Angling, rivers, lochs and shore fishing

Allow sea fishing from the shore/rocks.
Allow local angling associations members to resume river and loch angling for local members.

Why the contribution is important

As a keen angler I can see no problem with resuming angling as long as it is reasonably local and social distancing is observed. This is an active outdoor pursuit and can be very relaxing and an opportunity to escape the pressures of lockdown.

by Geocald on May 05, 2020 at 01:16PM

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Average rating: 4.8
Based on: 35 votes


  • Posted by Ranger2dog May 05, 2020 at 13:33

    Good idea in groups of 2 folks max.
  • Posted by larrymorrison May 05, 2020 at 13:38

    Angling by it's nature is a self isolating sport.
  • Posted by Fifer72 May 05, 2020 at 13:53

    Absolutely agree, I don't like fishing but I do exercise in the outdoors. You're socially distancing so what's the problem. If we don't lift restrictions for some activities then adherence to the greater spirit of this is going to break down. I shouldn't have said that, I probably won't get published now ???
  • Posted by dalrob1964 May 05, 2020 at 14:00

    no competitions as they encourage gatherings.

    fee collection needs to ensure staff safety, screens and cashless.
  • Posted by Donald May 05, 2020 at 14:27

    Totally agree.
  • Posted by NeilMacd May 05, 2020 at 18:57

    Totally agree I fish from my boat which is stored on loch Earn and can launch fish all day and retrieve it out of the water without coming within 200 yards of anyone never mind 2 metres let’s treat us like responsible people. They’ve shut the whole loch on Government unnecessarily
  • Posted by grannycaz57 May 05, 2020 at 20:05

    Think that slowly there should be a relaxation to allow local anglers to participate in their hobby, but what we don’t need is the influx of southerners coming North, often to timeshare rivers - big social event - sharing accommodation with various friends, all from different homes and different areas of the UK - and expecting the locals to look after them, cooking and cleaning, driving etc - jobs done by locals often from smaller communities with close contact to others.
    While appreciating that they do help the local economy, I think that for one season, or even part of it, we should try and survive without them and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe!
  • Posted by Houston1970 May 06, 2020 at 05:54

    I think if you can travel to and from a river in a day you should be able to fish.
  • Posted by tony2770 May 06, 2020 at 15:17

    Sea fishing from the shore should be allowed. It’s physical and helps mentally after being stuck at home for weeks. Social distancing will be easily kept in quiet areas were often no one else is around. There are more people walking on local beaches now keeping social distancing and fishing spots can have less people around making it safer. Fishing with others keeping social distancing but travelling separately should be as safe as driving to the shop.
  • Posted by Rider14001 May 06, 2020 at 20:37

    People are congratgating on river banks having picnics and sunbathing without social distanceing been taken into account with is not been discouraged by the lock down.
    However, angling is by defination a social distanceing sport and should be exempt.
    There are people who need this activity for the sake of their mental health
  • Posted by KennyRiddell May 06, 2020 at 20:55

    As an angling association with over 700 member, we feel that angling should be allowed as quickly as possible. Angling is well known to be therapeutic and help with stress and other metal health issues. I would like to see angling back to as norm as possible. Angling is by definition a social a distancing sport where in our rules, suggest to anglers to be 30 yards from each other, so social distancing will be quite easy to follow. I do however suggest a travel restriction be put in place, say 30 miles from your home address, which would allow 90% of our members to go out fishing and enjoy the sport of angling.
  • Posted by Shunty May 08, 2020 at 09:21

    Less risk in solitary fishing than going to the supermarket. Provided good social distancing practices are maintained and any groups consist only of family members, there is low risk, however the benefits of fresh air exercise, mental health and well being far outweigh the downside
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