Angling Trust Newsletter 17th January 2015

Friday 16th January 2015

All the latest fishing news from the

Angling Trust and Fish Legal

We hope that our first email of 2015 finds you well and we wish you

a Very Happy New Year. Read on for news on bass, angling related

crime, our competitions and Fish Legal’s latest legal work…
Angling Trust and Fish Legal Top News

Bass Anglers Urged to Flood

EU Commissioner with


The Angling Trust has begun the New

Year battling for bass with a fresh call

to anglers urging them to flood the

EU Commissioner with emails supporting

the call by the UK for emergency measures

to save threatened bass stocks.

> Read more

Operation TRAVERSE – and a

Whole New Dawn…

Dilip Sarkar MBE, Angling Trust National

Enforcement Manager, in his new blog

describes how work in this area has

developed rapidly over the last few months

and not only concerns the Voluntary Bailiff

Service but also relates to locating fisheries

enforcement within the much wider

framework of Rural, Wildlife, Organised,

Business and unfortunately more recently

– Hate Crime.

> Read the latest update on Angling Enforcement

Fish Legal News
You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Company Developing Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Plans Similar in Cardiff Bay

Following the public inquiry into the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon hydro scheme last year – on which the Planning Inspectorate is due to report and make its recommendations by March 2015 – the developers, Tidal Lagoon Power, have now informed the Inspectorate about plans to develop a further tidal lagoon in Cardiff Bay, with an application due in 2017. The eastern wall of the lagoon would be only 2km from the mouth of the River Usk, a Special Area of Conservation listed for its salmon runs. The risks from this new technology to migratory fish, which the developers say are minimal but which are still not clear, therefore look set to come under increasing scrutiny.

DC / Welsh Water Damaged Protected Lake, Llyn Padarn

The Welsh environmental regulator, Natural Resources Wales, has remade its decision over damage to the protected artic char at Llyn Padarn in North Wales, following a successful legal challenge by Fish Legal in 2014. Fish Legal welcomes the decision that DC Welsh Water caused environmental damage to the lake, which it had complained about for decades. However, despite NRW confirming significant human impacts on the SSSI and the protected sub-species of fish, which has suffered long-term decline, we are disappointed to see those responsible not being subjected to enforcement. This continues to leave the rare and unique fish in a precarious position on the edge of extinction.

New Year Fish Kill on Grand Union Canal

Fish Legal has been instructed by the Wreake Angling Club following a fish kill on the Felckney to Saddington Tunnel stretch of the Grand Union Canal. The club’s first match of the year, which took place on 5 January, was a disaster and the club fears that the rest of its season may be lost as a result of what is understood at this stage to be pollution from an agricultural source.

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Fish ‘O’ Mania XXII Online Entry Now Open

The much anticipated Fish ‘O’ Mania XXII online entry process is now open on the Angling Trust website. The Angling Trust website will be the only means by which you can enter this event for the chance to win £30k in the grand final.

> Read more

England Call-Up For Talented Coarse Anglers

The Angling Trust is looking for talented coarse anglers who would like to apply for the England under 18s and under 23s youth assessments.

> Read more

General News and Classifieds

Events and articles of interest from the Angling Trust and the world of fishing.

Unique Reel Making Equipment Up For Sale

Our member, Dave Lewthwaite has contacted us with news that he is disposing of his tooling and production equipment for Lewtham Products, makers of several well known and highly regarded centre-pin fishing reels including the Magnum Black and Blue, Leeds and Swift centrepins and several other trotting, fly and sea reels. This is a unique opportunity to own the machinery and engineering drawings needed to produce an already well established line of first class fishing tackle.

Interested? Contact Dave on or forward this email to a friend.

> Read More and get full details of all the equipment

Team England Fly Fishing Hold Fundraising Auction

EFF have put together another annual Auction to raise money for the AT Team England Fly Fishers, the money raised will go towards the costs of our teams for 2015. Prizes include the chance to bid for a day’s guided fishing with top England International anglers!

> Read more

Martin Salter’s Blog: Catching Those Dream Fish…

The latest blog from Angling Trust campaigns top-man Martin Salter includes “a handy guide to making the most of a trip of lifetime and ensuring that you put yourself in with a fighting chance of actually landing those fish you’ve spent so long dreaming about” and describes the sometimes heavy duty gear and useful knots used for extreme fishing overseas.

> Read more

Sign the Wild Atlantic Salmon Petition Online

A new petition by the Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) calling on the Scottish Parliament to protect Atlantic salmon stocks can be found HERE.

Please sign it, and help to maintain the pressure to further improve the conservation and protection of our iconic wild salmon.

> Read more

Dates For Your Diary
Meet the Angling Trust and Fish Legal at the following shows…

The British Fly Fair International – 7th and 8th February

Join us at the British Fly Fair International at Staffordshire County Showground, ST18 0BD. The BFFI still attracts the best demonstration tyers from around the world and quality trade stands. Tying, casting, rod building, fishing techniques and entomology are all here to be discovered.

More info at

Carpin’ On 2015 – 7th and 8th March

The UK’s #1 carp fishing exhibition which covers all aspects of carp-angling and brings all the biggest brands under one roof! Over 80 exhibitors, outdoor demos and displays and live forums, slide shows and tell-all interviews from leading anglers including legendary carp anglers Terry Hearn, Ali Hamidi and the Korda Team, Rob Hughes and many more…

More info at

The Big One – 21st and 22nd March

UK’s Largest Fishing Show and Tackle Sale. Join us at FIVE Farnborough, GU14 6AZ on 21st and 22nd March 2015 for a host of Angling Celebrities and tackle bargains.

More info at

Membership Offers
You can check out the full list of great membership benefits and offers HERE.

Cotswold Outdoor Offer: 15% Off for Angling Trust Members

Angling Trust members – get 15% off when you shop at any of the Cotswold Outdoor stores throughout the UK, online at or by mail order.

> Read more

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