Guidelines for match organisers when fishing at Lodge Farm

Best Practice for the safe resumption of angling competitions in England under COVID 19 restrictions

The Draw

The draw should be held in accordance with the organiser’s pre-stated process to ensure social distancing is maintained.
Wherever possible the draw should take place online.
Where an on-site draw is necessary, to comply with rules on organised gatherings the draw should take place outside conforming to the rules on social distancing.
Hand sanitizer should be made available.
If using a “raffle style” approach it is recommended that the organiser should be the only person to draw.
When a peg is allocated the angler should immediately make their way to the fishing location as normal.

Weighing in

Keepnets are permitted for use in competitions and should be used in accordance with the local fishery rules.
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 gidelines during the weigh-in is the responsibility of the organiser. 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). The 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.

Post script.
In the event of elderly, or infirm anglers being unable to empty their own net, a designated third party weigh man suitably protected is allowed to help.