Lockdown Angling Rules

Lockdown Update and Fishing Rules: 5th November to 2nd December

The regulations are clear and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. The Rule of Six is now effectively the Rule of Two for most of us. The tightening of the rules on ‘gatherings’ means that match fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during lockdown. However, competitive fishing will be able to resume once there is a return to the three tier system of restrictions.

On this basis we can announce that all BCAA competitions are suspended for the period covering 5th November – 2nd December 2020.

Where You Can Fish

Angling is deemed a permissible form of ‘outdoor recreation’, and a lawful reason to leave home. It can take place, without time limits, within the provision allowing people  “to visit a public outdoor space for the purposes of open air recreation”.

A ‘public outdoor space’ is defined as an ‘outdoor place to which the public have, or are permitted, access (whether on payment or otherwise).’ The Angling Trust believe this clearly includes riverbanks, towpaths, beaches and stillwaters that can either be accessed freely or on the payment of a day ticket or subscription levied by the owner or leased to a publicly available fishing association. The government clearly intends for people to be able to take their outdoor exercise and recreation in the form of angling and these regulations allow this to occur.

Fisheries are not on the published list of businesses that the government has ordered to close and there is no reason that they should do so providing that they operate in accordance with the rules

It does not permit club activities and all indoor or social facilities in any way connected with a fishing venue are not permitted.

Travelling to fish

Whilst the government have chosen not to write their travel guidance into law the Angling Trust are urging anglers to respect the advice which states that it is permissible to travel in order to:

“to spend time or exercise outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)”

Put simply, you can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’. Sea anglers should focus on their local beaches and fishing marks and freshwater anglers should not be travelling hundreds of miles in search of fishing during lockdown. It is up to the individual to apply common sense and act within the spirit of the government’s guidance. You absolutely cannot leave home to fish if you have Coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

How long to fish

There are no limits on the time that can be spent on outdoor recreation which means that anglers are able to continue fish on BCAA waters during daylight hours.

Fishery Management

Essential fishery management work, which clearly cannot be undertaken from home, can continue as can any necessary, socially distanced working parties fall within the provisions for ‘voluntary work’. Appropriate risk assessments must be in place and numbers should be sensibly managed.

Summary

This is going to be an extremely difficult period for everybody and as anglers we must recognise that we are fortunate that our chosen form of recreation can continue even though there are restrictions on what we can do. The Angling Trust made the case for fishing based on the health and wellbeing benefits that angling offers coupled with the importance of reducing pressure on other open spaces by allowing us to continue to safely enjoy the social isolation and peace that fishing brings. It is incumbent on us all to continue to act responsibly and to fish safely, fish locally and respect the Rule of Two.

WHAT THE ANGLING TRUST CEO SAYS

“We are obviously pleased that fishing can continue during lockdown even with the restrictions that are in place which have temporarily suspended match fishing. Angling has conducted itself safely and responsibly throughout this pandemic and the Angling Trust is determined to ensure that our chosen form of outdoor recreation remains part of the solution rather than the problem. To do this anglers must continue to fish safely, locally and responsibly.” Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO

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Winter League R1

Winter League Round 1,  Sunday 25th October:

With Second Basin failing in the last match, it was the turn of the Bird Hide section this Sunday with only a single 2oz roach showing between six anglers, enough to give Matt Sampson the section win.  You know its winter when you have to draw a red peg to be in with a shout.

In the Bottom Basin Simon Allen needed a bonus 10lb carp taken on the light waggler to boost his weight to a winning one of 15lbs off peg 13.  Dick Turner fishing hot peg 15 had found the skimmers and even with a bonus slab he could not make up the deficit of Simon’s carp and so had to settle for second.  Peg 20 produced again with an 8lbs bag of skimers and silvers for Steve Maynard to finish third.  Len Hancock fished the tip and waggler to bag 6lbs  of skimmers to take the Lower Basin section win.

To try and even things out and give everyone a chance the Sunday 8th November Match is being moved to the Rodds Bridge section.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 15lbs 14oz 13 17
2 Dick Turner 13lbs 9oz 15 16
3 Steve Maynard 8lbs 4oz 20 15
4 Len Hancock 6lbs 8oz 18 14
5 Mark Gratton 5lbs 14oz 19 13
6 Tony Hillas 5lbs 13oz 22 12
7 Tony Johns 4lbs 8oz 14 11
8 Paul Braund 3lbs 10oz 17 10
9 Dave Allen 2lbs 11ozs 12 9
10 Ady Larins 2lbs 9ozs 16 8
11 Matt Sampson 2oz 42 7
11 Brian Powel - 21 1
12 Adrian Hill - 43 1
13 Jack Crystal - 44 1
14 Steve Whitehouse - 45 1
15 Mike Bowden - 46 1
16 Geoff Wakefield - 47 1
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Summer League R10

Summer League R10 -  Reg Howard Trophy

Total Weight Anglers Ave Weight
2020: 54lbs 8ozs 20 2lbs 7ozs
2019: 72lbs 12 6lbs
Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Tony Hillas 8lbs 5oz 20 21
2 Nathan Underwood 7lbs 1oz 13 20
=3 Mike Bowden 5lbs 12oz 14 18.5
=3 Simon Allen 5lbs 12oz 43 18.5
5 Brian Powel 4lbs 8oz 16 17
6 Dave Allen 4lbs 6oz 15 16
7 Adrian Hill 4lbs 2oz 18 15
8 Steve Whitehouse 2lbs 12oz 45 14
9 Mark Gratton 2lbs 9oz 35 13
10 Dick Turner 2lbs 2oz 19 12
11 Ady Larkins 2lbs 47 11
12 Jack Crystal 1lb 13oz 42 10
13 Kevin Hill 1lb 1oz 31 9
=14 Len Hancock 1lb 46 7.5
=14 Wayne Burnard 1lb 44 7.5
16 Jean Bowden 4oz 17 6
17 Paul Braund 1oz 29 5
=18 Tony Johns 27 1
=18 Andy Southey 25 1
=18 Matt Sampson 33 1
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Simon Allen 10 152
2 Tony Hillas 9 109.5
3 Brian Powel 10 108
4 Jack Crystal 10 107.5
5 Adrian Hill 10 103
6 Dave Allen 10 94.5
7 Mark Gratton 9 92
8 Andy Southey 10 80
9 Ady Larkins 9 78.5
10 Paul Braund 10 77.5
11 Steve Whitehouse 8 72
12 Kevin Hill 8 57
13 Tony Johns 9 52
14 Matt Sampson 5 48.5
15 Mike Bowden 4 32.5
=16 Len Hancock 5 29.5
=16 Bo Charnock 6 29.5
18 Ian Gray 2 23
=19 Ryan Willshire 2 20
=19 Nathan Underwood 1 20
21 Dick Turner 1 12
=22 Jean Bowden 2 11
=22 Geoff Wakefield 3 11
=22 Steve Maynard 1 11
25 Rob Fuller 1 10
26 Wayne Burnard 2 9.5
1st (J) Alfie 1 2
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Summer League R9

Summer League R9 -

With storm Alex battering the canal 12 foolhardy anglers actually showed up at the draw so it was decided to move the contest to the Bird Hide and Dead Elms sections where there was at least some protection from the wind.

Simon Allen made it 4 wins from 5 as he bagged a succession of silvers on the short pole from 43 (end peg) and effectively won the Summer League with a match in hand.  Steve Maynard used simillar tactics to sneak out over 3lbs of silvers from peg 47 whilst Rob Fuller had enough cover from the gale force gusts (fishing the peg where Falcon Cottage Gardens end) to eek out 2lbs silvers on the long pole.  Mark Gratton was fourth with 1lb 8ozs of silvers off the Elms section.

Everyone got a soaking with Dave Allen and Paul Braund having to call time early to avoid hypothermia (Ady stuck the course!)

Total Weight Anglers Ave Weight
2020: 15lbs 8ozs 12 1lbs 5ozs
2019: No Equivalent
Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 6lbs 13oz 43 12
2 Steve Maynard 3lbs 2oz 47 11
3 Rob Fuller 2lbs 7 10
4 Mark Gratton 1lb 8oz 10 9
=5 Andy Southey 11oz 44 7.5
=5 Ady Larkins 11oz 6 7.5
7 Adrian Hill 9oz 45 6
8 Jack Crystal 6oz 46 5
9 Geoff Wakefield 4oz 9 4
=10 Paul Braund 1oz 8 2.5
=10 Dave Allen 1oz 11 2.5
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Simon Allen 9 133.5
2 Jack Crystal 9 97.5
3 Brian Powel 8 91
4 Tony Hillas 8 88.5
5 Adrian Hill 9 88
=6 Andy Southey 9 79
=6 Mark Gratton 8 79
8 Dave Allen 9 78.5
9 Paul Braund 9 72.5
10 Ady Larkins 8 67.5
11 Steve Whitehouse 7 58
12 Tony Johns 8 51
13 Kevin Hill 7 48
14 Matt Sampson 4 47.5
15 Bo Charnock 6 29.5
16 Ian Gray 2 23
17 Len Hancock 4 22
18 Ryan Willshire 2 20
19 Mike Bowden 3 14
=20 Geoff Wakefield 3 11
=20 Steve Maynard 1 11
22 Rob Fuller 1 10
23 Jean Bowden 1 5
24 Wayne Burnard 1 2
1st (J) Alfie 1 2
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Bude V North Devon

Bude 163.5 V 136.5 North Devon (First Leg) 27th September 2020

(2nd leg Upper Tamar Devon Bank – 18th October)

A change in the weather saw the average weights compared to last year fall , but four anglers still found double figure bags with the bottom basin around pegs 14 to 17 producing as expected.  Adrian Hill came out on top with 13lbs of silvers for top weight from peg 14 but runner up went to local maestro Simon Allen with an impressive 10lb 8ozs from the Bird Hide.  It was not a top three shut out for Bude as John Forrester did not waste the plumb draw of peg 15, taking third spot just 3 ozs ahead of team mate Stuart Burrage on peg 17.

It was a day where some anglers had to scratch hard to eek out those extra ounces and persistance paid off for the Cup holders Bude as they ammased a 27 pount lead to take into the next leg at Upper Tamar.   Current betting:  Bude 4/6, North Devon 1/1.

‘That will  learn ‘em for putting cream on thier scones first!’ (Team Captain Simon Allen)

Total Weight Anglers Ave Weight
2020: 95lbs 24 3lbs 12ozs
2019: 140lbs 26 5lbs 4ozs
Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 A Hill 13lbs 2oz 14 24
2 S Allen 10lbs 8oz 46 23
3 J Forster 10lbs 3oz 15 22
4 S Burrage 10lbs 17 21
5 R Willshire 8lbs 1oz 16 20
6 N Underwood 5lbs 6oz 47 19
7 C Morris 5lbs 2oz 31 18
8 D Allen 4lbs 28 17
9 M Sampson 3lbs 10oz 30 16
10 J Crystal 3lbs 9oz 42 15
11 M Gratton 3lbs 6oz 44 13.5
12 P Elworthy 3lbs 6oz 13 13.5
13 M Turner 3lbs 45 12
14 P Braund 2lbs 11oz 34 11
15 W Merton 2lbs 9oz 43 10
16 S Whitehouse 2lbs 18 9
17 B Powell 1lb 9ozs 20 8
18 G Currington 1lb 8ozs 19 7
19 T Downing 15ozs 35 6
20 K Hill 11ozs 26 5
21 J Bailey 3ozs 27 4
22 K Shears 2ozs 33 2
17 C Cherrington 2ozs 29 2
17 A Larkins 32 2
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Summer League R8

Summer League R8 -

Simon Allen made it 3 from 4 as he bagged a succession of silvers on the short pole from peg 29 (an end peg for this match).  It was a royal dust up between Tony Hillas (tip) and Jack Crystal (short pole) off pegs 18 and 19 with them evetuqlly tying for 2nd with 8lbs 10ozs each.

There were section wins for Adrian Hill with 5lbs of silvers from pag 35 and and Kevin Hill with 5lbs 13ozs from hot peg 15.

Total Weight Anglers Ave Weight
2020: 63lbs 14 4lbs 8ozs
2019: 102lbs 14 7lbs 4ozs*
2019 Carp Adjusted:* 65lbs (-37lbs 3 Fish) 14 4lbs 10ozs*
Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 10lbs 13oz 29 15
=2 Tony Hillas 8lbs 10oz 19 13.5
=2 Jack Crystal 8lbs 10oz 18 13.5
4 Kevin Hill 5lbs 13oz 15 12
5 Ian Gray 5lbs 1oz 13 11
6 Adrian Hill 5lbs 35 10
7 Brian Powel 4lbs 11oz 32 9
8 Paul Braund 3lbs 10oz 31 8
9 Mike Bowden 2lb 9oz 30 7
=10 Tony Johns 2lb 5oz 30 5
=10 Dave Allen 2lb 5oz 16 5
=10 Jean Bowden 2lbs 5oz 32 5
13 Geoff Wakefield 1lbs 4oz 31 3
14 Andy Southey 5oz 34 2
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Simon Allen 8 121.5
2 Jack Crystal 8 92.5
3 Brian Powel 8 91
4 Tony Hillas 8 88.5
5 Adrian Hill 8 82
6 Dave Allen 8 76
7 Andy Southey 8 71.5
=8 Mark Gratton 7 70
=8 Paul Braund 8 70
10 Ady Larkins 7 60
11 Steve Whitehouse 7 58
12 Tony Johns 8 51
13 Kevin Hill 7 48
14 Matt Sampson 4 47.5
15 Bo Charnock 6 29.5
16 Ian Gray 2 23
17 Len Hancock 4 22
18 Ryan Willshire 2 20
19 Mike Bowden 3 14
20 Jean Bowden 1 5
21 Geoff Wakefield 2 7
22 Wayne Burnard 1 2
1st (J) Alfie 1 2
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