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Hi folks, I'm thinking of joining a fishing club.

Part of my motive was for any insurance which may come with membership but now I don't think there is any. So are there benefits of joining, such as meeting people who know what they're doing to learn from? I live too far inland, hence a long distance from where they may gather, for other social benefits to have much potential. Would that lead to me not being likely to meet any more people anyway?

Then, assuming it is a good idea, is it simply a case of joining the one nearest to where you usually fish? I visit various places from Scarborough (nearest point) to Brid but seem to spend more time at Filey, or smaller places in between where there are any clubs, than anywhere else. Is that a good enough reason to join Filey Brigg Angling Soc?

Also, now I know there is no insurance against getting swept out to sea, getting hit in the head by a crack off (or having the potentially lethal part of my own crack off hit somebody else) and other of the more cheerful aspects of this great pastime, would someone please tell me where the most sensible place to buy insurance from may be? I learned a long time ago that general insurance brokers will front load for insurance in any kind of specialist area so you need to find out who the specialist brokers are.

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those clubs that do carry insurance usulally only carry liability cover.

this is in case a member causes injury or damage to a third party.

you personally are not insured against injury or loss, unless caused by another member.
 
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my local club is under the A T insurance , i as a member am covered when fishing a club match AND freelancing . I would highly recommend joining a club , i wanted to pit my skills against others i love the competitive element where a loathed sized whiting is suddenly a very welcome catch. I learnt a lot from better anglers and where the hotspots all were , goin to a venue for a match with people who all know u and love fishing is great . Some people join for the comps others just for the crack and inevitable banter , most clubs have top anglers right down to complete novices
 

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Thanks for the info guys, and for the encouragement BERGKAMP. Positive as always. Been trying to contact the Filey Brigg club even though I don't have skills to pit against others'! Hopefully they'll get back to me one day.
 

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"Also, now I know there is no insurance against getting swept out to sea, getting hit in the head by a crack off (or having the potentially lethal part of my own crack off hit somebody else) and other of the more cheerful aspects of this great pastime, would someone please tell me where the most sensible place to buy insurance from may be? I learned a long time ago that general insurance brokers will front load for insurance in any kind of specialist area so you need to find out who the specialist brokers are."

You ask above about the insurance, your fishing "gear" can be specified on house contents insurance. My "gear" cover is £4000 and covers loss away from home because I specified it on the policy. This was at no extra cost and it works because in a senior moment 3 years ago I forgot to put my rodbag on the roofrack and left my rods etc on the wall. They honoured the claim no problem thankfully, and had all new gear in about 2-3 weeks.
 

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Find out your nearest insurance broker and ask for sporting insurance the cost per annum is not much and you can cover your tackle as well as most Car insurance does not cover theft of stuff from your car nowadays. :thumbs:
 

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Insurance against loss or theft probably fits better under home contents as linky552 says. Just by coincidence in my case that's due for renewal very soon so I'll sort that side of it out then. By gear, by the way, I was looking for a catch-all word which would include such things as specialist clothing, any safety kit and luggage such as rucksack and rod bag, rather than just saying tackle. I'll check out a local broker and see how premiums compare with AT membership too. So the two will cover loss and liability. Since I retired income protection insurance is no good to me so I'll have to take a chance on taking a knock.

So that just leaves club membership and whether there's anything to gain from it. At something between ten and fifteen quid for a year, it's worth taking a punt to find out. Filey Brigg Angling Soc still haven't been in touch, probably something as simple as the club sec being away on holiday or changed phone number. But I've discovered they have some sort of relationship with the Foordes pub, which people pronounce Fords. I'll pay it a visit next week while I'm there.
 
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