AFTER a winter dogged by miserable weather and Covid restrictions, Keighley Angling club have been boosted by the latest lockdown message received from The Angling Trust.

After submitting its case to the government for a resumption of angling, the Trust announced it is hopeful that all forms of fishing may recommence from 29 March.

Bob Granger, acting chairman of Keighley Angling Club, said: “The Angling Trust has delivered an encouraging message for our members who are keen to return to the sport. It is a fillip not just for angling but for everyone looking forward to the eventual relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

“Our waters are spectacular in springtime, not only because the fish become more active as temperatures rise, but also because the local environment is flourishing now that winter has faded.

“As we move into spring, the River Aire teems with a variety of species to tempt and test anglers of all levels and so our members will soon begin to return to prime, established fishing spots as well as seeking out new ones because the river and the feeding habit of its fish constantly changes.”

Keighley Angling Club is asking members to pencil a second date into their diaries after issuing a reminder that the close season for coarse fish in rivers is now in effect and will continue until 15 June. The rules restrict the use of certain baits, including maggot, to allow fish to breed successfully. Canal and still-water fishing is not affected by this rule.

Keighley Angling Club also learned that one of its long-standing members passed away recently.

Acting chairman Bob Granger said: “Alan Copperwaite was an accomplished angler and a very popular member of our club. He was a keen match competitor and was often seen pole-fishing along the canal bank. He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”