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ANGLING TRUST INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 - GLOUCESTER CANAL The 172 strong field in Saturday's (1st August) Angling Trust Individual National Championship faced a strong wind that made good pole presentation very difficult so the match was mainly a feeder affair for most. However, that didn’t put off David Cooper from Cambridge, as an unproductive start to his match on the feeder saw him switch to the pole at 13m and he never looked back as a succession of bream…
The Angling Trust has launched its new version of the Sport England club accreditation, Fishmark which replaces the national club award called Clubmark and sees the accreditation come more in line with angling instead of a generic all sport club award. Fishmark is now the recognised angling club accreditation that is awarded to a Club when they achieve the criteria to demonstrate they have achieved nationally recognised standards of Club Management, Child protection and duty of care, sports equality and…
The Angling Trust joined environmental and wildlife groups from the Blueprint for Water Coalition in pressing the new Water Minister Rory Stewart MP for urgent government action to protect rivers from ecological damage as a result of increasing demand and over abstraction. The meeting, held last week at DEFRA, included Sarah Hendry, the new Director of Water, Trevor Bishop from the Environment Agency, Dominic Gogol, Water Policy Manager for WWF-UK; Colin Fenn, Associate for WWF-UK; Martin Salter, National Campaigns Coordinator…
Matchroom Sport is a delighted to announce that Coral, one of the UK’s largest bookmaking brands, is to be the title sponsor of the annual Fish 'O’ Mania event. The big-money fishing match is a fixture in the British summer sporting calendar as it now enters its 22nd year. Coral Fish 'O’ Mania takes place over the weekend of the 18th and 19th July at Cudmore Fisheries outside of Stoke-on-Trent with the Saturday featuring 16 finalists competing for the  £30,000…
The Angling Trust has given a warm welcome to the news that BBC 2's bold new global fishing programme, The Big Fish, will feature a return to the screen for Matt Hayes as judge and co - presenter alongside Ben Fogle. Matt, who is also an Angling Trust ambassador, has made many successful fishing programmes including The Great Rod Race, Wet Nets and Mainstream and he hosted his own successful fishing show Total Fishing for a number of years. Matt…
The National Crucian Conservation Project (NCCP) has produced a second video aimed at encouraging angling clubs and fishery owners to create crucian friendly waters in order to protect the species and encourage anglers to take up fishing for this delightful species. The video - entitled "Creating Record Breaking Crucian Fisheries" (which can be seen bekow) - was launched this week and begins at Godalming Angling Society's famous Johnson's Lake, the home of the current british record crucian. It goes on…
MPs met with Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter of the Angling Trust in the House of Commons this week to re-establish the All Party Parliamentary Group on Angling in the new Parliament which was elected at the General Election on May 7th. The Conservative MP for Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, Charles Walker, was elected Chairman for the second time. The group was first set up by Martin Salter in 2005 and he was followed as Chairman by Charles Walker MP when…
The penultimate qualifier for the grand final of Fish ‘O’ Mania to be held at Cudmore Fisheries on Saturday 18th July 2015 was held at Partridge Lakes, near Warrington on Saturday 20th June. This venue is considered by many to be one of the most picturesque and extremely well managed and hospitable venues in the country and has played host to many qualifiers over the years. Cloudy and drizzly conditions greeted the 180 competitors that had booked in for this…
The BRFC met at Fishmongers’ Hall, London, on 8th June 2015. Present were: Mike Heylin OBE (Chairman), Nick Simmonds (Secretary), Oliver Crimmen (Scientific Advisor, Natural History Museum), Nigel Hewlett (Scientific Advisor, Environment Agency) and Andrew Nellist (Angling Trust - freshwater specialist). The following claims were ratified by the committee as new or equal records: Sea Fish: Species: White sea bream (Diplodus sargus)     Record weight: 2lb 9oz 5dr (1.170kg)     Captor's name: Steve Mullins     Date & venue: 10th Jan 2015 - St…
Yet more fisheries are set to benefit as the Angling Trust announces today (8th June) that an additional £50,000 is up for grabs later this summer as part of the hugely successful 'Fishery Improvement Fund'. The funding comes from the Environment Agency's rod licence sales. Building on the success of the first round of funding earlier this year, the Fund will again be offering awards of up to £5,000 per project. This time, proposals are invited under two strands of…
The Angling Trust is now inviting applications from young coarse anglers to enter the 2015/16 England Talent Pathway programme. Talent Pathway events will begin in June and will take place throughout the country providing opportunities in the North, Midlands and Southern regions. The ten month programme will provide anglers aged 13-17 with the opportunity to enter a high performance training programme, working with some of the best anglers this country has ever produced. Participants will learn how to become better…
With the outcome of the General Election on a knife edge and polling just a few days away, the Angling Trust has completed a review of what the main political parties are offering to do for fish and fishing. A trawl through the manifestos of the Conservative, Labour, LibDem, UKIP and Green parties has revealed strengths and weaknesses in them all. Last month the Angling Trust published a comprehensive Manifesto for Angling and invited the five main parties to sign…
The second qualifying match in a prestigious new national angling competition, aimed at encouraging people to rediscover their nearby waterways took take place on the Shropshire Union Canal on Sunday 26 April. The winners were Simon Mottram (Drennan North West/ABC Baits) and Simon Preece (Browning) who both achieved a perfect 100 point score, a feat that most observers thought virtually impossible given the strength of the line up. The Canal Pairs Championship is being organised by the Canal & River…
Dozens of perch, roach and bream were released into the Rochdale Canal in Manchester city centre today (Friday 24th April) to mark the start of a new fishing agreement between the Canal & River Trust and the world’s oldest angling club, the Salford Friendly Anglers Society. The club, which can trace its roots back to 1817, currently has fishing rights on the River Irwell and a few small lakes and reservoirs around Greater Manchester. However from this week their members…
Despite a rush hour closure of the M25 all but one of the competitors made it in time for the fourth Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier at Gold Valley Lakes, Aldershot on 22nd April 2015. With only 3 lakes being used, Gold, Middle and Syndicate, and with almost all the pegs being used it was envisaged to be a tough but fair match,  and so it proved with the final result being fairly close and some reasonable back up weights.  It…
There was a buzz of excitement and expectation at the qualifier at Hayfield lakes on 4th April for the first Fish O Mania qualifier of 2015. The fishery looked splendid and the weather was likely to stay dry, but there was a chilly easterly breeze blowing. With 6 sections on the fancied Dannies lake and a further 7 on Adams, the draw came up with one or two proven anglers on fancied pegs. It soon became apparent that the cold…

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