Maggot Times - June 2002







- Benny Ashurst 1914 - 2002
It is with regret that we have heard of the death of Benny Ashurst during the last week. Benny was one of the angling legends, formally a minor in Leigh, Lancashire, Benny passed away following yet another fishing trip.
Even though never fishing at World Level he was classed as one of the best having invented the style of fishing known as 'Stick Floating' and developing a method of turning castors in large quantities. Benny's son, Kevin, was a stalwart of the the England Team for more than 20 years, winning the World Individual title in Ireland during 1982.
Our thoughts go out to his family








- Thieves dig up and steal thousands of worms

Thieves have dug up and stolen thousands of worms from a Scottish recycling plant. The European dendrobaena worms stolen from Campbeltown Waste Watchers in Argyll turn rubbish into fertiliser. The worms also make excellent fishing bait.

A haul of 50,000 would be worth £5,000 to anglers, the Daily Record reports. The worms usually spend three years filtering waste at the plant before they're sold to fishing shops.

General manager Clive Good said: "The thieves are a determined bunch - we have high fences and gates with a 12ft fall at the other side. "We've reached a point where we can't continue outside. We've halted production and will make radical changes, like building indoor premises."




















- Poison puzzle of dead fish in river. Scores of fish have been found dead in a small stretch of the River Skerne, leaving environmental experts baffled.

Officers from the Environmental Agency were called to Darlington at the weekend to examine fish found dead on the river bed between Skerne Bridge and Haughton Bridge.
The majority of fish were found at Five Acres Bridge but others have been spotted along a 1 km stretch of the river.

The source of what appears to be poisoning was unknown and EA officers have confirmed that whatever had killed the fish was no longer evident in the river.

A spokesman for the EA said: “There is no evidence of pollution in the stream at the moment, so whatever has killed these fish is no longer in the water.
“It is centred on the Five Arches Bridge area of the River Skerne. Our fisheries officers have checked upstream and downstream and our inquiries are continuing. They have been trying to find the cause of the deaths but it does appear to be an isolated case. We were informed by a member of the public and we were subsequently called by the police. There appears to have been a case of pollution.”

Although officers said they were still insure what type of fish had been killed, local residents are convinced the majority are stock trout. Bill Mooney, who lives close to the river, said he spotted dozens of dead trout as he went for a morning walk.
The 66 year old said: “I fish myself and I’ve just come back from qa trip to Scotland and I never saw any trout as big as this. There are dozens of them all along a small stretch of river.

They look like stock trout because they are big and fat and must have been released into the water because they would have been thinner if they had grown in the river. But they have all died from some sort of water contamination and it is such a massive shame.
It’s disgusting if it is pollution because a lot of work has been done to clean the river .
Some of the dead fish are chub, which are quite hardy, so whatever has killed them must be pretty toxic.”

  By Richard Barker



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