About Fish Pass

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Westcountry Angling Passport have a totally new way to purchase fishing in Cornwall.

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.

How to use the FISH PASS app

Follow these three easy steps

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Catch and careful release

An ounce of good practice is better than a ton of rules

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.

The following are a few useful tips for those wishing to practice catch and release:

  • Using barbless hooks (or flattening the barb) promotes effortless hook removal and quick release
  • If bait fishing (where allowed) ensure that fish are ‘lip hooked’, some anglers find circle or conservation hooks can help with this, however focused constant attention to the bait and prompt hook setting is the key
  • Bringing the fish to hand or net quickly ensures the fish is in a good state when it is released
  • If using a landing net, make sure it is large enough to comfortably hold the fish, knotless, and of a small enough mesh to avoid damaging fins
  • Wet your hands before handling the fish
  • Keeping fish handling to a minimum and keeping the fish in the water aids quick recovery
  • Support it in the water until it has recovered enough to swim off

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.