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PIKE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER AND FISHING IN POLITICS
THE Angling Trust’s British Pike Championships Final took place on Saturday 3rd November at Whittlesey on the Cambridgeshire fens. Difficult weather conditions greeted the competitors with an overnight frost, and rain settling in for most of the morning of the match.
Darryl Moore from Hinkley won the Championship title on Saturday 3rd November 2012 with two pike weighing 22lb and 14lb 4oz from peg 132 on the 20ft to give him an overall winning weight of 36 lb 4oz.
Wayne Gorrange and Stuart Parker from the British Pike Squad were in attendance for the presentations to invite the top 10 anglers from the British Pike Final to fish alongside the British Pike Squad early next year on their waters from Bedlam Bridge to the three holes bridge on the 16ft, to offer coaching sessions and to introduce the individuals to their way of fishing. It was great to see numbers up this year and more and more volunteers coming forward to organise qualifier matches throughout the country. If you’d like to fish in next year’s champs, please visit our web site here.
Whilst the Angling Trust remains politically neutral in this country, many of us were rooting for an Obama victory in the US elections.
Anyway, amidst all the excitement we remembered an email from the Recreational Fishing Alliance of America (RFA) in which they encouraged their members to vote not for Obama but for Romney. Now I’m all for angling bodies engaging closely with our politicians but surely it makes sense to do so on a cross party basis ? Crudely endorsing one side over another is seldom right, never clever and in this case probably downright daft when your man loses. How much influence is the RFA now going to have in the White House for the next four years?
Thanks to the Angling Trust we are now in the happy place where our main political parties see angling as a mainstream activity and are keen to work with us on policies to promote, protect and enhance our sport and lifestyle. I would hate to see the day when angling in Britain became a party political football. In our next membership magazine, we have interviews with senior politicians from both the government and the opposition stating their support for angling and many of the issues we are campaigning about.
THE NEXT ANGLING TRUST BLOG WILL APPEAR ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17.
Here’s the list of all our new blogs and when they go live:
MONDAY: Carp crews on rotation – Korda, Fox, Nash and ACE.
TUESDAY: Steve Collett, Mail contributor and ultimate all-rounder.
WEDNESDAY: Angler’s Mail HQ – yes, us!
THURSDAY: Specialists from Pike Anglers Club, Korum, Pallatrax and Marukyu, on rotation.
FRIDAY: Carl & Alex, Angler’s Mail juniors and video diary makers.
SATURDAY: The Angling Trust – guys at the governing body.
SUNDAY: Colin Mitchell, veteran coarse angler and top journalist