- Apr 29, 2009
Since running the Veterans festival back in March, and now having the country in lockdown for weeks, it’s made me think long and hard about how we will move forward in competition fishing whilst complying to the governments social distancing rules. For sure, this will be with us for a long time.
The problem wasn’t doing the draw as that went very smoothly, with everyone keeping two meters apart. It was the weighing-in that bothered me. How could I keep my team and the anglers from being inches apart whilst transferring fish from keepnet to weigh sling? Here is my solution which works perfectly! I will follow this with a short video explaining how it will be done at White Acres in the future. A good friend of mine is manufacturing these, and can supply your local lake or fishery, he will also donate £5 from every frame sold to the NHS. Unless we have these tools in place we will never be able to move competition fishing forward safely and in line with what the government expect, and we as match anglers deserve.
About the weigh assist
It weighs approximately 4.5 kilo and folds completely flat for ease of carrying to each peg. It stands 16” off the ground so the fish will not be damaged when transferring from keepnet to weigh assist. The pivot point is only 9” off the ground so the weigh net can be easily transferred from assist to scales. The canvas cradle is in place to support the weigh sling, and protect the fish so they will not touch the ground at any point.
If you think that this idea will move our sport forward then pass this information on to your local fishery, angling club or match organiser. Ask them to send me a message on my Facebook page and we can arrange to have these sent direct, please like and share to move our sport forward Darren Cox Rob Hughes Catch More Media Simon Jones Simon Fry Tight Lines
A good idea here from Clint Elliott down at White Acres for maintaining social distancing at the weigh-in. ???
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