Another season has passed and it is time to reflect on how it all went.
The Committee members have met on four occasions since the last AGM and their attendance has been good at over 80%.
Key topics of discussion included
i) Trustee changes for Club owned fishing: Your new trustees are Trevor Sobey (continuing), David White and Paul Jordan. The club wishes to acknowledge the many years of service that Bill Eliot gave as a trustee for the Club – one of the many key contributions he has made over the years.
ii) 2014 Catch Returns: All anglers reported compliant returns and the salmon catch/release for the Lynher was the best on record – at 100%. However a new issue arose in the catch/release rate for sea trout from the Fowey. Whilst overall catch numbers were more or less at the same level as that of 2013 there was a worrying downward trend in the catch/release rate, dropping from 76% to 62%. This was exacerbated by a small group (6) of very successful anglers who averaged just a 12.5% release rate for over 20% of the total number of fish caught on the river! If all our members killed this proportion of their fish the Fowey sea trout population would soon be at risk?
iii) A slow (but steady) decline in adult and junior membership numbers over the last few years. A decade ago the club was full (with 250 full-time adult members) and it is noticeable that over the last 5 years those numbers have gradually declined to under 200. With lifetime members, riparian owner tickets and juniors the numbers of people fishing the river is still well over 220 but it is the adult membership fees that provide the annual income that is necessary for us to meet the rising cost of fishing rents – most if which inflate by RPI each year. Whilst significant efforts have been made to recruit new members (through the efforts of local tackle shop owners in particular) it is clear that overall club membership is naturally declining as existing members grow older and few(er) young anglers join the Club. Attracting younger members is increasingly important and we would ask that members who know of likely candidates to encourage them to join the club. We do incentivise juniors to join with a free introductory year and with subsidised junior prices thereafter.
iv) Accident/Indemnity Insurance: The Club provides insurance cover for members carrying out organised and supervised work party tasks but the club does not provided accident/indemnity insurance for individuals whilst they participate in fishing on any club waters (rented or owned). We do not expect nor ask our riparian owners to do so either. You therefore go fishing on all LDAC waters (whether owned or rented) at your own risk. This is not through choice but because our insurance provider (Angling Trust/Insure4Sport) does not provide individual member cover as part of their Club insurance Package. It is therefore important that members consider their personal circumstances and take out individual indemnity/accident insurance if they feel the need. This can be taken out as part of individual membership of the Angling Trust and their contact details follow: The Angling Trust – Membership - http://tinyurl.com/olx6ulv We encourage all our members to join the Angling Trust.
Your Committee members attended Fowey River Association (FRA), Lynher River Association (LRA) and Tamar and Tributaries Fisheries Association (TTFA) meetings and AGM’s to ensure the Club interests are fully represented in these forums. Information from these is shared via the Club newsletters/website if relevant.
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