Maggot Times - October 2002
The Carp Society has further strengthened its governing body in recruiting Mark Gregory and RMC boss Ian Welch to the board of Directors. Mark brings a high degree of integrity and skill to the society from his wide and varied role as an officer with the South Yorkshire Police.
Mark has also been instrumental in forming a company called Coarse Fishing Services which has resulted from a long history of creating and managing fisheries. The combination of these means the society benefits from a considerable knowledge of practical and legal aspects of fishery management.
The Society welcomes back Ian Welch who as the RMC angling boss brings considerable knowledge to the Society.
Ian Welch has been the driving force behind RMC Angling for over a decade and is totally committed to the furtherance of carp fishing in the UK. He brings his vast communication skills to the Society and will be adopting a PR and marketing role.
The Countryside Alliance would like to draw the attention of the coarse angling fraternity to comments made by Jackie Ballard, the new Director- General of the RSPCA, in an article in the Daily Telegraph on Sat 26th October, that set out to explore her views on a range of animal issues.
When Ms Ballard was asked about her attitude to angling she reportedly replied 'I don't like coarse fishing. Fishing for food is probably acceptable, but it's cruel to stick a hook in a fish's jaw and then fling it back'. She also opined that 'breeding birds for shooting is unacceptable' while other comments included 'there is a strong link between cruelty to animals and to children', and that 'animals have real rights'.
The RSPCA has a budget of £80 million and is now headed by a person who buys into the animal rights agenda and who has a negative attitude to coarse angling. This has to be a worrying development The Alliance has long believed that those who control the RSPCA have lost sight of its original animal welfare charter and are betraying the tremendous animal welfare work still done, by dedicated RSPCA staff, at grassroots level. The RSPCA appears to have succumbed to the ideology of animal rights protagonists who have insinuated themselves into positions of influence inside the organisation and on its council. And whilst the RSPCA as yet has no official campaign against angling, through its previous published literature, and now through the comments of its new Director-General, it has made overtly hostile comments about the sport. We urge all anglers to keep a watching brief on the organisation, its leadership and activities. Yours faithfully,
Director, Gone Fishing, the Countryside Alliance's campaign for angling.
Eighty anglers braved hurricane-force winds to fish the Marie Curie Cup, organised in conjunction with the Pike Anglers Club on the Great Ouse at Ely. But officials ordered the all-out barely half way through the match for safety reasons, after watching competitors struggle with gusts of more than 60mph.
Rods were blown from rests and umbrellas turned turtle in winds which made standing on your feet a battle.
Just two fish were landed, both by juniors. Leanne Bradbury, 13, from Wainfleet, near Skegness won the overall event and the biggest pike, with an 8:02 fish on a dead roach. Local lad Scott Verdon, 12, came second with an 8lb zander, which was also the biggest and only zander caught.
Before the prize giving Dick Culpin, regional organiser for the Pike Anglers Club, told competitors: "I think you were marvellous to stick it out as long as you did."
Melanie Ford, from Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: "We've raised over £1000, which is just fantastic.
"It's such a shame it had to be the worst day of the year but everyone's been really generous."
Marie Curie Cancer Care has decided to make the event a national one, with a final on the Great Ouse next November after a series of qualifying heats around the country.
Qualifiers are provisionally arranged for: Sunday, November 10 - Inns Lake, Rickmansworth, Herts; Kennet and Avon Canal, Avon. Sunday, November 24 - Silver End Pits, Kelvedon, Essex; Bradwell Lakes, Beds. Sunday, December 8 - Broad Colney, Herts. Sunday, February 9 (2003) - Grendon lakes, Northants. Sunday, March 2 - Suffolk Water Park, Ipswich; Wyboston Lakes, Cambs; River Soar, Leics; Swanton Morley Pits, Norfolk.
Further information from Melanie Ford, on 01223 416405 or go to http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/predator
THE Environmental Agency have announced that the price of your fishing licence is to go up another £1 from April. It will see the cost of a full licence rise to £22.00 from April 2003 and the cost will go up another £1 for the next two years as well. The junior licence stays at £5.00 while over 65s and disabled anglers will pay £11.00
Approximately 20 anglers in the UK drown each year. Lifesavers, The Royal Life Saving Society UK, the country’s leading water safety body, has issued advice to anglers who continue to fish throughout autumn and winter. Di Standley, Chief Executive at Lifesavers, a West Midlands-based organisation, commented:
“There are risks to anglers year-round, but in late autumn and winter they increase. I urge anglers to take extra safety precautions during this time.”
Risks to anglers
When falling into cold water the distress of an extreme temperature can lead to cold shock, which can cause heart attacks, strokes and death. In wet weather there is a higher chance of slipping down muddy banks into the water. As water levels rise, currents become faster, making it more difficult to make an escape onto dry land. Higher water levels also mean that banks can be washed away. Tips for anglers
Whether you are fishing from a bank or a boat, wear a life jacket. Anglers life jackets are specially designed to go over anglers coats. They usually cost less than £50 and, if you fall into the water they will keep you afloat until you can be rescued. Fish with a friend - keep an eye on each other. Let someone else know where you are going and when you will return so that if necessary the alarm can be raised. Check the weather forecast before you go so that you can be prepared. It is also worth checking the weather forecast upstream. If there has been a torrential downpour upriver, it will have an affect on water levels. Take a mobile phone. If someone else is in trouble call the emergency services. If you witness an accident never enter the water yourself. You can attempt a land-based rescue using whatever is at hand – your fishing rod or landing net can be ideal implements to tow someone to the side. For more tips on water safety, angling groups can contact Lifesavers for details on the charity’s free ‘Safe Anglers - Safe Banks’ programme. Call 01789 774500, or visit http://www.lifesavers.org.
Lifesavers, The Royal Life Saving Society UK, is a national charity and the governing body for lifesaving and lifeguarding in the UK. Each year, over 250,000 people take Lifesavers awards in water safety, rescue techniques and life support, including 95 per cent of all pool and beach lifeguards.
THE Carp Society’s main event of the year – the Winter Show – will take place at Sandown Park Racecourse Exhibition Centre, Esher, Surrey on Sunday 1 December. There will be some 2000 square metres of exhibition space displaying and retailing the latest tackle and bait, plus stands from leading holiday companies and of course a bar and a large catering area There will also be a Forum area – a centre of entertainment, slide-shows and workshops where leading experts will pass on their special skills.
Doors open 9.30am (9.00am for advance ticket holders), with free admittance for Juniors/OAP/Disabled anglers. The centre is situated off junction 10 of the M25 and the price for advance tickets is £8 for adult Carp Society members and £10 for non members. On the day prices are £10 and £12.
To book, phone the office on 01367 253959 with your credit card handy, or send cheque clearly indicating your membership number if relevant to The Carp Society, Horseshoe Lake, Burford Road, Lechlade, Glos GL7 3QQ - and don’t forget to include 19p for postage. Alternatively visit http://www.thecarpsociety.com
Here is an interesting article and worthy of a mention if any one in the York area fancies trying.
THE Evening Press has teamed up with Yorkshire Water to offer an exciting reward to groups and clubs with a passion for protecting our rivers. The River Rescue project is designed to encourage people to take care of water courses in North Yorkshire and the East Riding.
The Prince of Wales has endorsed a new blueprint for environmentally-friendly fishing, the National Angling Alliance Code of Conduct for Coarse Anglers. The new Code gives comprehensive coverage on care of the environment, anglers’ behaviour, tackle advice and up to date fish care. The aim is to build and enhance angling and help safeguard the natural world in which anglers fish. Anglers have always been the eyes and ears of the aquatic environment and its surrounding habitat, seeking to protect and enhance the environment in which we fish. Britain's millions of coarse anglers are being asked to adopt the Code, and the RSPB, Environment Agency, English Nature, Professor David Bellamy and many others have backed the document, which has been sponsored by a grant from the Environment Agency.
“We are extremely pleased that Prince Charles, who is a keen angler as well as a committed conservationist, has supported the Code.” said Chris Burt, who had the task of editing the new code.
Reading West MP and keen angler Martin Salter, Parliamentary Spokesman for Angling, said: "The vast majority of experienced anglers are highly responsible people who care both for the fish and for the environment but even they will benefit from reading this document. I applaud the work of the Specialist Anglers Alliance, the Environment Agency and everyone else who has worked so hard to put together this excellent Code of Conduct. It should be widely read by newcomers to our sport and those of us who have been wielding fishing rods with varying degrees of success for more years than we care to remember."
Dr David Clarke Head of Fisheries at the Environment Agency said, “We are very pleased to have been involved in producing this code. Angling provides a unique opportunity for people to enjoy the natural world in a quiet and unobtrusive way. Following this common sense guide to angling values and behaviour will enable coarse anglers to enjoy their sport while guarding against damage to fish stocks, their environment and other wildlife.”
The new code is available through the NAA Secretariat, the Environment Agency, the National Federation of Anglers, and the Specialist Anglers’ Alliance
THE River Trent's silver fish sport isn't what it used to be but there is still some amazing bream action to be enjoyed if you can find the shoals. And that's exactly what Wakefield angler Wayne Ibbotson did when he fished the famous Farndon stretch, as he put together a fantastic bag of fish totalling nearly 300lb! Fishing long range groundbait feeder tactics with worm and caster on the hook, Wayne tempted no less than 69 bream to 6lb, for a total weight of 286lb. After getting a couple of fish early, he stepped up to a 5lb hooklength and size 12 hook and even then he says he only had to wait 90 seconds for each bite. We think they call that serious bagging!
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