Friday 31st July 2015 All the latest fishing news from the Angling Trust and Fish Legal

Angling Trust and Fish Legal – Main News

Battle For Bass:
EU Finally Agrees To Increase Minimum Size For Bass

Following several successive years of stock decline and a vigorous campaign by recreational angling organisations, the countries of the EU have finally agreed to raise the minimum size at which bass can be harvested by both commercial and recreational fisherman.

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The CLA Game Fair, Harewood House
This weekend – Fri 31st July to Sun 2nd August

Come and meet us at The Fishing Village at this year’s CLA Game Fair. This year’s Game Fair has had a radical make-over with a host of new things for visitors to see and do. Try fishing and brush-up on your casting skills, bring the whole family to GHoF‘s Fishing Funfair, meet members of England Fly Fishing, have a go at Kayak fishing, watch float-tube demos with Charles Jardine and check out the giant thirty foot fish tank to see how fish swim, feed and behave in real time conditions. And of course… find a bargain in the retail area!

We’ll also be hosting awesome angling graffiti artist Dusto on our stand who’ll be painting three HUGE fish in what will be quite literally, one of the biggest angling art displays ever!

If you can’t make it to the show follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the highlights…

> Book your Game Fair ticket in advance and save £££s

NEW: Invasive Non-Native Species Survey

Emily Smith, the Angling Trust’s new Invasive Non-Native Species Manager, who joined us last month, has hit the ground running by launching a brand new survey looking into the awareness of British anglers of conservation issues which affect our waterways. The findings of Emily’s work, produced in partnership with University College London, will be used to improve the information available to anglers about conservation issues and help anglers learn how to protect their fishing venues. The questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes

> Please help out at

Angling Trust and Wildlife Groups make case for rivers to new Water Minister

The Angling Trust joined environmental and wildlife groups from the Blueprint for Water Coalition in pressing the new Water Minister Rory Stewart MP for urgent government action to protect rivers from ecological damage as a result of increasing demand and over abstraction.

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SOS – Save Our Salmon

In the July issue of Trout & Salmon magazine, readers were invited to vote for one of eight proposals, each supporting projects that aim to return the salmon to abundance. The Angling Trust won the Vote with our far-reaching campaign to urge UK, Welsh and Scottish governments to act to save wild salmon. Now begins the task of raising money for the campaign – we hope you will support us. Find out more at and please donate at

Angling Trust Launches New “Fishmark” Accreditation for Clubs

The Angling Trust has launched its new version of the Sport England club accreditation, Fishmark.

Fishmark replaces the national club award called Clubmark and sees the accreditation come more in line with angling instead of a generic all sport club award.

> Find out how to get your own club Fishmark accredited

New Videos

You can watch more Angling Trust videos HERE

A Guide to Fishing Legally in England and Wales

The Fieldsports Channel’s “Fishing Britain” show, has helped us produce an English and Polish version of a great short film explaining how anglers can fish according to the laws and byelaws in England and Wales.

“A Guide to Fishing Legally in England and Wales” is available on our YouTube channel in English and Polish. Please help us spread the word by sharing the links below with your fishing friends, clubs and tackle shops. We want the video to be watched by as many anglers as possible so that everyone has the chance to fish legally and there’s no excuse for breaking the law.

> English version on YouTube

> Polish version on YouTube

Second National Crucian Conservation Project Video on YouTube

The National Crucian Conservation Project (NCCP) have produced a second video aimed at encouraging angling clubs and fishery owners to create crucian friendly waters in order to protect the species and encourage anglers to take up fishing for this delightful species. Presented by Martin Salter founder member of NCCP and Campaigns Chief for the Angling Trust, this charming short film is well worth a watch and we hope it encorages you to get involved…

> Watch the video on our YouTube channel

Fish Legal News

You can read more Fish Legal news HERE

Fish Legal Pursues Compensation After “Devastating” Fertiliser Pollution Kills Hundreds of Fish

Fish Legal has sent a ‘letter before action’ to a farmer’s insurers claiming compensation for its member club Grantham Angling Association (GAA). The claim relates to the farmer polluting the river Witham near Grantham in April 2012 with approximately 6,000 litres of liquid fertiliser, killing at least a thousand fish.

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Leases and Licences – Information for Member Clubs

We continue to receive many enquiries about leases and licences. Some current agreements are not suitable. Licences in particular are often based on old templates from many years ago, which make no provision for ownership of stocked fish in enclosed waters. The legal presumption is that without clear written agreement that the angling club owns the fish, the fish belong to the landowner. While angling clubs might wish to stock anyway in order to maximise angling amenity, many may do so without realising that they are effectively paying for someone else’s fish..

Fish Legal does not offer a drafting or negotiation service for leases or licences, but should you have a query about your fishing rights we can supply a factsheet, and make some suggestions about clauses you might wish to include and try to answer any specific queries which members have.

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

National Fishing Month is Here!
18th July – 31st August 2015

National Fishing Month aims to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. It does not matter what age you are, or what previous experience you have. Nor does it matter which cultural or social background you may be from. Fishing is for everyone! The organisers and angling coaches give up their valuable time to support National Fishing Month, so please take this opportunity to have a go at this wonderful sport. Click HERE to find an event near you, to make sure you do not miss out!

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Family Fishing a Big Success at Barnwell Country Park

The early morning rain did little to put off participants from across Northamptonshire as they descended on Barnwell Country Park to take part in the East Midlands Family Fishing Event. Over 100 people took the opportunity to visit the free event and find out what angling was all about.

> Read more about the day HERE

> Find Your Nearest Family Fishing Days and Dates HERE – why not take the whole family and get them hooked on fishing too!

If You Find Sick or Dead Amphibians in the Wild…

We often hear anglers described as “the eyes and ears” of our waterways and quite deservedly so too. If you find sick or dead amphibians in the wild please report them to Garden Wildlife Health at and help prevent our wild native amphibians from becoming victims of invasive disease.

There’s a new Amphibian Disease Alert factsheet about the risks HERE.

River Habitats for Coarse Fish – Mark Everard

YOU can make a big difference to the quality of fishing on your local river – and there’s advice from Angling Trust Ambassador Dr Mark Everard, an associate professor of Ecosystem Services, who explains how habitat matters and outlines some of the practical steps anglers can take to improve matters in his just-published “River Habitats for Coarse Fish – How Fish Use Rivers and How We Can Help Them”. The book is a fascinating source of information.

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Now It’s Easier to Become a Licensed Coach in Angling!

The Angling Trust now recognise the new scUK online licence renewal workshop to update “Safeguarding and Protecting Children Training” and this can be used by those who need to renew their angling coach licence. This means coaches can obtain the relevant training in the comfort of their own home! This workshop has been developed to the highest standard with the NSPCC and Child Protection in Sport Unit. Find the course HERE and contact for more info.

Operation LEVIATHAN: Police and EA Updates

There’s another update from Ian Wood a Fisheries Officer from the Environment Agency’s Fisheries & Biodiversity Team who we have been working closely with as part of Operation LEVIATHAN on our Facebook page HERE.

We’ve also heard from experienced and dedicated officer, PCSO Mike Shuttleworth from Gloucestershire Police, one of LEVIATHAN’S founding forces who said “So impressed am I by the Angling Trust’s Fisheries Enforcement Campaign that I have just joined as an individual member – the membership fee is worth it just to support the enforcement work alone!” Read the full piece from Mike HERE.

Sea Talent Pathway Off To a Flying Start!

We received some great pics from Chris Clark at the first Junior Talent Pathway (Sea) session of the year held at Lepe.

Chris said “Torrential rain being swept horizontally by a force 8 gale greeted the eager youngsters attending the first Junior Talent Pathway way session of the year held at Lepe who were not daunted by the pretty horrendous conditions with the exception of the last 30 minutes when the sun poked its nose out from behind the clouds, they caught a caught a number of black bream, bass, ballan wrasse, corkwing wrasse and smoothhound. Well done to all the youngsters and a big thank you to the coaches.”

> Read more about how to be part of the Team England Talent Pathway in Coarse, Sea and Game here

> The Talent Pathway is on Facebook too

Member Offers
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Exclusive Offer: Save 10% with Forest Holidays

10% off at Forest Holidays – visit and enter code ANGLING10 in the promotional code box when booking*

* Code entitles a paying Angling Trust member to 10% off the cost of a cabin at any of the 9 Forest Holidays locations. This code must be applied at the time of booking and cannot be used with any other offers. All bookings must be made by 31/12/2015. Forest Holidays reserve the right to withdraw this code at any time.

10% Off for Angling Trust Members on Nordik OCTBOXs

The Nordik range of OCTBOX seat boxes have created a buzz in match fishing circles and now, in a special deal for our members, Nordik are offering 10% off for online orders using the special Angling Trust member code which we’ll give you when you call 01568 620 447 with your membership number. Order online at and don’t forget to call us for the discount code first!

Competition News
Read all the latest Angling Trust Competition news HERE

New and Improved Fish O Mania Offers HUGE £50k Prize

Fish O Mania will be back in 2016 with a new look and promises to be bigger and better than ever following the news that Matchroom Sport & Angling Trust are to introduce a number of changes to the format and the prize structure.

Victory in the final of Fish O Mania XXIII will net the winner a cool £50,000, a £20,000 increase on previous winning purse. In recent times the competition featured 16 qualifiers with 16 anglers qualifying for the final, 2016 will feature 28 qualifiers with 32 anglers qualifying for finals weekend, providing more opportunities for anglers to participate in the biggest competition in match fishing.

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The Angling Trust and Angling Times NEW and IMPROVED National Fishing League 2015-16 is here!

The National Fishing League is the Angling Trust/Angling Times National Fishing competition that rewards regular participation and performance from match/club anglers. It’s another great way to compete against other anglers and gives you the chance to be crowned the National Fishing League Champion! And it’s totally FREE to take part!

> Read more, find out about the prizes and how to enter

Carp Team England 8th Man Announced

England Carp Team Manager Rob Hughes has announced the final member of the squad that will travel out to Spain for the FIPSed Carp World Championships in October.
Experienced carp angler Paul Booth, an English ex-pat now living in Caspe, Spain, owns and runs Ebro Crazy Cats and is a carp and catfish guide on the river.

> Read more in our Press Release

England Boat Angling Squad Seeks New Blood

Are you a knowledgeable angler with club or open competition experience? Would you consider that you have the ability to further develop and represent Team England at International level? If so, apply to join the England boat squad and find out!

Team England are seeking a number of new squad members to supplement the group from which the two International teams will be selected. Please note that squad members must be members of the Angling Trust. Email for an application form before the closing date – end of August 2015.

Dates for your diary…

Fill Your Diary With Family Fishing Fun Days
FREE activities, fishing, coaching and use of tackle

Do you fancy a day out for the family with lots of different fun activities? Would you like to introduce a member of your family or a friend to fishing? Are you a beginner, an existing angler or returner?

Then come along to a FREE Family Fishing Fun Day. Fishing tackle and instruction from our licensed coaches is provided. Plus there are activities for non-anglers and family members.

A full list of Family Fishing Fun Days can be found HERE.

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