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Drennan Team England win gold in Poland.

Drennan Team England have won a team gold medal in the 2013 World Championship in Warsaw, Poland. After a close final day battle, the team of Alan Scotthorne, Will Raison, Sean Ashby, Des Shipp and Steve Hemingray beat second placed France by an eight point margin.

individual silver medal for Steve Hemingray, who was fishing his first World Championship with the team this year, and a bronze medal for five times former World Champion, Alan Scotthorne.

The new World Champion is Didier Delannoy of France, he caught two late bream to finish with 6kg 040g, and a perfect two point score, beating second place Steve Hemingray on weight countback.

England manager, Mark Downes was ecstatic with the result, and commented: " We are delighted to take team gold after a couple of difficult years on the world stage. The fishing really suited England, with roach and perch being the target. For English anglers, the best comparison I can give would be a cross between The Stainforth & Keadby Canal, and the Warwickshire Avon. Obviously, we know a lot about this kind of fishing, which helped us in practice. In all, I couldn't be happier with how the team has performed, and would also like to congratulate runners up France on a great comeback."

For much of the match, England's runners had Poland down as being their biggest threat, but at the weigh in, it was France who was closest to catching them, finishing eight points behind over the two days.

Team Result:

1 England 25pts

2 France 33pts

3 Poland 39pts

Individual Result

1 Didier Delannnoy (France) 2pts

2 Steve Hemingray (England) 2pts

3 Alan Scotthorne (England) 2pts

 

Wales had a credible 9th Position improving from their first day position of 12th with the new Andy Johnstone Captaincy. Best individual for the Welsh team was 18th




The England ladies steamed to victory this weekend, taking gold in the World Championship held on the River Sava in Radece, Slovenia.
The event involved 18 teams and after day one the team was lying in eighth place, but only 12 points away from gold in an incredibly tight frame. Winning the event, however, came as a big surprise as the team thought they were out of contention before the weigh-in on day two. Their unpredicted score of just 18 penalty points won the second day, though, and pushed them to the top of the podium overall.
England finished on 56 points, ahead of second-placed Croatia on 60 points. Italy filled the bronze medal position with 62 points. England’s top points scorer was Helen Dagnall, who scored five points over the two days.Team Result

1 England 56 points

2 Croatia 60

3 Italy 62

4 Hungary 62

5 Czech Republic 71


WALES APPOINT NEW TEAM MANAGER


The Federation of Welsh Coarse Anglers has selected Wing Commander Andy Johnstone OBE to be their interim Senior Team Manager for the forthcoming International season.   Andy has been a member of the Welsh squad for 10 years and competed in 9 European Championships and 4 World Championships.   A member of the Royal Air Force team he has managed the RAF to numerous medals including NFA Division 1 National Silver; 5 Gold's, 2 Silvers and a Bronze, during the 8 years the RAF competed in the European Military Championships; and numerous NATO Championship medals.   With his military background, he will be bringing strong leadership and organisational skills, plus a fair amount of discipline!   Andy was surprised to be offered the position quite so soon and is currently on operations in the Gulf Region!   Nevertheless, he is aware that he has accepted a big challenge and is ready to start with a blank canvas.   Andy accepted the post saying "It's been an honour to represent our proud nation and an even greater privilege to become the team manager, I know that I have a big job in front of me and hope that I can unite a talented squad, while enjoying the support of all Welsh anglers, as we strive for international success".
 


In the past two months the Angling Trust's Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) has gathered momentum. It started as a small pilot project in the South East of England, but it is now growing very rapidly and chalking up a number of successes in the battle against poaching and other illegal activity on the banks. A very wide range of people have volunteered their time to work alongside paid Environment Agency staff.

Discussions are now underway with the Environment Agency about rolling out the VBS to the rest of the country. Any members interested in applying to become a Volunteer Bailiff should in the first instance email their full name, date of birth, address and contact numbers to bailiffs@anglingtrust.net. Your details will then be added to our database - we'll be in touch immediately recruiting starts in your area.


RIVERFEST COMPETITION

A brand new competition, which will carry the biggest ever individual river competition first prize of £10,000, plus more big main list and section cash prizes in the final gets underway in July.
 
RiverFest 2013 is the brainchild of river expert Dave Harrell who has been working closely with the Angling Trust to put the competition in place. Twenty qualifiers of 60 anglers on various river venues around the country will see three anglers from each match qualify for a two-day weight aggregate final on the fish rich River Wye at Hereford on the weekend of 16th/17th November 2013.
 
Dave Harrell said: “While it’s been great to see some big money events created on commercial fisheries over the past few years, natural fishing has been largely ignored. This new competition is an idea I’ve been thinking about for a while and it’s now going to happen thanks to the involvement of the Angling Trust.”
 
“The response to date has been fantastic as river match organisers from all over the country have come forward, keen to get involved with the competition. We’ve got 20 qualifying matches this year and it is the Trust’s intention to make the competition even bigger in the years to come."
 
"We gave a lot of consideration to the choice of venue for the final and eventually settled on the River Wye as it’s a place that lends itself to various skills and methods. We felt this was important, as we didn’t want to alienate anyone who qualified by putting him or her on a venue where they had little or no chance of competing. With a two-day total weight final as well this will make it much fairer for everyone to compete. The main target species in the final will be chub, barbel, roach, dace and perch and approaches will include both float and feeder tactics depending where you draw.”
 
“We are now actively looking for a sponsor for the competition as we have a lot to offer in terms of company, or product exposure and promotion. Any interested party is invited to get in touch with me through my email address at: info@daveharrellangling.com in the first instance.”
 
Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust said: “We’re all very grateful to Dave for spearheading the launch of this new competition and for helping us launch it so rapidly. It’s an exciting new addition to our match calendar and we hope it will recruit some new members to the Angling Trust to support our work fighting to protect fish and fishing and recruiting the anglers of the future.”
 
The entry forms to apply for the qualifying matches are now available from the Angling Trust, and a coupon is also available in the two weekly angling publications. There will also be further details and entry details available on the Angling Trust website at www.anglingtrust.net
 
QUALIFIER DATES AND VENUES
 
JULY 20TH – RIVER YARE
 
JULY 21ST – GREAT OUSE, LITTLEPORT
 
JULY 28TH – RIVER CALDER, Mirfield
 
AUGUST 4TH – BRISTOL AVON, NEWBRIDGE AND SALTFORD
 
AUGUST 10TH – RIVER TRENT – TORKSEY, NORTH CLIFTON, SOUTH CLIFTON
 
AUGUST 17TH – RIVER SWALE, MORTON
 
AUGUST 18TH – RIVER URE, RIPON
 
AUGUST 18TH – RIVER TRENT, BURTON
 
AUGUST 31ST – RIVER TEES, BOWESFIELD
 
SEPTEMBER 1ST – RIVER DERWENT – BORROWASH AND DERBY.
 
SEPTEMBER 14TH – RIVER SEVERN, BRIDGNORTH
 
SEPTEMBER 15TH – RIVER SEVERN, BEWDLEY
 
SEPTEMBER 21ST – RIVER CALDER, ALTOFTS
 
SEPTEMBER 21ST – RIVER SEVERN, UPTON UPON SEVERN
 
SEPTEMBER 22ND – WARWICKSHIRE AVON, EVESHAM
 
SEPTEMBER 28TH – RIVER TRENT, BURTON
 
SEPTEMBER 29TH – RIVER THAMES, MEDLEY
 
OCTOBER 5TH – RIVER SEVERN, SHREWSBURY
 
OCTOBER 6TH – RIVER TRENT, LAUGHTERTON, NORTH CLIFTON
 
OCTOBER 12TH - WARWICKSHIRE AVON, EVESHAM
 
For further information, please contact Dave Harrell on               07971 557 340      , or Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, Angling Trust on               0115 9061 301      , or               07808 779470      .



Tyddyn Sargent Coarse fishery in Benllech, Anglesey
, completed the re-stocking of it’s 1 ¾ acre lake on Saturday 9th March. The re-stocking is a direct result of predation by cormorants and goosanders during the winter of 2011/12, which resulted in an extremely poor fishing season during 2012.

Excellent quality bream, roach, rudd and perch were supplied from one of the waters owned by Lymm Angling club in Cheshire. Our thanks go to Neil Bowers and his team for sourcing the fish and organising the re-stocking.


Coarse Fish Conference to be held on 9th May at Barston Lakes

The Angling Trust, together with the Rivers Trust, Canal & Rivers Trust, The Foundation for Water Research and The Environment Agency will be holding a one day event to encourage fishing clubs and anglers to get involved with habitat improvement work on their waters. <>The Conference will be titled:
Hands Up for the Environment:
Practical Measures for Improving Coarse Fish Habitat on Rivers
<>This will be a daytime event with some fabulous speakers and an emphasis on getting anglers involved in practical work to improve the fish stocks and fishing on the rivers they love.
Limited spaces will be available and the day will include tea and coffee on arrival and a buffet lunchA full running order of the day and details of how to book will be available soon, but mark the date in your diary now !

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HUMPHRIES DROPPED
Eric Humpries has last been dropped from the Welsh Team Managers job. After a Welsh Federation meeting this weekend 1/3/2013 it was decided that Eric was to leave. The Managers job replacement has yet to be decided. (See Snide Rumours for more information)


Eel Capture
A 49-year-old man from Kirkham, near Preston, has been fined £140, plus £127 costs and had his fishing tackle confiscated after catching eels from the River Eea in Grange-over-Sands. Miroslaw Mierzwa, of Station Road, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to the charge of removal of eels by rod and line from any waters during a case heard at South Lakeland Magistrates Court. On May 27 2012, Mierzwa was seen by an Environment Agency bailiff fishing with one rod and line from the left bank of the River Eea at Down Stream Cartmel. After being approached, Mierzwa produced a valid fishing licence. He explained he was fishing for eels and the bailiff noted the defendant had a plastic box which contained three dead adult eels.

Following the prosecution of an angler for killing eels by the Environment Agency last week, the Angling Trust has renewed its call for an urgent ban on the commercial fishing of eels and elvers, which have experienced a decline of some 95% in the last decade. Angling's representative body agreed to support a ban on the taking of eels by rod and line three years ago, asking at the same time for a complete ban on the commercial exploitation of the stock.  Eels have a lifecycle of between 10 and 40 years and very little is known about the factors affecting their numbers so it is just not possible to know whether a commercial harvest is sustainable.
Eels are a vital part of the aquatic ecosystem and a favourite food of cormorants and otters.  It is thought that the decline in eels may have contributed to increased predation on other fish species. Eels are highly valuable and it is thought that far more eels and elvers are taken than the licences allow.  The continued licensed commercial fishing of eels and elvers makes enforcement more difficult; if it were banned entirely then anglers would be able much more easily to report any eel or elver fishing as being illegal, and puts remaining stocks at risk. The Trust's view is that elvers should only be caught for the purpose of supporting dedicated re-stocking programmes.
The Angling Trust and Fish Legal campaign and take legal action to tackle pollution, over-abstraction, migration barriers and damaging hydropower schemes which are being promoted and licensed by the Environment Agency.
The 2007 EC Eel Regulation required member states to develop and implement eel management plans to restore the escapement of silver eels to at least 40% of historic, "pristine" levels.  Plans were published in 2009 covering each of the 11 river basin districts in England and Wales. The EC Regulation required states to report on the latest condition of eel stocks and on progress in delivering the management plans in 2012 and at 3-yearly (until 2018) then 6-yearly intervals.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal said: "we were recently asked for a view of the Environment Agency's eel management plans at the England & Wales Fisheries Group which oversees the work of the Agency in this area and we emphatically called again for an end to commercial netting and trapping of all eels and elvers.

"There is some good work being done by the Agency to build fish passes and to stop eels being sucked into water intakes, but its value is diminished because they are still being slaughtered and exported.  To prosecute an angler for killing three eels while licensing the harvest of many tonnes of eels each year by commercial fisheries is wrong.  All commercial fishing for eels and elvers must stop, and it must stop now."


DON SLAYMAKER 5/01/13
Midland based angling legend; Don Slaymaker has passed away after a battle with cancer. Don was widely regarded as being one of the best river anglers of his generation, and also had scores of commercial victories to his name.

Originally hailing from Stoke, Don moved to Nottingham as a young man, cutting his teeth on the ultra competitive River Trent circuit of the 70s and 80s. A onetime member of the Trentmen, and famous Shakespeare Superteam squads, Don was regarded as one of the country’s finest anglers. He was an exceptionally talented angler. Back in the days of the big Trent matches he was up there with the best, and he adapted his skills very well and became a great commercial angler. Don (gizza a Fag) will be sadly misses by all his friends
See Video coverage of Don www.fishing-media.co.uk  - Worse Video section

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RAY MUMFORD

I was saddened to hear about Ray Mumford death this week in the Angling Press. A True gentleman and an old friend of mine and a great ambassador of our sport, he was defiantly years ahead of his time in pole fishing techniques and methods. This became apparent when fishing together in Italy leading up to a World Championship on the River Arno, Florence. Feeding small stones around his float as an attractor we caught more fish than most anglers who used conventional groundbaits.  My testimonial article  honouring this great Angler that in my opinion was a legend.  Click Here


The British Carp and Angling Show

sets to inspire the next generation of anglers, with the help of some celebrity fishing friends…
With some of the UK's best known angling celebrities set to attend the British Carp and Angling Show, taking place at the Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich on January 19 and 20, 2013 – the weekend is set to blow the minds of all those attending.
Fishing is one of the biggest sports in the UK and engaged by an estimated 3.3 million people, so it is important to inspire the next generation of anglers in the hope that the sport and recreational pastime will live on forever. Famous fisherman John Wilson is local to Norfolk and at the British Carp and Angling Show, will host the Rigging Clinic, where youngsters are encouraged to join in with this interactive workshop and learn the skills from one of the UK’s best.
Other fantastic learning opportunities for youngsters at the British Carp and Angling Show include talks and interactive Q&A TVs most famous fisherman Matt Hayes and 4 x world angling champion Bob Nudd. There will also be an Underwater Angling presentation from Nash’s Paul Garner; Peter Springate will be signing his books over on the Freebird Publishing stand and the Bait Kitchen with Keith Williams over on the Main Line stand.
This enormous fishing event is set to attract over 10,000 visitors, as the Norfolk Showground's grand 50,000 sq. ft. Exhibition Hall houses over 120 stands; consisting of top bait and tackle manufacturers such as Nash, Korda, Sonik, Trakker and Mad Baits, magazine publications, fishing lakes and holidays, expert consultants and celebs. As well as product launches, book signings, casting competitions and the Pro theatre this fantastic event also has an on-site bar where you can socialize with other anglers and tell your own stories from the riverbank.  
Tickets are available in advanced at £8.00 for adults (£10.00 on the day) and £2.00 (£5.00 on the day) for accompanied children under 16. There is no charge for children under five years old.
The British Carp and Angling Show 19th and 20th January 2013
at the Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 0TT
Open: Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm
For more info: Telephone 01702 549623 website www.britishcarpshow.co.uk



Celtic Lakes Resort owner fined over licence

John Carney said the giant fish were pets kept in a private pond The owner of a fishing holiday resort has been found guilty of keeping sturgeon without a licence.
John Carney said he kept the fish, which is known for its caviar, as pets. But Aberystwyth magistrates heard that the fish were found at the Celtic Lakes Resort in Ceredigion in a commercial lake, which is illegal with no licence. Carney, from near Lampeter, was fined £500, ordered to pay £1,400 court costs and £1,400 towards the investigation. He had denied the charge.

The court declined to make an order for the destruction and forfeit of the fish. The Celtic Lakes Resort is based in the hamlet of Creuddyn Bridge, near Lampeter. Speaking on BBC Radio Wales after the court case Huw Evans, an environmental crime officer with Environment Agency Wales, said an investigation had been started after a lot of "circumstantial evidence and a magazine article" pointed to sturgeon being in the lake.
"A licence is needed to keep non-native fish and you wouldn't get a licence to keep a sturgeon in... commercial fisheries such as this," he said. "The concerns are that these fish are non-native, they could escape or they could release diseases or parasites into the environment which could affect not only native sturgeon but could affect other fish."
Mr Evans added there was particular concern that non-native fish could escape and compete with a native fish such as salmon and sea trout

59th Nations World Championship Coarse Angling River Morava Czechoslovakia
  England finish 6th in this years World Championships 2012 and individual winner was Sean Ashby (England)
  see results here 

WALES DISASTER AGAIN 2012 World Championship Czech Rep
32 out of 37 on the first day see results here   finished 24th

Home Internationals

What a disaster the Welsh team performance, it seems that The Welsh Manager Eric Humpries has got it all wrong again, tactics, team selection in addition to being stuffed by England doubling their weight, from the next peg, but also by all the Home teams coming last,  watching the match on TV did expose all anglers abilities and it is fair to say the Welsh team are miles behind the more professional team anglers of England and dare I say some of the Scottish and Irish teams who beat Wales hands down.  

Results

England  101.96 Kgs

Scotland  76.0   Kgs

Ireland  61.97  Kgs

Wales   50.71  Kgs


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Once again the Angling Trust took anglers' concerns to the heart of parliament when the Environmental Audit Select Committee invited Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter, along with the RSPCA, RSPB and the National Gamekeepers' Association, to give evidence in the House of Commons on Wednesday (March 7) to its inquiry into Wildlife Crime.

The Angling Trust duo described to the committee of MPs the problems associated with poaching, illegal commercial fishing and invasive non-native species on rivers, lakes and around the coast. They told MPs that the current system of fines and penalties simply didn't act as a strong enough deterrent and that it was time to get tough on poachers and fish thieves.

Martin Salter explained how frustrating it is for anglers to see 'pathetically weak fines' handed out for fish thefts or for deliberate commercial over-fishing.

Martin told the committee:
"Last month's prosecution in Scotland of 17 skippers found guilty of illegal catches worth over £62 million puts the Brinks Mat robbery into the shade yet those convicted got off with pathetically weak fines of no more than £80,000 each - representing just a fraction of the illegal profits made from robbing a public resource and damaging an important fishery. The same goes for those caught with illegal set lines and nets on freshwater fisheries who really do need to feel the full force of the law if we are to curb what is in some areas a growing menace. Currently it is fair to say that all too often wildlife crime pays in Britain."

Mark and Martin highlighted a lack of resources and co-ordination of enforcement activity between agencies and reported that in many regions the Environment Agency (EA) specialist bailiffs were being replaced with generalist enforcement officers without the detailed local knowledge of their predecessors or an active presence at the water's edge. They also drew attention to the ground-breaking Building Bridges project aimed at increasing awareness amongst migrant anglers of the rules and customs governing fishing in the UK. This project is a partnership between the Trust and the EA.

Mark Lloyd also gave evidence on the impact of invasive species on native wildlife and noted that these alien invaders cost the UK economy about £1.7 billion every year. These species also impact severely on angling, which has 3.5 million participants, generates more than £3 billion for the economy and employs more than 37,000 people. American signal crayfish have caused untold damage to wild fisheries by eating fish eggs and invertebrates on which fish feed and have made angling impossible in some areas. He suggested that there was some evidence to indicate that they were being spread deliberately for commercial gain.

In response to cross-questioning from the Committee, the Angling Trust pair proposed a range of practical solutions including:
  • Increasing fines and introducing prison sentences for organised criminal poaching, fish theft, illegal commercial fishing and the wilful introduction of invasive species
  • Extending pilot volunteer bailiff schemes run by the Angling Trust to complement paid staff
  • Retaining and recruiting specialist fisheries bailiffs, paid for by rod licence income
  • Investing in a national biosecurity strategy and developing contingency plans
  • Raising awareness with border agencies and ports about the risks
  • Banning the sale of invasive non native plants in garden centres and the import of invasive fish such as topmouth gudgeon for the aquarium trade
  • Taking a lead on developing a European Directive on Non Native Species
Mark Lloyd said:
"We welcome this opportunity to let MPs know about the importance of wildlife crime as an issue to the nation's anglers and to the large angling industry which is an important employer, particularly in rural and coastal areas. The Committee never received evidence from anglers in the past before the unification of angling into the Angling Trust. We receive reports of damage from poaching and invasive species every week from our members and we are determined to do all we can to encourage Government and the judiciary to understand the scale of these problems and to introduce tougher fines for people who deliberately flout the law."
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Petition

Chris Tarrant and Feargal Sharkey join the Avon Roach project petition handover to
Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon outside DEFRA offices.
A high resolution version of this image is available from the link below.


Angling Trust and Salmon & Trout Association campaigners were joined by celebrities Chris Tarrant and Feargal Sharkey when they presented a 16,000 signature petition organised by the Avon Roach project to Richard Benyon MP on Wednesday (22nd Feb). The petition called for action to limit the devastating impact of the UK's rapidly increasing cormorant population and its effect on inland freshwater habitat and ecosystems.

Scientists have calculated that each cormorant needs at least a pound of fish a day to survive, and there are now an estimated 23,000 non-native invasive cormorants over-wintering in the UK from Holland, Denmark and other parts of Europe compared to a couple of thousand in the 1980s. This means that at least 23,000lbs of our freshwater fish get eaten EVERY DAY throughout the winter - a total and unsustainable loss of 2,760,000lbs of fish every winter causing damage to our native bio-diversity..

The petition has been organised by the Avon Roach Project headed by Trevor Harrop and Budgie Price and ably assisted and supported by internationally renowned wildlife film maker Hugh Miles who are working to try and re-establish healthy roach populations in their local river Avon after heavy cormorant predation contributed to numbers crashing to critical levels between Salisbury and Christchurch. Their efforts are strongly supported by the Angling Trust as the single representative body for angling in England and the Salmon and Trout Association.

DEFRA fisheries minister Richard Benyon has ordered a review into the current ineffective and bureaucratic licensing regime that allows for limited controls on the numbers of cormorants and other fish eating birds. The review group is expected to report in the summer.

Martin Salter, former parliamentary spokesman for angling and now National Campaigns Co-ordinator for the Angling Trust said:
"The Angling Trust was pleased to be able to take anglers concerns to the heart of government. Richard Benyon knows that we have a serious problem and hopefully this petition will strengthen his hand within government when it comes to introducing new control measures. Mr Benyon recognises that our rivers are suffering from over-abstraction, habitat loss and diffuse pollution. Freshwater fish stocks cannot withstand the rapid growth in numbers of cormorants that we have seen since they were given special protection under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act."

Avon Roach Project co-ordinator Trevor Harrop said:
"We've seen the numbers of cormorants increase at an unimaginable rate. We simply could not stand by and watch as the last of the small and fragile populations of roach was decimated in our local Hampshire Avon, one of the country's most iconic rivers. We are really grateful to everyone who signed our petition and feel that it is important to get our message to those who can make a difference."

TV host and lifelong angler Chris Tarrant says:
"It has taken an absurdly long time for people to realise the damage to fish populations, other wildlife and the whole environment that cormorants have been doing for too many years. Many of our finest, most beautiful and most famous waterways have been skinned by these predatory birds.

Some of the flocks are enormous and the current regulations are hopelessly inadequate to control them. Whole fisheries have been virtually wiped out, resulting either in jobs lost or thousands of pounds spent in restocking.

In other instances once thriving waters are now virtually devoid of fish, a situaton which threatens other bird populations like the kingfisher and the grebe. It is time to redress the balance before it becomes too late.."

Wildlife Film maker Hugh Miles added:
"Non native cormorants have invaded our freshwater rivers and lakes from Denmark and Holland and threaten to wipe out our fish. Scientific estimates reckon that 23,000 visit here for the winter and that they each need one pound of fish a day to survive. That's 23,000 pounds of fish EVERY DAY. This adds up to a total of 1,200 tons of fish in four months, twice the total annual production of the largest trout farm in the UK. This level of predation is totally unsustainable and a direct threat to the survival of our precious bio-diversity".

The petition calls on the government to place cormorants on the general licence allowing fishery managers and angling clubs to better protect their fisheries from excessive and unsustainable predation. The campaigners will also be handing a letter to Mr Benyon and a report entitled 'Bio-Diversity in Danger' which demonstrates that there is no viable alternative other than to allow the legal right to defend our native fish populations against this non-native invasive predator.

Petition Wording:
The current Cormorant licensing regime is woefully inadequate as it stands. Therefore, we the undersigned call upon the Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries to change the licensing law and include the Cormorant on the 'General Licence', allowing the legal control of Cormorant numbers where they pose a threat to fish populations. In so doing, this will allow the vital link in the food chain to be maintained, and the protection of not only our freshwater fish species, but also species such as Kingfishers, Grebes, Bitterns, and more. We should have the right to protect our environment, but the current law does not allow this.

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ITALY WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 Ostellato Canal. Italy
The home team Italy totally dominated this years World Championsips, scoring a brilliant nine points on day one with three section wins.

The venue fished well with bream, skimmers, and carp showing in good numbers and also plenty of catfish being caught, although CIPS ruled they would not count for this event. England had surprisingly chosen to leave of anchor man Steve Gardener on day one; and their best performer was Stu Conroy with a 17kilo weight that gave him second in section.

Alan Scotthorne scored a section third, Des Shipp was fourth in his section, with Will Raison fifth in his section and Sean Ashby having to make way for Steve Gardener on day two after his section sixth.

Wales were ninth of the 34 competing teams after day one, 29 points off the lead, their best performer being Nige Evans who was fourth in his section.

Of the other home nations Scotland were 17th after the first day, Ireland 27th and the Channel Islands 30th. One the bigger disappointments were European Champions France, who showed that while they are still masterful on small fish, when it comes to big weights of quality fish, they are still lagging behind.

The biggest surprise package was South Africa, who sat 7th after Day One after a section first, second, sixth, 8th and 12th. However, there was much excitement in the Scottish camp going into Day Two after Jamie Masson won the whole match with over 25 kilos from one of the end pegs – and he was in with a real chance of a gold medal.

It came as no surprise to anyone when Italy held on to take the gold on Day Two. They weren’t quite as brilliant, but their 12-point score was still stunning and they finished clear of the field with just 21 points.

Holland could not repeat their day one success and they dropped away, agonisingly missing out on a medal by just a point with Belgium taking the bronze medal with 32 points and the ever-strong Hungarians matching Italy’s performance on Day Two with just 12 points to take silver. England fished well and beat their day one performance by a point, but their 19-point score put them on 29 points which placed them in fifth.

Stu Conroy was England's best performer finishing tenth overall on 5pts. Alan Scotthorne also scored five points but with a lower weight.

Jamie Masson missed out on a medal for Scotland after leading on day one, with two Italians on the podium. Andrea Fini won the gold for Italy, with Peter Milkovics of Hungary taking silver and Ferruccio Gabba of Italy the bronze.

Wales finished in 12th, with Scotland 15th and including a section win for Ewan Reed on Day Two, Ireland 27th and the Channel Islands 31st of the 36 competing teams.
See official results here

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DARKER FOUND GUILTY

Mr Robin Darker former Treasure of Cardiff Nomads and now working for the Angling Trust as Senior coaching officer, stood impassively in the dock as the verdict was delivered.The jury took less than five minutes to reach majority guilty verdict on one count. Falsifying the accounts Cardiff Nomads in 2004 in the tune of £16.000  “Today, a jury has seen through his dishonesty by finding him guilty of theft by false accounting. “He will now face the consequences of his actions.” Said Gary Swain acting sectary of Cardiff Nomads, even though the club is now not active perhaps the club can pursue their loss through the Banks. .He will be sentenced within 4 weeks.
9 months Suspended for to years 240 hours community service See Here

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SPRING DROUGHT
The driest spring for more than half a century has fuelled fears that angling could face yet another summer of parched rivers and widespread stillwater fish deaths.  Rainfall in March was the lowest since 1953, and with the situation having continued throughout April, the water in many rivers is already a foot below normal summer level. Officials from both the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Met Office have admitted to being very concerned at the situation, which comes at what they term a ‘pivotal time of the year for rainfall’.
“The driest March for well over 50 years was followed by one of the driest Aprils ever recorded,” said a spokesperson for the former. “Rainfall for April was only around 16 per cent of the long-term average.”
One venue that really suffered through last year’s lack of rainfall was the River Wye, and the waterway is already showing signs that 2011 could see a repeat.
“In Hereford town centre the water is a good foot below summer level,” said Paul Woodward of Woody’s Tackle in Hereford.
“It gets worse each year. The big concern is that when the water gets very low the chub and barbel shoal up in deeper pools, making them vulnerable to predators and poachers. I just hope we have some heavy rainfall very soon.”
The Environment Agency has said that if the prolonged dry spell continues, action may have to be taken on the worst-hit rivers.
“There can be an environmental impact such as fish in distress which will need rescuing,” said a spokesperson.
Commercial fishery owners also face a difficult few months ahead, with dry weather and high temperatures leading to deoxygenation fears.
However, Phil Briscoe, who runs Larford Lakes in Stourport, says problems can be averted by proper management.
“We desperately need rain because April has warmed up too quickly. This is a vulnerable time for stocks, and there are already algal blooms at some fisheries. Measures we use to prevent problems include net dipping, ensuring anglers don’t put too many fish in keepnets, and carrying out oxygen tests three times a day with the aerators on standby,” he said.
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NOW KILLER SHRIMPS
A POPULAR Port Talbot walking spot has been shut off to the public due to the outbreak of a "killer" shrimp.
Tata Steel, which owns Eglwys Nunydd reservoir in Margam, has had to prevent public accessing the site, following the invasive shrimp dikerogammarus villosus being discovered last November.
The pest, which has been dubbed the "killer" shrimp, has an unpleasant characteristic of killing many animals, including young fish, but leaving many uneaten.  SEE REPORT
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VINTAGE TACKLE  AUCTION

A set of vintage lures costing £22,000 were the highlight of a huge auction of antique fishing tackle held in London last week.
Collectors from all over Europe descended upon the London HQ of Angling Auctions for the sale of 500 lots belonging to lifelong collector Graham Turner, which included some of the finest rods, reels, tackle items and equipment ever to grace the sport.
Although the uncertain economic climate may have had a minor impact, organisers claimed trade remained ‘very buoyant’, with a total of £226,500 being spent by collectors.
The highest price on the day was fetched by a collection of fishing lures made by the British Wyers brothers, billed as one of the star lots before the event began.
However, several other items which received a prominent pre-sale billing, such as an Ustonson Original Multiplying Winch reel (dated 1762) which was expected to fetch bids upwards of £30,000, and a quartet of rods previously owned by the 4th Earl Spencer, failed to reach their reserves.  
“It ended up being a sale of two halves really. We had high hopes for a few of the main lots, and while it was a little disappointing that they didn’t sell, there were some very pleasant surprises with the other items.
“The Wyers lures went for a good price, and there was a Complete Fishing Compendium which sold for £11,000 to a Russian collector. Some of the Hardy reels also fetched good sums, including an 1896 all-brass Perfect, which was bought for £8,800,” said Graham (76), who is now planning to call time on his collecting career, although admits he’ll find it hard to do so.
“I might need some tablets from the doctor!” he joked.
Angling Auctions boss Neil Freeman remained upbeat in his post-auction summary, saying: “All in all, it was a buoyant sale with lots of interest from overseas. The markets for antique tackle remain in good shape.”
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Environment Agency state there will be no plans for closed season review
Any hopes of a review of the current laws on fishing running water have been dashed this week as the Environment Agency revealed it has no plans to review the dates of the closed season. The announcement comes after a fishing club sparked controversy By Saying " it will be holding an illegal river match in protest against the closed season. Numerous anglers, fishing clubs and tackle shops have expressed their support for the club’s radical action, as well as showing interest in running similar contests in an attempt to force the EA to rethink the closed season. But the angling community remains divided on the subject, with the EA’s refusal to review its policies coming as music to the ears of traditionalists and those who believe the closed season is vital to protect spawning fish, wildlife and river environments.
One man who is infuriated by the EA’s announcement is John Barefield, owner of the Fine Line tackle shop in Tooting, Greater London, who fully supports the ‘illegal fishing match’ and admits that he is considering running a similar contest on the River Thames.
“I’m not surprised that the EA has come to this decision. When has it ever listened to what anglers want?” said John.
“If I could afford the petrol I’d drive up to the River Severn myself and take part in this contest. If any of those anglers get gear confiscated in the match I’ll give them some tackle out of my shop. They deserve a medal for what they are doing.”
Sitting firmly on the other side of the fence to John is predator fishing legend Gord Burton, who admits to  being delighted with the EA’s decision. “Our river fish need protection and the EA has certainly done the right thing for our sport,” said Gord. “There are enough commercial fisheries out there for anglers that want to fish in the closed season; it’s unethical to put any more pressure on our rivers and their environments.” When asked whether it may rethink the issue at a later date, a spokesperson for the EA said: “We have no plans to review the dates of the closed season. The laws are in place to protect wild fish stocks during their vulnerable spawning period. Any decision to change the law must be based on sound scientific evidence that doing so would not be detrimental to stocks. We must adopt the precautionary principle.”
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Minister Promises to Involve Anglers in Decision-Making
At the Angling Summit, held on Monday, Environment and Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP promised that the marine and freshwater angling community would be closely involved in decision-making at a local level and nationally through its representative body, the Angling Trust. As an example he indicated that he was prepared to take “bold decisions” with regard to the recently announced review of cormorant licensing and that his officials were meeting with the Angling Trust to draw up the terms of reference for this review.
He also said that the Government was looking for new ways of maximising the many benefits of the nation’s favourite pastime to society. He recognised the huge contribution that angling already makes to protecting the freshwater and marine environment, its importance for health and wellbeing and its contribution to the economy, in particular rural areas and coastal towns.
The Minister pledged that the Government would do all it could to make it easier for angling clubs and associations to operate by reducing red tape and regulation which often deters volunteers from organising activities for young people at a local level. He also indicated that the Government was keen to adopt a catchment-based approach to environmental management.
Building trust between anglers and the Government was also high on the agenda with many sea angling representatives concerned about the proposed data collection project recently proposed by Defra. The Angling Trust stressed that marine fish stocks were suffering only because of decades of commercial overfishing; regulation of sea anglers would therefore be unfair.
More than 100 delegates, representing all sectors of the angling and fisheries community, heard presentations from a range of speakers about good practice for increasing the social, environmental and economic benefits of angling. All attendees then took part in workshops to identify ways of increasing the number of people going fishing and the many benefits of angling to society.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, spoke at the conference and said afterwards: “We welcome this event as an indication that the Government is keen to listen and to acknowledge the importance of angling in all its forms. However, after decades of decreasing recognition of angling we need to see real action to follow up on the fine words. The Angling Trust will continue to press the Government and its agencies to increase angling access and to restore marine and freshwater fish stocks, many of which are in terminal decline.”
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DEAD BODY
A club match was cancelled this week - after a woman’s body was found floating in one of the pegs.
The gruesome discovery was made at Needham Lake, the centre of a beauty spot in Needham Market, Suffolk, where anglers from Gipping Valley Angling Club were waiting to fish.
The body was found by a man walking around the venue, and anglers then raised the alarm, contacting the emergency services who recovered the body, which was floating face down, from peg 2 of the venue.
“From a distance it looked like a plastic bag and even when we got close we weren’t sure it was a real body - it’s just not what you expect to find,” GVAC chairman Steve said after discovering the gruesome sight.
“I’d fished that peg the week before. It was just surreal and something none of us will ever forget.
“After we’d given statements to the police we moved the match to another venue but a lot of the guys, including myself, dropped out. Fishing was the last thing on my mind after seeing that. We’ve got a match there again this coming weekend and we’re planning to hold a minute’s silence for the lady.” The body has subsequently been identified as that of 60-year-old Ruth Jacobs, from Ipswich.
A 58-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of murder, before being detained under the Mental Health Act.
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River anglers were dealt a body blow this week when plans were revealed to build a hydro power plant on another of the UK’s best running water venues. (Report from Angling Times)

The plant - similar to that recently given the green light at the famous Gunthorpe weir on the Trent - will be erected on the Pershore stretch of the Warwickshire Avon, with the Environment Agency having already granted planning permission for the scheme.
By reducing the speed of the water above and below the weir at Pershore by 80 per cent, it is feared that the controversial structure will not only ruin the first class barbel, chub and predator fishing of the stretch, but that the lack of flow will also destroy important spawning beds along with the river’s ecology. Birmingham Anglers Association controls the fishing and is convinced the plant will devastate sport along the stretch, which is among the best along the whole river.
“This is terrible news, but we are in an impossible situation because the landowner that gives us access is the one who instigated the scheme,” said John Williams, BAA secretary. “For me the blame lays firmly at the door of the EA. They’re supposed to be protecting the ecology of the nation’s rivers and the interests of angling. By allowing developments like this, they are failing us.” The Angling Trust has also objected to the scheme on the grounds that the developer, Renewables First, provided no environmental information with its application. The Trust also claims that there has been a complete lack of analysis of the impact that the turbines will have on both the local environment and the fishing.
“I have commented on over 70 schemes on behalf of the Trust in the past year and this is by far the worse I’ve seen,” said Angling Trust technical director Alan Butterworth.
“The way that the EA has dealt with the proposal and acceptance of this scheme is nothing short of shocking.” Defending its decision to grant planning permission for the plant, the EA issued this statement: “In summer 2010 we issued an abstraction licence in Pershore with strict terms and conditions to protect fish, their migratory passage and the wider environment.
“These include ensuring a certain flow of water over the weir, especially during the fish spawning period, and a screening requirement to stop fish entering the turbine.”
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WYE PIKE

Darren Charman thought he’d blown his chances for the day when he missed his first bite of a piking session on the River Wye.
He needn’t have worried though, because over the course of the trip he and his fishing partner landed a total of nine fish topped by this pb predator for Darren of 27lb.
It was roving tactics that proved the key to success for the Cardiff-based duo who float legered sardine deadbaits in deep marginal holes. “The action was so hectic that we could barely keep a rod in the water for the first few hours,” said Darren. “We even had a double hook-up at one point. I was stunned as in recent weeks the norm on the river had been just one or two bites per session.”

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Environment Agency Provides Consent to Massacre Eels on the Trent

The Angling Trust has learned that the Environment Agency has granted licences to the Small Hydro Company, working with British Waterways, for two hydropower plants on the river Trent at Sawley and Gunthorpe which allow up to 100 fish – including eels – to be killed at each of two plants in any 24 hour period. While this doesn’t suggest that the Environment Agency (EA) is directly licensing the killing of fish, it appears to allow the developers to keep generating even where fish are being killed – except where they exceed the 100 mark in 24 hours. The licence also allows up to 10 game fish to be killed in a 24 hour period before the turbines are stopped. Eels are particularly vulnerable to turbines because of their length and their ability to get through screens designed to protect fish
 European eel stocks are at an all time low. In response, the Environment Agency has recently banned anglers and commercial eel fishermen from taking eels, and on the Trent there is a ban on any eels being taken above the tidal limit at any time. In this context, the Angling Trust finds this decision to allow so many fish to be sliced up in hydropower turbines in a year perverse. In 2005, only 140 Kg of silver eel were caught in the lower Trent for the whole year; these turbines could legally destroy a far greater number. The hydro schemes also sit uneasily with the UK government’s obligations under various EU laws which require the EA to protect and enhance fisheries, including the Water Framework Directive. Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust said “We have a situation here where one EA Department has introduced measures to protect the eel, which we support, and another department has given permission for a development which could see eels and other fish slaughtered in massive numbers.
Could government be any less joined-up? Hydropower developments should not be licensed to kill; they must be designed so that they don’t damage fish and their habitats.” Alan Butterworth, technical director at the Angling Trust added: “Current research, and a Europe-wide working group on eels, recommends a screen gap of no more than 15mm to safeguard migrating silver eels, and the Agency's own hydropower Good Practice Guide stipulates 12.5mm for the type of turbine to be used at Gunthorpe and Sawley. The screens proposed have a 20mm wide gap, which would allow eels to enter the turbine channel where they are at risk of being mutilated or killed.” Fish Legal – the legal arm of the Angling Trust – is now considering a case against the EA on behalf of a member club whose fishing will be damaged by the scheme. The Angling Trust has recently made a series of detailed proposals to change the EA’s guidelines to developers of hydropower schemes.

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ANGLING TRUST Vs EA
Angling’s governing body is poised to take legal action against the Environment Agency following growing concerns that the Government body could fail in its statutory duties to protect fisheries across the UK. The Angling Trust has revealed that should the EA’s spending priorities change to affect the Agency’s legally-binding duty to maintain the UK’s fisheries, it would be forced to act on behalf of Britain’s anglers.
The move has been prompted by last week’s spending review, in which the Coalition Government handed down swingeing cuts to the EA’s overseeing body, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The effect that these cuts will have on the EA is due to be announced over the next few weeks. So far Defra has stated only that it intends to reform the EA through ‘structural, process and cultural changes’. In the meantime the angling community can only wait to see what the outcome will be. “Defra will tell the EA how much grant in aid it will be getting and the Agency will then hold an internal meeting to carve it up,” said the Angling Trust chief executive Mark Lloyd. “We know that there will be cuts to fisheries jobs, which concerns us,” he continued. “And with more cuts on the horizon, we have huge concerns that the EA will not be able to carry out its legally-binding duty with regards to anglers and fisheries. If that is the case, we will not hesitate to take action.” Brian Powell, of Three Counties Fisheries, Herefordshire that runs a large stretch of the River Wye, backs the Trust’s stance: “I’m with the Angling Trust all the way with this,” said Brian. “The EA is not what it used to be. In fact it’s pretty dire now, and we need someone to stand up for anglers who have been taken advantage of for years now. To be honest, though, I don’t see how cuts could make the Agency any worse – it’s stripped down as it is.” The EA responded to these concerns, stating: “The Treasury has awarded Defra its settlement for the next four years. The EA will discover its share of the allocation in the coming weeks.“We will continue working with communities and businesses to reduce flood risk, prevent pollution and improve land, air and water quality with the funding we receive.”
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POSSIBLE WELSH RECORD CHUB
A Report came in this week about a massive Chub of 7lb 1oz being caught whilst fishing a Swansea Club match at Fenrod fishery near Wyvale Garden Centre Swansea. Witnessed by Club officials as a true Chub the capturer Chris Bradley from Penybryn, in Margam  who moved from Sheffield to Wales said “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I landed the monster Chub” saying "he thought at first it was a common Carp". Chris chub could quality for a new Welsh Record. 

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Chris Tarrant TV
Angling is celebrating this week after Chris Tarrant announced that he’s currently working on a new fishing series that he hopes will be aired on terrestrial television. The fanatical fisherman – best known for the hit TV phenomenon Who Wants to be A Millionaire – has already struck deals with Discovery and an American TV station, but is now in talks with ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five regarding his collection of programmes entitled It’s a Kind of Madness.
Each show follows Chris catching fish in some of the most stunning angling destinations around the globe – from battling huge sailfish in the Maldives, to braving the extreme, but beautiful setting of the Yukon to catch trout to 44lb. The series is by no means all about the exotic, though. Chris also masters the art of flyfishing for pike on Bristol’s vast Chew Reservoir, as well as targeting predators on tough Irish waters with top fishing guide and friend John Horsey. “I’m extremely proud of the content that we have because the camera work is absolutely stunning and I’m completely in my element,”  <>“The fishing in the Maldives was crazy. We were getting double hook-ups and catching up to a dozen sailfish to around 150lb every day.  “This really is a labour of love for me, and the main inspiration behind making the series is that I want to show people what a fantastic sport we have and how proud I am to be a part of it. “I know people will love watching this series as much as I enjoyed making it.” Even though there is no shortage of fishing-related programmes shown on both Sky and digital channels, the sport has always found it notoriously difficult to negotiate any prime-time slots with terrestrial channels. But it’s hoped that Chris can use his profile and connections, along with some superb content, to secure the sport some much-deserved mainstream coverage. “I can’t believe how hard it is to try to get the terrestrial channels to take on fishing programmes and for the life of me I don’t understand why because they can be beautiful, inspiring and educational,” Chris continued. “Anglers really get a raw deal when it comes to TV compared to other sports, but I’m going to do my damnedest to push this series as far as I can because we deserve coverage on terrestrial television.”
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<>The FIPSed 12th World Carp Championships will be hosted by Angling Trust for the very first time, and will be held at Linear Fisheries, Witney, Oxford from 7th – 10th October 2010 with 20 nations taking part in this very prestigious event.
This year there has been a change to the England team with Ian Russel and Brian Jarrett (Pairs) joining the existing line up of Andrew and Tom Maker (Pairs) and Jamie Londers and Billy Flowers (Pairs). The England Carp team will be working hard to compete for the World Championship title this year with a very strong group of competitive carping pairs on home soil. South Africa took team gold medals in 2008 and 2009, and unfortunately Jamie Londers and Billy Flowers (Pairs), England Carp team just missed out last year and had to settle for silver medals with 73.190kgs (B section winners).
The 20 nations taking part this year are; Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and the Ukraine. Linear’s waters have been chosen for this superb event and a lot of work has been incorporated with the fishery to be able to host this World Championship. Angling Trust would like to thank Len Gurd, Roy Parsons and Chris Blunt for all their support and help in the build up to the Championship. The event is open for all spectators to come along, free and watch this prestigious event between Thursday 7th October and Sunday 10th October. It’s a one off chance to see some of the best international pairs carp anglers from around the world in a merit selection event. Mitch Smith, England Carp Manager said “ This is a great opportunity for English Carp fishing to show the rest of the world what we have to offer here in the UK, Linear’s Fishery is an excellent venue and I’m sure it will do us proud with heavy weights and lots of fish captures. The squad is without a doubt the strongest team we could have prepared for this exclusive event, all 6 of the anglers are Linear’s regulars so we expect to be a hard team to beat. This will be the 6th World Carp Champs we have been invited to and I am extremely keen to make this one the year we take the team title to sit alongside our other silvers and bronze’s in team honours and gold and silvers in the individual event”. Dick Clegg, OBE, International Events Manager said “I have complete faith in the ability of the England team and it’s Manager to win major honours in the first ever FIPSed World Carp Championships fished in home waters. Mitch Smith has done an excellent job in selecting the team and organising the event and deserves great credit for all his efforts. I will certainly be in attendance to witness some of the 4 day event and I urge all interested anglers to support the English team by spending some time watching this unique competition”. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
TACKLE THEFT
Anglers are being urged to take extra care following a spate of incidents in which individuals were followed home from matches before having their tackle stolen. One fisherman who was been hit particularly hard is Paul Barnes, from Peterborough, after £14,000 of top end tackle was stolen from his garage overnight. Paul, who believes he was followed home three times, was told by police that he was one of several victims in the area, with officers believing that the culprits had eyed up his gear while he fished at a local fishery. “The first time a car seemed to be following me home from the venue but stopped in a layby at the top of my road. Then I clocked the same car following me home from a match on Norfolk’s River Yare. I was then followed a third time by another car from that same commercial,” said Paul. A few days later, Paul awoke to find his garage had been broken into ¬ despite it being made from 9ins thick brick and having three padlocks on the door. Among the list of stolen items was a Maver Elite 77 pole and a Daiwa Tournament Airity pole, several Daiwa Tournament feeder and waggler rods, Normark Microlight and Titan 2000 float rods and specimen carp and pike gear. “I work hard and believe in investing in the best fishing tackle you can afford, but what upset me most was that they took my daughter’s gear, too. She’s only seven years old and this has nearly put her off going fishing for life. “I think those responsible must be anglers or know the industry well,” he added. Two more victims of tackle theft were budding anglers from Maccelsfield. Left devastated after having all their tackle stolen, brother and sister, Leon (14) and Leah Heath (6) had been fishing a local junior match when they were targeted. Their mother, Lisa Heath, told AT that she was sure that they were also followed home from the match at a local fishery. “There’s no other way they would have known about the tackle, which was worth over £2,000. They kicked in the shed door and stole all the fishing kit, but left other stuff so they knew what they were after. The worst thing is that Leah has nothing left to fish the final with now.”
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David Bird, ex-president of the National Federation of Anglers (NFA) and Chairman of the Specialist Anglers' Alliance, sadly passed away on Wednesday 18th August.
From Mike Heylin, Chairman of the Angling Trust -
It is with the greatest regret that we have to inform you that David Bird a good old friend and a tireless Champion for angling and fisheries died this morning, August 18th 2010. David was a past President of the National Federation of Anglers and until the formation of the Angling Trust in 2009 was Chairman of the Specialist Anglers' Alliance. David started the concept of Information Sheets when he was President of NFA and they were later taken on by NAFAC. Angling Trust now publishes them, so his original idea lives on. David was a very dear friend, mentor and a special inspiration for many of us involved in the administration and development of angling organisations. He had done it all in angling, been a successful match angler, match organiser, club secretary, NFA rep, President of the NFA, Conservation Director of the ATA, chairman of the SAA and finally chairman of the Fish Welfare Group, of which he was immensely proud. He enjoyed nothing more than his trips to Kenya hunting marlin, sailfish and other exotics with Maggie his wife and was looking forward to the next only last week. He became President of the NFA at a time when change was needed and gave his health to that struggle. He was only in the job a short time before it took its toll and he had to resign. But he never gave up the fight for stronger representation of the sport he loved so dearly. He had fought for angling for over thirty years and it was his life. He and I worked closely together for many years, had many and frequent massive rows about policy but never once did those arguments dent our friendship. I last saw David at the Game Fair, an annual pilgrimage for him. He was obviously not well and waiting the results of some medical tests. He and I shared a cup of tea and we spoke at length but he no longer had the energy I knew him for. He had planned today (Wednesday) to have a living wake because he didn't want us to have a funeral for him that he would not remember. He would have enjoyed having his friends around him one more time. He died only three hours before we were due to see him again. He was formative in the development of the Fish Welfare Group which exists today and carries on the work he started. He, along with others, defended angling when it was under attack from the animal rights movement and remained vigilant to the danger of personal attacks on his home. David had an opinion on everything, from Europe and the Common Fisheries Policy to the international needs of fish and angling and anglers. He had a world vision, was well read in his subject and had an incisive and agile mind in developing new ideas and carrying them into fruition. David was not everyone's cup of tea, but he was a dear friend and I was proud and privileged to know him. When we were together we both felt we had known each other for ever and we were brothers. The world is a poorer place for his leaving us but we are all richer for the fact that he was here. It is our responsibility as anglers to continue so much of what David started.
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Martin Faulkes
Sadly to report this week that the well known Angler Martin Faulkes has suddenly died. Anglers will remember Martin him who was larger than life and a well known personality, who hailed from the west midlands. Some will remember him helping May Vince in the popular Twyford Match series on the Warwickshire Avon during the 90s.

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ANGLING MORE POPULAR THAN EVER
New research has revealed that angling is more popular than ever before, with 20 per cent of the population having been freshwater fishing over the last 10 years. The Environment Agency-commissioned survey, involving face-to-face interviews with 2,304 people, asked the same questions as similar polls in 1997, 2001 and 2005. And when it came to the numbers going fishing, results were stagering.

6.1m people have been freshwater or sea fishing in the past two years
4.2m people have been freshwater fishing in the past two years
1.9m people have been sea fishing in the past year (up to 2.8m in past two years)
4.9m anglers have been fishing in the last 10 years, but not the past two

The survey also revealed angling is being viewed more positively by the public.

Apparently, more feel ‘angling is an acceptable pastime’, fewer people thought that ‘angling is cruel’, and an increasing numbers of young people think angling is ‘an okay thing to do’ The findings reinforce the sport’s growing popularity ¬ rod licence sales have increased by 35 per cent over the past decade, from 1.09m in 2000/01 to 1.47m in 2009/10, far faster than the UK’s six per cent growth in population.

“The news is generally very positive and the figures really encouraging. The survey clearly demonstrates the public’s improving attitudes towards our sport, and that can only be a good thing,” said Angling Trust boss Mark Lloyd.

“Unfortunately, such views are not always reflected by those in positions of power, some of whom seek to restrict access to public waters or fail to recognize the vital role angling plays in local communities and in the protection of the environment.”

It seized upon the figure of 1.9m sea anglers as proof that the Government needs to see that recreational anglers are properly represented on the 10 new inshore fisheries and conservation authorities that come into effect next year, as opposed to pandering to the commercial sector.

“Sea angling continues to increase its contribution to the coastal economies of England and Wales at a faster pace than we expected,” said John Amery, chair of the Trust’s Marine Committee.

“It has become a vital part of the much larger tourist industry and is of particular benefit to those communities outside the peak tourist months, The Trust also stressed the apparent increase in popularity of sea fishing, up 23 per cent on the numbers published in the Government’s Drew Report in 2003


ENGLAND LOOSE FOOTBALL BUT WIN FISHING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Cat fish and Bleak where the secret to A fantastic team win for England in this years. 57TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FRESHWATER FISHING FOR SENIORS CIUDAD REAL – SPAIN 26-27 JUNE 2010  See Results



World Championship venue change!

Extraordinary circumstances have prompted FIPSed to take the unusual step of changing the World Championship venue, 5 weeks before the start of the official practise program. It has NOW BEEN OFFICIALLY confirmed, by the sports governing body, that Lake Vicario has been replaced by the Guadiana River in Merida, just east of the Portuguese border at Badajoz. abnormally high levels of water on Lake Vicario which, not only created insurmountable problems for the logistics of accommodating hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators alike, but also the fact that the fish stocks seem to have completely vanished into the lakes vast depths! These dramatic increases in levels, saw the lakes' specially created platform areas submerged under several metres of water, as well as numerous trees and bushes, which effectively pushed the anglers seating area back, almost to the top of the viewing and access roads. The situation had been known for several months and the hope was, quite reasonably, that the waters would recede back down to their normal level. This has not happened. It has not been caused by any FIPS or Spanish mis-management, but by a global one!

The decision to move from one venue to another in such a short space of time could not have been an easy one, for both FIPSed and the Spanish Federation in charge of Ciudad Real. The main considerations must have been the management of the competition and fish stock availability, but others facing FIPSed was the many flights already pre-booked into Spain, by hundreds, if not thousands of people and to some extent, that of accommodation facilities booked in the Ciudad Real area. While cars and hotels may be un-booked with more ease, flights, especially those with budget carriers, have no such facility and would therefore could cause competitors, officials, general public and press, countless thousands of pounds/euros over any switch. Therefore, the view was to keep any venue chosen, as close to the central and existing point of entry...Madrid    
The new venue chosen is the Guadiana River at Merida, just east of the famous historical area of Badajoz, which is a few kilometres away from the Portuguese border.

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WEBCAM THE FUTURE
Wasted journeys to flooded rivers could be a thing of the past, now that a series of webcams has been installed on popular river stretches to help anglers monitor the condition of their favourite swims. Members of the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association are now able to log on to the website, enter a password and instantly view an updated image of various rivers from the comfort of their own home. The scheme has proved immensely popular, stopping anglers from travelling long distances only to find an unfit venue. Game fishing stretches were the first to benefit from the forward thinking initiative, but a popular coarse angling area is being prepared to house a webcam in the near future.“Anglers thought it was a great idea, and the further they lived from the river the more they liked it! The first camera was installed at Waddow Weir on the Ribble and was massively popular, so we agreed to put in a further two as soon as we could afford it,” explained consultative chairman David Hinks “It has helped increase membership and we now have the second one working at Winkley Weir on the River Hodder and a third awaiting completion at the mixed Jumbles fishery, half a-mile-away from the River Calder confluence,” added Dave. Other organisations, including the Wye and Usk Foundation, have trialled similar schemes and Doncaster AA chairman Ian Hurst believes webcams could soon become commonplace on running waterways across the country. “It’s a great idea, and it’s certainly something we could look at introducing in the future. We control stretches of the River Don and a webcam that could be viewed from home would benefit a lot of our members,” explained Ian.
see this website http://www.floodwarn.co.uk/rivercams.htm

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DRENNAN CUP

Julian Chidgey has won this year’s Drennan Cup after being voted the best specimen angler in the country by his fellow fishermen.Following a sensational season during which he banked impressive tench, pike, eels and roach, the 27-year-old Devon-based specialist held off a late challenge from eel-fishing fanatic Barry McConnell, with the pair polling almost 50 per cent of the votes between them. Outgoing champion Terry Lampard finished in third place, having taken four weekly awards over the year, just ahead of Mark McKenna, who smashed the British bream record last September with a huge 22lb 9oz fish. As well as getting his name inscribed on the sport’s most prestigious big-fish trophy, Julian also picks up a cheque for £2,000. “I’m absolutely over the moon! Since childhood I have been inspired by the catches that have featured in the competition. Although I set out to do as well as I could this season, I never thought for one minute that I would win,” he said. “The truth is that no-one can win a competition that requires such a huge level of commitment and motivation without support from their friends and family, and I would like to thank them all for their help. I can’t wait to pick up the trophy from Peter Drennan and Terry Lampard as they are two of my angling heroes,” added Julian, who works full time as a recruitment manager. The extent of Julian’s season-long efforts were not lost on those responsible for handing out the weekly awards. Stewart Moss, from Drennan, said: “Congratulations to Julian for a richly-deserved win. Not only did his consistency and effort stand out in a really tough season for specimen angling, but to win the award by taking the majority of his fish from the south-west of England is inspirational.” Meanwhile, runner-up Barry McConnell, the captor of a monster 9lb 2oz eel in August who picked up £1,000 for his efforts, insisted his prize money will be put to good use. “What a fantastic surprise! I wasn’t really expecting to win anything, so thanks to all the anglers who voted for me. The cash will certainly help pay for a few more lobworms! “It’s a pity I don’t really fish for other species, because each year I catch plenty of big fish, including carp, perch and bream, on small deadbaits intended for eels, especially early on in the season. Maybe I should have a proper go for them next year,” joked Barry
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FISH KILL
Fish Legal has been alerted to a serious agricultural pollution that took place on 28th April on a tributary of the River Teifi. Slurry escaping from a farm on Wednesday evening poured into the Afon Cych, which feeds into the Teifi - known by anglers as the “Queen of Rivers” - at Abercych. Environment Agency officers and Fish Legal members - the Teifi Trout Association - were at the river bank yesterday assessing the extent of the fish kill.

It is understood that the farmer responsible for the pollution has been cautioned.
An eye witness 2 miles downstream of where the pollution went in described the water level rising by around 18 inches as a result of the spill. With very little rain in the area recently to dilute its potency in the river early indications are of environmental damage on a massive scale.
John Holt, local resident and member of the Teifi Trout Association, said:
“We were working upstream from Environment Agency officers and over a 400yard stretch we pulled out hundreds of dead fish. We had buckets full of a mix of large sea trout and brown trout up to 10 inches long. That’s broodstock. We didn’t even begin to collect up all the tiny fry and fingerlings that littered the river bed. Many of them would have hatched out this year”.
He added: “I would say at least 25,000 fish must have been killed overall.”
Following the outcome of the Environment Agency’s investigation, Fish Legal will look to take legal action against the farmer on behalf of the Association to fully compensate the club for the impact to its fishing.
NOTES TO EDITORS

1. Fish Legal is the new name for the Anglers’ Conservation Association, which was founded in 1948 to use the law to fight to protect the aquatic environment and fisheries. Since then, the organisation has won in excess of two thousand cases and recovered many millions of pounds in damages, which has been returned to the members represented to plough back into angling and the protection of the aquatic environment. Only four cases have ever been lost in Court. Fish Legal employs its own in-house legal team covering the whole of the UK.

2. Fish Legal operates throughout the UK and is backed by thousands of individual anglers. In England only, Fish Legal is the legal arm of the Angling Trust.

3. Angling clubs or fishery owners wishing to join Fish Legal and Angling Trust and individuals wishing to become supporters of Fish Legal and Angling Trust should phone 01568 620447 during office hours, write to the address below, or download a subscription form from the website: www.fishlegal.net or www.anglingtrust.net

4. The Teifi Trout Association controls over twenty four miles of prime fishing on the Teifi from the upper tidal limit near the bridge at Llechryd to Cenarth. Their waters are described as “probably the best mixed game fishery in Wales” and are renowned in particular for the three species of game fish: salmon, sewin and brown trout.

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Home Internationals 2012

What a disaster the Welsh team performance, it seems that The Welsh Manager Eric Humpries has got it all wrong again, tactics, team selection in addition to being stuffed by England doubling their weight, from the next peg, but also by all the Home teams coming last,  watching the match on TV did expose all anglers abilities and it is fair to say the Welsh team are miles behind the more professional team anglers of England and dare I say some of the Scottish and Irish teams who beat Wales hands down.  

Results

England  101.96 Kgs

Scotland  76.0   Kgs

Ireland  61.97  Kgs

Wales   50.71  Kgs

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Evesham
New Evesham Qualifying Dates Announced

Four new Evesham qualifying dates have been announced, to replace the dates cancelled by recent flooding, and boating festival. Taking place on Wednesdays, the matches will be fished on the usual Hampton Ferry and Town waters, with the draw taking place at the Ferry Cafe.
Names will not be carried over automatically from the cancelled dates to the new ones, with tickets being awarded on a first come first serve basis.

New Qualifying Dates:
Wednesday 25th July (10AM Draw, Fish 12 until 5PM)
Wednesday 1st August (1PM Draw, Fish 2.30 PM until 7.30 PM)
Wednesday 8th August (10AM Draw, Fish 12 until 5PM)
Wednesday 15th August (10AM Draw, Fish 12 until 5PM)

Please call Diana Rapahel on 01386 45460 to book on.
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ITALY WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 Ostellato Canal. Italy
The home team Italy totally dominated this years World Championsips, scoring a brilliant nine points on day one with three section wins. See Results

Jon Arthur Smashes Fish ‘O’ Mania record
The first name to be added to the eventual sixteen targeting the £30,000 first prize in the Fish ‘O’ Mania XVIII final on Saturday 16th July 2011 is Coventry’s Jon Arthur. The 35-year-old, who edits Daventry based Pole Fishing magazine, bagged an impressive win at Viaduct Fisheries, with 252-11-0 of carp from Spring 5 to break the record for a Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier and beat Mick Bull’s 247lb 2oz record taken at Willinghurst two years ago.
Bright sunshine greeted the 130 competitors for this first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier of 2011 on Saturday at Viaduct Fisheries.
Jon said: “I’m ecstatic to have qualified for this year's Fish 'O' Mania final after the first qualifier! I've only ever visited Viaduct a couple of times as it is 150 miles away but I think it is a fantastic venue, full of quality fish and I had a really good feeling about the match as I drove down. It was a baking hot day with little wind and lots of carp cruising in the morning. My peg on Spring 5 offered an island to cast to and open water in front of me, so I set up two pellet waggler rods, a feeder rod, a shallow pole rig and a short pole rig.
“With carp cruising around I thought I'd start on the pole shallow at 14 metres hoping to mug a couple of early fish. After half an hour I had already caught two. I assumed I had about 20lb with these two fish but in hindsight it was more like 30lb-plus. 

“I had one more carp before it went quiet so I had a few casts with a meat feeder and came back with my smallest carp of the day and a 2lb skimmer. I then decided to stick to the long pole for the rest of the match as although I wasn't catching fast, the fish were really big and worth waiting for.
“In the end, I found fishing 16 metres out with meat around 16 inches deep was best. Using my sunglasses allowed me to spot dark shapes under the surface so I kept lifting and dropping the rig towards anything swimming towards me. I ended up with 18 carp and one skimmer and guessed I had 130lb to 150lb, so I was a bit shocked when I actually totalled 252lb – the fish were massive! I've never caught so many double-figure fish on the pole in five hours before and it has to rate as one of my best ever matches. Before today, my personal best fish was 16lb 8oz and I think at least three or four smashed that figure – the biggest went 24lb!”
In second place with a weight of 145lb 7oz was Grant Albutt from Halesowen, West Midlands drawn on peg 80.
The second qualifier in this series of Fish ‘O’ Mania XVIII is at Makins Fisheries, Warwickshire on Wednesday 20th April.
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1,065lb of carp caught in a week from Wyreside Lakes Fishery

Anglers at Wyreside Lakes Fishery in Lancashire have enjoyed a record week, with 52 carp caught for an overall weight of 1,065lb – more than five times the venue average for the time of the year. Three thirties, 26 twenties and 23 upper doubles were caught from the fishery’s lakes. Among the haul was the venue’s biggest resident, Paw Print, which was banked by Mark Barton at 38lb 8oz from the 18-acre Wyre Lake. The Lancaster-based electrician has spent six years chasing the impressive specimen, and it was the last carp he was expecting to catch during March. “As far as I’m aware, this is the earliest this fish has ever been caught. It generally only comes out once or twice a year and can be caught from any swim, so it’s hard to track down.”
Mark lured his new pb from a sandy spot under an island overhang at 130yds, over which he offered a single 20mm Nash Bait Scopex Squid bottom bait.  “I had one bleep and the bobbin pulled up, so I lifted into it,” said the 32-year-old. “The fight was uneventful and it wasn’t until the scales registered 38lb 8oz that I realised which fish I’d caught.”
Fishery owner Bob Birkin believes the cold snap earlier in the year could have played a part in giving anglers a bumper week. “All the carp have been up in weight, so they’ve obviously been feeding well during the winter.
“I think having the lake freeze over in January actually helped, as it kept the cold winds from hitting the water and the fish continued to feed under the ice. Hopefully, it’s a sign of even better things to come,” he said.

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Taff barbell 15lb 150z

Gavin Durnell a 27 Years old Police Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Living in Beckenham, Kent flavoured his 1st ever Barbel fishing the River Taff in Cardiff. using a Running weighted swimfeeder loaded with maggots with a 2 foot long 8lb trace (Guru Drag line) and Size 14 Kamasan Animal barbed hook. Three maggots used as hook bait fished just on the edge of the rapids on the far bank. It took him 15 mins to land. See www.welsh-coarse-fish-records.co.uk

 
CRIME ON ANGLING
Angling is being targeted by organised gangs who are using the sport to make vast sums of money, Angling Times can reveal. The body charged with investigating serious crime within the sport, the Fish Health Inspectorate of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), has told AT that the criminal underworld has earmarked angling as a soft touch - smuggling fish and stealing tackle, as well as using the sport to launder huge amounts of money. According to the body, this increase in criminal activity is because the smuggling and dealing of fish offers high reward for little risk. Former police officer Stuart Katon is the enforcement and investigation officer for CEFAS, and despite 30 years of investigating serious crime, admits to being shocked at the scale of criminality within the sport, including: Fisheries being offered up to £1.5 million in cash to launder money. Huge consignments of carp being illegally imported from France. Travelling anglers smuggling carp into the UK in wet sacks to sell to UK fishery owners to pay for holidays. Organised networks of thieves targeting anglers’ tackle. Stuart and his team have also admitted that they can’t bring these criminals to justice without the help of UK anglers and urge them to use the recently-instigated link with the Crimestoppers initiative. “I’ve been shocked by the extent of the involvement of criminals in angling crime,” Stuart said. “This is a massive problem which is getting worse, but I’m working to bring these criminals to justice.” Steve Barnes, owner of Quiet Sports Fishery Management, the UK’s largest commercial fishery, said: “The illegal fish trade is the biggest threat to our sport and its future. We have to get behind CEFAS and its Crimestoppers initiative.” If you know of, or have seen any angling-related crimes, call Crimestoppers on: 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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2010 River Wye Team Championships Cock-Up see Report here

Biggest rudd claim rejected by British Record Fish Committee

The British Record Fish Committee has confirmed that the recent claim put forward for the rudd record has been rejected. Caught by carp angler Chris Moule from a Cambridgeshire pit, the pictures of the claimed 5lb 2oz specimen were the cause of the problems for the committee when processing the application. “Our scientific advisor was unable to identify the fish as a true rudd from the photographs provided,” BRFC secretary explained David Rowe. “Therefore, I’m afraid that the claim cannot proceed.”  the poor quality of the images taken of the fish, combined with the unfortunate obscuring of parts of the fish’s anatomy vital to positive identification always looked to put the application in doubt.

England Team 2nd Scotthorne 1st

The FIPSed European Championship was held on 4th/5th September 2010 on the River Sorraia, Coruche, Portugal. Drennan Team England consisted of; Mark Downes and Mark Addy (Joint Managers), Alan Scotthorne, Steve Gardener, Sean Ashby, Will Raison, Steve Hemmingray, and Darren Cox.

The beginning of the week practising was intensely difficult in the uncomfortable 41'c. The shoals of small barbel the team expected to catch were conspicuous by their absence. After 3 days, the temperature began to drop to the mid 30s and the catches started to improve. Despite this, the team’s best practice weight was just over 2 kilo, and they were averaging around 1k per angler per session.

Friday saw Drennan Team England finalise their tactics, long distance waggler, fished 5ft over depth with size 22/24 hooks to 0.08 and 0.10 fluo carbon hook lengths and a backup pole line at 13m feeding initially with groundbait and jokers but loose feeding with maggot over the top. The waggle line was fed with small balls of sticky mag and gravel.

Day one – Drennan Team England took top honours with 18 points ahead of favourites Portugal on 20 and Italy on 24. Alan Scotthorne and Will Raison recorded section wins on the Waggler while Steve Gardner, Sean Ashby and Steve Hemmingray chipped in with great scores.

Day two – Alan Scotthorne was on the upstream end peg E17 and Steve Gardener on the downstream peg 4 A4. Both scored section wins on these two great pegs. Will Raison from unfancied peg 15 in B section doubled all around him to record a second section win and Darren Cox replacing Sean Ashby came home 6th with Steve Hemmingray 5th for a great 14 points.

Mark Downes, Drennan Team England Manager said “Unfortunately Portugal spoiled the party by nipping in with 10 points to take the gold medal with 30 points two ahead of us on 32. Alan Scotthorne took gold by winning section E both days and amassing over 13k while Will Raison had to settle for Silver with once again a perfect score but less weight, just over 9k.

All in all a great week, a gold and 2 silver medals. We were a shade short of a total clean sweep”.

Dick Clegg, OBE, International Events Manager said “In Portugal last weekend Drennan Team England and their managers proved that they are by far and away the best squad in the world finishing second to the host team. Although having to settle for silver in the team event they stole the show with another gold for Alan Scotthorne and a further silver for Will Raison in the individuals.


Starlets win 1st Division National see results
http://www.nfaresults.co.uk/2010/div1_teams.php

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'Record' grayling landed, then eaten for tea!
By Trout and Salmon
Fish Catches
03 August 2010 12:11
A potential British record fish has been landed this week, and then eaten by its captor.
Britain’s first claimed 5lb grayling fell to a pleasure angler fishing a day-ticket stretch of the river Severn while on holiday. Midlands angler Dave Williams was concentrating on a popular section of the waterway near Newtown in Wales when the huge fish, that was weighed at 5lb exactly, took his maggot hookbait fished with simple feeder tactics. “I had no idea where it stood compared to the British record, I was just chuffed to have caught such a beautiful grayling,” said Dave. “Unfortunately, it was deep-hooked and although I tried everything to resuscitate the fish, eventually it went belly-up. So instead of throwing it back in the river to float away I took it home, chopped it into steaks and cooked it for dinner. It tasted lovely.” After eating the huge specimen, Dave was later informed that the fish smashed the previous grayling record by over 11oz, and that he could have claimed a record, even though the fish died. “I’m gutted. If I’d have known I would have just kept the fish in my freezer and made a claim,” he said. “It would have been really something to be a British record holder as I’m just an average angler who enjoys getting out now and again. I’ll just have to get to the Severn as quickly as I can and try to find these fish again. “I hooked and lost an even bigger fish before I had the five-pounder, so I’ll definitely be going back,” he added. British Record Fish Committee, David Rowe said: “It’s quite possible that this could have been counted as a British record, even if it had been kept and frozen, although the freezing aspect would have raised some concerns. “It’s fairly simple ¬ all we’re looking for is accuracy. The fish would have had to be positively identified by our experts, weighed properly, or at least had the scales that it was originally weighed on checked, and then we would need to speak to the witnesses who saw him catch and weigh it, or get the angler to take an affidavit about the details.
It’s a shame he didn’t keep the fish a bit longer and put in a claim,” he added.

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And The Home Teams finish good too.
1 Drennan Team England  2 Italy  3 Holland  4 Maver Ireland  5 Daiwa Scotland  6 Shimano Team Wales
Cat fish and Bleak where the secret to A fantastic team win for England in this years World Championships. With most teams hoping for the Carp to feed England held on to the team tatics of fishing for Bleak and Channel Catfish to help the team members finish high up in their sections.
See this website for all the information on results. http://www.merida2010wc.com/

Mark Downes and Mark Addy, Drennan Team England International Managers have announced that after ten years of success they are sending the most experienced team to fish this year’s World Nations Championships in Ciudad Real, Spain 26th/27th June. Both Managers feel that to compete at the highest level, this team is the best in the world.

The team are already the proud owners of a vast amount of gold medals and are hoping to add to their personal collections yet again at the World Championship. The Drennan Team England squad for 2010 are: Will Raison, Alan Scotthorne, Steve Gardner, Sean Ashby, Stuart Conroy and Des Shipp. The six internationals are considered to be one of the most respected teams in the world and one of the favourites to compete for the title of World Champions in 2010 hoping to improve on last year’s results in Almere, Netherlands in September where the Drennan Team England Internationals finished in 5th place just 3.5 points behind eventual winners Slovakia. At the same event, Will Raison just missed out on another individual World Championship win to come runner up with 15.332 points. Dick Clegg, OBE, International Events Manager, Angling Trust said “Mark Downes and Mark Addy have become the most successful partnership on the FIPSed world match fishing scene during the past 9 years. Now entering their tenth year as Drennan Team England managers, it is almost impossible for anyone to suggest that their selection is not up to the task. This team of six anglers has had so much success in the past that it is very difficult for anyone to take their place in the squad, and I wish them all the best for this year’s Championship in Spain”.
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£100,000: The biggest prize in angling history 
The biggest prize in UK match fishing history, a £100,000 winner-takes-all showdown, is to be launched next year by tackle giant Maver.
Twenty-four finalists will head to Larford Lakes in August 2011 for the televised grand final of ‘Match This’, the name given to the new competition.Phil Briscoe is guaranteeing that the event will go ahead, despite proposed big-money matches from other firms falling by the wayside in recent times.
Match This will cost £50 per qualifier to enter, with the winner of each 120-peg match progressing to the main event on the Match Lake at the Stourport, Worcestershire complex. The runner-up in each round will also go through to a smaller stand alone £5,000 event.Phil spoke of his plans to bring in grandstands, encompass demos from celebrity anglers and invite some other manufacturers to display their gear. “Levels of prize money in fishing haven’t increased over the years and some competitions have become static in my opinion. This is not a cash pig for Maver and it’s not cheap or easy to organise, but we’re putting up the richest prize in the sport’s history, to bring it up to a par with tennis and golf. It’s going to be life changing for somebody and will set a new benchmark for match fishing in the UK,” he said.
Maver’s Phil Briscoe has personally guaranteed a prize fund of at least £50,000, but is hoping to be able to hand over a cheque for £100,000 if the event sells out. A website for the competition is being set up to purchase tickets through when it opens on June 1, 2010. Tickets will be fully transferable and anglers can apply for as many qualifiers as they want. <> 
The site will even use a countdown feature, so applicants can see how many tickets are left and Phil is to enter talks with television broadcasters to cover the event and produce a DVD of the action.
“I’ve looked at the grumbles associated with existing competitions and tried to address them, for example there’s no special lists or loyalty clubs. Two opposite banks of the rectangular Match Lake will be used for the final, but next to each end peg I’ll put one of my local anglers. They’ll fish a mini four-peg match themselves, to create blockers and remove any end peg advantage of the finalists. The competition will be extensively marketed through the press, Maver distributors and the fisheries involved. Support it fully, and we will be handing a giant £100,000 cheque to the winner!” said Phil. <> 
Fifteen of the UK’s best fisheries have confirmed qualifiers for Match This, with some venues hosting two. Anglers are urged to get in quickly to secure their place as entries will be done on a first come, first served basis
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Subject: Fish to Win Pairs - Round Three - Tylers Common Ash & Willow Lakes - Wednesday 14th April 2010 - Mat

After a successful practice session on a warm Saturday 10th April where weights were in 200's and high 100's everyone was really looking forward to round 3 of the Fish to Win pairs match at Tylers Common in Brentwood Essex where everyone fancied Willow Lake to pick up the bigger weights, however with a very cold North Easterly wind blowing made things difficult and the fish had moved out away from the margins into deeper water at 14 metres, whereas on Ash Lake the fish were in the mood to have a good munch. Today was also the Semi Final of the Individual Knockout element of the comp which saw Alec Roberts (Middy) Pete Upperton (Middy) and Tony Lock (Garbolino Apollo) progress to the knock out final.

Ash Lake Section A
Geoff Vallance (Preston Innovations Delcac) on his first visit to the Essex venue took the honours with 198lb 14ozs on peg 9, second place in peg 3 was Robbie Taylor (Preston Innovations Delcac) with 146lb 2ozs fishing in close and down the edge, in 3rd place was Mark Parrett again on his first visit to the venue weighed in with 141lb from peg 10 and these were the top three weights overall over the 2 lakes.

Willow Lake Section B
Pete Upperton (Middy) scooped maximum points from peg 24 on Willow with 141lb 8oz and began the match fishing close or up in the water at 14 metres and only have 7 fish in the first couple of hours, so a change of tactics and fishing on the deck at 14 metres found the fish and caught on pretty much every put in for the remainder of the match.
In second place local knowledge came into play as Graham Dack (Middy) from unfavoured peg 17 weighed in with 135lb 4oz who jokingly mentioned that he fished pretty much every line possible from waggler to pole at long and short and even down the edge to find the carp and to avoid the Rudd.
In close 3rd place was Zac Brown (Preston Innovations - Delcac) weighed in with 135lb from peg 4.
Round 4 of the pairs moves to Fairlight Fisheries near East Grinstead on Saturday 24th April 2010 with promises to be interesting as a majority of the field have never seen or been to the venue before.
Fish to Win South East starts on Wednesday 7th July 2010 at Marsh Farm in Surrey
Fish to Win National starts on Wednesday 14th July 2010 at Partridge Lakes in Cheshire
Full details and ticket availability can be found on the website http://www.facebook.com/l/74e88;www.fish-to-win.co.uk
Warmest Regards
John Bell
Tel : 020 8599 2285
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WORLD CARP CLASSIC
England’s Rob Tough and Tom Duncan-Dunlop are on top of the world after overcoming an international field to win the 2009 World Carp Classic. With good placement of their four rods, making the most of the stormy weather conditions and surviving on minimal sleep, Rob and Tom, a heating engineer from Sutton, Surrey, amassed a haul of 22 carp by the fifth day - including three fish weighing more than 40lb - to establish a comfortable lead. Rob, 45, and Tom, 36, produced a stunning all-round effort to beat off competition from 126 pairs from 21 different countries to claim the £10,000 first prize from the £70,000 prizetable at the six-day event at Lac de Madine in north-east France. Surviving on just twelve hours’ sleep throughout the marathon non-stop competition, the duo bagged an event-record 26 fish weighing a total of 347.5kg to easily beat their closest rivals, headed by Dutch pair Koos Walters and Bert Teuben (eight fish, 125.65kg) and Robert Ceaus and M Gulke of Germany (eight fish, 123.45kg). And Rob and Tom completed a clean sweep of the major prizes as they also helped England’s Team Mainline Carpworld clinch the best team prize for the third year in a row.

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56th World Coarse Angling Championships in Lage Vaart Canal, Holland

Individual results overall:-

(Gold)1 Igor Potapov Russia 2pts                                                                                                                         (Silver) 2 William Raison Drennan Team England 3 (15-332)
(Bronze) 3 Simon Jensen Denmark 3 (8-368)

Team Results
1 Slovakia 39
2 France 40
3 Belgium 41
4 Russia 42
5 Drennan Team England 42.5
(See Full Results)
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16.07.09  France forge to Victory at Furzton to take Gold

The 2nd Veterans World Angling Championship took place 11th - 12th July at Furzton Lake, Milton Keynes    Congratulations must go to France who pushed England all the way to take the gold medal title of 2009 2nd Veterans World Championship team classification and winning with 22 points and a total weight of 39.300kg. France proved to be ideally equipped to tackle such a venue, and fought consistent throughout the event to win gold. The team was: Patrick Solbes (Captain), Gilles Lannoy, Jean-Claude Deoussargues, Alain Dancot, and Michael Perdriau, Serge Bourson (Reserve), and delegate Daniel Lapierre. Falling into second place by just 3 points, with a total weight of 39.300kg, were England who were close to winning the title on their home soil. Hungary finished with 26 points and 36.875kg to take the Bronze.

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CARP RECORD
The BRFC Freshwater Sub group have carefully considered the evidence provided to support a claim by Mr John Bird for a new British Record for the Mirror Carp for a fish of 66lbs 10oz caught from Conningbrook Lake, Ashford, Kent on 6th April 2008.
The result is that the Group have agreed to recommend to the full committee when it meets later this year to ratify the claim and to forward to him his Certificate.This recommendation has been accepted and Mr Bird has been sent his Certificate
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LICENCE DODGERS
Buying a rod licence is much cheaper than ending up in court, say Environment Agency Wales, as 52 individuals are set to be prosecuted in the next month. The illegal anglers were all caught by the Agency’s Enforcement Officers patrolling rivers and fisheries across Wales.  Illegal anglers are damaging the sport for law abiding fishermen in Wales. Last year, Environment Agency Wales ploughed £300,000 of rod licence funds back into the sport.  The money from the sale of rod licences is used to increase the amount of fish in Welsh fisheries, improving facilities, creating access for disabled anglers and introducing people into the sport.  Environment Agency Wales is also carrying out projects to improve the habitats for fish so that they can breed and grow successfully.. This work is delivered by the Agency-led Sustainable Fisheries Project, which receives funding each year from the  Welsh Assembly Government.  The Agency is carrying out work to complete fish passes at many weirs throughout Wales. The weirs stop fish, including salmon and sea trout, from reaching their spawning grounds.  The new fish passes, some complete and others still under construction, will mean fish populations recovering in stretches of water higher up the river.  Andy Schofield, Strategy and Policy Manager, Environment Agency Wales, said:  “Our officers  patrol fishing spots across Wales and they will ask to see your licence. If you haven’t got one – you will be prosecuted.  “The average fine an illegal angler will pay if they get caught is £150, and they will be left with a criminal conviction. A licence for coarse fishing for a whole season is only £25. Is it worth the risk ?  “The money we get from licence sales is invested back into the sport, creating better places for people to go fishing and more fish to catch. Illegal anglers really do spoil it for everyone else.”  Any angler aged 12 years or more who fishes any water in England and Wales is required to hold a valid rod licence. Licences are available from every Post Office, on-line from the Environment Agency at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/fish or by calling the Agency’s ticket ‘telesales’ on 0870 166 2662.            
For more information contact Curig Jones on 029 2046 6251 or email curig.jones@environment-agency.gov.uk   Illegal anglers are listed for prosecution at the magistrates’ courts in Aberystwyth (please note these cases are in November, Barry (1), Mold (2), Merthyr Tydfil (5), Abergavenny (4), Chester (11), Hereford (3), Swansea (3), Cardiff (8) and Wrexham (12).
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Record Barbel
a British record barbel has become wonderful reality for a Norfolk angler fishing a prolific stretch of the river not far from his home.The proud captor of the 21lb 2oz beauty is Chris Mack from Church Street, Elsing who baited his hefty tackle consisting of a size eight hook tied to 10lb breaking strain line with a chunk of black pudding rescued from his breakfast left-overs.The superb specimen, locally known as “the beast”, beat the previous record caught from the Great Ouse near Bedford by just one ounce. (See News Feature)
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COLIN CAPTURE
Colin Cook of Gary Evans Tackle shop Cardiff Spent a few days fishing the River Ebro Spain resulting in over 80 Catfish and a shed full of Big Carp. Best carp weighing 40lb Best Catfish 145lb
                                    
                                                                                         

ENGLAND DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPIONS
ENGLAND WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WILL RAISON WINS INDIVIDUAL GLORY
Italy 2008 Spinadesco Canal 5-7 September 2008

A first day lead of 16 points gave England a comfortable lead going into the second day. 4th on the second day with a credable
two 1st and two 2nds in a section plus 19th & 29th with total points of 53. An overall winning points winner of 75 over San Marino
who scored 104 points. Will Raison who won his section on the first day and Second in section on Day 2 saw him take the Individual
Gold with a total weight of 23,530 kilo Steve Gardner 3rd overall with a section 3rd on first day and winning his section on the second.
An overall weight of 15,530 for his Bronze medal

NEW WORLD CHAMPION

Wales came back strong on the 2nd Day with 46 points for second place on the day and 6th overall with Lee Edwards winning his section.
Wales finishing 6th overall.
Click for Full Results WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008

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The Meadow Lake at Riverside Fishery is providing good sport with carp with good catches on floating baits in the evening. Martin Perry caught fish to 13.25lb this way and Phil Green landed carp to 9lb.
Sean Jones, from Llanbradach, fished Riverside Lake with luncheon meat as bait to catch carp to 12.5lb and when Abertridwr angler John Pritchard fished the lake his catch included good carp and bream.  Martin Richards had a good session at Fendrod Lake during which he banked seven carp, including ghost carp of 18lb and 19lb.
Jason Salter landed six carp to 19lb when he baited with boilies; Steve Gorvett had five to 17lb; Damien Williams caught a common carp of 18.75lb and when Carl Tonner targeted roach with waggler and maggots he hooked a specimen 10lb bream

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All rounder Angler Donald Williams from Porthcawl Landed this 22lb Mirror Carp. The season’s best from Meadow pool Porthcawl. Sea Angler Donald is making a name for himself in his first season as a coarse angler. Using a home made sausage bait consisting of spicy meat he tempted the Mirror fishing close to the far bank on leger tatics.
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HOGGS HELP
The Inniscarra Angling Festival in County Cork Southen Ireland will start on Saturday August 30.
The tree day event from  31st to September 2nd. Is the Vinters Cup. Then from Wednesday 3rd September to Friday 5th September will be the Ottewill trophy. All the matches are held on Innniscara Lake which offers some of the best bream fishing in Ireland with over 100lb bags expected.Glamorgan Angler Anthony Hogg will be helping the organisation of the Week long festival. Anyone interested in more information can contact Anthony on 02920 732217 or 07760 408212

£18,000 Up for Grabs
Anglers can win up to £18,000 worth of fishing tackle prizes in the final of this year’s Wales Carp Masters. Being held at Celtic Lakes Lampeter. On August the 29th—30th. There are 15 places available at each heat, which takes place between May 30th to 17th August. The winning pair and runner up in each heat will go forward to the finals.
Visit www.walescarpmaster.co.uk for more

Sting in the Tail

Ken Shirlock (Cardiff) gave a great performance when he took a lengthy battle with a foul hooked carp   weighing in at over 12lb Ken hooked the carp in the tail when fishing an Open match at Turley Court on Orchard pool..



Angling-News ARCHIVES

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Angling: Your chance to be coach
THE next level one coaching course for anyone planning on taking the first step to becoming a qualified angling coach is
on Saturday, October 11, at Osprey Fly Fishers Club, Glancynon Terrace, Abercynon, and starts at 9.30am.
Application forms are available from the national coaching co-ordinator, Helen Pearce, at 9, Maes Afallen, Bow Street,
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY24 5BL, or telephone 01970 626888 or 01970 820063 and must be completed and returned prior
to the course.
More information is available from the regional co-ordinator Andy Rawlings on 07969 919362

Blackweir Poachers Fined

Environment Agency

Two men, who were caught fishing in the weir pool at Blackweir, on the River Taff in Cardiff last November have been ordered to pay over 1,100 in fines and costs.
The prosecutions were brought by Environment Agency Wales.
On 10 June this year Steven Lovering of Prendergast Place, Ely pleaded guilty to fishing for salmon out of season in a prohibited area. He was fined £300, with
 £200 costs and a £15 victim’s surcharge.

Last week (15.09.08) at Cardiff Magistrate’s Court, Stephen Phillips of Illtyd Road, Ely was found guilty of fishing for salmon out of season, failing to state his
details to a water bailiff, fishing in a prohibited area, failing to hand over equipment to be seized, and obstruction. He was fined £400, with £200 costs and a £15
victim’s surcharge.
On Monday 12 November 2007 three Environmental Crime Officers from Environment Agency Wales responded to a report from a member of the public of persons
 fishing illegally at Blackweir on the River Taff. At Blackweir, all angling is prohibited 27.4 metres upstream and 75 metres downstream of the weir.
On arrival the officers found two men standing on the sill of the weir, fishing for salmon. When the men were asked for their rod licences they became abusive and
aggressive towards the officers. Phillips was arrested at the scene and both men had their fishing tackle seized. The men were reported for fishing out of season in a
prohibited area.Andy Schofield, Fisheries Strategy and Policy Manager, Environment Agency Wales said:

“These cases send a clear message that illegal fishing will not be tolerated. The men were fishing at Blackweir which is a prohibited area because the fish are more easily
caught at this location as they pass through the weir.  In November the weir pool was full of salmon and although no fish were caught the possibility was high.
“We really appreciate the help of members of the public, in letting us know about illegal activity such as this, on our emergency hotline number               0800 80 70 60      
The River Taff is in the process of recovery from the effects of around 200 years of industrial pollution. Salmon were eradicated from the system and remained locally
extinct until the late 1970s.  Since then the Environment Agency has been working in partnership with other organisations to successfully bring about the recovery
of the river. 


Hello Clive
Please find attached the O'Callaghans Inniscarra 2008 festival results to together with the dates for 2009 festivals. Which I
thought might be of use to you for your magazine. As you will see from the attached sheet all the welsh entries are printed
in red.Mike Towler won two out of three festivals & in doing so ensured the Vintners Cup can back to Wales for the
second year insuccession having won it myself in 2007. This brings Mike Towlers Irish tally to 4 festivals having won
 the Hackett Cup twice in successive years.. Many Thanks Anthony


Mike Towler
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ENGLAND DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPIONS
ENGLAND WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WILL RAISON WINS
INDIVIDUAL GLORY
Italy 2008 Spinadesco Canal 5-7 September 2008

A first day lead of 16 points gave England a comfortable lead going into the second day. 4th on the second day
with a credable two 1st and two 2nds in a section plus 19th & 29th with total points of 53. An overall winning
points winner of 75 overSan Marino who scored 104 points. Will Raison who won his section on the first day and
Second in section on Day 2 saw him take the Individual Gold with a total weight of 23,530 kilo Steve Gardner
3rd overall with a section 3rd on first day and winning his section on the second. An overall weight of 15,530
for his Bronze medal

Wales came back strong on the 2nd Day with 46 points for second place on the day and 6th overall with
Lee Edwards
winning his section. Wales finishing 6th overall.
Click for Full Results WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HUNGARY 2007
The World Freshwater Angling Championship held on Hungary's Lake Velence rowing course.
After a decade in the World championship wilderness Wales achieved a reputable 4th position just outside the medal
positions.
Italy 1st, Belgium 2nd Hungary 3rd. with England 5th
  Alan Scothorne became Five World champion using a waggler
slider method.

(See Coarse reports)

Alan on the Slider
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HAND HELD BAROMETERS FOR BIGGER CATHES

Pressure changes really do affect our fishing according to fishery scientist. As an angler I knew this for many
years that pressurechanges can and do affect our fishing and especially our catch rate. This is very evident
 in commercial and carp fisheries. As the atmospheric pressure changes and go upwards Carp will tend to
feed higher up in the water and in particular on the surface.And after a change in pressure fish tend to need
 at least tree days to acclimate. Some huge bags of fish can be expected after a high pressure change. It is
 no surprise that more and more anglers relay on  hand held barometers these days to forecast feeding
habits in changes air pressure.
 (See New product ranges)  
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HALF PRICE LICENCE
The almost three million people who receive Disability Living Allowance in England and Wales are eligible for a half price fishing
licence from April 1, 2007.

The Environment Agency has extended the disability concession – which used to cover only Blue Badge holders with severe
mobility problems – to include all people receiving Disability Living Allowance. New rod licences can be purchased from 15,000
 Post Offices and other outlets which sell them. For more information telephone 0870 1662662
or visit
www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence.

A review by the Environment Agency, the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and the British Disabled Anglers Association
 (BDAA), found further scope for the half price licence beyond the 30,000 that now claim the concession.

"Angling is one of the most popular outdoor activities amongst disabled people," said Environment Agency Head of Fisheries
Dafydd Evans. "We hope extending this concession will encourage more disabled people to take the sport up, including those
 with mental disabilities. We anticipate an extra 45,000 people will receive the half price licence."

Terry Moseley, president of the British Disabled Anglers Association said: "The Environment Agency’s inclusive approach to
angling and disability issues is always very important, as its decisions have a significant impact for the number of disabled
people who participate in fishing.

"The BDAA are in full support of the new extended coverage offered to disabled anglers. These changes, along with advances in
developing improved access and disability awareness courses by the Environment Agency, is a positive step forward to the future
of angling for disabled people.

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GO FISHING
The UK's premier fishing show, Go Fishing, has joined forces with Sky Sports to bring you the all-new Angling Times
Super Theatre at the March 16-18 NEC event.
Sky is the home of televised fishing in the UK and Ireland, with programming dedicated to your favourite sport that
provide fantastic viewing all year round.
Viewers of Sky Sports will be familiar with Tight Lines, Sky’s weekly magazine show dedicated to all things angling.
Presented by Keith Arthur, the show features special guests, features, a viewers’ phone-in and tips from the top. It’s a
 fun-filled hour and must-watch viewing.
Sky Sports shows live coverage of Fish 'O' Mania, the UK’s leading coarse fishing match in July with £25,000 up for
grabs for the winner, together with shows such as Bass Fishing, Thinking Tackle and Carpfest, Carpshow and Extreme Car
p.
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FLOOD WARNINGS with over 20 national warnings click here
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Scottish Television Productions are filming a series about angling and would like to post a message on your site,
 or could you please circulate this info
as we are looking for people who are novice or partly experienced anglers
 to take part. The programme shall be filmed in the Scottish Highlands late September/Early October, tuition would
be provided as would accommodation and meals.
8 people of various levels will be chosen to take part, male and
female, parent and child (minimum age 15) and from different areas throughout the UK.
Many many thanks for
your help in this matter,
Yvonne G  
Yvonne Gray
Researcher Scottish Media Group 0141 300 3150 Yvonne.Gray@smg.plc.uk

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AMERICAN PROFESSOR CONFIRMS WHAT ANGLERS HAVE KNOWN ALL ALONG
       
An American professor, has completed the most comprehensive study ever carried out on nervous systems and responses of fish,
 and has proved that
fish do not feel pain. The academic study is the work of Professor James Rose (60), a professor of zoology and
physiology at the University of Wyoming. Professor Rose said: “We compared the nervous systems and responses of fish and found
that their brain is not sufficiently developed to allow them to sense pain or fear. The awareness of pain depends on functions of regions
 of the cerebral cortex which fish do not possess.”
This is the largest study into piscine neurology ever carried out and represents a massive set-back for anti-angling groups like the
 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who boast they have £2million to spend to see that angling is banned in the UK.
Professor Rose has also attacked previous studies (like the Medway Report) that indicated fish can feel pain. “They confused
nociception (responding to a threatening stimulus) with feeling pain” said Professor Rose.
NFA President Ken Ball commented: “Although the Study has only confirmed what we all know, it is a great victory for the sport
in the sense that the animal rights activists must now look elsewhere; our victory is a knockout blow for the American branch of
PETA who must accept these findings as conclusive proof that fish do not feel pain.”
Martin Salter MP, the Parliamentary spokesman for angling said: “This Report is terrific. It will help nail the lie that fish feel pain.”
Bob Clark, NFA, Membership Services Manager, agreed: “At last the sport has got the up-to-date scientific support it needed. All
anglers know that fish don’t feel pain but many people out there need convincing. I can see this Study resulting in thousands of
people taking up the sport and many commentators, who have previously had their doubts about angling, changing sides and
giving us the publicity the sport deserves.”
The academic Study will be great news to potential sponsors who have previously had mixed feelings about putting their brand
name behind the sport. “Some school teachers have had mixed views about angling but the in-depth Report by Professor Rose,
has given angling the green light and a clean Bill of health.” commented Bob Clark.
Copied from the NFA web site by kind permition of Bob Clark.
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