Covid 19 July Update

Tuesday, June 30th  2020

Dear Member,

Under section 5h of the Rules and Regulations of BCAA, the Senior Offices of the Association continue to take action and an update is given below:

Angling to re- open on the full length of the Main Canal and Whalesborough Lake from 05:30 on Saturday 4th July (This includes opening to day ticket anglers)

With the further relaxation of the social distancing guidelines the Committee have secured an agreement with the Bude Harbour Master and Bude Ranger to re-open the Main Canal in its entirety on Saturday 4th July to members and day ticket holders under the following conditions:

  • Anglers to carry their BCAA ID Card/ Day Ticket and EA Rod Licence with them when fishing.*
  • Angling form sunrise to sunset only (no night fishing).
  • No umbrellas, bivvies’ or shelters of any description to be erected at any time.
  • No Fishing within 15 metres of another angler.
  • Anglers to be within arms reach of their rods at all times.
  • When fishing the Lower Basin or narrow sections of the canal please avoid placing your rod bag/keepnet bag, etc immediately behind you, place them to the side and maximise space for towpath users to pass.

*Please note BCAA Bailiffs and EA Bailiffs will be patrolling the banks.  It is a criminal offence to fish without a licence (technically theft) and not having a valid rod licence carries a maximum fine of £2500.

2020-21 Membership Renewal

You have until 31st August to renew your membership which will run from 1st September 2020 to 31st May 2021.  To reflect the foreshortened season the cost of renewing membership will be as follows:

Full Senior                              £20

Full Senior OaP                     £10

Full Associate                        £15

Full Associate OaP               £10

Junior                                      £10

You can pay via any of the following (NB: Steve our Membership Secretary, will not accept any personal payments direct to his door, please respect this)

  1. Cheque made payable to ‘Bude Canal AA’ and posted to:

Mr S Brown

Membership Secretary

3 Bede Haven Close

Bude Cornwall

EX23 8QF

  1. By online bank transfer, or via Post Office Counters, or via TSB Bank counter Bude to the following account:

Account Name:          Bude Canal Angling Association

Sort Code:                  77 09 09

Account Number:       21197060

Reference:                 Your initial, Surname and ‘subs’     (i.e.  JR Hartley subs)

Anyone not renewing by the 31st August will have to re-apply for membership.

NB Places will be offered to those waiting for membership and it is therefore unlikely there will be any places available for 2020-21 so please renew asap to avoid disappointment.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting remains deferred to a future date when government advice allows our members to gather safely to conduct business.

Thank you for following the advice of the Government and using common sense when angling under various restrictions.  Whilst there were a few ‘incidents’ these were thankfully few, and this has made negotiations with our Landlords much easier and enabled the whole length of the canal to be re-opened at the first opportunity.

Paul Braund

Chairman BCAA

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Summer League R1

Summer League Round 1,  Monica Jones Cup, Sunday 21st June:

For the record, 24 anglers fished the corresponding competition in 2017 and banked 58lbs 4ozs, 22 fished in 2018 banked 84lbs 8ozs, and 21 in 2019 banking 119lbs (inc 30lbs of carp).  This year, with 5 less anglers  the total was 106lbs with no carp, so we are steadily improving the weights.

After a mega catch off peg 31 in the week Dave Allen followed that up in the match with nearly 13lbs of skimmers and roach to win the Monica Jones Cup off adjacent peg 30.  Jack Crystal posted his best ever result with a double figure bag of skimmers taken on the pole from peg 18 to finish runner up.   Mark Gratton chopped and changed between the pole and tip off peg 13 to bank 9lb 10zs of silvers (with a 2lb bonus bream) for third place.

There were section wins for carp king Ryan Willshire in the Second Basin who used wag ‘n mag to net 9lbs of silvers.  The Lower Basin  section win went to Andy Southey who put the tip to good use and bagged  a decent bream and a couple of dog eels to boost his total  catch to 8lb 11ozs.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Dave Allen 12lbs 14oz 30 17
2 Jack Crystal 10lbs 12oz 18 16
3 Mark Gratton 9lbs 10oz 13 15
4 Ryan Willshire 9lbs 1oz 28 14
5 Andy Southey 8lbs 11oz 16 13
6 Brian Powel 7lbs 10oz 14 12
7 Simon Allen 7lbs 9oz 17 11
8 Ady Larkins 7lbs 12 10
9 Adrian Hill 5lbs 10oz 27 9
10 Steve Whitehouse 5lbs 8oz 26 8
11 Tony Johns 5lbs 3oz 31 7
12 Tony Hillas 4lbs 7oz 25 6
13 Len Hancock 4lbs 5oz 29 5
14 Matt Sampson 4lbs 1oz 2o 4
15 Paul Braund 3lbs 12oz 15 3
16 Kevin Hill 13oz 26 2
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Match Entry and Weigh-in Arrangements

Match Day Arrangements

If you are intending to fish any of the matches please abide by the following arrangements.

Please adhere to the two meter social distancing.

Draw

Please ensure you have the correct entrance money (£10 senior, £2 junior).  There will be a collection bucket for entrants to drop their money into and have their name recorded as entered. That money will then be bagged safely and stored.

Once everyone has paid, the Match Secretary will draw each number from the magic bag in order of payment (i.e. first to pay will be first out the bag and so on). As soon as you have been allocated a peg number make your way to the peg as normal.

The Brendon Car Park is big, so please try to keep the two meter social distancing.

The weigh in.

We will be using weighing in cradles if available (or a suitable alternative if not).

The weigh in will need to be done by the same two people in each section one weighing one writing down, we will be seeking two volunteers from each section.

The angler empties their fish into the cradle and steps back to a distance of two meters.  The weigh Team take it from there and as is normal inform the angler of their weight.  The person weighing the fish will release the fish as well, no passing the sling to the person who caught them.

Do not follow the weighing in team!

Prize giving

The prize money issued will have been in storage for at least two weeks (months in the case of the first match!).

If you are really worried bring a seal-able plastic bag and the Match Secretary will place the money into the bag whilst you hold it, you can seal it, and leave for at least three days.

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Covid-19 Members June Update

Tuesday, June 9th 2020

Dear Member,

Under section 5h of the Rules and Regulations of BCAA, the Senior Offices of the Association continue to take action and an update is given below:

Angling to Partially Open on the Main Canal from 05:30 on Monday 15th June

With the relaxation of the social distancing guidelines the Committee have secured an agreement with the Bude Harbour Master and Bude Ranger to re-open the Main Canal on Monday 15th June from the Sea Lock to Peg 31 only, under the following conditions:

Angling Open to Members Only (No Day Tickets will be sold)

  • Angling only from Pegs 1 to 31 and Falcon Bridge Lawn (please note angling is prohibited from the Brendon Car Park as we are still seeking the landowners permission to fish from their land)
  • Angling form sunrise to sunset only (no night fishing).
  • No umbrellas, bivvies’ or shelters of any description to be erected at any time.*
  • No Fishing within 15 metres of another angler.
  • Anglers to be within arms reach of their rods at all times.
  • Keepnets and carp sacks may now be used.
  • The above conditions will also take effect at Whalesborough Lake and Hele Bridge Pond from June 15th. *an umbrella only may be used at Whalesborough Lake or Hele Bridge Stock Pond.

Match Fishing

Matches will recommence on Sunday 21st June, with the Monica Jones Cup.  The Evening Pairs competitions have been cancelled.

A fully revised fixture list will be published on the web shortly, along with entry instructions and rule changes to maintain social distancing during competitions.

Please adhere to the above conditions as any future relaxation of restrictions will be dependent upon our collective behaviour.

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Corvid 19 May Update

Tuesday, May 12th 2020

Dear Member,

Under section 5h of the Rules and Regulations of BCAA, the Senior Offices of the Association continue to take action and an update is given below:

Angling to Remain Closed on the Main Canal

The Government has categorised angling as a permitted activity only if undertaken as a solitary activity whilst maintaining social distancing.  The Committee are currently working with the Council to develop angling guidelines that will reduce risk to a level acceptable by our Landlords. However, at present the proximity of multi-purpose paths make 2 metre social distancing all but impossible on the Main Canal.  The Committee will revisit this post June 1st when ‘phase 2’ of the Government plan will hopefully see restrictions further relaxed.

Angling to Partially Re-Open for Members at Hele Bridge and Whalesborough Lake

The Committee has decided that social distancing can be practiced at Hele Bridge (Stock Pond) and Whalesborough Lake.  The Landlord has given their consent for angling to recommence , as such these fisheries will re-open with effect from 6am Wednesday 13th May, but with the following temporary changes to the BCAA regulations:

  • Strictly Members Only (No Day Tickets will be Sold)
  • Fishing only from sunrise to sunset (as per published times)  To clarify this point, no night fishing is allowed.
  • No bivvies or shelters (other than an umbrella) may be erected.
  • No Fishing within 15 metres of another angler.
  • No keepnets or carp sacks
  • Anglers to be within arms reach of their rods at all times.

Please note: The Whalesborough Café car park is closed.  Please park in the Hele Bridge car park or on the old A39.

Membership Renewal

The 2019-20 membership season has been extended to 31st August 2020.  Your current membership will therefore continue, at no extra cost, until that date.  Arrangements for 2020-21 membership renewal will be communicated to members in July.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting remains deferred to a future date when government advice allows our members to gather safely to conduct business.

Match Fishing

All matches remain cancelled until we are advised by the Angling Trust that it is safe to recommence them.  We will update and publish a revised fixture list when able.

Please follow the advice of the Government and use common sense when angling under the new regulations.  If we receive complaints of abuse then our Landlords will undoubtedly take a dim view and we risk losing our right to fish the canal.

The Committee will review these measures in early June and issue a further communication as and when but no later than the second week of June.

Chairman BCAA

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Corvid 19 April Update

Tuesday, April 21st 2020

Dear Member,

We continue find ourselves in a ‘lock down’ situation during the Corvid-19 outbreak.  The Government has made it clear that angling is not currently categorised a permitted exercise and travelling to go fishing is not allowable. Our fisheries therefore remain closed until further notice in order to comply with the current restrictions. These now have the force of law under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.  As a reminder currently

people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible;
  • one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

Until the situation changes the strong advice is not to fish but to STAY SAFE, STAY HOME, SUPPORT THE NHS and help SAVE LIVES.

Under section 5h of the Rules and Regulations of BCAA, the Senior Offices of the Association continue to take action and an update is given below.

Membership Renewal

The 2019-20 membership season has been extended to 31st August 2020 with immediate effect.  Your current membership will therefore continue, at no extra cost, until that date.  Arrangements for 2020-21 membership renewal will be communicated to members in July when it is hoped a clearer picture with regards recreational angling will be known.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting has been deferred to a future date when government advice allows our members to gather safely to conduct business.  The current elected officers will continue until we are able to convene an AGM.  Our Treasurer has prepared the annual financial accounts and Members will have an opportunity to scrutinise and approve those accounts when we are able to convene the AGM.

Buffet Presentation Evening

With the closure of restaurants and pubs we have had to postpone the Annual Buffet Presentation evening planned for May.

Match Fishing

All matches have been cancelled until we are advised otherwise.  We will update and publish a revised fixture list when able.

We will issue a further communication as and when but no later than the last week of July.

Please follow the advice of the Government and keep yourself and your families safe.

Paul Braund

Chairman BCAA

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