ANGLERS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT TO GO FISHING DURING SECOND ENGLAND LOCKDOWN

ANGLERS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT TO GO FISHING DURING SECOND ENGLAND LOCKDOWN

by Angling Times |

While outdoor sports like golf, tennis and basketball are prohibited, angling’s status as an outdoor recreation has allowed it to continue, with a handful of restrictions.

“Ministers have recognised the benefits that angling brings, not only in terms of health and well-being, but also in getting us out in the fresh air”

“Ministers have recognised the benefits that angling brings, not only in terms of health and well-being, but also in getting us out in the fresh air”

The Angling Trust, which has lobbied government on the benefits of the hobby, has produced guidance to anglers after picking through the latest regulations with legal advisers.

Those regulations are still in draft form but sources at the Trust are confident their interpretations of the law will stand up.

Martin Salter, the Trust’s campaigns manager, told us:

“We are delighted that ministers have recognised the benefits that angling brings, not only in terms of health and well-being, but also in getting us out in the fresh air where we love to be and not bunging up already-crowded public spaces.”

The former MP added:

“If the Government had wanted fisheries to close, as it has, inexplicably, with golf courses, then they would have said so. The Government clearly expects angling to continue.”

The only major blow for anglers is the temporary suspension of match fishing, which is caught in the ban on ‘sport below elite level’.

Mr Salter said:

“We are an outdoor recreation like bird watching. We’re only a sport when we are match fishing, which is why that has been banned.”

Match fishing will be banned under the new restrictions
Match fishing will be banned under the new restrictions

Driving to venues, night fishing and day-ticket angling are still permitted, though Government guidance urges people to stay as local as possible for outdoor activities. Tackle shops must close, but can operate on a click-and-collect basis. Anglers from different homes can also only go fishing in pairs, rather than the previous ‘rule of six’.

Angling Trust chief executive Jamie Cook urged anglers to stay sensible and be aware that their actions will be closely monitored.

He said:

“We’re pleased that fishing can continue during lockdown, even with the restrictions in place. Angling has conducted itself safely and responsibly throughout this pandemic and the Trust is determined to ensure that our chosen form of outdoor recreation remains part of the solution rather than the problem. To do this anglers must continue to fish responsibly.”

“Anglers must continue to fish responsibly,” says Jamie Cook
“Anglers must continue to fish responsibly,” says Jamie Cook
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