Maggot Times - August 2003
EFTTA, the European Trade body for angling, is currently implementing a testing programme through an independently appointed laboratory to determine the accuracy of labelling in monofilament line because a number of lines available on the market have been claiming breaking strengths that are greater than actual breaking strengths. The tests have been carried out confidentially and under controlled conditions. If this problem continues companies that produce monofilament line will find themselves in the same position as French companies where the consumer protection in France has taken charge of the problem and are handing out fines to companies incorrectly stating breaking strengths. They are however, allowing an acceptable tolerance of 10% variation. Together with GIFAP they established an acceptable variance of ±10%. EFTTA thinks these problems should be solved within the trade following the French standard. The laboratory has finished testing 58 lines for breaking strength. Each brand of line was subject to 10 tests per diameter. Taking the mean measured breaking strength of the 58 lines that were tested 90% of the lines were below their stated breaking strength. · 11% (6 lines) of lines tested achieved or were better than their stated breaking strength · 5% (3 lines) of lines tested had more than 50% less breaking strength than declared · 36% (21 lines) of lines tested had 30-50% less breaking strength than declared · 26% (15 lines) of lines had 20-30% less breaking strength than declared · 22% (13 lines) of lines tested had up to 20% less breaking strength than declared The EFTTA standard of test is the ISO 2062. Specimens of line were cut to a 500mm length (2 specimens were cut from each of 5 reels) and soaked in tap water at room temperature for 30 minutes. The samples were then removed from the water and the tests were carried out within the hour. The jaws used to secure the sample were set to a gauge of 500mm, the sample then clamped in the jaws at the appropriate pretension and a rate of 500mm/min was used. The line was checked so that slippage and breakage did not occur within 5mm of the jaws. The breaking force and elongation at break was recorded for each sample. · 83% (48 lines) of the lines had all samples below their stated breaking strength (each sample was subject to 10 tests) · 9% (6 lines) of the lines had some of the samples below their stated breaking strength (some of the 10 results) · 8% (4 lines) of samples achieved their stated breaking strength The results of the tests have been sent to concerned companies before they are made public to give them the opportunity to correct their stated declarations. EFTTA is looking into the procedures involved in setting up an approved quality label and further details will be sent to members before the end of the summer. If you wish to discuss this issue any further please contact Janet Doyle at the EFTTA Secretariat email@example.com .
The Northern Fish-in Organised by Maggotdrowning.com In support of ‘Macmillan Cancer Relief’ and ‘The British Disabled Angling Association’ During the weekend of 2nd-3rd August, The ‘Northern Fish-in’ took place at Elvington Lake, Nr York, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Relief and the British Disabled Angling Association . 40 anglers took part in what was to be a marathon fishing session from 8.00am Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon with prizes being offered for the captors of the largest fish. The total raised over the course of the weekend was………….. £7,239.74 Which means once the amount is verified as correct and the outstanding amounts realised, we will have raised: £5,791.79 for Macmillan Cancer Relief, & £1,447.95 for The British Disabled Angling Association Full details of the Companies supporting the Fish-in can be found on the website
The Countryside Alliance's Campaign for Angling has condemned as "malicious and pathetic" the attempted sabotage by animal rights activists of the eighth annual children's angling day at Passies Ponds fishery in West Sussex. The event, organised annually by farmer and fisheries owner Trevor Passmore, in conjunction with the local council's sports development officer and the Environment Agency, introduces complete beginners to the sport. Today's event brought out 100 children, none of who had ever fished before and whose ages ranged from 8-16, to learn about angling and to "have a go". Saboteurs, who had advertised the event on their "Keep on Fighting" website as an "urgent action alert" spent an hour and a half at Mr Passmore's fishery, shouting, letting off sirens, throwing stones in the water and photographing the children taking part until the Police arrived to escort them off the property. Campaign for Angling Director Charles Jardine commented: "That these people are now out "sabbing" children is both malicious and pathetic and that the children involved went on to have a great day shows who possesses the greater maturity. The kids who turned out today had never fished before and could have been put off for life but for Mr Passmore's handling of the situation. Anglers everywhere should be aware that this has happened and must be under no illusions that these "sabs" will come after the angling community just as readily as they will the hunting and shooting community. This is not about animal welfare, but about hatred, and we must guard against it. "It is vital that we all continue, despite episodes like this one, to bring new people into the sport and foster their enthusiasm for angling - I am glad no one has been put off by the actions of these idiots and am even more delighted that, thanks to this event today, several new anglers can now enjoy this wonderful sport".
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