Disabled Fishing Platforms
The new replacement fishing platforms for disabled anglers have finally been installed. 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.
They're not finished yet; side-rails and a low front-rail are to be fitted.
I know even able-bodied anglers will want to fish from these platforms, at times, (as you can see, one angler was fishing from one of the platforms when I arrived to take photos) but, if a disabled angler arrives to fish, please vacate the platform for them without argument!
Season Tickets on sale
The new Season Tickets and Day Tickets are now on sale in our outlets.
See our Membership & Rules page for details
Dave Jolly, Club Secretary.
New River Season
The rivers opened on Tuesday 16th June.
Tackle shops should now be open for bait, etc.
Remember the 2-Metre Rule, keep your distance from other anglers and we'll all be safe!
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, next winter.
The car park at Black Bridge is to be repaired.
A boardwalk between Black Bridge and Cocklemoor was planned to overcome the muddy conditions, at times, along the bank. However, the Environment Agency have vetoed this as they reserve the right to move heavy plant along the bank, when needed, which would smash through it. Alternative proposals are being considered.
There will also be information boards, benches, picnic tables and solar lighting, to name just a few things.
Pontoons have been installed at Cocklemoor, Black Bridge and Muchelney for boaters to use. These have been removed for maintenance and storage during the winter.
The Cocklemoor pontoon is located below where the two disabled platforms were. I've met the project coordinator on Cocklemoor and asked for the two replacement platforms to be located further down, level with the path from Stacey's Court car park. They will also be accessible from the main car park. This will hopefully be a slightly quieter area for disabled anglers to fish. The suppliers are now waiting for stable weather and lower water levels to install them.
Funding of over £200,000 has been acquired. Completion was planned to be March 2020 but with the weather so far this year, the deadline will be extended.