All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal Saturday, 6th February, 2016

Saturday, 6th February, 2016

All the latest fishing news from the

Angling Trust and Fish Legal … including

a plea to all anglers to take action in our fight to protect bass;

victory in a campaign to retain access to an estuary;

and a great opportunity to work for the Angling Trust.

Angling Trust Campaign Appeal

We need your help – urge your MP to speak up for bass and recreational sea anglers at Commons debate

The Angling Trust is appealing to members

to support the battle to protect bass.

Last week, North Cornwall MP and keen angler Scott Mann successfully secured a three-hour backbench debate in the House

of Commons to highlight the unfairness of

the current measures on recreational sea anglers.

We are asking anglers to email their MPs

with a link to our latest Fishing Lines

briefing on bass and urging them to turn

up for the Commons debate at 2.15pm on Thursday, February 11th to support Scott

and speak up for angling.

The debate is entitled ‘Conservation of sea bass…’ and Scott will be moving the following motion: “This House believes that the recent EU restrictions on recreational bass fishing are unfair and fail to address the real threat to the future viability of UK bass stocks.”

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Find your MP by clicking here and entering your postcode
  2. Send your MP a message urging him to support Scott at the Commons debate and help protect bass. Remember to copy this link to the Fishing Lines briefing and include it in your message
  3. If you wish, you can download a letter we have already prepared here: It already contains the link to the Fishing Lines briefing

The Angling Trust and BASS will be supporting Scott in his efforts to highlight the need to create a sustainable recreational bass fishery delivering maximum economic benefit to coastal communities.

Please do all you can to get your MP to help.

Angling Trust News

Battling for bass … in Westminster and Brussels

The battle for bass continued at Westminster and Brussels this week with representatives from the Angling Trust and the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society challenging UK ministers and the European Commission over the unfair restrictions now in place on recreational anglers.

We argued that there needs to be a proper, proportional and effective package of short term conservation measures coupled with a long term management plan that will rebuild bass stocks and deliver the best possible outcomes.

> Read more

Plan to restrict Exe estuary access is scrapped

Good news for boat anglers on the River Exe – a proposed Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) restricting the use of a slipway into the estuary has been scrapped by East Devon District Council.

Sea anglers, spearheaded by the Angling Trust’s Wyvern Marine Region, responded to a consultation which could have seen the only slipway into the river closed.

> Read more

How would you like to work for the Angling Trust?

We are looking for a Campaigns Officer to assist the teams at Angling Trust and Fish Legal in changing policy and practice to protect marine and freshwater fish stocks.

The new position follows the Angling Trust’s successful bid for £131,000 funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. It will include writing and selling-in press releases, updating website and social media content, researching technical data and attending meetings with partner organisations.

> Click here for job description and application form

Search for the nation’s favourite fish

The search is on for the nation’s favourite fish – have you voted for yours yet? Staff at the Angling Trust are taking part and so far it’s the roach that is nudging ahead!

There are 40 species to choose from and the first round of voting ends on March 26th. Voting will then begin on the top 10 species with the winner announced in May.

> Vote for your favourite fish

Win £1,000 of tackle and monthly prizes!

Our Regional Officer James Lewis has just updated the latest Species Hunt results on our website. Why not join in with this friendly competition for a chance to win up to £1,000 in tackle prizes plus monthly prizes too? It’s free and there’s an active Facebook page for competitors to compare methods and capture details.

> Register free now!

Still time to win a fabulous day’s shooting for 9 people

Don’t miss out on the chance to win a day’s shooting at the prestigious Hurdcott/Compton Chamberlayne shoot in Wiltshire for you and up to eight other guns – and support the work of Angling Trust and Fish Legal at the same time.

Tickets, costing £100, are strictly limited to 300 – so the odds are good, particularly if everyone in your team buys a ticket!

> Read more

Meet the Angling Trust team at The Big One

Are you planning to go to The Big One next month? Angling Trust will be there … so don’t forget to drop by and say hello.

The Big One proudly boasts it is the UK’s biggest commercial tackle show and is held on the weekend of March 19th-20th at Farnborough in Hampshire.

> Click here for more info and ticket prices

Congratulations to our Christmas Raffle winners!

The winning ticket numbers in the Angling Trust’s Christmas Raffle were:
1st 095111 – Mr D Nicholson of Workington (£2,000 cash)
2nd 089185 – Mr D Couldrey of Witney (£1,500 of tackle)
3rd 120269 – Mr R Wilkinson of Orpington (£750 of tackle)
4th 141058 – Mr B Lonsdale of Leeds (£350 of tackle)

Look out for more great raffle prizes in 2016!

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Sign petition to protect Scotland’s wild salmonids

Fish Legal is urging its members to support Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland’s petition to the Scottish Government for stronger regulatory control of fish farms to protect wild salmonids.

They want to see new measures to bring greater transparency and accountability to fish farms, together with robust regulation to reduce production where fish farms demonstrably cannot adhere to good practice.

> Click here to sign the petition

General News and Classifieds
Events and articles of interest from the Angling Trust and the world of fishing

River levels and much more on

Have you checked out our handy website to help keep you safe from the floods and provide advice to catch more fish? provides river level and weather data from the Environment Agency and Met Office – as well as information on fishing venues, tackle shops and local clubs.

> Go to to find out more

Help us get more people fishing more often…
Our participation events and competitions are for anglers of all abilities. Get involved, come along, bring a friend and have a go! Don’t forget that occasional anglers and newcomers can buy a one-day or eight-day rod licence.

Get Out There – Go Fishing!

Our new Facebook page is going from strength to strength with nearly 4,000 likes and thousands more tuning in to our exclusive videos with top anglers. Check out the latest video from top carper Darrell Peck explaining what motivates him to get out there and go fishing and make sure you follow ‘Get Out There’ for updates.

> Get Out There – Go Fishing!

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Book for Feeder Masters – £12,000 fist prize!

If you fancy the chance to win a guaranteed first prize of £12,000 there are still some places available for the Feeder Masters competiton.

On the stillwater venues, there’s still availability on Hallcroft and Ireland’s Lough Erne and Lough Muckno. All rivers are available except the three contests on the Trent.

To book a place ring the Angling Trust on 0115 9061 301 or 0115 9061 323 between 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday.

> Read more

Canal Pairs Championship – more venues, big prizes

The biggest canal angling competition just got bigger! For the first time, the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust “Canal Pairs Championship” will include regional qualifying heats in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as 12 heats in England.

The Grand Final with a total prize fund of £15,000 is in October on the Staffs & Worcs Canal. Apply from Monday, February 15th via the Angling Trust at a cost of £40 per pair per qualifier.

Fish ‘O’ Mania XXIII 2016: Update for entrants

Payments have been taken for all successful applicants for Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifiers. For any failed payments, applicants have been notified via email and letter with a deadline date before any tickets are re-allocated in accordance to the reserves listed.

Please remember to look at your emails and post as all deadline dates must be adhered to, otherwise tickets will be re-allocated.

> More information and qualifiers list

Tronixpro to sponsor England shore fishing teams

England’s shore fishing teams have been given a financial boost to help them in their quest for world championship gold.

The Angling Trust has announced a two year partnership with Tronix UK Ltd that will see Tronixpro become Official Sponsors of the Men’s, Ladies, Youth and Junior world shore fishing teams in 2016 and 2017.

> Read more

Great Offers for Angling Trust Members
Some great special offers and discounts for our members. There are more membership benefits on our website. To access these offers you will need the membership number at the foot of this email.

> Read more

Save 10% when you book with Forest Holidays

Escape to a luxury woodland cabin with Forest Holidays – and receive 10% off the price of your holiday!

Angling Trust members can choose to stay at any of the nine stunning locations across the UK – all exclusively set on Forestry Commission land.

It’s the perfect getaway for families, couples and friends … you can even take your dog and stay at a pet-friendly cabin!

> Find out more

SmartWater for £9.99 – protect yourself from tackle theft

Angling Trust members can purchase a SmartWater security pack to protect fishing tackle including rods, reels, tackle boxes and ancillaries for a special discount price of just £9.99 (incl. VAT and P&P).

SmartWater makes fishing equipment uniquely identifiable and each SmartWater pack is supplied with high-visibility deterrent signage to warn thieves off.

> Find out more

Special offer on Allan Sefton’s salmon fishing guide

In this comprehensive guide, Allan Sefton explains how the previously closed world of salmon fly fishing is now a worldwide sport that is open to all.

Anyone can pursue this most challenging and mysterious of fish thanks to Sefton’s detailed knowledge on the tackle required, all the technical skills to use it, and where to go to catch this king of fish – and all in those wilderness locations where salmon anglers find their thrilling sport.

> Buy now for £8.99 – and save £1 off cover price!

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