All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal,11th March, 2016

All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal …

including a legal settlement for anglers who lost three days

salmon fishing; success of the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ campaign;

the winner of the first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier; and some great

money-saving offers for members

Angling Trust News

Anglers taking action to stop spread of ‘Invasives’

Anglers are heeding the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ warnings and taking steps to stop the spread of invasive species (such as the quagga mussel, pictured) which pose a threat to fish stocks and aquatic environments. Research conducted by the Angling Trust showed that almost half of anglers surveyed cleaned and dried equipment every time they returned from fishing – compared to just 21% five years ago.

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Voluntary Bailiff Service goes ‘live’ across country

The national roll-out of the Voluntary Bailiff Service continues with inductions for volunteers being held in all six regions across England. The roll-out has been made possible through the Trust’s partnership with the Environment Agency and means that Operation Clamp Down 4, the annual multi-agency initiative focussing on illegal fishing during the coarse close season, will be a national operation for the first time.

Fish get new champions in Westminster

Three MPs are among the first ‘Species Champions’ in England after lending their political support to the protection and restoration of threatened fish stocks.

The three have ‘adopted’ the Atlantic salmon, European eel and sea bass which are among 20 iconic English species currently facing significant threats.

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MPs back motion over ‘unfair’ bass fishing

MPs have backed a motion highlighting the unfairness of current EU restrictions on recreational sea bass fishing following a three-hour backbench debate in the House of Commons. The motion also claimed the restrictions failed to address the real threat to the future viability of UK sea bass stocks. In response, the government has agreed to work with recreational angling organisations, including the Angling Trust, on a long term management plan for bass.

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Now follow Facebook in your Region

We’ve launched new Facebook pages for the Angling Trust’s Regions providing information relevant to where you live to keep you updated on local meetings and forums, enforcement work, pollution issues, participation events and other news.

Click here to find a link to your Region’s page on the Angling Trust Facebook site – please follow any that are relevant to where you live or go fishing.

Ranger Dan is king of the Water Park!

Six ‘Let’s Go Family Fishing’ sessions are due to be held at Kingsbury Water Park this year – thanks to the excellent partnership between the Park Ranger Dan Martin and the Angling Trust’s Regional Officer Dave Evans.

Dave helped Dan successfully apply for an Angling Improvement Fund grant to complete his Level 1 Coaching Course and has advised him on his application for further funding to do his Level 2 qualification. In addition, Dan secured local authority funding to net and reshape the venue.

If you want help like this contact your Angling Trust Regional Officer at

Win a fabulous day’s shooting for you and 8 pals!

There’s still time to buy a raffle ticket 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!

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See you at The Big One next weekend!

The Angling Trust will be out in force at The Big One in Farnborough next weekend – so if you’re planning a visit to the UK’s biggest tackle show pop along and say hello!

We’ll have guest celebrities visiting the stand throughout the weekend and graffiti artist Dusto will once again be showing off his amazing work.

We’ll also be pairing up with our friends from ‘Get Hooked On Fishing’ for some great fun events for all the family (see below). We’re on stand 120 near to the main catering area and theatre – see you there!

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Take the whole family fishing for FREE at Farnborough

Next weekend, come and have indoor fishing fun for all the family at our ‘Fishing Funfair’ at The Big One show, Farnborough. Have a go at our fishy games, fish-fighting machine, try ‘Funky Fishing’ in our lure tank, get ‘Top Tips!’ from expert lure anglers Sam and Gary Edmonds plus a few other surprises! Everything in the Fishing Funfair is FREE.

‘Family Fishing’ is a collaboration between the charity, ‘Get Hooked on Fishing’ and the Angling Trust. For more information go to

Have a go at Living Heritage Country Fairs

Our Coach Volunteers at Living Heritage Fairs host ‘Have a Go’ angling sessions, where you or your family can have a free 20-minute angling lesson.

Even if you are a more experienced angler, you can still practice coarse fishing skills and techniques in the fishing area. So pop along and ‘Have a Go’.

For Living Heritage Country Fair dates and locations click HERE

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Anglers compensated for loss of salmon fishing

Anglers in Lancashire have been compensated for the temporary loss of fishing on a river once so badly polluted it frequently changed colour.

Water giant United Utilities has settled a £2,500 claim brought by Fish Legal on behalf of seven fishing clubs with rights along the River Calder and the downstream River Ribble to compensate them for the loss of three days of fishing during the height of the salmon fishing season in autumn 2012.

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Legal action over Scottish Water acid spill

Fish legal has initiated legal proceedings against Scottish Water for negligently causing 12,000 litres of sulphuric acid to spill into the River Devon in Clackmannanshire, killing an estimated 30,000 fish.

Fish Legal is acting for its member fishing club the Devon Angling Association, whose high quality wild brown trout fishery downstream of the Glendevon Water Treatment plant was wiped out by the acid spill in 2011.

Fish Legal forces action on the Clyde

After much research, Fish Legal has shown Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) that the Dalmarnock Water Treatment Works has been spilling sewage into the Clyde on a regular basis and that this was a material cause of a massive kill in July, 2013.

SEPA has responded by giving Scottish Water notice to produce detailed proposals for the modernisation of the plant with appropriate timescales.

New doubts over Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

The government has thrown the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project into doubt by announcing a six-month independent review of the “feasibility and practicality” of tidal lagoon power generation.

It follows the extremely high subsidised ‘strike price’ being requested at Swansea.

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Consultation over ‘fracking’ licensing guidance

Fish Legal, together with other non-governmental bodies, met with the Environment Agency as part of their consultation on proposed guidance on licensing the onshore oil and gas sector. The consultation will result in guidance being issued to EA permitting staff as to how to handle applications to enable exploratory and ultimately production activities to take place, the latter including controversial ‘Fracking’ techniques.

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Head Solicitor moves on

After having led the legal department at Fish Legal to some significant case victories for the benefit of angling and the water environment over the past three and a half years, William Rundle has decided to move on to pursue new opportunities and challenges. We wish him every success for the future.

General News and Classifieds
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Wanted: angler to sail across Pacific Ocean

Fancy testing out your fishing skills and endurance to the maximum? If so, Windfall Films are looking for an angler to join a team sailing across the Pacific Ocean in an exciting new series for Channel 4.

The crew will recreate a famous naval adventure in a replica vessel while using teamwork to battle the elements, complete challenges and supplement basic rations.

For more information email

Heaviest Wye salmon in memory of Norman Owen

From this year, the River Wye Gillies Association will be presenting the Norman Owen Memorial Cup for the heaviest salmon caught on a fly each season from the River Wye. Norman, who died last year, was one of the longest serving and most respected gillies on the Wye.

In order to enter a salmon, anglers need to provide a quality photograph along with weight and length (nose to fork of tail) and/or a reliable witness. Send entries to RWGA chairman Geoff Franks at or treasurer Derrick Maund at

Members wanted for trout fly fishing in West Sussex

Cinder Hill Trouting Syndicate are looking for new members for trout fly fishing in South East England. The syndicate has two, three-lake, venues just a mile apart in the picturesque Ashdown Forest area, near Horstead Keynes in West Sussex.

The fishing is fly only for trout between the start of March and the end of November, with membership at £280 for 25 visits. All applying must also be members of either the Angling Trust or Salmon and Trout Conservation UK. More information from Robert Nathan

Places to fish and much more on

With coarse fishing’s river closed season on the horizon you can still find plenty of stillwater venues to fish on the Angling Trust’s website. Plus there’s loads of information on tackle shops, clubs, coaches and events. Check it out at – you can even buy your rod licence there!

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. You can buy a rod licence through

Calling all coaches … get paid to get anglers back!

The Angling Trust wants to inspire anglers to return to fishing after having a break from the sport – and our new national programme ‘Get Back Into Angling’ is designed to do just.

We want all Level 2 coaches to get behind this exciting scheme by contacting their Regional Officer to find out about how we’ll pay them to be part of the project.

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Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Qualifiers announced for Team England Game

Team England Game Section has announced the dates and venues for this year’s round of qualifiers. The heats are open to anyone who has aspirations to represent England in the home boat fishing internationals next Spring and Autumn.

Heats are being staged throughout the year at a dozen venues around England beginning with Stocks Reservoir in the North West in April and culminating at Chew Valley Lake in July. Successful anglers at the various heats will attend a national final in September with the top 28 anglers making up next year’s two teams.

More information from Qualifier Organiser Ian Colclough on 01543 689117 or email

Ossett boss the Winter League final

The 2015/16 Winter League final saw 340 anglers and 34 teams from across the country compete on the Fenland Drains and Decoy Lakes in Peterborough – and it was Team Ossett from Yorkshire who delivered a superb performance to secure a cheque for £3,000 and the title, their first win in the competition.

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Jamie triumphs in first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier

The 150 competitors arriving for the first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier of 2016 were greeted by scattered snow showers and a biting North Easterly wind!

It was Jamie Hughes, an angling coach from the Wirral, who emerged as the winner with 141lb bag of carp at Tunnel Barn Farm in Shrewley, Warwickshire.

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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.

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Special offer for members: 25% off Game Fair tickets!

A special discounted rate of £15 per adult day-ticket is available to Angling Trust members visiting The Game Fair at Ragley Hall this summer. To access this discount, simply click HERE and enter your Angling Trust membership number (printed on your membership card).

You’ll benefit from The Game Fair’s plans to make the event as inclusive as possible for all visitors to Ragley Hall plus members of the Angling Trust will have access to privileged rates and services as well as discounts on packages including have-a-go sessions. More details to follow…

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!

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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.

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15% off Pallatrax bait and products

Pallatrax, the innovative bait and tackle company, is offering Angling Trust individual members 15% off all telephone orders. Pallatrax products can be viewed online HERE

For more information on benefits available to Angling Trust members click HERE

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