- January 10, 2021
- January 7, 2021
Good news! Fishing is now permitted during lockdown. Please see the key points below.
If you do decide to visit our fisheries during lockdown you do so at your own risk. BADAC will take no responsibilty if you are challenged by the police and fined for breaking covid restictions in any way.
Thank you and please be careful, safe and sensible.
Good morning everyone
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 can not 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!
Membership – Angling Trust https://anglingtrust.net/membership/
Stay safe and very best fishes
CEO – Angling Trust
- September 15, 2020
Half Yearly winter Ticket Half yearly winter ticket can be purchased from Friday 25th September 2020 on line, via the club’s web-site (badac.co.uk) Fees Adults/oap £81.00 (this amount includes the £29.00 joining fee, payable for the first year only, but please note to fish our premier water Shepherds Way you must join as a full member, e.g senior, oap, disabled or junior, as no associate members can just fish Shepherds Way ) junior £22.00, disabled/associate £64.00, (this amount includes the £29.00 joining fee, payable for the first year only), … Please note any former member of Barnet D.A.C who has been a member within the last five years ( since 2015/16 season) can purchase a half yearly ticket & would not have to pay the joining fee, but these people can only obtain this ticket from the tackle shops or by post (cheques made payable to Barnet D.A.C & sent to: Barnet & District Angling Club, 11, Liscombe, Birch Hill, Bracknell, Berks. RG12 7BY ), price for adults £52.00, oap/assoc/disable price £35.00 & juniors £22.00, forms are available from the shops or on line, former members cannot buy half yearly tickets on line via pay-pal. Half yearly Winter tickets valid from 1st October 2020– 15th June 2021, will be available to purchase via pal-pal as from Friday 25th of September 2020, or you may purchase from 25th September 2020, at Potters Bar Angling.