Anglers' Update: Christmas 2016

Welcome to the Christmas edition of the anglers’ update. The fisheries & angling team would like to wish all of you the very best for the festive season and 2017.

Fishing in the winter Fishing in the winter

Read about our high profile appearance on BBC’s Countryfile and find out what a fixed engine is (nothing to do with moving vehicles!)

Don’t forget to plan your festive fishing trip NOW and escape to your favourite fishing spot.

Fish rescue on BBC Countryfile

Find out what happened when Helen Skelton of BBC Countryfile joined our fish rescue team recently on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. There is still time to watch the programme by clicking on the link in the blog and forwarding to 43:50 for the fish rescue.

Canal Pairs championships

Qualifying venues for the Canal & River Trust/Angling Trust 2017 Canal Pairs championships are due to be announced next week. Look out for the press release on our website under News and Views.

Angling Trust angling improvement fund

Angling Trust has just announced that a further £400,000 worth of new funding has been released for new projects. The funding comes from sales of Environment Agency rod licences, so this is the perfect opportunity to get some of your members’ money re-invested back into the development of your club or association. Around 100 awards will be made in total in the following four areas:

  • fish protection and predation management
  • project design and development, and workforce/volunteer training:
  • more coaches
  • winter maintenance and fishery improvements

Should any club wish to discuss options of a joint bid with the Trust or require Trust support for a particular bid then please get in touch by emailing John Ellis or phone 07711 796344. The deadlines are extremely tight – 5 and 13 of January – but John will be available to discuss on 22, 23, 24 December and 3 January. For full details visit the Angling Improvement Fund page on the Angling Trust website.

Fixed engines

Ever come across a net or trap placed illegally in one of your club fisheries? They belong to a family of implements referred to in fisheries’ law as fixed engines. Read the Fixed engines blog to find out more.


Canal & River Trust weekly match results column

With the help of angling journalists, Steve & Lynn Cope, the Trust relaunched the weekly column back in the spring. This will help us compile a long term dataset of the performance of our fisheries. When clubs sign up to their next agreement with the Trust, they will be required to send us their match fishing results so why not get into the habit now? It’s not just canal and river fishing results that get published, we are happy to publish results from any stillwater and commercial match too. For more information, drop a line to Steve Cope.

Follow the fisheries & angling team on social media

The fisheries team are very active on social media. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Last but not least, if you haven't already, make sure you sign up to receive future copies of the Anglers' Update.


Last date edited: 20 December 2016

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Anglers' Update

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