The Passport, or Angling 2000 as it was once known, is nearly twenty years old and thanks to a major piece of funding we have been able to design and develop a mobile app to add function and ease to the process of fishing our beats, FISH PASS.
You will still be able to buy paper tokens from Westcountryangling.com or one of our token agents but with the app, you’ll be able to top up tokens ‘in app’ and just scan a code at the river to get fishing.
Catch returns can be filled in the app too, just a couple of “drop-downs” to tell us what you’ve caught and you’re done. But feel free to upload some photos of your day; to show off your catch, show off your photography skills or just to point out a problem with the beat that needs attention like invasive plants or a broken stile.
Browse the maps, zoom in to see what banks are part of the beat, read about restrictions and if you like the look of a beat, navigate there using your phone’s GPS.
App tokens have no expiry date. Our paper tokens can only be valid for the year of issue but the app will allow us to break this rule, so if you buy some tokens in app, they will stay there until you spend them on fishing.
Year on year we are delighted to see a high proportion of fish, landed on Passport beats, being returned. With a country sport that crosses several types of fish, methods and geographies, it is Inevitable that something like Catch and Release is a complex and contentious issue. As managers of the Westcountry Angling Passport we would like all anglers to consider not only if, but also how they can practice catch and release when they fish our beats.
Specific local rules are included in the ‘Info and Restrictions’ sections of each beat. FISH PASS recommend that anglers practice catch and careful release to help preserve these valuable stocks and the quality of angling in the future.
Accumulating and developing skills is a part of angling and we hope that a skillful and considered approach to catch and release can improve your own, and future anglers’ enjoyment of the sport on Westcountry Angling Passport beats.