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Night Fishing - is it allowed? Angling Trust Update


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As of this morning (May 12) there’s nothing in the published government documents that prohibits night fishing as opposed to visiting holiday homes or campsites as set out in section one of the guidance.

However, following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday we have been informed that further guidance will be issued tomorrow which will require people to return to their home every night. This would technically preclude anglers from fishing overnight.

The Angling Trust advice has always been to travel to fish in accordance with government guidelines and this remains the same.

However, we do not believe that the government ever intended to place limits on the ability of anglers, or anyone else, to practise their sport at night and so we are seeking urgent clarification on this matter.

Angling was added to the list of permitted activities on the basis of the proposals set out in the Angling Trust’s ‘When We Fish Again’ report and we did not see night fishing as a problem.

In the meantime we can only reiterate the need to follow the published government guidance as far as it affects our sport. We will publish further updates when we know more.

Angling Trust
Tuesday, 12th May 2020

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