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Campaign to ban treble hooks….

A campaign has been launched in the UK to ban multiple hooks and in particular trebles from all disciplines of angling. The founder of is a life-long angler and strong believer in catch and release, and is looking for the tackle companies to back the movement with a phased in approach that would see treble […]

Political support grows for ban on bass nets

Politicians from right across the political divide, including former Fisheries Ministers Richard Benyon (Con) and Ben Bradshaw (Lab), have thrown their weight behind the campaign for a complete ban on bass netting. Across Northern Europe, sea bass stocks are in deep trouble because of commercial overfishing and the repeated failure of politicians and fishery managers […]

Big Rig British Record carp record claim and Loch Earn trout claim rejected: Both ‘Cultivated’

News from the British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee meeting The British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee met at Fishmongers’ Hall, London, on 29th November 2016. Present were: Nick Simmonds (Secretary), Oliver Crimmen (Scientific Advisor, Natural History Museum), Nigel Hewlett (Scientific Advisor, Environment Agency), Andrew Nellist (Freshwater specialist) Chris Clark (Sea fish specialist) and Paul Coulson (Freshwater […]

Angling Trust reminds Water Minister of government promises to protect our rivers…

The Angling Trust has written to the recently appointed Water Minister, Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, to urge her to fulfil promises from previous Ministers to reform the water abstraction licensing system and afford better protection to our precious rivers. The Angling Trust, alongside conservation and fisheries NGOs, has been calling for a reform of abstraction […]

Retired police officer joins Angling Trust as Regional Enforcement Manager in South East

The Angling Trust has appointed a new Regional Enforcement Manager, Dave Wilkins, for the South East, joining the existing Fisheries Enforcement Support Service team. Dave Wilkins 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. Prior to […]

Aiden’s 30lb pike doesn’t Suck

Ireland’s River Suck has produced this magnificent 32lb pike to Aiden Flaherty. Aiden achieved his dream fish by fishing half a mackerel and this fish put up and absolutely fantastic 25-minute fight, reducing him to a ‘shaking wreck of nerves’ before he was able to slip the net under her. Fantastic catch Aiden and congratulations […]

Lib Dems claim support for angling

Members of parliament showed strong support for angling at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton earlier this week where the Angling Trust and British Association for Shooting and Conservation co-hosted a rural reception. Alistair Carmichael MP and Mark Williams MP spoke at the event in support of country sports and angling. Mr Carmichael praised […]