Yearly Archive 2018

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Catch & Release for Salmon an Angler’s Guide.

Catch & Release for Salmon An Angler’s Guide.
Catch and release is vital to help protect and restore salmon stocks in our rivers.

Give your salmon the best opportunity of reaching the spawning redds. Follow the advice in this leaflet.
Also supported by: The Wye Catchment Conservators, The Usk Fishing Association
Salmon often take Flying Cs deep and more than 10% die. Fitting a barbless single will help but it’s better to use other lures, with hooks altered, or to fly fish.
Single ‘in-line’ barbless or debarbed hooks with the barb crushed reduce the chances of damaging fish.
Tackle
Use small, barbless hooks, singles or doubles: • They do less damage • Unhooking is quicker • It’s illegal to use large hooks • Use size 6, or preferably smaller.
Always use as strong a leader or line as possible. This will ensure the fish can be brought to the net quickly and safely.
Planning Ahead
Before fishing a pool, always identify where a fish can be safely landed without risk of damage on rocks or stones. If fishing alone, take a net. Traditional large mesh salmon nets can cause split fins and tails.
Have long-nosed forceps or a similar tool close to hand for prompt hook removal. If you want a photo of your salmon before release, have your camera ready, for example, on a neck lanyard.
Single hook Flying Cs are available from Garry Evans Fishing Tackle and McHardys  Game Fishing
Spinning
The hooks on lures such as plugs can be effectively  changed for ‘in-line’ single hooks reducing the risks associated with treble hooks.
Playing Fish
Fish should be played quickly and as firmly as possible so that they can be released before becoming too exhausted.
Landing Fish
We urge you not to lift the fish out of the water by any means if it is at all possible. At the very least, never lift your salmon from the water by its tail, or gill cover: you will cause internal damage. Avoid taking them onto the bank or dragging them over stones or gravel.
Use a soft, knotless net with small mesh size with a shallow, wide bottom to allow the fish to lie flat. Knotless mesh is a legal requirement. Suitable replacement net bags are available from: www.fastnetsports.com
Fishing From Boats
If fishing from a boat, where convenient, take the boat to the shore to land the fish. If the fish is landed in a boat, ensure that the fish is laid on a flat, wet surface for unhooking. A soaking wet towel or unhooking mat is ideal for this purpose. Laying the fish upside down will often calm it for unhooking. Fish produce most of their energy from their tails, and so holding down the tail on a flat surface will keep a fish still.
A fish-friendly net
Split tail caused by large mesh
Unhooking & Recovery
When the fish is quiet, remove the hook carefully and promptly with forceps. If you rupture a blood vessel you may kill the fish.
Fish should be allowed to recover and returned in steady clean water, but not in a fast flow. Recovery may take some time.
If fish are deep-hooked, particularly in the gills, it may not be possible to remove the hook – snip the line close to the hook. This will cause less harm to the fish than removing it.
As an additional precaution, it is wise not to fish at all during extended periods of hot weather.

 
Recording Your Catch
Only lift the fish from the water for the minimum time necessary. Photography – Keep the fish in or briefly just above the water. Support the fish gently under the belly and loosely hold the wrist of the tail. Weighing – If possible, use a weigh net, or scales hooked on to a conventional net. Measuring – Do it in the water. Take a tape measure or mark up your wading staff or the butt section of your rod as an easy indicator. Weight can be estimated from length – see the Environment Agency scale reproduced above. Fish should be measured from the nose to the fork of the tail.

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2018 April 29th Jon Powell’s 16lb Salmon

Congratulations to Jon Powell who caught this 16lbs Salmon on our Pant y Goitre beat on the 29th April 2018.

The fish was safely returned to the river. Well don Jon!

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C&DAS places available for membership.

We have a limited number of vacancies available for membership for the 2018 season.

An excellent opportunity to secure some excellent and exclusive wild fishing on some 9 miles of the River Usk.

If you would like to become a member, please contact Scott Gable our Treasurer.

Details below:-

Hon Treasurer of the Society.

Mr Scott Gable.

73 Dan y Bryn

Gilwern.

Abergavenny. Monmouthshire.

NP7 0BL.

Tel No. 01873 832204.

E Mail scogable@aol.com

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C&DAS Catch Returns for 2017 Season.

C&DAS Catch Returns 2017 Season

 

41% of members fished 327 days for salmon in the 2017 season

17 Members caught salmon in the 2017 season

39 Salmon were caught in the 2017 season for a total weight of 487.5lbs, an average of 12.5lbs

Rod Activity v Catch shows 1 salmon for every 12 days of rod effort

29 Salmon were returned giving a catch and release figure of 74%

 

Salmon catch by beat

Pant-y goitre 10 Salmon

Cadfor Farm 1 Salmon

Redbarn 12 Salmon

Bridge Meadow 9 Salmon

Glangrwyne court 2 Salmon

Bridge Pool 5 Salmon

 

Salmon Catch breakdown by month

April- 0

May- 1

June- 11

July- 9

August- 6

September-7

October- 5

Salmon Catch by method

Fly- 24 Salmon

Spinning- 14 Salmon

Bait-1 Salmon

There were 2 largest salmon reported as being caught, the first was by Ricky Smith on the 9th June 2017 at Bridge Meadow and weighed 18lb and was returned, the second was caught by Chad Macdonald on the 11th June 2017, and was also a 18lb fish caught on the Bridge Pool at Crickhowell and was also returned.

Sea-Trout Returns

 

There were 6 sea trout reported in the 2017 averaging around the 2lb mark

Brown Trout Returns

46% of members submitted a return for Brown Trout caught during the 2017 season

All of C&DAS waters accounted for an annual catch of 532 Brown Trout of which 123 were retained subsequently a catch and release figure of 77% was realised.

Brown Trout returns by beat, and catch.

Glangrwyne Court

Red Barn- 286

Legar– 26

Cadfor Farm– 68

Glangrwyne Court-83

Pant-y-goitre– 54

Bullpit Meadow– 0

River Grwyne– 15

Further Information-

It should be noted that 54% of members submitted a zero/didn’t fish return

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Petition against the NRW

Dear Member,

We trust you are well and looking forward to some decent weather and wetting your lines.
Below (which is self-explanatory) is a PETITION which has been raised by Betws Anglers and is for your consideration.
Kind Regards.
Clive Williams.
Hon. Secretary C&DAS.

All,

Following a meeting with their local AM Betws Anglers (Conwy) were advised to raise a petition against the decision making process used by NRW during the proposed bylaw consultation. 

A petition has now been raised by Betws AC this is now ‘Live’ and can be found by clicking this link: https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1315  can you please sign this petition; we need as many game anglers as possible to support this. 

Unlike the petition raised by Reuben Woodford this is a Welsh Government petition and depending on the support it receives will be considered by the WG petitions committee, this could result in a public inquiry on the way the proposed NRW fisheries bylaws consultation has been conducted.  We need your support please forward this to as many anglers as possible – there are 4800 migratory fish licence holders in Wales and many more who fish Welsh rivers but live in England, we need them all to support us.

I have attached a copy of the petition wording for your records.

Regards

Chris White

Campaign for the protection of Welsh fisheries.

Office:   +44(0)1244301363

Mobile:  +44(0)7734926239

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What’s on for 2018?

 

February 13th – AGM. Bear Hotel. 8pm.

15th February ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

10th February

Visit to BFFI for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

Our own Paul Slaney will be demonstrating his considerable fly tying skills.

 

February 23rd 2018 – Presentation Evening. Bear Hotel. 8pm.

February 28th 2016- Subscriptions for the 2018 Season due paid by this date.

February 15th ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

1st March ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

15th March ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

29th March ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

12th April ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

26th April ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

10th May ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

24th May ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

7th June ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

21st June ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

5th July,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

Sunday July ,Skills Day, Date to be decided.

We have decided to share our Skills day with the Gwent Angling Society. They will be  hosting their day at their Ty Mawr waters this year, we shall be hosting at our waters next year and so on …….. We shall announce a date as soon as we are able to confirm it.

19th July ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

2nd August ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

16th August ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

30th August ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

13th September ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

27th September ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

11th October ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

25th October ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

8th November ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

22nd November ,Fly- Tying Evening, Bear Hotel,Crickhowell,7pm, for more information contact Geraint 07972 289133 or Justin 07810 870224

Break for Christmas. We will resume in the New Year when we have agreed on a date.

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23rd February ‘Presentation Evening.

We held our annual ‘Presentation Evening’ at the Bear Hotel where we shared the Edwin Price Memorial Cup between two of our members.

Ricky Smith who caught an 18lb Salmon at our Bridge Meadow water.

Chad McDonnel who also caught an 18lb Salmon at our Crickhowell Bridge water.

 

Above is Chad McDonnel with his 18lb Salmon. Ricky Smith accepting Chad’s award from Justin Connolly. Rick Smith accepting his award from Margaret Price.

Well done chaps! Our catch returns show that we had a very successful season of Trout & Salmon catches.

C&DAS Catch Returns 2017 Season

 

41% of members fished 327 days for salmon in the 2017 season

17 Members caught salmon in the 2017 season

39 Salmon were caught in the 2017 season for a total weight of 487.5lbs, an average of 12.5lbs

Rod Activity v Catch shows 1 salmon for every 12 days of rod effort

29 Salmon were returned giving a catch and release figure of 74%.

You can see Geraint’s full report in the ‘Latest News’ article titled C&DAS Catch Returns 2017 Season

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2018 AGM & Presentation Evening

February 13th Tuesday – AGM. Bear Hotel. 8pm.

February 23rd 2018 – Presentation Evening. Bear Hotel. 8pm. This is our social event of the year and a free buffet will be provided by the Society. It is a great chance to meet and chat with like members.

For catering purposes, would you please inform Justin Connolly if you are attending, his email address is (the preferred method of communication) is justin@justfishin.co.uk or mobile: 0781 108 70224

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Bank Clearance dates for 2018

Hi All,

These are this year’s bank clearance dates.

10.00hrs Sunday 7th January 2018 – Glangrwyne.

10.00hrs Sunday 14th January 2018 – Red Barn.

10.00hrs Sunday 21st January 2018 – Bullpit/Legar.

10.00hrs Sunday 28th January 2018 – Bridge Meadow.

Please try to attend.