Maggot Times - January 2002


- The Environment Agency, Wales on Monday welcomed the announcement by Carwyn Jones, the Welsh Rural Affairs Minister, that the Assembly Government is to provide an additional £2.4 million of Grant in Aid to support the Agency's fisheries work in Wales. 
This new money will fund work over the next three years to implement the recommendations of the government appointed Review Group's report on Fisheries Policy and Legislation. Funds are earmarked for several priority areas, including conserving and restoring salmon stocks, restoring fish habitats, removing barriers to fish migration and developing and restoring community fisheries. 

- Angler wins the Lottery. Malcolm Wilkins, 41, a Woodley Town Council worker from Reading, Berks, was still trying to get his breath back after matching six numbers in the Lottery Extra Jackpot and scooping £10,166,103. It is the third largest win in the history of the game. 
Malcolm, a maintenance assistant, had a go in last Saturday’s game and watched the BBC’s Lottery show. He went numb when he saw his numbers come up. 
A keen angler with a 25lb catfish to his credit, Malcolm said, “I couldn't believe it at first, so I asked my brother to check I hadn't got it wrong and he just thought I was kidding. 
“When he saw I'd won we both just sat there shaking. I went completely numb and kept having to pinch myself to make sure it was really happening. After I checked again on Teletext and found out I was the only winner, I was glad I was already sitting down or else I'd have fallen over.” 

- Britain's Coarse Anglers are going to have to pay another £1 for their rod licences, the Environment Agency have confirmed. 
This takes adult licence fee up to £21. Pensioners and disabled rods will only be asked to pay an extra 50p, taking their licence up to £10.50. Junior licences for over-12s remain pegged at £5. 
EA head of fisheries David Clarke said: "We put a series of options before the regional committee in August and they came back with a £1 to £2 suggestion for the standard licence. 
"But because licence sales picked up during the late summer and autumn following the foot-and-mouth disease crisis, we have gone for the £1 increase on the full adult. I can announce there will be no cuts to services or staff as we originally forecast, if this figure was accepted." 

Current rod licences expire on March 31 and renewals may be obtained by direct debit before February 10th. Details from the Environment Agency Rod Licence Centre (01925 653999). 

- Britain's biggest angling show, Go Fishing at the NEC, takes place this year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1st, 2nd and 3rd March.
Many of Britain's major tackle manufacturers and other angling service providers will be displaying their latest products and services. There will be a chance for you to meet some of angling's top names and see them in action.
Adults £7.50 , Senior Citizen £6.00 , Child under 16 years FREE but must be accompanied by an adult, plus 50p Transaction fee per booking. 
For Group Bookings (10 or more) please telephone 0800 378 985
For Disabled Bookings please telephone 0121 782 3555 
Tickets are Subject to Availability & Car Parking Charges Apply.

- The Adam's Mill Stretch of the Great Ouse. Milton Keynes AA, Buckinghamshire, has managed to maintain the fishing rights to this famous venue at Newport Pagnall which produced Steve Curtin's 19lb 6oz, record pending Barbel. From June 16th anglers will be able to fish it provided they join a newly formed syndicate run by Milto Keynes Angling Ltd. Membership is anticipated to be in the region of £200 per season with the final price to be decided.

- Licence Dodgers could face On-the-Spot Fines of £80.00 to £100.00 under a crackdown by the Environmental Agency. They are tired of rising legal fees eating up valuable fisheries budgets and have put out a consultation paper to their eight regions asking for feedback. The fines should come into force in April 2003 but the EA do admit that there will be teething problems.
Opposition has already come from the National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives director, Mark Thatcher, who stormed "There isn't on-the-spot fines for boating offences so why anglers? We are seen as an easy target. This is the EA actually dodging the issue of how the fisheries service is funded. We are the only ones taxed for our sport."

- Frederick Arthur French, FIFM, of Ambleside, Cumbria, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours List for services to angling, conservation and disabled anglers. 
69 years old Fred retired from Ware, Hertfordshire to Ambleside, Cumbria in 1985 has been a keen angler from the age of nine, first fishing the River Lee in north London. He left school at age 14 to train as carpenter/joiner and joined the RAF as Senior Aircraftman Organisation Clerk and served from 1950-52. 
Fred started a new career as insurance agent, District Inspector then went into insurance broking apart from short period in early 1960s when he worked full time as Assistant Secretary to the then 48,000 membership London Anglers’ Association. He held London AA posts of Trustee, Treasurer, Chairman Bailiffs’ Panel and Fisheries Committee. 
He was secretary of Edmonton & Tottenham Angling Society but resigned in 1964 to set up the highly successful match fishing group Defiant Angling Society. (Which later became Defiant Mobile). 
He was elected to Executive Committee National Anglers’ Council (NAC) in 1969 to represent London and South East England and served on Finance, Public Relations, Angling Education and Development (Chairman), Disabled Anglers’, Re-organisation and Water Privatisation committees. He was on NAC Executive 1969 to 1990 when it was dissolved. 

Fred was appointed in 1973 by Secretary of State (and re-appointed by several succeeding Secretaries of State) to represent angling and fisheries on the Water Space Amenity Commission, (WSAC) with responsibility for advising the new Water Authorities on their duties to recreation and conservation. On WSAC for its entire life 1973-1984. 
He was founder and main driver in the setting up of Lee Valley Anglers’ Consultative Association, Thames Fisheries Consultative Council and several other angling and fisheries consultative bodies in London and the south east. 
He also served on the Thames Water Fisheries, Recreation, Conservation and Flood Defence Committees between 1968 and 1986, and was Vice Captain of the 1974 Hertfordshire Federation National Angling Championships Team silver medallists for third place in the 1st Division Championships on the River Welland. 

Fred is currently: 
  • Founder and still the organiser of both the annual Water Industry National Coarse Angling and Water Industry Fly Fishing Championships, 48 events to date. 
  • Member of the Environment Agency North West Region Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation, Area Environment Group and North Area Flood Defence Committees. 
  • Member of United Utilities Conservation, Access and Recreation Committee (CARAC). 
  • Chairman of Furness & South Cumbria Fisheries Consultative Association and South Cumbria & North Lancashire Branch of the Salmon & Trout Association. 
  • Founder and Chairman of both the North West Fisheries Consultative Council and the Lakeland Fly Dressers’ Guild. 
  • Fellow of the Institute of Fisheries Management (FIFM) and Vice Chairman of the IFM North West Branch. 
  • Member of the National Council and Member Services Director of the National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives (NAFAC). 
  • Member of Council and the Executive Committee Anglers’ Conservation Association (ACA). 

  • Individual Member, National Trust, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Countryside Alliance, Friends of the Lake District, Anglers’ Conservation Association, The Wild Trout Trust, Freshwater Biological Association, The Fly Dressers’ Guild, The Salmon & Trout Association, National Federation of Anglers, The Caravan Club, Camping and Caravanning Club and supporter Langdale, Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team. 

Still a keen fly fisher, fell walker and motor caravanner, past Chairman of Ambleside Civic Trust and current Chairman of Ambleside Probus Club. President or Vice President and Life Member of many major angling organisations.







- Police and Coastguard officers are today searching for missing schoolboy Daniel Nolan, 14, from Hamble, Hants. Daniel was reported missing early this morning by his parents when he failed to return home from a late night fishing trip.
Although other possibilities are being considered it is feared that he may have slipped into the river Hamble from the pontoon where he was fishing with three other young male friends.
At 11.30pm he went to a nearby store to buy chocolate but the store was closed. On the way back to the river he met his friends who were on their way home declaring it was too cold to carry on fishing.
Daniel told them he would go back to the pontoon to collect his tackle and meet up with them later. He hasn’t been seen since.
Expected home at 2am he was reported missing soon after. Police found his tackle and gloves on the pontoon.

“We are extremely concerned for Daniels' welfare. It was an extremely cold night and clearly we have to explore the possibility he may have fallen into the river,'' a Hampshire Police spokeswoman said.

A police spotter plane and an in-shore lifeboat are helping with the search.



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