ILLEGAL FISHING AND POACHING
Wherever you are fishing on our club waters in the months ahead, please look out for hand lines or nets staked into the water. It seems some poachers are out and about and have been leaving these to snare fish, generally it seems on the rivers as recent reports include the Cuckmere and Wallers Haven.
If you come across any please remove and destroy or dispose of them in the right manner, making sure of course that you are safe on the river / lake side before taking any action.
Let us all be vigilant and stop these people taking fish from our waters.
We are sorry to have to report some unexpected bad news:
River Cuckmere at Arlington, Raylands/Churchlands Farm (East Bank) and Raillands Ditch on the Pevensey Levels
Unfortunately we have been unable to secure the fishing rights on this section of the Cuckmere that initially Hailsham AA and afterwards SAA have held for many, many years and on Raillands Ditch on the Pevensey Levels. We know that these two venues were not fished that much, but were well loved by a few members, but nevertheless, this is very disappointing.
To be clear, on the Cuckmere, this is the part on the east bank that we previously accessed down the lane past the Yew Tree Inn, adjacent to Arlington Church (see page 12 of your Year Book) comprising the first field, the ne xt short field upstream and then the further two fields upstream to Sessingham footbridge.
This has occurred because the original landowner sadly passed away and the new owner has exercised his wishes not to allow fishing anymore. Regrettably there was nothing we could do to persuade him otherwise and accordingly, all our signage has now been removed.
We now have no legal right to fish these venues, so members should desist from visiting these locations.
We are currently trying to renegotiate the fishing rights for the west bank further upstream that includes Sessingham Weir. Further information will be posted as soon as things are finalised.
NEW DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS
The New General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018 come into force on the 25th May 2018.
In common with almost every amateur organisation in the U.K., Southdown A.A. members’ details are recorded and stored on a computerised database, with the contact details members supply to the Association being held securely for the sole purposes of administration and communicating with members by post, e-mail, telephone or other electronic means.
For more information and our Data Protection Notice, dated May 2018, please refer to the Membership Page
During the past week a club member reported having to pick up 5 Sweetcorn tins and other rubbish found scattered around the lake at Marle Green.
This is a serious matter as club rules clearly state that NO TINS OR CANS ARE TO BE TAKEN ONTO ASSOCIATION WATERS and members are to LEAVE NO LITTER.
Our landowners won't take too kindly to anglers leaving litter behind which is obviously bad for the environment and any livestock, wildlife etc. and waters have been lost before due to irresponsible anglers leaving litter and rubbish on the bank.
If the above is due to you please change your attitude and don't ruin things for others. If it's proved that a members has left litter where they have fished, it's highly likely that they will be banned from the club for life.
Please ensure that you take home everything that you took with you when you left for your session on the bank, that means bottles, groundbait bags, cigarette packets, sweet packets, plastic worm tubs, line, hooks, everything !
If you do come across litter on Association waters, even though you didn’t leave it, please clear it up and dispose of it properly when you get home. Generally our waters have remained pretty litter free, but it only takes one bad apple to spoil things for everyone else.
Respect the environment, please take your rubbish home, leave only foot prints.
NEW TACKLE SHOP
With many tackle shops closing down these days it’s nice to see a new one starting up.
Green D.I.Y. on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate in Uckfield are setting up a fishing tackle section, opening on the 3rd March and will be offering a 10% discount to Southdown A.A. members on production of their current membership booklet.
We wish them well in their new venture.
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MATCH FIXTURES and VENUES
Recently the Association had a match scheduled for upstream at Ironbridge. On arriving early on the Sunday morning the competitors were greeted with the sight of four night shelters/bivvies set up in the first field. Fortunately on the day, we did not have a vast number of competitors and we were able to peg around them, however on another day we could be fishing against one or more other clubs with a much greater attendance and this could present a problem.
The Fixture List in the Membership Year Book clearly requests that on the day of matches the water specified should be left clear, so if you are planning a trip to one of our waters on a Saturday night or Sunday, please remember to check your Year Book or the website for match fixtures before deciding on the venue.
We of course want everyone to enjoy their fishing, but please choose a venue to fish that is not involved with a competition, we have plenty of other excellent waters for members to enjoy a days angling.