The ACA is delighted to announce details of this year’s ACA Celebrity Masters competition at the Glebe Fishery in Leicestershire on Saturday August 20th. 
Nearly 100 top anglers will be taking part in the family event, representing a wide range of tackle companies and the angling press.  Companies and celebrity anglers have donated a stack of prizes for a major public raffle to be held at 5.30pm.  All of the money raised will go towards the ACA’s work fighting pollution and protecting anglers’ interests.

Families are particularly welcome to what has become a major event in the fishing calendar.  Youngsters can pick up some tips from the nation’s star anglers, including local star Andy Findly.  ACA staff will be there with displays about their anti-pollution work and they will be happy to sign up anyone who isn’t already a member of the association.  The ACA is on a drive to double its 13,000 membership by the end of 2006.

Mark Lloyd, Director of the ACA said “we are very grateful for the support of so many tackle companies, anglers and clubs who have made this event possible.  Their backing is essential to making the ACA a force to be reckoned with when we are taking on polluters and others who damage fisheries.  Thank you to everyone who has given their time and money.  Special thanks should go to Roy Marlow for providing his fantastic fishery free of charge and to Gareth Purnell of www.totalfishing.com for organising the teams.”

 

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1. ACA: Established in 1948, the ACA takes on all polluters and others who would damage fisheries, rivers streams, lakes and ponds from the largest multinational corporations to one-man fly-tipping operations.  If necessary, the ACA will pursue cases all the way to the Court of Appeal or even the House of Lords.  In its entire history, the ACA has only lost three cases – a record second to none.  Such is its reputation that most cases are settled out of court, with defendants being made to pay compensation to enable polluted rivers, lakes and fisheries to be cleaned up, restocked and restored.  It has 12,000 individual and 1,000 club and riparian owner members.

 

ACA, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ

Tel: 01568 620447  email: mark@a-c-a.org  web: www.a-c-a.org

Contact: Mark Lloyd, Executive Director

 

 

Mallory Park Fisheries is often described as the Jewel in the Leicestershire landscape.  The Angling Club now has 12 fishing lakes and over a dozen wildlife ponds.  The Glebe project that opened in 1996 was partly funded by the National Lottery.  This primed the pump that led on to the building of Phase 2 & 3, housing the fish rearing system.  The Glebe is a haven for wildlife and the fishing has been described as the best in England.  It is a members only club with no day tickets.

 

 

www.total-fishing.com  is one of the UK’s busiest angling sites and is used extensively by coarse, sea, carp and game anglers, generating over seven million hits per month through its busy discussion forums that keep anglers at the cutting edge of their sport. It’s been so successful that a fishing club spun off the site, www.total-fishingclub.com, now has over 600 members who take part in events all around the country.  Total-FishingClub will become the first website to enter a team in the NFA Nationals this year.  The club’s website has the best database of instructional angling content in the business, for all types of angler. Any angler can join and claim a free gift worth the price of the membership when they do so.  The club raised £2500 for the ACA in a fishing festival at the Glebe in May, and club director Gareth Purnell was made an ACA life member in 2004 for his efforts in raising thousands of pounds for it over the years.

 

 

National Fishing Week: Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, Environment Agency and Sportsmatch, National Fishing Week 2005 seeks to attract up to 200,000 first time or ‘lapsed’ anglers to join Britain‘s 4 million regular anglers in a “Celebration of Angling” between 20th and 29th of August.  More details at: www.nationalfishingweek.co.uk

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