Fishery Byelaws for the Rivers Loughor and Amman

The NRW byelaws are summarised as follows:

Salmon

  • All salmon must be released with minimum injury and delay

  • No worm fishing for salmon

  • Fly and spin only

  • NRW state that Shrimp and prawn fishing allowed from 1st September to the end of permitted baits period, However please note - that the use of shrimp and prawn as bait has not been allowed on our waters for many years, so the committee have decided to keep in place the ban on this method.

Sea trout

  • All sea trout must be released with minimum injury and delay before 1st May

  • No bait fishing for sea trout during this period

(Please note, that to add to this, the committee have decided to keep the existing association rule that all Sewin must be released after 31st August)

  • All sea trout greater than 60cm (approx. 5lb12oz) must be released with minimum injury and delay on all catchments all year.

  • Bait fishing for sea trout allowed only outside catch and release period, with small hook gape size 8mm (approximately size 8) and a single worm

Hooks

  • All hooks for salmon and sea trout must be barbless or debarbed

  • No trebles on spinners. spoons or plugs (singles only with a maximum 13mm gape)

  • Up to 3 barbless singles may be used on a plug

  • Flies - small trebles allowed up to 7mm gape (approximately size 8)

  • If larger singles or doubles must be debarbed/barbless

  • Tandem and ‘secret’ weapon flies are allowed – up to 4 points (one treble and one single), trebles must be less than 7mm, all hooks must be barbless

 

The NRW bylaw in relation to using lures / spinners for non migratory trout is as follows:

 

Only one hook (single, double or treble) is allowed with lures and bait unless the gape of the hook (measured from the shank to the point) does not exceed 10mm (0.375 inch) with the exception that the gape of hooks attached to a plug bait may be up to 13mm (0.5 inch) and the plug is used without any weight.

 

Please note – The committee have decided to introduce a rule that members targeting brown trout must also use barbless or de-barbed hooks.

Therefore no member must use a barbed hook whilst fishing our waters

 

More detail can be found on the following link:

https://naturalresources.wales/guidance-and-advice/business-sectors/fisheries/angling-byelaws/?lang=en

 

In addition to the above NRW bylaws, members of Ammanford and District Angling Association will also abide the following rules and bylaws whilst fishing our waters

There is information on opening dates for Salmon, Sewin and non migratory Trout, what baits can be used on the dates shown and the catch and release rule. 

 

Rules & Bylaws of Ammanford and District Angling Assocation

 

River Loughor statutory open fishing season

 

Salmon

Opens 20th March - Closes 17th October

Fly and Spin only -

Catch & Release throughout the season

 

Sewin

Opens 20th March - Closes 17th October

 

Fly & Spin only  -        20th Mar - 1st May

Fly, Spin & worm  -     1st May - 7th Oct

Fly & Spin only -          8th October - 17th Oct

All sewin to be returned before 1st May and after 31st August

 

Brown Trout & Eels Opens 3rd March - Closes 30th September 

 

Fly, Spin & Worm 3rd March - 30th Sept

 

​Compulsory Catch and Release Restriction - Any salmon caught throughout the season must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum delay. All Sea Trout caught prior to 1st May and after 31st August must be returned to the river (The date of C&R of sewin after 31st August is an association rule passed at the AGM 2011. Anyone caught with a Sea Trout in their bag outside these dates will be banned from the association.

 

Members of Ammanford & District Angling Association will adhere to the new bylaws implemented by Natural Resources Wales (NRW)

 

In addition to the above bylaws the following rules will remain for members of Ammanford & District Anglin Association

 

Use of Lures & Baits (all hooks must be barbless or de-barbed)

 

Worms, Fly, Spinner - Only natural earth worm or artificial fly or spinner may be used  (all hooks must be barbless or de-barbed)

 

Livebaits- Livebait is not allowed 

 

The use of shrimp or prawns is prohibited

 

Floats - the use of a float in conjunction with any lure or bait to take salmon or sea trout is not allowed 

 

Ground Bait - ground bait or feeder bait is not allowed at any time 

 

Maggots & Pupae - maggots, pupae or non-aquatic larvae are not allowed 

 

On the river Loughor & Amman, no more than one rod and line may be used at the same time. A rod must not be left unattended with its bait or hook in the water. It must be possible to exercise immediate physical control over any rod and line left with its bait or hook in the water   

 

In accordance with the NRW bylaws, all Salmon to be released throughout the fishing season

 

Association bag limit for sea trout - A daily bag limit of two sewin a 24 hour period. Once you kill and keep your second fish, you must finish fishing. If you kill one fish, you can continue fishing on a catch and release basis, until you decide to kill your second fish, at which point you must stop fishing. Anyone caught taking more than their limit of fish in anyone outing will be debarred from the Association.

 

Use of a gaff or tailer

The use of a gaff or a tailer is prohibited at all times when fishing on our waters. Please use only a landing net which incorporates knotless mesh.   

 

Removal of fish

No live or dead fish may be removed from any waters within the Agency’s area except legally by rod & line, other than with special written permission obtained in advance from the Agency. Any salmon or trout hooked other than in the mouth or throat (foul hooked) shall be returned to the water immediately.   

 

SAFETY - don’t cast your life away

Fishing near overhead power lines can be extremely dangerous and has resulted in serious injury or death to anglers. Even if your rod does not come into contact with a power line, electricity can arc across and deliver a potentially lethal charge to the angler. Look up before you tackle up.

 

You need a valid rod licence if you are aged 13 or over and fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in Wales, Junior licences (age 13-16) are now FREE but you must register

Anyone that is prosecuted by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and is reported to this association as having been prosecuted by the NRW whilst holding a current association permit will be barred from the association for poaching our water.

Ammanford and District Angling Association 2017

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