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Game Fishing Bye-Laws

Aug 13, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments
Our Chairman Gary Davies has ask to circulate the following emails as widely as possible regarding the future of the taking of salmon and sea trout.  the first is from Mike Ashwin
Chairman  –  NWATFCC  North West Angling Trust Fisheries Consultative Council, the second is the text of an accompanied email from Chris White
Thank you for sight of the Claire Pillman letter that I had heard mentioned in previous correspondence.
The claims and statements highlighted in yellow by Chris need quashing, as CFPWF have been doing.
For Wales and England the Salmon byelaw process and timetable has been materially altered since April and NRW and the Welsh Minister need to get a grip of the current situation.
In March & April NWATFCC & CFPWF sought independent advice on the validity of current River classifications methodology and presented this to the Defra & Welsh Ministers in a letter of the 9th April from the CEO of the Angling Trust calling for suspension of the proposed bylaws and revising of the classifications system that underpins and frames C & R measures.
This contributed to NRW and the EA delaying/deferring their 2018 timetable – and noticeably neither organisation provided an explanation for doing so.
From an English perspective NWATFCC are fighting very hard in the last stages of the EA Consultation to see that the recommendations we made to the Minister are realised in what we understand will be an Autumn announcement of the Minister approved 2019 English byelaws.
Nearing the finishing line !  all the best
Mike Ashwin
Chairman  –  NWATFCC  North West Angling Trust Fisheries Consultative Council
Below is the text of an email circulated by Chris White
In my recent letter to Lesley Griffiths I made reference to a letter from Clare Pillman (CEO of NRW) to Lynne Neagle AM as it was obvious due to the detail contained in the letter that it had been drafted by a fisheries officer (Gough or Mee?) with perhaps a facsimile signature added as it seems unlikely that Clare Pillman would have such detailed knowledge on the issues around the proposed bylaws. 
In the attached letter you will see the claim that the reason NRW said there would be ‘no further debate’ was due to the fact that they are waiting on a response from the Cabinet Secretary (Lesley Griffiths), this was not made clear in the NRW press statement but is a convenient excuse.  You will have seen that in all the correspondence between the Campaign for the protection of Welsh fisheries (CPWF) and LG she has resolutely refused to meet with us, the major stakeholders.  If what is said in the letter to Lynne Neagle is true precisely how LG can make a measured decision on this issue is a mystery unless she accepts at face value what NRW tell her.  We have repeatedly challenged the supporting evidence in the NRW case and offered realistic alternatives which do not require further legislation.  We are not disputing the decline in fish stocks but anglers are not the root cause and NRW in an email exchange with CEFAS said that imposing C&R will have little effect on the number of spawners – but is worth doing.  The use of the 2015/2016 poor fry and parr counts as the basis of the need to apply draconian measure makes no reference to the significant flood events that did so much damage to recruitment in this period, the 2017/2018 fry and parr counts cannot support the need for such draconian action as there are signs of recovery on several rivers.
This situation should be brought to the attention of as many AM’s as possible.  In England the EA has listen to its objectors whereas NRW are hiding behind LG’s inaction and is trying to force through legislation, not based on objective evidence but on ideology and personal beliefs. 
Anglers must stand up for their rights, if apathy rules the proposals will be rubber stamped by LG resulting in a significant decline in migratory fishing in Wales – its time for action.  Please forward this to as many anglers as possible.

Senior Coarse competition Cyfarthfa Park – 12th August

Aug 13, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Only 5 anglers turned up to fish Cyfarthfa Park.

1st was Dia Odd Socks with 18lbs 4oz of crucian carp and roach all the fish took sweetcorn

2nd was Dave Couzens with 14lb 7oz of bream, roach and perch

3rd was John Coombs with 10lb 12oz of roach, perch and 1 rudd

Coaches Competition- Sophie’s Pool Redhill Fishery 09/08/18

Aug 10, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

MTAA coaches had a day off and fished the first of 2 competitions on Sophie’s Pool at Redhill fishery near Monmouth.

All the coaches had a great day and fishing weights were fabulous.

1st was Rhys Evans with 225lbs 8oz

2nd Dave Couzons 136lbs 4oz

3rd Malcolm Williams 119lbs 4oz

4th Dai Davies 114lbs 8oz

5th D Jones 104lbs 1oz

6th Doug Hawkins 88lbs

7th Tony Rees 84lbs 8oz

8th John Coombs 72lbs

Rhys proved that his 100 of a couple of weeks ago was no fluke by netting 225lbs of carp the biggest of which was 12lbs a fantastic result by a fantastic young angler.   Malcolm is now making a habit of netting 100+ and Tony Rees thoroughly enjoyed himself using his old Richard Walker hollow fibre glass rod ( every time Tony hooked a carp on this rod the whole rod was slowly bending it has a lovely soft action with loads of power).

MTAA Jun/Jul Newsletter and Wild Trout Trust Newsletter

Jul 31, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments
June july


WTT Summer Newsletter 2018_LR

Senior Coarse Competition – Change

Jul 30, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

As it stated on the Senior Coarse Competitions page the matches were subject to change and the following dates have been added or changed

19th August Sophies Redhill – extra competition

14th October changed from the canal to Sophies Redhill

MTAA Coarse Competition on Sophies at Redhill Fishery Sun 22 Jul

Jul 22, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Today MTAA Senior coarse anglers fished Sophie’s Pool at Redhill Fishery near Monmouth.  Right from the start most anglers were catching carp.   At the end of the competition out of the 10 anglers who fished 7 exceeded 100lbs.  A special mention must go to 76 year old Malcolm Williams who caught 108lbs of carp a big first for him.

The 7 anglers were: in 7th place “Gentleman Jim Howells with 100lbs 8oz

6th was David Couzens with 105lbs

5th was Malcolm Williams with 108lbs

4th was Justin Price 109lbs 12oz

3rd was Mark Sweeney 125lbs 14oz

2nd was Rhys Evans 144lbs 4oz

1st was David Davies 148lbs 8oz

A fantastic day at a fantastic fishery

Low Water Conditions and High Water Temperatures on Wye and Usk Rivers

Jul 13, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The following is the body of an email sent out by the Wye and Usk Foundation regarding the very hot weather conditions and the effect it is having on these 2 rivers

You might already be aware that water temperatures in the middle and lower reaches of both the Wye & Usk have reached extremely high levels. For this reason, we have taken the decision to suspend salmon and trout bookings via the Fishing Passport temporarily until water temperatures drop (downstream of Glasbury and Abergavenny respectively).

This is for fish welfare reasons and because the chances of anyone catching a salmon are almost non-existent. We will contact any anglers who have booked in advance to fish over the period of suspension to offer them the chance to re-book later in the year or a refund.

The suspension will be reviewed daily, along with the situation for coarse fishing and other areas of both rivers.

Extreme low, warm water conditions are becoming more of an issue for the rivers. WUF are installing a network of remote monitoring linked to the webcams that will give WUF, owners and anglers real-time information on water temperatures. This will enable us make quick decisions on issues such as this in the future.

If any owners would like to discuss any of the above please do not hesitate to call us.

Kind regards,

The Wye & Usk Foundation

The 2018 Fishing Passport magazine is out now!

Ladies Competition Brecon Canal Sunday 8 Jul

Jul 11, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Dawn Sayce Jones won the competition on the Brecon Canal on Sunday 8/7/18 with a winning weight of 8lb 6oz all caught on maggot.

Barbel Fishing

Jul 10, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The Barbel Society has requested anglers to cease fishing for barbel on the River Wye whilst the current hot spell of weather continues.  This is because of the low water and oxygen levels in the water, which stresses fish and the added stress of being caught could cause the fish to expire.  The picture below was taken at Radyr weir on the River Taff yesterday morning (9/7/18) and shows that the weir is barely functioning and indicates how low the river levels are around the country.

Report on the Carp Leagues latest Competition

Jul 10, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Report by Tom Jehu

After a very difficult few hours this morning, Shane McDonnell came 1st and I came 2nd on Cyfarthfa Lake for the 4th competition of the Thomas Phillips Memorial Carp league. We landed one fish each and no other fish were caught.

The fish that Shane landed was trailing around 60-65 yards of line. This caused a considerable amount of damage to the inside of the fishes mouth due to the rig going through one of the gill plates and snagging the fish in the lower jaw. The cut in its mouth was not bleeding but it was an open wound which required huge amount of carp care (almost a full bottle)

Can I please ask that those of you who are using these pre tied rigs, that I keep finding on the path around the lake, please take some time to watch some tutorial videos on YouTube on how to set up safely/properly or from now on people will be asked to leave our waters by the bailiffs for using shit set ups when there is no excuse for it. Tying good quality rigs is a huge part of fishing so please learn to do it! We, as a club, hold coaching sessions for those of you who are unsure of how to set up properly so there are no more excuses.

Rig checks are going to be carried out from now on while we are asking for your licences.

Thanks all

Senior Competition held above Brynach Locks Brecon Canal

Jul 10, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

On Sunday 7 Senior Anglers fished the Brecon Canal above Brynach Locks and the results are

1st (Gentleman) Jim Howell 3lb 5oz

2nd John Coombs 3lb 2oz

3rd Dave Couzens 2lb 8oz

The next match is at Redhill Fishery on 22 July draw 9.30 fish 11am until 5pm

Junior Competition at Redhill Fishery 30/6/18

Jul 1, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The junior match anglers were given the opportunity to fish Redhill Fishery on Molly’s Pond on Saturday 30th June.

all the juniors taking part had a fantastic day, the weather was brilliant, the fish were feeding well and as usual the fishery was immaculate.

The winner was Jayden with 36lbs 10ozs

2nd was Josh with 25lbs 12oz

3rd was April with 25lbs 1oz.

the picture on the left is Jayden with his winning catch

Senior Coarse Competition Held at Redhill Fishery – Mickeys Pool

Jun 25, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

1st Mark Sweeney 65lb 12oz

2nd Rhys Evans 10lb

3rd Dave Couzens 8lb 5oz

4th Doug Hawkins 4lbs 4oz

Next Match on the Brecon Canal

Results of Senior Competition Brecon Canal

Jun 18, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The match was fished below the Aquaduct at Brynach Locks on an extremely hot June Day 9

1st David Davies (Odd Socks) 2lb 3oz

2nd John Coombs 1lb 14oz

3rd Paul Phillips 1lb 9oz

The next match will NOT be on the Becon Canal, its been changed to Redhill Fishery Mickeys Pool. Draw 8.30am


Draw for next competition on Brecon Canal 10/6/18

Jun 5, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The time of the draw for the next competition on Brecon Canal is 6.30am fish from 7.30 until 1.30.  The draw will take place downstream of Brynach Locks the other side of the Aqueduct. All senior members welcome to fish

Senior Competition 27 May

May 31, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

This competition was held at Redhill fishery on Mollys pond.

1st was David Davies with 104lb

2nd was David Couzens with 97lb

3rd was Mark Sweeney with 93lb

4th John Combs 84lb

The next competition is on the Brecon Canal downstream of Brynach Locks the otherside of the aquaduct

Release of Water from Usk Reservoir for 10 days from 31 May 2018

May 29, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

For information and dissemination

Richard Allen (Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water) tells me that they are planning to release a large volume of water from Usk reservoir from Thursday onwards: ‘We need to drop the reservoir level to allow essential work to be carried out so we will be releasing around 180 Ml/d for around 10 days.‘ I understand that this will be abstracted at Prioress Mill, Usk town but it will boost flows through most of the river, substantially so in the upper and middle reaches.
He also said that due to the ongoing works for the new pumping station at Prioress Mill, Welsh Water will not be abstracting its full licensed capacity at Usk.

Removal of Merthyr Vale Weir

May 21, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

On the 29th May 2018, NRW, will begin the removal of Merthyr Vale Weir.   This will reduce the flood risk to the area and will provide greater development opportunities. NRW will also ensure that flood risk is not increased elsewhere by the work.

The weir at Merthyr Vale is a barrier to fish that migrate up the River Taff to spawn and produce juvenile fish, which helps boost stocks.

NRW will demolish the weir and remove the obstruction which will also improve angling opportunities by enhancing the quality and availability of fish in the river.

Over the last 15 years, NRW and their partners have invested millions of pounds to improve river habitats so they can support greater populations of native fish such as salmon, trout, eels and bullheads and improve the Ecological Status of the Taff under the Water Frame Work Directive.

The weir is the last remaining significant barrier and last impediment to realising the benefits of the work completed to date.

The work will begin on 29th May 2018 and take about 12 weeks to complete

Thomas Phillips Carp League Change of Rules

May 20, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

After some careful consideration, and a number of conversations Tony Rees (MTAA Treasurer) and I have decided that we are opening up the Thomas Philips Carp league to anyone who wants to enter the league. Members and Non Members.

I can appreciate that some people may not be happy with this, but as far as I am concerned we are not receiving the support that we should from our members so I am changing the rules. This is something that has never been done before in the club and it is something that I feel is necessary to get the support that this league needs.

Tony and a number of other committee members have left it up to me to decide how to approach this. My decision is that we will not be asking anyone to purchase a day ticket for any of the comps that they enter. Instead I want each competitor to pay £5 for entry. I will then use that money towards prizes at the end of the year.

For more info please see our website ( or contact me personally through messenger or call me on 07495355853

Tom Jehu

Carp Competitions Secretary

Senior Coarse and Carp Competition Results – Carp Away Trip

May 14, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The senior coarse anglers fished Cyfarthfa Park lake on Sunday 13 May, it was a very tough day with mainly bream being caught.

1st with 4 bream Steve Hall with 14lbs 2oz

2nd with 4 bream Clive Saunders with 7lbs 10 oz

3rd was Dave Couzens with 7lb 10oz

4th John Coombs with 3lbs


Senior Carp League Report and Results

We had the second competition of the Thomas Phillips memorial carp league today. A very disappointing turn out again with only three competitors including myself.

Thanks to Shane Mac and Kirk Roberts for turning up. A very difficult day with the fish starting to spawn and also the weather didn’t help either.

Kirk was the winner today with 1 fish weighing 9lb 10oz. Shane came second with 1 fish weighing 8lb 13oz.

We all agreed prior to fishing that we would finish the comp early since Kirk needed to be gone before 15:00. We finished at 14:30.

Shane and I are continuing to fish until 18:00 as that was the original plan, but we are no longer fishing the competition. Since 14:30 Shane has landed another 2 fish and I have also landed 2 now. Shame they didn’t come along a little earlier! 😂

Request from Tom Jehu regarding the next carp competition

I need to start getting some names of people who are interested in fishing the next competition of the Thomas Phillips Memorial carp league on the 9th – 10th June.

The next comp will be our first away trip of the year. We will be fishing at The New Celtic Lakes on Lake 2 for a 24hr session. The price for each person is £30 and I will need that money from everyone within the next 2 weeks.

I will not be booking the pegs on the lake unless I receive people’s deposits!

Spread the word please guys as we really want a crowd of you there and anyone who needs to get a lift can contact me and I’m sure we can arrange to fit you in 👍