Angling rule changes approved

A NUMBER of decisions were approved at Todmorden Angling Society’s annual meeting at Todmorden Social Club, which was attended by 17 members.

Members may not take their dogs on to any of the society’s waters while they are fishing and there are new limits on the amount of fish that can be kept in a keep net.

A maximum of 50lb of fish can be kept in one keep net for a maximum of five hours, although more than 50lb in a keep net in a match will technically count as 50lb.

Senior subs will be £36 for 2012 (£46 if paid after the renewal date of January 31). Membership rates for ladies, disabled anglers, senior citizens and intermediate membership (ages 16, 17 and 18) will be £24 next year, two thirds of the senior subs rate. The junior rate for 2012 will be £10.

A passport-sized photograph will now be required to be affixed to next year’s members’ ticket, either at point of sale or before fishing any of the society’s waters.

A proposal to ban barbed hooks was defeated - that is, whisker bar hooks can still be used as well as barbless.

This year’s Grand Christmas Match is on Sunday, December 11, at Croft and Townhouse with the draw made at the Falcon Hotel, Littleborough, up to 9am - free bacon butties and a brew from 8am. Fishing takes place from 10am to 1pm.

On Saturday there is an open match in Todmorden town centre (Bakehouse and Short) - ring Simon Walton on 07896 237224 or Craig on 07947 476208 to enter.

The last 2011 trophy match was fished at Croft on November 13. Result: 1, Paul Wilkinson, 41lb 4oz; 2, John Mellor, 38lb 8oz; 3, Pete Mottram, 15lb 4oz.