CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND LOCKDOWN #3 – Fishing IS allowed.
The 05 January 2021 Angling Trust statement about Covid-19 and fishing has been updated (see the full statement below)…
Statement from the Angling Trust: Update January 7th 2021
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 DCMS Sports Team 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.”
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. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways. Full Government guidance on travel can be found here
We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot 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!
Join the Angling Trust today
Stay safe and very best fishes
Chief Executive, Angling Trust
‘Wild Food’ On The Society’s Fisheries. A Reminder.
A landowner has told the Society that he found evidence that ‘wild’ food has been removed from land he owns. This is a reminder to all permit holders that taking ‘wild’ food such as fruit and fungi is theft and will not be tolerated by the Society.
The following rule is taken from the Society’s Information Pack that all permit holders receive each year with their annual permit…
Rule F. IMPORTANT WARNING!
In previous years, the Society had incidents of a few things, including fruit, being taken from private land without permission by individuals claiming to be with O.A.P.S. Should any permit holders, or those accompanying them, be identified as being involved in this sort of thing, the Society will have no option but to take action that may include banning those concerned from fishing on our waters.
Be aware that this behaviour will not be tolerated!
An Important Rules Reminder…
The Society’s car park at the Mills is accessed through a combination padlocked gate to provide adequate parking space for permit holders. It is vital that this gate is kept shut and padlocked after both entering and leaving the car park to keep out all but our own permit holders.
Our rules require the gate to remain shut and padlocked and most permit holders follow this rule. For those who don’t, breaking this rule will result in the Committee taking action against those identified as responsible.
2021 Sea Trout Permits
This year’s Sea Trout permit allocation process will be starting shortly.
As in previous years all current Sea Trout permit holders will be sent an invitation to apply for this year’s permit and will be guaranteed one if they send their application to arrive on or before 31st March 2021.
If you are an existing permit holder and your postal and/or email address has changed since your current permit was issued, please email with your new details.
Once the 31st March 2021 deadline has passed, any unsold Sea Trout permits will be allocated to new applicants according to when they were added to this year’s waiting list. Anyone interested in applying for a Sea Trout permit should contact the Society (email link to the left of this post) as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of being offered a permit before we run out.
2020-2021 Winter Permits
The Society’s Winter Permits are now available from all of our outlets at a cost of £50.00.
These permits cover the period from 1st November until the following 30th April and include the waters that we share with Copthorne & District AS (CDAS), including their stillwaters at Piltdown Pond near Newick and Rowfant between Copthorne and Turners Hill near Gatwick.
The closed season for river coarse fishing, starting on 15th March 2021, applies to holders of all of our winter permits, but fishing continues on CDAS stillwaters until 30th April.
Click here for details of where to purchase your permit.
Contacting the Permit Secretary – PROBLEM RESOLVED
The Society’s mobile phone had been sending calls to voicemail for the last 6 weeks or so without alerting the Permit Secretary. The service provider has dealt with the problem and phone calls are now routed to the phone.
If you have been waiting for a reply and are not contacted in the next few days, call again and please accept our apologies for failing to respond to your earlier call(s).
2020-2021 Coarse Season
Coarse Fishing Annual Permits – 2020-2021 & Covid-19
With the Covid-19 crisis still present and June 16th only a month away, it is still not clear whether tackle shops will be open in time for the start of the season or not. Please check here regularly for news on how and when coarse permits will be available.
Coarse Fishing Day Tickets – 2020-2021
Day tickets will NOT be available on O.A.P.S. waters during the period of the Covid-19 crisis.
Any changes to this position during the coming season will be shown here.
ALL Permit Holder News – 2020-2021
Bevern Stream remains unavailable for fishing.
The Bevern Stream remains closed for the 2020/2021 season to all Ouse Angling Preservation Society permit holders while work continues on assessing the ongoing damage to the fishery caused by the Plumpton Mill Stream pollution during the winter of 2016-2017.
Car parking on the OAPS fishery
Permit holders wishing to fish the river in the vicinity of the Anchor Inn are probably aware that there were “difficulties” last season in accessing the ONLY designated anglers’ parking for this part of the river, in the field on the left hand side of the road just before the Anchor Inn.
At the present time permit holders cannot rely on this parking being available. Unfortunately, this means that the nearest viable ‘official’ parking for this part of the river is in the Society’s car park at Barcombe Mills with access to the Anchor Inn stretch of river via…
a) the farm track that takes you to the Old Mill Farm site where it joins the Ouse Valley Way footpath – this is a ‘Restricted Byway’ that forms part of the end of a footpath that crosses the old railway bed to the north, or
b) the Ouse Valley Way footpath alongside the river that you join next to the hump-back bridge near the Pool.
Further information will be shown here as and when it becomes available.
Guest ticket clarification.
Guest tickets do not allow permit holders to take their guest to any of the Copthorne and District A.S. stillwaters, including Piltdown Pond.
Canoeing and Swimming on Our Fishery
OAPS anglers will be aware that waters we control on the non-tidal river at Barcombe Mills are used from time to time by local companies that advertise commercial canoe trips on the river, individual ‘paddlers’ and also by so-called “wildswimmers”.
The Society advises anglers to avoid any sort of confrontation, including swearing, with these groups. The Society would appreciate any photographic or video evidence anglers can collect of either of these groups interfering with their enjoyment of the river.
2020 Sea Trout Season
Changes to OAPS Bank Transfer Details
Ouse Angling Preservation Society has recently changed banks and the details for making Bank Transfer payments are still being set up.
Any Sea Trout anglers wanting to pay for this year’s permit via BACS bank transfer should contact David Pennington (see below).
Please contact David Pennington our Permit Secretary either by email (see bottom left – ‘Contact Us’) or telephone on 07899 245680 if you want to make a bank transfer payment
Jim (The Fish) Smith – 31.07.1944 to 27.12 2019
It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of this, one of the Society’s great and much loved characters who, for over 60 years poured his heart and soul into the society and river interests – to the extent that many years ago the committee, being concerned about labour laws, decided he must have one day a week off and a set holiday! This was only achieved after much persuasion and heaving up of his trousers!
In addition to his role with the society, Jim put an equal amount of enthusiasm into his work with the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust and the local parish council, together with interests in the Trout and Salmon Association and other rural organisations.
Jim learned his trade from the previous bailiff, Mac, with whom he spent much time as a boy, and, as we all know, he went on to accumulate a vast knowledge of the Ouse, its catchment and nature generally, with an enthusiasm which, over the many years, never diminished.
Jim will be sadly missed but well remembered by all who knew him.