|Welcome to Bembridge Angling Club|
The boatlift rescheduled for Saturday 15th May has proceeded. The finish date for the last lift has been set for 12th June (weather permitting).
As a consequence, the competition scheduled for June 6th has been cancelled.
We would welcome applications for one of our several vacant moorings. See notice Board.
Cost of mooring to be advised on receipt of details of boat.
We would also welcome applications from non-boat owning anglers wishing to become members.
Cost of membership is as shown on the membership application form that can be downloaded from the link at the top right hand corner of this page.
More details on Notice Board page.
For full details see Covid angling restrictions revised.
The clubhouse can now reopen for no more than 6 persons inside at any one time and restrictions on numbers onboard boats effectively cease (30).
The current roadmap for the removal of all restrictions suggests 21st June but that is not yet confirmed.
Sharks and Fish of the Month - Catch and Release section
As a result of concern being expressed by members regarding acceptance of estimated weights of large sharks for the catch and release section of the fish of the month awards, the matter has been reviewed and voted on by the committee.
Basically the issue relates to the fact that club records for Thresher and Porbeagle sharks were set decades ago before we adopted conservation minded practices and stopped bringing sharks ashore for weighing which is the only way new club records can be set. Recent seasons have seen numbers of specimens caught and released that have been estimated to significantly exceed current club records.
The club strongly discourages any large shark from being retained for weighing as well as discouraging such fish from being removed from the water for any purpose.
Having acknowledged that length alone is not a good indicator of weight, the committee has voted overwhelmingly in favour of immediately barring large sharks such as Threshers, Porbeagles, Mako and Blues from the catch and release section of the annual fish of the month awards. That said, members are requested to continue to submit specimen fish claim forms for them with estimated weights.
Those forms will be used by the competition secretary in order to award the annual trophy for the most sharks returned but the committee has additionally voted in favour of no longer awarding the separate trophy for the heaviest shark returned.
Other species that are technically part of the shark family, such as Tope, Spurdog, Dogfish etc, are not affected by the foregoing.
Whilst considering the issues, the committee has also voted in favour of bringing the catch and release section of the fish of the month awards in line with the principle, that has applied to competitions for some seasons, that cash (or vouchers) shall not be awarded to fish that are not weighed on land.
All the foregoing changes were voted to apply with immediate effect.
|SHARK SURVEY: See noticeboard|
Red Diesel: government has now dropped the proposal to ban the use of red diesel for propulsion of leisure vessels.
|1-3-21: Reminder: From 1st March we are only permitted to retain 2 Bass each per day.|
Bembridge AC Club House, North Quay, Latimer Rd., St.Helens,
Isle of Wight, PO33 1YU
For instructions checkout our “FAQ” page which gives you a step by step guide to various things including how to put pictures in the "Gallery" (which is not obvious if you go straight to the gallery).
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|HEALTH & SAFETY NOTICE|
Boat angling is a hazardous activity. Individuals must accept that, by engaging in active water sports such as boat angling, their physical safety may be endangered.
Sea angling currently accounts for the second highest mortality rate among sea users.
Anyone intending to participate in, or become involved with, boat angling organised by BAC – either as a skipper, crew or otherwise – does so at their own risk and such individuals must recognise the actual and potential risks associated with their involvement, including drowning, hypothermia and other physical injuries resulting from, for instance, falling overboard, penetrating or impact wounds from knives, hooks and weights as well as being bitten by fish.
Participants must acknowledge that it is up to them personally to assess whether any event or activity on the water is too difficult for them or their crew.
Individuals must acknowledge that the safety of their boat and her entire management including insurance is solely their responsibility, and they are satisfied that the boat and the crew are adequate to face the conditions that may arise in the course of a competition.
Entrants into the event must acknowledge that it is solely their responsibility to decide whether or not to start, or to continue, in any competition.
Individuals on signing on to the competition must agree :-
(i) to be bound by the conditions of the Competition Rules of the BAC
(ii) to accept the decisions of the BAC committee and officials nominated by it
(iii) to save harmless and keep indemnified:-
a. BAC & their sponsors and the Angling Trust and their respective officials, servants and agents
b. the other boat owners, drivers & crew engaged in the competition
against all actions, claims, costs, expenses and demands in respect of loss of, or damage to, the entrant’s property or the property of his/her drivers & crew whether or not such loss or damage may have been contributed to or occasioned by the negligence of the said persons or bodies, their officials, servants, representatives or agents.
In addition, all persons entering onto the club premises (compound and club house on North Quay) should be aware of the areas round the quay that have no safety railings and thus pose a safety hazard with respect to the possibility of falling over the edge. Extreme caution should be exercised in these areas and on no account are unsupervised children to be allowed to roam freely in the compound.
Fish for tomorrow: catch & release.