As the Corvid 19 restrictions bite Some of our fishermen are no longer able to work & earn their living...........Hard times for the guys . In times like this our group becomes even more important than ever. Lets hope for the everyone's sake this passes quickly
As we spend more time than most in and around the Severn estuary we are well placed to comment on what is happening out there.......... In the past decades there has been a steady increase in single use plastic being washed up on the tide line ,bottles in the main but many other different things Here is an example from last week...........use and throw away .no need of it and should be taxed to death or banned !
The sculpture of a Black Rock lave net fisherman is progressing well .It is being made by Chris Woods from a 350 year old Welsh oak tree......... When finished it will be erected at the Black rock picnic site close to our net house / center and adjacent to the wales coastal path . It will form part of a trail of Sculpures celebrating life on "the Levels " It will be a proud moment for us and the community !
This time of year we are out on the estuary when weather & tide combine after the "Spring Codling " with the rod & line. On few tides we are able to fish the "Best places " but when we do we get the fish ! Considering the amount of fresh water out there this year it's a wonder we are catching anything but this week we hit them ,plump spring fish for the table !
The newly completed heritage centre in Portskewett , will feature our lave net fishery. We have provided text and a picture of one of our past fishermen , Ron Williams of Sudbrook. Ron fished all his life and was an ex. Royal Marine,serving in WW 2
Stormy weather often uncovers items long lost in the estuary.....When spring tides and hostile weather combine the Severn estuary occasionally gives up something special ..........Whilst out keeping an eye on things in the week we found this...........A compass binnacle from a long lost ship !
No. 4 There is no poaching on our patch . Our presence is enougth to see to that . If we see anything we nip it in the bud. We know where and when to look . Our patch from east and west is well looked after throughout the season and indeed the year. Real bailiffs are few and far between these days and have their work cut out to police our rivers. Most folk with river interests we think see the wider benefits of our presence on the estuary.
No. 3 Our catch over the past 25 years varies depending on the tides, weather & ability to fish is between 2 and 9 Salmon for the group . We generally average around 6 all being well . In 2008 our fishery led the way in agreeing to a salmon limit (And other restrictions ) this ran for 10 years This agreement was recently renewed by NRW for another 10 years . We feel it serves all well. This limit is 5 for the group of 8 fishermen each month of the 3 month season . We rarely
No.2 The Black rock lave netting season prior to 1999 started on 3rd February just after the rod fishing season starts. It Ends on 31st August . In 1999 , 60 % of our season was removed . We now start on 1st June . These dates are just on paper as we can only fish Spring tides due to the water levels. It has always been law we cannot fish weekends...... Maximum Salmon fishing time is 2hrs. Wind direction and strength is critical and it is not unusual to loose a weeks fishing.