Clarifications and

Amendments

Following further discussions with the Tweed Commission over the legal date for killing of sea trout on the Tweed system it has now been clarified that the actual date is in fact the 1st April in any given year and not the 1st February as previously stated. We know our club and  members are quite happy to comply with this and indeed do operate catch and release to a very high degree. Members will or should know that the club also partakes in the Tweed Conservation programme to which we pay a yearly levy and have done for some years now. Members are therefore requested to follow the Tweed Code on angling as already supplied in your members handbook.

EA Press Release

First Edition

The EA have announced their proposals regarding the future of salmon fishing following the consultation process of last year. We say first edition as they have not said a lot that we did not already know and they will be having a further press release in February 2018. Follow the link below to read part one.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-proposed-measures-announced-ahead-of-salmon-consultation

The season starts

Thursday

The new season for migratory fishing starts this Thursday on our Tweed and Till beats. River conditions at present look like our Tweed beat will be unfishable but the Till is running at a nice height for this time of the year. Members who will be out fishing our beats are reminded that it is fly only until 14th February. Any early season success by members be it salmon or sea trout then we would love to know.

Consultation process

Save our Salmon

Folowing the discussions that took place last year with the EA, Angling Trust, clubs, associations, riparian owners and individual anglers over the declining salmon stocks we believe that the EA will be submitting their proposals this coming week. What could be in the proposals? Here is a snap shot about what we believe will be happening.

Fishng for salmon by drift nets will be totally stopped from this year.

Fishng for salmon by T and J nets will be totally stopped from 2019

T and J nets to be allowed to continue Fishng for sea trout.

Total Compulsary Catch and Release, (CCR) on certain rivers from 2018. Maybe the Coquet and the Tees in our area based upon numbers of fish running the rivers. 5000 fish running a river in any given year is classed as being self sustainable.

Voluntary catch and release on other rivers. Something already operated by a lot of our members.

Modifications to angling equipment, like hook sizes, etc.

When the proposals are produced we believe there will be a consultation process, how long for, ?

Would we have any objections to these proposals? We have all seen a decline in our fish stocks over the years, certain rivers affected more than others. Is it the fault of the nets, the rod anglers, seals, cormorant predication or all of these? Removal of the drift nets and CCR should certainly help. Leaving the T and J nets to continue fishing for sea trout only. No idea what they will do if they catch a salmon, release it, then caught in another net to be released again, then again. 

So, lets wait to see what unfolds this week.

 

 

Newsletter

January 2018

We have posted our January newsletter to members and you should receive it within a day or two. It outlines the details of our forthcoming AGM, agenda and minutes from The 2017 AGM. The committee and president look forward to seeing members old and new on the evening of Wednesday 14 February. We generally have a good turn out of members, 44 last year, wherein other clubs have more committee members present than members. As usual the club will be open from 7.00pm and we offer our thanks to Birtley Golf Club for the free use of their facilities for this event along with our fortnightlly committee meetings. A free hot and cold buffet will be available part way through the evenings event and is usually well appreciated by the members , especially those who attend straight from work. Please read your newsletter thoroughly and contact us wiith any queries you may have.

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