Welcome to the Gillingham and District Angling Association website.
We are pleased to be associated with the British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) and we are members of the Angling Trust.
You will find by clicking on the various tabs above links to information on the clubs waters (venues) Match Reports, News, History plus other items of interest.
Please email us details of notable catches or general information for inclusion and any news item which you think will be of interest to the club and it's members.
Please check the gallery, news and match reports on a regular basis for updates and information.
We hope you will enjoy our website and join our club where you will have access to superb fishing on the River Stour and lakes we own and rent. But please follow the guidelines that are operating under the current Covid 19 crisis.
Please make sure you are kept up to date with all the news by making sure we have your most recent email address.
We keep only records on members that they have given us, for the purpose of keeping members informed and identifying current members. Every member has the right to have their data information removed from our lists or can request details of any records we hold. A full copy of our G.D.P.R. policy will be sent on request.
Our Health and Safety Policy plus Risk assessment for fishing can be found under Club Download tab above.
Please read before fishing our waters.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with any changes or a new email address.
Thank you and Stay safe!
Enjoy your fishing!
The River and Lodden Lakes, Whitepost (Subject Todber Rules) and Two Counties are now open to fish.
Please respect the Guidelines as Per Angling Trust and be aware of travel restrictions.
Social Distancing to be maintained plus sanatise hands before and after unlocking and locking gates.
FROM ANGLING TRUST. 7/1/21
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!
Membership - Angling Trust https://anglingtrust.net/membership/
Stay safe and very best fishes
Winter League Lodden Lakes. (CANCELLED)
Angling Trust comment....4/1/2021
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.
Message form Pete Edwards Chairman
Travel between tiers to go fishing is outside of the government and AT guidelines. If, as anglers, we cannot follow these guidelines, then it will only be a matter of time before angling is removed as a permissible sports allowed under all tiers. It is reliant on all of us to protect this by following the guidelines. Whilst it is not law, we must do all we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Following the guidelines is the easiest way to help the country and to keep us fishing.
As 2020 draws to a close, the committee and I would like to thank you for your continued support throughout a very challenging year. The membership numbers are the highest in recent years and we hope that our membership numbers will continue to flourish. We would like to welcome back lapsed members and particularly those of you who are new members. We hope that you have all been able to get on the bank to enjoy some fishing.
The Angling Trust must be commended for their tireless work in getting us back fishing again so soon after the first Coronavirus lockdown. Their diligence in lobbying government, with a concise and coherent argument, was instrumental in angling being one of the first sports to be allowed. They also worked with fisheries around the country and many high profile anglers from all disciplines, to ensure that competition fishing also returned quickly. As a club, we are members of the Angling Trust and I would commend you all to become individual members also. The number of individual members in the Angling Trust gives them the added impact necessary when they represent angling interests at national level. This can have a significant influence in deciding government policies on angling.
It is unfortunate that the lease for Two Counties fishery will not be renewed when it expires at the end of May 2021. The land owner has plans to develop the long term leisure part of his business. We would like to thank Eric and his family for the support that they have given us as leaseholders over the years and we wish them well in their new venture.
The committee are actively working to identify suitable land that we can purchase to develop our own still water fishery. Adding our own fishery will enhance the fishing we have to offer you as members. This is obviously a long term plan and will depend on how quickly we can find a suit- able three to four acre plot of land. The land will ideally be close to Gillingham, and have good road access. If you know of any suitable land or of a landowner who may be receptive to our search, please let the committee know.
Angling saw a considerable resurgence after the first lockdown ended, consequently our plans to add to the stocks of fish in the carp lake at Lodden were thwarted. All of the fish farms sold out of their stocks before we were able to place an order. I can confirm however, that we have secured four C5 carp, that will average 15lb, for stocking in 2021. Unfortunately these will not be stocked until the autumn. Even ordering these carp this year, they are in-fact four of their last fifty C5 carp that they have available from next years stock, such is the high demand.
Please can I ask that whenever you visit one of our fisheries that you observe the rules that are in force for that fishery. Please take all litter and old fishing line home with you. If you observe any suspicious or unusual activity, please tell the committee at the earliest convenient time. If you believe that a criminal act is taking place, then please call either 101 or 999.
Finally, the committee and I would like to wish your and your families a very merry Christmas and a safe and healthy new year.
Pete Edwards Chairman GDAA
Parking at Stour Provost
Pleasure anglers can park where the old barn used to be, park on the left hand where the garages are, do not park in the space on the right hand side of the new house and avoid parking on any grassed areas, plus please leave enough room for tractors getting in and out.
Please note the Risk Assessment for match fishing as required by the Governments Covid 19 guidance is available from Dave Sealy. He will email anyone who wishes to see the current assessment but please note this document is amended when necessary.
Pete Edwards has agreed to take on the role of Chairman of the club and we thank him and wish him success in his role.
Thanks also to the outgoing Chairman Michael Hunt for his many years of service to the club.
Guests at Lodden : Members may have a non fishing family member accompany them at Lodden Lakes
Winter match dates .
Winter champonship (CANCELLED)
Club Pairs 7th February 2021
Dave Hillier memorial 28th February 2021
Please contact Dave Sealy 07972 131110 to book in for these matches and work parties.
PLEASE BE AWARE THERE ARE CAMERAS IN OPERATION ON LODDEN LAKES AND YOUR ACTIONS COULD BE BEING FILMED AT ALL TIMES!
PARKING AT STOUR PROVOST
Would all members please note!
"Parking should NOT be on the lawn/verge of Mill House"
"Access is through the small wooden gate and along the footpath in front of the Mill House Garden, past the small Mill and over the bridge into the field on the opposite bank of the river."
The Coarse season started 16/6/2020 on our River and the 19/20 memberships have now ended, so unless you have purchased a new membership or renewed your old one you will be unable to fish our waters or club matches.
Its easy to join just follow the link above.
GDAA Bank details Sort Code 09 01 28 Account number 14984546
The new bank security details may say no bank account match or account does not exist..it does just check you have the correct information and then go to the continue or next page until transfer made.
ONLINE MEMBERSHIP NOW AVAILIABLE GO TO THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE
Current News letter under Downloads.
There is a new tab above which says Membership Online.
If you wish to renew or join GDAA then please complete the form fully. (You will need a current email address) It may take a few hours for the membership certificate to arrive depending on how busy the site is.
When you receive the certificate please print off and keep with you at all times when fishing our waters. You will also need an EA rod licence.
Please note that you may only receive your membership by this method or by post. Full details on the Membership Fees tab above.
WOULD ALL MEMBERS FISHING OUR LAKES PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY BARBLESS HOOKS MAY BE USED. THAT INCLUDES TREBLES THAT MAY BE USED IN PIKE FISHING. WITH AN INCREASE IN OUR BAILIFFS THEY WILL BE CHECKING THAT THE CORRECT HOOKS ARE USED SO PLEASE UNDERSTAND IF ASKED TO SHOW YOUR HOOKS THAT WE ARE PROTECTING OUR FISH STOCKS.
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last update 05/01/2021