Angling: Report threatens recreational and commercial fishing

Jasper King landed a 3lb 4oz carp

Jasper King landed a 3lb 4oz carp - Credit: Archant

An interesting week in angling, Government reports, changes to Covid-19 guidelines and storms... but the fishing still goes on.

Six-year-old Austin Smith landed his first fish, a bream

Six-year-old Austin Smith landed his first fish, a bream - Credit: Archant

Competitions have started up again.

Kennick Flyfishers fished their first competition since lockdown following strict social distancing guidelines with ten anglers fishing round four of the Snowbee Top Rod competition on a lovely sunny day.

Fish fed well all around the lake with 35 fish caught to a total weight caught of 80lbs 5oz. Andy Watson of Bovey Tracey caught the largest at 3lbs 3oz. He also took the overall honours with six fish to 13lbs 13oz. Andy Gooding took second place with Mike Steer in third. Top flies used were the Kennick Killer, Blobs and Diawl Bachs.

Spring Ponds held their first competition on Saturday evening with the damp conditions and the heavy rain of previous day making fishing difficult.

Willow Pool at Newbarn

Willow Pool at Newbarn - Credit: Archant

The overall winner was Steve Barrell weighing in a bag of 37lbs 10oz, fishing a waggler and maggots close to the far bank. Jason Fay took second with Steve Hayman third, both anglers fishing the pole and pellet.

New Barn Fishery have had another busy week and work is coming on well in their tackle shop.

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Jasper King from Kingskerswell fished with his father in the match pool and land a 3lb 4oz common carp on a surface-fished bait and six-year-old Austin Smith landed his first fish, a bream, from Treasure Island pond on the house bait,

I visited the fishery for a short session having had no luck chasing Undulate Rays in Dorset and managed a few carp and bream from the match pond.

An interesting week in angling

An interesting week in angling - Credit: Archant

The beach fishing has been a bit quiet with a few reports of smoothhounds, small bass and a few mackerel still around local beaches.

The charter boats are having a difficult time, restrictions were lifted to allow five anglers plus the skipper on the boat, then the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) issued its own guidelines keeping all charter boats tied up.

It seems to be a case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing.

The Angling Trust is working to try to get a solution to this problem and I am expecting an announcement in the next few days.

An interesting week in angling

An interesting week in angling - Credit: Archant

Other disturbing news this week is the Benyon Report suggesting 46 new marine protection zones around the country.

This would have a severe effect on commercial sea fishing and the recreational sector, causing damage to our economy.

However, this is only a report and again the Angling Trust is working on it and fighting our corner.

The other issue that I want to highlight this week is the suspected commercial fishing at Hopes Nose and Berry Head.

The Angling Trust is working on this with their marine co-ordinator Nevin Hunter and the Building Bridges team are putting in a lot of hours contacting local clubs and authorities to try to sort this out.

A group of Romanian anglers unhappy about the press Eastern European anglers are getting have completed one litter pick at Hopes Nose and are arranging another for the near future.

Keep an eye on social media and the Angling Trust's website for further updates.

Tight Lines and stay safe.