Anglers' Update: Spring 2017

Welcome to the spring 2017 edition of Anglers Update. It’s certainly been another busy winter with fish rescues. These have now pretty much come to an end until next autumn, although the odd unplanned emergency may come to light between now and then.

Barbel rescued on the HNC at Diggle

Biggest surprise of the winter was the barbel we rescued on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Diggle. So, as we look forward to summer our minds turn more to the fishing events coming up over the next six months.

Canal Pairs Championships 2017

Tickets have now gone on sale for this increasingly popular event and some heats may have sold out by the time you read this. To find out where the heats are taking place and how to get hold of tickets take a look at the press release.

Angling Trust national championships

We are delighted that both divisions of these championships are being held on the canal network. Read the latest on the Shropshire Union Division One event.

The Trust has over 250 angling club customers and most of these are eligible to enter the Division Two event which is being held on the New Junction Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation. Get your skates on, though, as the closing date for registration with Sandra Johnson at Angling Trust for this prestigious match is 15 April. Who knows, one of your team could end up being as famous as 1965 winner Dave Burr, whom we caught up with recently.

Improvements to the standard angling agreement document

Perhaps only club committee members are aware of the various details of the legal agreements clubs sign when they rent a fishery. There are a few recent changes that will have an impact on clubs, the details of which can be found on our recent blog on the subject.

Go Fish Campaign 2017

Following last year’s Go Fish success, when over 900 people tried fishing for the first time, we're repeating the campaign this year. Again we will be working closely in partnership with National Fishing Month, although our Go Fish campaign will start in May and end in October to coincide with the various canal related festivals. We will be producing an more videos with Simon Mottram to complement last year’s learn to fish productions. If your club would like to be involved in getting more people fishing, drop us an email

Do you know your fish from your chips?

Are you a fish expert or do you know less than you perhaps imagined? Now is your chance to find out as we have recently launched monthly fishing quizzes. Look out too for some upcoming GCSE science quizzes based on fish and designed to help improve exam grades.

Where is your favourite waterways peg?

We all have that special fishing spot; perhaps its fond childhood memories or maybe a memorable match win or perhaps even the place you first met the partner of your dreams. A host of anglers have already revealed their favourite peg. We would now love to hear from you about your favourite spot too. Do drop us an email if you would like to be part of this series.

How old is your club?

Ever wondered about the world’s oldest fishing club? Could your club be a contender for the title? Find out more by reading our blog: which really is the world's oldest angling club?

And finally …

Few, if any, anglers have gone through their careers without using an antenna float. Jim Baxter has written a superb book about this type of float and some of the greatest anglers to have ever fished with them. If you are not careful you will, like me, end up buying a copy.

Last date edited: 17 March 2017

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Anglers' Update

Find out what the Trust’s fisheries and angling team have been up to. Keep up to date with the latest information on upcoming angling events and recent highlights.

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