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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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15 August 2017
Yet again, the division one national angling championships comes to one of our beautiful canals - the Shropshire Union Canal. To celebrate, we take a look at some of the more fascinating fishing facts from the first division...
Posted by: The fisheries & angling team
Inexperienced anglers, born and bred on commercials and yet to fully grasp the heritage of our sport might sneer, but being part of a winning national team must be the pinnacle of achievement in any match angling career. It’s the angling equivalent of being part of an FA Cup, Ashes or rugby grand slam winning team!
4 August 2017
“When fishing I sometimes see anglers shouting at boaters for ruining their swim, when in fact I often catch a fish immediately afterwards. I’ve seen anglers shining their night lights at boaters, throwing bait at boats, arguing over whose right of way it is and more."
25 July 2017
We get many email enquiries and Facebook comments regarding the prospects of a career in fisheries. While by no means as rare as the British burbot, jobs in fisheries are thin on the ground. So, your chances of a dream career aren’t that high, but that’s equally true of many other professions.
18 July 2017
We have just added some information about the European sea sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) to our fish species guide. It’s a species most anglers will have heard of, although this is not the species most renowned for its caviar. For the very best caviar is sourced from the beluga sturgeon (Huso huso) a fish predominantly found in the Caspian Sea. Its eggs currently fetch around £8,000 per kg.
11 July 2017
Amusing, annoying, irritating, delightful and astonishing are just a few of the emotions that have been expressed whenever certain facts regarding catches of salmon by women are discussed.
28 June 2017
Fish theft has been in the news again recently. A gang of fish thieves are allegedly reported as being active along the southern Grand Union. Within our profession, fisheries related crime is rarely out of the news.
20 June 2017
It’s just been announced that the subject of this article has just been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to angling. We caught up with Harry – pictured on the right.
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.