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8 February 2018
Arthur Bryant was a native of Buckingham. According to a report from the Bradford Telegraph, the Maggot King of Thornton devised a cure for Tuberculosis (TB). But what is the conntection between TB and maggots?
Posted by: Angling history
26 September 2017
It’s no surprise that the staple baits of anglers from time immemorial
have been worms, paste and maggots. Today on commercials and rivers alike, these are still recognised as basic, but nevertheless key baits! But was it ever thus?
10 August 2017
One of the topics I have extensively researched is the early history of match fishing so it seemed a pity not to share it with a slightly bigger audience. So here it is, compiled especially for Canal & River Trust readers.
15 May 2017
Well here we are, slap bang in the middle of the 'old' close season period that used to extend from 15 March to 15 June inclusive. From March to June, broadly speaking, we can continue to fish still waters, lakes, canals and some canalised river sections, excluding those designated SSSIs (site of special scientific interest).
30 March 2017
What was the thinking behind the original close season for coarse fish? In his latest article, our history and heritage advisor reveals it goes back to 1878 and the passing of the Mundella Act.
23 February 2017
In his latest blog, our volunteer angling history and heritage advisor looks back at the 1963 All England National.
19 January 2017
The National Federation of Anglers organised its first ever canal All England on the Gloucester and Berkeley in September 1937. Little did the competitors imagine that just two years later the world would once again be at war and after the 1938 match, the All England Championships would not be held again until 1945.
20 December 2016
In his latest article, our angling historian John Essex takes a nostalgic look back at Christmas gone by.
John Essex was a key member of the legendary Leicester Likely Lads match team of the 1970’s. He picked up five first division one national championship team medals and was third overall in the 1975 match on the Nene, landing two carp, which was a remarkable angling feat at that time. John coached the Leicester juniors to five NFA junior titles and chaired Leicestershire Angling Federation for nearly 30 years
Still fishing weekly at club level, John is an avid collector of books and old tackle with an extensive library of nearly 1000 books. He will be releasing his first book, 'History of the National' shortly. John blogs for us about angling history and heritage.