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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Corvid 19 Update

Dear Member,

We find ourselves in unprecedented times as the country attempts to deal with the Corvid-19 outbreak.  Like many sporting organisations across the UK, we, the Angling Trust and Environment Agency are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Officers of the Association are following the current Government and NHS position and whilst we fully understand the role angling has in promoting active lifestyles, physical health and mental wellbeing, we have to ask our members to adhere to the current guidance and refrain from fishing.

In addition and under Under section 5h of the Rules and Regulations of BCAA, the Senior Offices of the Association have taken the follow action as set out below.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting has been deferred to a future date when government advice allows our members to gather safely to conduct business (our expectations are this will not be until the Autumn).  As such, the current elected officers will continue until we are able to convene an AGM.  Our Treasurer will work with the Association accountant to prepare the annual financial accounts as usual to maintain our current financial operating and reporting year.  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.  Whilst no new date has been set, we will endeavour to hold the event (advice pending) in the Autumn.

Membership Renewal

Arrangements for renewal have been deferred, a further communication will be sent by no later than 31st April that will give an update and instructions of how you may renew your membership.

Match Fishing

The Government have advised that they will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public.  On this basis 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 April.

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

Paul Braund Chairman BCAA

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Winter League R9

Winter League Round 9,  Sunday 8th March:

Punched bread was the way to go as a large number of redfins were caught, for not a lot of weight!  Simon Allen managed to keep them feeding all day and won with 5lb 2ozs, Kevin Hill was not far behind wit 4lb 12ozs of silvers taken on the inside line for second.  Mark Gratton only had an ounce in hand to finish third with 3lbs 2ozs, a result that brings him to within two points of the League Leader Adrian Hill.  There were section wins for Rob Fuller (3lb 1oz)  and Paul Braund (2lb 2oz) and the junior winner was Alfie.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 5lbs 2oz 13 12
2 Kevin Hill 4lbs 12ozs 1 11
3 Mark Gratton 3lbs 2oz 12 10
4 Rob Fuller 3lbs 1ozs 2 9
5 Steve Whitehouse 2lbs 6oz 9 8
6 Paul Braund 2lbs 2oz 14 7
7 Adrian Hill 1lb 13oz 15 6
8 Jack Crystal 1lb 10oz 10 5
9 Dave Allen 1lb 5oz 8 4
=10 Mike Bowden 11ozs 7 2.5
=10 Jean Bowden 11ozs 11 2.5
12 Andy 5ozs 6 1
1st (J) Alfie 3ozs 44 1
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Adrian Hill 9 98
2 Mark Gratton 9 96
3 Rob Fuller 7 74
4 Simon Allen 6 88
5 Jack Crystal 8 72
6 Paul Braund 8 68.5
7 Dick Turner 5 52
8 Dave Allen 8 55
9 Steve Whitehouse 8 62
10 Kevin Hill 8 51
11 Simon Hockday 4 41
12 Matthew Sampson 6 36.5
13 Mike Bowden 6 36.5
14 Jean Bowden 6 35
15 Len Hancock 6 28
16 Ady Larkins 5 22.5
17 Tony Johns 5 19
18 Ian Gray 1 8.5
19 Tony Hillas 1 7.5
=20 Wayne Burnard 1 7
=20 Colin Abbott 1 7
=20 Andy 1 7
1st (J) Alfie (J) 2 3
23 Guy Pessell 1 1
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Winter League R8

Winter League Round 8,  Sunday 23rd February:

The Rodds Bridge and Open Corner sections were tried again, and whilst the fishing was not quite so good, everyone caught.  The top weights were all taken on punch bread, this included a 7lb 11oz common that took Mark Grattons weight above 10lbs and into first place.  Mark was on 1lb bottom and 22 hook and took 35 elastic stretching minutes to bank the fish.

Simon Allen kept the redfins coming and with nothing over an ounce, tipped the scales at 5lbs exactly for second spot.  Adrian Hill had an even smaller stamp of redfins and with no bonus fish ended with 3lbs 3ozs and 3rd spot.

Section wins went to Steve Whitehouse who did managed to find a few better fish on the maggot, and Mike Bowden who pipped Kevin Hill by an ounce.

Jack Crystal was best Junior with 2lb 6ozs from peg 2 and sixth overall.


Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Mark Gratton 10lbs 2oz 5 15
2 Simon Allen 5lbs 7 14
3 Adrian Hill 3lbs 3oz 4 13
4 Steve Whitehouse 2lbs 14ozs 8 12
5 Ady Larkins 2lbs 7oz 11
6 Jack Crystal 2lbs 6oz 2 10
7 Paul Braund 2lbs 3oz 6 9
8 Tony Hilas 2lbs 12 7.5
9 Dave Allen 2lbs - 1 7.5
10 Mike Bowden 1lb 14ozs 16 6
11 Kevin Hill 1lb 13ozs 17 5
12 Andy 1lb 10ozs 9 4
13 Jean Bowden 8ozs 14 2.5
14 Matt Sampson 8ozs 13 2.5
15 Tony Johns 7ozs 3 1
Pos: Angler No. Mtchs Pts
1 Adrian Hill 8 92
2 Mark Gratton 8 86
3 Rob Fuller 6 65
4 Simon Allen 5 76
1st (J) Jack Crystal 8 67
5 Paul Braund 7 61.5
6 Dick Turner 5 52
7 Dave Allen 7 51
8 Steve Whitehouse 7 54
9 Kevin Hill 7 40
10 Simon Hockday 4 41
11 Matthew Sampson 6 36.5
12 Jean Bowden 6 32.5
=13 Mike Bowden 6 34
=13 Len Hancock 6 28
15 Ady Larkins 5 32.5
16 Tony Johns 5 19
17 Tony Hilas 1 8
17 Ian Gray 1 8.5
=18 Wayne Burnard 1 7
=18 Colin Abbott 1 7
20 Andy 1 6
2nd (J) Alfie (J) 1 2
21 Guy Pessell 1 1
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1000 Fish Stocked

The Environment Agency stocked 1000 fish into the Main Canal today (500 roach and 500 Bream).  The Fish were all bread at the EA’s fish farm in Calverton and were in A1 condition.

You will see from the photos the bream are good ‘skimmer’ stamp.

Hopeful these will dodge the cormorants!

The Committee are holding off with any further stocking of fish as they are fearful we are simply feeding the overwintering cormorants! If the birds move off in March as expected then further considerations to stocking will be agreed.

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