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Fishing competitions can go ahead – but please follow the guidelines

With new Covid-19 guidelines coming into force on Monday limiting gatherings to no more than six people, the Angling Trust wishes to reassure match anglers and organisers that competitive fishing will still be permissible provided our best practice guidelines are followed.

You can download the guidelines for coarse, sea, game and lure match fishing on the Angling Support Hub.

We would also like to remind all anglers to fish safely and avoid spreading the virus by following the Angling Trust’s guidelines for individual anglers, clubs, fisheries, coaches, guides, ghillies and charter boats.

Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO, said: “Angling was the first sport to resume participation following the lockdown and the first to return to competition as a result of the work the Angling Trust undertook in providing clear and safe guidance.

“Anglers and organisers must now redouble their efforts to ensure that they comply with that guidance. We must ensure that fishing remains a safe, permitted activity by playing our part and maintaining the high standards of best practice we have set ourselves.

“Fishing has delivered enormous benefits to millions of people post lockdown and the Angling Trust will continue to ensure that anglers can practice their sport safely and angling remains part of the solution to people’s wellbeing and not a cause of problems.”

The Angling Trust will continue to review the Government’s written guidance as it is published and update our guidance to anglers, fisheries, clubs and competition organisers accordingly.

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