Paul Clayton, from Chepstow, who
has only been fishing three months, caught this
bass on a Pennell pulley baited with ragworms while
fishing near the Second Severn
Crossing at Sudbrook, Monmouthshire.
for Sea Anglers
You should travel to fishing venues on your own or
with members of your household –
abide by current guidelines on social distancing whilst fishing.
Only travel based on what is allowed under current Government
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other people
(unless members of your household)
in line with government guidance.
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE
Use hand sanitiser before and after touching locks, gates etc.
Disposable gloves and use of face
masks where appropriate are recommended.
Fishing from beach and shore is permitted, along with small
scale private boat fishing – provided
you adhere to social distancing guidelines. Night fishing in
England is currently permissible.
FISHING FROM PIERS AND BREAKWATERS
To avoid over-crowding, avoid fishing from piers and breakwaters
if you have other alternatives. READ HARBOUR / COUNCIL NOTICES
Pay careful attention to harbour and local council notices – if
unsure seek guidance. KAYAK AND BOAT FISHING
Following government approval for water sports to resume, we can
clarify that this includes
solo boat and kayak fishing, and shared boat fishing with
members of your household or up to
5 other people where social distancing can be maintained. SHARING OF FISHING TACKLE
Sharing equipment is permitted although should be kept to a
minimum. If equipment is shared to
take someone fishing, you should practice strict hand hygiene,
cleaning your hands thoroughly
before and after use. Equipment should be cleaned thoroughly in
line with wider guidance on hygiene.
WHO YOU CAN FISH WITH
You can fish with members of your household or up to 5 other
people outside your household –
stick to social distancing guidelines at all times.
SHARING OF FISHING POSITIONS
No sharing of fishing positions / marks except by members of the
same household, or unless
anglers can maintain social distancing at all times.
The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS agreed that the new
Angling Trust best practice guidelines
were ‘sensible’ and were issued as the basis for a safe
resumption of match fishing in England from May 25th.
For shore match fishing, we favour leaving peg spacing to the
common sense of match organizers
but recommend a 15 metre space. A 15 metre space would be
preferable for pleasure fishing. NIGHT FISHING
Fishing at night in England is currently allowed. When fishing
is finished any night shelters must be
removed and people should return home. TACKLE SHOPS
Since June 15th, tackle shops have been allowed to open subject
to retail safety guidance.
Tackle shops are also able to carry on trading by remote
ordering (online, phone text or post). IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
Do not leave home if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and follow
Government advice on self-isolation and testing.