Maggot Times - April 2002


- A fisherman was clubbed with a hammer in a 'Rod Rage' attack, it was revealed yesterday.
The 24 year old man had been asked by two river anglers to guard their gear for a while. But he mistakenly minded the wrong pitch at Pensford, Somerset.
The owner returned, attacked him in a rage and fled. The victim had six stitches in his head.










- Local Charity breathes life into Suffolk.

Angling is to be at the heart of a venture that will give more than 9 million disabled people the opportunity to use a unique sports and conservation park after plans for a £4.8million project were unveiled in Suffolk. 
Following sixteen years of preparation study and planning by Project Director, Paul Hammond, Trussons Mere finally became a reality following the purchase of 400 acres of land at Darsham thanks to the support of NatWest Bank, the British Disabled Angling Association and the local community. 
The Trussons Charitable Trust will base their new facilities around a purpose-built traditional ‘Old English silver fish’ four lake complex which is to be made fully accessible to disabled anglers, who will work together with wildlife conservationists and bird watchers to produce a fully integrated site beneficial to all.  Fish stocks to be used in the three coarse lakes will include roach, tench, bream, crucian carp, rudd and perch, while a special game fishery with rainbow and brown trout will aim to introduce anglers to the gentle art of fly fishing.  

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- Perch Record Broken. The UK Perch Record has been broken by angler Dean Rawlings fishing a pond in Fringford, Oxfordshire. The fish initially weighed in at 5lb 12oz but was recorded at 5lb 9oz 8drms once the scales had been checked.
Dean, at 11years old, is the youngest UK angler to hold a record and caught the perch on a bunch of maggots.








- Pollution probe after river fish found dead. An investigation has been launched after up to 2,000 fish were found dead in a polluted river.

The Environment Agency was called to a stretch of the River Tame in Greater Manchester after schools of fish, including gudgeon, minnow and roach, were found dead between Stockport and Hyde. Water and riverbed samples were taken and sent for analysis in a bid to determine the source of the pollution, an agency spokesman said.

Environment protection manager Keith Ashcroft added: "The cause of this pollution is, as yet, undetermined. "This is a very serious incident and an extensive investigation is under way."

Anybody with information about the pollution is being urged to call the agency on 0800 807 060.









- Nick Hancock is to join Radio Five Live, as a fishing correspondent. 
The comedian, and host of They Think It's All Over, is to front a new weekly show for anglers. Fish On Five will be broadcast at 6am on Saturday mornings. It aims to cover every aspect of sea, coarse and fly fishing.

Hancock, a keen amateur angler, said: "It's exciting to come to a subject as a relative novice and see if the expert help I'll be enlisting is actually worth anything. "Hopefully, the show will appeal to the cognoscenti who revel in the impenetrable language of fishing as spoken by the experts - and to newcomers like me whose main thrust is 'speak in English and help me catch fish'." The show starts on April 6 and will be backed by a website through where anglers can ask questions and post pictures of their catches.



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