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Monday 22nd March 2021

Membership 2021-22

We are now taking online membership sales from the website. When doing it via Paypal please make sure your postal address is up to date. If you are ordering permits for the same household, please just add a comment in the notes box to save the club Postal and Paypal charges.

Permits will be in the shops shortly

Please also familiarise yourself with the General Rules. Any angler without the correct permit on the bank will be charged an additional 5.00 on top of their permit/day ticket.

   
Sunday 21st March 2021
2021-22  Fixtures
Fixtures for next season have now been finalised. Good mix again of both River, Commercial and Canal venues.
Wednesday 17th March 2021

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Saturday 13th March 2021
River Close Season
 
Last year saw a significant increase in the number of anglers, with many taking the opportunity to try fishing for the first time or after some years. This is great news for angling and we hope those new or returning to the sport are enjoying it.
We want to take this opportunity to make those new to the sport aware of the coarse fish close season which starts Monday. This is to protect coarse fish during their main spawning season and help fish stocks flourish. The close season runs from 15 March to 15 June inclusive and you cannot fish for coarse fish on Rivers or Streams. You can still fish on the Canal at Enslow to Heyford and Hinksey Lake in Oxford. Your 2020-21 permit will continue to April 30th 2021.

Our Water Keepers and Environment Agency officers, will be patrolling rivers during the close season as part of the annual Operation Clampdown. As well as checking for close season angling, they will also be making sure other serious offences aren’t taking place under cover of the close season. If you see any illegal fishing or anything else that poses a risk to fish, please report it on 0800 80 70 60.


Remember the coarse fish close season and help protect the fish you love.

Thank you for your continued support,

2021-22 Membership will be available shortly


 

Monday 8th March 2021
Last Match
If Government restrictions are lifted after March 29th, we will have one last match to round of the season. It will be a Prior Cup match and also incorporate the KO Cup Final between Brian Hutchings and Kevin Dolton. The match will be on Sunday 4th April at Lakeview. 18 places available
Priority will be for the anglers that have taken part in previous rounds of the  competition. Let me know if you can fish before I open the booking to others that want to fish.
   
Sunday 14th February 2021
Water Pollution at Sandford
Yes, it has been very wet. Rivers swollen and many fields flooded. Water meadows doing what they were meant to do? But should this be an excuse to continue to pollute our rivers with raw sewage, often from storm overflows and sewage treatment works that have suffered years of under investment?

Littlemore Angling Society Water Keeper Gary Clayton and drone pilot Des Warne witnessed raw sewage pouring out of the Oxford Water Treatment Plant on Saturday 6th February just below the city at Sandford

 

Thursday 4th February 2021
Membership 2021-22

Membership prices for 2121-22 have been set by the Club Officers.

Adult 15.00

OAP/Disabled 8.00

Junior 2.00

Night Fishing Permit for Sandford Weir Streams 2.00

Day Ticket 3.00 (From the Secretary Only)

New Membership will be available online from April 1st and in the Tackle shops from April 14th.

 

Saturday 23rd January 2021
Report Pollution At

Northfield Brook

It’s every angler’s worst nightmare to encounter a pollution incident, but what would you do next? Sadly, these events still happen, but as anglers we can help protect the places we love. Quick action could potentially save the lives of thousands of fish! Here is our quickfire guide to reporting pollution incidents, along with the wider action we’re taking to keep our waters beautiful.

The pollution of our waterways is still a sad reality each season, but there is action we can take in both the here and now, and a longer term basis. As anglers, there is always the chance we will be first on the scene, witnessing an outbreak as it happens. Whether it’s the sight of dead or dying fish in the margins, or a nasty-looking discharge leaking into a river, the time to act is right away! Please don’t leave it to someone else.


While no angler ever wants to see a pollution incident first hand, it’s important we’re ready to act.
So, let’s imagine you’ve arrived at the waterside and seen something alarming. What happens next? Here’s a quick, easy to follow summary of what to do:


REPORTING POLLUTION: AN AT-A-GLANCE CHECKLIST

The number to report an incident is simply the one printed on your fishing licence (0800 80 70 60 for England, Northern Ireland or Scotland, or 0300 065 3000 for Wales). However, before you make the call, here are some key things that you’ll need to report:

Your exact location. If you are near a named bridge, road or feature, this will help. Or better still, get an exact reference, because the call handler will be at a central office and is unlikely to have local knowledge. One useful tool here is the UK Grid-Free Phone app, which will quickly give you a reference point. There’s also a similar version for i-phones HERE.
The date and time: Take a note of the exact time you noticed the incident.
Describe what you have witnessed: A clear account is a huge help. Can you see any discharge? Is there a foul smell? Perhaps you can see fish struggling?
Can you see the source? While this won’t always be obvious, you might be able to see where the pollution is coming from. If so, be sure to include this, because it could be critical.
Pictures or footage: These days all of us have portable cameras with our phones. Images or a short video can be very helpful in gathering evidence, whether you record discoloured water or fish and other wildlife in distress.
Get an incident number: Rather like reporting crime to the police, every case will be given a case number. Do ask for this and request that you want to be kept informed going forward.
OTHER USEFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION:
The Environment Agency has its own dedicated page on reporting incidents, including those of different categories such as collapsed river banks and illegal waste dumping.


Besides the awful, headline-grabbing incidents of pollution that occur, there are also many less obvious ways that our waters suffer. Alarmingly in 2020, not a single river or lake in England made the grade when it came to being within legal limits for harmful pollutants. Whether it’s insecticides, sewage and other harmful substances seeping into our rivers, or indeed plastic pollution, we are determined to fight for a cleaner future. But we need your help! Here are some of the measures and campaigns that matter.

FISH LEGAL
Simply by becoming an Angling Trust member, you are directly supporting our dedicated team at Fish Legal. Their efforts, which are 100% funded by you, have taken hundreds of polluters to task over recent years, winning tens of thousands in compensation for angling clubs and fisheries. It’s worth remembering that without the vigilance of anglers and the expertise of Fish Legal, many of these cases would never have gone to court at all! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

ANGLERS AGAINST POLLUTION
Our headline campaign is pushing hard to protect and restore aquatic habitats where you live. Whether it’s working towards tougher regulations or banging directly on the doors of decision makers, we are insisting that it’s time for change and a complete rethink of how we manage our precious freshwater and marine eco-systems! Besides being an Angling Trust member, there are several really simple and effective ways you can help us get this vital message out loud and clear, inluding our Anglers Against Pollution Campaign.

 
Friday 22nd January 2021

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Thursday 7th January 2021
Good morning everyone

The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England.

The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS confirmed the following;

“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”

This has also been confirmed by DEFRA;

“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”

We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:

- This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May
- We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
- The government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
- Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
- The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
- To remain within the law you should follow the government’s guidance, and only fish locally within the district where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.

We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others can not and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.

I would ask all anglers who are not members to join the Angling Trust and give us your support. We have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of our new and existing members. I would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together!

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Stay safe and very best fishes

Jamie Cook

CEO – Angling Trust
Wednesday 6th January 2021
LOCKDOWN UPDATE
Evening Everyone
Following yesterday's written communication from the Cabinet Office that fishing is to be prohibited throughout the third national lockdown period we contacted supportive MPs and highlighted the problems with this decision and the logic behind it, with a view to securing a safe return to angling as soon as possible.

Late this evening I was informed by DCMS officials that the Government are again reconsidering their position.
It would appear that the definition of "exercise" may well be wider than the previous ‘running, walking, cycling’ and we have insisted that the Government recognise both the physical health and mental wellbeing benefits of angling in any decision they make. We strongly believe that exercise should not simply be limited to high impact, aerobic activities which the first lockdown proved led to many in society being left without the means to maintain an active lifestyle. The Government has heard our case loud and clear and it was repeated with some force by MP’s in this afternoons commons debate. We hope that they will now acknowledge, as they have before, that fishing is part of the solution and not part of the problem.


We are expecting to see the publication of revised guidance and supporting FAQ’s from the Government tomorrow. We will immediately share these with the angling community the moment they become available. We are working as hard as we can for our members and the sport we all love and when we know more so will you.
This is incredibly frustrating for all of us. Anglers have acted with huge credit throughout this period and I thank you for your support.


Please stay safe
Jamie
Jamie Cook
CEO – Angling Trust

 
   
Wednesday 6th January 2021
Work Party Cancelled
Due to the latest lockdown restrictions, this Sunday's scheduled work party has been cancelled. If you still want to pop down and do some maintenance work, please download the Compliance form
Tuesday 5th January 2021

After today's announcement that all fishing must stop during this latest Lockdown, the Society has closed all our waters at Sandford and Kennington. RDAA waters at Sandford and TVAA waters at Weirs Lane are also out of bounds.


Anybody found fishing on these waters will be asked to leave and run the risk of losing their permit and future applications.
We would like to take this opportunity, of thanking the Angling Trust for getting us out on the bank through this Pandemic.


Stay Safe everybody

   
Tuesday 5th January 2021
STATEMENT FROM THE ANGLING TRUST ON THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN RULES IN ENGLAND


The regulations have now been published and confirm this evening’s message from the Cabinet Office that the Government have taken the decision that fishing will not be permitted during this national lockdown period. Whilst this is disappointing news I would ask anglers, fisheries and clubs to respect these rules and the reason they have been put in place; to help save lives and support the NHS.


Individuals should not go fishing from midnight tonight (5th Jan) and clubs and fisheries should close their waters to anglers. We will be publishing more detailed guidance on specific areas like bailiffing and fishery maintenance once the Government regulations have been examined.
Over past few weeks we have been in communication with the Government at the highest possible level. We have presented a strong case on how fishing could continue safely during the third national lockdown. We have explained that fishing benefits physical health and mental wellbeing and that it is regularly the only form of activity individuals undertake.


My team and I have consistently presented the arguments ahead of the changing government guidelines, which have allowed fishing to remain permitted continuously since the first national lockdown was lifted in May. We have been successful when other sports have not as all anglers will know.
However, with 60,000 new infections announced today the Government have taken the decision that leaving home for recreation or leisure, including all forms of recreational fishing, should be prohibited in England during this third national lockdown period.


I thank you for your support and for being a credit to our sport. As members, you can rest assured that the Angling Trust will continue to represent our sport at the highest level and will present proposals for the resumption of angling when it is safe and sensible to do so. We will come through this period of national crisis. We will fish again, but until then, please, stay safe.


Jamie Cook - CEO Angling Trust

 
Monday 4th January 2021

We need to await tomorrow’s publication of the regulations necessary to enact this evenings announcement on a national lockdown by the Prime Minister. We will take professional advice and carefully review what they mean for angling and then publish guidelines for anglers, clubs, fisheries and all associated with our industry. We have spent today lobbying Cabinet members for outdoor recreational activities to remain specifically permitted and are disappointed that this may not be the case. We will publish an update here and on the Covid section of our website.


We will be extremely busy working on this and request that at this stage you do not contact with individual questions. Thank you.

   

 

2020 has been the biggest challenge in the history of Littlemore Angling Society, but thanks to the help of the Angling Trust, we have continued to fish throughout this terrible pandemic. Some matches have been lost but we may still catch these back if we get back into Tier 3 in January. Thanks again to all our anglers for complying with the guidelines and protocol on matches.

Hopefully we all have a better year. Stay safe

 

   
Thursday 31st December 2020

Work Party

We will have a Socially Distanced Work Party on the meadows on Sunday 10th January. There is a tree to be removed on the bank and some pegs to level to lay down gravel mats.

If the river has receded, we will try and get a team in the small weir pool.

Thursday 31st December 2020
Our forthcoming fixture at Royal Berkshire Fishery (10/01/21) has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 Tier movement guidance
   
Tuesday 29th December 2020

AGM Announcement

The Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday 28th March 2021. It looks highly likely that we will not be allowed a gathering of any sort.

We could possibly do this via Zoom or Facebook. If you wish to join by Zoom please send me your email address

In the meantime can you please send me any proposals for Rules/Rule Changes before March 1st.

 

Tuesday 29th December 2020
No Permit, No Fishing

We understand that some tackle shops may not be open yet, but it is not acceptable that 5 anglers in 2 days have been asked to leave our waters

They had no permit and no intention of buying one. We are quite fortunate that we still have the lock cut to fish. This is for our members that have paid. Our bailiffs will continue to ask non members to leave

If you wish to purchase a permit or day ticket

   

   
Wednesday 23rd December 2020

We would like to wish all our members a very Merry and Safe Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

If you are out and about on the bank stay safe.

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

The Abingdon Bridge

Sundays Christmas Match peg fees and after match raffle raised 57 and was donated to the Abingdon Bridge Homeless Charity. Well done all. Paul and Jordan will be sleeping rough outside McDonalds Abingdon between 23rd-26th December, to raise funds for the Charity. Good Luck

If you wish to donate to the Charity Click Here

   

 

   
 

Saturday 12th December 2020

Christmas Match
   

Sunday 13th December is the last chance to book in for this seasons Christmas Match. We have 30 pegs on Donnington for the match. Please book in with Alan Campbell by 7pm tomorrow. There is a prize for every angler and also 100 Gift Vouchers from Top Tackle.
   
Sunday 29th November 2020
Fixtures Resume

All of our fixtures will resume starting this Sunday at Boddington. Places are still available for this and our Christmas match on Sunday 20th December at Donnington
Saturday 14th November 2020
Litter Pick Cancelled
Tomorrows litter pick has been cancelled due to the rising river. We will try and organise another next weekend together with a work party.
   
Wednesday 11th November 2020
Next Match
If lockdown is lifted on the 2nd December our next match is the M Whipp Cup at Boddington Reservoir. Please book in with Alan Campbell
Monday 9th November 2020

Lockdown Litter Pick

We are looking for volunteers this Sunday to litter pick around the lock cut and weir pools. PPE is required and Social Distancing is a must.

Meet at the Lock at 9.00am where Lock Keeper Aidan will have bin bags and sharp bins if needed

You must also download this consent form to carry out the work.

 

If you are buying PPE and tools to carry out the litter pick, please send receipts to Alan Campbell and the club will reimburse you. Thank you

   
Wednesday 4th November 2020
Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown

COVID-19 UPDATE
The regulations are clear and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. The Rule of Six is now effectively the Rule of Two for most of us. The tightening of the rules on ‘gatherings’ means that match fishing or any other organised fishing event is PROHIBITED by law during lockdown.

This puts paid to our match this Sunday at Pondwood Fisheries and Donnington on the 22nd. However we hope to catch these back, once there is a return to the three tier system of restrictions.

We also want to as many of our members to tidy up our waters, with a bit of socially distancing maintenance. If you got tools that can help us tidy up a few pegs please do so. We will also hope to arrange some maintenance work on weekends.

Please download the form if you wish to help us out

We have some great fishing out there so get out and enjoy and stay safe

Wednesday 28th October 2020
Fixtures Update

Last Sunday's cancelled match, has been re-arranged for the Oxford Canal at Elizabeth Jennings Way. Please book in with Steve Pitson or Alan Campbell
   
Monday 26th October 2020
Get Off the X Box and Get on your Tackle Box

 

Free Junior permit and Tackle Box sticker for all under 16 anglers applying this week. This is only available online. Please claim you free permit here
   
Saturday 24th October 2020

The river is carrying a lot of extra water and more rain is forecast. Not only that parking in the field would be impossible.
The club has decided to postpone Sunday's match and try and fish it again next Sunday
Friday 16th October 2020
Lost Property

Have you lost your nets!

If you recognise these are yours, do not worry, they are in safe hands with our Water Keepers, waiting for you to come and collect them

Thanks to their vigilante surveillance, can you please reward them when you pick them them up with your permit (If you have one)

On a serious note, the Environment Agency are constantly monitoring Sandford together with our Water Keepers. If you are caught, we will fight for the highest punishment

   
Monday 5th October 2020
Next Match

Please book in for our next match at Donnington. The match has been re-arranged away from Sandford due to the high river, Parking is in Meadow Lane. Draw is 7.30am under Donnington Bridge. This is the last match in the Summer League and also a KO Cup Match
Friday 25th September 2020
Take Your Litter Home

Our Bailiffs are constantly complaining, about the amount of litter left behind by night anglers.

If this continues at this rate, night fishing may well be removed.

Our Bailiffs will be monitoring who is in the swims that night and checking in the morning. Don't risk your permit for being lazy

   
Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Next Match

Names are now being taken for the Vice-Presidents Cup Please book in via Facebook or phone/message Alan Campbell. Please arrive in the Meadows by 7.15 to avoid delaying the rolling draw
Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Thames Festival Result

Congratulations to Cameron Hughes, winning the Thames Festival with a perfect 3pt score and a fantastic 48-4-12 weight. The match was held on the Thames at Culham, Abingdon and our club waters at Sandford.

Sandford fished practically well with several double figure nets over the 3 days.

 
Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Water Booked

Sandford will be used for the Thames Festival on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September.
Wednesday 2nd September 2020

Next Match

Names are now being taken for the Aggregate Cup match at Clattercote. This has been moved due to essential maintenance at Buscot Park. We have 20 pegs on the match. Please book in early in case I need to book anymore pegs. Please book in with  Alan Campbell
 
 
Monday 17th August 2020

Next Match

Littlemore A.S/Top Tackle Thames Shield

This years Thames Shield will take place over the August Bank Holiday on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August.

Donnington will not be used this year due to Social Distancing. The match will be at Sandford and Folly. Entry fee is 40 for the 2 day festival. There will be 4 section payout each day. Prize money will depend on entrance. Top Tackle have generously donated prizes of 50, 30 and 20 for the top 3. The match is open to any ODAA Club angler.

Draw for venue will be at Redbridge Park & Ride on Sunday 30th. Draw for pegs will take place at the venue you have drawn. Please book in  with Alan Campbell or Wayne Gray at Top Tackle.

 

   
 
Tuesday 4th August 2020

Next Match

Names are now being taken for the Tony Perks Roach Cup. 2 nets are required for the match if you wish to compete for the trophy. All species will be weighed for the Pools Win
   
Tuesday 4th August 2020

Fixture Update

Due to Maintenance work at Buscot Park, the second round of the Aggregate Cup will be fished at Clattercote Reservoir on Sunday 6th September.
Tuesday 4th August 2020
Garbolino Club Angler of The Year

Steve Johnson will represent Littlemore Angling Society, in the Garbolino Club Angler of the year Semi-Final at Todber Manor. The match will be on Friday 11th September. Good Luck Steve
   
Thursday 23rd July 2020

Next Match

Names are no being taken for the next match at Sandford. Please book in with Alan Campbell or on our Facebook page. 24 pegs available on the Meadows. If we are over subscribed, the lock cut will be used. We want all our members to fish. A Live draw on Saturday 1st August, will be used to advise the anglers where they will be fishing.
Thursday 23rd July 2020

Knock-Out Cup 1st Round

Next Sunday is the First Round of the Knock-Out Cup. Terry Yates will defend his title with a draw against Steve Pitson.

Full Draw

Malcolm Smith v Steve Pope
Terry Yates v Steve Pitson
Brian Hutchings v Nathan Thompson
Gerald Perks v Steve Isaac
David Allsworth v Steve Eeles
Alan Campbell v Vernon Adams
Andy Webb v Chris Webb
Kevin Dolton v Pete Clarke

   
Monday 13th July 2020

Next Match

Next match is the First Round of the Aggregate Cup. The match will be at Bishops Bowl Fishery on White Bishops Lake. Please book in with Alan Campbell.
Monday 13th July 2020
Littlemore Bow out of Supercup
Littlemore lost out in the First Round of the Angling Times/Bait-Tech Supercup.

The match was a real grueller for most and only 3 anglers broke double figures.

The match was won by South Cerney with 10pts. Littlemore and Elgin tied on 13pts

Littlemore had the Individual winner of Chris Webb. He had 72-13-00 of bream on the pole with pellet.

 
Thursday 9th July 2020
Water Booking Change

Banbury & District AA water booking at Sandford this Sunday has been switched to Sunday 19th July.
Tuesday 30th June 2020
Next Match

Names are now being taken for next Sunday's match at Sandford. Only 24 pegs are available, so please book in early with Steve Pitson or Alan Campbell. 24 places only are available due to peg maintenance, weed growth and cattle drinks.
Cut off date for the match is Wednesday 1st July. Loyalty Points will apply.
Pools will be 10 all in.

This match is now Fully Booked
 

   
Monday 15th June 2020
Tight Lines

Good Luck to all our members out on the bank today.
   
Thursday 11th June 2020
First Match

 

Names are now being taken for our first match of the season. We are expecting a good turnout, so please book in early with Alan Campbell and please do not turn up late. Gates will be locked at 7.20.

Cut off date for Loyalty Points will be Sunday 21st June when line up is announced

How we will Run The Matches

Next to the fixture on each match, a link will explain the peg, pools, section pools and league pool. Peg fee is mandatory, pools are optional. You may pay by Paypal (leaving a note what you are paying for) but we will still accept cash payment in a sealed envelope of the correct payment.) Download and Print off the form, tick what you are paying for and place in an envelope. If you don't have a printer just writedown what you are paying (most will be all in)

Match Secretary/Captain of the Day will draw peg numbers going down the list of anglers booked in

Payout will be paid out via Paypal or cash at the next match.

Pool Sheet can be downloaded below. Fill it out and place in an envelope together with payment.

Peg Fee 2.00

Pools (Optional) 5.00

Golden Peg (Optional) 1.00

Section Pool (Optional) 1.00

Summer League (Optional) 1.00

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 8th June2020

Our Supercup match v Elgin and South Cerney is back on. We will fish the match at Club Lake on Saturday 11th July
   
Saturday 6th June 2020

Match Secretary

Due to work and family commitments, Steve Pitson has decided to step down as Match Secretary. The Club would like to thank all the effort and commitment Steve has done for the club on match days for a number of years

We are now looking for an Interim Match Secretary for the coming season. Most of the match bookings and pools will be done online to speed things up. We need someone that will be at most matches and record the results with the help other members. Please contact Alan Campbell if you fancy a go. There is free membership and an Honorarium.

Thursday 4th June 2020
First Match Sandford

The opening match of the season will start at Sandford. We hope to fit the postponed Aggregate Cup match  later on in the season. If we can't, it will be a 3 match series.

How we will Run The Matches

Next to the fixture on each match, a link will explain the peg, pools, section pools and league pool. Peg fee is mandatory, pools are optional. You may pay by Paypal (leaving a note what you are paying for) but we will still accept cash payment in a sealed envelope of the correct payment.)

Payout will be paid out via Paypal or cash at the next match

   
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Looking Good Down The Meadows

It's the first time since last year, that we have had a chance to get down on the Meadows. Lots of work needed doing, and a good turnout of volunteers turned out Sunday to prepare the bank for the magical 16th. Pegs were levelled and grid tiles were laid. Trees were trimmed back and gates repaired.

Thank you to all the volunteers. Once again "Investing in Angling"

Saturday 30th May 2020
Work Party

There will be a work party on the Meadow tomorrow from 8.00am-Noon. We will work on separate pegs to avoid working in close proximity. Please bring tools and PPE. Hand Gel and Drinking water is also a must.
   
Tuesday 26th May 2020
Match Fishing Gets The Green Light
Robust new best practice guidelines published by the Angling Trust to bring match fishing in line with COVID-19 procedures have now been agreed by the government as a basis for competitions to resume immediately. These include no gathering of competitors for the draw or prize giving and special equipment and arrangements to maintain social distancing during the weigh-in.

The Angling Trust guidelines were produced in consultation with leading anglers, organisers and fisheries in the match fishing community across all angling disciplines.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) made clear in their announcement and supporting literature on 13th May 2020 that it was unlikely that competitions could be undertaken across any sporting discipline.

However, the Angling Trust compiled a case for the best practice guidelines to form the basis on which match fishing can comply with both the overarching government guidance that accompanies the Coronavirus regulations and the specific prohibitions on public gatherings of more than two people from different households. Failure to follow these guidelines would almost certainly invalidate the insurance of clubs or fisheries and will certainly expose anglers, and therefore the wider public, to a great risk of infection.

In last week’s submission to the DCMS, Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook set out the reasons why competition fishing was different to other sports in ways which make it potentially compliant with the correct safeguards in place.

Fishing competitions involve no contact between competitors and is more or less the comparison of catch returns at the end of the day
Social distancing is maintained at all times during an angling competition
There are no spectators
No competitor is allowed to make contact with another competitor or their equipment

The Angling Trust best practice document was presented to Sport England and the DCMS last week who agreed that they were ‘sensible’ and could be issued this week as the basis for a safe resumption of match fishing in England. In response, DCMS also stated that they were looking for sports to satisfy themselves that all guidance they are producing for their members adheres to the overarching guidance published by the government.

Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook welcomed the response saying: “We were always committed to move through the phases of our plan for the resumption of all forms of angling as quickly as possible, bearing in mind the changes in government guidance and the need to present angling as a safe and responsible outdoor activity.

"It’s because we have acted sensibly and professionally that the government is happy to see the Angling Trust guidelines as the basis for a return to competitive fishing in all angling disciplines.

"My message to match anglers and organisers is not to take this for granted, particularly when many other sports are restricted to participation with no more than one other individual. By all means enjoy fishing matches again but please do so safely by following our guidelines to minimise the risk.”

Following the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions on May 13th, general guidance to anglers in the Angling Trust’s When We Fish Again report will be revised. The changes will include:

A resumption in match fishing in line with best practice guidance
The use of keep nets will be permitted for all anglers
Kayak and boat fishing in freshwater

Steve Ringer said: “As a match angler first and foremost this is great news and it is a credit to the Angling Trust’s approach that we find ourselves back so soon. We must however now make sure we justify this by meeting the guidelines and setting an example to all. Its good to be back!”

Chris Clark, BCAe said: “I’m delighted to hear the news that match fishing can resume and commend the Angling Trust on their work in this area. It’s incredibly important that everyone, organisers and anglers, play our part and follow rules, guidance and best practice to ensure competitions are safe for everyone involved.”

Ifor Jones, of Fishery Management Draycote-Eyebrook-Thornton, said: "It’s great news that anglers will be able to fish competitions once again and I applaud the Angling Trust for being proactive and supporting the safe reintroduction of competitions. I look forward to welcoming competitive anglers to our fisheries in due course.”

Aaron Grantham of Lindholme Lakes said: “Great to see that the hard work and commitment from the Angling Trust and all the other individuals involved paid off. We can now get match fishing going again in a safe manner."

Dave Harrell added: “I’m delighted with the news that competition fishing is back. The important thing now is that all match anglers respect the current situation we are in and work closely with competition organisers to ensure that we have totally safe events.

"We’ve got long daylight hours at present so we must take our time and think carefully about our actions when it comes to things like weighing in."
Saturday 23rd May 2020
Preparing for Matches

The Angling Trust have put forward our case to get Match Fishing back on the agenda. If all pegs are available by our first match at Sandford, then there will be no issues with social distancing. However we will have to play it by ear when we come to fish Commercial venues. There may be a reduction in pegs.

Plans for Matches

Booking in payment of Pools / Entry money

  • Anglers should "book in" to a competition as per normal either through our Facebook page. phone or SMS.
  • Pools and peg fees should be paid as stipulated on the website. There will be a link to pay via Paypal. Peg Fee is mandatory. Pools is optional.  Please leave a note on the Paypal transaction of what you are paying. Wherever possible, we will avoid cash transactions. Anglers paying by cash should place money in a sealed envelope

Arrival at venue

  • Competitors should travel in accordance with current Government guidelines only.
  • At Sandford, please be prompt and give yourself plenty of time. We need to close the gates at 7.20am and disinfect.
  • On arrival at the venue vehicles should pay strict attention to signage and park under the instructions of the fishery/organiser.
  • On leaving the vehicle, strict social distancing measures must be adhered to at all times maintaining a minimum of 2 metres apart. No physical greetings handshaking etc. to take place.

The Draw

  • The draw should be held in accordance with the clubs pre-stated process to ensure social distancing is maintained..
  • The Match Secretary will draw all the pegs for all the anglers.
  • When a peg is allocated the angler should immediately make their way to the fishing location as normal.

Weighing in

  • At the end of the competition, competitors will be expected to remain at their pegs until the weighing official arrives.
  • Strictly no anglers are permitted to follow the scales. Ensuring safety and adherence to the social distance guidelines during the weigh-in is the responsibility of the Match Secretary.
  • Two weighing officials will be appointed, one to weigh the fish and the other to record the weights.
  • Weighing officials should consider the use of gloves and masks as a precaution and maintain social distancing measures at all times.
  • The angler should remove their keepnet themselves and transfer the fish into the weigh sling without breaching social distancing guidance (weigh slings of a self-supporting design achieve this).
  • he angler must then step away to allow the weighing official to come in and weigh the fish. The weighing official then calls the weight and the anglers must agree that they are happy with it. The weighing official then returns the fish to the water.
  • The process is then repeated if several weighs are required. Social distancing guidelines i.e. the 2m rule should be obeyed at all times. Once weighed in the angler will pack up and return directly to their vehicle.

In order to avoid breaching Government rules on organised gatherings special attention should be made to the announcement of results at the end of the match.

Payouts / collection of winnings

  • The club will post results of the match online as soon as possible for competitors to view
  • The club will payout winnings directly into the angler’s bank account by electronic means. (Paypal)
  • Anglers without this option will be paid out in a sealed envelope. They can collect it from the Secretary or pick it up on the next match available.

 

At the end of the day please stay alert. If you can think of any other guideline that we can use, please email the Secretary

 

 

 

   
Tuesday 19th May 2020

PLANS SUBMITTED TO GET MATCH FISHING RESTARTED:
As promised we are working to move quickly from phase 1 to phase 2 of our plan to get everyone fishing again.

Riverfest organiser Dave Harrell, England internationals Steve Ringer and Dean Barlow and Lindholme fishery boss Aaron Grantham are amongst a group of highly experienced match fishing enthusiasts who have been working with the Angling Trust to deliver robust new guidelines to bring competition fishing in line with COVID-19 procedures which, it is hoped, will secure the necessary agreement from Government to allow match fishing to resume as soon as possible.

Full details here Angling Trust Latest News

https://www.anglingtrust.net/news.asp?itemid=5268&itemTitle=Angling%20Trust%20submits%20new%20plans%20to%20get%20match%20fishing%20permitted%20under%20COVID-19%20rules&section=29&sectionTitle=Angling%20Trust%20News&fbclid=IwAR3FZqGJaw-gMahe7Un7-D_LUeQ7YRhUK9AoHgBDaHCCSiyaaMj4BNIfqWA

   
Sunday 17th May 2020
Night Fishing At Sandford Weirs

Just a heads up to all members that want to Night Fish the weir streams this year. 1st of all you must have a "Night Fishing Permit" You can request one (Free of Charge) through the Secretary when you order your permit online.

If you buy your permit through the fishing shops (when they open) and you require a "Night Fishing Permit" then you must send a Stamped Addressed Envelope together with your Membership Number to the Secretary. We do not issue any permits on the bank, and you will be asked to leave if you do not have one.

General Rules for Night Fishing the Weir Streams only 

  • No enclosed bivvies to be used only open fronted shelters.

  • No bed chairs allowed on the rivers2 Rods Maximum

  • Anglers are permitted to leave their ‘swim’ for a maximum of 90 minutes in any one single 24 hour period. Any longer and the ‘swim’ must be vacated.

  • Do not leave rods unattended

  • Swims cannot under any circumstances be ‘reserved’ by placing buckets etc. into swims.

  • Fish retaining ‘sacks’ or Keepnets are not allowed

 

Thursday 14th May 2020
Maintaining Our Waters
It is going to be tricky organising work parties in the Lockdown, but if you do want to go out and do a little bit around our waters (especially the weir stream) please download the form here to say you are working on behalf of Littlemore Angling Society.

   
Monday 11th May 2020
Fishing Resumes
The Prime Minister has announced that as from Wednesday we can resume fishing. We are quite fortunate we have a stretch of canal from Bletchingdon to Upper Heyford on the club card . We also have Hinksey Lake in Oxford. All this through our affiliation to ODAA

If you are going out to fish these venues, please adhere to the Government/Angling Trust guidelines.

  • Please do not fish near moored boats.
  • Keep 15m apart from other anglers
  • Do not clutter the towpath. Other people need to walk there.
  • Try fishing where the towpath is wider. 
  • Do not use keepnets
  • Use PPE to open and close gates etc...
  • Carry Hand Gel

........most of all get out there and enjoy it. Stay Safe, Stay Alert

Don't forget your Rod Licence and Club Permit.

More details here https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/fishing-skills/get-fishing-in-six-easy-steps

 

Monday 11th May 2020

The Angling Trust has given a warm welcome to the announcement today (May 10th) by Prime Minster Boris Johnson that recreational fishing looks set to resume in England on Wednesday, May 13th.

The Prime Minister announced the resumption of ‘unlimited outdoor sports’ from Wednesday providing they are conducted alone or with members of the same household and that social distancing rules are followed at all times.

A government source confirmed that “outdoor exercise includes angling, golf, water sports and tennis providing social distanced from Wednesday.”

The decision to include outdoor activities such as angling in the first wave of newly permitted activities followed weeks of intense advocacy and lobbying by the Angling Trust which unified the angling community like never before and saw over 8,000 individual emails sent to MPs and dozens of articles in the regional and national press in support of a safe return for angling.

The Prime Minister is making a full statement to the House of Commons tomorrow and the Angling Trust will be seeking clarification about the reopening of tackle shops and confirmation of any restrictions on how angling should be practised during the next phase.
   
Sunday 10th May 2020

We don't know when the Government will decide to ease restrictions and allow angling to recommence. However, when they do, it will be essential that fisheries and clubs prepare properly to ensure that angling is safe for all and that social distancing measures are adhered to. To help clubs and fisheries prepare, we have drawn up a set of guidelines which are now available to download
Sunday 3rd May 2020
We want to express our full backing for the sensible and professionally presented proposals that the Angling Trust submitted to government this week to get us all back fishing safely as soon as possible.
Unfortunately match fishing simply can’t happen under the current public health guidelines on social distancing and the prohibition of public gatherings. One of the key arguments to permit fishing to resume at all is that ‘angling is a largely solitary activity’ and however well-managed a competition is, there is no way to avoid it being a gathering of people from different households.

We will still hold out to get our fixtures started for the start of the season. However this looks highly unlikely under the current circumstances.

We are also looking at ways to stop social gathering.

  • Paying pools up front will be a no brainer. We can do this via Paypal when you book in. We can also payout this way.
  • Drawing can be done by the Match Secretary only
  • We hope to have a cradle to make weighing in a single man process.

These are just some ideas. If you have any please email Alan Campbell.

We may also get the go ahead to start getting down to Sandford and start the work parties. Again this will have to be done within Government guidelines

In the meantime Stay Safe

   
Friday 1st May 2020

New Membership Starts Today!

 2020-21 Memberships are now available through the club website only. At the moment we can offer Paypal and cheque requests .

Due to the shops being shut, this is the only option. When the shops re-open, this will also cause an issue as the outlets will only offer CARD only sales due to Government restrictions with handling money. Permits are sold in the shops CASH only, due to the VAT payments. This could result on a delay for your permit, as the shop will have to send the application to myself
So please use the Membership request through the club now. We are geared up to get your permit to your door, without even leaving the house (unless you are posting)
If you are requesting a Night Fishing permit for the weir streams, these will only be issued through the club. They will not be distributed to the shops.


Thanks again for your continued support


Stay safe.

Monday 27th April 2020
Angling Trust Proposal To Get Us Fishing
A Big Day for Angling - with the launch of the Angling Trust’s ‘When We Fish Again’ report. These proposals have been sent to Government to get us back fishing as safely as possible under new guidelines which would see the phased resumption of the sport we all love. They have been drawn up in consultation with some of the biggest names in angling. The plans are already being considered by government ministers ahead of their next review of restrictions on May 7th. Watch our video to find out more
Stay Safe
   
Monday 20th April 2020

The Angling Trust has launched a new website - Fishing Buzz - to keep anglers and their families entertained during the Covid-19 lockdown and help relieve some of the stress and worries we’re all experiencing right now.

It’s packed with news, views, tips, videos, advice and more! Learn how to tie the perfect fly, revisit the work of our marine team in 2019, watch Jeremy Wade catch arapaima on a fly in an episode from River Monsters, stay fit with some crazy carpy workouts or take a trip back in time with our look at angling in a bygone age.

We’ve even got a section specially for kids! And we’ll also be sharing content from some of the top names in the sport so if you are a manufacturer, fishery or other angling organisation and want to help us keep the fishing habit through this period please get in touch at suggestions@fishingbuzz.co.uk and we will be happy to work with you.

We’ll be adding new content daily – and if there’s anything you’d particularly like to see just email us at suggestions@fishingbuzz.co.uk or send us a message on Facebook.

Don’t forget to let all your fishing friends know about Fishing Buzz!
Tuesday 7th April 2020
Lure Angling

Predator fishing is a wildly popular branch of our sport in the UK with many specialist predator anglers and clubs. UK anglers use a variety of natural and artificial baits in our hobby, but this attitude is not shared across the globe with many areas such as the US preferring to solely use artificial lures.

The reason for these differences in methods is unclear. Consequently, Atticus Albright, a masters student at the University of Durham has chosen to study the attitudes of UK freshwater predator anglers towards both natural and artificial baits and has requested the aid of the club. He hopes to reveal the most popular predator baits, why anglers use them as well as whether the use of natural dead baits has any significant impact on our native stocks of bait species such as lamprey.

In order to do this he will need to conduct telephone questionnaires with anglers so that they can express their opinion. The phone questionnaire will be short, and completely confidential. If any predator anglers are willing to help please contact him at atticus.j.albright@durham.ac.uk."
   

Thursday 2nd April 2020
Annual General Meeting
Obviously the Annual General Meeting will have to be put on the back burner for the time being.

We will try and organise a meeting/presentation when we get the ok.

In the meantime, if you have any proposals please still email them to me or phone me. If it' a match rule that may effect the coming season, I will put it to the vote on our Facebook page. Stay safe

   
Wednesday 25th March 2020

Spring League 2020

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this years Spring League has been cancelled.
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Latest Advice-Stop Fishing and Stay Safe
We must all do what is required of us by the Government and work together to fight this pandemic. Therefore, until further notice we should all refrain from fishing. This is about saving lives and supporting the NHS.

COVID-19 Resource Hub

For Individual Anglers

 
   
Sunday 15th March 2020

Littlemore will face South Cerney Gold and Elgin AC in the first round of the Angling Times/Bait-Tech Supercup.

The match will be fished at Club Lake on Sunday 26th April 2020

Sunday 15th March 2020

Next Match

Last match of the season will be fished at Club Lake, Orchid Lakes. Please book in as normal with Alan Campbell or Steve Pitson. Draw time is slightly later at 8.30am
   
Sunday 29th December 2019
Spring League 2020

Dates and Venues have now been sorted for the Spring League 2020

Sunday 19th April Ivy House

Sunday 3rd May Hunts Corner Pond

Sunday 24th May Frobury Farm

Please book in early as we have limited pegs on these venues. Loyalty Points will apply for all matches

Please book in with Alan Campbell

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Next Match

Hopefully the Thames should be fining down. Please book in for the last match of the season on the river. Draw is on the bank at the Perch gate.
   
Monday 24th February 2020

Latest News from the Angling Trust
Sunday 23rd February 2020
Next Match
Next match is the re-arranged R C Smith Cup. We will fish the match over the 2 lakes at Laura's Lagoon. Please book in with Alan Campbell or Steve Pitson
   
Sunday 23rd February 2020
Possible new Gravel Pit Excavation

A new quarry site is being proposed by Oxfordshire County Council, in Nuneham Courtenay/Sandford border next to the River Thames.


The site allocation is currently open for consultation until 4th March 2020

 
Thursday 20th February 2020
Fixtures Update
The RC Smith Cup will now take place at Laura's Lagoon on Sunday 1st March. The S H Taylor Cup has been switched from Sandford to Medley Down. Both fixtures are subject to weather and river conditions
   
Wednesday 19th February 2020
Venue Switch

This Sunday's match has been switched to Lakeview Fishery in Worminghall. Please book in with Alan Campbell. We are limited to 18 pegs only
Friday 14th February 2020
Now Storm Dennis Cancels Sundays Match
This Sunday's match has been cancelled due to "Storm Dennis" coming in over the weekend

As always, Health and Safety comes first. The re-arranged date/venue will be announced soon.
   
Wednesday 12th February 2020
Next Match
Next match is the re-arranged Keith Mills Cup, this Sunday at Donnington. Draw is on the bank at 7.30am sharp. Parking is at the Cricket Pavilion.

We are aware of "Storm Dennis" this weekend. A decision will be made Saturday if the weather puts anglers at risk due to high winds!

Please contact Steve Pitson or Alan Campbell

Friday 7th February 2020
Storm Ciara Cancels Sundays Match
Due to the predicted storm that is heading our way, we have decided to cancel the match this Sunday on the grounds of Health and Safety.

The match will now take place the following Sunday at Donnington

   
Wednesday 28th January 2020

Promoting Fishing on Old Father Thames

 

Two long established angling clubs in the Oxford and Reading areas have decided to enter into a new water sharing agreement with aim of encouraging more anglers to experience some of the great fishing that the River Thames has to offer.  

Reading & District Angling Association (RDAA) have offered Oxford based Littlemore Angling Society (LAS) members free access to over two miles of the Thames at Northmoor and Sandford weir stream in return with help with bailiffing and maintenance. Littlemore are offering RDAA members fishing on their waters at Sandford Meadows and Kennington below Oxford. The arrangements exclude match days but both clubs are in discussions about the possibility of holding joint matches on the river.  

Both these stretches of the Thames produce excellent bags of roach, big catches of bream in certain areas as well as chub, barbel, pike and perch to specimen sizes. 

Angling Trust Policy Chief and RDAA President Martin Salter said: 

“The middle Thames is full of fish these days and some of the recent match weights have been nothing short of spectacular yet outside of competitions it is rare to see more than a handful of people fishing this wonderful river. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to open up more fishing for members of both clubs and we hope our partnership will encourage other angling associations to enter into similar arrangements. After all, why compete when you can cooperate.” 

Alan Campbell, Secretary of Littlemore Angling Society added: 

“ We already have the fishing on some of the bank opposite the RDAA waters at Sandford Weir and I know our barbel anglers in particular will welcome the opportunity to have full access to the weir pool. The RDAA stretch at Northmoor, above Oxford, has a good pedigree but has been under fished for years. It will certainly be another good option for our members and we know that the Reading anglers will enjoy some of the great roach and chub fishing that we have to offer below the weir stream at Sandford Meadows and for the bream up at Kennington. This arrangement is a ‘win win’ for both clubs.” 

Thames specialist and angling journalist Keith Arthur said:  

“How refreshing to see clubs who could easily be rivals collaborating to achieve the best outcomes for their members and, especially, the future of some brilliant wild fishing on the River Thames. In most walks of life there’s no doubt teamwork has enormous benefits and this is a fine example.” 

The new arrangements come into force from June 16th 2020

 

 
   
Wednesday 28th January 2020
Venue Switched
 
The Keith Mills Cup scheduled for Sandford on Sunday 9th March 2020, has been switched to Donnington up. Draw and fishing times remain the same.
Tuesday 21st January 2020

This Sundays match has been postponed due to the state of the river. A new date/venue will be announced shortly