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Tuesday 26th May 2020
Match Fishing Given Green Light
Robust new best practice guidelines published by the Angling Trust to bring match fishing in line with COVID-19 procedures have now been agreed by the government as a basis for competitions to resume immediately. These include no gathering of competitors for the draw or prize giving and special equipment and arrangements to maintain social distancing during the weigh-in.

The Angling Trust guidelines were produced in consultation with leading anglers, organisers and fisheries in the match fishing community across all angling disciplines.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) made clear in their announcement and supporting literature on 13th May 2020 that it was unlikely that competitions could be undertaken across any sporting discipline.

However, the Angling Trust compiled a case for the best practice guidelines to form the basis on which match fishing can comply with both the overarching government guidance that accompanies the Coronavirus regulations and the specific prohibitions on public gatherings of more than two people from different households. Failure to follow these guidelines would almost certainly invalidate the insurance of clubs or fisheries and will certainly expose anglers, and therefore the wider public, to a great risk of infection.

In last week’s submission to the DCMS, Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook set out the reasons why competition fishing was different to other sports in ways which make it potentially compliant with the correct safeguards in place.

Fishing competitions involve no contact between competitors and is more or less the comparison of catch returns at the end of the day
Social distancing is maintained at all times during an angling competition
There are no spectators
No competitor is allowed to make contact with another competitor or their equipment

The Angling Trust best practice document was presented to Sport England and the DCMS last week who agreed that they were ‘sensible’ and could be issued this week as the basis for a safe resumption of match fishing in England. In response, DCMS also stated that they were looking for sports to satisfy themselves that all guidance they are producing for their members adheres to the overarching guidance published by the government.

Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook welcomed the response saying: “We were always committed to move through the phases of our plan for the resumption of all forms of angling as quickly as possible, bearing in mind the changes in government guidance and the need to present angling as a safe and responsible outdoor activity.

"It’s because we have acted sensibly and professionally that the government is happy to see the Angling Trust guidelines as the basis for a return to competitive fishing in all angling disciplines.

"My message to match anglers and organisers is not to take this for granted, particularly when many other sports are restricted to participation with no more than one other individual. By all means enjoy fishing matches again but please do so safely by following our guidelines to minimise the risk.”

Following the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions on May 13th, general guidance to anglers in the Angling Trust’s When We Fish Again report will be revised. The changes will include:

A resumption in match fishing in line with best practice guidance
The use of keep nets will be permitted for all anglers
Kayak and boat fishing in freshwater

Separate guidelines have been produced for game, coarse and sea angling competitions but Charter boat fishing is still not compliant under the current regulations.

Steve Ringer said: “As a match angler first and foremost this is great news and it is a credit to the Angling Trust’s approach that we find ourselves back so soon. We must however now make sure we justify this by meeting the guidelines and setting an example to all. Its good to be back!”

Chris Clark, BCAe said: “I’m delighted to hear the news that match fishing can resume and commend the Angling Trust on their work in this area. It’s incredibly important that everyone, organisers and anglers, play our part and follow rules, guidance and best practice to ensure competitions are safe for everyone involved.”

Ifor Jones, of Fishery Management Draycote-Eyebrook-Thornton, said: "It’s great news that anglers will be able to fish competitions once again and I applaud the Angling Trust for being proactive and supporting the safe reintroduction of competitions. I look forward to welcoming competitive anglers to our fisheries in due course.”

Aaron Grantham of Lindholme Lakes said: “Great to see that the hard work and commitment from the Angling Trust and all the other individuals involved paid off. We can now get match fishing going again in a safe manner."

Dave Harrell added: “I’m delighted with the news that competition fishing is back. The important thing now is that all match anglers respect the current situation we are in and work closely with competition organisers to ensure that we have totally safe events.

"We’ve got long daylight hours at present so we must take our time and think carefully about our actions when it comes to things like weighing in."

Best Practise Guidelines For Coarse Competition Fishing Under CORVID 19

   
Tuesday 19th May 2020

PLANS SUBMITTED TO GET MATCH FISHING RESTARTED:
As promised we are working to move quickly from phase 1 to phase 2 of our plan to get everyone fishing again. Riverfest organiser Dave Harrell, England internationals Steve Ringer and Dean Barlow and Lindholme fishery boss Aaron Grantham are amongst a group of highly experienced match fishing enthusiasts who have been working with the Angling Trust to deliver robust new guidelines to bring competition fishing in line with COVID-19 procedures which, it is hoped, will secure the necessary agreement from Government to allow match fishing to resume as soon as possible. Full details here Angling Trust Latest News MORE

 

 

 

   
 
Wednesday 13th May 2020
ODAA Waters Open

The Prime Minister has announced that as from Wednesday we can resume fishing. We are quite fortunate we have a stretch of canal from Bletchingdon to Upper Heyford. We also have Hinksey Lake in Oxford.

If you are going out to fish these venues, please adhere to the Government/Angling Trust guidelines.

  • Please do not fish near moored boats.
  • Keep 15m apart from other anglers
  • Do not clutter the towpath. Other people need to walk there.
  • Try fishing where the towpath is wider. 
  • Do not use keepnets
  • Use PPE to open and close gates etc...
  • Carry Hand Gel

........most of all get out there and enjoy it. Stay Safe, Stay Alert

Don't forget your Rod Licence and Club Permit.

More details here https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/fishing-skills/get-fishing-in-six-easy-steps

 
   
Monday 11th May 2020
The Angling Trust has given a warm welcome to the announcement today (May 10th) by Prime Minster Boris Johnson that recreational fishing looks set to resume in England on Wednesday, May 13th.

The Prime Minister announced the resumption of ‘unlimited outdoor sports’ from Wednesday providing they are conducted alone or with members of the same household and that social distancing rules are followed at all times.

A government source confirmed that “outdoor exercise includes angling, golf, water sports and tennis providing social distanced from Wednesday.”

The decision to include outdoor activities such as angling in the first wave of newly permitted activities followed weeks of intense advocacy and lobbying by the Angling Trust which unified the angling community like never before and saw over 8,000 individual emails sent to MPs and dozens of articles in the regional and national press in support of a safe return for angling.

The Prime Minister is making a full statement to the House of Commons tomorrow and the Angling Trust will be seeking clarification about the reopening of tackle shops and confirmation of any restrictions on how angling should be practised during the next phase.
 
Saturday 4th April 2020

Delegates Meetings

Hi everyone and I hope you are all safe and well and coping with the surreal events in which we find ourselves at present.

Until this is all clear, all future Delegates meeting have been cancelled. New dates will be announced when we get the all clear.

Thanks

Billy
 

 

 

Friday 20th December 2019
On behalf of the Committee, we would like to wish all our Members a very Merry Christmas.
Thursday 19th December 2019

Canal Open

Three Pigeons Lock Up

Sunday 29th December 2019

Please book in with Wayne Gray @ Top Tackle if you want to fish an "Open Match" on the Canal. Draw is on the bank at Three Pigeons Lock, Kirtlington.

Draw is 8.30am. Fish 10.30-15.30. £20 all in

Thursday 19th December 2019

Christmas Match Update

Due to the rising river at Folly and Donnington, it has been decided to postpone the "Christmas Match" until Sunday 19th January 2020. Again Folly and Donnington will be used. Please book in with Wayne Gray @ Top Tackle
 
Thames Shield 
Sunday 25th & Monday 26th August 2019
19 Fished
River Thames, Donnington & Sandford
2 days in grueling heat may have effected the angler but it certainly didn't effect the fishing. Day 1 section winners lost ground on Day 2 and there were some fine weights recorded to put anglers slightly out of the frame back in it. 

Anthony Tomkins and Pete Clarke won their sections at Donnington on Sunday. Anthony had 19lb 6oz of skimmers roach and dace on the pole with caster. Pete Clarke also had a mixed net on the pole with worm for 15lb dead

Bob Gosbee and Brian Hutchings won there sections at Sandford on Sunday. Bob had 18lb 15oz of roach on the hemp and tare. Brian opted for the same tactic and had 15lb 6oz

Wayne Gray and Jacob Oliver won their sections at Donnington on the Monday. Wayne had a fine net of roach on the hemp and tares for 22-05-00. Jacob caught roach on the whip with caster for 08-07-00.

Gordon Collier and Pete Oliver won their sections at Sandford. Gordon had 19--06-00 of roach with hemp and tares and Pete used the same for 17-10-00

Brian Hutchings won the event with 3 points with a weight advantage over Bob Gosbee who also had 3 points. Wayne Gray was 3rd with 4 points

 

Wayne Gray, Brian Hutchings and Bob Gosbee

   

Wayne Gray with a fine net of roach at Donnington

Bob Gosbee with his Section Win net at Sandford

Thames Shield Winner Brian Hutchings
 

Sunday 28th July 2019

 

 

River Thames, Port Meadow, Oxford. Fish were plentiful for our first ' Let's fish' on the R. Thames- Roach, Bleak,chub, perch, gudgeon , dace by the score. Thanks to Oxford & District AA and Terry from Kidlington AS who joined in the fun and issued FOC membership to the children so they can fish the spot again.