30th April 2020 and the judges will be chaired by Jeremy Wade host of River Monsters and Mighty Rivers. the winners will be announced on May 29th. Please contact Gareth at Afon Cynon – a river for all on Facebook and Gareth will advise you on how to forward your artwork to the judges.
Your artwork can be about any fish that migrates and in the UK the fish that migrate are Salmon, Sea Trout, Eels, Alis Shad, Thwaite Shad and Lamprey.
Temporary Cessation of Angling on All Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association Water.
Following a conversation between the DIrectors and consulting the latest advice from Angling Trust we are asking all our members not to fish our waters until advised that this is safe to do so.
Whilst we understand the proven benefits on active lifestyles, physical health and mental wellbeing that angling provides, as well as many anglers opinions that as an often solitary pastime angling could be a perfect way to isolate oneself, the current government advice is that angling in any form is NOT currently classified as one of the safe exercises in which to participate.
As an alliance we also have a duty of care to the community on a whole and that should any angler become injured on the river bank or become involved in an accident whilst travelling to the river then that in itself would cause avoidable impact on all emergency services, which could in turn have a significant impact on those needing emergency care during the pandemic.
We hope that all anglers will understand that we, as a responsible Association, and also the angling community in general, must take action to protect ourselves, our families and our communities through this period and that you will support us through what will hopefully be a short term closure.
We will continue to review the situation as it develops and update you in due course.
Liam Walsh Club Secretary
on behalf of the MTAA Directors.
Because of the current situation regarding coronavirus following government advice all competitions are cancelled until further notice.
Please follow the guidelines and stay safe
All Carp going into bottom lake Cyfarthfa at about 10-30 am to morrow morning the 14th Dec 2019. Pass on if you know of anyone interested.
The result of the final competition for 2019 the Fur and Feather was held on Sophie’s pond at Redhill Fishery. 1st was Jim Howell with 21lbs 12 oz, 2nd John Coombs with 18lbs 4oz and 3rd was Paul Phillips with 18lbs.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Doug Hawkins our Competition Secretary for all of the hard work he has put in in organising and running the matches. Also thanks to Doug for organising the meal after the match at the Somerset Arms it was delicious.
We would also like to thank Gary Champion for organising the prizes.
1st Ron Gibbs 9lbs 8oz
2nd Adam Toomey 8lbs 10oz
3rd Jim Howells 8lbs 8oz
The next match is again at Riverside Fishery on Sunday 24th November the draw is at 8.30 fish 10am until 3pm
The Angling Trust have a link on their website to a consultation about the effect fish eating birds are having on salmon smolts and other fish in the rivers reservoirs and ponds in England. If you would like to participate in the consultation please follow this link to AT website where they explain the effects FEB’s are having on fish stocks and advice in filling in the consultation.
The Senior anglers fished Sophie’s Pond at Redhill on Sunday 27 Oct. After some extremely heavy rain water was rushing into the lake and combined with a very cold night the carp were extremely lethargic, hence the very low weights.
Dave Couzens won with 26lbs, 2nd was Paul Phillips with 20lbs 4oz, 3rd was Dia Davies with 15lbs 8oz
We have been asked to let you all know that there will temporary closure of access to both Ponds at Penywern to allow contractors to carryout borehole drilling survey work .
The closure will be from 23 Oct to 12 Nov , notices will be erected giving more details & access for fishing will be obstructed during this period .
If & when we get more detailed information I will let you know .