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Friday, 09 April 2010 13:13

Do You Want to Fish for England?

Angling Trust is seeking nominations for the England team for Anglers with Disabilities and for the Veterans England team. Successful applicants will represent Team England in this year’s World Championships taking place on the 7th & 8th August in France for Anglers with Disabilities, and in Belgium on the 10th & 11th July 2010 for the Veterans.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsEngland Team Manager Joe Roberts has arranged for two separate trials to take place to identify anglers of international calibre who are experienced in fishing with bloodworm and joker. Both trials will be fished to FIPSed international rules, and fishing to 11 ½ metre limit on pole for roach and skimmers. Fishing will take place from 11.00am-3.00pm for both trials.

The trials will take place at Packington Somers Fisheries, Somers Road, Meriden. CV7 7PL. The first trial will be held for Anglers with Disabilities on Saturday 22nd May. The trial for the Veterans is for anyone who is 60 and over at the date of the trial on Sunday 23rd May.

The venue, Packington Somers, is considered one of the most successful and varied commercial coarse fisheries in the Midlands, if not the UK.
Any angler who would like to take part in the trails are requested to contact Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, Angling Trust on 0115 9061 301 or email sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net by no later than 10th May 2010 with their nomination.

Joe Roberts, England Team Manager believes that after last year’s qualification rounds that the teams were very successful in gaining medals in both categories and this year the teams will be looking to go one better and win gold.

Dick Clegg, OBE, International Coarse Events Manager stated that “I support Joe’s decision to hold these trials and it is an opportunity to find some of the highest quality anglers in the country to compete at international level in the World Championships. Anglers who represent Angling Trust in the World Championships work exceptionally well together, and I am sure they will have an excellent chance of coming away with a medal”.
 





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Following the coldest winter for over 30 years, water temperatures are still a month behind which has clearly affected the fishing which has made it almost impossible to prize a fish out of Temple.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsHowever the good news is that with temperatures now increasing, the past few days has seen a lot more fish activity and most importantly, the first fish has been caught from Temple, a stunning fighting fit mint Italian weighing 27lb 6oz, which is a new record weight for the fish being caught previously at 26lb 4oz.

The lucky angler to bag the first fish of the year was Craig Hess who also lost a good fish during his midweek session.

Craig was fishing swim 14 on the back bank and caught his well deserved fish on a 12mm Active 8 boilie, which he tipped with corn in conjunction with a small pva bag filled with pellet and chopped boilies.

With temperatures now set to continue to increase, expect to see more fish banked over the coming days and weeks.






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Bury Hill see’s huge catches of tench, bream and crucian as weather improves! The general fishing on all the lakes saw a marked improvement this week as the weather picked up with anglers fishing the Old Lake catching big bags of bream to 100lb, which included good numbers of tench.

In turn Milton Lake also saw some incredible sport with quality tench and crucian making up the bulk of the catches with good numbers of specimen roach and rudd to 2lb and perch to 3lb also showing in nets to 100lb plus. Not to be left out, Bonds Lake has also seen some cracking ton up sport with anglers bagging up to 25 carp.

Bury Hill Fisheries fishery reportBradley Gibbons aged 12 is always pleased when his Dad John books him in for a coaching lesson with our tackle shop manager Russ Evans as it always guarantees a successful day's action. Fishing the pole on Milton lake and demonstrating how to catch finicky feeders like crucians and tench using light tackle and correct feeding, Bradley had his best day ever catching a net full of tench, crucian and silvers on maggot and pellet. With crucians up to 2lbs, tench from 3-4lbs and some quality roach and rudd plus the odd bream and carp young Bradley's total was impressive to say the least finishing his day with 39 crucians, 18 tench, 1 skimmer, 3 roach, 3 rudd and 1 carp which overall totaled around 100lb. Well done Bradley.

Bury Hill Fisheries fishery reportAnother angler to do well was Keith Hampson who also enjoyed his best days fishing to date when he also had a days coaching lesson on Milton Lake with Russ Evans. Adopting a sensitive waggler and maggot approach, Russ got Keith catching a good mix of species including two new pb's, a cracking 2lbs 4oz crucian carp and a 1lbs 5oz roach. Keith also caught some nice tench to 4lb and rudd for a 45lb catch. Keith's breakdown for the four-hour lesson was 13 crucian, 12 tench, 8 roach, 3 rudd and a perch plus a few that got away.

Russ is available most days in the shop and is always happy to give advice to help improve your catches, just ask. Alternatively, if you fancy a one to one with Russ which is guaranteed to improve your catches, please call him on 01306 883621.

Bury Hill Fisheries fishery reportTurning to the Old Lake, Bury Hill regular Mike Head had another brilliant days sport on the long bank this week catching 31 bream to 4lb and a bonus tench of 3lb for close to 100lb. Fishing peg 41, Mike fished a small open end feeder packed full of ground bait and 3mm pellet catching on 8mm soft pellet. This was Mikes second visit this week catching 19 bream and 2 tench during his earlier session when he alternated between feeder and pole catching on pellet, mini boilies and maggot.

Whilst pleasure anglers have been enjoying some great fishing on the Old Lake, local clubs have also seen their fair share of action as Hackbridge AC found this weekend with bream and skimmers domination the catches. With 30 plus anglers drawn on the front bank and early pegs along the long bank, match organizer Dave Johnson won the day with 75lb of bream, which he caught from peg 1 fishing the tip with corn and maggot. 2nd place went to Neil Jaks who weighed in 48lb 12oz of bream and skimmers, which he caught on the pole and pellet whilst Andy Ryan who bagged 39lb 10oz from peg 19 also catching on the tip and pellet took 3rd place.







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The Angling Trust has presented a Manifesto for Angling to the three main political parties on behalf of the nation’s 3 million plus anglers.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe document was presented to Fisheries Minister Huw Irranca-Davies and Shadow Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon in the House of Commons, and a copy was also sent to Andrew George of the Liberal Democrats. Also present at the hand over were the Chair and Vice Chair of the All Party Angling Group, Martin Salter (Labour, Reading West) and Charles Walker (Conservative, Broxbourne).
The manifesto calls for the next Parliament to promote the benefits of angling to society, to recognise the rights of anglers and to create healthy freshwater and marine environments.

Angling contributes at least £3.5 billion to the economy each year. Tens of thousands of people are employed in angling and its related industries. Game and sea angling represent significant opportunities for anglers to catch their own dinner in a sustainable manner. Angling provides huge benefits for health, education and well being to people of all ages, and it is often the only outdoor activity easily available to urban communities suffering deprivation. Anglers invest millions of hours of volunteer time into the maintenance and improvement of water environments by clearing litter, restoring habitats and monitoring pollution.

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd said: “For angling to continue to grow and prosper, Government and its agencies must commit to protecting the rights of anglers, improving the health of our fisheries and supporting programmes to increase participation in the sport.

“We hope that all the parties will offer their support to this document which sets out a summary of the concerns of the nation’s 3 million plus anglers, based on the Angling Trust’s campaign strategy ‘Fighting for the Future of Fishing’ which was published earlier this year.”

Mike Heylin, Chairman of the Angling Trust added: “Angling has come a long way in recent years; no longer do we simply plead with politicians to leave us alone. We are actively engaged in developing policies for angling and fisheries and now since the formation of the Angling Trust, we are strong enough to demand of the three main political parties a cast iron commitment not just to allow us to continue to go fishing, but actively to promote angling and improve the condition of our fisheries.”

For more information, please contact Mark Lloyd, 07973 468198 and mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net






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Wednesday, 24 February 2010 22:12

Politicians Fish For 3 Million Votes

The Angling Trust today launched a campaign strategy to highlight the concerns of Britain’s 3 million anglers in the run-up to the General Election.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe comprehensive strategy includes calls for the government and its agencies to:

• Protect fish stocks from commercial overfishing by reforming the Common Fisheries Policy and enforcing existing legislation;
• Implement the Water Framework Directive to address diffuse pollution, low river flows and habitat damage;
• Allow greater controls of cormorants by anglers suffering excessive fish predation on their waters;
• Provide more accountability about how anglers’ £26million from freshwater rod licences is actually spent;
• Stop the march of non-native invasive species such as signal crayfish, giant hogweed and floating pennywort;
• Ensure that none of the thousands of new hydropower installations planned on our rivers damages fisheries;
• Protect the rights of anglers to go fishing and to access piers, ponds and to park near beaches;
• Support efforts to encourage more people to get into fishing;
• Protect fish from diseases imported from abroad.

Angling is more popular than ever, with freshwater rod licence sales soaring last year to 1.5 million from 1.3 million in the previous year. The Trust is aiming to sustain and continue this growth and ensure that there are plenty of fish to catch and safe and clean places for people of all ages to catch them.

Six Members of Parliament recently signed up as Parliamentary Supporters of the Angling Trust, the organisation which represents anglers in England, at a meeting of the All Party Angling Group at the House of Commons. The Group is chaired by Martin Salter MP (Reading West), a long-standing supporter of the Trust and the Labour party spokesman for angling and shooting and includes Richard Benyon (Newbury), the Conservatives' fisheries spokesman.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said
“We are very grateful to these busy Members of Parliament for agreeing to support the Angling Trust. Millions of anglers in England need a listening ear in Parliament to hear their concerns about pollution, over-abstraction, commercial over-fishing at sea, access restrictions and a host of other issues which affect the quality of our sport.”

Mike Heylin, Chairman of the Angling Trust said:
“We look forward to working closely with these parliamentarians to ensure that the anglers’ voice is heard. In the run-up to the General Election, the Angling Trust will be working hard to ensure that issues affecting the nation’s anglers are taken on board by candidates of all political parties.”






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Tuesday, 16 February 2010 21:40

Haiti Disaster Angling Appeal Fundraiser

SUPPORT angling's most ambitious fundraiser yet through a Charity Predator Day, Mega Raffle and Auction in support of children of the recent Haiti earthquake. It is estimated as many as 200,000 were killed and left up to 1.5 million homeless, many of them children.

Haiti angling appeal fundraiserA Predator Day, Mega Raffle and Auction will be held at Bury Hill Fisheries, Dorking on Saturday, February 27th

Renowned for its huge stocks of Zander, which reach a whopping 16lb and Pike which nudge 30lb, tickets for this special predator angling day are strictly limited to just 80 anglers.

With £3,000 worth of Fox tackle vouchers up for grabs and with a top tackle prize of £750 for the top weight, make sure that you do not miss out on what is guaranteed to be a great day!

Tickets to fish cost £40 per head for bank anglers and £50 for boat anglers (minimum two anglers per boat). You can either buy them at Bury Hill Fisheries or on-line through the dedicated Haiti Appeal website where raffle tickets for the Mega Raffle can also be purchased at just £1 each:

www.haitianglingappeal.co.uk

Following the predator match prize giving, Keith Arthur, presenter of Sky's "Tight Lines" and Talk Sports "Fishermans Blues" will be holding an auction of very special fishing prizes which include the chance for you to fish with the stars of angling (see auction prizes).

Following the auction, Keith will be drawing the Mega Raffle which has received generous support from the angling trade and has already seen the prize pot run to an estimated £10,000 in just a few days and still rising fast. With prizes ranging from rods and reels and assorted tackle items to day tickets and clothing, through to luxury angling holidays and specialist angling tuition days with hi-profile anglers. There are some great prizes to be won and all for just a £1 ticket. To check out the huge list of prizes and to buy your tickets on-line, click on the "Haiti Angling Appeal" website.

Raffle Prizes already include:

* Holiday for two with EBROCATNCARP worth £750
* Pair Fox FS12000E reels worth £400
* JRC STI RS Bivvy & Wrap worth £400
* plus many, many more...

High end prizes already include a £750 holiday for two with EBROCATNCARP holidays, a pair of FS12000E reels worth £400 from Fox International, a JRC STI RS bivvy and wrap worth over £400 and a £1000 worth of tackle vouchers from Leeda/Wychwood/Map allowing the lucky winners to choose the tackle they want from the companies vast range of carp, match and specialist ranges. So whether you fish for barbel, roach or specimen carp, you can tailor a huge value prize package to your own specification!

Where the money will go?

Organisers David de Vere of Bury Hill Fisheries and Kevin Coe of Llyn Y Gors Fishery and The Fishing Warehouse feel that the monies raised would be more focused and worthwhile given to a small charity, which has a long standing presence in Haiti rather than supporting one of the bigger emergency relief charities. The pair have therefore chosen to support SOS Children, an international charity based in Cambridge which has had a presence in Haiti since 1978. You can read more about SOS Children at: www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk 





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Tuesday, 16 February 2010 20:14

Fish O Mania 2010 Qualifier Rearranged

Angling Trust and Matchroom have announced today that the Fish O Mania qualifier scheduled for Wednesday 21st April at Barford Lakes in Norfolk has had to be moved to Makins Fishery in Warwickshire on the same date for fish welfare reasons.

Fish O Mania 2010 newsBarford suffered an outbreak of KHV last year, and although the fishery is now well on the road to recovery, Fishery Manager Sarah Thomson did not want to run such a large, tightly-pegged match so early in the match calendar and risk the recovery of the fishery.

Sarah said: “obviously we are very disappointed not to be able to host such a high-profile match with the Angling Trust, but the welfare of our fish is absolutely paramount.”

All anglers who were successful in drawing a ticket for Barford will be eligible for a refund if they don’t want to fish the new venue. If they require a refund then they must return their unwanted ticket by the deadline date issued when they receive their ticket. Makins Fishery is the nearest venue which could accommodate such a large match to the standards required by the organisers.

Tickets for all Fish O Mania successful applicants will be dispatched to anglers by the end of February. 

The competition has proved as popular as ever this year, despite the requirement for all those entering the draw to be members of the Angling Trust. There were more than 4,200 entries this year, and all venues were oversubscribed, some by more than 200 anglers.

Sandra Drew, Competitions and Events Manager for the Angling Trust said:
“we apologise to any anglers who have drawn a ticket for Barford and who will now have to re-arrange their travel and accommodation plans, but we will do all we can at the Angling Trust to manage the administration of this change smoothly. Anglers must return their tickets promptly if they require a refund so that we can re-allocate the tickets and offer them to those on the reserve list.”






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Hooked Clothing – T-shirt’s and (eventually) hoodies for people who, like them, are addicted to angling. Hooked angling don't care where they're fishing or what for, they just love to be out fishing. Fortunately for us, they can't be out fishing all the time and had to find something to do when they weren't on the bank. And so Hooked Clothing and their excellent range of angling clothing was born

Hooked Clothing : Angling T ShirtsAbout Hooked Clothing:

Hooked Clothing manufacture a range of unique angling related t-shirts for men and women. Available in a wide range of designs, colours and 4 sizes, their 100% cotton t-shirts are available to purchase online via their website hookedclothing.co.uk

Below is a small sample of their current designs (click each for a better look)

They are currently working on expanding their range of angling wear to incorporate hoodies and jackets emblazened with their unqiue designs.

Review:

We tried two of Hooked Clothing's t shirts and were delighted with them. They were dispatched and arrived promptly and the 100% cotton shirts were extremely comfortable to wear.

Their unique selling point (think I've been watching too much Dragon's Den) is without doubt the uniqueness of the designs. Fishing clothing is not the most exciting to say the least and if you are not into camo gear then your choice is definitely limited. If you want to stand out from the crowd, we definitley recommend Hook Clothing.

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Exclusively available to purchase securely online from Hooked Clothing's website

Price: £14.99 per shirt plus p & p

For more information or to purchase Hooked Clothing's products, please visit their website at:


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Wednesday, 03 February 2010 20:29

No call for otter cull from Angling Trust

Contrary to the story in today's Times newspaper, the Angling Trust has not called for a cull of otters. This part of the story is completely untrue and we wish to reassure anglers and the general public about this urgently.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe person quoted as being an Angling Trust spokesman is not an employee or spokesman of the organisation, and says that he has never spoken to The Times. The journalist did not contact the Trust to verify the 'story'.

The Angling Trust office has received many e-mails and telephone calls about this subject today, all of which have expressed dismay at these reports. The comments on the Times web site and from members of the public demonstrate the strength of public feeling about this issue, and the damage that would be done to angling if anglers were ever to call for a cull.

Mike Heylin, Chairman of the Angling Trust, has written to the paper's editor demanding a retraction and apology.

Angling Trust is campaigning vigorously on behalf of all anglers to ensure that our rivers are healthy enough to support populations of both otters and fish. We have also lobbied the Environment Agency to release funds to help fisheries to fence their waters, and otherwise deter otters, if practicable. Notes for Editors: Angling Trust is the national governing body for all angling in England. It represents its membership of more than 1,300 angling clubs and 13,500 anglers.

The original story in the Times is here: www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment


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Sunday, 31 January 2010 17:14

Crayfish conundrum for angling

Carefully placed bait, a perfect cast; all to be ruined by a brazen crayfish sweep the bait from the line. More likely than not it is one of the North American crayfish that are rapidly spreading through our waterways. This species is affecting fisheries, rivers and lakes all over the country and has contributed to the devastating loss of British white-clawed crayfish which play an important role in healthy rivers.

White Clawed Crayfish How do signal crayfish affect fishing?
Although signal and native white-clawed crayfish are similar to look at there are significant differences between the two species.  North American signal crayfish grow larger, produce more offspring and are generally more aggressive.  Native white-clawed crayfish are a keystone species and an important part of the food chain in the clean, healthy rivers they are traditionally found in.  Signal crayfish can often lead to an imbalance in freshwater communities, over predating the aquatic invertebrates that many fish species feed on and even eating fish eggs.

Not only do signal crayfish affect fish stock directly, they can also have an impact on the quality of river and fishery banks and have even been known to cause severe damage to fishery dams.  How?  Both signal and white-clawed crayfish are burrowing species, however, signals create much deeper and more extensive burrows which cause banks to become unstable and can undercut dams. 

Trapping myth
As we become increasingly aware of the havoc that signal crayfish are causing, there has been an increase in programmes and articles recommending catching them for free food.  Read the fine print though – many people do not release it is illegal to trap for any species of crayfish without a trapping licence from the Environment Agency.  Casual trapping might seem an obvious way of reducing signal numbers, but this is not the case.  Large crayfish feed on smaller individuals, so casual trapping for food removes a natural predator. This may potentially result in a rapid growth in population.  Illegal crayfish trapping can unintentionally affect other wildlife, demonstrated recently by recorded cases of otters drowning in illegal crayfish traps.  Trapping for signals also greatly increases the risk of accidentally spreading a deadly disease that is wiping out native white-clawed crayfish.

Deadly disease
Most anglers’ are aware of the large number of waterway diseases that can affect fish stock and the importance of disinfecting equipment and boots appropriately.  The crayfish plague can easily be carried by fish or people and although harmless to either, it is lethal to white-clawed crayfish and can wipe out entire populations in a matter of weeks.  This fungus-like disease rarely affects signal crayfish, which can act as carriers.  It releases spores which travel through the water and attach onto anything they come in contact with.  A waterborne disease, the spores require moisture to survive so please wash off all you equipment and most importantly dry it out before changing your fishing location.  If you are able to disinfect equipment please do, if not make sure it has dried completely before use.

Stop the spread     
North American signal crayfish and the crayfish plague are wiping out native white-clawed crayfish populations and with up to 70% lost in the south west and no native crayfish left in some parts of the UK at all, if we don’t act now it will be too late to save this species from extinction in the UK.  Simple steps can save this species.  Do not trap for crayfish without first consulting the Environment Agency and obtaining a licence and never remove crayfish from a waterway or use any part for bait, these actions are illegal.  Do wash and dry all equipment and footwear after use and if possible disinfect appropriately.  Finally protect native crayfish habitat, which is also beneficial to other animals such as invertebrates and fish and report any sightings to your local Environment Agency office.

If you need advice on North American signal crayfish or crayfish legislation please contact your local environment agency, information can be found at: www.environment-agency.gov.uk

North American Signal Crayfish

Save a species:
The South West Crayfish Project is a partnership of organisations working to prevent the continued loss of native white-clawed crayfish in the south west.  Operating the largest strategic translocation, or re-homing programme, of native crayfish in the UK to date they work closely with the local angling community. 

If you want to know more about the plight of the white-clawed crayfish and how the South West Crayfish Project is working to conserve the species through re-homing and breeding programmes and education please visit the websites below and search for ‘South West Crayfish Project’:
www.bristolzoo.org.uk or www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk

Source: South West Crayfish Project

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