Five new angling platforms will give anglers even better spots to fish thanks to the Environment Agency.
The new platforms, which are located along the River Thames at Penton Hook Lock island in Staines will improve angling access to the river. The platforms will allow up to eight anglers to fish at any one time.
The Environment Agency worked with the Thames Anglers’ Conservancy – a group committed to promoting and protecting the Thames – to design the platforms, which took a total of two weeks to install. Members of the group will also carry out valuable volunteer work at the site, maintaining and improving habitat including the purpose-built fish spawning channel and advising on the location of the new platforms. Duncan Charman, professional angling guide and patron for the group was on hand to try out platforms and coach junior members.
Martin Salter, former Reading West MP and Government spokesman on angling said: “Penton Hook weir stream is one of the places I learnt to fish over 40 years ago. It’s great to see that it’s a popular and productive fishery with good access and improved habitat”.
Matt Carter, Waterways Operation Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “’I'm delighted we’ve been able to provide improved access for anglers at one of the most popular sites on our weir“.
However, anglers need to remember to purchase their Weir Angling Permits (additionally to the rod licence) which cost £28.50 for adults and £18.90 for Senior Citizens and Juniors (up to 14 years) and come with a ‘buddy card’ that allows you to take a friend fishing three times a year.
Buying a rod licence couldn’t be easier – there are around 15,000 Post Offices and other outlets which sell them direct. For a small additional charge they can also be purchased over the phone (0870 1662662) or from our web site – www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence any time, day or night.
Notes for editors
The River Thames lock and weir fishing permit offers 18 sites on the River Thames that have fast-flowing water for an exciting fishing experience.
To check accessible angling on the Thames click on this link:
Thames Anglers’ Conservancy www.rivertac.org
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