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In the Angling Trusts' new grassroots, all discipline points league, anglers can compete at national level with other competitors in a "virtual fishing league" and will be able to compare results with team mates and other club competitors around the country. The National Fishing League runs from 3rd August 2013 to 30th March 2014 but registration is open NOW so get on board by following the simple steps below to register... Information for Anglers - How to Fish in a…
The Angling Trust has secured an important breakthrough in the war against poachers and fish thieves. Now all 132,000 police officers in England and Wales will have web access to fisheries enforcement guidance and the law on POLKA - the national Police On-Line Knowledge Area. Officers in the 43 forces in England and Wales routinely refer to POLKA when they encounter incidents and offences beyond routine beat policing. POLKA will now include the Angling Trust produced Elementary Guide to Angling Law…
During May Environment Agency Fisheries Enforcement Officers have continued patrolling the river banks and responding to reports of out of season fishing. Two officers in Northumbria dealt with 26 close season and 11 licence offences in one day alone. Patrols across England also detected other offences, such as unlicensed fishing, unauthorised crayfish traps and prohibited baits. In the Southeast Region, Angling Trust volunteers are working in partnership with the Environment Agency on Operation CLAMP DOWN to identify hotspots where illegal…
Fish Legal solicitors have exposed serious failings at the Environment Agency (EA) in responding to water pollution which kills wildlife. For many years Fish Legal members have complained of the Agency failing to respond to fish kill incidents effectively, including not completing full fish kill surveys to assess the numbers of dead fish or the impact on remaining fish populations. Fish Legal can now show from the EA’s own damning data just how bad the situation really is. TFish Legal…
Why not give Dad something he really wants this Father’s Day – take him fishing! It's a great way to spend quality family time together. The 2013 river coarse fishing season starts on Father’s Day, and Environment Agency annual rod licence holders can take a friend or family member fishing with them for free on the 16th of June. The Father’s Day special promotion is part of the annual Take a Friend Fishing campaign, run by the Angling Trades Association…
In the past two months the Angling Trust's Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) has gathered momentum. It started as a small pilot project in the South East of England, but it is now growing very rapidly and chalking up a number of successes in the battle against poaching and other illegal activity on the banks. A very wide range of people have volunteered their time to work alongside paid Environment Agency staff. Discussions are now underway with the Environment Agency about…
This year’s Glorious 16th June is also Father’s Day and Quest TV is running the entire first series of Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree back-to-back from 1 through to 7pm. What better way to celebrate than a whole afternoon and evening dedicated to fishing and revelling in all that's good about our great sport? There’ll be some great competitions running throughout the day so we at Team Crabtree recommend an early start - get out an enjoy a…
Everything seems to be going right for James Dent (MAP/Marukyu), a 21 year old Joiner from Yarm, with two recent wins under his belt already this year in the Dynamite Baits Festival and qualifying for the ‘Maver Match This’ Final, as well as coming second in the Milo Festival and being selected for Sensas U23’s England World Championship Team. James came to one of his favourite venues, The Oaks Lakes, in Sessay for the ninth Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier on…
Finally, reasonable weather turned up for this, the seventh Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier of 2013, held at Maver Larford Lakes, near Stourbridge on Saturday 4th May. Again as is usual for this event all three lakes were in use, Specimen, Match and Arena, but strangely the fishery staff could not predict where the winner was likely to come from.  Many of the competitors fancied Specimen Lake being the favourite due to the high numbers of large carp that the water…
Richard Parry is to swap trains for boats as he takes up the role of chief executive of the Canal & River Trust starting this summer. Joining the Trust after more than a decade in senior roles managing large complex transport and infrastructure organisations, Richard comments: “I am really excited to be joining the Canal & River Trust at such an important phase in the future of the nation’s magnificent waterways.  The scale of the opportunity is huge as what…
One lucky visitor to this year's CLA Game Fair will land £10,000 in an exciting new fishing competition, Fish for a Fortune. The lake at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, will take centre stage at the CLA Game Fair, from Friday, 19 July to Sunday, 21 July, providing the focus for the new contest.   Everyone who catches a fish over the weekend – in an allotted timeslot – will be entered into a prize draw which will be made on the…
The Angling Trust, along with Thames Anglers Conservancy (TAC), are calling on all anglers and angling clubs in London and the South-East to speak out in favour of plans to clean up the tidal Thames through the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. An application to build the tunnel has finally been submitted and the public have until May 28th to register as 'interested parties' - this the only way that the Planning Inspectorate can now hear views and opinions.…
The first qualifier match of this year’s Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship was fished at Boddington Reservoir using pegs 50 to 99 on Sunday 12th May 2013. After what had been a really warm spell of weather conditions this changed dramatically with a cold wind blowing down the reservoir and rain later in the match. Unfortunately this had the effect of driving the carp out into deep water and it required casts of 60 to 70…
Early morning rain soon cleared to leave a bight windy day for the 130 anglers in this latest Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier at Monk Lakes on Wednesday 8th May 2013. Pegged over the four match lakes, plus Bridges Lake, the word on the morning was that not very many wanted to draw Bridges. Chertsy angler Perry Stone a bait company owner was quite happy with his draw at peg B5 on Bridges to record a winning weight of 207 lbs 14…
A brand new competition, which will carry the biggest ever individual river competition first prize of £10,000, plus more big main list and section cash prizes in the final gets underway in July. RiverFest 2013 is the brainchild of river expert Dave Harrell who has been working closely with the Angling Trust to put the competition in place.  Twenty qualifiers of 60 anglers on various river venues around the country will see three anglers from each match qualify for a…
Tunnel Barn Farm Fishery in Warwick, the host to the sixth Fish 'O' Mania qualifier had recently been fishing well with weights of over 150 lbs being needed to win many of the open matches. Many thought it would be difficult on Saturday 27th April 2013, due to the change in the weather conditions, with hail, sleet and a two hour torrential downpour of very cold rain the day prior, and going from a balmy 2 degrees on arrival, and…

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