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.
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
I have copied a link to Gwent Angling Society web page on the life of Dr. Wade a man who never fished until after his marriage, who then decided if you want to catch the fish find out what they eat, this is a brief introduction into his life on the River Usk.
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)
Spiders By Ron Jones
For generations fly fishing was usually undertaken using wet or dry flies fished near to or on the surface, fishing “nymphs” nearer the riverbed was seldom practised. In the last 20 years considerable innovations Read more “FISHING SPIDER PATTERNS BY RON JONES”
The link below will take you to a facebook page showing a short excerpt from a BBC film of fishing on the River Taff in Merthyr. The full programme will be shown on BBC HD only at 7.30pm on Friday 5th Feb 16, if its as good as the clip then we are in for a treat.
The salmon and Trout Conservation UK are pressing the Scottish Government to protect wild salmon from the sea lice generated from Scottisch Salmon Farms. Although many of you will be coarse fishermen, Read more “Sign our petition to protect wild salmonids from sea lice from Scottish salmon farms”
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
Below is the NRW Questionaire regarding the above
Read about the launch of the Wild Fish Ambassadors here…..
David Fletcher fished Middle Pond today and what a start! First Cast a carp of 12lb 3oz picture below
Keith Jones took his camera for a walk up the Taf Mawr today and took the following 2 pictures, both show the new weirs installed by SEWRT and NRW.
National Resources Wales have just published their River Basin Management Plans https://naturalresources.wales/water/quality/?lang=en
They have also published their Flood Risk Management Plan
The Chairman and the Committee would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. May your Xmas jumper sparkle…….
Tight Lines for 2016.
Doug Hawkins- Coarse Comp Sec would like to wish all the committee members. competition anglers and members of MTAA a happy christmas and peaceful new year – tight lines
On Saturday 5th Dec Dai Fletcher and his friend Jamie fished pegs 38,36 of Cyfarthfa Park and between them landed 5 carp to 8lb 5oz. On Sunday Jordan Howe from Fernhill landed a 7lb carp (see picture)
Dai Fletcher fished the reservoir last week and had 5 runs and landed 2 pike, as he was unhooking a pike of 9lbs his bite alarm on his other rod sounded, he said I’ve never put a pike back so quickley, he struck into the 2nd pike which decided to do an impression of a marlin and leapt out of the water, eventually Dai landed and weighed the fish at 22lbs picture below
- All Coarse Waters – Only barbless hooks to be used when fishing for coarse fish on all of our waters. The only exception is that one hook of a treble can have a micro barb when deadbaiting for pike.
- Pontsticill Reservoir – Pike fishing – there is now no close season.
- Cantref Reservoir – The season on Cantref will now be from 1st March to 30th November in any year for rainbow trout. The brown trout season will remain the same, 20th March to 17th October
Note: Natural Resources Wales may make catch and release mandatory for salmon fishing. If this happens we will inform our members via the newsletter and on our web page.
Although the weather was terrible on Sunday 15th November, it did not stop Sean Thomas from Blackwood having a go at coarse fishing Dolygaer, he fished the roadside of the Reservior and when I spoke to him it was paying off, he had landed a lot of skimmer bream and larger bream to 5lb fishing an open ended feeder.
Follow this link if you would like to see a great video of sea trout moving from a pool up river, made by John Williams it is absolutely mesmerising, https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204708671308764
Daniel Popp fished the lower River Taff fishing the exchange ticket with Glamorgan Anglers on 25/10/15. Daniel was fly fishing for Grayling with various weighted nymphs fished up river. Daniel managed to catch over 20 Grayling between 4 inches to 1 1/2lbs.
Owen Thomas fished Cyfarthfa Lake on 23/10/15. Owen was fishing a two rod setup with a rod rig and coconut cream and orange flavored boilies as hook bait. Read more “Weekly News 8th Nov 15”