Covid Update – Jan 7th

Wednesday, January 7th 2021

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:

Government U-Turn on Fishery Closures during Lockdown 3

The Government has updated its position with regard to fishing this afternoon (7th January 2021).  From 0700 Saturday 9th January 2021 BCAA will be re-opening all its waters to locally based season ticket holders and local day ticket anglers. The regulations have made it clear this is limited to your local fishery and anglers should abide by the Government national lockdown restrictions.

Members please note:

Fishing is only permitted from dawn until dusk: No night fishing

  • Day ticket availability may be limited if necessary in order to control numbers
  • Local has been defined as staying within your village, town or the part of a city where you live. Please follow this guidance and do not travel to BCAA waters if they are not local to where you live.
  • Anglers to be within arms reach of their rods at all times.
  • Anglers to carry their BCAA ID Card/ Day Ticket and EA Rod Licence with them when fishing.
  • No umbrellas, bivvies’ or shelters of any description to be erected at any time on the Main Canal, for clarity the Main Canal is defined as being from the Sea Lock to A39 Road Bridge.
  • No Fishing within 15 metres of another angler.
  • 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.

The Angling Trust has produced guidance which can be accessed on their website https://anglingtrust.net/covid-19/. This guidance must be adhered to at all time, in short:

This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.

We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply. The government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.

Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.

To remain within the law you should follow the government’s guidance, and only fish locally, once a day, within the district where you live between dawn and dusk.

This relaxation of the ‘no fishing’ regulation was achieved through the successful lobbying of the Angling Trust of which BCAA has ‘club membership’.

Please stay safe, stay local and take care.

Paul Braund

Chairman BCAA

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Covid Latest -Canal Closed

Statement from the Angling Trust on the national lockdown rules
Whilst the regulations have not yet been published we have been informed this evening by the Cabinet Office that the Government have taken the decision that fishing in England will not be permitted during this national lockdown period. Whilst this is disappointing news I would ask anglers, fisheries and clubs to respect these rules and the reason they have been put in place; to help save lives and support the NHS.

Individuals should not go fishing from midnight tonight (5th January) and clubs and fisheries should close their waters to anglers. We will be publishing more detailed guidance on specific areas like bailiffing and fishery maintenance once the Government regulations have been published. Please check the Angling Trust website over coming days.

Over the past few weeks we have been in communication with the Government at the highest possible level. We have presented a strong case on how fishing could continue safely during the third national lockdown. We have explained that fishing benefits physical health and mental wellbeing and that it is regularly the only form of activity individuals undertake. You can read our representations to Cabinet Ministers here.

My team and I have consistently presented the arguments ahead of the changing Government guidelines, which have allowed fishing to remain permitted continuously since the first national lockdown was lifted in May. We have been successful when other sports have not as all anglers will know.

However, with 60,000 new infections announced today, the Government have taken the decision that leaving home for recreation or leisure, including all forms of recreational fishing, should be prohibited in England during this third national lockdown period.

I thank you for your support and for being a credit to our sport. As members, you can rest assured that the Angling Trust will continue to represent our sport at the highest level and will present proposals for the resumption of angling when it is safe and sensible to do so. We will come through this period of national crisis. We will fish again, but until then, please, stay safe.

CEO Angling Trust

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Winter League R2

Winter League Round 2,  Sunday 13th December:

Total Weight Anglers Ave Weight
2020: 41lbs 12ozs    (32lbs 14ozs)* 15 2lbs 12ozs          (2lbs 3oz)*
2019: 8lbs 5ozs 19 7ozs
*Less Carp

Angling resumed after ‘Lockdown 2′ at the Rodds Bridge end of the canal with peg 1 closest to Rodds Bridge and peg 16 just beyond Hoopers Bend (or peg 76 in old money).  It was a shrewd move to move the venue when contrasted with last years competition, even when taking carp out of the equation.

It was a masterclass in punch and pinkie fishing on peg 15 from Simon Allen as in amongst the eyes he found a few decent skimmers for an impressive double figure winning bag of silvers.  Tone Johns got off to a flyer with a near 9lb carp first put in but could not add to the weight and finally ending in second spot.  Adrian Hill kept banging out the eyes on punch bread all day, but without the bonus skimmers he ended in third with 3lb 10zs of tiny redfins.  Section wins went to Ady larkns and Kevin Hill respectively who managed to bag up on the small silvers all through the day.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Simon Allen 10lbs 3oz 15 16
2 Tony Johns 8lbs 14oz 7 15
3 Adrian Hill 3lbs 10oz 10 14
4 Kevin Hill 2lbs 15oz 3 13
5 Ady Larkins 2lbs 9oz 9 12
6 Mark Gratton 2lbs 7oz 6 11
7 Jack Crystal 2lb 1oz 8 10
7 Steve Whitehouse 1lb 14oz 11 9
9 Tony Hillas 1lbs 9oz 12 8
=10 Geoff Wakefield 1lbs 8ozs 14 6
=10 Paul Braund 1lbs 8ozs 13 6
12 Matt Sampson 1lb 4oz 5 4
13 Dave Allen 13oz 2 3
14 Len Hancock 12oz 1 2
15 Andy Southey - - 1
Winter League 2020-21
Pos: Angler No. Matches Pts
1 Simon Allen 2 33
2 Tony Johns 2 26
3 Mark Gratton 2 24
=4 Tony Hillas 2 20
=4 Ady Larkins 2 20
=6 Dick Turner 1 16
=6 Paul Braund 2 16
=8 Steve Maynard 1 15
=8 Adrian Hill 2 15
10 Len Hancock 2 14
11 Dave Allen 2 12
=12 Matt Sampson 2 11
=12 Jack Crystal 2 11
14 Steve Whitehouse 2 10
15 Geoff Wakefield 2 7
=16 Mike Bowden 1 1
=16 Brian Powel 1 1
=16 Andy Southey 1 1
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Covid Update – Dec

Wednesday, 8th December 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:

The Officers of the Association were able to hold an ‘on-line’ Committee Meeting on Sunday 6th December.  A review of the current covid restrictions was undertaken now that Cornwall has been designated a Tier 1 area.

In light of Angling Trust guidance a vote was passed to amend the current restrictions to allow night fishing to recommence with immediate effect.

Members are reminded that the following restrictions are still in place and must be adhered to are -

Anglers to be within arms reach of their rods at all times.

  • Anglers to carry their BCAA ID Card/ Day Ticket and EA Rod Licence with them when fishing.
  • No umbrellas, bivvies’ or shelters of any description to be erected at any time on the Main Canal, for clarity the Main Canal is defined as being from the Sea Lock to A39 Road Bridge.
  • No Fishing within 15 metres of another angler.
  • 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.

The Officers are aware of a small number of anglers who are not adhering to the rules.  It pains me to have to point out something that should be obvious.  Bude Canal is situated where we are in full view of the general public and share the banks with a large number of residential property, it is not an isolated or secluded venue.  I would hope our members understand this and that our conduct and behaviour has a direct impact on how the public perceive our sport.  Some of our members might want to just think about that.

This notification from the Association is a final warning to any member who is unable to follow the rules.  Anyone found in breach of any Association rules will be at serious risk of forfeiting their Association membership.  The Officers wanted to make it clear if the behaviours of some members continue, this will happen.

2020-21 Membership Renewal

The Association has reached its limit for Full and Associate Members, there are only places available for Junior memberships.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting will take place in May 2021, the format will depend upon the government advice prevailing at this time but may have to be on-line.

A big thank you to the vast majority of members who have been diligently following the advice of the Government and using common sense when angling under the various restrictions.  It has been appreciated.

Paul Braund

Chairman BCAA

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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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