Angling Trust Newsletter Monday, November 7th, 2016

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Angling Trust News

rod licence

Anglers demand fair deal after rod licence fee rises

The Angling Trust is leading calls for the government to halt and reverse the annual cuts to Grant In Aid to the Environment Agency for fisheries management, monitoring and regulation.

Millions of anglers will be adding extra support to the Agency’s work by paying a 10% increase to the rod licence fee with effect from April 2017, but the benefit of this will be negated if government keeps cutting the Agency’s funding.

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Scenic river

New benefits for Fishery and Riparian Owners

Are you a fishery owner or do you know someone that has fishing rights in their name? We’ve updated our Fishery and Riparian Owner membership categories to offer some great benefits that will meet the needs of those that own fishing.

The annual membership now joins you to both the Angling Trust and Fish Legal as standard and includes key benefits such as liability insurance to £10m, fish stock cover on turnovers up to £75k, free legal advice and action from the Fish Legal team, and campaigning to protect your fish and fishing. To find out more, please visit our website HERE.

bass in nets

Angling Trust welcomes EU’s bass conservation plans

Angling organisations have welcomed the announcement by the European Commission that should see the removal of damaging gillnets from the bass fishery in the North Sea, English Channel and North Atlantic.

If the proposals are adopted in December, commercial bass exploitation will be restricted to hook and line fishing only for ten months of the year in 2017, with recreational sea anglers allowed to retain ten fish a month during the open season.

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charter boat

Sea angling restrictions hit charter boat skippers

Charter boat skippers in England have seen revenues slashed by more than one-fifth as a result of tough restrictions on recreational bass fishing introduced this year.

Anglers have been reluctant to spend up to £600 a day on bass charter fishing trips only to be allowed to take one fish home to eat. As a result, coastal communities are losing several million pounds in valuable tourism revenue as anglers stay away.

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Mark Lloyd with salmon

Watch – Chief Executive on agricultural pollution

Pollution from agriculture is one of the biggest issues facing the health of our rivers and estuaries and is a key part of the Angling Trust’s Save Our Salmon campaign.

To find out more about the problem, and some of the solutions, watch a recording of our Chief Executive Mark Lloyd giving a 45-minute webinar for the Soil Association to farmers and land managers by clicking HERE.

Dave Wilkins with pike

New Regional Enforcement Manager for South East

Dave Wilkins has been appointed Regional Enforcement Manager for the South East, joining the existing Fisheries Enforcement Support Service team.

Dave recently retired from Sussex Police after 30 years’ service as a detective inspector, having spent most of his career on CID, Special Branch and Major Crime teams.

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Water running off field

Importance of natural flood management

Poor farming practices, the loss of woods and urban development have all accelerated the runoff of water which has led to flood risk being at an all-time high and increasing, a report by MPs has highlighted.

It said that flood risk could be reduced by slowing the flow of water off the land by planting trees, managing soils better, putting logs in streams to form leaky dams and by using fields to store water temporarily.

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Graph showing rise and fall of river level

All the info you need … on one angling website

Fishinginfo includes the essential information you need to ensure you have a trouble-free angling trip. You can check out weather forecasts, river levels, venue facilties – and even find a tackle shop to pop into for your tackle and bait!

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News from Fish Legal

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

River Devon

Judgment pending in Scottish Water sulphuric acid case

Fish Legal appeared in Alloa Sheriff Court on behalf of the Devon Angling Association for a preliminary hearing in its case against Scottish Water. The water company are defending a claim brought by the anglers whose River Devon fishery in Clackmannanshire was devastated by the release of 12,000 litres of sulphuric acid from Scottish Water’s Castlehill Water Treatment Works.

Despite Scottish Water pleading guilty to an offence under Scottish water regulations, the nationalised water utility is not accepting liability for the loss caused by the acid escape.

Conwy Falls

Fish Legal helps to see off controversial hydro scheme

Plans to build a controversial hydro scheme on the iconic Conwy Falls in the Snowdonia National Park have been withdrawn following strong objections submitted by the Angling Trust and Fish Legal, working with local member angling clubs and representatives of the ‘Save the Conwy’ campaign.

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News from our Participation Team

Our Get Into Angling, Let’s Go Family Fishing, Get Back Into Angling and Family Fishing events have something for everyone – whether you are a regular angler who wants to introduce a friend or family member, or even if you just know someone who hasn’t been for a couple of years and needs a hand getting to grips with the latest kit and methods. Check out the events on or

Coarse angler holding fish he’s just netted

How you can help get a mate back on the bank…

Most anglers have a mate who used to go fishing but no longer does. Maybe they hung up their rods while work got in the way or spent more time with family.

We need your help to get more people fishing – find a Get Back Into Angling event at and tell a friend, or forward this email. They’ll thank you for it!

Clubs and fisheries: contact your Angling Trust Regional Officer about running Get Back Into Angling events – it’s a great way to meet new anglers.

Angler with tope caught in 2016 Species Hunt

Sea Angling Species Hunt 2016 – are you in it yet?

Our Regional Officer James Lewis runs our successful Species Hunt competition which has awesome prizes from TronixPro. It’s completely FREE to enter and is ideal for freshwater anglers too – just use your coarse or game tackle to catch sea fish!

There are prizes for most species, largest fish and fish of the month, so there’s a great chance of winning!

> Click here for more info and free entry

A family fishing together

Have some free family fishing fun!

We’re running events for families to fish together, they are all FREE to attend and tackle and bait is included too. If you haven’t been fishing with the family before, or have never even tried it, you’ll find a link to special Let’s Go Family Fishing events HERE.

All ages and abilities are welcome and you’re guaranteed a great time and good fun with a friendly Angling Trust Level 2 Licensed Coach running the session.

News from our Competition Team

Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

Samuel Claydon, Junior Angling Champion 2016

Samuel crowned Canals Junior Champion

Congratulations to Samuel Claydon of Swineshead, Lincolnshire, winner of the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust Junior Angling Championship 2016 held on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in Penkridge, Staffordshire. His winning weight included a 4lb chub plus gudgeon and roach.

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Meanwhile, Steve Dudley and Simon Nickless, both Sensas Black Country, landed the Canal Pairs title while Canvey-based Peter Durrant won the Individual competition with a bag of roach and skimmers.

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England Ladies Coarse Angling Team

England Ladies Coarse Angling Team announced

The Angling Trust has announced the England Ladies Coarse Angling Team for 2017 following an assessment day held on the Stainforth canal in South Yorkshire. It includes a welcome return for former World Individual Champion Emma Pickering after a couple of years absence.

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News from our Coaching Team

Are you interested in becoming an angling coach? We are now accepting applications for our 2017 Coaching Courses.

More information and dates for Level 1 (beginners) courses can be found here.

More information and dates for Level 2 (experienced) courses can be found here.

If there’s currently not any courses in your area, you can sign up to our mailing list and we will contact you to let you know when there are courses in your area. You can sign up here.

Great Offers for new Angling Trust Members

Angling Trust members get lots of great special offers and discounts. Check out all our membership benefits on the Angling Trust website. To access these offers you will need a membership number so please join and support our campaigns for fish and fishing.

Forest Holidays cabins on lakeside

10% off when you book a Forest Holidays cabin

Escape with your family to a luxury woodland cabin with Forest Holidays – and you’ll receive 10% off the price as an Angling Trust member.

You can choose to stay at any of the nine stunning locations across the UK – and even relax in your own private hot tub after a day at one of the nearby fisheries.

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Pike held by angler

Money off winter pike fishing

Angling Trust members can claim a 10% discount when they purchase Thames Water’s Winter Pike Season Ticket or Day Ticket. The Winter Season is now open and runs until February 28th. Season tickets cost £90 and a day ticket £15.

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