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Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Chance for Angling Coaches to Upgrade

Many anglers have achieved instructors’ or coaching qualifications or awards such as STANIC and C25 dating back five or more years and which are no longer adequate to become a licensed coach. A scheme launched by the Angling Development Board (ADB) gives these anglers the chance to upgrade to the modern coaching qualification compatible with other sports and the UK Coaching Certificate.

Angling Development Board  Fishing NewsJackie Sheldon, Senior Development Manager for the ADB explains;

‘Through the UKCC Source Group and our Coach Steering Group, the ADB has developed ‘bridging packs’ which will enable these instructors to meet requirements for becoming ADB licensed coaches and will be accepted by Local Authorities, County Sports Partnerships and schools throughout England and eventually the UK.’

‘We are expecting at least 80 applications for this opportunity and hope it will encourage many lapsed coaches into being more active and getting involved in all the new angling initiatives starting around the country.’

Anyone holding an angling qualification or award other than the 1st4sport Certificate in Coaching Angling can apply using the ‘Recognised Prior Learning’ (RPL) forms on the Angling Trust – ADB website where the process is explained.  It usually includes one day of additional training plus a two-day assessment. The cost of the upgrade has been reduced to £80 by funding secured by the ADB and many applicants will also be eligible for grants, sponsorship and bursaries to offset this cost.  Help is available on this from the ADB office or its Regional staff.


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Fishing for Charity, the brainchild of angler Tony Shaw of Lafarge Aggregates Limited, has presented a cheque for £2,000 to International Manager Joe Roberts to support the England Disabled Coarse Angling team.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsTony was amazed at the lack of support that angling at international level received from our government and in 2008 raised £650 for the team, with a similar amount going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. He has promised to raise even more in 2010, with a big event planned for April.

With his army of friends and helpers, Tony has organised a series of charity angling matches and has raised money at car boot sales.

The Angling Trust and the Disabled International team would like to thank the following for their support of these events. Without their help it would not have been possible to raise this money.

Dynamite Baits; Richworth Baits; Limelight Marquees; Colin Thornton; Andy Hermitage; Richard Hunger; Bob, Kevin and Colin from Phoenix Weighing Services and of course the owner of Apps Court Farm, Stuart McGregor.

Apps Court Premier Fishery manager Clive Terry is also singled out for special thanks for his help by Tony who hopes to use the same venue for his final presentation day next April.

Dick Clegg, International Events Manager for the Angling Trust ( FIPSed) said: “Once again I would like to thank Tony and everyone concerned for their efforts in raising a substantial amount towards our disabled teams’ international expenses. Without their support the teams would not be able to compete at the highest level”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “We are very grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors involved in this fantastic effort. Our aim is to grow the Angling Trust membership so that we can attract greater sponsorship to help fund all our international teams.”

Anyone wishing to support Tony’s fundraising can contact him on 07900126431 or 01784248745 or e-mail him: tony.shaw777@yahoo.co.uk


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Whiteacres2009 Has Been An Action Packed Year!

This year has been packed full of festivals, with lots of new names taking the top titles which is always great to see. Massive congratulations are extended to all the match & festival winners from throughout the year, especially to the new title holders of the Parkdean Masters, Grant Albutt and the Master of Masters, Steve Ringer.

The 2010 White Acres fishing festival calendar is out now and White Acres are looking forward to welcoming back all you anglers for another bumper season. They are very pleased that the two new festivals added this year - Garbolino Spring Classic & the Preston Innovations Parkdean Pairs - generated a lot of interest. It won’t be long before they’re as popular as the others!

Grant Albutt was crowned the 10th Parkdean Master!

Grant Albutt was crowned the 10th Parkdean Master!Grant Albutt clinched the 2009 Parkdean Master title, securing the £25,000 winner-take-all prize. Grant, who qualified in 23rd place in the Preston Innovations festival the week before was ecstatic about his triumph. “I'm chuffed to bits,” he said. “It really hasn't sunk in yet. I knew my time would come one day. It was just when!”

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Parkdean Masters at White Acres, Grant Albutt joined the nine previous Masters winners to battle it out for the Master of Masters championship title. Steve Ringer, the Masters 2003 winner claimed first place, walking away with the prestigious giant Parkdean Masters trophy and also a fantastic prize of a luxury holiday for two to Las Vegas with an additional £250 to gamble on the slots!

Even more ladies & juniors fishing matches at White AcresEven more ladies & juniors fishing matches at White Acres

The weekly resident matches at White Acres are a great chance for anglers of all abilities to shine, giving everyone an opportunity to go head to head with other anglers and win! 2009 has not only seen even more ladies and juniors fishing the Rover matches but also entering the Gold and Silver matches, finishing with fantastic results.

What’s also very encouraging is the increased interest in the ladies & junior festivals this year plus the number of juniors and ladies entering the main festivals.



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The England pair, Billy Flowers and Jamie Londers, were denied 1st place at the World Carp Championships only because the match was extended to 73 hours due to the clocks being put back. Having led from the start, they were only beaten to a silver medal position in the last 20 minutes by the South African pairing by a margin of just under 5 Kg. Instead of the competition running for the usual 72 hours, it was decided to extend it by an hour. At the 72 hour mark, our boys were 3Kg in front of the South Africans.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe team, generously sponsored by HS Works, finished in a very disappointing 9th place with two out of three pairs fishing in fishless areas. This compares with a very creditable 2nd place last year. South Africa won the overall team event, with Serbia coming 2nd and home team France in 3rd place.

The 11th World FIPSed Carp Championships were held from 21st October to 25th October 2009 at Cazaubon Barbotan in France. There were widespread complaints about the organisation of the event, which was regarded as the worst organised world championships of recent years.

Mitch Smith, England Carp Team Manager said: “the competition this year was an extremely fraught one. To see Billy Flowers and Jamie Londers take 2nd place was a bag of mixed emotions; on one hand they took a wonderful position in 2nd place that anyone would have gladly taken at the start of any competition, but on the other hand to lead a 72hr competition for 72 hrs 40 mins and then get the title taken away from you in an extended hour due to the clocks going back is just an unimaginable catastrophe.”

Mitch continued: “We tried so hard to be ready for this competition only to see the whole lot go down the pan at the draw. It was just devastating to be pitched in fishless pegs, I can only compare it to having your shoe laces tied to the starting blocks in a 100 metre running race. Well, as they say, the show goes on and it arrives here in the UK next October. We have already picked ourselves up and dusted ourselves down and are ready to select another 2 pairs to challenge the world alongside Billy and Jamie on the great Linear fisheries near Oxford, at the 12th World Carp Champs.”

Dick Clegg, International Events Manager for the Angling Trust said: "It's always frustrating in fishing competitions when the draw automatically rules out any medal chances. I know the whole team will be disappointed after weeks of practice, but the shining consolation is that were on the podium once again. It was a tremendous performance from Billy Flowers and Jamie Londers to finish in silver medal position in the individual honours. Well done guys!"

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “We would like to thank the sponsors, HS Works, for all their support of the national squad, without which our team would not be able to compete in these championships. Congratulations must go to Billy and Jamie for their achievement in the pairs, but it seems that the draw and the strange decision about the match length conspired against us. We look forward very much to hosting the Championships in England next year.”

Results
Team positions
1st: South Africa 5points 171.320 kg
2nd: Serbia 13 points 100.510 kg
3rd: France 15 points 80.330 kgs

Individual positions
1st:South Africa Hennie Du Preez & Andries Maree 79.00kgs (C Section winners)
2nd: England Jamie Londers & Billy Flowers 73.190kgs (B Section winners)
3rd: South Africa Gp Nell & Kobus Van Loggerenbe 49.650kgs (A Section winners & last year’s winners)

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Fish Legal has secured a swift settlement of £3,000 on behalf of its member, the Egremont & District Anglers Association, from contractors for Cumbria County Council after poorly-secured scaffolding assembled under a bridge on the River Ehen collapsed and lodged in one of the club’s prime salmon and sea trout holding pools.

Fish LegalFollowing rainfall in Egremont on the 3rd October 2008 the Ehen rose rapidly and tore down the steel girders and wooden boards which had been put in place as part of a bridge strengthening scheme at Braystones. The falling scaffold ripped out sections of the river bank and continued downstream before collecting in a tangled mass in what is known to local anglers as the Dark Corner Pool.

Tonnes of river debris gathered behind the scaffolding until the pool – which was once about 16ft in depth – shallowed to only a foot in places.

Justin Neal, the Fish Legal solicitor handling the case, said:
“The contractors set about erecting the scaffolding without giving any thought to the characteristics of the river which flowed beneath. The most basic enquiries would have revealed that the Ehen was a spate river and that both the strength and volume of water passing under the bridge following a downpour could easily dislodge any lean-to temporary structure. In fact, a similar incident occurred back in September 2007 when the river was in spate so there is absolutely no excuse for the lack of care taken by the Council’s contractors on this occasion”

The scaffolding stayed in the river for some 9 months following the incident before the contractors returned with heavy equipment to remove the structure.

Surprisingly, the Environment Agency regarded the presence of tonnes of scaffolding and debris as being of “no significant detriment to the ecology of the river”.

Roy Adams, Chairman of the Egremont & District Anglers Association, said:
“The complexity and variety of fishing in the Dark Corner Pool changes with the flow of the river and it is one of the most sought after spots by anglers on the club’s waters”.

He added:
“All manner of rubbish got caught up on the scaffolding whilst it was in the river – from old tyres to shopping trolleys to huge tree branches. Now that the scaffold has finally been removed and the depth and profile of Dark Corner Pool has returned to how it was before this debacle we hope that salmon and sea trout will collect, once again, in this stretch, during their passage upstream”.


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Tuesday, 27 October 2009 00:00

Angling Trust Acts on Floating Pennywort

Swift action by the Angling Trust has hopefully saved waterways in South Yorkshire’s River Don catchment from becoming infested with an alien invader, floating pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides).

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe plant, which was brought to Britain in the 1980s for tropical aquaria and garden ponds, was first noticed in the wild in Essex in 1991. Since then it has spread throughout the South and Midlands with devastating effects, covering the surface of waterways, blocking boat traffic and killing fish and other species. New plants can establish from small pieces of stems which break free from the parent and can grow at up to 20cm (8inches) per day, doubling the plant’s weight in as little as 3 days. This, together with a resistance to chemical control, makes elimination difficult once the plant has become established.

Fortunately reports from anglers of sightings throughout the Don and other canal systems in the region have enabled the Trust to highlight the problem to the Environment Agency who have begun mapping the plant's distribution this week and will shortly be taking action to limit its spread.

Mike Heylin, Chairman of the Angling Trust commented, “Angling Trust has been working with the Non Native Species secretariat for some time to develop policies to control invasive plants and animals. We are very pleased to be able to put that experience to practical use in defending our rivers from damaging plants. We appeal to all gardeners and pond keepers to keep non natives where they belong, in their gardens and ponds, and not risk the environment by letting them escape to the wild. Funds have recently been made available from Defra for management of these plants and we expect the Environment Agency will be using some of this money to remove the floating pennywort from the wild.

We hope that this, together with the urgent action of our members in notifying Angling Trust of the spread of this obnoxious plant, will enable the Agency to control and prevent it causing more problems in future, especially in rivers such as the Don in South Yorkshire.”


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Fish Legal has successfully settled a civil action against a poacher on behalf of its member club the King's Lynn Angling Association.

Fish Legal fishing newsFish Legal issued proceedings against Mr Chirokov, who was one of three men arrested by police on 25th May 2008 at a makeshift camp set up on the banks of the Wissey from where they took fish illegally from the river over a number of days.

When apprehended by the police, the group had in their possession an assortment of fishing paraphernalia including a commercial-type gill net, a crayfish trap, several baited rods, two dinghies and a large number of live fish threaded through the gills onto a washing line and submerged in the water in an attempt to keep them fresh.

During a hearing at King's Lynn County Court on 7th October 2009, the defendant gave an undertaking – or sealed promise – to the judge that he would not trespass or fish on the club’s waters at any time in the future. If found in breach of this undertaking, the defendant could face a charge of contempt of court which carries with it the possibility of a prison sentence.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Fish Legal said:
“Poaching is not simply an irritation for anglers but, as in this case, it can have a detrimental impact on fish populations. There are also welfare issues to consider, as the fish had been threaded onto a line to keep them alive for hours”.

He added:
“Although two other poachers were successfully prosecuted by the police, there was insufficient evidence to prosecute this defendant, which is why Fish Legal pressed forward with a civil action to ensure that he didn't go back to the waters”.

Ashley Brown of the King's Lynn Angling Association said:
“There clearly is a problem with poachers taking fish so we hope this sends out a clear message that King’s Lynn AA will take legal action against anyone caught taking fish from their waters. It is unfortunate that we have to resort to this but we have spent over £2000 with help from the EA on signage warning no fish can be taken and these are being ignored. I would like to thank Fish Legal for taking on our case."


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Linear Fisheries fishery report
 
BRASENOSE 1
15 Oct Ben Buchanan had two smaller fish and a 16lb mirror during an over night session using pop-ups.
 
BRASENOSE 2
15 Oct Nine year old Jordan Davis landed an 18lb 10oz mirror whilst fishing with Jake and Greg Taylor who also got amongst the fish with Jake landing 12 fish to upper doubles using hemp and Baitworks chopped boilies and Greg five up to 14lb.

Pete Booth from Derbyshire had a number of fish during a 48 hour session with the biggest two weighing 14lb 09oz and 17lb 08oz.
 
GENERAL
   
15 Oct **NEWS UPDATE**

Our apologies for the lack of news and photos over the last couple of weeks but we've been having a few system problems - The PC has now been replaced and "touch wood" everything is now back as it should be!! Due to this the following news is made up of catch reports from the last two weeks.
15 Oct ****Important Info****

This is just a reminder that from Thursday the 1st of October we will revert to our Winter Locking Times.

As of this date and until spring next year all fishery gates will be locked at 6PM and will be opened by 8AM.
   
15 Oct *****PIKE MATCH*****

The Next Linear Pike Match will be held on Sun 22nd November – The lake will be closed all day.

Below is a list of the remaining pike matches to be held this year - Please contact Basil Hopkins for further details on 01993 704880 or 07773210590.

ST. JOHNS POOL
Pike Match Sunday 13th December 2009 - LAKE CLOSED
Pike Match Sunday 7th February 2010 - LAKE CLOSED

HARDWICK LAKE
Pike Match Sunday 22nd November 2009 - LAKE CLOSED
Pike Match Sunday 17th January 2010 - LAKE CLOSED

MANOR FARM LAKE
Linear Junior Pike Match 14th November 2009 - LAKE CLOSED
Pike Match (FINAL) Sunday 28th February 2010 - LAKE CLOSED
   
15 Oct ****Junior Pike Match****

We still have a few places remaining for the annual junior pike match to held on Manor Farm Lake on Sat 14th November. All juniors must be 16 or under and accompanied by an adult.

Top specimen anglers Martin Bowler, Tim Norman and Terry Lampard will be there all day to give help, advice and award the trophies.

For further details or to book please contact Basil Hopkins on 01993 704880 or 07773210590.
 
GUY LAKES
15 Oct ****Stocking Info and Dates****

Over the next two weeks we will complete this years stocking on the syndicate. We have 70 fish ready to move from one of our own stock lakes ranging from 6lb to 15lb and 80 C4's (average size 9lb each) being delivered by from VS Fisheries.

On top of these fish we have already stocked 148 carp into the syndicate over the last three months ranging from 5lb to 31lb from our own stock lakes.

If any current member would like to see the remaining fish being stocked into Unity and Yeoman's Lakes then please feel free to come along. If you can’t make it then don’t worry as we will be placing photos of all these fish up on the Linear Web Site at some point in December.

**Our own stock fish will go into Unity Lake from 11am Tuesday 20th October**

**Fish from VS Fisheries should arrive between 10 & 11am Saturday 24th October**
   
15 Oct Whilst fishing Yeoman's Lake Darrell Smith landed a 20lb mirror along with a 34lb 02oz common during a four day session.

On Unity Lake Simon Hughes had a 32lb 08oz mirror and then about ten days later landed the lakes big common at 41lb 11oz, Simon's new PB.

Guy Lakes Bailiff Jason Rudge has had a number of fish during his last few sessions and have included mirrors of 27lb, 27lb 09oz, 24lb, 27lb 04oz, 27lb 12oz and the lakes biggest mirror "Moonscale" at 38lb 01oz. Jason has also landed a 27lb 07oz ghostie and a 31lb 11oz common during this time.
 
HARDWICK LAKE
15 Oct Ryan McGill landed mirrors of 15lb 08oz and 30lb exactly using Richworth KG-1 and pineapple boilies.

And Richard Mellor from Crewe had the "Big Tail Common" his new PB common using two pieces of fake corn fished on their own.
   
15 Oct *****Winter Ticket*****

This year the "Hardwick Winter Ticket" will once again be available priced at £170. The ticket which will be limited to 30 anglers will run from Nov 1st until the end of Feb 2010 and will allow fishing on Hardwick Lake and Smiths Pool only.

Anyone interested in joining needs to send their name & address along with a passport sized photo and cheque for £170 to (Linear Fisheries Oxford, Accounts Dept, Enslow, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 3AY). A laminated ticket will then be posted back to you which you will need before you can start fishing. Alternatively tickets can be purchased on the bank (Mon - Fri only). They will not be available from our weekend staff.

Please Note: Hardwick Lake and Smiths Pool will be closed to all anglers (including winter ticket holders) on Sunday 22nd Nov and Sun 17th Jan for two of the Linear Open Pike Matches.

**Look at the "2009 Hardwick Gallery Page" to see a selection of the fish caught this year**
 
HUNTS CORNER LAKE
15 Oct During a four night session Kristian (Paddy) Oflaherty landed mirrors of 10lb, 13lb, 28lb and 31lb 05oz using A1 baits squid and necter boilies.

Alan Layton from Great Missenden in Bucks used Nashbait scopex squid red boilies to tempt mirrors of 22lb and the lakes largest resident at 39lb 04oz.

Roland Pacey broke his PB twice when he landed mirrors of 16lb 03oz and 24lb 06oz.
 
MANOR FARM LAKE
15 Oct Andy Croxford had a 17lb common along with a 27lb mirror using boilies at about 80 yards range.

Stuart Bowles had four doubles along with mirrors of 21lb, 26lb and a new PB weighing 38lb - All Stuart's fish fell to Mainline Cell boilies over pellet.

James Ward from Thame had a 23lb 02oz mirror using scopex squid liver plus boilies.

John Player had a 12lb 04oz pike from the swims near the fishery office.
 
OXLEASE LAKE
15 Oct Linear Bailiff Ivor Peachey had mirrors of 24lb 12oz and 21lb using particles and pellets.

Clive Turner from Didcot Angling had three doubles using various hookbaits.

Ian Fletcher had a new 26lb PB mirror using Richworth KG-1 hookbaits and stringers.

Mik Cork from Oxford landed a 29lb mirror during a 48 hour session using M2 boilies at 70 yards range.

Karl Brown from Manchester had mirrors of 24lb 02oz and 27lb 05oz. fishing with Karl was Matt Brown who had mirrors of 18lb and 33lb 02oz on Mainline Pulse boilies.

Also from down from Manchester was Matthew Jenkner who had mirrors of 20lb, 19lb 02oz and a new PB at 31lb using pulse boilies.
 
ST JOHNS LAKE
15 Oct Jake Wilkerson had a 22lb 04oz common using mixed particles and Sticky Baits bloodworm dumbells.

Dean "Pob" Fellows had a 31lb 08oz common using Mainline NRG boilies.

And a couple of weeks before Matt Brown and Matthew Jenkner fished Oxlease they had a few out of St. Johns with Matt landing four fish up to 26lb 12oz and Matthew landing a 20lb 02oz mirror which at the time was his new PB.
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Following on from last year's wonderful 2nd place, the Angling Trust England Carp Team are extremely excited to be taking part in the 11th FIPPSed World Carp Championships. The 72 hour event is being held on Lac De Luby in Cazaubon, Barbotan in the South of France this week (21st October to 25th October 2009).

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThere has been no change in the line-up representing England from South Africa last year: the Maker boys, Tom and Andy will be trying hard to increase their individual 4th place in Africa with a higher podium position this year. There will be strong competition this year also from the other two pairs, Ian Huntington and Peter Holehouse and the youngsters in the team, Billy Flowers and Jamie Londers.  Hopefully this will propel the squad to a long awaited team gold medal.

Squad manager, Mitch Smith had this to say:- " The squad this year is again the strongest group of competitive carping pairs within the UK.  The guys have just had a very good and solid practice session at the lake giving me a good feeling for this year. With the champs this year in France and the event next year on home soil here in the UK, I can't help but feel the next two years offer us the greatest chance to stamp our authority on the event.  I'm sure this year the squad will yet again do us proud and secure us another podium finish with perhaps a gold as a highlight.  Can I also take this opportunity to thank our team sponsors, HS Works, and in particular the Managing Director Mr John Newton for their unprecedented support".

The sponsors HS Works have for the second year shown superb support for the national squad.  Without their support the team would struggle to attend these championships, so huge thanks must go to them.

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Anglers have reacted with dismay and anger to the news that thousands of fish in the River Trent have been killed by what is reported to be a mix of cyanide and raw sewage. The river is very popular with anglers and was the venue for this year’s Angling Trust 2nd division national coarse angling championship, which saw hundreds of anglers gather from all over the country to compete for the coveted trophy.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsAngling clubs and individuals have invested huge amounts of money and volunteer time over several generations in improving the River Trent, both through physical works to improve habitats and by campaigning for improvement of water quality. This spill could reverse years of hard work to improve the river and its tributaries.

The news comes just two weeks after the Angling Trust launched a specific campaign, in partnership with WWF and the HSBC Climate Partnership, to address surface water run-off from Birmingham causing pollution downstream. There were significant fish kills earlier this year on the River Tame, a tributary of the Trent, and on the main river itself after thunderstorms over the city flushed pollutants into the river.

The Angling Trust’s Environmental Campaigns Manager Mark Owen will be travelling the length of the affected stretch of the river this morning to make an initial assessment of the damage to fish and other wildlife. He will be working closely with the Environment Agency to identify the polluter as soon as possible.

Fish Legal, which acts as the legal arm of the Angling Trust in England, will be investigating the potential for taking a civil claim for compensation on behalf of its member angling clubs and riparian owners on the river. This claim would complement any criminal prosecution by the Environment Agency in punishing whoever is found to be responsible for this pollution.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal said: “This incident demonstrates yet again the need for business to take the utmost care in handling noxious chemicals. Drains should never be used as a means of disposing of waste chemicals. We will be pressing for a full investigation of this tragedy and will do everything we can to make the polluters pay for the damage they have done to our members’ interests on the river.”

Mark Owen, Environmental Campaigns Manager at the Angling Trust said: “Once more the River Trent has suffered a severe pollution incident which has killed thousands of fish. We will continue to campaign for as long as it takes for the systems to be put in place to prevent these incidents being repeated.”

The Angling Trust is warning all anglers to keep clear of the river and not to handle any dead fish or take any samples of water.

For further information, please contact Mark Lloyd on 07973 468198 or Mark Owen on 07545 733245.

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