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Thursday, 10 September 2009 00:00

Nations World Angling Championships 2009

The 2009 World Championships took place in Almere, Netherlands on 5th & 6th September 2009. Joint Managers, Mark Downes and Mark Addy said “this was probably one of the best run Championships to date, but for the England team the most frustrating one we have witnessed in our reign as managers”. The England team were: Will Raison, Alan Scotthorne, Steve Gardner, Sean Ashby, Stuart Conroy and Des Shipp, Joint Managers, Mark Downes and Mark Addy.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsMark Downes, Joint Manager, stated “our fifth placed finish a mere 3.5 points behind eventual winners Slovakia was in itself close but when the results are scrutinised you realise just how close. Hindsight is a great thing but with just a few small tactical changes we all agreed the title was there for the taking. Bream were our main quarry and on day 1 four of our 5 anglers caught them but on day 2 we only managed to get two with bream and as a result we thought we were well out of the race. Yet because of the increased difficulty in assessing other teams’ placings, due to the new 3 section system we failed to spot exactly how close we were.

Will Raison’s silver medal win with an almost perfect score once again showed the world just how good he is. His superb section win on day 2 nearly tripling the weight of his nearest section rival had the 1000 or so spectators camped behind him awestruck; it will only be a matter of time before he gets his next title.

Mark Downes continued: “Mark Addy and myself realise we cannot rest on our laurels as even the slightest lapse will be penalised. I feel more and more teams can now win this title especially under the new points system, which I feel has to be reassessed, before next year’s Championships in Spain”.

Dick Clegg, OBE, International Events Manager stated: “the FIPSed technical commission had rejected two waters offered by the Dutch Federation before accepting the Lage Vaart canal as the venue for the 2009 World Championships in Holland. Reservations because of lack of fish were totally unfounded as the results show. This was one of the fairest match waters that I have seen in my 26 years of World Championship involvement and congratulations must go to the organisers.

“This year was the first Nations World Championships fished to the new split section ruling, and as a result the final team placing changed. Under the old system it would have read 1st -Belgium 108 points, 2nd - England 111 points, 3rd - France 113 points. Drennan team England caught up really well to the first match day and had formulated a plan that we all expected to work well. It was almost perfect and indeed only one bream extra in any one of 3 sections would have won us the gold. It was good to see Slovakia and Russia on the podium and to see Will Raison win yet another medal. Although the team are disappointed, they did put together an exceptional performance and they can’t wait to get to Spain next year.

“The Dutch Federation can be proud of their efforts as the organisation was exceptional and the venue was superb.

“Finally, I would like to thank Peter Drennan and his company for their continued financial support of the Team”.


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Thursday, 10 September 2009 00:00

New Chairmen at Angling Trust and Fish Legal

The Angling Trust has announced that Stephen Marsh-Smith has resigned as Chairman of both the Angling Trust and Fish Legal and that Stuart McPherson has resigned as a Director of the Angling Trust and Committee Member of Fish Legal and Chairman of the Marine Committee.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe Angling Trust Board thanked Stephen and Stuart for all their voluntary work which has contributed to the formation of the Trust. The Fish Legal Committee expressed their thanks to Stephen for 8 years’ service to the ACA and Fish Legal.

Michael Heylin was elected as Chairman of the Angling Trust at an Angling Trust Board meeting on Friday 4 September. Roger Furniss was elected as Chairman of Fish Legal at a Fish Legal Committee meeting shortly afterwards. Both appointments were supported unanimously by the Directors of Angling Trust and Trustees of Fish Legal respectively. A new Chairman of the Marine Committee will be recruited as soon as possible.
Michael Heylin said: “I am privileged, humbled and honoured to be able to Chair the Angling Trust, an organisation which I believe is absolutely vital for the future of angling in England. The Board and I are determined that the organisation will be transparent, accountable and listen to its membership and that we will take action to protect the interests of all sea, game and coarse anglers throughout England.”

Roger Furniss said: “I have seen how valuable the work of Fish Legal is to its member angling clubs and riparian owners at first hand on many occasions and I am looking forward to the opportunity of helping expand and develop this work which benefits all angling. The Fish Legal Committee and I will be looking at ways of increasing the resources available to this unique organisation in partnership with the Angling Trust in England and with the relevant governing bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

For further information and photographs of the new Chairmen, please contact Mark Lloyd on mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net or 07973 468198.


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A major, new research programme focusing on the social benefits of angling in the England and Scotland is underway. The project, ‘The Social and Community Benefits of Angling’ is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and runs from January 2009 - January 2012.

The research is investigating the positive roles angling can play for (i) those who participate in it; (ii) young people; and (iii) communities where angling takes place.

Substance, a not-for-profit social research company, is managing the research programme. The research will work closely with angling bodies, policymakers and community groups, including the Angling Trust, the Environment Agency and a range of other angling organisations in the UK.

A questionnaire survey on angling participation kicked off in July 2009. We are strongly encouraging ALL anglers – whether they are coarse, game or sea anglers; match, pleasure or specimen anglers – to take part. By clicking here you can access the internet version of the questionnaire; alternatively, you can visit the project website at www.anglingresearch.org.uk and follow the designated link to the questionnaire.

By completing the questionnaire you will be providing vital information for the research, which will inform both angling stakeholders and policymakers.

All information collected by the questionnaire will be anonymised and no individual personal data will be disclosed.
For more information please visit: www.anglingresearch.org.uk


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Tuesday, 01 September 2009 00:00

Sport England gives green light to angling

Angling is one of the first sports to be recognised by Sport England as making good use of the opportunity to work with County Sports Partnerships (CSP) to increase participation. Sport England has given the Angling Development Board (ADB) the green light to work with all 49 County Sports Partnerships and access their core services for angling.

Sport EnglandThe ADB will initially focus on 24 CSPs during 2009 and 2010 throughout England to gain their support to:

  • develop angling clubs and fisheries
  • train and develop angling coaches
  • establish programmes to increase participation in angling, particularly amongst young people and under-represented groups
  • improve local knowledge and information sharing
  • develop local networks and relationships to deliver the community benefits from angling

Sport England is investing £10 million per year to ensure CSPs provide a minimum and consistent level of support to deliver their national sports strategies. The ADB has made good use of this offer through its eight recently appointed Regional Development Officers.

As part of this process the ADB has already started forming County Angling Action Groups to bring together angling clubs, fisheries, coaches, volunteers, schools and community groups to identify local needs. The ADB is working with CSPs to form County Angling Action Groups and access core services. Already nine Groups have been formed and a further 15 are in development.

Jackie Sheldon, ADB Senior Development Manager said “This is an exciting time for the development of angling. Being one of the first sports to gain the green light by Sport England to work with the CSP network indicates that the ADB has made significant progress in just two years. It has demonstrated the potential for angling to deliver on national, regional and local benefits through the development of angling. This includes increased resources, recognition and support for angling at a local level. We are encouraging angling clubs, fisheries, coaches and volunteers to get involved in the County Angling Action Groups to take advantage of these opportunities.

David Moore, Chair of the ADB, said ‘We have been working towards this recognition for two years and we appreciate the support which Sport England, the Environment Agency and British Waterways have all given us to make this breakthrough for angling’’.

Anyone wishing to get involved in the County Angling Action Groups should contact their Regional Angling Development Officer whose contact can be found on the ADB website:

www.anglingtrust.net

Or telephone the Angling Development Board Office on 0115 9815972

Further information regarding the work of the ADB can be obtained from Jackie Sheldon, Senior Development Manager, Angling Development Board at Jackie.sheldon@anglingdevelopmentboard.org.uk


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The Board of the Angling Trust is very pleased to have received the offer of assistance from an Advisory Panel of high profile anglers. The panel is being established by some very well known and respected names from the angling media and trade, including Martin Bowler, Keith Arthur, John Wilson, John Everard, Tim Norman, Danny Fairbrass and Ruth Lockwood. We look forward very much to working with them in a spirit of full transparency and cooperation. We welcome their expert guidance in building a successful and effective organisation to represent all angling in the future.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe Board is very grateful to these individuals for offering their time entirely free of charge and expenses and to the very many offers of support from the trade to help promote the Angling Trust to a wider audience. We hope that this Advisory Panel will attract other anglers whose knowledge, experience and influence can help the Trust grow.
Membership recruitment has increased markedly in recent days and we hope very much that this will continue so that the organisation can establish the membership base it needs to have a powerful political voice to protect, promote and defend angling.

We urge all anglers to follow the lead of the stars and join the Angling Trust today.


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Pulborough Angling Society

Catch Reports

18th August 2009

Mike Dibble fished the River Adur below White Bridge on the evening of the 15th August. Using feeder fished banded pellets it was a bite a chuck from the Skimmers & Mike managed about a dozen to nearly 3lb plus a decent Roach. The session would have been even better if two bigger Bream had stayed on the hook & not spooked the shoal. Mike reports that other hook baits were not nearly as effective.

11th August 2009

Steve and Verity Ludlow fished their favourite swim on Deep Pond at Goose Green on the 11th August, fishing the waggler with pellet Steve caught a steady succession of Roach, Rudd, Tench, Skimmers & Gudgeon, Steve reports that at one pointy he was plagued by the Gudgeon and one Gudgeon bite sailed off into the deeper water, and after a bit of a struggle, it turned out to be a small Common Carp of around 2-0-0, shortly after another bite resulted in one of the infamous flying Bream of around 1-8-0.

4th August 2009

Steve and Verity Ludlow made a return visit to Deep Lake at Goose Green on the 4th August, after briefly contemplating trying floating baits for the carp moving on the surface the pair decided to target the many small Tench & Crucians in the lake, fishing the waggler to the marginal lilies, Steve caught Gudgeon, Rudd, Roach, Crucians and Tench on corn and strawberry pellets.  Later in the session with pellet on the hook, Steve hooked into and landed a 1-8-0 Mirror Carp, followed immediately by another that might have been a bit weightier as it managed to break Steve's 2lb10oz hook length. 

3rdAugust 2009

Andrew Eggleden sends the following report re his trips to Goose Green with his two young sons:
 
I have just joined Pulborough A S with a family membership and thought I would let you know of our success. I introduced my 2 sons Jake (11) and Ben (7) to fishing for the first time last month and on our first visit fished Heron without a single bite !
 
The following week we fished Canada with a mixed bag of small fish. The boys were thrilled they actually caught something this time !
 
We have just returned from fishing Deep lake today with a bag containing Gudgeon, Roach, Bream, Tench, Skimmers, Perch, Chub ( 1lb 6) and 2 Common Carp ( 3lb and 5 lb). The boys were absolutely delighted and I now seem to have two new fishing companions to help me get back into the sport I had long forgotten about.

Thanks for helping introduce my sons to fishing by providing such a well maintained fishery at Goose Green.

2nd August 2009

Goose Green was a hive of activity on Sunday 2nd August with anglers to be found on all but two of the venues lakes and ponds, Deep Lake saw Karen Ginnaw fishing peg 75 where she caught a 2 lb Chub and 1-8-0 Bream plus small Tench, Roach, Perch & Gudgeon to short pole and corn/ maggot for a total net of 4-11-0, hubby Barry was to found on adjacent peg 76, where he caught 1 Carp of 1-8-0 on the feeder plus small Carp and bits on the pole and maggot for a net of 5-12-0.

Kingfisher Lake saw Ray Clark enjoying a days fishing, Ray fishing pole & pellet caught Bream, Skimmers, Roach, Rudd and Gudgeon more or less non stop all day, also on Kingfisher lake was Mark Emery, Mark also fishing pole and pellet had a comparable net to Ray's bag with Roach, Rudd, Crucians, Skimmers, Tench & Bream coming to his waiting net.

Match Results

Tropicana Cup 23 - August 2009

Fished by 16 anglers at Goose Green.

1st (peg 63) Arthur (2 sheds) Shepherd 11.43 kg (25-3-0), 4 carp to 10 lb 14 oz and 2 chub to pole and pellet.
2nd (peg 45) Kevin Parker 8.5 kg (18-12-0) all tench to pole and single maggot.
3rd (peg 77) Dudley Chandler 6.75 kg (14-14-0) 3 carp to feeder and pellet plus bits to pole.
4th (peg 42) Chris Coole 6.6 kg (14-9-0) 3 carp to pole and worm.

Pulborough Open - 9 August 2009

Fished by 15 anglers on the bottom lake at Moor Farm;-

1st Jason Kirk (Sonubait Passies) 30.07 kg (66-5-0) 19 carp to pellet waggler.
2nd Kevin Parker (P.A.S) 29.89 kg (65-14-0) 15 carp to 10 lb on Pellet waggler.
3rd Eddie Green (Sonubait Passies) 21.35 kg (47-1-0) 15 carp to pellet waggler.
4th Colin Steer (P.A.S) 16.65 kg (36-11-0) 13 carp to method and boilie.

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The Ladies World Championship event was held on the River Fiuma Mandria in Berreto near Palma, Italy on 22nd and 23rd August 2009. The Subfish Team England Ladies were Sandra Scotthorne, Emma Pickering, Wendy Locker, Helen Dagnall, Claire Dagnall, Samantha Perkins and Kayleigh Smith, managed by Tommy Pickering.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsAfter five days practice the team were the favourites, and caught more fish than anyone else. The team had a method that was working well and were quite confident. The match came, but the plan didn’t work on day one with the team finishing in 8th position. Unfortunately, because of the new system when there are more than 15 teams taking part the sections are split into two, and this meant that the team were only a few points behind and still had the chance to fish for a medal, so they changed the method a fraction. After two hours on day two the team had nine points and thought they were in the silver medal position, but sadly they stopped catching, fell behind and finished 10 points off a medal. At the end of the event Subfish Team England Ladies finished in 7th position.

Team Positions:
1st place – Germany
2nd place – Czech Republic
3rd place - Hungary

Full results available by clicking HERE

Tommy Pickering, Subfish Team England Ladies Manager, stated “The only chance we had was individual gold and Emma Pickering had won her section on day one. On day two Emma hooked a big fish and played it for 15 mins but it came off near the net. If she had caught it she would have been World Champion, and if she hadn’t hooked it she might have still been World Champion as she would have had time to net more fish. We are all gutted to miss out this year, but it is something that I have seen coming to be fair. When I took over 8 years ago we won 3 gold medals over 4 years, and it was easier in those days. Unfortunately now all the other teams have gone away and improved. Also all the other teams have managers, coaches and hold friendly international events. More of the teams nowadays are unbelieveable, and full credit to them that they have caught us up, but one of our problems is we don’t fish to FIPS rules. We now need to put the work in to where we should be as the standard is so different now “.

Dick Clegg OBE, International Coarse Events Manager stated “I can understand the frustration that both the management and team feel with what is a very disappointing result in Italy. However, I know the quality of everyone concerned and expect them to excel next year. When I hear the comments from the competitors of other countries and the high regard that they have for the England camp then as International Events Manager I know that this is only a small blip on an otherwise excellent international record”.


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The Angling Trust has announced a prize draw for new members signing up in the next month. Every adult member who joins the Angling Trust between 1.00pm on Friday 14th August and 5.00 pm on Friday the 18th of September will be entered into a prize draw to win £1,000 of tackle vouchers from the 2009 Daiwa Catalogue. The Fishing Magic and Fish and Fly leading angling web sites have already agreed to promote this prize draw to their full database of members and to give this membership drive their full support

Angling Trust Fishing NewsFollowing the recent announcement of restructuring, the Angling Trust Board met yesterday to review the new business plan for the remainder of 2009 and to develop plans to increase the rate of recruitment of individual members to the Trust. The Directors approved the revised plan, which involves cutting costs to ensure that the Trust does not end the year in deficit. The organisation was launched with very limited capital funding and therefore it can only operate with the funds which it receives in subscriptions, donations, fundraising and sponsorship.

The Trust will continue to campaign on anglers’ rights issues, fight for the protection and restoration of marine and freshwater fisheries, increase participation in angling, run national and international angling competitions and through its legal arm Fish Legal take action against polluters and others who damage fishing. Fish Legal is currently fighting 78 legal cases throughout the UK and is supporting hundreds of its member angling clubs and fisheries with free legal advice. The more members the Angling Trust and Fish Legal gets, the more it will be able to do.

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd said: “we hope that the incentive of being in a draw to win £1,000 of tackle will help recruit all those anglers who have been meaning to join up for some time, but haven’t yet got round to it. The Angling Trust will be what anglers make it; we need much more support if we are to protect and promote angling in the future. We are very grateful to Daiwa, Fishing Magic and Fish and Fly for their support of our recruitment drive.”

Daiwa Marketing Director Robin Morley said: “Daiwa UK is very keen to do everything we can to make the Angling Trust a success and we have supported the organisation in many ways this year with prizes for raffles and sponsorship of the recent newsletter. We believe that the Angling Trust is vital for anglers and for all angling, including the trade.”

The Board welcomed the recent support of leading figures in angling, for the Angling Trust, the united body to represent all anglers. It goes without saying we will be arranging a meeting with them to hear their ideas - the more support we receive from senior figures in the sport, the better it will be for all anglers.


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The Angling Trust is delighted to announce that Ammo have confirmed sponsorship of the Angling Trust England Boat squad. Ammo have very kindly offered their assistance towards the expenditure of the teams squad weekend.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsIan and Michelle Tyldesley of Ammo (Ammodytes Co Ltd) have very generously offered financial support for the squad weekend and are also providing each squad member with clothing, consisting of a fleece jacket and a sweatshirt for the year. Ian and Michelle have both wanted to support Sea angling and after consultation with the England Manager, Neil Bryant, and Jim Whippy and Ray Ashby it was felt that to support the Boat squad like this was the best way forward.

From 12th – 19th September 2009 Pornichet, France host the World Boat Angling Championships. The team consists of; Ray Barron, Bob King, Glen Milligan, Colin Searles, Rolf Marschalek, Richard Russell, and Team England Manager, Neil Bryant. This World Championship attracts participation from up to 18 countries with adult and junior teams taking part.

Our World Championship teams rely heavily on companies offering sponsorship and support and Angling Trust would like to offer special thanks to Fladen Fishing UK Ltd who sponsor and support the World England Boat Team and to Ammo for their support and sponsorship towards the England boat squad.

Neil Bryant, England Manager stated, “On behalf of the team we would like to thank Ammo for their generous support.” 


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The Angling Trust’s Anglers with Disabilities England Team took part in the 11th Freshwater World Championships at Ponte De Sor, Portugal on 8th-9th August 2009. The Sor River at Ponte De Sor is clear water and slow stream with the main fish specimens present being Barbel, Bogas, Carps and Bleaks.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe World Champion squad consisted of anglers who had earlier in the year taken part in selection matches that were fished to international rules to help identify anglers who are of international calibre. Fishing at international level is completely different to the way anglers normally fish in this country, and the selection matches gave the anglers the opportunity to prove their skills to deliver success at Ponte De Sor. The squad selected to take part in the World Championships consisted of; Stefan Gent, Mark Eves, Alan Chadbone, Andy Lakey, Terry Naulls, and England Manager, Joe Roberts.

Joe Roberts, England Manager stated “On day one the top three teams all fished for bleak with weights up to 3kg. England started for bleak, but started slipping behind the leading teams after 1 ½ hours, so changed their method to waggler and long pole feeding Hemp seed, the team managed to pull it back finishing the first day in 5th place. 

On day two the team started for bleak but only for 20 minutes, then changed onto another method for waggler and long pole, going ahead and winning day two with 9 points. The team gelled really well together and I was a little concerned on day one, but the team managed to pull it back on day two and take the bronze medal position and win 3rd place overall. I would like to thank Drennan for donating tackle to the team and offer our appreciation for their support.”

Day 1
1st Slovenia 12 pts
2nd Bosnia 12 pts
3rd Croatia 12 pts
4th France 15 pts
5th England 21 ½ pts

Day 2
1st England 9 pts
2nd Slovenia 10 pts
3rd Czech Rep 15 pts
4th Croatia 18 pts

Overall
1st Slovenia
2nd Croatia
3rd England
4th Bosnia
5th Czech Republic
6th France
7th Italy
8th Belgium
9th Portugal

Individuals
1st Rade Kelecevic – Bosnia
2nd Rudolf Centrih – Slovenia
3rd Ota Petracek – Czech Republic
6th Andy Lakey – England
8th Stefan Gent – England
10th Alan Chadbone - England 


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