Latest news from the Angling Trust

The Angling Trust is the voice of all coarse, sea and game anglers.  It is supported entirely by its membership – read on to find out what it has been doing to protect angling and fish and news about competitions and the England teams...


Minister gives green light to cormorant licensing review

Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP announced yesterday a review of the current licensing regime for cormorant control at an Angling Summit in London.  This announcement followed a letter to the Minister from the Angling Trust last November, calling for action to be taken to protect stillwater and river fisheries which are suffering significant losses as a result of cormorant predation.  The Trust will campaign and lobby to make it easier to get a licence and for more licences to be issued.  Click HERE for more information.

Fish Legal wins £20,000

The Angling Trust's legal arm Fish Legal has kicked off the new year by winning nearly £20,000 for member club the Derwent Angling Association, whose fishing in the upper reaches of the River Derwent in Northumberland and County Durham was wiped out in February 2009 when sodium hydroxide escaped from a bank-side water treatment works operated by Northumbrian Water Ltd.  Click HERE for more information.

Banging on the Door of the Water Companies

Privatised water companies have a massive role to play in managing the quality and quantity of water in our rivers and seas. They make decisions every day, and probably every minute, which affect the level of pollutants in our waters. Recent legal judgements have ruled that they can keep information about these decisions secret. We think that is wrong and the Angling Trust's legal arm (Fish Legal) is therefore looking into an appeal, with the aim of giving water companies the same duties to provide environmental information as other public bodies. We have also taken our campaign to the European Commission.

Angling Summit

The Angling Trust represented sea and freshwater anglers at the Angling Summit in London on Tuesday this week, hosted by Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon. Recreational sea angling fish stocks, non-native species (e.g. signal crayfish), hydropower, Environment Agency delivery, predation, and the Water Framework Directive were all on the agenda of the 2 hour summit.  There will be a further day-long Angling Summit in March with 150 invited guests.


The Angling Trust's campaigns and legal teams continue to fight unsuitable hydropower developments throughout the country and we have objected to more than 100 schemes at a local level.  Our job is made much harder because both the Environment Agency and British Waterways seem hell bent on letting schemes go ahead without them demonstrating that fish will be protected.  The Angling Trust has arranged meetings with the Chief Executives of both organisations to press home to them the fact that hydropower will make a negligible contribution to renewable energy targets and that it can cause massive damage to coarse and game fish stocks, in particular to eels, and other wildlife.

Specialist Anglers - Update

In the last month we have put new content on the Specialist Angling section of the Angling Trust website which is now being organised and edited for web use. We will be publishing exclusive articles by specialist anglers like renowned film maker (...and Angling Trust supporter!) Hugh Miles who most of you will know from BBC 2's 'A Passion for Angling' and more recently CH 4's 'Catching the Impossible'. Click HERE to read this exclusive article.

Fish Fight...

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's campaign to end discards of sea fish has been attracting a lot of interest in the media. The Angling Trust has supported the campaign, but has pointed out that this is just one of many problems with our marine fisheries. We have called for root and branch reform of the Common Fisheries Policy to address the tragic decline in sea fish stocks
...and Freshwater Fish Fight!
One of the problems with campaigns like this is that they inspire some people to make suggestions that could be very damaging if they were taken seriously. In the Observer Food Monthly one journalist, apparently a keen angler, actually suggested that the solution to the issue of fish stocks was for us to eat coarse fish instead. Naturally we have sat on this one firmly (click HERE for a link to the article and our response).


Fish 'O' Mania XVIII 2011
The much anticipated Fish 'O' Mania XVIII 2011 online entry process is now open through the Angling Trust website. The entry process is open until Monday 7th February at 16:00, therefore, entry is not on a first come first served basis and is over a three week period. Anyone wishing to obtain a ticket for any of the Fish 'O' Mania qualifiers for 2011 must have valid individual membership of Angling Trust. This year for the first time in its history the last qualifier at Lindholme Lakes is extended to 300 pegs and the prize money for the final on Saturday 16th July is £30,000 to accompany one of the most prestigious titles in angling of Fish 'O' Mania Champion XVIII. You'll find ALL the information on our website HERE

The Angling Trust Pike Championships

Anyone can take part in the British Pike Championships - all you have to do is register to fish in as many qualifying matches as you like, held throughout the country during the pike season by volunteer organisers. The top 10% from each qualifier are eligible to fish in the final, a one day match on Saturday 5th November 2011 at Whittlesey AA Waters near Peterborough. With fantastic cash and tackle prizes and a great atmosphere at all the matches, why not give it a go? Details of the dates and location of qualifying matches are available on our web site HERE . If you would like to volunteer to help organise a qualifier, then please email;

Angling Trust National Championships 2011

• 11/06/11: Ladies National Championship Kennet & Avon Canal
• 25/06/11: Anglers with Disabilities National Championship, Venue TBC
• 02/07/11: Cadets, Juniors & Intermediates National Championship,
Heronbrook Fishery/Baden Hall Fishery
• 20/07/11: Schools National Championship, Hallcroft Fishery,
Retford, Nottinghamshire
• 03/08/11: Veterans National Championship, Partridge Lakes, Culcheth, Warrrington
• 06/08/11: Division 1 National Championship, New Junction Canal, Doncaster
• 20/08/11: Division 2 National Championship, Basingstoke Canal
• 10/09/11: Individual National Championship, Woodlands View, Droitwich
• 24 and 25/09/11: Preston Innovations Club Classic, Venue TBC

Entry forms will be available for all National Championships in February 2011. There are closing dates that must be adhered to as pegs are limited on some venues, and therefore allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Tom Pickering appointed Manager of New England Feeder Team

The Angling Trust is delighted to announce that it has appointed Tom Pickering as the Manager of its new Feeder team, which will compete in the inaugural World Championships in Italy later this year. This new FIPSed competition will be held as part of the World Angling Games and be fished on the 1st and 2nd of September 2011 on the river Tevere in Perugia, Italy...

Coarse Angling World Championships

The Italian Fishing Federation has released its calendar of events for this year's World Angling Games in Italy. The host nation will organise more than 25 different competitions all within the same week at venues throughout Italy from 28th August - 4th September 2011. Coarse, game and sea anglers will converge on the historic city of Florence for the opening ceremony on Sunday the 28th of August and then go directly to the venue selected for them by the Italian hosts. More than 50 countries are expected to take part, making this event an angling spectacular the likes of which have never been seen before.       For any information relating to all Competitions please contact Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, or Selina Miller, Angling Trust, c/o Competitions, Strelley Hall, Nottingham. NG8 6PE or telephone; 0115 9061 301/302, or email;, or


Junior membership of the Angling Trust is now completely FREE

Junior membership for those aged 17 and under is FREE. Go online and register HERE. Young Adults aged 18 to 21 year olds can join for only £10! Both categories get all the benefits of Angling Trust Membership including up to 20% off at Angling Direct and free £5m insurance.     

If you are not yet a member of the Angling Trust:

JOIN THE ANGLING TRUST NOW online at or call 0844 77 00 616. All our work depends on the support of our donors and members.  The more members we have, the more we will be able to do to fight for the future of fishing, and for more fish in our rivers, lakes, canals and seas.