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For Year 2020 - 2021
1. 2021 still had problems with the COVID epidemic in the early months of the year. With match officials drawing pegs the night before the match. Monthly committee meetings have been run using the zoom system on computers at home, until the autumn when we returned to our normal venue at the Coach and Horses. Unfortunately, a new virus has spread into the country so this could affect our fishing next year.
2. Club membership has dropped by 30 members since last year. This was expected as the increase the previous year was due to COVID 19.
3. A lot of work has been done by members at the lakes at Aston Magna. The middle lake was drained and desilted and a much larger island was formed. It was netted and it was found to have had very few fish in the lake. This is now being refilled and stocked with Roach, Rudd Skimmers and Tench. Work will be done in 2022 repositioning the pegs. The match lake was fished reasonably well the matches have been with Bream the Carp did not show until autumn. The car park was fished well all season with Roche, Rudd, Tench, Bream and small Carp being caught.
4. Bank clearing and general maintenance have been done to all sections of the river. Unfortunately, we have lost a small section of the river Stour towards Willington.
5. The charity Duck Race had to be cancelled again, although the live bands and entertainment went ahead for the Fish n Frolics 3-day festival. The winner after three days fishing was Colin parry.
6. The Peter Jackson trophy for club pensioners was fished during spring and summer at Aston Magna. Les Haines was this year’s trophy winner.
7. Shipston matches were again well supported by members although the weights were well down on previous years. Matches at Boddington (twice) and Meadowlands which are normally won with well over 100 pounds only produced 40lb to 60lb this year.
8. The match fished at Bourton on the Water provided several large Bream Colin Barrett won with 71 pounds and Malcolm Allinson was second with 65lb.
9. The Cotswold cup was run by Shipston this year and we decided to fish at Clanfield on the river River Thames again. Unfortunately, we didn't do as well as last year and finished second to Burford.
10. We entered a team in a Bait Tec knockout competition. We were drawn away to Team Maggot at Tunnel Barn. We drew with them on points but lost to them on weight.
11. The WACFAC match which is normally fished at the car park lake at Aston Magna was switched to a ADDAC waters at Clifford Chambers because of floating leaves at Aston. I myself won the match with 160lb of Carp and Barbel.
12. Shipston came second in the Stratford Winter League. Kenny Watts won the individual trophy.
13. Unfortunately, Stratford tackled dealer Dabber Jones died recently. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank his family for the £300.00 pounds donated to the Shipston Junior Anglers.
14. I hope that 2022 will be a lot more settled, although I have my doubts. I would like to thank all members for their help and work during 2021. The committee would like to wish all its members a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
Club contests 10 Apr - 27 May 2021
Statement from the Angling Trust on the national lockdown rule as at 07 Jan 2021
Statement on behalf of the Shipston On Stour and District Angling Club Committee: As you can see we once again have permission to fish as individuals, but very locally. I will also place this statement on our Web Page.
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 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.
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 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
Chief Executive, Angling Trust