Covid-19: resumption of fishing.

Gatehouse and Kirkcudbright Angling Association

 

Covid-19: Guidance for fishing at Lochenbreck from 15.3.21.

 

We have drawn on Angling Scotland and Fisheries Management Scotland for this advice. Full details on their websites. They stress

F   Face coverings

A   Avoid crowded places   

C   Clean hands and surfaces regularly

T   Two meters social distancing (so no boat sharing)

S   Self-isolate and book a test if you have a new cough, fever, loss of taste or smell.

 

Travel.  You may not share a car to the loch, unless from same household. 

 

Who can fish.   Only club members are allowed at present because of travel restrictions. (See Outlets below re membership.) Only 2 anglers can fish together and they must maintain social distancing. Persons who are shielding may fish under the same rules as other anglers. Anyone with symptoms that could be Covid related; or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive; or who is self isolating may not. There can be no society or competition angling.

 

Please Note:   Do not go through the gate at the Summerhouse and jetty, on the West bank, to fish. This area is private to the owners and Out of Bounds to all anglers.

Booking fishing.  It is not necessary to book for bank fishing.  Boats (only one person per boat) can be booked in the usual way, see Outlets below. 

 

Social Distancing.   The 2 metre rule remains in force. Keep 2 metres or more apart from another person. On arriving at the car park allow for this. If you arrive just after another angler, be patient. Give them time to move off before you do yourself. Similarly at the oars hut and when leaving the loch. Fly fishing naturally keeps us apart more that 2m anyway.

 

While fishing.  Maintain social distance from arrival to departure. Do not share equipment, food or drink. Do not net a fish for another angler.

 

Boats.   For now it is to be strictly one angler per boat. This is recommended by ASL amongst others.

 

Sanitising.   It is the responsibility of every angler (as recommended by ASL) to bring their own hand sanitizing product, and those who are taking a boat must bring disinfectant wipes as well. Sanitise hands on arrival, before and after dealing with the oars hut, and on leaving. Wipes must be used to clean boats and related equipment, before and after use. See Outlets below.

 

 

Attendance Register.   The weighing in hut remains closed. Each angler must contact Peter Taylor, club secretary, even if no fish have been caught, by email: pandmtaylor2@btinternet.com or phone 01557 815326 after their session. The angler must give contact details, fish caught, number kept and returned and estimate of weight.

This is absolutely essential in order that we have a clear record to be used for NHS contact tracing, which we are required to do by law and as a condition of our lease for the loch.

 

Outlets.   Member’s season tickets and boats (3) are available at Thomson’s in Kirkcudbright. Boats (2) from Spar in Gatehouse. Season tickets from Phil Downs 01557 814813, email below.  Season tickets, and one boat, from Mick Daly, Airds Farm B+B, Crossmichael, DG7 3BG, Tel. 01556 670418.

Spar have hand sanitiser and wipes in stock. Supersave in Kirkcudbright, near Thomson’s, also have plenty of stock.

 

Electronic payment for Membership.   Anyone wishing to join who prefers to pay by bank transfer please contact the treasurer, Phil Downs, by email initially, p.downs93@btinternet.com

 

Same Household.   Here different rules apply e.g. social distancing, car sharing, equipment sharing, being allowed between themselves. Anglers from the same household may share a boat.

 

GKAA  15th March 2021.

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