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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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3 November 2017
From Stanley Park to the Erewash Canal - Peter Henery explores a young man’s journey that he would never have imagined possible.
Posted by: The fisheries & angling team
30 October 2017
This guest blog article, kindly produced by the chairman of Luton Angling Club, Dennis Hunt, tells the story of the club’s attempts to resurrect its junior section.
16 October 2017
Those of us of a certain vintage like to reminisce about the glories of bye-gone eras. How much better things were back in the good old days. When we fished as youngsters, we recall the idyllic sunny mornings when we landed fish a plenty. Our selective memories skip those more frequent rain soaked trips that ended with little or nothing being placed in the keepnet.
12 October 2017
After 16 hard fought qualifying matches that kicked off on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in early July, the full line up for this year’s final is now in place.
13 September 2017
The Water Industries Coarse Angling Championships (WICAC) are coming up this weekend on the Mirfield Angling Club section of the River Calder. Our angling team will be taking part. Those outside of the water industry might not be aware of the event, so here’s some background to its history.
7 September 2017
‘Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated’ wrote Mark Twain at around the time of the hosting of the first All England championships. Maybe when future angling historians look back at the 2017 Division One national, it’s possible that it will be remembered as the event that kicked off the resurrection of these historic championships. As Mrs May might say, it could be the start of the era of two strong and stable divisions.
31 August 2017
Around the time of the millennium, the BBC ran a public vote to determine the greatest Briton. Winston Churchill polled the highest number of votes by some considerable margin. William Shakespeare was one of the ten contenders and from memory ended up in fourth or fifth spot.
29 August 2017
Predation of fish by seals is still a key issue at the Barrage and though we know that seals predate salmon all the way up from the mouth of the estuary, the Barrage is certainly a key feeding location for both grey and common seals. Here we update you with the latest findings from our monitoring.
The team undertake a diverse range of work including looking after the Trust's £40 million worth of fish stocks, managing agreements with over 250 different angling clubs and helping more people, especially youngsters, take up angling on the canal. Follow this blog to keep updated with the thoughts and work of the team.