LOCKDOWN UPDATE - LATEST

Dave

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To be fair, the writing was on the wall, the AT had done what they could for the past two lockdowns and for the most people were pleased with the results, however they'd also been smacked in the virtual mouths by many as well.
I've never seen anything like the amount of abuse that they have had directed at them, not just as an organisation but to individuals personally as well.
Fisheries flouting the rules, some anglers paying lip service to the guidance; basically I'm surprised the AT bothered at all, but it's what they do, get on with it regardless and often as seen, a thankless task.

The powers that be see this also, they see the arguments, the backstabbing and dummies spat. They receive reports of fisheries and anglers flouting the rules, they see photos posted across social media of groups of anglers ignoring the guidance, and when decisions have to be made they see the indescretions more than they see those towing the line. We all do, why should the powers that be be any different.

It is what it is, no doubt FB will be awash with keyboard warriors sticking the virtual finger up at the law, that's what it is, the law. Certain fisheries will turn matches into 'work parties' or other weak excuses, and we'll all once again get to hear about it and it'll wind us up, but then again when all this comes to an end and we look back, we'll be able to do so with clear consciences knowing we pulled together in all of this.
And no doubt Jamie Cook and his colleagues will still be working away in the background on our behalves, trying to get us out on the banks.
 

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Just wondered if I wanted to get out the way somewhere to practise some casting, completely away from anyone, would that be allowed? Travelling about half a mile. The last thing I would want to do is break the rules.
 

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If you were to walk to a field with a rod and practice casting, then walk back again within a reasonable period of time, I doubt anyone could say anything.
However if it mean't jumping into a car and going for a drive, you have to ask yourself what would it be classed as because somehow 'excercise' just might not cut it :)
 

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Fly casting is often practiced on the local recreation ground. It's a good way of teaching beginners as the grass mimics the friction of water surface on the line allowing the rod to load in order to cast. It's a good way to practice accuracy and distance. I put a large fly on and cast to a balloon fixed to a stick and try to pop it. Who needs water to go fishing?
 

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Now as you know banning driving to go fishing in Wales since the lockdown just before Xmas is still the current situation......most coarse fisheries are closed but as they are not banned some are still open for those tour de France bicycle champions who have still been going and have not abided by the spirit of the guidelines.....its just the fact that all 4 countries of the UK have the same science but have to be different to each other that is giving some ammunition to some people to declare they don't understand the restrictions...what a mess
 

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Fly casting is often practiced on the local recreation ground. It's a good way of teaching beginners as the grass mimics the friction of water surface on the line allowing the rod to load in order to cast. It's a good way to practice accuracy and distance. I put a large fly on and cast to a balloon fixed to a stick and try to pop it. Who needs water to go fishing?
I practiced my fly casting in the first lockdown so will probably do the same in this one. Well next week once the winds dropped and it’s warmed up a bit as it’s not too appealing a prospect at the moment 🥶
 

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Update from AT website..

Covid-19​

Statement from the Angling Trust on the national lockdown rules​

UPDATE – January 5, 2021

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.

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.

Jamie Cook
CEO, Angling Trust
 

davylad

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I'd like to think I play the game with fellow anglers or people, so I'll wait until we can.
 

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Maybe Dave can have another lottery type raffle . Instead of the lottery numbers chosen we pick a date that the first Angler is spotted breaking the rules.
(just a bit of light relief) ;)
 

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I practiced my fly casting in the first lockdown so will probably do the same in this one. Well next week once the winds dropped and it’s warmed up a bit as it’s not too appealing a prospect at the moment 🥶
I need to practice my feeder casting :ROFLMAO: . If I could cast into a 20 foot hoop reliably it would be a notable improvement.
 

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There could be some hope,
 

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Hello everyone,

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.
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 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
 

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Key points: Stay Local, No overnight fishing, and No match fishing
 

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Someone needs to define local.

this is government's definition "Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live"
 
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