From 01/05/2021 there will be no access or fishing on the B.A.A and W.A.A Denby beats, upstream from Grogley bridge until further notice. The reason for this as far as we know is that the work has not yet been completed.
BODMINN ANGLERS ASSOCIATION 2021 NEWSLETTER
2020 has been a very strange year blighted by Corona Virus. When we were able to fish, we were greeted by the best runs of Salmon and Seatrout for many years. Quite a few Anglers caught very respectable numbers of both Salmon and Seatrout. One member commented that it looks as though the Camel is recovering from the problems caused by putting large numbers of Camel fish into Wainsford Hatchery. The runs of fish seem to be returning to some sort of normality most importantly there seems to be a Winter run returning as there were Fresh fish caught right up to the end of the Season these fish should be Spawning in late December early January like they used to and should be.
Unfortunately, Corona Virus stopped us from doing planned bank maintenance we did however do a few work parties with extremely limited numbers as we did not want to mix with any strangers and risk infection I personally have been shielding since February. On the few occasions I did venture out on the riverbank I was dismayed to find fallen trees blocking footpaths ETC it is very sad that Members cannot even be bothered to report this to the Head Warden
Although they are only to happy to go to local Tackle Shops to moan and groan about the state of the river when asked if they would attend a Work party, they look at the floor or the door to escape. The very few of us that do the work [4 of us] have now taken the stance that if people cannot be bothered to report problems and turn out on work parties we are not going to!
Unfortunately there will not be an AGM this year unless Corona Virus subsides we may hold an AGM later in the year if its deemed safe to do so there are issues we need to address the Association is running at a loss the Subscription has not changed for many years £40 would members agree to raising it to say £50 also we may have to drop some of the water we rent can Members contact us to indicate which beats we need to retain and the ones we could lose I have obtained some funding for the sanctuary Water rents so we don’t need to consider them for the next 3 years we need to cut our losses as we need to retain a healthy bank balance.
John has to all intents and purposes resigned from the role of Secretary. He has managed to do this role with the very valuable help and support from Lisa Please don’t bury your head in the sand this is going to happen as I am unwilling to start all over again with a new Secretary I will be resigning at the same time that John relinquishes the Secretaries role I am afraid we have both become demoralised by the total apathy shown by Members John and myself with the able assistance of Lisa have run this Association for the last 4 years single handed this has worn very thin so that really is the end of an era.
All the best for the future Tight lines for 2021.
2020 season, unfortunately we have not been able to carry out any footpath maintenance works or any other form of work on the river this year due to the corona virus, where we had to follow the government guidelines, social distancing and groups of people meeting.
This is still a problem at this moment for us to organise and hold our AGM in February 2021, we hope to hold an AGM later in the year, which we will keep you updated on that.
The fishing season started a bit later as we were in lockdown and restricted with what we could do.
But thanks to Angling Trust working with the government the fishing restrictions were lifted.
Salmon and Seatrout started entering the main river at the end of May in small numbers, Mid-June we had a few days with heavy rain showers not enough to raise the height of the river, but it put a bit of colour in the water which encouraged the fish to arrive in good numbers right up until the end of the season. Which myself and other members have seen on several occasions when fishing on the river.
Those of you who I have bumped into whilst fishing has told me that you have had a good season catching fish on various methods, fly or spin etc.
I am also awarding an honorary membership to our chairman Christopher Janes. For all the work that he has organised and done on both the Camel and Fowey, over the past thirty years. A lot of the work would never have happened, especially gravel cleaning. But thanks to Chris spending countless hours dealing with the correct authorities, we have managed to carry out these works.
I am also awarding an honorary membership to Stuart Fulwood. Stuart has probably attended every working party that has been organised on the Camel and the Fowey at Restormel, over the past twenty years.
I thank these gentlemen for the countless hours that they have spent improving the habitat and fishing for the members of both the river Camel and Fowey.
2021 will be the last season that Lisa and myself will be carrying out the role of secretary and membership secretary that will be 4 years, that we have filled the positions, we both feel now it is time for someone else to take on these roles.
To whoever fills these roles, we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.
The club is set up differently now and is run remarkably simplyas it should be.
We would like to say a big thank you to Chris and Graham and the Committee for all their help and support during our time as secretary’s.
Tight Lines Stay safe.
John and Lisa
MINUTES OF THE 64TH AGM OF THE BODMIN ANGLERS ASSOCIATION.
Held at the SWEB club Bodmin on Friday 28th February 2020
The chairman Mr C Janes welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Apologies were received from Lady Molsworth St Aubyn, Trevor Hill, Stan Spry, John Lawrey, Richard Grieevies, Rodger Bouttel ,Gary Marshal, David White.
MINUTES OF THE 2020 AGM
The minutes of the previous AGM held at the Bodmin SWEB club on Friday 22nd February 2019 had been distributed to the members within the annual newsletter. It was proposed by Mr R Winn and seconded by Mr S Fulwood that the minutes were a true record of the meeting and this was carried unanimously.
There were no maters arising.
There was no correspondence.
The Chairman said that the footpath maintenance work parties were very poorly attended from members and that more members need to attend the organised work parties if they want to keep the river and habitat in good order.
He also mentioned that the CFA is being resurrected and that Bodmin Anglers Association were in the early stages of changing the club over to an LTD company.
He also said that the committee had decide to extend the keeping of a seatrout until the end of September only on the river camel .
The Hon Secretary thanked everyone for attending this evening.
He informed everyone that we have retained all the fishing for the 2020 season. He also thanked the officers and the committee for all their help and support.
He also mentioned that he had received telephone calls from landowners saying that gates are being left open by anglers and this was encouraging members of the public to access private land freely and leave litter etc lying around. His reply to the meeting was to make sure you fasten gates behind you and you don’t drop any litter and that he had no more to say as he covered most topics in the newsletter.
The Treasurer reported that the Club was still in a healthy state financially, but income was down by around £2000.00 due to membership loss. He also mentioned that there was no need to raise the subscriptions and that anyone was welcome to look at the accounts.
APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS
It was proposed by Mr D Runnalls and seconded by Mr S Fulwood that we re-appointed J+M Thomas as auditors and this was carried unanimously.
PRESENTATION FROM ENVIROMENT AGENCEY.
PRESENTATION FROM THE WESTCOUNTRY RIVERS TRUST.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
It was proposed by Mr O Rowe and seconded by Mr D Odgers that lady Molseworth St Aubyn to carry on as president this was carried unanimously.
It was proposed by Mr D Runnalls and seconded by Mr P Jagothat Mr C Janes to carry on the position of chairman this was carried unanimously.
It was proposed by Mr B Moore and seconded by Mr O Rowe that Mr S Fulwood to carry on the position of vice chairman this was carried unanimously
It was proposed by Mr J Hake and seconded by Mr D Runnallsthat Mr J Rossiter carries on the position of secretary this was carried unanimously.
It was proposed by Mr R Winn and seconded by Mr M White that Mrs L Rossiter carries on the position of membership secretary this was carried unanimously.
It was proposed by Mr D Runnalls and seconded by Mr O Rowe that Mr G Toms carries on the position of treasurer this was carried unanimously.
It was proposed by Mr O Rowe and seconded by Mr A Coomberthat Mr R Lashbrook would fill one of the positions as a committee member this was carried unanimously.
It was proposed by Mr R Lashbrook and seconded by Mr P Jagothat Mr D Beadle would fill one of the positions as a committee member this was carried unanimously.
It was proposed by Mr D Odgers and seconded by Mr S Fulwood that Mr M Smith would fill one of the positions as a committee member this was carried unanimously
It was proposed by Mr D Inch and seconded by Mr A Comber that Mr B Hodge and Mr T Hill both carries on the positions as committee members.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr O Rowe mentioned that it was brought up at the wadebridgeclub AGM the problem with dogs and their owners roaming around on the riverbank.
His reply from the secretary was that unfortunately we have always had this problem and we always will be due to the camel trail used for exercising dogs and people.
Mr D Beadle ask the question of how many salmon were caught on B.A.A waters in 2019 season. The secretary replied that it was to early in the year for catch and return numbers but there have been good numbers of fish seen throughout the season.
Mr D Odgers asked the question about how many seatrout were caught, his reply from the secretary was the same as above.
Mr R Winn mentioned that he saw two spent fish in the Delankriver at the end of the season.
The raffle was run by Mr D Odgers and Mr R Winn it was drawn and made £126 for the club’s funds.
Mr R Winn assisted by Mr D Odgers conducted the auction which raised £54 for the club’s funds.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 21.09 hrs.
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Small engine repairs e.t.c.
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From the 1st August 2020. There will be no access or fishing on B.A.A and W.A.A , the Denby beats / both banks above Grogley bridge until further notice. The reason for this is the environmentalagency along with their appointed contractors will be removing Grogley weir and all associated infrastructure.
All waters controlled by the Bodmin Anglers association Will open from Tomorrow morning Wednesday 13th May Under the present government guidelines and Angling trust guidelines.
Due to the government guidelines at the start of lockdown we were unable to carry out any of our footpath maintenance dates, any members accessing club waters can you make sure that you do so with caution and that you wear appropriate footwear.
Tight lines and stay safe.
Our fishing on the river Fowey "The Parkway beat" below Bodmin station has now reverted back to its original beat.
Our fishing as before, starts from the viaduct looking upstream on the RH bank and finishes when you encounter a ditch(it was signed to this effect).
We can no longer fish on up to the road bridge as this is private fishing and not BAA water.
It goes without saying that you can also start at the ditch and fish down if preferred.
If you use any parking associated with the station please make sure that you purchase a valid parking ticket rather than risk a parking penalty of ££££££££££££,s.
River Fowey information
River Fowey Salmon Season to close on 30th November, Sea trout season finishes 31st August.
Hooks, No trebles at any time, No circle hooks at any time.
Bait fishing, Single barbless hooks at all times.
No worming for salmon before June 16th / after 31st Aug Prawn /Shrimp permitted all season.
Spinning, Single barbless hooks after 31st August Catch/Release Return first salmon of season, Retain maximum of 1 salmon per season.
Retain maximum of 10 sea trout per season per river (2 per day, 4 per week)
Return all sea trout under 1.5lb (35cm) and over 4lbs (55cm).
No access or fishing on any waters controlled by Bodmin anglers Association until further notice due to present government guidelines.
It has been decided by Bodmin anglers that the Seatrout season on the River Camel will be from 1st May through until the end of September, meaning if you wish to keep a fish within these dates you can.
The River Fowey already has these dates so no change for us there.
Please observe the oppropriate EA fishing methods currently in place.
CHAIRMANS REPORT 2019 has been another year of uncertainty with a good early run of Peel and still seemingly reasonable numbers of Salmon with several good fish caught. After months of messing around I finally got the tree that was obstructing the passage of fish upstream at the Weir removed and almost immediately Salmon and Peel were seen above the Weir. Work parties were once again very poorly attended it is now getting to the point that we will cease doing any more work unless Club Members show some interest, WE ARE NOT YOUR LABOURERS. There is now a Fisheries Association in place there will be a Fisheries association AGM in March where the Officers and Committee will be elected. If you have any interest in the future of the River Camel you should attend this meeting The Bylaw is now in place in my opinion this should not have been implemented as the latest figures show an improvement in Fry and Parr numbers let’s hope that fish stocks improve the Fisheries Association will be organising Gravel Cleaning and Habitat Improvement work in 2020 if you want more fish in the river you need to be a part of the association!!!!!! Bodmin Anglers Association is still the strongest Club around but due to a drop in the number of members we are running at a loss this cannot continue for too long we will be seeking guidance at the AGM about how to address this we don’t want to increase the membership fee unless we have to the way forward is to attract more members or lose some of our fishing please put some thought into that!!! Tight lines. And safe fishing for 2020
The 2019 season started of not too bad, river levels were average-slightly above average, we again had a run of early spring Salmon and few good-sized Seatrout. The weather also started to warm up with temperatures higher than normal. Halfway through June we had a couple days of the light rain which didn’t really change the height of the river, just colored the water enough for anglers to get excited and getting their spinning rods out and going fishing. There were also reports of some good size fish caught and lost by anglers. Then the heat wave came river levels dropped probably lower than last season, making conditions extremely challenging for anglers. But fish continued to come in and settle quite far up the river into some of the deeper holding pools. The weather changed for the worse towards the end of September, river levels rose and made fishing almost impossible at times for a couple of weeks at a time. But when conditions where good there was some good fish caught and returned. There are some positions available on the committee due to committee members retiring. So if you are interested in joining the committee and you think that you can help with the running of the club you can give me a call. One thing I will say is that you will not have to deal with any correspondence etc. as unfortunately that is my job. I’m afraid that I have repeated this from last year’s newsletter, but can you please make sure that you fill in your membership renewal forms and catch return forms correctly and clearly and make cheques payable to Bodmin Anglers Association. Thankyou Tight lines
John and Lisa
MINUTES OF THE 63RD AGM OF BODMIN ANGLERS ASSOCIATION
Held at the SWEB club Bodmin on Friday 22nd February 2019
The Chairman Mr C Janes welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Apologies were received from Lady Molesworth St Aubyn, Andy Searl, Steve Pearce, Ben Hodge, John Lawrey, Rodger Cox, Roy Coombes, Andrew Stevens and Philp Rowlands.
MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM
The minutes of the previous AGM held at the Bodmin SWEB Club on Friday 23rd 2018 had been distributed to the members within the annual newsletter.
It was proposed by Mr O Rowe and seconded by Mr S Fulwood that the minutes were a true record of the meeting and this was carried unanimously.
There were no maters arising.
There was no correspondence
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT The Chairman said that the Club is no more than a Club of card holders, and that more members need to get involved in running the Club with work parties and looking after the habitat. He also thanked the officers and the committee for their support.
SECRETARIES REPORT The Hon Secretary thanked everyone for attending this evening. He informed everyone that we have retained all the fishing for 2019 season. He also thanked the officers and committee for all their help and support and the members who helped on the footpath maintenance days. He also thanked Richard Grieve and John Lawrey for the setting up and running of the new Web Site. TREASURER’S REPORT The Treasurer reported that the Club was still in a healthy state financially, but income was down by £2000.00 due to membership loss. He also mentioned that there was no need to raise subscriptions and anyone was welcome to look at the accounts. APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS It was proposed by Mr N White and seconded by Mr S Fulwood that we re-appointed J+M Thomas as auditors and this was carried unanimously.
PRESENTATION BY SIMON TOMS FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY
Mr. Toms mentioned that very warm water temperatures towards the end of the season, around 10-12 degrees was causing fish not to spawn on the Camel at the end of the year.
He also mentions that the winter run of Salmon is no longer around at the end of the season. He also said fish survey data on the camel and tributaries par has declined drastically in 2017 right though 70% of the river catchment, the question was raised about more survey works and his reply was depending on funding.
PRESENTATION BY DAVE CHAPMAN WESTCOUNTRY RIVERS TRUST Mr Chapman gave a brief talk on some of the projects that the WRT have been working on such as habitat works and fish passage. 2017 was the Camelford Weir, baffles were installed to ease fish passage upstream in 2018 Allen Ford Weir project the Weir was reduced in height to help migratory fish up stream. He also mentioned about a screen that was fixed beneath the archway of the road bridge at Bodmin Parkway on the Fowey the reason for this was to direct the flow of the water of the center of the river to help returning smolts. 2019 they are looking at fish passage improvement works though the park at Camelford and the Delank Quarry blockage. These projects would only go ahead with the permission from other parties.
DECEASED MEMBER The Chairman announced sadly one of our members Gerry Borlase has passed away in January 2019. Gerry has been a member of Bodmin Anglers for many years.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS It was proposed by Mr N White and seconded by Mr R Boutel that Lady Molesworth St Aubyn carry on as President. This was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr R Boutel and seconded by Mr O Rowe that Mr C Janes carry on the position of Chairman this was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr O Rowe and seconded by Mr A Coomber that Mr S Fulwood carry on the position as Vice Chairman this was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr R Greive and seconded by Mr N White that Mr J Rossiter carries on the position of Secretary this was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr D Inch and seconded by Mr D Odgers that Mrs L Rossiter carries on the position of Membership Secretary. It was proposed by Mr N White and seconded by Mr S Fulwood that Mr G Toms carry on the position of Treasurer this was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr O Rowe and seconded by Mr S Fulwood that all the Committee members who wished to carry on would do so this was carried unanimously. AUCTION Mr R Winn assisted by Mr D Odgers conducted the auction which raised £125 for the Club funds. The raffle run by Mr D Odgers and Mr R Winn was drawn and made £55 for Club funds. ANY OTHER BUSINESS There being no other business the meeting closed at 21:53 hrs.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY AGM Friday 28th February 2020 At the Sweb club Bodmin lostwithiel road Pl311de starts 19:30.
FOOT PATH MAINTENANCE
5th April pooleys bridge meet at 09.30
12th April lower helland meet at the Borough arms 09.30
19th April Dunmere meet at the borough arms 09.30
26th April Grogley carpark meet at 09.30
CAMEL FISHERIES ASSOCIATION AGM March 4th 2020 Wadebridge social club meet at 19.00 hrs
The car park at Grogley is currently fenced off and shut due to structural bridge work(you cannot get through I've tried), there is limited parking next to track leading to car park, you can then access the field below being able to fish the BAA water up to the Ruthern stream, the other alternative is to park at Polbrock bridge car park and walk/fish up to the Grogley car park area, if the river was low enough you could possibly wade across but given the current levels and forecast of whats to come that option seems a bit remote.
After a fairly dry summer we have at last received a substantial amount of rain over the last few days, the river has been running high (check the EA river levels) mainly with only the higher beats being fishable at the time, as or "if" the rain stops then the lower beats will become available, there has been a lot of Salmon, seen, hooked/ lost and some even landed and returned, please record all fish hooked on your catch return as this will give some sort of guide regarding numbers of fish in the river at any given time, the downside to fishing this time of year is the leaves! they are starting to appear in the river, spinners with larger blades can sometimes clear leaves away from the hook if you are lucky.
The recently advertised River Camel salmon and sea trout protection Byelaw has now been formally confirmed by Defra and the Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, taking account of all of the responses and objections that were received through the formal advertisement and consultation process. The Byelaw will now be in place for a period of 5 years and subject to a formal 3 year review which will determine if there has been any improvement in the salmon stocks. If you have any questions regarding this confirmation please do not hesitate to reply to this email or call and I will try to assist you.
Regards Sally Gallop Technical Fisheries Officer NEW Telephone 02084746312 Internal Jabber Number 46312 Normal working week - Mon-Thursday
Water Resources Act 1991
Environment Act 1995
Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975
RIVER CAMEL SALMON AND SEA TROUT PROTECTION BYELAWS
THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY, in exercise of its powers under Section 210 of, and paragraphs 6(1)(b), 6(2)(b)(i) and 6(2)(d) of Schedule 25 to, the Water Resources Act 1991makes the following time limited byelaw to protect salmon and sea trout within the River Camel and its freshwater tributaries.
Byelaw explanatory notes
In this byelaw- “the Agency” means the Environment Agency;
“River Camel catchment” means all of the rivers and streams, including the River Allen, which collectively form the main River Camel and which flow into the River Camel estuary at Wadebridge, Cornwall (SW 99116 72466).
“Salmon” means the species Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
“Sea Trout" means the migratory form of the species brown trout (Salmo trutta).
“Brown Trout” means the resident form of the species brown trout (Salmo trutta).
“Hook Gape” means the widest opening of a hook used for rod and line fishing, the dimensions of which are measured from the hook point to the vertical shank of the hook.
“Artificial lure” or "spinner bait” means any artificial bait either with or without a revolving blade used in conjunction with a rod and line to attract a fish to a hook.
"Barbless" means a hook with no barb or a hook with a fully crushed barb only.
`24 hour period” is defined as the 24 hour period from the time that fishing first commences on any day.
Byelaw 1 Application and Exemptions
a) These Byelaws apply to the River Camel catchment.
b) These Byelaws shall not apply to any employee of the Environment Agency acting in their official capacity or to any person who, with the permission in writing of the Environment Agency and acting in accordance with any conditions attached to that permission, carries out work connected with the maintenance, improvement or development of fisheries or for scientific purposes.
c) These Byelaws shall expire 5 years after the date when they first come into force.
Byelaw 2 Catch and release of rod caught salmon.
a) No person shall retain a live or dead salmon that has been taken by rod and line or other instrument designed to capture fish within the River Camel catchment.
b) Any salmon caught with rod and line within the River Camel catchment must be returned immediately to the water with the least possible injury at the point of capture or removal.
Byelaw 3 Prohibition of measures for rod caught salmon, sea trout and brown trout.
a) No person shall fish for salmon within the River Camel catchment with rod and line by means of any bait with the exception of prawn or shrimp using a single, barbless hook with the gape of any such hook being no greater than 13 millimetres.
b) No person shall fish for or take any sea trout or brown trout with rod and line from the River Camel catchment by means of any bait other than with a single worm baited on a single, barbless hook with the gape of any such hook being no greater than 13 millimetres.
c) All artificial lures or spinners used for the capture of salmon, sea trout and brown trout from the River Camel catchment must be fitted either with barbless treble hooks with a hook gape width of no greater than 8 millimetres or single, barbless hooks with a hook gape width of no greater than 13 millimetres.
d) The use of all treble hooks associated with artificial lures or spinner baits are prohibited after the 30 September within the River Camel catchment.
e) Treble and double hooks used with an artificial fly for the capture of salmon, sea trout and brown trout within the River Camel catchment shall be barbless and must not exceed a maximum hook gape width of 8 millimetres.
f) The maximum gape width of any single hook when used in conjunction with an artificial fly to catch salmon, sea trout or brown trout within the River Camel catchment must be barbless and shall not be greater than 13 millimetres.
Byelaw 4 Sea trout protection measures
a) The maximum number of sea trout to be retained by a person fishing with rod and line within the River Camel catchment shall not exceed two at any point in lime and within a 24 hour period.
b) No person fishing by rod and line within the River Camel catchment is permitted to retain a sea trout of greater than 50 centimetres measured from the snout to the tip of the tail.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF THE COMMON SEAL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY Was hereunto affixed on the 4th day of April 2019
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This has been a year of problems made worse by pointless regulations forced upon us by the Environment Agency and Natural England who are forcing more and more restrictions on what we do it has become very close to needing permission from them to get out of bed on a Sunday morning. This has led to the Anglers losing all interest in the river. There were a number of working parties and apart from the four people that run all of the work parties only THREE other people turned out this makes the very few that do turn out wonder why the hell we do. In the previous six years a kilometre of river has been cleaned up and six years ago there were very few fish seen there was a survey in 2018 which shows that area is now very productive. 2018 has as far as I can tell has had the best run of Sea Trout for many years this must be the result of the many hours of work done by a very few people!! The future of Fishing is in your hands if you do nothing to look after your rivers FISHING IS DOOMED and Catch and release is not the answer improving Spawning and Habitat is the only way forward this is evident on the Fowey as Juvenile Stocks mirror the effort increasing from 1999 to a peak around 2008 and now dwindling back towards 1999 figures there has been NO GRAVEL CLEANING ON EITHER RIVER THIS YEAR  it will be very sad if all of the work I have done has been wasted and it will have be if NO ONE CARRIES ON THE WORK I HAVE DONE IN THE LAST 18 YEARS. So, fishing is in your hands either get involved and take some responsibility for looking after your rivers or watch them die. Tight lines for 2019.
The Chairman thanked everyone for their help on the river and he also thanked the Officers and Committee for their support of the Club and stressed the need for more members to help with working on the river.
2018 has been one of the driest seasons we have had for a long time. River levels extremely low for all methods. Even with the Camel being low it didn’t stop the early run of Spring Salmon and Seatrout entering the river. This carried on throughout the season, on several occasions I had phone calls from members reporting of good numbers of Seatrout and Salmon throughout the river Camel. I witnessed this myself on several occasions when fishing on the river. I can only think that all the gravel cleaning that has been carried out over the last six years is beginning to pay off. The weather didn’t change until November when the rain came, and the river levels rose up high, we were then faced with the problem of leaves which were late in falling this year. But this didn’t stop anglers going out fishing and one or two of our new members catching their first Salmon. We also had a new Website set up for 2018 www.bodminanglers.co.uk this was set up by Richard Grieve and John Lawrey and an excellent job they did with the new maps and up to date news etc. Thanks again Richard and John. Work parties started again in April with foot path maintenance which was advertised on the web site and on the Facebook group friends of the river Camel and Fowey news. But unfortunately, very poorly attended. I think the largest turnout was six members four of them were club officials. I have been told from a good source that there are a few members going around moaning about the state of the river banks and trees etc that are in the river. My only answer is we can’t do everything, and you have no right to moan especially if you don’t turn out on the working parties.
The Hon Sec thanked everyone for attending this evening. He informed everyone that we have retained all the fishing for the 2018 season and have access again at the Old Mill House at Helland Bridge. From what I have seen with the catch returns those that have been fishing on a regular basis have caught fish, he has also noticed a very large percentage of members are not bothering to fish at all. He also thanked all the members that have worked on the gravel cleaning, footpath maintenance, the Committee and the Officers of the Club for their help and support. The total hours worked on the Camel for 2017 were 192 hours, effort and turn out to help, it’s not hard work and we are normally finished by midday plus it can be quite entertaining. I have now been the Secretary for over 12 months until you take on the position you don’t realise how much work is involved with the running of the club. As I work full time it has been a struggle doing things and I doubt if I could have managed running it on my own, so I would like to thank the following people for their help. John Lawrey for the running of the web site, Graham Toms who has done more than the role of a Treasurer, and Chris Janes for dealing with important matters when I am unable to and my wife Lisa for taking on at short notice the position of Membership Secretary. Tight Lines for 2019 John Rossiter Secretary.
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARIES REPORT
After we were badly let down, we had a considerable mess to sort out. We have overcome the problems we were left with and things should be a lot smoother in the future. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. To run the Club efficiently we need accurate up to date information so can you please fill in the new Membership Renewal form and Catch Return form accurately to help us to contact you.
Tight lines Lisa
Proposed changes to the news letter
Due to the big changes with fishing we have lost about half of our members. We are now looking at ways of keeping spending money to a minimum. This will be the last year that we will be having the newsletter printed. It costs quite a bit of money and time to produce. As from next year you will find the newsletter and catch return/membership Renewal Form on the B.A.A website.
BODMIN ANGLERS ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF THE 62nd AGM
Held at the SWEB Club on Friday 23rd February 2018
The Chairman Mr. C Janes welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Apologies were received from Lady Molseworth St Aubyn, Steven Pearce, Trevor Hill, Robert Odgers, Roy Coombes, Ivan Lyne, Garry Marshall, Steve Meeks, Andy Stevens, Rodger Cox, and David White.
MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM
The minutes of the previous AGM held at the Bodmin SWEB Club on Friday 24th February 2017 had been distributed to the members within the annual newsletter. It was proposed by Mr. Winn and seconded by Mr. Wooton that the minutes were a true record of the meeting and this was carried unanimously.
PRESENTATION BY SIMON TOMS FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY
Mr. Toms gave a talk about the conditions the Camel was in. Rod catches have been poor for some time. He also said that there has been a decline in Salmon numbers and the winter run had all but gone. He also mentioned about IFCA that there is no netting within the Camel Estuary. There also had been talks of habitat works on the Camel working with the Clubs and Natural England and possibly getting some funding.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
It was proposed by Mr. R Winn and seconded by Mr. O Rowe that Mr. C Janes carry on the position as Chairman. This was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr. R White and seconded by Mr. B Hodge that Mr. J Rossiter take the position of Secretary and the help from Mr. P Best as the Membership Secretary. This was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr. D Odgers and seconded by Mr. J Lawrey that Mr. G Toms carry on the position as Treasurer. This was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr. Hardiker and seconded by Mr. N White that all committee members who wished to carry on would. This was carried unanimously.
The treasurer reported that the club was still in a healthy state financially and we still had an income over expenditure. Also mentioned that there was no need to raise subscriptions and any one was welcome to look at the accounts.
APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS
It was proposed by Mr. P Best and seconded by Mr. J Lawrey that we re-appointed J & M Thomas as auditors and this was carried unanimously.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Commercial Fisherman Mr. G Eglington raised concerns that we are over run with Seals and Dolphins at sea and in the Estuary. He said other Commercial Fishermen have seen Seals and Dolphins with Salmon in their mouths and this is another problem being overlooked.
Mr. R Winn assisted by Mr. D Odgers conducted the auction which raised £185 for Club funds. The raffle run by Mr. D Odgers and Mr. B More was drawn and made £110 for Club funds. The meeting closed at 21.30 hours.
After a lot of searching I have at last found a link for the new river level gauge situated under the Camel trail bridge near to the Borough arms (turns out the EA had this gauge listed on the river Allen, silly old EA)
The gauge at Denby will be phased out over period of time, if you do use these gauges to determine where to fish it may be handy to note both gauge heights while the old one is still recording, it is now phased out June 2019.
Many thanks to our secretary John Rossiter for making Rays plaque at Dunmere secure again, if left as it was I am sure it would have ended up in the dam.
The new website is now up and running, still a few adjustments to be made but here we are.
With the current conservation rules in place some anglers may not bother to go fishing on the Camel at all, what we as a club need to know is any information regarding fish seen, we need to know that fish are about and that the river is healthy, contact details are on this site.
Following the AGM a rule change has been agreed -
Rule 60 formerly about the use of circle hooks was replaced by the following-
Rule 60. Barbless hooks when bait fishing are compulsory on Bodmin Anglers Association waters between 1st September to 15th December inclusive.
This means that if you use worms, shrimps, prawns, natural sand eels, cheese, oysters etc. as bait they must be mounted on a barbless hook.
This rule does not effect the use of a barbed hook on spinners spoons artificial flies or plugs.
Dear Members - Please find details below of 2 new Club Rules following our AGM on 26 Feb 2016 -
Rule 66. All hooks used for all methods of fishing before 16th June each year must be barbless
Rule 67. Sea trout over 20 inches long (500 millimetres) to be returned if lightly hooked and able to be returned with little damage (this is a “guideline rather than a rule)