Durham County Council have recently erected a metal fence across the entrance to Gainford Bridge, preventing pedestrian access.
Stockton Angling Ltd is an Angling Trust member club, and as such, we are covered under a sports liability insurance package provided via the Angling Trust by Jelf Insurance Brokers.
We have recently been contacted by the Angling Trust because they have been advised by Jelf Insurance Brokers that the cover provided under the "Sportscover" Sports Liability Policy in as far as it applies to individual members of Stockton Angling Ltd, covers our members only when they are engaged in activities connected with Stockton Angling Ltd.
We have been asked by the Angling Trust to ensure that our members are aware of this limitation to the cover.
Individual members who wish to ensure that they have the benefit of public liability insurance for all their angling activities worldwide, whether connected with Stockton Angling Ltd or not, can join the Angling Trust as an individual member and receive this cover as an automatic benefit of membership.
Farmers and Gamekeepers have reported continuing problems with poaching and theft of farm property. Whilst we as fishermen enjoy the right to roam the river bank and cast a line, the sight of somebody wandering around without fishing tackle is not allowed (our rights are to fish) and sets alarm bells ringing.
The legality is that maintenance work trimming trees etc should be agreed with the farmer prior to any work being carried out, also there are implications with insurance cover for members acting independently on unapproved maintenance.
There are on occasion anglers on the river bank who do not have fishing tackle but are in fact carrying out well intentioned maintenance work. We do not want to discourage this, far from it, all help is much appreciated. However, this needs to be done properly and the right people informed beforehand of your expected presence.
Dick Sidgwick Tel 07870680953 and Paul Richmond Tel 07815818030 plan and carry out regular work on the river bank liaising fully and with agreement from the farms. To preserve good relations we request anybody planning or wishing to help work on the river bank please speak to Dick or Paul beforehand.
All offers of help will be welcomed.
A fully automatic gate has now been installed at the Aislaby Road entrance to our Aislaby Grange fishery. When you approach the gate it will be closed. Simply drive up to the gate and it will open automatically and will also do so when you leave.
WARNING: This gate has an automatic timer. It will lock itself at the fishery closing time shown on the notice board at the farmyard entrance and will re-open at 8.00am in the mornings. If you have not passed through the gate by closing time your vehicle will not be released until the following morning and you will be responsible for finding your own way home.
It is unfortunate that these measures have had to be introduced but the intrusion of thieves, poachers, and people in 4 x 4s on to our landlords property has made them necessary. They are not a result of any misbehaviour by our members.
The closing times for the fishery are:-
June to September 8.00 pm
October to May 5.00 pm
If you ignore these times the gate will NOT be unlocked to release your vehicle.
Failure to observe these times will result in disciplinary action which could include expulsion from the club.
We have experienced a number of problems with angler's behaviour on this fishery. There is no evidence that this is Stockton Angling members but please be aware of the situation and observe the following:-
At Bishopton Mill, Westgate pond and Piercebridge members must display their ATDAC parking permit on the windscreen or dashboard of their vehicles. This permit is pink, 70mm x 105mm, and was supplied with your ATDAC membership card.
A locked gate has been placed at the downstream boundary of the Roman Bridge enclosure. This is the first of several such gates that will be erected by land owners at each down stream field boundary. The purpose is to prevent dog walking along the river banks.
The locks can be opened using an ATDAC key. Keys can be obtained from: Darlington Angling Centre; Cleveland Angling Centre, Thornaby; and Yarm Anglers Club House in Blenavon Court off Yarm High Street.
Once again it has been reported by our bailiffs that fishing platforms are being dug into the banks on our Lower Tees water. Such digging often leads to severe erosion of the banks and at worst undermines flood defences. Such actions are strictly against club rules (Rule 17).
Any member found digging fishing platforms will be subject to disciplinary action which can include expulsion from the club.
The ownership of the Dovecot Field has changed and members are no longer permitted to park in the Stack Yard. Members will now have to park in places at the roadside. There have been recent reports of members parking in, and obstructing farm gates contrary to club rules.
MEMBERS MUST NOT OBSTRUCT ANY ENTRANCES TO BUILDINGS OR FARM GATES AT ANY TIME
Recent evidence of serious poaching and fish theft on the lower reaches of the Tees, including the discovery of multiple fixed lines for Pike, has led to the introduction of new policing methods by the club River Keepers. These problems could quite easily migrate upriver to Aislaby, Low Worsall etc.
Our River Keepers have discovered evidence in the past of overnight stays, fire pits, bin bags of rubbish etc. on our waters.
Initially focused on these lower reaches, we aim introduce patrolling in pairs, the use of walkie-talkies, the wearing of more obvious and official identification and better planning to ensure that we cover all of the waters.
Please support the River Keepers by telling us about any problems you encounter on any of our waters.
You can do this by emailing details to Doug Davison on email@example.com. We WILL act on your information. If you don't want to send details just email your name and phone number and we will call you back.