Maggot Times - June 2003


29 June 2003


Following last years hugely successful Tacklefest™ weekend, the East of England’s premier fishing tackle sale will once again take place on the Nene Embankment in Peterborough on the 5th and 6th July from 9:30am – 5.00 pm.

Promising even more bargains and family pleasing activities, Tacklefest will, for the third year running take place alongside the Angling Times’ Team Championships final.

Fresh from his appearance at the Angling Times Go Fishing Show, angling’s top TV celebrity Matt Hayes will return this year to give demonstrations and will be available for questions from keen anglers who require tips and advice.

The PAA will be available for free coaching on Saturday the 5th – a perfect opportunity to introduce youngsters to the sport.

Entertainment will be supplied by a live band that visitors can enjoy with the added benefit of a catering area and outside licensed bar, while the children take advantage of a selection of games and a bouncy castle!

New at Tacklefest™ this year!! - Experience the thrill of battling with the deadliest giant of the ocean when you try your hand at hooking a shark on this specially constructed and unique simulator!

“ We hope that visitors will find the event even more enjoyable as we have taken features from the Angling Times Go Fishing Show and incorporated them for the benefit of all the local visitors who return to Tacklefest each year”

The Angling Times Team Championships will be held on Sunday 6th July on the Nene Embankment. Angling Times editor Richard Lee stated “ Each year we get the top anglers in the country competing and it looks like this year will be no different. Those who visit really can look forward to a riveting final”.

Tacklefest 2003 is located next to the Key Theatre and only 5 minutes walk from Queensgate Shopping Centre. Entrance is £5 for adults and only £4 for children and OAP’s. As with previous years - parking is free!


Severn Match Tragedy
29 June 2003


TRAGEDY struck on the River Severn at Bewdley when Dave Harrell’s first big weekend open had to be cancelled because one of the competitors had a heart attack on the way to his peg.

The air ambulance service was there within minutes, but sadly Ashton Brothers AC treasurer Alan Reeves, who was in his mid fifties, was already dead.

The match was quickly called off and in a kind gesture, the 65 competitors decided the £1000 pools and pegging fee fund should be split 50:50 between the air ambulance crew and Alan’s family.

Alan had admitted at the draw to having 'everything but the kitchen sink' with him on his first every visit to the venue.

Although the Hyde, Cheshire angler had a trolley he had fallen behind the other anglers going to their pegs.

Friends are planning a memorial match.


Port Talbot: platforms and tuition
16 June 2003


A series of new platforms and access paths have been funded by Environment Agency Wales to facilitate safe angling at one of Wales’s most prolific coarse fisheries, Port Talbot Dock. Both experienced and novice anglers have already enjoyed excellent catches of fish at these newly created facilities.

The problem of rising water levels has now been overcome using the ‘3-tier’ platforms that permits angling during most conditions. To add a finishing touch, the re-profiled, stepped embankment has now been re-seeded with grass and small shrubs. Supporting excellent stocks of bream, rudd and roach, Port Talbot Dock is now able to cater for anglers of all abilities and backgrounds.

It is hoped by the Agency and staff at the fishery that the newly provided facilities will not only attract anglers from further afield but also encourage people within the local community to take up the sport. The Agency is to host a Take a Friend Fishing event at the dock on 5 July 2003 in conjunction with Neath-Port Talbot Youth service. Among those selected to take part are young people with special needs.

The event is one of a series organised throughout South Wales which cater for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Fishing gear and bait is provided. Expert tuition is also provided and the event enables newcomers to the sport to fish without purchasing a rod licence.




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