All CALPAC fisheries are now open again. Please see 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!
Stay safe and very best fishes
The committee would like to thank the Manor Pond Bailiff George McKee, for averting a possible tragedy at Manor Pond. He came to the rescue of a CALPAC member, who was suddenly taken ill during a night fishing session at the fishery. George acted in a very responsible way by calling the Emergency Services, then taking care of the member until the Paramedics arrived.
This incident also highlighted the importance of adding an Emergency Contact in the notes section of your CALPAC Handbook. If you haven’t already done this, please could you do so asap.
Manor Pond polite request
Manor Pond Fishery was closed on Saturday 10th October 2020 for essential clean-up works. These works were been deemed necessary, as a few members have decided to use the fishery as a toilet, but are not cleaning up their mess after them. If you do require a ‘POO’, please ensure that you keep rubbish/poo bags in your kit, so that everything can be taken away by ‘yourself’ and disposed of in a hygienic and responsible way. Thank you!
Important message for all CALPAC Bailiffs (Dated 11/09/2020). The following membership books have gone missing: CALPAC 1089 and Basingstoke 1847. If either of these books come into your possession, please confiscate them and contact our Treasurer John Bygrave to let him know you have them. Many thanks for your help with this matter.
CALPAC have three Facebook pages running now. One represents CALPAC Angling Association itself, and two are fishery related pages. These are for Manor Pond and the Stew Ponds respectively. The CALPAC page will post information relevant to the association, The other two will have up to date information about each of the specific fisheries, including catch reports and photos.
Search in Facebook for ‘CALPAC Angling Association’, ‘CALPAC Manor Pond’ and ‘The Great Stew Ponds Epsom’.
CALPAC can confirm that the Angling Trust have announced that fishing resumed from Wednesday 13th May 2020. There are guidelines which need to be followed at the moment, these must be adhered to. Please click on the following link Guidelines for Anglers to make yourself aware of the guidelines to follow. CALPAC thank you for your cooperation.
CALPAC will not be issuing any Members Guest tickets until further notice. This is because of the increased risk of spreading Covid 19.