Latest news from the Angling Trust & Fish Legal

Thanks for supporting Future Angling Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Angling Trust & Fish Legal AGM and Future Angling Conference at Barston, near Solihull, last weekend. Over 80 members and non-members, along with journalists from the angling media and the BBC, attended the event which included workshops on getting more people fishing and improving fish stocks. Delegates’ views will feed into the National Angling Survey being run by Substance on behalf of the Environment Agency, A summary of the event will appear on the Angling Trust website in the next week or two.

The Angling Trust has welcomed the EU Commission’s proposals for bass fishing opportunities in 2019 which, if agreed by ministers, will eliminate targeted fixed netting and allow anglers to retain one bass per day for seven months of the year. However, having lobbied vigorously over the course of 2018 to get a bag limit re-established in October of this year, we will be pushing for the bag limit to be increased further in 2019. Read more

Cautious welcome for Welsh action on farming pollution

The Angling Trust has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that it intends to introduce new regulations and enforcement to tackle the widespread and endemic pollution of rivers in Wales from agriculture. It follows years of campaigning by the Angling Trust to highlight the increasing problem of soil erosion and slurry pollution. However, the Angling Trust has identified some key areas of concern about the announcement. Read more

Suffolk police join crime initiative

Suffolk Constabulary has become the latest police force to sign up to Operation TRAVERSE – the multi-agency initiative launched in 2014 to tackle fish theft and illegal fishing in the East of England. Find out more

John Wilson ‘one of angling’s greatest’

It was sad news to hear of the death of fishing legend John Wilson recently. Mark Lloyd, Angling Trust Chief Executive, described John as “one of the greatest advocates for angling who brought the joys of fishing to life.” You can read Mark’s tribute in this Facebook post.

See you in Sandown!

Going to the Carp Society Winter Show this weekend? Don’t forget to pop along to Stand 41 … come and meet members of the Angling Trust team and enter our free prize draw!

Exclusive offers for Angling Trust members

Big saving for carp anglers

Here’s a great saving for Angling Trust members, especially carp and specialist anglers. Buy Deeper fish-finding products from Fat Fish Tackle and you’ll receive a discount of 10%. These fantastic products take the guesswork out of finding  fish! Find out more

News from Fish Legal

Fish Legal has sent a letter of claim to farmers in Dymock in Gloucestershire on behalf of the Gloucester Angling Club in connection with the devastating pollution of the river Leadon in July 2016. Tonnes of digestate killed tens of thousands of fish – including brown trout, chub, eel, dace, roach, lamprey and bream – over a 16km stretch of the river in what was described by the Environment Agency at the time as “one of the worst incidents on a watercourse in the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire area in the last 10 years.”

Agricultural pollution incidents remain a serious threat to fisheries, particularly in Wales as was highlighted in an ITV programme “Ruined Rivers” broadcast recently.

River Leadon pre-pollution

Let’s Get Fishing

Places where you can Get Fishing

Sometimes when you first get into fishing finding a place to go isn’t all that easy. Your local fishing tackle shop is a good source of info and the Get Fishing team has put together a map of fisheries too. Can you recommend a venue? Send us the details and we’ll do our best to add it to the map.

Bring a friend to our fishing events

One of the simple things you can do to get more people fishing is bring a friend to one of our ‘Get Fishing’ events. Tackle, bait and a day fishing licence are all included at

How fishing helped This Girl’s anxiety

As part of our appeal for This Girl Can stories, Amelia got in touch to tell us how going fishing has helped her cope with anxiety – it’s also been a way to discover beauty in nature and compete with like-minded women…

Competition News

All Wright on the day for Lee!

Lee Wright is this year’s RiverFest champion winning with a total weight of 38lb 3oz after a closely-fought contest on the River Severn at Shrewsbury. Fished over two days, his roach and dace catch on pole and waggler was enough to land him the £13,000 first prize ahead of James Robbins with 37lb 5oz. Full story

The Angling Trust has a great offer for new members – join today and we’ll give you a £29 voucher to spend at Fishing Megastore, the online tackle and clothing store of Glasgow Angling Centre. The offer is available to all adult and senior citizen members of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal who make an annual subscription payment and who have not held a valid membership in the past two years. Remember … by becoming a member you help fund our work to promote angling and its future, to fight for better fish stocks in marine and freshwater environments and to campaign against threats to angling. If you’re already a member, why not forward to a friend or family member?

Please support our work … join today!