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ENGLAND WIN GOLD IN THE WORLD FEEDER CHAMPIONSHIPS
After a weekend that saw the England team roar to World Feeder Championship gold at Inniscarra Lake in Ireland, we were keen to get the full story from our very own new World Champion Steve Ringer!

He started by explaining the two key tactical decisions that put England in such a dominant position. “As a team you have a plan, and we’d done two trips to the venue, so we had a precise idea of what to expect. The crucial tactical discovery came when we identified a key depth to catch at. The lake is much deeper than most we fish in England, and we’d found that to catch small roach and hybrids as well as the bigger, bonus skimmers, a count of 12 on a 1oz bomb was the correct depth. The difficulty was that the 12-second drop might be 18m out in one swim, or 30m out in another, which meant that many of the other teams never quite got it. The second key tactical choice was to use a heavy groundbait, so it stayed on the bottom. We’d already established that a cloudy mix attracted small, 1oz, roach, whereas our heavier mix seemed to pull in bigger roach, around the 3-4oz stamp.

“We’ve had plans in championships before, but you can’t simply discount the other 24 countries; they sometimes have strategies that turn out to be better than yours! We thought we had it sorted but you can never be sure until the competition gets underway. After an hour on Saturday though, it was apparent that we’d got the tactics spot-on. I had a really good start, catching hybrids and roach from section A in the first thirty minutes, which acted as a really good nerve-settler. Most teams had a good first two hours, but the third and fourth hours were slow for most. Our runners kept us all in the loop and it was clear that we were streets ahead, with two firsts, a second, a third and a fourth. The team runs on confidence and as the good news crackled in across the walkie talkies from across the field, we were all buzzing.

“Bait management was crucial to a great final hour for me. We were allowed 2.5 litres of bait each per day, with no more than 0.5 litres of joker among it. Joker had proven brilliant for skimmers, but if you put it all in straight away, and the skimmers weren’t about, then you’d have blown it. We had to sense when the skimmers had turned up and use the joker then. That meant that I still had joker to put in during the last hour, which resulted in a run of fish that culminated in a roach every cast for the last fifteen minutes. Many teams had just targeted the skimmers, which meant that they endured long periods of inactivity when the skimmers weren’t there, whereas we’d decided to fill in those periods targeting smaller fish. When the smaller fish were in the swim, you’d be getting all manner of taps and knocks, whereas, when the skimmers reappeared, we’d get much slower pulls on the tip and could switch to targeting them again with bloodworm or small dendrobaenas on the hook. Often, we’d take a run of skimmers, perhaps two or three, before heading back in search of roach when the bites dried up. By agreeing to give the skimmer tactics just ten minutes to work, we knew that we were making best use of our time.

In the end, it was between a Dutch guy and I for the section. I felt that it was close but in fact I weighed 11.130kg, compared to his 8.6kg, and was delighted to have secured the vital section win. There was good news from around the team too, as Mick Vials won his section, Phil Ringer secured a second, Adam Wakelin was third and Dean Barlow scrapped for fourth; our tactics had paid off spectacularly.

I drew in C Section on day two and was immediately met with a challenge. I couldn’t find the 12-second drop, and we hadn’t plumbed the peg that I was in. After a bit of casting around I found an 11-second drop in 32m or water, which wasn’t perfect in the hot, calm, clear-water conditions, but it was the best I could find. As it happened, the peg was solid with roach and hybrids and I opted to fish finely chopped worms and single red maggot to catch them. I was catching well and by hour-four, team gold was in the bag! At that point our manager, Tommy Pickering, said, “Let Steve and Mick fight for individual gold.”

I knew that I wasn’t in a great area for skimmers, but my brother had fished nearby on the first day and the guy next to him had skimmers late on. So, with 90 minutes to go, I piled the joker in, the roach disappeared and I started to get signs that skimmers were in the area. In the last 80 minutes I took 12 skimmers, all of which were nice 10-12oz fish; good weight builders. I’m sure that the key to my success was that I was the only person feeding joker, as I’d managed to conserve it. 108 fish were good enough for a section win, giving me a perfect two section wins. With team gold in the bag already, the Sky cameras descended on me as the hunt for the individual gold intensified. Mick would have beaten me with a section win as he had more weight, but he couldn’t manage it. There was a German angler in E section who’d also bagged a section win on the first day. If he could manage another, he could conceivably have deprived me of individual gold and with one guy left to weigh in his section, he was in pole position. Adam Rooney, who was our runner down there kept us in touch with proceedings as the last guy weighed in. “He’s not got enough… maybe he has… he’s got it!” Adam’s commentary came down the walkie-talkie. The German was second and I was individual World Champion!

The feeling was simply unbelievable; I’d always wanted a gold medal. I’d won individual silver before, and two team bronzes, but because we were team champions too, and everyone had a medal; the atmosphere was amazing. Mick took bronze too, which capped off an incredible event for us.

I was a bit emotional when the match finished, it hit me hard, and I found myself welling up. I guess that it still hasn’t properly sunk in. Perhaps the biggest thing is that nobody can ever take it away from me, I’m a world champion and not many can say that. I feel very privileged, because lots of good anglers fish and don’t get one. Our results were a record for the event, to compete against 25 teams and secure 26 points… I doubt that we’ll ever see a result like that again. All the practice came together, and to win gold was the best thing that’s ever happened to me, apart from the birth of my son.”

Congratulations to all the England Feeder Team, who were as follows:

Steve Ringer
Mick Vials
Dean Barlow
Phil Ringer
Adam Wakelin
Rob Wootton
Adam Rooney
Manager, Tommy Pickering and assistant Glenn Lawrence.
# Extracts from www.tackleguru.com



Drennan Team England win gold in Poland.

Drennan Team England have won a team gold medal in the 2013 World Championship in Warsaw, Poland. After a close final day battle, the team of Alan Scotthorne, Will Raison, Sean Ashby, Des Shipp and Steve Hemingray beat second placed France by an eight point margin.

individual silver medal for Steve Hemingray, who was fishing his first World Championship with the team this year, and a bronze medal for five times former World Champion, Alan Scotthorne.

The new World Champion is Didier Delannoy of France, he caught two late bream to finish with 6kg 040g, and a perfect two point score, beating second place Steve Hemingray on weight countback.

England manager, Mark Downes was ecstatic with the result, and commented: " We are delighted to take team gold after a couple of difficult years on the world stage. The fishing really suited England, with roach and perch being the target. For English anglers, the best comparison I can give would be a cross between The Stainforth & Keadby Canal, and the Warwickshire Avon. Obviously, we know a lot about this kind of fishing, which helped us in practice. In all, I couldn't be happier with how the team has performed, and would also like to congratulate runners up France on a great comeback."

For much of the match, England's runners had Poland down as being their biggest threat, but at the weigh in, it was France who was closest to catching them, finishing eight points behind over the two days.

Team Result:

1 England 25pts

2 France 33pts

3 Poland 39pts

Individual Result

1 Didier Delannnoy (France) 2pts

2 Steve Hemingray (England) 2pts

3 Alan Scotthorne (England) 2pts

 

Wales had a credible 9th Position improving from their first day position of 12th with the new Andy Johnstone Captaincy. Best individual for the Welsh team was 18th




The England ladies steamed to victory this weekend, taking gold in the World Championship held on the River Sava in Radece, Slovenia.
The event involved 18 teams and after day one the team was lying in eighth place, but only 12 points away from gold in an incredibly tight frame. Winning the event, however, came as a big surprise as the team thought they were out of contention before the weigh-in on day two. Their unpredicted score of just 18 penalty points won the second day, though, and pushed them to the top of the podium overall.
England finished on 56 points, ahead of second-placed Croatia on 60 points. Italy filled the bronze medal position with 62 points. England’s top points scorer was Helen Dagnall, who scored five points over the two days.Team Result

1 England 56 points

2 Croatia 60

3 Italy 62

4 Hungary 62

5 Czech Republic 71


WALES APPOINT NEW TEAM MANAGER


The Federation of Welsh Coarse Anglers has selected Wing Commander Andy Johnstone OBE to be their interim Senior Team Manager for the forthcoming International season.   Andy has been a member of the Welsh squad for 10 years and competed in 9 European Championships and 4 World Championships.   A member of the Royal Air Force team he has managed the RAF to numerous medals including NFA Division 1 National Silver; 5 Gold's, 2 Silvers and a Bronze, during the 8 years the RAF competed in the European Military Championships; and numerous NATO Championship medals.   With his military background, he will be bringing strong leadership and organisational skills, plus a fair amount of discipline!   Andy was surprised to be offered the position quite so soon and is currently on operations in the Gulf Region!   Nevertheless, he is aware that he has accepted a big challenge and is ready to start with a blank canvas.   Andy accepted the post saying "It's been an honour to represent our proud nation and an even greater privilege to become the team manager, I know that I have a big job in front of me and hope that I can unite a talented squad, while enjoying the support of all Welsh anglers, as we strive for international success".
 


In the past two months the Angling Trust's Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) has gathered momentum. It started as a small pilot project in the South East of England, but it is now growing very rapidly and chalking up a number of successes in the battle against poaching and other illegal activity on the banks. A very wide range of people have volunteered their time to work alongside paid Environment Agency staff.

Discussions are now underway with the Environment Agency about rolling out the VBS to the rest of the country. Any members interested in applying to become a Volunteer Bailiff should in the first instance email their full name, date of birth, address and contact numbers to bailiffs@anglingtrust.net. Your details will then be added to our database - we'll be in touch immediately recruiting starts in your area.



Don Slaymaker DON SLAYMAKER 5/01/13 Midland based angling legend; Don Slaymaker has passed away after a battle with cancer. Don was widely regarded as being one of the best river anglers of his generation, and also had scores of commercial victories to his name.

Originally hailing from Stoke, Don moved to Nottingham as a young man, cutting his teeth on the ultra competitive River Trent circuit of the 70s and 80s. A onetime member of the Trentmen, and famous Shakespeare Superteam squads, Don was regarded as one of the country’s finest anglers. He was an exceptionally talented angler. Back in the days of the big Trent matches he was up there with the best, and he adapted his skills very well and became a great commercial angler. Don (gizza a Fag) will be sadly misses by all his friends
See Video coverage of Don www.fishing-media.co.uk  - Worse Video section

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RAY MUMFORD

I was saddened to hear about Ray Mumford death this week in the Angling Press. A True gentleman and an old friend of mine and a great ambassador of our sport, he was defiantly years ahead of his time in pole fishing techniques and methods. This became apparent when fishing together in Italy leading up to a World Championship on the River Arno, Florence. Feeding small stones around his float as an attractor we caught more fish than most anglers who used conventional groundbaits.  My testimonial article  honouring this great Angler that in my opinion was a legend.  Click Here


The British Carp and Angling Show

sets to inspire the next generation of anglers, with the help of some celebrity fishing friends…
With some of the UK's best known angling celebrities set to attend the British Carp and Angling Show, taking place at the Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich on January 19 and 20, 2013 – the weekend is set to blow the minds of all those attending.
Fishing is one of the biggest sports in the UK and engaged by an estimated 3.3 million people, so it is important to inspire the next generation of anglers in the hope that the sport and recreational pastime will live on forever. Famous fisherman John Wilson is local to Norfolk and at the British Carp and Angling Show, will host the Rigging Clinic, where youngsters are encouraged to join in with this interactive workshop and learn the skills from one of the UK’s best.
Other fantastic learning opportunities for youngsters at the British Carp and Angling Show include talks and interactive Q&A TVs most famous fisherman Matt Hayes and 4 x world angling champion Bob Nudd. There will also be an Underwater Angling presentation from Nash’s Paul Garner; Peter Springate will be signing his books over on the Freebird Publishing stand and the Bait Kitchen with Keith Williams over on the Main Line stand.
This enormous fishing event is set to attract over 10,000 visitors, as the Norfolk Showground's grand 50,000 sq. ft. Exhibition Hall houses over 120 stands; consisting of top bait and tackle manufacturers such as Nash, Korda, Sonik, Trakker and Mad Baits, magazine publications, fishing lakes and holidays, expert consultants and celebs. As well as product launches, book signings, casting competitions and the Pro theatre this fantastic event also has an on-site bar where you can socialize with other anglers and tell your own stories from the riverbank.  
Tickets are available in advanced at £8.00 for adults (£10.00 on the day) and £2.00 (£5.00 on the day) for accompanied children under 16. There is no charge for children under five years old.
The British Carp and Angling Show 19th and 20th January 2013
at the Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich, Norfolk NR5 0TT
Open: Sat 10:00am-5:00pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm
For more info: Telephone 01702 549623 website www.britishcarpshow.co.uk



Celtic Lakes Resort owner fined over licence

John Carney said the giant fish were pets kept in a private pond The owner of a fishing holiday resort has been found guilty of keeping sturgeon without a licence.
John Carney said he kept the fish, which is known for its caviar, as pets. But Aberystwyth magistrates heard that the fish were found at the Celtic Lakes Resort in Ceredigion in a commercial lake, which is illegal with no licence. Carney, from near Lampeter, was fined £500, ordered to pay £1,400 court costs and £1,400 towards the investigation. He had denied the charge.

The court declined to make an order for the destruction and forfeit of the fish. The Celtic Lakes Resort is based in the hamlet of Creuddyn Bridge, near Lampeter. Speaking on BBC Radio Wales after the court case Huw Evans, an environmental crime officer with Environment Agency Wales, said an investigation had been started after a lot of "circumstantial evidence and a magazine article" pointed to sturgeon being in the lake.
"A licence is needed to keep non-native fish and you wouldn't get a licence to keep a sturgeon in... commercial fisheries such as this," he said. "The concerns are that these fish are non-native, they could escape or they could release diseases or parasites into the environment which could affect not only native sturgeon but could affect other fish."
Mr Evans added there was particular concern that non-native fish could escape and compete with a native fish such as salmon and sea trout

59th Nations World Championship Coarse Angling River Morava Czechoslovakia
  England finish 6th in this years World Championships 2012 and individual winner was Sean Ashby (England)
  see results here 

WALES DISASTER AGAIN 2012 World Championship Czech Rep
32 out of 37 on the first day see results here   finished 24th

Home Internationals

What a disaster the Welsh team performance, it seems that The Welsh Manager Eric Humpries has got it all wrong again, tactics, team selection in addition to being stuffed by England doubling their weight, from the next peg, but also by all the Home teams coming last,  watching the match on TV did expose all anglers abilities and it is fair to say the Welsh team are miles behind the more professional team anglers of England and dare I say some of the Scottish and Irish teams who beat Wales hands down.  

Results

England  101.96 Kgs

Scotland  76.0   Kgs

Ireland  61.97  Kgs

Wales   50.71  Kgs


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Once again the Angling Trust took anglers' concerns to the heart of parliament when the Environmental Audit Select Committee invited Mark Lloyd and Martin Salter, along with the RSPCA, RSPB and the National Gamekeepers' Association, to give evidence in the House of Commons on Wednesday (March 7) to its inquiry into Wildlife Crime.

The Angling Trust duo described to the committee of MPs the problems associated with poaching, illegal commercial fishing and invasive non-native species on rivers, lakes and around the coast. They told MPs that the current system of fines and penalties simply didn't act as a strong enough deterrent and that it was time to get tough on poachers and fish thieves.

Martin Salter explained how frustrating it is for anglers to see 'pathetically weak fines' handed out for fish thefts or for deliberate commercial over-fishing.

Martin told the committee:
"Last month's prosecution in Scotland of 17 skippers found guilty of illegal catches worth over £62 million puts the Brinks Mat robbery into the shade yet those convicted got off with pathetically weak fines of no more than £80,000 each - representing just a fraction of the illegal profits made from robbing a public resource and damaging an important fishery. The same goes for those caught with illegal set lines and nets on freshwater fisheries who really do need to feel the full force of the law if we are to curb what is in some areas a growing menace. Currently it is fair to say that all too often wildlife crime pays in Britain."

Mark and Martin highlighted a lack of resources and co-ordination of enforcement activity between agencies and reported that in many regions the Environment Agency (EA) specialist bailiffs were being replaced with generalist enforcement officers without the detailed local knowledge of their predecessors or an active presence at the water's edge. They also drew attention to the ground-breaking Building Bridges project aimed at increasing awareness amongst migrant anglers of the rules and customs governing fishing in the UK. This project is a partnership between the Trust and the EA.

Mark Lloyd also gave evidence on the impact of invasive species on native wildlife and noted that these alien invaders cost the UK economy about £1.7 billion every year. These species also impact severely on angling, which has 3.5 million participants, generates more than £3 billion for the economy and employs more than 37,000 people. American signal crayfish have caused untold damage to wild fisheries by eating fish eggs and invertebrates on which fish feed and have made angling impossible in some areas. He suggested that there was some evidence to indicate that they were being spread deliberately for commercial gain.

In response to cross-questioning from the Committee, the Angling Trust pair proposed a range of practical solutions including:
  • Increasing fines and introducing prison sentences for organised criminal poaching, fish theft, illegal commercial fishing and the wilful introduction of invasive species
  • Extending pilot volunteer bailiff schemes run by the Angling Trust to complement paid staff
  • Retaining and recruiting specialist fisheries bailiffs, paid for by rod licence income
  • Investing in a national biosecurity strategy and developing contingency plans
  • Raising awareness with border agencies and ports about the risks
  • Banning the sale of invasive non native plants in garden centres and the import of invasive fish such as topmouth gudgeon for the aquarium trade
  • Taking a lead on developing a European Directive on Non Native Species
Mark Lloyd said:
"We welcome this opportunity to let MPs know about the importance of wildlife crime as an issue to the nation's anglers and to the large angling industry which is an important employer, particularly in rural and coastal areas. The Committee never received evidence from anglers in the past before the unification of angling into the Angling Trust. We receive reports of damage from poaching and invasive species every week from our members and we are determined to do all we can to encourage Government and the judiciary to understand the scale of these problems and to introduce tougher fines for people who deliberately flout the law."
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Petition

Chris Tarrant and Feargal Sharkey join the Avon Roach project petition handover to
Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon outside DEFRA offices.
A high resolution version of this image is available from the link below.


Angling Trust and Salmon & Trout Association campaigners were joined by celebrities Chris Tarrant and Feargal Sharkey when they presented a 16,000 signature petition organised by the Avon Roach project to Richard Benyon MP on Wednesday (22nd Feb). The petition called for action to limit the devastating impact of the UK's rapidly increasing cormorant population and its effect on inland freshwater habitat and ecosystems.

Scientists have calculated that each cormorant needs at least a pound of fish a day to survive, and there are now an estimated 23,000 non-native invasive cormorants over-wintering in the UK from Holland, Denmark and other parts of Europe compared to a couple of thousand in the 1980s. This means that at least 23,000lbs of our freshwater fish get eaten EVERY DAY throughout the winter - a total and unsustainable loss of 2,760,000lbs of fish every winter causing damage to our native bio-diversity..

The petition has been organised by the Avon Roach Project headed by Trevor Harrop and Budgie Price and ably assisted and supported by internationally renowned wildlife film maker Hugh Miles who are working to try and re-establish healthy roach populations in their local river Avon after heavy cormorant predation contributed to numbers crashing to critical levels between Salisbury and Christchurch. Their efforts are strongly supported by the Angling Trust as the single representative body for angling in England and the Salmon and Trout Association.

DEFRA fisheries minister Richard Benyon has ordered a review into the current ineffective and bureaucratic licensing regime that allows for limited controls on the numbers of cormorants and other fish eating birds. The review group is expected to report in the summer.

Martin Salter, former parliamentary spokesman for angling and now National Campaigns Co-ordinator for the Angling Trust said:
"The Angling Trust was pleased to be able to take anglers concerns to the heart of government. Richard Benyon knows that we have a serious problem and hopefully this petition will strengthen his hand within government when it comes to introducing new control measures. Mr Benyon recognises that our rivers are suffering from over-abstraction, habitat loss and diffuse pollution. Freshwater fish stocks cannot withstand the rapid growth in numbers of cormorants that we have seen since they were given special protection under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act."

Avon Roach Project co-ordinator Trevor Harrop said:
"We've seen the numbers of cormorants increase at an unimaginable rate. We simply could not stand by and watch as the last of the small and fragile populations of roach was decimated in our local Hampshire Avon, one of the country's most iconic rivers. We are really grateful to everyone who signed our petition and feel that it is important to get our message to those who can make a difference."

TV host and lifelong angler Chris Tarrant says:
"It has taken an absurdly long time for people to realise the damage to fish populations, other wildlife and the whole environment that cormorants have been doing for too many years. Many of our finest, most beautiful and most famous waterways have been skinned by these predatory birds.

Some of the flocks are enormous and the current regulations are hopelessly inadequate to control them. Whole fisheries have been virtually wiped out, resulting either in jobs lost or thousands of pounds spent in restocking.

In other instances once thriving waters are now virtually devoid of fish, a situaton which threatens other bird populations like the kingfisher and the grebe. It is time to redress the balance before it becomes too late.."

Wildlife Film maker Hugh Miles added:
"Non native cormorants have invaded our freshwater rivers and lakes from Denmark and Holland and threaten to wipe out our fish. Scientific estimates reckon that 23,000 visit here for the winter and that they each need one pound of fish a day to survive. That's 23,000 pounds of fish EVERY DAY. This adds up to a total of 1,200 tons of fish in four months, twice the total annual production of the largest trout farm in the UK. This level of predation is totally unsustainable and a direct threat to the survival of our precious bio-diversity".

The petition calls on the government to place cormorants on the general licence allowing fishery managers and angling clubs to better protect their fisheries from excessive and unsustainable predation. The campaigners will also be handing a letter to Mr Benyon and a report entitled 'Bio-Diversity in Danger' which demonstrates that there is no viable alternative other than to allow the legal right to defend our native fish populations against this non-native invasive predator.

Petition Wording:
The current Cormorant licensing regime is woefully inadequate as it stands. Therefore, we the undersigned call upon the Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries to change the licensing law and include the Cormorant on the 'General Licence', allowing the legal control of Cormorant numbers where they pose a threat to fish populations. In so doing, this will allow the vital link in the food chain to be maintained, and the protection of not only our freshwater fish species, but also species such as Kingfishers, Grebes, Bitterns, and more. We should have the right to protect our environment, but the current law does not allow this.

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ITALY WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 Ostellato Canal. Italy
The home team Italy totally dominated this years World Championsips, scoring a brilliant nine points on day one with three section wins.

The venue fished well with bream, skimmers, and carp showing in good numbers and also plenty of catfish being caught, although CIPS ruled they would not count for this event. England had surprisingly chosen to leave of anchor man Steve Gardener on day one; and their best performer was Stu Conroy with a 17kilo weight that gave him second in section.

Alan Scotthorne scored a section third, Des Shipp was fourth in his section, with Will Raison fifth in his section and Sean Ashby having to make way for Steve Gardener on day two after his section sixth.

Wales were ninth of the 34 competing teams after day one, 29 points off the lead, their best performer being Nige Evans who was fourth in his section.

Of the other home nations Scotland were 17th after the first day, Ireland 27th and the Channel Islands 30th. One the bigger disappointments were European Champions France, who showed that while they are still masterful on small fish, when it comes to big weights of quality fish, they are still lagging behind.

The biggest surprise package was South Africa, who sat 7th after Day One after a section first, second, sixth, 8th and 12th. However, there was much excitement in the Scottish camp going into Day Two after Jamie Masson won the whole match with over 25 kilos from one of the end pegs – and he was in with a real chance of a gold medal.

It came as no surprise to anyone when Italy held on to take the gold on Day Two. They weren’t quite as brilliant, but their 12-point score was still stunning and they finished clear of the field with just 21 points.

Holland could not repeat their day one success and they dropped away, agonisingly missing out on a medal by just a point with Belgium taking the bronze medal with 32 points and the ever-strong Hungarians matching Italy’s performance on Day Two with just 12 points to take silver. England fished well and beat their day one performance by a point, but their 19-point score put them on 29 points which placed them in fifth.

Stu Conroy was England's best performer finishing tenth overall on 5pts. Alan Scotthorne also scored five points but with a lower weight.

Jamie Masson missed out on a medal for Scotland after leading on day one, with two Italians on the podium. Andrea Fini won the gold for Italy, with Peter Milkovics of Hungary taking silver and Ferruccio Gabba of Italy the bronze.

Wales finished in 12th, with Scotland 15th and including a section win for Ewan Reed on Day Two, Ireland 27th and the Channel Islands 31st of the 36 competing teams.
See official results here

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DARKER FOUND GUILTY

Mr Robin Darker former Treasure of Cardiff Nomads and now working for the Angling Trust as Senior coaching officer, stood impassively in the dock as the verdict was delivered.The jury took less than five minutes to reach majority guilty verdict on one count. Falsifying the accounts Cardiff Nomads in 2004 in the tune of £16.000  “Today, a jury has seen through his dishonesty by finding him guilty of theft by false accounting. “He will now face the consequences of his actions.” Said Gary Swain acting sectary of Cardiff Nomads, even though the club is now not active perhaps the club can pursue their loss through the Banks. .He will be sentenced within 4 weeks.
9 months Suspended for to years 240 hours community service See Here



 teANGLING MORE POPULAR THAN EVER

New research has revealed that angling is more popular than ever before, with 20 per cent of the population having been freshwater fishing over the last 10 years. The Environment Agency-commissioned survey, involving face-to-face interviews with 2,304 people, asked the same questions as similar polls in 1997, 2001 and 2005. And when it came to the numbers going fishing, results were stagering.

6.1m people have been freshwater or sea fishing in the past two years
4.2m people have been freshwater fishing in the past two years
1.9m people have been sea fishing in the past year (up to 2.8m in past two years)
4.9m anglers have been fishing in the last 10 years, but not the past two

The survey also revealed angling is being viewed more positively by the public.

Apparently, more feel ‘angling is an acceptable pastime’, fewer people thought that ‘angling is cruel’, and an increasing numbers of young people think angling is ‘an okay thing to do’ The findings reinforce the sport’s growing popularity ¬ rod licence sales have increased by 35 per cent over the past decade, from 1.09m in 2000/01 to 1.47m in 2009/10, far faster than the UK’s six per cent growth in population.

“The news is generally very positive and the figures really encouraging. The survey clearly demonstrates the public’s improving attitudes towards our sport, and that can only be a good thing,” said Angling Trust boss Mark Lloyd.

“Unfortunately, such views are not always reflected by those in positions of power, some of whom seek to restrict access to public waters or fail to recognize the vital role angling plays in local communities and in the protection of the environment.”

It seized upon the figure of 1.9m sea anglers as proof that the Government needs to see that recreational anglers are properly represented on the 10 new inshore fisheries and conservation authorities that come into effect next year, as opposed to pandering to the commercial sector.

“Sea angling continues to increase its contribution to the coastal economies of England and Wales at a faster pace than we expected,” said John Amery, chair of the Trust’s Marine Committee.

“It has become a vital part of the much larger tourist industry and is of particular benefit to those communities outside the peak tourist months, The Trust also stressed the apparent increase in popularity of sea fishing, up 23 per cent on the numbers published in the Government’s Drew Report in 2003


ENGLAND LOOSE FOOTBALL BUT WIN FISHING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Cat fish and Bleak where the secret to A fantastic team win for England in this years. 57TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FRESHWATER FISHING FOR SENIORS CIUDAD REAL – SPAIN 26-27 JUNE 2010  See Results



World Championship venue change!

Extraordinary circumstances have prompted FIPSed to take the unusual step of changing the World Championship venue, 5 weeks before the start of the official practise program. It has NOW BEEN OFFICIALLY confirmed, by the sports governing body, that Lake Vicario has been replaced by the Guadiana River in Merida, just east of the Portuguese border at Badajoz. abnormally high levels of water on Lake Vicario which, not only created insurmountable problems for the logistics of accommodating hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators alike, but also the fact that the fish stocks seem to have completely vanished into the lakes vast depths! These dramatic increases in levels, saw the lakes' specially created platform areas submerged under several metres of water, as well as numerous trees and bushes, which effectively pushed the anglers seating area back, almost to the top of the viewing and access roads. The situation had been known for several months and the hope was, quite reasonably, that the waters would recede back down to their normal level. This has not happened. It has not been caused by any FIPS or Spanish mis-management, but by a global one!

The decision to move from one venue to another in such a short space of time could not have been an easy one, for both FIPSed and the Spanish Federation in charge of Ciudad Real. The main considerations must have been the management of the competition and fish stock availability, but others facing FIPSed was the many flights already pre-booked into Spain, by hundreds, if not thousands of people and to some extent, that of accommodation facilities booked in the Ciudad Real area. While cars and hotels may be un-booked with more ease, flights, especially those with budget carriers, have no such facility and would therefore could cause competitors, officials, general public and press, countless thousands of pounds/euros over any switch. Therefore, the view was to keep any venue chosen, as close to the central and existing point of entry...Madrid    
The new venue chosen is the Guadiana River at Merida, just east of the famous historical area of Badajoz, which is a few kilometres away from the Portuguese border.

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WEBCAM THE FUTURE
Wasted journeys to flooded rivers could be a thing of the past, now that a series of webcams has been installed on popular river stretches to help anglers monitor the condition of their favourite swims. Members of the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association are now able to log on to the website, enter a password and instantly view an updated image of various rivers from the comfort of their own home. The scheme has proved immensely popular, stopping anglers from travelling long distances only to find an unfit venue. Game fishing stretches were the first to benefit from the forward thinking initiative, but a popular coarse angling area is being prepared to house a webcam in the near future.“Anglers thought it was a great idea, and the further they lived from the river the more they liked it! The first camera was installed at Waddow Weir on the Ribble and was massively popular, so we agreed to put in a further two as soon as we could afford it,” explained consultative chairman David Hinks “It has helped increase membership and we now have the second one working at Winkley Weir on the River Hodder and a third awaiting completion at the mixed Jumbles fishery, half a-mile-away from the River Calder confluence,” added Dave. Other organisations, including the Wye and Usk Foundation, have trialled similar schemes and Doncaster AA chairman Ian Hurst believes webcams could soon become commonplace on running waterways across the country. “It’s a great idea, and it’s certainly something we could look at introducing in the future. We control stretches of the River Don and a webcam that could be viewed from home would benefit a lot of our members,” explained Ian.
see this website http://www.floodwarn.co.uk/rivercams.htm

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DRENNAN CUP

Julian Chidgey has won this year’s Drennan Cup after being voted the best specimen angler in the country by his fellow fishermen.Following a sensational season during which he banked impressive tench, pike, eels and roach, the 27-year-old Devon-based specialist held off a late challenge from eel-fishing fanatic Barry McConnell, with the pair polling almost 50 per cent of the votes between them. Outgoing champion Terry Lampard finished in third place, having taken four weekly awards over the year, just ahead of Mark McKenna, who smashed the British bream record last September with a huge 22lb 9oz fish. As well as getting his name inscribed on the sport’s most prestigious big-fish trophy, Julian also picks up a cheque for £2,000. “I’m absolutely over the moon! Since childhood I have been inspired by the catches that have featured in the competition. Although I set out to do as well as I could this season, I never thought for one minute that I would win,” he said. “The truth is that no-one can win a competition that requires such a huge level of commitment and motivation without support from their friends and family, and I would like to thank them all for their help. I can’t wait to pick up the trophy from Peter Drennan and Terry Lampard as they are two of my angling heroes,” added Julian, who works full time as a recruitment manager. The extent of Julian’s season-long efforts were not lost on those responsible for handing out the weekly awards. Stewart Moss, from Drennan, said: “Congratulations to Julian for a richly-deserved win. Not only did his consistency and effort stand out in a really tough season for specimen angling, but to win the award by taking the majority of his fish from the south-west of England is inspirational.” Meanwhile, runner-up Barry McConnell, the captor of a monster 9lb 2oz eel in August who picked up £1,000 for his efforts, insisted his prize money will be put to good use. “What a fantastic surprise! I wasn’t really expecting to win anything, so thanks to all the anglers who voted for me. The cash will certainly help pay for a few more lobworms! “It’s a pity I don’t really fish for other species, because each year I catch plenty of big fish, including carp, perch and bream, on small deadbaits intended for eels, especially early on in the season. Maybe I should have a proper go for them next year,” joked Barry
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FISH KILL
Fish Legal has been alerted to a serious agricultural pollution that took place on 28th April on a tributary of the River Teifi. Slurry escaping from a farm on Wednesday evening poured into the Afon Cych, which feeds into the Teifi - known by anglers as the “Queen of Rivers” - at Abercych. Environment Agency officers and Fish Legal members - the Teifi Trout Association - were at the river bank yesterday assessing the extent of the fish kill.

It is understood that the farmer responsible for the pollution has been cautioned.
An eye witness 2 miles downstream of where the pollution went in described the water level rising by around 18 inches as a result of the spill. With very little rain in the area recently to dilute its potency in the river early indications are of environmental damage on a massive scale.
John Holt, local resident and member of the Teifi Trout Association, said:
“We were working upstream from Environment Agency officers and over a 400yard stretch we pulled out hundreds of dead fish. We had buckets full of a mix of large sea trout and brown trout up to 10 inches long. That’s broodstock. We didn’t even begin to collect up all the tiny fry and fingerlings that littered the river bed. Many of them would have hatched out this year”.
He added: “I would say at least 25,000 fish must have been killed overall.”
Following the outcome of the Environment Agency’s investigation, Fish Legal will look to take legal action against the farmer on behalf of the Association to fully compensate the club for the impact to its fishing.
NOTES TO EDITORS

1. Fish Legal is the new name for the Anglers’ Conservation Association, which was founded in 1948 to use the law to fight to protect the aquatic environment and fisheries. Since then, the organisation has won in excess of two thousand cases and recovered many millions of pounds in damages, which has been returned to the members represented to plough back into angling and the protection of the aquatic environment. Only four cases have ever been lost in Court. Fish Legal employs its own in-house legal team covering the whole of the UK.

2. Fish Legal operates throughout the UK and is backed by thousands of individual anglers. In England only, Fish Legal is the legal arm of the Angling Trust.

3. Angling clubs or fishery owners wishing to join Fish Legal and Angling Trust and individuals wishing to become supporters of Fish Legal and Angling Trust should phone 01568 620447 during office hours, write to the address below, or download a subscription form from the website: www.fishlegal.net or www.anglingtrust.net

4. The Teifi Trout Association controls over twenty four miles of prime fishing on the Teifi from the upper tidal limit near the bridge at Llechryd to Cenarth. Their waters are described as “probably the best mixed game fishery in Wales” and are renowned in particular for the three species of game fish: salmon, sewin and brown trout.

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Home Internationals 2012

What a disaster the Welsh team performance, it seems that The Welsh Manager Eric Humpries has got it all wrong again, tactics, team selection in addition to being stuffed by England doubling their weight, from the next peg, but also by all the Home teams coming last,  watching the match on TV did expose all anglers abilities and it is fair to say the Welsh team are miles behind the more professional team anglers of England and dare I say some of the Scottish and Irish teams who beat Wales hands down.  

Results

England  101.96 Kgs

Scotland  76.0   Kgs

Ireland  61.97  Kgs

Wales   50.71  Kgs

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Evesham
New Evesham Qualifying Dates Announced

Four new Evesham qualifying dates have been announced, to replace the dates cancelled by recent flooding, and boating festival. Taking place on Wednesdays, the matches will be fished on the usual Hampton Ferry and Town waters, with the draw taking place at the Ferry Cafe.
Names will not be carried over automatically from the cancelled dates to the new ones, with tickets being awarded on a first come first serve basis.

New Qualifying Dates:
Wednesday 25th July (10AM Draw, Fish 12 until 5PM)
Wednesday 1st August (1PM Draw, Fish 2.30 PM until 7.30 PM)
Wednesday 8th August (10AM Draw, Fish 12 until 5PM)
Wednesday 15th August (10AM Draw, Fish 12 until 5PM)

Please call Diana Rapahel on 01386 45460 to book on.
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ITALY WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 Ostellato Canal. Italy
The home team Italy totally dominated this years World Championsips, scoring a brilliant nine points on day one with three section wins. See Results

Jon Arthur Smashes Fish ‘O’ Mania record
The first name to be added to the eventual sixteen targeting the £30,000 first prize in the Fish ‘O’ Mania XVIII final on Saturday 16th July 2011 is Coventry’s Jon Arthur. The 35-year-old, who edits Daventry based Pole Fishing magazine, bagged an impressive win at Viaduct Fisheries, with 252-11-0 of carp from Spring 5 to break the record for a Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier and beat Mick Bull’s 247lb 2oz record taken at Willinghurst two years ago.
Bright sunshine greeted the 130 competitors for this first Fish ‘O’ Mania qualifier of 2011 on Saturday at Viaduct Fisheries.
Jon said: “I’m ecstatic to have qualified for this year's Fish 'O' Mania final after the first qualifier! I've only ever visited Viaduct a couple of times as it is 150 miles away but I think it is a fantastic venue, full of quality fish and I had a really good feeling about the match as I drove down. It was a baking hot day with little wind and lots of carp cruising in the morning. My peg on Spring 5 offered an island to cast to and open water in front of me, so I set up two pellet waggler rods, a feeder rod, a shallow pole rig and a short pole rig.
“With carp cruising around I thought I'd start on the pole shallow at 14 metres hoping to mug a couple of early fish. After half an hour I had already caught two. I assumed I had about 20lb with these two fish but in hindsight it was more like 30lb-plus. 

“I had one more carp before it went quiet so I had a few casts with a meat feeder and came back with my smallest carp of the day and a 2lb skimmer. I then decided to stick to the long pole for the rest of the match as although I wasn't catching fast, the fish were really big and worth waiting for.
“In the end, I found fishing 16 metres out with meat around 16 inches deep was best. Using my sunglasses allowed me to spot dark shapes under the surface so I kept lifting and dropping the rig towards anything swimming towards me. I ended up with 18 carp and one skimmer and guessed I had 130lb to 150lb, so I was a bit shocked when I actually totalled 252lb – the fish were massive! I've never caught so many double-figure fish on the pole in five hours before and it has to rate as one of my best ever matches. Before today, my personal best fish was 16lb 8oz and I think at least three or four smashed that figure – the biggest went 24lb!”
In second place with a weight of 145lb 7oz was Grant Albutt from Halesowen, West Midlands drawn on peg 80.
The second qualifier in this series of Fish ‘O’ Mania XVIII is at Makins Fisheries, Warwickshire on Wednesday 20th April.
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1,065lb of carp caught in a week from Wyreside Lakes Fishery

Anglers at Wyreside Lakes Fishery in Lancashire have enjoyed a record week, with 52 carp caught for an overall weight of 1,065lb – more than five times the venue average for the time of the year. Three thirties, 26 twenties and 23 upper doubles were caught from the fishery’s lakes. Among the haul was the venue’s biggest resident, Paw Print, which was banked by Mark Barton at 38lb 8oz from the 18-acre Wyre Lake. The Lancaster-based electrician has spent six years chasing the impressive specimen, and it was the last carp he was expecting to catch during March. “As far as I’m aware, this is the earliest this fish has ever been caught. It generally only comes out once or twice a year and can be caught from any swim, so it’s hard to track down.”
Mark lured his new pb from a sandy spot under an island overhang at 130yds, over which he offered a single 20mm Nash Bait Scopex Squid bottom bait.  “I had one bleep and the bobbin pulled up, so I lifted into it,” said the 32-year-old. “The fight was uneventful and it wasn’t until the scales registered 38lb 8oz that I realised which fish I’d caught.”
Fishery owner Bob Birkin believes the cold snap earlier in the year could have played a part in giving anglers a bumper week. “All the carp have been up in weight, so they’ve obviously been feeding well during the winter.
“I think having the lake freeze over in January actually helped, as it kept the cold winds from hitting the water and the fish continued to feed under the ice. Hopefully, it’s a sign of even better things to come,” he said.
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Taff barbell 15lb 150z

Gavin Durnell a 27 Years old Police Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Living in Beckenham, Kent flavoured his 1st ever Barbel fishing the River Taff in Cardiff. using a Running weighted swimfeeder loaded with maggots with a 2 foot long 8lb trace (Guru Drag line) and Size 14 Kamasan Animal barbed hook. Three maggots used as hook bait fished just on the edge of the rapids on the far bank. It took him 15 mins to land. See www.welsh-coarse-fish-records.co.uk

 
CRIME ON ANGLING
Angling is being targeted by organised gangs who are using the sport to make vast sums of money, Angling Times can reveal. The body charged with investigating serious crime within the sport, the Fish Health Inspectorate of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), has told AT that the criminal underworld has earmarked angling as a soft touch - smuggling fish and stealing tackle, as well as using the sport to launder huge amounts of money. According to the body, this increase in criminal activity is because the smuggling and dealing of fish offers high reward for little risk. Former police officer Stuart Katon is the enforcement and investigation officer for CEFAS, and despite 30 years of investigating serious crime, admits to being shocked at the scale of criminality within the sport, including: Fisheries being offered up to £1.5 million in cash to launder money. Huge consignments of carp being illegally imported from France. Travelling anglers smuggling carp into the UK in wet sacks to sell to UK fishery owners to pay for holidays. Organised networks of thieves targeting anglers’ tackle. Stuart and his team have also admitted that they can’t bring these criminals to justice without the help of UK anglers and urge them to use the recently-instigated link with the Crimestoppers initiative. “I’ve been shocked by the extent of the involvement of criminals in angling crime,” Stuart said. “This is a massive problem which is getting worse, but I’m working to bring these criminals to justice.” Steve Barnes, owner of Quiet Sports Fishery Management, the UK’s largest commercial fishery, said: “The illegal fish trade is the biggest threat to our sport and its future. We have to get behind CEFAS and its Crimestoppers initiative.” If you know of, or have seen any angling-related crimes, call Crimestoppers on: 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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2010 River Wye Team Championships Cock-Up see Report here

Biggest rudd claim rejected by British Record Fish Committee

The British Record Fish Committee has confirmed that the recent claim put forward for the rudd record has been rejected. Caught by carp angler Chris Moule from a Cambridgeshire pit, the pictures of the claimed 5lb 2oz specimen were the cause of the problems for the committee when processing the application. “Our scientific advisor was unable to identify the fish as a true rudd from the photographs provided,” BRFC secretary explained David Rowe. “Therefore, I’m afraid that the claim cannot proceed.”  the poor quality of the images taken of the fish, combined with the unfortunate obscuring of parts of the fish’s anatomy vital to positive identification always looked to put the application in doubt.

England Team 2nd Scotthorne 1st

The FIPSed European Championship was held on 4th/5th September 2010 on the River Sorraia, Coruche, Portugal. Drennan Team England consisted of; Mark Downes and Mark Addy (Joint Managers), Alan Scotthorne, Steve Gardener, Sean Ashby, Will Raison, Steve Hemmingray, and Darren Cox.

The beginning of the week practising was intensely difficult in the uncomfortable 41'c. The shoals of small barbel the team expected to catch were conspicuous by their absence. After 3 days, the temperature began to drop to the mid 30s and the catches started to improve. Despite this, the team’s best practice weight was just over 2 kilo, and they were averaging around 1k per angler per session.

Friday saw Drennan Team England finalise their tactics, long distance waggler, fished 5ft over depth with size 22/24 hooks to 0.08 and 0.10 fluo carbon hook lengths and a backup pole line at 13m feeding initially with groundbait and jokers but loose feeding with maggot over the top. The waggle line was fed with small balls of sticky mag and gravel.

Day one – Drennan Team England took top honours with 18 points ahead of favourites Portugal on 20 and Italy on 24. Alan Scotthorne and Will Raison recorded section wins on the Waggler while Steve Gardner, Sean Ashby and Steve Hemmingray chipped in with great scores.

Day two – Alan Scotthorne was on the upstream end peg E17 and Steve Gardener on the downstream peg 4 A4. Both scored section wins on these two great pegs. Will Raison from unfancied peg 15 in B section doubled all around him to record a second section win and Darren Cox replacing Sean Ashby came home 6th with Steve Hemmingray 5th for a great 14 points.

Mark Downes, Drennan Team England Manager said “Unfortunately Portugal spoiled the party by nipping in with 10 points to take the gold medal with 30 points two ahead of us on 32. Alan Scotthorne took gold by winning section E both days and amassing over 13k while Will Raison had to settle for Silver with once again a perfect score but less weight, just over 9k.

All in all a great week, a gold and 2 silver medals. We were a shade short of a total clean sweep”.

Dick Clegg, OBE, International Events Manager said “In Portugal last weekend Drennan Team England and their managers proved that they are by far and away the best squad in the world finishing second to the host team. Although having to settle for silver in the team event they stole the show with another gold for Alan Scotthorne and a further silver for Will Raison in the individuals.


Starlets win 1st Division National see results
http://www.nfaresults.co.uk/2010/div1_teams.php

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'Record' grayling landed, then eaten for tea!
By Trout and Salmon
Fish Catches
03 August 2010 12:11
A potential British record fish has been landed this week, and then eaten by its captor.
Britain’s first claimed 5lb grayling fell to a pleasure angler fishing a day-ticket stretch of the river Severn while on holiday. Midlands angler Dave Williams was concentrating on a popular section of the waterway near Newtown in Wales when the huge fish, that was weighed at 5lb exactly, took his maggot hookbait fished with simple feeder tactics. “I had no idea where it stood compared to the British record, I was just chuffed to have caught such a beautiful grayling,” said Dave. “Unfortunately, it was deep-hooked and although I tried everything to resuscitate the fish, eventually it went belly-up. So instead of throwing it back in the river to float away I took it home, chopped it into steaks and cooked it for dinner. It tasted lovely.” After eating the huge specimen, Dave was later informed that the fish smashed the previous grayling record by over 11oz, and that he could have claimed a record, even though the fish died. “I’m gutted. If I’d have known I would have just kept the fish in my freezer and made a claim,” he said. “It would have been really something to be a British record holder as I’m just an average angler who enjoys getting out now and again. I’ll just have to get to the Severn as quickly as I can and try to find these fish again. “I hooked and lost an even bigger fish before I had the five-pounder, so I’ll definitely be going back,” he added. British Record Fish Committee, David Rowe said: “It’s quite possible that this could have been counted as a British record, even if it had been kept and frozen, although the freezing aspect would have raised some concerns. “It’s fairly simple ¬ all we’re looking for is accuracy. The fish would have had to be positively identified by our experts, weighed properly, or at least had the scales that it was originally weighed on checked, and then we would need to speak to the witnesses who saw him catch and weigh it, or get the angler to take an affidavit about the details.
It’s a shame he didn’t keep the fish a bit longer and put in a claim,” he added.

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Angling-News ARCHIVES

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Angling: Your chance to be coach
THE next level one coaching course for anyone planning on taking the first step to becoming a qualified angling coach is
on Saturday, October 11, at Osprey Fly Fishers Club, Glancynon Terrace, Abercynon, and starts at 9.30am.
Application forms are available from the national coaching co-ordinator, Helen Pearce, at 9, Maes Afallen, Bow Street,
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY24 5BL, or telephone 01970 626888 or 01970 820063 and must be completed and returned prior
to the course.
More information is available from the regional co-ordinator Andy Rawlings on 07969 919362

Blackweir Poachers Fined

Environment Agency

Two men, who were caught fishing in the weir pool at Blackweir, on the River Taff in Cardiff last November have been ordered to pay over 1,100 in fines and costs.
The prosecutions were brought by Environment Agency Wales.
On 10 June this year Steven Lovering of Prendergast Place, Ely pleaded guilty to fishing for salmon out of season in a prohibited area. He was fined £300, with
 £200 costs and a £15 victim’s surcharge.

Last week (15.09.08) at Cardiff Magistrate’s Court, Stephen Phillips of Illtyd Road, Ely was found guilty of fishing for salmon out of season, failing to state his
details to a water bailiff, fishing in a prohibited area, failing to hand over equipment to be seized, and obstruction. He was fined £400, with £200 costs and a £15
victim’s surcharge.
On Monday 12 November 2007 three Environmental Crime Officers from Environment Agency Wales responded to a report from a member of the public of persons
 fishing illegally at Blackweir on the River Taff. At Blackweir, all angling is prohibited 27.4 metres upstream and 75 metres downstream of the weir.
On arrival the officers found two men standing on the sill of the weir, fishing for salmon. When the men were asked for their rod licences they became abusive and
aggressive towards the officers. Phillips was arrested at the scene and both men had their fishing tackle seized. The men were reported for fishing out of season in a
prohibited area.Andy Schofield, Fisheries Strategy and Policy Manager, Environment Agency Wales said:

“These cases send a clear message that illegal fishing will not be tolerated. The men were fishing at Blackweir which is a prohibited area because the fish are more easily
caught at this location as they pass through the weir.  In November the weir pool was full of salmon and although no fish were caught the possibility was high.
“We really appreciate the help of members of the public, in letting us know about illegal activity such as this, on our emergency hotline number               0800 80 70 60      
The River Taff is in the process of recovery from the effects of around 200 years of industrial pollution. Salmon were eradicated from the system and remained locally
extinct until the late 1970s.  Since then the Environment Agency has been working in partnership with other organisations to successfully bring about the recovery
of the river. 


Hello Clive
Please find attached the O'Callaghans Inniscarra 2008 festival results to together with the dates for 2009 festivals. Which I
thought might be of use to you for your magazine. As you will see from the attached sheet all the welsh entries are printed
in red.Mike Towler won two out of three festivals & in doing so ensured the Vintners Cup can back to Wales for the
second year insuccession having won it myself in 2007. This brings Mike Towlers Irish tally to 4 festivals having won
 the Hackett Cup twice in successive years.. Many Thanks Anthony

Mike Towler
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ENGLAND DOUBLE WORLD CHAMPIONS
ENGLAND WIN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WILL RAISON WINS
INDIVIDUAL GLORY Italy 2008 Spinadesco Canal 5-7 September 2008

A first day lead of 16 points gave England a comfortable lead going into the second day. 4th on the second day
with a credable two 1st and two 2nds in a section plus 19th & 29th with total points of 53. An overall winning
points winner of 75 overSan Marino who scored 104 points. Will Raison who won his section on the first day and
Second in section on Day 2 saw him take the Individual Gold with a total weight of 23,530 kilo Steve Gardner
3rd overall with a section 3rd on first day and winning his section on the second. An overall weight of 15,530
for his Bronze medal

Wales came back strong on the 2nd Day with 46 points for second place on the day and 6th overall with
Lee Edwards
winning his section. Wales finishing 6th overall.
Click for Full Results WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HUNGARY 2007
The World Freshwater Angling Championship held on Hungary's Lake Velence rowing course.
After a decade in the World championship wilderness Wales achieved a reputable 4th position just outside the medal
positions.
Italy 1st, Belgium 2nd Hungary 3rd. with England 5th
  Alan Scothorne became Five World champion using a waggler
slider method.
(See Coarse reports)

Alan on the Slider
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