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New National record set in Div One
01 August 2004


FINANCIAL ADVISOR Steve Clark, 46, from Saffron Walden, Essex, produced the right figures to shatter the existing Individual National Championship record by 16.910 kg in the NFA Division One National Angling Championship fished on 25-miles of the River Trent between Nottingham and Dunham-on-Trent (Notts) on Saturday (July 17). Clark, who was fishing for A4 Oxford MG, hauled out 28 bream and eight barbel for an astonishing record-breaking catch of 72.920 kg … and he didn’t have a bite in the first hour of the five-hour event. The prestigious team title from an entry of 62 teams (one team failed to turn up) of 12 anglers went to Barnsley and District who totalled 591 points from a total catch of 42.310 kg worth £1,386 pools money. Barnsley fielded a team of superstars including current World Champion Alan Scotthorne MBE and former World Champion Tom Pickering. They failed to collect a section medal but the team boasted six anglers with more than 50 points out of a possible 63 – a consistent performance that earned them the gold medal in the blue riband divisional event of the year. Team captain Tony Peel said: “We have a good blend of youth and experience and this was a solid team performance. We haven’t had much time to practice but we knew there were plenty of fish to be had. There was a little bit of extra flow after the rain and that helped. Big fish can get you out of trouble but they can also get you into trouble and so we preferred float fishing for smaller fish and cashing-in on the luxury of two pegs each.” Individual winner Steve Clark collected around £5,000 in pools and betting money for his record breaking achievement. He had never fished the tidal Trent before but he checked out the website and noted pegs J1 and J14 were the ‘hot pegs.’ “I couldn’t believe it when I drew peg J1 (permanent peg 1A) just downstream from Cromwell Weir in the Collingham AA water. I had heard this pool contained huge bream shoals and barbel to 15lb and I tackled up with a Shimano Nexabe rod, 10lb bs line and a size 14 hook loaded with three or four red maggots.” After an hour Clark was waiting for his first bite but then the fish moved in on the bed of casters and halibut pellets and he netted ten of his 28 bream in the second hour. He decided to stop using hempseed in his cage feeder and the bream and barbel continued to feed at 50 yards until the match ended. His previous best match weight was 68.000 kg taken at Lavender Park in Whitstable, Kent but this gold medal winning heavyweight catch from a river is something special for the former Trevs Browning star who has just signed for Sensas Image. *The previous record was 56.010 kg taken by Stratford, East London maintenance engineer and former England International, Dave Vincent, 49, on the River Cam in 2001. Runner-up Jeff Perrin, 46, a member of the Shakespeare Redditch team waited an hour for his first bite and then took eight bream to 7-8-0 in a total catch of 20.210 kg taken from peg C10 on Hamms Bridge at Shelford. The catch was worth £1,269 in pools money. Perrin used an open-ended feeder with chopped worm and caster and alternated between worm and caster on a size 14 hook using 4lb bs main line and a 2½ lb hook length. He used 2½ pints of casters and ½ kilo of worms to keep the fish interested and he lost a good fish as the match ended. Third placed Ian Roe, 45, a London demolition worker, fished at peg C13 (three pegs from the runner-up) to take seven bream to 6lb and one chub for a total weight of 18.340 kg worth £1,057.50p in pools money. He too fished caster and worm on a size 14 hook and he hurled a swimfeeder three-quarters of the way across the river. The Oakwood Eurobait member was fishing his second NFA National Championship. Nottingham based Middy Matchman were just 14 points adrift of the winners with 577 points “It’s fantastic to finish runners-up in the top division event in the country. We had seven anglers with more than 50 points but we drew badly in two sections, we needed two more noted pegs,” said team captain Ian Donaldson, 56, a former Scottish International who collected a section winners medal for recording 8.900 kg in ‘K’ section at Collingham. Donaldson continued: “We practised on every section and had different tactics for the faster flowing tidal river. Our target figure was 2 kg per man. We had the weight advantage on the day of 47.070 kg to 42.310 kg but this competition is down to section points, not weight, and Barnsley did exceptionally well.” Doncaster and District were third with 539 points. The team boasted nine anglers with more than 45 points and they too had a better weight return than the winning team. Team captain Reg Fearn handed the responsibility of drawing for the team to Mark Bawden. “I seem to be unlucky with the draw and Reg has a lucky streak and he did us proud,” said Fearn. The team had five anglers with more than 50 points, including two with 60 points, but they also had three with 30 points or less. “We decided on a big fish attack and Steve Donoghue nailed 12.540 kg of barbel in L section to earn 62 points. We were third last year and it’s great to be up among the best teams in the business,” commented Fearn. The individual winners team, A4 Oxford MG, finished in 19th place with 419 points despite returning a total team weight of 92.310 kg – 50 000 kg more than the winning team Barnsley. If the event had still been determined on weight A4 Oxford MG would easily have won and Barnsley would have been placed eleventh! The NFA were criticised in some quarters for risking their premier event on the once troubled River Trent. But it was a shrewd move by the NFA to hold the event in mid-July when the fish stocks were lively in the warm water. Only 26 of the 744 participants failed to catch a fish. The record breaking catch of 72.920 kg landed by Steve Clark is not only a record for an NFA National Championship, but it is a five-hour record for the tidal Trent. NFA DIVISION ONE NATIONAL ANGLING CHAMPIONSHIP: (River Trent) TEAMS: 1/ Barnsley & District 591 points; 2/ Middy Matchman 577 pts; 3/ Doncaster & Dist. 539 pts; 4/ Worksop DAA 532 pts; 5/ Handsworth AC 530 pts; 6/ Starlets 530 pts; 7/ Nottingham AA 516 pts; 8/ Army AF 514 pts; 9/ Southport & District 504 pts; 10/ Scunthorpe & District 502 pts. INDIVIDUAL: 1/ Steve Clark (A4 Oxford MG) 72.920 kg; 2/ Jeff Perrin (Shakespeare Redditch) 20.210 kg; 3/ Ian Roe (Oakwood Eurobait) 18.340 kg; 4/ Jim Meakin (Nottingham AA) 17.770 kg; 5/ N. Smith (Swindon Isis AC) 16.020 kg; 6/ F. Holding (Southport & District) 13.420 kg; 7/ L. Moxon (Oakwood Eurobait) 12.750 kg; 8/ M. Gadd (Southport & District) 12.620 kg; 9/ Steve Donoghue (Doncaster & Dist.) 12.540 kg; 10/ Mark Addy (Drennan North West) 10.900 kg

02 July 2004


60 PEG CHARITY FISHING MATCH SATURDAY OCTOBER 9TH WOODLAND VIEW (DROITWICH) RHIANNON LUCAS SPECIAL NEEDS EQUIPMENT FUND Calling all Maggot Drowners disabled or none-disabled fancy fishing a charity match with a difference that will make a difference? Then have we got the match for you. The match itself will be fished under Disabled rules never fished under them before? Then come on give it a go it’s for charity and we promise to make it a great day out. Rhiannon is a 7-year-old girl who was born with Strep B meningitis. As a result she has post meningitic hydrocephalus, which is controlled by a shunt system. Rhiannon has spent a great deal of time in hospital and as such is several years behind her peers in terms of development. Rhiannon also finds it difficult to walk due to an infection, which destroyed one of her hip joints, leaving her with underdeveloped leg muscles and one leg shorter than the other. Access to her house is currently via 9 steps, which Rhiannon cannot master due to her condition. Her parents need to raise £10000 to install a special lift, which Rhiannon will be able to operate herself to gain access to her home and front garden. My name is Trebor Mearns and I am secretary of Kingswood Disabled Angling Club, a member of the West Country Disabled Angling Association and a member of the British Disabled Angling association. After hearing of Rhiannons plight we decided to arrange a large charity-fishing match to raise funds towards her lift. We will also be holding a large raffle after the match. We have already acquired several prizes, one being a seaside holiday close to a superb fishery. We are still looking for donations for this raffle, big or small to raise as much money as we can. Donations can be in the form of postal orders, cheques, vouchers or goods. All companies that donate will have their name added to the website page we have for Rhiannon which can be found at The match is to be held on Saturday October 9th 2004 on: Front & back Deans at Woodland View Fishery near Droitwich in Worcs. Draw at 09.00 fish 10.30 to 15.30 £15 deposit of which £5.50 is the peg fee - £4.50 going to the Rhiannon fund & £5.00 going towards the section winnings if full there will be 6 sections of £50.00 There will be a £10 optional pools on the day this will go to 1st 2nd & 3rd overall. To book your place tel: 0117 9075083 / 07743 459948 Cheques made payable to Ian Mearns and sent to: Kingswood disabled angling club C/O Secretary Trebor Mearns 22 Newland Road Withywood Bristol BS13 9ED

11 May 2004


Rod Hutchinson demonstrates its commitment to quality fishing by becoming title sponsor of the World Carp Classic

 ROD Hutchinson has become the new title sponsor of the World Carp Classic.
The premier name in carp tackle has joined forces with the premier carp event to create the perfect team. Now moving into its sixth year, the World Carp Classic brings together carp anglers from all across the world to compete for a £10,000 first prize and a £25,000 prize table.

Rod Hutchinson himself leads by example and the products that bare his name are a classic range of innovative rods, bivvies, chairs and a host of tackle-related accessories. Landing the World Carp Classic adds to the Rod Hutchinson roll of honour – he bagged his biggest fish in 2003 and now has secured the World Carp Classic for 2004.

Rod said: “I am delighted to be able to put my name alongside that of this great event. “Any enduro fishing event which gives anglers so much lake time and the opportunity to catch fish for such great prizes has got to be welcomed. “The World Carp Classic brings together carp anglers from all over the world and I can’t wait to see our team battling it out alongside them.”

The 2004 World Carp Classic in association with Rod Hutchinson will return to the record-breaking Lac Amance, Foret d’Orient, in the Champagne region of France, scene of the most prolific World Carp Classic to date. In the 2001 event, the 200-plus international field caught nearly 1 TON of carp! The World Carp Classic is a unique 66-hour enduro event fished over three nights with four rods per pair. In addition to the fishing, the World Carp Classic has also made a name for itself with the famous pre-match BBQ and party – and 2004 will be no different.

For the second year running the event will have an official marshalling team from Sparsholt, in Hampshire, the specialist fishing college. A new website at will keep competitors informed of developments.

For an entry form or more information contact or telephone Zoe at tournament headquarters on 00 (0) 44 2392 827000.

Macmillan Cancer Relief Fly Fishing Competition
09 April 2004


Macmillan Cancer Relief Fly Fishing Competition 2004 Scotland and Northern Ireland THIS year Macmillan Cancer Relief have hooked up with 16 fisheries throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland to host their fly fishing competition, which will give you 16 chances to catch the £1,000 tagged fish, or some of the other great prizes that are on offer! You will have a fun day out, whilst raising money to help Macmillan reach more people affected by cancer in your area. The event has been running since 1999, and anglers who took part last year raised over £43,000 to help people living with cancer and their families throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. Why not come along and join in the fun? There are 16 venues to choose from, but why stop at one when you can register to take part in as many events as you want? It is only £5 to register per fishery, but you will also need to pay the normal fishery fee on the day. To be eligible for any of the prizes you will need to have raised at least £40 sponsorship per venue.
For further information, or to request your fundraising pack, please phone Linda Forsyth on 0800 064 9999 or email your request to What are you waiting for??


09 May Butterstone Fishery, Dunkeld, Perthshire
15 May Carrickmannon Fishery, Saintfield, County Down
30 May Harelaw Fishery, By Neilston, East Renfrewshire
20 June Lochter Fishery & Country Club, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire
25 June Woodforde Fishery, Carrickfergus
31 July Tildarg Fishery, Ballyclare
21 Aug Straid Fishery, Ballynure, County Antrim
04 Sept Mossat Trout Fishery, Alford, Aberdeenshire
11 Sept Stoneyfield Lochs, Invergordon, Ross-shire
11 Sept Kingennie Fishings, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
12 Sept Rothiemurcus Trout Fishery, Inverdruie, Aviemore
19 Sept The Watch Reservoir, Duns, Berwickshire
25 Sept Newton Fishery, Wormit, Fife
09 Oct Broom Fisheries, Nr Annan, Dumfriesshire
10 Oct Springwater Fishery, Dalrymple, by Ayr
24 Oct Glenowen Fisheries Co-op Ltd, Westway, Derry

Countryside Alliance takes on the RSPCA
15 March 2004


COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE Press Release Release: Immediate Date: 15th March 2004 Anglers do more for fish than RSPCA The Countryside Alliance has renewed criticism of the RSPCA's priorities following reports that they intend to investigate anglers and fish farmers for 'cruelty' to fish. The RSPCA and SSPCA have suggested that controversial research published last year by the Roslin Institute showed that fish can feel pain and the SSPCA has said: "We believe that fish do have the capacity to suffer and the thinking of government, the fishing industry and sports fishermen should take this into account". Charles Jardine, Director of the Alliance's Campaign for Angling, said: "There remain huge questions about the conclusions drawn from last year's study, yet groups like the RSPCA seem to be determined to accept that fish feel pain despite inconclusive and conflicting research. "The real question is why an organisation which is closing regional centres and laying off staff in response to financial constraints should choose to allocate scarce resources on such a misguided campaign. Britain's 3.5 million anglers know that their sport is entirely legitimate and that it has massive benefits for river and still water habitats. Anglers certainly do far more for fish than the RSPCA ever has". Ends... For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7840 9220 or 07775 938792

Coarse Fish Close Season - 15 March to 15 June Inclusive
08 March 2004


The Environment Agency would like to remind all anglers that the coarse fish close season starts as usual on 15th March and runs to 15th June inclusive. The aim of the close season is to protect fish stocks during the breeding season. The close season applies to all rivers, streams and drains in England and Wales, as well as to the Norfolk Broads and some specified stillwaters and canals. Fishery owners and angling clubs may also choose to operate a close season through their own club or fishery rules, to protect spawning fish or rest the local environment. Anglers should ensure they are clear on their fishery rules and keep this in mind throughout the period. If you are unsure at all as to whether the Close Season regulations apply to where you intend to fish, you can get full details from your Local Environment Agency Office on 0845 9333111. For further information please visit

Bad Tempered Angler Lands Hefty Fine For Licence Dodging
10 February 2004


A Somerset man who threatened to throw two Environment Agency officers into a fishing lake after they tried to check his rod licence was today ordered to pay £500 in fines and costs. The two fisheries officers were on routine patrol at Hopfield Fishery near Bridgwater on May 24, 2003 when they saw Martin Barker and another man asleep in a fishing shelter. A juvenile fishing nearby had one rod while the two men had six rods divided equally between them. Barker only had a licence for two rods. When asked to produce a licence for the third he became abusive. He was warned that if he continued to be unco-operative his fishing gear could be seized and he could be arrested. Barker responded by warning the officers, "If you touch my kit I’ll throw you in the pit!" Barker, of Linham Road, Bridgwater, was today fined £250 and ordered to pay £250 costs after he failed to appear before Bridgwater Magistrates to answer a charge of fishing for freshwater fish or eels with rod and line at Hopfield Fishery, Bridgwater on May 24, 2003 without a licence. He was found guilty in his absence of an offence under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975. His fishing companion, Robert Barker, was dealt with at an earlier hearing after he was unable to produce a licence for any of the rods he was using. The juvenile had a valid licence and so was fishing lawfully. "At only £22.00, a licence is very good value for money and can be easily obtained from your local post office, Environment Agency office or over the internet. There really is no excuse for anybody to go fishing without a licence," said Richard Dearnley for the Environment Agency. Money from rod licences is put back into fisheries through fish-stocking programmes and general environmental improvements.

Nartional Angling Centre on the cards
10 January 2004


AT long last, angling is all set to net its own multi-purpose National Angling Centre. Full planning permission has been granted and six lakes (providing a total of 200-pegs) are currently being stocked with carp, roach, rudd and tench in readiness for the grand opening late in 2005. The exciting new complex is at Whitmore, near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and it will be managed jointly by Whitmore Leisure and the National Federation of Anglers (NFA). All three disciplines, coarse, game and sea, will be catered for, as indeed will be all sectors of the community. In addition the complex is being designed to provide an opportunity for holding exhibitions, events and corporate activities. Accommodation has been secured at the nearby Keele University where 3,000 bed spaces can be made available at various times throughout the year. Initially, a group of four people will be moving the initiative forward; from Whitmore Leisure, directors Cyril Brewster and Edward Cavanagh-Mainwaring, and from the NFA, Vice-President David Kent and National Angling Development Officer, Glyn Williams. Cyril Brewster commented: “This is an exciting day for us. A National Angling Centre is well overdue and this site, practically in the centre of the country, will be the ideal opportunity for the sport to move forward.” David Kent was equally upbeat: “We have waited a long time for this day. Coaching is now a fundamental part of our sport and Government and Sport England will approve of this move which gives angling the chance to demonstrate that our coaches are equal in professionalism to any sport. Catching and handling fish properly in a safe environment under expert tuition will appeal to those people who don’t fish but would like to give the sport a try. We are told there are 3.8million people who go fishing; a sport so vast should have its own National Centre and we are delighted to be working alongside Whitmore Leisure who have a reputation of achievement and excellence.”

Cormorants - a possible end to the black plague?
01 January 2004


THERE may be light at the end of the tunnel for fishery owners and clubs whose waters have been plagued by fish munching cormorants for years. Under a bizarre European ruling which most experts accept was a mistake, the thriving Carbo Sinensis species of cormorant which is now very common in the UK is a protected species. With the bird thriving on freshwater fish, many fishery owners have had to sit back and watch as the birds have destroyed their venues, eating their way through millions of pounds worth of valuable fish stocks. However, the Government’s Fisheries and Nature Conservation Minister, Ben Bradshaw, this week hinted that the laws protecting the birds are likely to be re-examined. He has told angling’s hierarchy that he will not bow to political pressure groups such as the RSPB and he is expected to come back to them in the New Year with a detailed brief of how the problem can be tackled. The announcement has received wholehearted support from the Government’s advisor on angling, Martin Salter. "At the Summit, the Minister was asked by myself and Terry Mansbridge of NAFAC if he would look into how and why the French can shoot up to 25,000 of these birds annually, and legally, when we have such strict rules in the UK," comented Martin Read of the S&TA. "He was reminded that the French have to work to the same rules from Europe as we do. He was also asked if he would look into the situation in the USA, where the Double Crested Cormorant is causing problems to fisheries, similar to those being experienced in Europe, but where rules governing these birds at fisheries and fish hatcheries have been significantly relaxed to allow greater control of numbers. "The Minister agreed to look at both these points with regard to their relevance to the UK situation."

River Blackwater suffers from oil spill
25 December 2003


THE help of the public is being sought by the Environment Agency which is investigating an oil spill in Braintree in the early hours of Sunday morning. Diesel fuel polluted two kilometres of the River Blackwater and Agency officers have had to put booms in the water to contain and absorb as much oil as possible. 40-50 dead fish were later found in the river along with many dead worms and some frogs in distress. The spill happened in Mountbatten Road between Gilbert Way and Albermarle Gardens where diesel was found sitting on the surface of the road and running into surface drains which eventually run into the river. It is estimated that there is about 50-100 litres of oil, some of which has been sent for testing. Environment Agency Officer Garry Philp said: "We are investigating the spill, which may have been accidental or deliberate and would welcome the help of anyone who may have seen the spill happening." Anyone with details should telephone Garry on 01473 706357

Fish catch kills angler
06 December 2003


An angler drowned in the River Thames after a fish dragged him in, an inquest heard yesterday. Stanley King, 60, died in a one in a million chance, a fishing expert said. A 3.5lbs barbel bit one of Mr King's lines and as he tried to grab his rod he slipped into the river and became entangled in the line of a second rod. Coroner Peter Bedford told the inquest in Windsor, Berks : "An event such as this is very rare" Verdict: Accident

The British Disabled Angling Association Grand Prize Draw
02 December 2003


The British Disabled Angling Association Grand Prize Draw (Registered charity 1074729)  have launched their annual prize draw in aid of disability angling. The 3,500 member charity works with children and adults helping them to access the sport of angling full details at  
As they receive NO government or local funding they rely on their own fundraising & donations to keep working for disability, and would like to ask if members of if they would consider helping us with raffle ticket sales. 

Prizes 1st Prize one week holiday for 6 persons at Burnham on Sea Holiday village (with Fishing) courtesy of British Holidays 

2nd Prize Portable TV/DVD combination 

3rd prize Digital camera 4th Prize Magnum of Moet & Chandon Champagne 

Tickets cost 50p each in books of 10 tickets. If you would like to help, please email me  with your contact details and number of tickets or books required. The trustees thank you for your support. 

Many thanks,  

Terry Moseley 
England International Disability Projects manager

Stoney & Friends Raffle for MacMillan Cancer Relief
02 December 2003


Stoney and Friends are currently selling raffle tickets for a draw that will take place at the Five Lakes Essex Carp Show on 21st March 2004. 
Prizes are: 

1st A week’s holiday for 4 at Acorn Fishery in Somerset 

2nd A pair of Terry Eustace Genesis X 2 ¾ TC Carp rods 

3rd A RMC 3 rod coverall permit for next season 4th £100 of vouchers for Yateley Angling Centre

 Tickets are £1.00 each and come in books of 5 If anyone would like to buy any tickets, or would like to sell some tickets on our behalf, please email me with your details -  

Thanks very much for your anticipated support. 


Treasurer, Stoney and Friends



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