Latest news from Albury,
Updated January 18th
Following a statement (see below) from the Angling Trust, fishing is allowed again. This is great news but it is vitally important that we all follow the guidelines as angling will be under the spotlight. If we see regular abuse of the guidance we have been given by the Angling Trust we will have no choice but to close the fishery.
So, we will be reopening the fishery on Saturday 9th January to local season rods only, no day ticket anglers. To remain within the law you should follow the government guidance, and only fish locally within your district where you live.
Also in the next 24hrs we will be launching an online booking system for season rods to book a days fishing. You must book online before fishing.
Good morning everyone
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 Head of Sports Participation at DCMS 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 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:
– 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 within the district where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.
We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others can not 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!
Membership – Angling Trust https://anglingtrust.net/membership/
Stay safe and very best fishes
CEO – Angling Trust
Last week saw a good catch return of 196 fish caught with all lakes producing good numbers of fish.
With plenty of unseasonably mild weather about the fish have stayed in the upper water layers and buzzers and small nymphs have worked well especially in the clear waters at Weston. Damsel, cats, nomads and humongous patterns all worth a go. Below are a few examples of the superb quality of Albury fish.
Firstly thank you to everyone for their patience with regards the fishery staying open during lockdown. The good news is that we will be able to stay open and continue fishing during the lockdown. However it is vitally important that everyone follows social distancing rules and government guidelines while fishing to ensure we can continue to fish during lockdown as we will be under the spotlight as one of the very limited activities you can do during lockdown.
From tomorrow it will be essential to:
– purchase day membership and fish tokens online prior to fishing. This will be limited to 12 day rods per day initially. No payment will be taken on the bank.
– season rods must ring the bailiff on 07976 810737 between 8am and 5pm prior to fishing to book the day they wish to fish.
– no non fishing guests.
– please scan the NHS Covid -19 QR posters that are up in each of the fishery huts.
Good news, Winter Season rods are now available to purchase on the website. They offer fishing between October 1st and to end of March 2021 offering access to all fisheries (Weston, Vale, Powdermills and Syon) during the cooler months when the fishing is probably at its best.
Some good news is that we have opened the toilet at the new fishing lodge. The toilet is accessible from outside the lodge and has the green door (see pics). We will be thoroughly cleaning this toilet twice a day. Please note that the other toilets at Vale End and Powdermills remain closed.
Please could season rods continue to call the bailiff to book a days fishing so we are able to monitor angler numbers on the fishery. Day rods must have payed online before arriving at the fishery.
Please note that the police and environment agency will be carrying out regular patrols of the fishery so please ensure you have a valid rod license and all fish caught are declared and paid for. The picture below is of a recent patrol.
ATTENTION ALL ANGLERS. We have recently caught and banned some anglers abusing our system and practicing catch and release which is NOT permitted on any day ticket Albury water. We now have a number of voluntary bailiff’s who will be on the look out.
We now have for sale through the website ‘Starter Fishing Outfits’ for £69.99. Included is a 9ft 5\6 weight rod, reel loaded with a floating line, tapered leader, flies and safety glasses.
Albury Estate Bailiff – 07976810737