Latest news from Albury,
Updated April 19th
Please remember that all 2020/21 yellow fish tokens expire at the end of this month.
We are still allowing only a limited number of day tickets but now we have availability for evening rods (fishing from 5pm to dusk) which must still be booked online.
The last two weeks have seen 687 fish caught between the three venues. Included in this were lots of rainbows between 6lb and 8lb and a few rather special Arctic char(see pics below). Small lures still catching plenty of fish but it’s time to start and get imitative in your flies as fish are feeding hard on buzzers. Dry fly is also worth a go if you see fish rising.
The new 2021/22 fish tokens and season membership is now available to purchase online.
We have received a large number of enquiries from anglers who have been unable to fish because of lockdown restrictions about extension of the current 2020/21 yellow fish tokens that are due to expire at the end of March. The good news is that we have decided to extend these until the end of April 2021 to hopefully give everyone a chance to get out and use their tickets. Please note the extension applies to fish tickets only, membership will still expire at the end of March.
All lakes are fishing really well. Small to medium sized lures such as BFD’s, Cats Whiskers, hothead damsels and if the weather warms up, buzzers will work nicely.
We are now open to ‘local’ season and day ticket anglers. Season members must book a slot online and day ticket anglers must book online also before fishing.
It saddens me to have to write this post but unfortunately we are experiencing an increasing level of abuse of the token system at Albury and two anglers were banned over the weekend for this. We are aware of some Anglers taking fish without putting tokens in the box. This is theft and totally unacceptable. It is also unfair on the other Anglers as it means stock levels will dwindle as restocking relies on an accurate catch return. Any Anglers caught abusing the token system will receive a lifetime ban from Albury Estate Fisheries and will be reported to the police. Please can all Anglers ensure they fill out the catch return and place the correct number of tokens in the box before leaving the Fishery.
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.
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
Albury Estate Bailiff – 07976810737