Maggot Times - September 2003
Next year’s premier junior event on the Carp Society’s magnificent Horseshoe lake is one not to miss but you’ll need to be quick! A revised format to previous Carp Schools will retain the teaching elements but there will be greater emphasis on fishing time and bank side tuition for this the newly named ‘Carp Camp.’ The Carp Camp will run from midday Monday 31 May until midday Friday 4 June. So lot’s more fishing and time to make new friends. Leading carp anglers including names such as Danny Fairbrass, Bob Roberts, Ian Poole, Mark Hutchinson, Martin Ford, Steve Watson, Paul Boichat and of course our own President Matt Hayes are amongst those who regularly provide the tuition in the formal sessions. There will be limited numbers (age range 10 to 16) and applications only accepted on the official application form available from the Carp Society office 01367 253959 or via the website http://www.thecarpsociety.com
Hallcroft Fishery is being put up for sale Joint owner Bran Talbot will be moving over from the Retford complex to manage Moorlands Farm in Worcestershire, with his brother John Talbot retiring from the fishery management game. John Talbot “It’s a sad day really because we have built up the fishery from scratch into one of the top waters in the land. But we are at the top now and have nowhere to go,” said John. “The problem is we are too busy. Bryan is working seven days a week and is not seeing his family. He wants to spend more time with his three kids. “ I’ve worked every weekend for the last 20 years and just feel it’s time for someone else to have a go. Hallcroft is for sale with immediate effect.” Both John and Bryan have been looking at property in Spain in recent weeks and John did not rule out selling Moorlands Farm as well, although it is not currently for sale. Hallcroft, which is without question one of the country’s top commercial match waters, is currently being valued and John was not prepared to take a guess at what he thinks it’s worth. The site includes four main lakes and four stock ponds, 85 acres of grounds, a large four bedroom house, a stretch of the River Idle, a caravan park, restaurant and tackle shop. The site also includes the biggest commercial lake in the land – Moat Pool, which holds 190 anglers. The business also holds a water abstraction licence for the Idle, meaning that the lakes, which are aerated, need never run low. “I would say this is the biggest fishery complex ever to come onto the market in the UK,” added John, who will continue to work on the farm at Moorlands. “Makins had the lakes but not the property.” It’s believed Makin’s was bought by British waterways for a figure approaching £2million. Former owner Billy Makin is now living in Tenerife, where he has two properties. Anyone interested in purchasing Hallcroft should call John on 01299 250427.
TORY leader Iain Duncan Smith has said that if they get power at the next election, his party will scrap the national rod licence. Smith, who is a keen angler, told Angling Times: “Fishing is a costly sport and over the years tackle has become more and more expensive and on most banks you have to pay for the pleasure of fishing. “I feel that in this day and age the rod licence has become an outdated tax on a great leisure activity. Fishermen should be able to go fishing with having to look over their shoulder to see if a Government bailiff is on his way.” Smith says he believes the £700 million of Government funding the Environment Agency receives can be protected with large savings to be made simply be removing red tape. He also pledged that the money would still go directly back into the sport, adding: “Anglers should take a lead role in introducing people to the countryside and I will make sure the sport will continue to do just that. We want more people to enjoy fishing and will make sure that happens.”
But in response to this, Charles Jardine of the Countryside Alliance said:
"The issue of rod licenses has come to the fore since Conservative leader Iain Duncan-Smith, himself a keen fisherman, pledged that his party would abolish them. The Campaign for Angling applauds any proposals which seek to bring people into angling and therefore supports free licenses for under 16s and the registered disabled but we have concerns about the total removal of the rod licence. The £15 million generated by angling licenses is directly invested by the Environment Agency in cleaning, restocking and preserving waterways and the fact that it is fisherman who pay for that work gives us a major say in how it is spent and how our rivers, lakes and canals are managed. We believe that anglers are better off buying a licence and having a seat at the table rather than paying nothing and joining other interest groups outside the loop. Let's keep rod licences and make sure that angling's voice is heard.
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