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This year the Angling Trust will be hosting the Building a Brighter Future Angling Conference on Saturday, 30 November, 2019 at West Midlands Golf Club, Solihull. Angling Trust fishing news

Whether you are a member or they we would be delighted if you could attend.

Conference highlights

  • Meet Jamie Cook, the incoming CEO of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal, who will give his first address since being announced in his new role for the sport.
  • We'll hear from Adam Brown from Substance on the latest National Angling Strategy, launched earlier in the year by the Environment Agency, on the way forward to grow our sport.
  • Our guest speaker Amy Crow, Participation Manager at British Triathlon, will present some great insights on how another sport has seized the opportunity to grow membership and wider participation in their sport.

Make sure you attend this key conference to find out about the work the Angling Trust are doing to help grow and develop the sport we all love.


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Monday, 03 September 2018 15:58

Best Carp Fishing Baits for Winter

If you are looking to benefit from the fact that not as many anglers bother during the winter months, you will find it a lot harder to tempt carp. Not only are they lazier, but the fact is that their metabolism slows down to compensate for the lower temperatures under the water.

As a result, they need less food, but although it is trickier to land fish at this time of the year, it is not impossible. It does require that you take a different approach to feeding and you need to choose the best bait.

In the following post we will look at 6 of the best fishing baits for landing carp during winter.

Maggots

Let's start with one of the ultimate cold-water carp baits - maggots. By far the most reliable way to ensure you still land carp when the temperature drops is to have a PVA mesh bag of maggots and some grubs on a hair-rig or maggot clip. Carp absolutely love maggots, because they are incredibly easy to digest. The best approach is to cast often and tightly to create an area and make sure you use some grubs on your rig to balance the hook's weight better.

Salt

Adding salt to your baits is a great way to attract fish throughout the year. It is especially effective though, when the conditions are much cooler and you are trying to build up a small and tight area of attraction. Rather than using salt full of chemicals, use a good quality rock or sea salt. This can easily be mixed into ground baits and pastes and can even be sprinkled over corn, hemp, pellets, casters and maggots.

Spices

Winter fishing and spices mix well together. Thanks to there being many Asian stores up and down the country, you have the option of a wide variety of spices to try. Try Garam masala on ground bait, turmeric with maggots and even chilli-flavoured hemp to get those all-too elusive carp.

Corn

Highly visible and incredibly easy for carp to digest, corn is one of the best baits. We'd say it's even better than maggots, because it is resistant against small silvers that can easily steal maggots.

Peperami

Odd choice for many, but you simply can't knock its effectiveness. Even though it is a tad on the oily side, this is attractive to barbell, chub and crucially, carp. It's easy to work with as it can be cut down to small chunks.

Liquids

Those solid PVA bags you might be using can be filled with liquids. Liquids are a great way to produce a high level of attraction without using any of your precious feed. You need to trial and error with liquids to get a mix that works, but chocolate malt and condensed milk is a great one to start with for carp.

There you have it, 6 great baits to try when you are out there fishing in the winter and trying to land those carp. There are many others you can use, but the 6 above are along our favourites.

If you want some more carp fishing tips check out https://www.carpnbait.co.uk




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Conservation groups give hope for endangered eels by providing them a new home at Cyfarthfa Park Lake, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Salmon & Trout Conservation

S&TC Cymru and South East Wales Rivers Trust, as joint lead partners for the European eel in the Wales Environment Link (WEL) species champion initiative, have come together with National Resources Wales to help protect critically endangered eels in Merthyr.

As part of the initiative - which also involves removing barriers to migration - an abundance of young eels (known as elvers) are being released into Cyfarthfa Park Lake. Witnessing the release of the first 15 on Thursday 26th July were Dawn Bowden (Welsh Labour Assembly Member), Gerald Lewis (of Merthyr Borough Council) and the Trustees of Cyfarthfa Park.

Richard Garner Willams of S&TC Cymru says:

"Initiatives such as this play a crucial part in conveying the concept of protecting the welfare of future generations, and leaving the natural world in a better state than we currently find it."

Why is the European eel important?

Historically the European eel constituted 50% of the total freshwater fish biomass in Europe, though recently their numbers have declined by 90 - 95%.

Small eels, such as those released at Cyfarthfa Park, feed mainly on insect larvae, molluscs, worms, and crustaceans, but as they grow larger they will also predate other fishes and scavenge on fish carcasses, helping to recycle nutrients.

They are also important food for otters and birds such as herons, egrets and bitterns, and the consequences of their decline will be felt at all levels of the freshwater food chain. The loss of this key species will undoubtedly have a direct impact on the ecological integrity of entire rivers and the survival of many of our precious wild fish.

Aside from their role in the ecology of freshwater, European eels are a fascinating species with an extraordinary life cycle. They start as eggs in the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda and spend 18 months floating on ocean currents towards the coasts of Europe and North Africa. They enter rivers and lakes and spend anything from 5 to 20 years feeding and growing into adult eels. They then return to sea and swim 3000 miles for over a year, back to spawn in the Sargasso Sea.

Just like our beloved salmon and trout, they undertake an immense journey and depend heavily on having a clear route to make their migration. Sadly, their routes have been blocked; the implications of which are also suffered by many other freshwater creatures.

Barriers to migration = critically endangered

The lake, and other waters off the upper Taff, have had no eel population for over a hundred years, since multiple weirs were constructed along the length of the river during the industrial revolution, blocking their upstream migration from the sea.

1.3 million similar barriers across rivers in Europe mean that the eel can only access 10% of the habitats it used to. Numbers of the once common eel have been reduced by 90 – 95%, meaning the species is now classified as ‘critically endangered’.

Barriers to migration have severe consequences for all migratory species, and those that rely on them as a food source.

New eels in a new home

As part of this new initiative eels were sourced by the South East Wales Rivers Trust. They were part of a programme of placing batches of 50 baby eels in fish tanks in 8 schools and 2 education centres – the Welsh Water Education Centre, Cilfynydd and the Millennium Centre, Taf Bargoed, where the eels for Cyfarthfa Park were raised.

At the schools and centres, the pupils fed and looked after the eels for 3 months and learnt about the eel’s fascinating life cycle. Now bigger and stronger, the eels are ready to be stocked into their new home.

This is part of a huge programme of work which is underway across Europe to help restore eel populations by restoring wetlands and removing barriers to the eels’ traditional migration routes.

Cyfarthfa Park is ideal habitat for eels. They will grow there, become part of the ecosystem and will migrate in 5 – 20 years to sea to spawn and continue the species.

Dawn Bowden, Labour AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, said:

“The eel is a fascinating fish that needs our help. I am delighted to see how local conservation groups have worked together to educate our children and give eels a new home in Merthyr.”

Dawn Bowden AM, was made European Eel Champion this year, as part of the Species Champion project run by Wales Environment Link (WEL).

WEL members – including Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru – pair AMs up with endangered species in Wales so they can help recover and safeguard them. Dawn is part of a group of 37 other AMs in the project.

Above, from left to right: Tony Rees (South East Wales Rivers Trust); Dawn Bowden (AM, species champion for European eel, Wales Assembly Member); Richard Garner Williams (Salmon & Trout Cymru); David Bunt (Sustainable Eel Group).

Richard of S&TC Cymru says:

"We are facing the very real prospect of our rivers and lakes becoming totally devoid of European eels and it is therefore incumbent upon us to act with urgency if we are to reverse their catastrophic decline.

One means of achieving this is to highlight their plight via the Wales Environment Link Species Champions initiative, which takes the cause of our many threatened species to the very heart of government.

I am delighted that Dawn has agreed to act as Species Champion for this fascinating yet little understood creature and am grateful for her enthusiasm and support."


Source: Salmon and Trout Conservation



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In what is believed to be a first, fish21 is conducting three surveys on recreational fishing baits and sustainability, each aimed at a different audience and accessed via the below weblinks:

Angling Trust fishing newsAnglers survey: https://bit.ly/2JWKGyY
Bait manufacturers survey: https://bit.ly/2LkbVJD
Fishery managers survey: https://bit.ly/2mLC98U

The current bait situation

It is increasingly recognised that businesses have a critical role to play in delivering more environmentally-friendly production and consumption, otherwise society will not be able to contain climate change; resources will become increasingly scarce; and ecosystems further damaged. For all manufacture, including recreational fishing baits, this means making products which minimise negative environmental impacts during production and subsequent use.

Sustainable target fish populations remain the lifeblood of the angling trades. But, fish can only thrive in an environment with good water quality and healthy aquatic habitats. Therefore, one of the first things to think about is bait ingredients. For example, how digestible baits are by fish and other aquatic life, or do they leave undigested remains which beyond a certain amount could negatively affect water quality and fish health? Alternatively, baits could be formulated not just to attract fish, but to additionally supplement their natural diet, contributing to healthy weight gains which will increase a fishery’s asset value, as well as benefit other aquatic life.

Another question to ask is whether or not the ingredients themselves are responsibly sourced? For example, whether seafood is supplied from a certified sustainable fishery. It is also important to consider whether the production, packaging and distribution processes can be rethought to minimise environmental impacts (e.g. designing out waste or making use of more easily recyclable packaging materials).

Many of these issues haven’t generally been considered, publicly at least, by bait manufacturers. These surveys are designed to be thought-provoking and findings are intended to provide a useful starting point to further discussion. Groundbaits are also considered, but not hard and soft plastic lures. All comments will be treated in the strictest confidence. The closing date for the surveys is 25th September 2018. In Autumn, an executive summary report will be published and outline the main findings. Please share this information across your social networks. Thank you.

About fish21

fish21 advances sustainability in the recreational / commercial fishing sector. A Global Ghost Gear Initiative partner working to develop solutions to discarded fishing gear worldwide, leading national initiatives to reduce marine by-catch and promote successful catch and release. fish21 also provides the secretariat for the Eden Sustainability Declaration - a voluntary signatory-led initiative for the global tackle sector. Founder, Stuart McLanaghan is a business sustainability professional, with 16 years’ executive experience advancing sustainability for major public and private clients, including the UK Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office. He is a sustainability feature writer for Tackle Trade World and ran a related talk and workshop at Efttex 2018.


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Local anglers at Wedgwood pools had been concerned that a number of Cormorants and Goosanders were eating the fish and leaving very little behind. The birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, so it was up to the Environment Agency to step in and protect the fish.

Angling Trust fishing newsLast week saw the completion of 2 fish refuge ‘floating islands’ at Wedgwood pools, Barleston, Stoke on Trent. The islands allow fish cover from the birds, through the use of cages beneath the islands, allowing fish to swim in but not the birds.

Environment Agency Fisheries Technical Officer, Mick Buxton said:

This has been a really worthwhile project to be involved in. The Cormorants and Goosanders are having a significant impact on the recruitment of fish, so by introducing these islands, the fish have a greater opportunity to thrive. There is a secondary benefit from the project too. The plants on the island will also help improve the water quality of the pool, because the plants feed off nutrients in the water and this reduces the risk of algal blooms. The floating islands project was funded through the Fisheries Improvement Program, were the money is collected from anglers through rod licence sales.

An annual fishing licence costs just £30 and now lasts for 12 months from the day you buy it. Money from fishing licence sales is invested in England’s fisheries and is used to fund a wide range of projects to improve facilities for anglers including protecting stocks from illegal fishing, pollution and disease, restoring fish stocks through re-stocking, eradicating invasive species, and fish habitat improvements. Fishing licence money is also used to fund the Angling Trust to provide information about fishing, to encourage participation in the sport and to manage a voluntary bailiff scheme.

Children under 13 fish for free. Anyone aged 13 to 16 also fish for free, but do need to have a valid Environment Agency fishing licence. Anyone over 16 must pay for an Environment Agency fishing licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in England.

More information on fisheries and fishing licences, including how to buy your rod licence is available online.


Source: Environment Agency Fishing News



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A charity called Kids for Kids is holding it's annual Fly Fishing event this year at Park Lake, Albury, the Duke of Northumberland's private lake of which they will have exclusive use for the day. 'Fishing for Goats' will be held on Saturday October 13th and is a wonderful day out for experienced fisherman and beginners alike, with tuition, tackle, and equipment provided. All funds raised for the day will support Kids for Kids Charity, virtually the only organisation helping the forgotten children of Darfur, Sudan. .

Kids for KidsKids for Kids’ Executive Fly Fishing Day
Saturday 13th October 2018
Park Lake, Albury

We invite you to join us for our Executive Fly Fishing Day at Park Lake in Surrey. The day will give exclusive access to a private lake owned by the Duke of Northumberland, as well as tuition and refreshments available throughout, all within the setting of the beautiful Albury Estate!

Proceeds raised from the event will support Kids for Kids in our work helping the forgotten children of Darfur, Sudan. There is famine in Darfur this year because the lack of rainfall has caused the harvest to fail. Children and animals are at risk of starvation, so we must help.

This is a very special day for experienced fishermen and beginners alike! Tuition will be provided by fully qualified trainers who will give you tips on your technique. Tackle will also be provided, and all equipment if required.

Places are available for Morning, Afternoon and All-Day sessions:

All Day tickets (9.30am to dusk) @ £95 each (min. donation) to include breakfast, morning coffee & home made cakes, lunch with wine and beer, and finally afternoon tea (more home made cakes etc!). Hot drinks available all day.

AM session only (9.30 am + lunch) @ £55 each (min. donation) to include breakfast, morning coffee & home made cakes and lunch with wine and beer. Hot drinks available throughout.

PM session only (12.30 pm lunch ’til dusk) @ £55 each (min. donation) to include lunch with wine and beer, afternoon tea with home made cakes. Hot drinks available throughout.

AM only breakfast/fishing/lunch – PM only lunch/fishing/tea – or come for a full day, everything provided. Note: Children 10 or over welcome but must be accompanied by a paying adult at all times. Regretfully we cannot give reductions for children. Places are limited on the lake.

Book early to avoid disappointment! Visit their website for more details on how to book: https://www.kidsforkids.org.uk/event/fishing-for-goats-2018

Please get in touch with any questions: contact@kidsforkids.org.uk




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A prestigious national competition aimed at attracting a new generation of anglers onto the nation’s historic canals is coming to the West Midlands this autumn.

Canal & River TrustThe National Junior & Youth Canal Championship, sponsored for the first time by Angling Direct is organised by the Canal & River Trust, Angling Trust and the Izaak Walton (Stafford) Anglers Association. The competition aims to show young anglers how prolific the nation’s canals can be whilst giving them the chance to show off their skills alongside other like-minded young people to compete to be crowned as a UK champion angler.

This year, for the first time, there are two categories. The junior event is open to youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 with 16-18 year olds eligible to compete in the youth championships.

Both categories are free to enter with the winners taking home trophies and prizes donated by the generous sponsorship package provided by Angling Direct. Furthermore everyone taking part will also receive a prize.

The match is taking place on Sunday 21st October on the Shropshire Union Canal at Church Eaton in Staffordshire with fishing taking place from 12pm until 4pm.

In the lead up to the event, junior competitors who have attended one of the Trust’s Let’s Fish events will have the opportunity to sign up for a coached practice session on the venue with canal fishing master and 2014 Canal Pairs Champion Simon Mottram.

To register your interest in one of Simon’s upcoming coaching sessions email fisheries@canalrivertrust.org.uk with your name, details of the Let’s Fish event attended and your ticket number. Simon has also helped the Canal & River Trust produce a series of videos to help people catch more fish from their local canal - the videos can be found at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/fishing-skills/improve-your-canal-fishing.

John Ellis, national fisheries & angling manager for the Canal & River Trust said; “As a charity, we really want to see young people who enjoyed their experience at our Let’s Fish events come back to the canal again and try their hand at match fishing.

“The Shropshire Union Canal is absolutely perfect for young anglers as you can catch plenty of fish using the complimentary starter fishing kits that are available to anyone who attends two or more of our Lets Fish events this summer.”

David Kent, National Chair of Competitions at the Angling Trust, said; “We all have a responsibility to try and secure the future of angling and, clearly, one of the priorities is to do everything possible to encourage youngsters to take up the sport. Most youngsters have a competitive edge so good, well-run competitions with plenty of prizes such as this event are therefore vital.”

Oliver Harper, from competition sponsors Angling Direct, said; “As a keen angler from early childhood myself, I'm really pleased to announce Angling Direct's sponsorship of the Junior Canal Championships, taking place at Church Eaton in Staffordshire.

“Canals offer a fantastic opportunity for anglers, and encourage urban youngsters to give their own, local waters a try, rather than assuming that, without a landscaped lake or dramatic coastline nearby, angling is a sport that's closed to them. I passionately believe that angling is a sport for everyone, of any age and background, and I hope this event, on one of Britain's best known and liveliest canals, will help raise the profile of urban angling.

“With Angling Direct's sponsorship ensuring that no angler leaves empty handed, this should be an event to remember, and one that hopefully gives future generations of anglers the confidence to fully engage with everything our sport has to offer.

“On behalf of everyone at Angling Direct, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all involved – competitors, organisers, and supporters – the very best for this event.”

Those wanting to take part will be able to enter from 11th June at www.anglingtrustevents.net. There are around 50 spaces in each category and entries close on Friday 12th October.


Source: Canal and River Trust



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Tips for Fishing with a Budding Angler

By Sadie Marcheldon

One of the greatest joys in life is watching one’s children make discoveries for the first time. Not only is fishing a great bonding experience and a great escape, it’s an amazing way to teach your child some important life lessons. Teaching a young angler to fish or even just getting them interested in something you’re already passionate about can be exciting. And starting early is also your best bet for carrying on the tradition to the next generation. But it’s also a daunting experience. Below are half a dozen tips to make the first time fishing experience that much better.

Before You Hit the Water

Preparing your budding angler ahead of time is really going to pique their interest. Materials about fishing are easy to find and fascinate children, so plan to find books, posters or even online resources or videos. Finding videos of people catching huge fish is enough to get any young angler excited.

If you have access to fishing equipment, it’s a great idea to have your child look at and touch a rod, a reel, nets and life jackets. And even — taking extreme care — show them some lures. You can explain their functions and the process ahead of time.

If you have a boat, you can show to your child how the controls work (kids love controls). Maybe even go into a little bit of detail about water safety, such as why it’s important to wear a life jacket. Not only will it help with your child’s interest level, but educating them about the function and equipment before you go out will save some time the day to head out.

Planning Makes Perfect

It goes without saying, but you should plan your trip with your little angler in mind. If you’re expecting a young child to be able to hike miles through bush, carry heavy equipment or sit with patience for hours at a time, you’re going to be disappointed.

If possible, try and choose a family-friendly fishing spot that is going to be easily accessible. What's more, look for alternative activities like a beach or swimming hole. Activities other than fishing have saved many a fishing trip.

Duration might be the most important factor of all. Plan for the shortest possible stretches of fishing and the shortest possible boat ride to a fishing spot. Once you’ve mastered the fishing jaunt, start working your way up to longer trips.

Safety Above All

Be sure to take extra precautions, especially with young children. Water safety is especially important to learn at an early age. Having the proper safety equipment on hand as well as things like hats and sunscreen is going to help ensure your trip is a great one.

If something does go wrong on a first trip, being as prepared as possible will make it seem like less of a crisis (even if you think otherwise). Nothing will sour a kid on fishing faster than a stressful situation.

This site has a good, quick rundown of fishing safety tips for kids.

Patience

It might sound lame, but patience really will go a long way in helping your young angler enjoy their first fishing or pre-fishing experience. Prepare for a barrage of questions, repeated often, and a whole lot of grabbing and touching and eager excitement. Just remember, most young anglers are learning and seeing and doing for the first time.

Be ready to change your plans or try a different tactic. Many young children run hot and cold in the span of a few minutes. Ride out the storm and chances are, you’ll have a great time.

Flexibility

You’ll also need to prepare yourself for the fact that young children are easily distracted and easily bored. You, as a seasoned angler, might find sitting and fishing and waiting to be very relaxing, but a young child might find it torture. If your child doesn’t seem overly interested in fishing or the process, you might just need to break up the day with other activities. Just because your child may lose interest easily, doesn’t mean they aren’t truly interested overall.

It never hurts to bring extra activities like sand toys, a minnow net, bubbles and some snacks for a break. Bird watching or naming insects or trees or even rocks can be equally as exciting.

Watch and Learn

Most children learn by watching, following by doing. Be prepared to show and explain exactly what you are doing. If you’re a seasoned angler, this might be hard, as most actions have become automatic over time. Slow the pace down and try not to become frustrated with unending questions.

It might be best to start out small, with a child’s rod and reel. You could demonstrate how to cast or how to put bait on a hook or how to attach a spoon to the line. Start with a float or a spoon that has the hooks removed for practice. From there, work your way up to different fishing techniques on future trips.

Keep Your Perspective

Don’t lose heart if your first trip doesn’t go exactly as planned. Prepare yourself for on the fly changes, huge smiles, excited laughter or maybe even a temper tantrum. Fishing is ultimately about family time and bonding. Even challenges offer learning opportunities. Stick with it, change tactics if you have to, and prepare for a world of discovery.

Sadie Marcheldon and her family operate the Monster Fish Lodge in Waldhof, Ontario. Sadie is a regular contributor to FishingTech.com, a site that helps anglers find the best fish finders, trolling motors, pedal kayaks, and other fishing technology.




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This year, National Fishing Month will begin on the 27th July, and conclude on the 2nd September 2018

National Fishing MonthAs in previous years, the idea behind National Fishing Month is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. It does not matter what age you are, or what previous experience you have. Nor does it matter which cultural or social background you may be from. Fishing is for everyone!

Fishery owners, organisers and angling coaches give up their valuable time to support National Fishing Month, so please take this opportunity to have a go at this wonderful sport. Click here to find an event near you, to make sure you do not miss out!

National Fishing Month offers unique opportunities for the protection and promotion of angling. It has the potential to:-

  • Increase the number of people getting involved in the sport.
  • Inform the general public about the economic, social and environmental benefits of angling.
  • Influence decisions about access, environmental policy and wildlife management so that they take the importance of angling into account.
  • Improve diversity amongst anglers to counter any perception that it is exclusively a male, white, able-bodied only pursuit.

National Fishing Month is a celebration of the sport of angling. All over the country qualified coaches give their time to welcome newcomers to this marvellous sport. Fees are waived and tackle is often made available free of charge too. Events are organised around the UK to show people who have never fished before how to do it. If you'd like to try fishing then now is your big chance.

What is actually going to happen?

From 27th July to 2nd September, there will be hundreds of locally organised angling events offering non-anglers the opportunity to be taught how to fish, FREE OF CHARGE, by a qualified licensed Coach and within a controlled environment.

Do you want to organise an event?

National Fishing Month falls apart without the assistance of event organisers. We are therefore searching for volunteers to run National Fishing Month events.

Organisers can be angling clubs, schools, tackle shops, fisheries - in fact anyone with an interest in fishing. Many clubs and societies use National Fishing Month as a way of increasing membership.

 


Source: Angling Trust


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The Angling Trust and the National Crucian Conservation Project (NCCP) have once again teamed up with the Association of Crucian Anglers to organise the Catch a Crucian photographic competition. Thanks to Bait-Tech and Angling Direct there are some great prizes of offer, with entries to be judged by a panel of leading crucian crusaders including Hugh Miles from Passion for Angling, the author and crucian expert Peter Rolfe, angling artist Chris Turnbull and big fish specialist Gary Newman.

Angling Trust fishing newsThe competition, which is open to all and will run throughout June, July and August, is designed to promote crucians as a species, to assist in the recognition of true crucians, to encourage more anglers to take up crucian fishing and to highlight the need to develop specific crucian waters.

Since its launch four years ago, the NCCP has inspired interest from all over the country with clubs and fishery owners creating a number of new, bespoke crucian fisheries. They were often helped by the Environment Agency's fish farm at Calverton who increased their production of true crucians to support these stocking initiatives. Crucian production at Calverton between 2013 and 2016 saw a staggering total of 152,046 DNA tested crucians stocked into 195 separate waters.

Recently established bespoke crucian waters include: Little Melton Lakes in Norfolk; Rocklands Mere and Mill Lodge Farm Fishery, both also in Norfolk; Yaddlesthorpe Ponds at Scunthorpe; Grace Lake at Biggleswade; the Moat at Marsworth; the Kinver Freeliners water; Warwick’s Water in Newbury; Holtwood Ponds at Christchurch and Edmonsham Ponds at Wimborne.

On the announcement of a third Catch a Crucian photo competition in 2018 Martin Salter, National Campaigns Coordinator for the Angling Trust, said: "This fantastic initiative has grown in popularity and compliments the excellent practical work that is going on to enhance and restore crucian habitat. We decided to extend the competition over three months to give anglers more time to get their entries in and it’s great that once again Bait-Tech and Angling Direct are happy to continue their generous sponsorship."

How to enter

Entries are free of charge and will be online via the special competition website. Simply follow the instructions on the website to register then go catch your crucian anytime in June, July or August and get snapping.

Most competitions in fishing revolve around catching the biggest or the most fish but this initiative from Britain's crucian enthusiasts to promote their favourite species is to be judged more on the quality of the photography rather than the size of the captures.

Entrants will even find some top tips for taking a great fishing photo, which award winning film maker Hugh Miles has kindly produced for the event.

There will be three categories for entries with the best three photos in each going into a final:

  • Best Crucian Picture
  • Best Scenic Picture of a Crucian Water
  • Best Picture of a Junior with a Crucian

Our judges will choose three finalists in each category and all nine finalists will receive the Bait-Tech bait package. All appropriate entries will be displayed on the competition website and we are hoping for a great selection for the judges to choose from.

Oliver Harper, Angling Direct’s Marketing Manager, said:
"Angling Direct are proud to be associated with the National Crucian Conservation Project and to support this great competition again. We are 100% behind the aims of the project to restore the crucian and its habitat."

Hayley Goldsmith, Managing Director of Bait-Tech, said:
"The Catch a Crucian Competition is growing each year and it is a delight to see the engagement levels from the public - the photo submissions not only show a variety of people fishing for these lovely fish, their smiles are contagious. It's an easy decision for Bait-Tech to support this competition for another year and to encourage people to catch a species that they might not usually consider fishing for. Good luck to all those who enter and happy dangling."

Peter Rolfe, crucian expert and competition judge, concluded:
“This competition has helped the crucian conservation cause and it gives me great pleasure to be involved as a judge. I’m already looking forward to seeing photos of great fish and places. In particular, I think it is a brilliant idea to offer a prize for photos of crucians caught by youngsters, sowing the seeds for years of pleasure ahead.”


Source: Angling Trust Fishing News



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