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Re-opened waters

Following the announcement from the Government and Angling Trust on 7th January 2021 the Committee can confirm waters are again open.

Members must take heed of the need to stay LOCAL and take particular note of the guidance published by Angling Trust, part of which is published below:

  • “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.
  • The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
  • To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.”

Please read the full Angling Trust statement before deciding whether you should fish.

Should you decide to fish you are reminded the Club’s Covid19 rules, as laid out below, STILL APPLY.

They are –

  • – No congregating with other anglers.
  • – Keep your distance and maintain a 2mtr gap at all times.
  • – No walking around the lakes – (Especially between peg 34 to 25 at Ellingham.This is out of bounds)
  • – Pathways / tracks must be kept clear at all times – do not lean rod holders etc against the otter fence at the lay-by.
  • – Gates and locks should be opened whilst wearing gloves or covered hands.
  • – If fishing the lay-by with a non fishing partner – do not fish pegs 3 to 14 inclusive.
  • – If you turn and find all pegs are taken, leave the venue and try another. DO NOT walk around.
  • – The Toilet at the lay-by can be used at each anglers own risk. It is currently padlocked to prevent unauthorised use. Code is same as gate. Please use hand sanitiser.
  • – Nets may be used but ensure no fish over 5lb are put in.

ANYONE CAUGHT BREAKING OR ABUSING THE ABOVE RULES IN THE CURRENT SITUATION WILL BE BANNED.

Club Officials will be checking all waters. Please carry your Club Card.

If any person develops or think they are developing COVID19, please leave the waters immediately and follow government guidelines.

THE COMMITTEE HOPE AND LOOK TO ITS MEMBERS TO USE THEIR COMMON SENSE.
FOLLOW THE RULES.
FAILURE TO DO SO COULD NOT ONLY DAMAGE THE CLUB BUT THE SPORT AS A WHOLE.

Glenn Shiplee (CHAIRMAN) on behalf of the COMMITTEE.