Club News 2017

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Club Outing 2017

 

By popular demand the club will be running its very popular trip to Llys-y-Fran in mid September.

The trip's free of charge to O.A.A. members offering a great opportunity to sample the delights of one of Wales' top stillwater fisheries without having to pay for travel expenses or a day ticket. There are only forty places so to avoid disappointment contact our secretary, Mr. Steve Simmonds as soon as possible.

 

 

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Reporting poaching incidents in an effective manner, advice from the committee with thanks to the Angling Trust.

 

GUIDE FOR ANGLERS REPORTING OFFENCES TO THE POLICE

Fishing without permission and the theft of fish are criminal offences – with which the police are duty-bound to deal. However, because officers rarely, or may never, deal with such offences, they are generally untrained in this area of the Theft Act 1968, and we consequently have to provide certain information, to overcome this, when reporting incidents.
The offences involved are: -
Fishing without permission: Taking or destroying fish’, Schedule 1, Theft Act 1968.
‘Taking’ in this context (Wells v Hardy, 1964) does not mean carrying fish away from the water, but ‘to lay hands upon, to grasp, to seize or capture’. This does not, therefore, involve stealing fish, but the right to fish. The offence would be committed, in fact, is the offender had live fish in a keep net, or was fishing but yet to catch.
Important evidence would be clear signage indicating private fishing that the offender had failed to
produce a valid permit upon request, and/or had refused to quit, and/or had been challenged on a previous occasion.
All offences which the police are duty-bound to record and deal with have a unique Home Office Code (reference number). The Code for this offence is 116/11. Please do not, however, ask to report a ‘Code 116/11’ – the call-taker will not know what you are talking about. There are thousands of offences with such codes, and personnel do not know every single one. The significance of the code, though, is crucial - because this indicates that the offence is recordable and a police matter.
When reporting such an incident, the points to make, in addition to the essential what, where, when, description and attitude of the offender, and confirming signage etc., are: -

RING 101 and tell the operator

1. Fishing without permission is a Schedule 1 Theft Act 1968 offence.
2. The police are duty-bound to record and deal with it.
3. Point out that the Home Office Code for this offence is 116/11.
4. That, if applicable, the offence is in progress.
5. Whether the offender is verbally or physically aggressive.
6. Officers can refer to both the Police National Legal Database (PNLD), and the ‘Essential Guide to Angling Law & Fisheries Enforcement’, produced in 2013 by the Angling Trust and Environment Agency (EA), which was endorsed by the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and uploaded to the Police Online Knowledge Area (POLKA).
7. Officers can refer, if necessary, to the NWCU for confirmation.

Should the call-taker state that this is a matter for Natural Resources Wales, N.R.W., be assertive but polite: it is not; N.R.W. largely deals with rod licence and local byelaw enforcement. It does not deal with fishing without permission – which is undoubtedly a police matter, given ‘1’ and ‘3’ above.

Your local police community support officer's (PCSO) contact details and operational areas-


MERTHYR MAWR AREA
JACK HARRIS           TEL – 07469907783
LIZ TANCOCK          TEL – 07825386255

NEWBRIDGE FIELDS BRIDGEND REC AREA
SCOTT THOMAS      TEL – 07584883658
HEATHER DOBBS     TEL – 07805301432   Heather also covers Bridgend town old Tesco’s area.
BRIDGEND TOWN OLD TESCOS AREA
LISA MOORE             TEL – 07805301434
PAUL GAULTRY         TEL – 07805301480
DONOVAN SMITH    TEL – 07805301478

WILDMILL AREA
JOHN PEGLER           TEL – 07584883637
RICHARD THOMAS   TEL – 07584004070
JOEL HOPKINS           TEL - 07469907948
KATIE ANDREWS       TEL – 07584003854  
CRAIG SPANSWICK    TEL – 07880057612

 

 

Catch Returns, 2015

 

Once again I have the pleasure of publishing the catch returns for the club compiled by Dave Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ogmore Angling Association Events Calendar 2017

 

 

Support your organisation:  

The committee is made up of members who volunteer their services to make the Association a success and they would really value your support at these events or in any way you feel you are able to help, be it helping to put in place access steps or helping to keep the river clean. 


Casting Clinics:

  These will take place on the following Sundays:-  March 5th,12th,19th & 26th and cover all aspects of single casting for the beginner, improver or advanced angler looking to improve their casting.  Meet at the Swing Bridge, Merthyr Mawr 10.00 am to 12 Noon on the 5th and 12th. For the meeting place for the 18th and 26th email Geraint at  mrjones.croesty@gmail.com  Cost :- £15 for adults and free for under 16s. 


Ogmore Angling Fly Tying Club:

Meet regularly on Monday evenings throughout the close season at the Railway Canteen, Coity Road, Bridgend CF31 1XX, between 7pm and 9pm.
They welcome novices and experts alike. If you'd like to learn a bit more about fly dressing in a relaxed atmosphere or start from the very beginning you'll meet a friendly group of fly dressers who'll happily share their skills with you.


River Clean Ups:

  Your support in keeping the river clean would be very much appreciated.  There are three planned clean ups for 2017.

  1. Sunday 2nd April. Parking at St Christopher's Road Wildmill. Clean up from Dram pool working upwards towards the Glanrhyd hospital.  Meet at 9:30 am.
  2. Sunday May 21st. Dipping bridge up and below the bridge. Meet at Dipping Bridge at 9.30 am.
  3. Sunday July 2nd, Newbridge Fields parking A48 working upwards. Meet  at 9.30 am

Junior Competition: 

A competition for our junior members will take place on Sunday June 4thThere will be prizes awarded and, weather permitting, a BBQ after the competition. The competition will take place from 10:00 am to 1.00 pm meeting at the Dipping Bridge.  Methods are worm and fly.

 

From Steve Simmonds, Hon. Sec.

 

 

 

AGM

The club's AGM will be held on Wednesday, 15th February at 7.30 pm in the Ibis Suite,

in The Heronston Hotel, Ewenny Road, Bridgend CF35 5AW

 

Thanks to Mark Ryan for sending in this shot of his last fish of the season.

 

And here are some from Jonathon Jones illustrating the quality of the fishing offered by the River Ogmore

to those who put the hours in, well done Jonathon -