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Get a licence to thrill or risk a fine!

ALTHOUGH coarse fishing goes on all through the year on enclosed still waters and canals, the statutory close season still applies to rivers, streams and all flowing land drains.

The close season started on Sunday March 15, and ends at midnight on Monday, June 15.

Even the smallest stream is closed to coarse fishing during the three months and Environment Agency officers check all waters tomakesure the close season is observed.

Fishing for coarse fish during this time is illegal and anyone caught can expect a hefty fine and possiblythe confiscation of the tackle being used.

All Environment Agency rod licences expire on March 31 and a new one must be purchased before setting out to fish on April 1.

The new licence will be very different from the ones purchased since the national rod licence started in 1992.

The new, credit card sized licence is water resistant and features fewer personal details about the licence holder in order to reduce the risk of identity theft.

Each licence has a bar code, making it possible forbailiffs to verify the licence at the waterside.

The licences also boast stunning fish images-aperchlunging atabaited hook on the coarse licence and ray of light striking a salmon under the water on the salmon licence.

A full coarse licence costs pounds 26, a concessionary licence is pounds 17.25 and a junior licence pounds 5.

The salmon licence is pounds 70, pounds 46.50 concessionary and pounds 5 for juniors and they are available at any post office or on-line at www.environment-agency.gov.uk /rodlicence.

Anew coarse fishing venue in the sport will be available from April 1 when fishing starts on the lake at Cwmcarn Scenic Drive.

The lake was a trout fishery, but has now been stocked with chub, roach, bream and crucians.

This was funded by the Gwent Association for Voluntary Organisations and the lake has excellent access and facilities for disabled anglers as well as a visitors centre.

Cwmcarn AA will control the fishing and the club is now open for membership whichisset at a maximum of 50members who will pay an annual fee of pounds 25.

Day tickets will be available at pounds 5 or pounds 3 for juniors.

More information is available from club secretary Richard Morgan on 07528 850794.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 19, 2009
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