TEFF Entry Fees only go to TEFF

There seems to be a general misconception that entry fees made by anglers entering TEFF events is being channelled to Angling Trust. TEFF can assure entrants that ALL monies raised through entry fees or fundraising events, be that Loch-style, Bank or Rivers, is ring-fenced for the use of TEFF and its teams.


TEFF’s only source of income is from entry fees and/or fundraising events. It is imperative for the continuing support of our teams that we attract as many entries as possible to our events. Please give them your full support.


Without the input from Angling Trust, it is unlikely that TEFF could function fully. They provide, free of charge, administrative support to us through their own staff.


It is imperative that this year’s fundraisers are fully supported, otherwise there will be very limited grants made available to any of our team members in future.


Comment has been received that anglers who usually fish the Loch-style Qualifiers are reluctant to enter the fundraisers because of the catch rules. The rules have been imposed because of the current Covid-19 restrictions on social gatherings. They ensure that contact between anglers is reduced to an absolute minimum.

Please bear with us whilst this pandemic is ongoing. Support the events, back TEFF, and help fund your teams going forward.

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Angling Trust: Fishing from March 29th – new Guidelines

Following the publication this week of the new Covid Regulations, which come into force from March 29th, the Angling Trust has published a new set of guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help the angling community prepare for the new fishing opportunities that will be available from next week.

The guidelines follow on from the Angling Trust’s Fishing out of Lockdown submission on February 11th to the Cabinet Office making the case for a relaxation of travel restrictions and a return to all forms of angling including night fishing, charter boat angling and match fishing. It should be noted however, that there is no change to statutory close season for coarse fishing on rivers which remains in place from March 15th to June 15th inclusive.

The key changes are the return of both night fishing and match fishing, the ending of any statutory limits on travel (but with the advice to avoid ‘unnecessary travel’), and the opening up of private and charter boat fishing.

The FAQs are also available as a downloadable pdf and anglers are encouraged to keep a copy on their phones. They cover all relevant areas including:

Can we fish at night?

Yes, there are no time limits on outdoor recreation so you may fish into or through the night. This has been confirmed by the Cabinet Office. Campsites and holiday accommodation cannot open until April 12th but fishing from a bivvy is not prohibited under the regulations.

Can we fish matches?

Yes, match fishing (in sea and freshwater) to Covid secure guidelines is classified as an organised outdoor sport, and not subject to the gatherings limit, provided the relevant precautions required by the law are taken.

How far can we travel to go fishing?

There are no statutory limits on how far you can travel to go fishing. We are encouraged to avoid making unnecessary journeys or traveling more than is reasonably necessary to take part in our activity. However, traveling to the coast or to a river or lake is entirely permissible.

Angling clubs and fisheries are advised to consider opening up in a manner which limits any larger gatherings in car parks or outside the fishery in order to minimise the risk of infection transmission. As long as social distancing is maintained there are no legal limits on the numbers attending any fishery but sensible local management measures will be important. 

Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook said:

“It’s been a long road and has taken a lot of hard work but we are delighted to see the return of all forms of angling from March 29th. Once again we must ask people to avoid fishing in crowded places where social distancing could be difficult and might give rise to concerns over public health. We must continue to fish responsibly and safely and remember that we have been extremely fortunate to be able to fish throughout this lockdown when other sports have been banned.”

Angling Trust Head of Policy Martin Salter added:

“All the recognised national governing bodies for sport are tasked with producing specific guidelines for their areas taking into account the regulations and accompanying Government guidance and advice. These latest angling guidelines have been drawn up following extensive dialogue with relevant Government departments and the Environment Agency to help anglers, fishery owners and managers to better understand what is permissible as the current lockdown regulations are lifted from March 29th. They have benefitted from senior legal input and are fully in line with both the latest regulations and FAQs issued by Sport England.“

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AT TEFF Loch-style Fundraiser National

ALL THE BELOW WILL BE SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE AT THE TIME.

Due to the 2021 AT TEFF Loch Style National being cancelled, and the 2019 team rolling over to 2022, there will instead be a series of Loch Style Fundraisers held this year.

The proposal is to hold a series of individual loch-style matches to raise funds for TEFF, and hence support financially all our teams going forward. These matches will be held across the country at large reservoirs, as listed below.

Each event will have cash first, second and third prizes calculated, depending upon the entry levels but will be 30% of the entry fee broken down as follows: 50% first, 30% second and 20% third. Prize money will be sent via BACS from the Angling Trust after the event – AT will be in touch the week following the event via email.

Approximately 1 in 5 anglers from each event will also be eligible to fish a ‘Final’ later in the season, with the winner again receiving a cash first prize with cash for second and third places as above. The winner of the final will be awarded the title of ‘AT-TEFF Loch-Style Champion 2021’ and will also receive an inscribed silver salver. (Not ‘National Champion’ as that title is reserved for the official Qualifier and Final process for team places and will be fished for hopefully next year.)

To achieve this, we need your full help and support. This is an ideal time to introduce some of your non-competitive friends to the joys of competitive loch-style fishing.

RULES & FORMAT

Matches will be fished to full international rules on a full catch and release basis using debarbed or barbless flies throughout. Boobies and FABS will be allowed. No roly-poly retrieve. See full rules at bottom of this section.

First 3 fish will be time-recorded by your boat partner on a card, then the remaining fish are recorded on the same card, up to a maximum of 30 fish in total. No time bonus will be applied. The winner will be the angler who catches the most fish in the 8 hour match. Ties will be decided by the time of the first, second and third fish caught.

This process was ‘trialled’ at a fundraiser at Draycote in September 2020 and went very well. All Covid-19 rules were enforced and followed to ensure the safety of all competitors and officials and fishery staff.

There is no requirement to be an AT member to enter these events.

Please give these events your full support. This is the only income stream that TEFF has. All monies raised will be using to support the teams or provide cash prizes (after admin expenses for local organisers who often do not claim). If you qualify for one of the teams in future these funds may help you financially and you may even win a cash prize at one of the matches or the final. (Cash prizes will be sent by BACS after the event).

We look forward to seeing you all on the day.

HOW TO ENTER

Entries will open Thursday 1st April 2021 at 10.30am

Book here: www.anglingtrust.net/competitions

All match fishing times: 10am to 6pm. Sign in by 9.15am.

Entry cost is broken down as follows:

Entry Fee £35.00

Admin Fee £3.00

Fishing Fee varies – see individual qualifiers for cost.

QUALIFIERS

Sunday 9th May 2021 – Draycote Water (max rods 60)

Friday 14th May 2021 – Grafham Water (max rods 60)

Friday 28th May 2021 – Blithfield Reservoir (max rods 40)

Sunday 6th June 2021 – Rutland Water (max rods 60)

Sunday 20th June 2021 – Blagdon Lake (max rods 36)

Sunday 20th June 2021 – Carsington Water (max rods 28)

There is no limit on the number of qualifiers that you can enter. 

FINAL

Sunday 26th September 2021 – Draycote Water

AT TEFF Loch Style Fundraiser Rules : https://anglingtrust.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/AT-TEFF-Loch-Style-Fundraiser-Rules-v1.pdf

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Angling Trust: Fishing in England from March 29th

After what has been described as “intense discussions with government officials” the Angling Trust is delighted to announce that we have confirmation that all forms of angling including night fishing, charter boat angling and match fishing will be able to resume from March 29th under new Covid guidance for the return of outdoor sports and recreation.

Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook welcomed the news saying:

“Following our Fishing out of Lockdown submission to the Cabinet Office in February we have been pressing for the lifting of the restrictions placed upon angling through lockdown, in particular night fishing and match fishing, when the time is right.

“We made it clear to the Government that recreational fishing has provided a valuable lifeline for many thousands of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds throughout this pandemic. It has been conducted safely and responsibly with strong Covid secure guidelines in place covering every aspect of our sport

“I’m pleased that the multiple benefits that angling delivers have again been acknowledged and that we can all look forward to a return to the angling opportunities we were able to enjoy last summer and autumn.”

In common with other outdoor sports, including golf,  the Angling Trust is publishing initial guidelines to help clubs and fisheries prepare for a full return for angling at the end of the month. These guidelines will be revised once the regulations are published but they include written confirmation from both the Cabinet Office and Defra. Further information will be published in due course on the Sport England website.

Angling Trust Head of Policy, Martin Salter added:

“The return of outdoor sports was fully expected from the 29th March but we had to make sure that the civil servants recognised that match fishing to the Angling Trust guidelines doesn’t constitute ‘a gathering’ and could resume safely.

“Night fishing was always going to be tricky ahead of the promised return of camping on April 12th but I’m pleased that the distinction with ‘fishing into or through the night’ has been recognised and that these anglers can now enjoy the Easter break. Likewise for sea anglers wanting to book a charter boat trip.”

Angling Trust statement on fishing in England from March 29th:

Following the Angling Trust’s February 11th submission to the Cabinet Office making the case for a relaxation of travel restrictions and a return to all forms of angling – including night fishing, charter boat angling and match fishing – we have been having intense discussions with government officials who are drawing up the new guidance for the return of outdoor sports and recreation for the next relaxation in the Covid restrictions due on March 29th.

The Angling Trust is pleased to announce the Cabinet Office and Defra have now confirmed to us the following from March 29th:

  • Fishing will remain permitted as outdoor recreation or exercise for up to 6 people, or in a larger group if everyone present is from the same two households.  A ‘household’ can include the support bubble linked to that household [if eligible].
  • Outdoor recreational activities and exercise may take place at night so you may fish into or through the night. There are no time limits on outdoor recreation. However, you may not go on holiday to go fishing or use fishing as a pretext for a camping trip as overnight stays for these purposes remain prohibited until April 12th (Step 2)
  • Match fishing will be enabled as an organised outdoor sport from March 29th. Organised outdoor sports will not be subject to the gatherings limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies to ensure appropriate steps, including risk assessments, are taken to make it Covid secure in line with the law. At this stage, these gatherings must only include participants – not spectators.
  • Private boat fishing under the Rule of 6 and charter boats operating in accordance with Covid precautions should now both be allowed. However, where fishing takes place on a partially enclosed boat (eg with a cabin or lounge area) with the exception of the skipper, those outside the household support bubble must not go indoors (except for access to/use of the toilet).
  • The statutory stay at home restriction will be lifted but the guidance will encourage you to minimise travel outside of your local area. This means avoiding making unnecessary journeys, combining trips and avoiding travel at peak times where possible. People should avoid travelling further than is reasonably necessary to take part in, or during, their activity.
  • Tackle shops and other ‘non-essential retail’ can fully open at Step 2 (April 12th) but can continue to offer click/call and collect until this point. Fisheries offering self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen at this time.
  • Throughout, anglers must also ensure they are in possession of a valid fishing licence, adhere to fisheries bylaws including the close season and have permission of the fishery owner.

Although the regulations are yet to be published we fully expect them to be in line with the above. A series of FAQs will be published as usual by Sport England in addition to any departmental guidance.

The Angling Trust will update its formal guidelines once we have seen the regulations and had the benefit of legal advice. In the meantime, and with this caveat, we advise angling clubs and fisheries to plan on this basis.

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2021 AT TEFF Elite Performance Programme (EPP)

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE DATES & VENUES ANNOUNCED BELOW ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. COVID GUIDANCE WILL ULTIMATELY DRIVE WHETHER SOME OR ALL OF THESE EVENTS CAN GO AHEAD

Eligible anglers must declare their intention to join the programme by completing the following application form and returning it by midnight on Saturday 3rd April 2021 via email to kirsty.marshall@anglingtrust.net.

Anyone not adhering to the application deadline will not be considered for this year’s programme, all anglers must be a current member of the Angling Trust to participate. Join here:

www.anglingtrust.net/membership

Once the application date has closed the applications will be processed and an applicant rank created using the eligibility criteria defined in the 2021 EPP Fact Sheet. The top 16 anglers from the applicant rank will then be invited to book a ticket (EPP Entry fee £140) via the Angling Trust events booking system: www.anglingtrust.net/competitions/

We have been very fortunate to be able to secure some outstanding venues for this year’s EPP and would like to thank the fishery owners, committee members and season ticket holders for allowing us to use these venues. Please see below for the confirmed dates, venues & fishing fees for 2021.

Event 1

Venue: Garnfrwwd Park Trout Fishery (www.garnffrwdflyfishing.co.uk)

Date: 28th May 2021

Live Online Draw & Briefing: 25th May 2021

Hours: Fishing 08:30am > 17:45pm

Fishing Fee: £20 (payable to the Organiser by the 26th May 2021)

Practice Cut-off Date: 7th May 2021

Event Organiser: Terry Phillips

Event 2

Venue: River Ebbw (www.islwynanglers.com)

Date: 29th & 30th May 2021

Live Online Draw & Briefing: 25th May 2021

Hours: Fishing 08:30am > 18:30pm

Fishing Fee: £20 (payable to the Organiser by the 26th May 2021)

Practice Cut-off Date: 8th May 2021 (on the Match Beat)

Match Beat: From the Rugby Club at Tredegar Terrace Upstream

Event Organiser: Terry Phillips

Event 3

Venue: River Tees (www.raby.co.uk)

Date: 31st July & 1st August 2021

Hours: 7:30am Briefing (Fishing 08:30am > 18:30pm)

Fishing Fee: £20 (payable to the Organiser)

Practice Cut-off Date: 10th July 2021

Event Organiser: Scott Nellins

Event 4

Venue: Northern River (TBA)

Date: 11th & 12th September 2021

Hours: 7:30am Briefing (Fishing 08:30am > 18:30pm)

Fishing Fee: £20 > £40 (payable to the Organiser)

Practice Cut-off Date: 21st August 2021

Event Organiser: Howard Croston

The 2021 EPP Fact Sheet is available here:

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Angling Trust: Covid-19 Roadmap Out Of Lockdown: What it means for angling

The Angling Trust has responded to today’s government announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions in England saying: “Although it’s positive that the government have accepted the case that outdoor activities such as angling should be first to fully open up it looks like no real change for us until March 29th when restrictions are lifted and outdoor sports can resume.

“The Stay Home message and travel restrictions remain in place until then with the exception of a provision for outdoor recreation as well as exercise. Since angling has been deemed ‘permissible exercise’ throughout lockdown this is unlikely to affect us. We will know more when the regulations and DCMS guidance are published in the coming days and will update everybody if anything changes.

“Having a clear date at least means that anglers, clubs and fisheries can plan for the forthcoming season with more certainty and we can all look forward to once again being able to fish our favourite waters in a manner of our choosing”.

Currently anglers are restricted to fishing locally once a day, as a form of exercise, with one other person and no organised gatherings or competitions. Most other sports remain prohibited. The Angling Trust submitted a case to government for the early and full resumption of all forms of angling including night fishing and competitions. These will now be possible from March 29th.
 
The Angling Trust submission can be found HERE
 
Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO said: “Whilst many anglers would have liked to have to seen angling fully opened up earlier we have to accept that the timing was always a matter for government acting on public health advice. Our job was to set out how our sport can be conducted safely and why we should be in the first tranche to resume without travel restrictions and with both competition and night fishing back in place. This all looks set to happen on March 29th and it’s good to see a widespread acceptance that healthy outdoor activities such as angling will be the first to return to some form of normality.”

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Angling Trust submits case for removal of travel restrictions and a resumption in match and night fishing when lockdown is eased

For the fourth time in ten months, the Angling Trust is making a detailed submission to Government outlining the case for angling. This time, as Ministers meet to consider which Covid restrictions to ease, the Trust is pressing for the resumption of competition and night fishing as long as guidelines are followed.

Currently, angling is only permitted as part of ‘daily exercise’ and can only take place ‘locally’. No organised recreational activities can take place and fishing through the night risks incurring hefty fines.

In their submission to both the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Cabinet Office, entitled Fishing out of Lockdown, the Trust states:

We need to move as quickly as possible to opening up safe outdoor recreation along the lines of last summer in order to deliver health, well-being, social and economic benefits. Our preference is for a national system but should the Government decide to retain a tiered system of restrictions the Angling Trust has appropriate guidelines in place to drive compliance.

The key benefits claimed for angling during the pandemic include:

  • being a largely solitary sport where social distancing occurs naturally
  • proven benefits for mental health and physical well-being
  • angling appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds and engages able-bodied and disabled participants alike
  • evidence that non-contact outdoor activities will not increase infection rates
  • a reduction in pressure on other public open spaces.   

The paper also highlights the economic benefits of allowing angling to continue:

The decision by Ministers not to place unnecessary restrictions on angling has undoubtedly protected the £4bn a year angling trade which supports up to 40,000 jobs in the UK. In fact, since May last year there has been a near 20% increase in rod licence sales, significant rises in angling club membership and a corresponding boost in sales of fishing tackle, outdoor clothing and ancillary products. This has been welcome news indeed at a time when many other businesses are facing financial ruin.

The four key areas where the Trust is seeking changes are:

  • the resumption of socially distanced match fishing to Covid Guidelines
  • the return to ‘outdoor recreation without time limit’ to allow night fishing
  • an end to the current travel restrictions for outdoor recreation
  • the resumption of private and charter boat fishing as previously

The Angling Trust has once again made clear that their submission is focussed on why and how a full return to angling can safely occur. The decision on timing is a matter for Ministers acting on public health advice.

Anglers are invited to register their support for the full resumption of fishing as set out in the Trust submission by going to www.anglingtrust.net/fishingoutoflockdown

The paper concludes:

Recreational fishing has provided a valuable lifeline for many thousands of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds throughout this pandemic. It has been conducted safely and responsibly with strong guidelines in place covering every aspect of our sport. There are multiple benefits to be had in permitting a full return as soon as any restrictions can be lifted.

Angling Trust Head of Policy, Martin Salter said: “This is the fourth submission from the Angling Trust to Government and follows on from our highly acclaimed When We Fish Again proposals last April which saw angling resumed ahead of nearly every other sport as we emerged from the first National Lockdown. We are hopeful that by setting out the case for angling in a measured and responsible manner which emphasises the multiple benefits in terms of individual health and mental wellbeing during these difficult times, Ministers will once again see us as part of the solution rather than the problem.”

Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook said: “Experience over the last 10 months has shown that socially distanced outdoor recreation activities such as angling can be conducted safely and responsibly. The Angling Trust Covid compliant guidelines have been widely accepted across the sport and to the best of our knowledge there have been no known examples where angling has led to the spread of the virus. Our submission makes it crystal clear that when the time is right there is no reason why all disciplines of angling, including match fishing, angling at night and charter boat fishing, should not be up and running successfully.”

The Angling Trust submission is supported by high profile angling experts from all branches of the sport.

England match angler Steve Ringer: “Angling has proven to be a real lifeline to people throughout this pandemic, so when restrictions start to lift I really see no reason why fishing shouldn’t be included and even encouraged.”

Korda carp specialist and broadcaster Ali Hamidi: “When fishing was allowed back last May, along with Night Fishing, and Match Fishing a couple of weeks later, the ‘R’ value across the country continued to be driven down by the nation. We are primarily an isolated outdoor pursuit and that means whether someone fishes for one day or three nights consecutively in their bivvy, it needs only the same amount of travel time. Along with the low risk factor of fishing, the benefits for the many include not only physical health improvements, but more importantly vitality for mental health.”

Specialist angler Dai Gribble: “All the evidence indicates that angling presents an extremely low risk of spreading Coronavirus. I would welcome the current restrictions being lifted to allow anglers to fully benefit from all the positives angling provides in these difficult times.”

Sea angling journalist Dave Barham: “A return to the same guidelines that we came out of lockdown one with would mean so much to sea anglers. There are hundreds of thousands of us who have not been fishing during the current lockdown, due to travel restrictions, either from the shore or boat. It would also mean a lot for charter skippers to be allowed to operate with five paying anglers on board again.”

Flyfishing expert Charles Jardine: “Since the first Lockdown and resumption of angling, the sport has proven to be a natural source of  pleasure and well being for many thousands of people – both in terms of mental and physical health. Also, the boost to rural economies should not be overlooked especially as many have been hit hard by the effects of Covid on their various businesses.”

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Lockdown Fishing: Updated Guidelines Published

The Angling Trust reports: Anglers flock to join Angling Trust in record numbers since lockdown

After a hectic and successful week navigating the consequences for angling of the government’s decision to impose a third National Lockdown in England in response to the rise in coronavirus infections, the Angling Trust has published new comprehensive guidelines and FAQs to help anglers fish safely, locally and responsibly without falling foul of the law.

The news that fishing was to continue, when most other sports could not, was greeted enthusiastically by anglers with over 2,000 new members signing up as members of the Angling Trust in the last week (a new record) and staff working long hours responding to the mass of enquiries.

As well as the updated FAQs, which now includes advice on interactions with the police, Angling Trust Policy Chief Martin Salter, who has been at the centre of our campaign to keep us fishing during lockdown, has published a new blog telling the full story on how we got angling over the line, together with some essential reading on how to stay the right side of a very confusing set of rules.

The key messages are:

  • This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May. Read the government guidance
  • Angling is a ‘reasonable excuse’ recognised by Government as evidenced by Sport England
  • You should be able to show that your travel to go fishing is in accordance with the government’s  instruction to stay local and you are following the Angling Trust’s travel guidelines
  • 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
  • Should a police officer decide to issue you with a direction order or fixed penalty notice you should accept it and pack up immediately and return home if so instructed
  • 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 travel guidance and only fish locally
  • Avoid fishing in crowded places where social distancing could be difficult and might give rise to concerns over public health
  • 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.

Martin Salter said: “Covid has caused an unprecedented and deadly global pandemic costing thousands of lives and putting our NHS staff under intolerable pressure. We are clear that angling must be part of the solution and not a cause of problems or concern. Getting ministers to recognise the case for local fishing was a huge achievement but it has understandably triggered hundreds of enquiries and requests for clarification. Foremost was to define ‘local’ – hardly an easy task since the government has not done so in the regulations as the Police have been pointing out this week and the Prime Minister has demonstrated with his recent seven-mile cycle ride. By bringing everything into one document we hope that we’ve provided everything anglers need to know in order fish safely, locally and responsibly during the lockdown without falling foul of the law.”

Scott Mann, North Cornwall MP and a keen angler, welcomed the continuation of angling saying: “We have seen over the last 12 months the positive impact angling can have on people’s mental health. As a solitary pursuit it can be enjoyed without concerns about distancing from other, so I am glad we are now able to fish once again.”

Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO, added: “I couldn’t be prouder of the leadership role played by the Angling Trust throughout the Covid crisis. We have acted responsibly, professionally and effectively, much to the envy of many other sports, as has been acknowledged by Sport England, the Environment Agency, government ministers and officials and the thousands of anglers who have sent us messages of support or joined us in record numbers. But I must stress that the spotlight is on us like never before and we must all conduct ourselves responsibly and fish safely. Please remember we are extremely fortunate to be able to fish at all and we must all act as ambassadors for our sport.”

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Fishing to be allowed during England’s national lockdown – Angling Trust announcement

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 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 – see here

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 on the Angling Trust website:

  • 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. Full Government guidance on travel can be found here.

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!

Join the Angling Trust today

Stay safe and very best fishes

Jamie Cook
Chief Executive, Angling Trust

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