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The third Angling Trust RiverFest qualifier, held on the River Severn at Lower Lode on Saturday 5th July saw Shakespeare Superteam member Paul Bick become the first angler to qualify for the final in successive seasons. Paul easily won B section at Peg 33 with 15-5-0, made up of three decent bream, four skimmers and a few perch to groundbait feeder with maggot and worm hookbaits. Paul will now be hoping to go one better than his runner up spot…
The Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust are delighted to announce the date competitors can start to apply for the Pairs Canal Championship which will be held on the Shropshire Union Canal in the Soudley area on 14th September 2014. Entry forms will be available to apply for this new event from 15th July – 15th August, available on the Angling Trust website at www.anglingtrust.net, or alternatively email; sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net or telephone Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, Angling Trust…
Team England proved to the world they are the best of the best when it comes to coarse angling by taking the World Championship winners title by storm to bring home team gold in the FIPSed 20th European Championship. Drennan Team England consisted of;  Will Raison, Sean Ashby, Alan Scotthorne, Callum Dicks, Lee Kerry, Simon Willsmore, Mark Downes and Mark Addy (Joint Managers). The European Championship was held on 28th and 29th June on the Hensies Pommeroeul Canal, Bernissart, Belgium…
Ideal conditions, greeted the competitors for the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Stillwater Championship qualifier at the picturesque Clattercote Reservoir, near Banbury, Oxfordshire on Saturday 21st June. All that remained was for the fish to respond in numbers, which they never did, although the weights for the top three individuals were respectable, but nothing compared to what the venue can produce. Top rod on the day by a narrow margin was Charles Simpson from Sheffield with a weight…
'Don't cheat on angling' - anglers urged to buy rod licence. A new prosecutions list identifies the anglers who didn't buy rod licences The Angling Trust and Environment Agency are urging anglers to renew their rod licence or risk appearing on a new list identifying people who have been caught fishing illegally published on the Angling Trust's website. The list gives the names, ages and addresses of offenders, plus details of the offence and the fine. May saw the courts…
Mike Heylin has been awarded the OBE today in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to angling over many decades and in particular for his role as Chairman of the Angling Trust for the first five years of its existence as the new unified representative and national governing body for all anglers in England. He retired as Chairman in 2013, but remains as a Director on the Board of the Angling Trust and a Committee Member of Fish Legal, which…
The Angling Trust has criticised a press release issued yesterday by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee for failing to represent accurately the contents of its report on last winter’s floods. The EFRA press release and headlines today highlighted the need for more environmentally-damaging dredging of rivers and streams. The EFRA report itself is much more balanced, recognising that dredging has only limited benefit and that it would not have prevented the Somerset Levels flooding. The report…
Woodland Lakes Fishery at Thirsk, North Yorkshire welcomed anglers from across the country for this, the penultimate Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier of 2014. It was this venues first time with the new larger 150 peg format and was still fished across the 5 normal match lakes as used over previous years. It was felt by some that as all the corner pegs were back in it could throw up some interesting possibilities, so as the competitors started to draw, a…
On Sunday 29th June 2014 the Angling Trust is to launch its first ever International Angling Academy on the Middle Level Drain, Kings Lynn with the intention of giving aspiring World Championship anglers a formative look at the FIPSed international scene. The idea is the brainchild of Dick Clegg, OBE who has been at the helm of the England’s coarse match fishing since 1984.  Dick stated; “It's just a simple idea based on giving aspiring international anglers a further insight…
The Angling Trust is backing a new National Crucian Conservation Project in an attempt to help reverse the worrying decline of one of the nations most loved fish, the crucian carp Crucian carp have been a key species for anglers for as long as any of us can remember and there are few sights as beautiful in angling as seeing the golden flank of a fat crucian coming to the net. Over the past thirty years however many of the…
Makins Fishery at Bramcote, Nuneaton hosted the third qualifier of the 2014 Fish O Mania campaign on Wednesday 16th April. All the Phase 1 lakes plus Lagoon and Lizard on Phase 2 were in the draw bag and hopes for a good match were high. However, whilst the sun shone all day this qualifier followed two sharp overnight frosts. A keen south easterly wind also kept water temperatures down. This clearly impacted on catches in places. That said the fishery…
The first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier for 2014 took place on Saturday 5th April at Bait-tech Viaduct Fishery, Somerset. The weather was overcast, but the sun did shine on the winner Kevin Dicks of Bathhampton. Kevin a  Senior Clerk of Works was fishing for Maver, Bathhampton.  Drawing peg 86 on Cary Lake.  Fishing either waggler or the bomb, to 0.18 lines with 14/16 P911 hook, Kevin fed nearly two pints of 6m pellets during the match.  He took carp up…
Competitors who have booked a ticket for the Angling Trust RiverFest qualifier at Evesham on Saturday 18th October should note that the venue has now had to be changed. This is due to the Evesham Rowing Club who will now be using the water for a big rowing competition on that date. Because of this the RiverFest qualifier will now be moved further down the river to Eckington. Competition creator and Angling Trust ambassador Dave Harrell said: "The mix up…
A total of 26 youngsters from the Angling Trusts’ England Talent Pathway programme travelled from all over the country to Packington Somers Fishery near Coventry on 22nd March 2014. The match was the culmination of an 8 month programme which has seen youngsters from Angling Trust’s Northern, Midlands and  Southern Development squads work with some of the country’s top match anglers in Des Shipp, Joe Roberts, Matt Godfrey, Nick  Speed and Frankie Gianoncelli to learn and understand what is required…
On 28 May 2012 a series of explosions and fires at a nearby factory led to serious chemical pollution of the Todmorden Angling Society’s Grove Lodge fishing pool, killing hundreds of fish. However, the Environment Agency (EA) investigation was beset by delays, eventually leading to a decision not to prosecute, despite evidence of significant fish mortalities and environmental offences being committed. While damage to fish stocks was not immediately apparent, within a few days dead fish were floating belly-up on…
Mark Downes, Drennan Team England Manager, and the Angling Trust are seeking talented anglers who would like to apply for the England Under 23s youth assessments. The FIPSed under 23s World Championship is due to be staged at Assen in the Netherlands from 25th-26th July 2014, and a team is required to represent the Angling Trust and team sponsors Drennan International. Where and When The Angling Trust Drennan Team England youth assessment will take place on Saturday 12th April on…

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