St Helens Angling Association joins Angling Trust and Fish Legal

Dear Members
St Helens Angling Association has now renewed its Angling Trust Membership, and has for the first time joined Fish Legal. This will give us opportunities to discuss our concerns/ issues with National Governing Bodies, who are representing Angling as a whole, as well as giving us access to expert Legal Advice should this be required. In response to our current invasion of comorants, we have recently been visited by a member of the Angling Trust and assured us that everything we are doing to prevent this problem is well  within our Legal Boundaries, and advised us to continue as normal.
Can I request that the committee be informed immediately of any incidents of anti social, aggressive, abusive or disruptive  behaviour, to enable us to inform the proper authorities.
Please see below the latest publication from the Angling Trust in relation to Cormorant Control
The Commitee
After a three year Angling Trust campaign to persuade the government to take action to tackle unsustainable avian predation, three Fishery Management Advisors (FMAs) were appointed in 2014 to cover the whole of England.  There are currently two FMAs employed by the Angling Trust who have helped hundreds of fishery managers on both rivers and lakes not only with licence applications, but with practical advice about techniques to protect fish using innovative techniques, such as the use of lasers and lifelike mannequins to deter birds, as well as exclusion tactics and fish refuge.
In April 2016 the Environment Minister Rory Stewart concluded that the pilot project had been successful and that the initiative should continue as it had been successful in providing advice and practical support to angling clubs and fisheries over the past two years about how to protect fish from cormorants and goosanders.
The Minister also confirmed that where appropriate the new area-based approach to issuing licences for lethal control will continue, rather than requiring every individual fishery to submit an individual application. The Minister noted that the system has worked well and that it benefits fisheries, which are an important part of the rural economy.
The FMA posts are funded from rod licence income from the Environment Agency, which has confirmed funding for another year. The scheme has been managed by the Angling Trust under the guidance of a Project Board which includes representatives from DEFRA, the RSPB, Natural England, Environment Agency, CEFAS independent fisheries scientists and the Angling Trust.
The expert advisors have also provided invaluable help with the paperwork required to carry out lethal control safely and responsibly either on an individual basis or via an area based licence, which helps with co-ordination of control throughout a catchment.
Jake Davoile explains:
“There are currently 16 area-based licences in operation across England and all have seen the benefit of working together, and sharing knowledge. These include stretches of rivers, stillwaters, and fish farms, bringing fishery managers together for the greater good – Some have even expanded across whole catchments.

Collating knowledge on the cormorant population is vital, as we get a clear understanding of the feeding patterns of birds, and can develop bespoke strategies to deal with predation. By working as one and utilising the cormorant’s incredible vision in flight, we can maximise the impacts of a shooting strategy if one is required.

“By coordinating shooting, we aim to condition birds in the most efficient manner not to predate on our valuable fish stocks. We have also seen great success using lifelike mannequins, which mimic the river keeper. These are completely weatherproof, easy to move, and by shooting from behind them, birds are conditioned to fear them, thus further protecting your fishery.”
Richard Bamforth added:
“Some area licences extend along 92km of river and include multiple stillwaters. Alongside the clear benefits of a coordinated approach, this strategy also provides us with robust data to take forward to Defra. Remember, if the combined need for lethal control exceeds the current national limit, the limit will be reviewed.”

cormorants in tree

On Going Work Parties

We currently have a party of Volunteers, run by Ste Rimmer (Head Of Maintenance) who are working every Tuesday on various projects on our waters. Current work includes repairing the steps on Carr Mill on pegs 155 to 160, attempting to sort out a walking area on the drop from pegs 79 to 60, along with finishing the Dig Pit and general clear ups on all our waters.

If any member wishes to come along and volunteer some free time to assist in these projects, their help would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact either myself on 07812 095236 or Ste Rimmer Direct on 07756 265000



These are the  latest addition to the fish stocks of Carr Mill Dam, which have been ordered and carefully selected by the Carp Fishing Fanatics of the Association. 5 Fish ranging from 20 to 23 lb.

Could we ask our members that if they are lucky enough to catch one of these specimens, please advise the committee or Chris Owen our local Bailiff.2017-02-17-PHOTO-00000025 2017-02-17-PHOTO-00000021 2017-02-17-PHOTO-00000019 2017-02-17-PHOTO-00000015 2017-02-17-PHOTO-00000009 2017-02-17-PHOTO-00000002


Fish Stocking for Dig Pit and Leg O Mutton Dam

Dear Members

St Helen`s Angling Association has stocked 450lb of Roach averaging 6 oz., but with numerous fish over the 1lb barrier into the Dig Pit and Leg O Mutton Dam to improve sport for our members. Further stockings of Crucian Carp into the Basin at Blackbrook, and skimmers into Carr Mill, Leg O Mutton, Basin and Dig Pit are expected to arrive by the end of January 2017. In Total £15,000 has been allocated to improving fish stocks in our waters for the 2017 season.

Tight Lines

The Committee





Saturday Match Fees

In response to all the speculation regarding the proposal for increases Match Fees for the Saturday Club Matches, the committee wishes to inform all our members that there will be NO increases to the match fees taking on a Saturday for the foreseeable future. Match Fees will continue to be £10 with a £5 optional

Sidings Lane Update

We have recently met up with the council and park rangers with reference to this new water. Will members please note that this water is part of a nature reserve, and the carrying out of any works including cutting back vegetation, clearing swims, pruning trees etc is strictly prohibited unless written permission has been given by the committee on application to the park rangers for approval. We have agreed with the council to install a St Helen’s AA Padlock, which will utilise the same key as the lock on Leg O Mutton Dam for access into the car park. Please note if the car park is full or for any reason you can not obtain access to the car park, parking on the lane is strictly prohibited. We hope to have the padlock in place by the end of the week. Keys available from St Helen`s Tackle and Bait, Chain Lane , Blackbrook.