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Work party 20th June
Many thanks to those members who braved the elements to work on the fishery on Sunday. We managed to do a lot of clearance around paths and swims and have reduced the lily pads in Byron. Good job everyone, many thanks. G


Fishing during hot weather

Please click here for EA advice on fishing during hot weather.

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Environment Agency: Close Season 2021

The coarse fish close season on all rivers, streams and SSSI  annual close season helps to protect fish stocks across England when they are spawning by preventing fishing. Coarse fishing is still allowed on most still waters and canals, depending on fishery owner agreement. It is still allowed on Laybrook but we ask members to look after fish very carefully.

What to do if you see someone fishing during the close season

Contact the Environment Agency incident number on 0800 807060. Try and confirm number of anglers fishing involved, a description of the anglers involved, registration/description of any vehicles belonging to those involved, type of fishing method if recognised (i.e. bait fishing, fly fishing, spinning), location that the offence is occurring, if the offence is happening at the current time and whether or not fish are being removed.

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WDPS 2021 Rules during Covid-19:

These rules will be strictly enforced. If you or anyone in your immediate household is showing any of the symptoms of Covid 19 you should not go fishing. You should continue to follow the Government guidelines on isolation. If you have been advised to isolate for any period of time, do not consider going fishing.

These rules are for our protection to make sure we stay safe. If at any point we believe the fishery to be unsafe, it will be closed. It is up to all of us to make sure we do nothing to compromise our well being. Please remember that we all have a responsibility to act as ambassadors for angling. If we fish safely we will continue to support the national effort to combat COVID -19 transmission whilst being able to enjoy our sport.

1. Anglers must arrive on their own unless they can prove they are travelling with someone they live with.

2. Anglers are encouraged to leave a suitable space (approximately 2 metres ) between cars in the car park if this is possible. There must be no double parking or restriction by the gate. Do not park in the taped area. For obvious safety reasons there must be no queuing or parking on the main road or by the entrance.

3. We recommend that you bring hand sanitizer and disposable gloves to use when operating the lock/gate and toilets. Rules for use of the toilets are posted on the doors and must be adhered to.

4. Anglers must be a minimum of 15 metres apart when fishing as social distancing needs to be increased when staying for an extended period of time in any area. For that reason we have closed some swims at Laybrook, indicated by hazard tape. You must respect these swim closures and any angler found ignoring these will be banned from the Club.

5. The following swims have been closed: Shelley 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26, 28. Byron 6, 8, 10, 14, 17. Sutton as taped. This is subject to alteration by the Committee

6. You must stay in your swim and not allow any accompanying children to leave the swim.

7. When walking around the fishery, there are one or two points where social distancing will be difficult .Therefore, when fishing please keep as far away from the paths as possible and when walking please keep as far away from the swims as possible.

8. Dip tanks are in normal operation so you must dip nets and equipment as per Club rules. No keep nets to be used.

9. No fishing tackle to be shared.

10. If you arrive at Laybrook and the car park is full, you will not be allowed to fish and must return home. Only 16 cars will be permitted to park at any time.

11. Night fishing will not be permitted at this time. This may be revised by the Committee

Committee Members and bailiffs will be regularly present on the fishery and we ask you to follow these guidelines which are to protect all of us.

If you are asked to show your permit and identity, please do so observing the 2 metre rule. Do not hand your permit over. Pay careful attention to the Fishery Notices and Website for any updated information.

All members must ensure that nets, mats, weigh slings and cradles are dipped in the disinfectant tanks prior to fishing. Some members seem to have ignored the rule and put the fishery at risk. If you are caught failing to dip you will face disciplinary action.
Graeme Cornell Chairman.

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