Maggot Times - May 2002


- The Annual Angling Fair is on at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire this coming weekend.
18th and 19th May, 2002. One of the only specialist Angling Fairs in the country catering for game, coarse and sea-fishing enthusiasts with added family attractions.

Three teenage boys from County Durham who were introduced to angling only two years ago but are now competent all-rounders will be among the star demonstrators at the forthcoming Chatsworth Angling Fair, to be held at the world-renowned Chatsworth House estate near Bakewell, Derbyshire, over the weekend of May 18 and 19. 
The boys - aged 14, 15 and 17 - were taught under PC Mick Watson's award-winning "Get Hooked on Fishing" scheme and will be a key feature of the fair in a new drive to give young spectators a practical introduction to angling, with a chance to get "hands-on" help from some of the best-known names in the sport. 

Other youthful demonstrators will include: 12-years-old Alex Jardine, the amazingly skilful son of popular angling artist and author Charles Jardine who will be appearing with him in a father-and-son fly-casting performance; and the former England Youth captain, Jonathan Tomlinson, still only 20, who will exchange reservoir and sea trout fishing displays with the famed angler and instructor Gary Coxon. 

Many of the exhibitors are making a point of showing fishing tackle appropriate for the 'Accent on Youth' theme at the fair. 
Admission to the show is 7 for adults and is free for children aged 14 and under  if accompanied by an adult. Car parking is also free. 







- Two Dutch pensioners had a shock when the pond they were fishing in exploded. A German mine blew up after lying unnoticed in the water since the Second World War.
Joost Westdorp and Sjuul Eerdmans were unharmed, but say the water rose 100 metres into the air and they were showered with dead fish.
The banks of the pond in Enschede were left littered with bits of carp, perch and pike.
Army bomb disposal experts investigated and found the device had been a German mine with four kilos of explosive.
De Telegraaf newspaper reports the experts think the metal shield over the explosives had rusted through, causing it to go off.











- A goldfish owner has created a life jacket for his poorly pet out of a wine cork and an elastic band.
Graham Morrison from Middlesbrough made the aid after his pet fish Gandalf's swim bladder started failing. The swim bladder acts like a balloon to help keep fish buoyant. The fish was finding it difficult to reach food flakes floating on the top of his tank.
Mr Morrison cut a cork in half and placed the parts on either side of the fish, wrapping them around it with an elastic band.
The 33-year-old told The Sun: "He was starving and looking sorrowfully at the other fish feeding away as he wriggled about, unable to get off the bottom of the tank.
"He might look funny now but at least he is swimming about with great agility. In fact, Gandalf is playing with his plastic plants and eating his food like there's no tomorrow."
Marine biology expert Zahra D'Aronville of the Blue Reef Aquarium at Tynemouth said: "The swim bladder acts like a balloon full of air inside a fish and keeps it buoyant. Hopefully, the problem with this one will heal itself so it won't have to keep swimming around with a cork permanently strapped to it."



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