Statement from the Angling Trust: Update January 7th 2021
The 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 in England.
The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS 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.”
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 within the district where you live. 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 cannot 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!
Stay safe and very best fishes
Chief Executive, Angling Trust
A Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all our members, here’s hoping that 2021 will be better than 2020, as the song goes things can only get better. Everyone look after yourselves & hope to see you on the bankside.
Tin Mill Fishery will be closed for two weeks from Monday 4th January 2021 to enable the Forestry Contractors to fell the trees & widen the road for better access, the Clubs waters will be open at the weekends the contractors will just be working Monday to Friday. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but it is the only way they can work safely.
The gate to allow access to Tin Mill Dam will be unlocked on Saturday & Sunday at 8am & locked at the latest at 5pm as it will be dark all anglers should have packed up & gone home, anyone found taking the trees that have been felled will be prosecuted.
I would like to thank Paul & Matt Anderson & the digger driver on the work they did in repairing the pegs on the River side of the dam & on levelling the banks & path, they made use of what was available on site, in total they moved above 30 tonnes of material, by doing this they saved the club many hundreds of pounds in not having to buy hardcore, shuttering etc. Once again they did an excellent job as always.
The Annual General meeting in October has had to be cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic, if anyone has any issues they want to raise that they would have brought up at the A.G.M. send them to me by e-mail & we will discuss them when we can. Due to the few weeks we were shut early in the season & the forestry work due in October the fees for membership in 2021 will remain the same, we were looking at raising them before the Pandemic but feel that by leaving them the same this will compensate the disruption.
Membership is now closed for the 2020/21 Season. Requests for membership will start for the 2021/22 Season in March 2021, keep safe until then.
All Anglers must read the rules before fishing , also all fish must be returned to the waters, anyone caught killing fish will be prosecuted, members must have their membership books with them before fishing the Clubs waters.
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The Club has a Pond called Tin Mill Dam & a stretch of the River Don about 1½ miles long , the Dam & River are near to Deepcar, Sheffield. South Yorkshire.
The Dam is in two halves the first part you come to is the Carp Pond & contains mainly Carp some over 20Lbs average fish caught is over 6Lbs, but also has Roach, Bream, Chub, Gudgeon, Perch & other species in it. the far dam is what we call the Silver fish side & contains mainly Silver Fish, Roach, Bream, Small Carp, Crucian Carp, Tench, Perch, Chub & other Species.
The River is ideal for Fly Fishing in some stretches & for Coarse fishing in other areas it contains Barbel, Chub, Dace, Trout,Grayling, Perch, Roach & other species, the Club has spent some £10,000 plus on the stocking of the River in the past. The stretch of River runs from Deepcar to the back of Bramalls Ponds (Near Thurgoland)