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
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
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.
The Wye & Usk Foundation
The 2018 Fishing Passport magazine is out now!
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
For information and dissemination
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
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 (www.mtaa.co.uk) or contact me personally through messenger or call me on 07495355853
Carp Competitions Secretary
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 👍
The calendar for trout competitions has changed see new calendar below
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Mark Sweeney fished Dolygaer today and the result can be seen in the photos below.
This is an Natural Resources Wales press release today
New fishing byelaws have been proposed which will make it mandatory for fishermen to release all salmon caught in Welsh rivers.
The procedures for introducing new byelaws are protracted and Natural Resources Wales wishes to avoid uncertainty for fishermen by delaying implementation of approved new measures until the 2019 fishing season.
The proposed all Wales byelaws, which include restrictions on fishing methods to help the survival of released fish and reduced net fishing seasons, are currently being considered by Welsh Government.
Dave Mee, Senior Fisheries Advisor for NRW, said:
“At the moment timescales for a decision are uncertain, so we are proposing that introduction of any new measures should be postponed until the beginning of the 2019 rod and net seasons.
“We hope this will help clarify the situation for anglers, netsmen, fishery owners and clubs and associations.”
Welsh salmon stocks remain in a perilous condition. Although the mandatory catch and release proposals have proved unpopular with anglers, NRW firmly believes that they, along with other measures such as tackling agricultural pollution, improving water quality and managing the potential threats from predators are vital for the future survival of these iconic fish.
Peter Gough, Principal Fisheries Advisor for NRW added:
“This delay is a pragmatic solution to resolving current uncertainty.
“However, it is important to note that this does not mean there will be further debate on the subject as NRW has concluded its position and the case for further controls has been made and presented to Welsh Government and it remains unchanged.
“Protection of the breeding resources of these wonderful fish is a fundamental part of our work to manage this important natural resource sustainably.”
Catch and release
This season, fishermen are again being asked by NRW to practice full restraint and ensure conservation of fish stocks by voluntarily releasing all the salmon they catch in 2018.
“Our salmon stocks are in serious trouble and have fallen to historically low levels and the same is true of about half of our sea trout stocks.
“Neither species can sustain uncontrolled killing of fish and so we are again asking all anglers to release all of their salmon.
“Most anglers are already voluntarily releasing the fish they catch, but some are not. We feel the situation is now so serious for salmon that we must ask all anglers to help preserve as many fish as possible by returning all their salmon.
“It’s also very important to take great care of returned fish. Fishing methods and tackle should be used that ensure fish have a high probability of survival, they should always be kept in the water while unhooking to ensure they can swim away strongly.”