EXCITING NEWS COVID 19 LOCKDOWN UPDATE! & January Newsletter below..
Angling Trust – 7th January 2021 11:31
Good morning everyoneThe Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown.The DCMS Sports Team confirmed the following;“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”This has also been confirmed by DEFRA;“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”And by Sport England here – https://www.sportengland.org/…/frequently-asked…We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:- 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.We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others can not and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.I would ask all anglers who are not members to join the Angling Trust and give us your support. We have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of our new and existing members. I would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together!Membership – Angling Trust https://anglingtrust.net/membership/Stay safe and very best fishes
Jamie Cook CEO – Angling Trust
EVENT this February
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04 November 2020
ANGLING TRUST ADVICE – Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown.
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Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown
Having now examined the government’s new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations the Angling Trust is pleased to be able to offer some initial guidance and interpretation to anglers and fishery providers. Our formal guidelines will be published following further consultation with colleagues at Sport England and DCMS once Parliament has debated the regulations today and passed them into law.
Overall the Angling Trust is pleased that ministers have recognised the value of allowing angling and some other forms of outdoor recreation to continue through the forthcoming lockdown period. However, the new rules are more complicated than we had hoped and anglers should be fully aware of what we can and can’t do in the next 28 days.
How to Fish
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 Angling Trust competitions are suspended for the period covering 5th November – 2nd December 2020.
Where to 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).’ We 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 outings or organised amateur sporting activities of any sort. All indoor or social facilities in any way connected with a fishing venue must close or refer to the relevant Government guidance. Fishing tackle shops, whether onsite or not, can only operate a ‘click and collect’ service.
Travelling to fish
Whilst the government have chosen not to write their travel guidance into law we 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 fishing into and through the hours of darkness providing the other rules are observed.
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 sensibly managed.
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 OUR CEO SAYS
“We are obviously pleased that fishing can continue during lockdown even with the restrictions that are in place which have to temporally 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
Reviews received ! Thank you so much we really appreciate your kind words.
Sunday 27th September 2020
A selection of amazing feedback from our lovely customers this month.
Nigel Johnson – Three well stocked and easily accessible lakes set in peaceful, well kept surroundings. This was my first time fly fishing and,once I’d sorted my technique out, I was lucky enough to land four healthy hard-fighting rainbows. What really made the day though was the staff who went the extra mile to ensure we all had a great day. This really is gem of a place to fish.
Paul Nicholson – Lovely setting. Good fishing. Friendly people. Nice weather. What more can you ask for! I will be back tomorrow. Sawbridge.
Karl Mg – A superb venue, friendly owners, great facilities and hard fighting rainbow trout.
James Gillies – Great fishing lovley owners and the trout are the hardest fighting trout I have had . Looking forward to my next visit
Adrian West – Fantastic place to fish. I try to go every week if I can.
Saturday 26th September 2020
Another fantastic day!! We have had a closed event for The Royal Hampshire Regiment. They were amazing and present us with a plaque and personalised mugs. So very thoughtful and we thank them for their services.
21st September 2020
We’ve had a fabulous turn out for the Troutmaster’s event this weekend, with 7 competitors and partners coming . It’s been truly wonderful.In light of this, we’ve decided to run another event but this time for the children. So during half term Sunday 25th October 11-3 we will run a family day . Check back here soon for more details !
15th September 2020
“Great fishing lovley owners and the trout are the hardest fighting trout I have had . Looking forward to my next visit. James G ”
We were over the moon to get this review ‘ our hard work must be paying off ! ‘.
Thanks so much for your kind words. Emily and Terry 🙏
WOW What a busy week!!! We are getting very popular!. Terry and I are very excited to welcome our anglers. To make sure you are not disappointed ALWAYS book ahead by calling or emailing us. Lately we have had to turn people away as no one likes it to busy. It is important to pre book for different reasons:
- Stocking the right amount of fish
- Peaceful fishing experience
- Room to move pegs
- Social Distancing
7th August 2020
We had some great feedback which we would like to share with you.b Thank you so much for your kind words.
“Regarding our visit to Bransford Fishery on July 29th, we would like to thank the hosts for a really enjoyable fishing day. We found the fishery very well organised through the booking, level of stocking, quality of fish and the general tidiness of the lakes. The toilet and weigh room/ kitchen were exceptionally clean and tidy. Very impressed on our first visit and looking forward to our next one. We managed to catch a 5lb and a 4.5lb fish, both in lovely condition.”
Best Regards, AF
4th August 2020
Well, it’s been a busy few weeks! Last week we had to have two fish deliveries so that you all can have trout for supper. Did you see the beautiful fish that one angler caught that was *5 lb 12 oz -it looked beautiful? Our facebook and instagram page gets updated a few times a week, so make sure you pop on over to that. The Office is nearly completed which I am very excited about. Soon you will be able to come straight in and see me to get your tickets before you fish. I’m going to stock a few essentials too e.g. different flies etc. If you have any suggestions please let me know. See you soon!
We would love you to keep checking our website for the latest events, offers, items for sale etc.
Holiday Lets – We at Bransford Fisheries are in the process of getting our five bedroom short term holiday lets ready. We will be posting further details and photographs in the coming months.