A MESSAGE FRON OUR CHAIRMAN
Sandwich & District Angling Association
Covid 19 Lockdown - Implications for Fishing - 5 November 2020
I have been advised by the Angling Trust that following their examination of the Regulations they are able to offer some initial guidance and interpretation for anglers and fishery providers. They say “Overall the Angling Trust is pleased that ministers have recognised the value of allowing angling and some other forms of outside recreation to continue through the current lockdown period. However the new rules are more complicated than we had hoped and anglers should be fully aware of what we can or can’t do in the next 28 days.” The regulations are clear and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. The rule of six is now effectively the rule of two. Match fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during the lockdown. Angling is deemed a permissible form of outdoor recreation and a lawful reason to leave home. In summary the Angling Trust say “This is going to be an extremely difficult period for everybody and, as anglers, we must recognise that we are fortunate that our chosen form of recreation can continue even though there are restrictions on what we can do. The Angling Trust made the case for fishing based on the health and wellbeing benefits that angling offers, coupled with the importance of reducing pressure on other open spaces by allowing us to continue to safely enjoy the social isolation and peace that fishing brings. It is incumbent on us all to continue to act responsibly and to fish safely, fish locally and respect the rule of two.” In respect of our waters, to date you the members have indeed acted in a responsible manner and I would like this to continue. We are still concerned, however, about the potential difficulty of social distancing in our car parks and in this respect the maximum number of cars in our car parks is to remain at 12 and we ask that you wear face masks in these areas also. Night fishing is prohibited, no new memberships will be considered and taster day tickets will not be issued. Existing Covid rules will are also to continue. If we all adhere to these rules and make it work, the reputation of angling will continue to be a positive form of recreation in what is a difficult period for us all.
We have a constitutional rule to promote opportunities for angling in Sandwich and the surrounding area. Today our managed fisheries provide top class fishing in East Kent on two still waters.
These waters provide mixed fishing in a quality environment for all anglers, including families, match fishermen and specimen hunters.
We believe annual membership of SDAA provides quality fishing at fantastic value and we welcome all responsible anglers.
Originally looking after the The Reed Ponds we also used to have a thriving Sea fishing section.
We were responsible for the design and creation of Swallowbrook Lake back in 1992, the work of a few turning a green-field site into a gem of a Fishery for us all to enjoy.
Sandwich is a historic town and a civil parish on the River Stour in the Non Metropolitan district of Dover. It has a population of 4599 ( 2011 census). It was one of the Cinque Ports and still has many of the original medieval buildings, including several listed public houses and gates within the old town walls, churches, almshouses and the old White Mill. Whilst once a major port it s now two miles from the sea, its historic centre preserved. Sandwich Bay is home to nature reserves and two world class golf clubs, Royal St Georges and Prince's. The town is also host to several historical, educational and cultural events. For more information about the history of the town and details of up coming events please visit Open Sandwich