Oliver Simms

It is with deep regret that the Association has heard of the Passing of Oliver as he was known to all those who had contact with him from our Fishing Club over the years. He will be deeply missed by Dean and Darren and many of our older members will remember him well from the Early days of angling in Merthyr Tydfil from our generation.

Fishing Competition

” It’s been a good year this year with the MTAA Thomas Phillips Memorial Carp League. Had a lot more support this year than I had last year from both juniors and seniors and it’s nice to see so many people willing to put time aside to come and take part. Thanks everyone! “

Overall results:

1st – Connor Cooke
2nd – Rocco Davies
3rd – Dylan Bentley

1st – Tom Jehu
2nd – Shane Mcdonnell
3rd – Paul Grist

Match Result Molly’s and change of venue for next Match

Match fished on Molly’s lake at Redhill Fishery 1st September Results……

Joint 1st Dave Couzens and Jason Woodford with 52lbs 4oz, 2nd Rhys Evans 51lbs 12oz, 3rd John Coombs 51lbs 8oz

The next match has been moved to Molly’s on 15th September. Rhymney anglers have booked the lake for that day and have invited us to fish with them. Times to be notified through facebook

Salmon and Trout Conservation

As you may already know, we are now members of the Salmon and Trout Conservation. They are the UK’s only independent charity campaigning for wild fish and their environment. Their goal is for UK waters that support abundant and sustainable populations of wild fish and all other water-dependent wildlife. Members should receive more information about this via email. We hope to keep working with this amazing charity in the future!

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” Too much water is being taken out of our rivers, too much is being thrown into them and not enough is being done to protect our watery places – it’s our job to reverse this trend. We work to influence government policy, industrial practice and individual behavior which results in measurable improvements to the state of the water environment, leading to healthier wild fish stocks, improved biodiversity and less pollution in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

We aim to inspire, inform, involve and influence everyone who can take action to safeguard our water environments. Protecting and standing up for life under the surface is a cause worth fighting for, both for current and future generations. ”

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Inter-School Competition Winners

Above is a picture of the winners of this years inter-school fishing competition.   Our winners this year are St Aloysius school.  The school won the trophy for the 2nd year in a row, the shield was presented to the school by Tony Rees MBE and the children were presented their trophies by Doug Hawkins Senior Coach and John Coombs the children’s coach on the day. Besides the shield each child received an individual trophy as a memento of the day.


Brecon Canal Run

A running event in and around Brecon Beacons/Black Mountains on 9th/10th/11th August 2019, will include the Towpath from the Canal Basin to Crickhowell.  The details are listed below, anglers be aware that a lot of people will pass you by
Date from         9th August 2019 @ 20:00
Date to             11th August 2019 @ 20:00
Event               Up Hill Down Dale – Beacons 100/50 (running event of 100 miles or 50 miles)
Numbers          120 athletes over both events
Location           Monmouth and Brecon Canal between Brecon – Crickhowell

NRW’s proposals for new rod and net fishing byelaws

NRW welcomes the decision announced on 16th July by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths and the opportunity to move forwards with our shared objectives for sustainable fisheries for the future. The Minister’s decision follows a full public consultation and independent scrutiny of all evidence at a Local Inquiry managed by the Planning Inspectorate.

The new byelaws will become law on all rivers wholly within Wales on 1st January 2020 and will see the following controls and restrictions implemented: 

  • Implementing full catch and release fishing on all net and rod fisheries for salmon
  • Requiring catch and release of sea trout in rod fisheries on vulnerable rivers prior to the 1st May
  • Setting a 60cm maximum size limit for the taking of sea trout in all rod fisheries
  • Implementing method restrictions (controls on use of bait, barbless hooks and treble hooks) so that released fish have the best chance of survival.
  • Making consistent the start and end of the net fishing seasons by:
    • Shortening the netting season by starting net fisheries no earlier than 1st May
    • Ending the netting season on the 31st July

The survival of salmon in some rivers is now threatened, whilst across Wales all of our salmon and most of our sea trout stocks are now at risk of further decline to biologically unsafe levels. All evidence reinforces the need to take bold and urgent action.

NRW will work closely with our stakeholders via our Local Fisheries Groups and the Wales Fisheries Forum during scheduled Autumn meetings (November) to ensure a smooth transition.

We want to ensure that all anglers and netsmen in Wales fully understand why the new measures are required and what they mean to them on all our individual river fisheries. All fishermen need to be compliant, but we also want to help by promoting good practice C&R, ensuring that all released fish have the best possible chance of surviving to spawn and contributing to the recovery of stocks.

The Welsh Government announcement and papers can be found here: –


Carp Competition – 14th July Cyfarthfa Park Lake

Had a great turn out for today’s carp league comp. 12 competitors. 6 seniors and 6 juniors.

Today’s results:


1st – Connor Cooke – 1 fish for 7lb 12oz
1st – Tion Howells – 1 fish for 7lb 12oz


1st – Tom Jehu – 4 fish for 37lb 10oz
2nd – Paul Grist – 1 fish for 3lb

There was a lot of bream caught today but they unfortunately do not count for the comp.

Thanks all who turned up, the support is greatly appreciated. I look forward to seeing you all again on the 4th August for the next comp

Tom Jehu

Carp Competitions Secretary