It is with much sadness that we have to announce that Dennis Barlow has passed away quietly in his sleep.
Life Member Dennis was Club Secretary for many years and was instrumental in the creation of Combe Lake. He spent many happy hours building all the platforms around the lake, planting and tidying around it as well as fishing it.
He was a keen angler on the River Parrett and in recent years, he fished often at the Viaduct commercial fishery at Somerton.
Our condolences to his family; Dennis will be missed by the many anglers who knew him.
For full statements and conditions for fishing see the Covid-19 support page on the Angling Trust website.
Use this link to find it:- https://anglingtrust.net/covid-19/
Disabled Fishing Platforms Update
The new replacement fishing platforms for disabled anglers have finally been completed. These have been provided by the River Project initiative organised by Langport Town Council.
The original platforms at the top of Cocklemoor were removed to make way for the boating pontoon.
The new platforms are now a little further down Cocklemoor, opposite Stacey's Court car park.
In addition, there is also a new disabled anglers' fishing platform at Huish Bridge at the upstream end of Langport.
I know even able-bodied anglers will want to fish from these platforms, at times, but if a disabled angler arrives to fish, please vacate the platform for them without argument!
Local angler and club member, Julian Chidgey, co-presented a recent winter special edition of 'On the Bank' on the BT Sports TV channel featuring Langport & District AA venues. This perch was the best on the day while filming.
If you have a subscription to BT Sport, you can view the programme with the following link:-
New Angling Trust Website!
The Angling Trust have created a new website with all sorts of videos and information to entertain us during the coronavirus lockdown.
If you have never fished rivers before, try fishing the Parrett this season. There's loads of fish along the whole length (about 7 miles if you include the SLAC waters) and you will have it all to yourself; you probably won't see another angler all day. It really can be peaceful fishing out in the countryside! Give it a go!!!
I've put the maps of the SLAC waters on the Club Waters page.
Langport Town Council want to develop the River Parrett as a tourist resource to bring more people into the town, through boating and improvements to the riverside, to generate more income for the town.
The slipway below Black Bridge has been restored by British Waterways volunteers, with further work planned to rebuild the lower end of it when the water level is low again in the winter.
The car park at Black Bridge has now been refurbished and is much better to park on.
The path between Huish Bridge and Cocklemoor has also been refurbished with a gravel surface.
Information boards, benches, picnic tables and solar lighting, to name just a few things have been installed.
Pontoons have been installed at Cocklemoor, Black Bridge and Muchelney for boaters to use. These will be removed for maintenance and storage during the winter.
Funding of over £200,000 has been acquired. Completion was planned to be March 2020 but with the weather so far this year and the Covid-19 pandemic, the deadline was extended.