Usk Poaching Prosecution

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

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.


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

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

Cyfarthfa Park

On Sunday Steve Francis fished from the grass bank using liquidised bread and bread flake, when I spoke to him he had landed 13 bream between 2½ and 3lb.


Newport Sea Anglers are holding a competition on April 24th from 7.30 until 11am.


St Brides Foreshore

Sunday April 24th  0730- 1100am

Main Sponsor



Garry Evans Seamaster Leg

Selection of take your pick table prizes including :-

15ft Continental Rod & Reel donated by Garry Evans Newport

£25 tackle voucher donated by Dave Richards Newport

Shakespeare fishing rod donated by Pure Fishing

1 days trout fishing donated by NRSFA

£25 Meal voucher donated by Blaina Wharf pub restaurant

£25 cash donated by Gwent SAC

£30 cash donated by Host Club

£25 cash donated by Host Club

£25 cash donated by Host Club

£25 cash donated by Host Club

£25 cash donated by Host Club

Size 9 Waders donated by Dave Leader Plumbing & Heating

£30 cash donated by Friendship Public House

£30 Cash donated by Hartridge RFC

£25 cash donated by Parkwood Garden Services

Rod donated by Masterline Walker

Bottle of Whisky donated by Host Club 

Raffle Prizes donated by Granville Thomas

Penn Points Qualifier

1st Prize £300

2nd Prize £200

3rd Prize £100

Plus 3 Junior Prizes

Supplied by Dave Richards Newport

Entry Fees :-

Seniors £8-00

Juniors & OAPs £5-00

Plus opt. pool £2-00

Split 50/50 1st & 2nd

Booking in on the day :-


From 05-30am

 Secure Parking

Breakfasts, Bacon Rolls, Tea & Coffee etc

Advance booking in :-

Local tackle shops

Weigh in :-


Scales close 12-00

WFSA Minimum size limits apply.

Catch and release allowed only if

weighed by appointed stewards

on verified digital scales and must

be in kilograms.

Any fish brought to the scales should

be kept in a bucket or suitable

container with fresh seawater.

( No buckets may be shared

with another angler).

N.B. Silver eels must be kept alive

and returned to the water asap

after weighing

Limits :- Garden in front of Old

White Lighthouse to

Peterstone Gout.

Further information contact

club secretary 07756768819




WFSA & Host Club rules apply



On Saturday, Barry Hayman and his son Thomas along with Doug Hawkins fished the canal near the top and had a brilliant day catching lots of dace, Doug also had a couple of small chub.   Barry and Thomas fished maggots and Doug used punched bread.


With the trout and salmon season opening on Thursday, anglers are requested to take care when walking down to and from the river, John the farmer has installed Solar Panels near the farm and works traffic can be expected at any time.


Although we are a freshwater angling association many of our members sea fish.  One is our Chairman Gary Davies who wrote to our Member Of Parliament Gerald Jones regarding the European Unions unfair treatment of recreational anglers fishing for bass.  To read our MPs reply click the link below.

Gerald Jones MP-Bass – 27-2-2016


Doug Hawkins fished the Canal near the Basin and had a fantastic day,  the water was clear and there was no flow (like fishing a pond Doug said).  Doug used his favourite float rod and a centrepin reel, waggler set up with bread hook bait.  He said it was one of the best days he has had on the canal catching roach and dace


David Davies fished Cyfarthfa lake on Wednesday the 10th February 2016.
It was the first fine day for a long time with the temperature peaking after mid day when he had his first fish a bream.
In total he caught five Bream and one chub of about 3lbs it is nice to know the chub are still in there.
He caught his last fish around 4 pm. Two came to sweet corn and the rest to a white small popup just off the bottom.


Tony Rees and I spent today supporting Country Side Alliance (Rachel) at the Lib Dem conference in Cardiff. It transpires that Labouris still intent on achieving OPEN ACCESS and they are going to bring it under the cloak of TOURISM. I have a feeling that none of the other parties want open access, Labour is intent on following their access manifesto which we have fought against these last (approx.) 12 years. As has been mentioned in the past please talk to your AM about free access, when we are paying, by purchasing our Rod Licences and our club fees or day tickets to fish. Of course the election in May will be the telling point, especially if Labour gets a majority.

A BIG thank you to Rachel from Country Side Alliance for the work which she is doing on our behalf and financial support from SACC (Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru)

Gary Davies

Chairman MTAA

Decline of Salmon and Sea Trout Stocks

Below are a series of links to documents explaining why NRW are concerned about the decline of Salmon and Sea Trout stocks in the rivers in Wales.   The first is the management options, the 2nd is an Annex giving catch and release options, the 3rd is the technical report of the decline of salmon and sea trout stocks.




The next links are firstly a covering letter by our Secretary and then an explanation by our Treasurer of our objections to this rushed NRW action

Cover letter Rhys

Decline of Salmon Stocks – Reply

Below is the NRW Questionaire regarding the above

Questionnaire_Eng salmon and sea trout (1)