WELCOME to Saturday’s live blog on the new-look Angler’s Mail website.

Saturdays see the good people at The Angling Trust, the single organisation to represent all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England, take over our blog. Angling Trust Chief Executive, Mark Lloyd brings you this week’s blog.

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The Angling Trust – the sport’s governing body – are anglers themselves and have jumped at the chance to be part of the wide mix of bloggers here on the Angler’s Mail website.



THE Olympics may be behind us, but the gold medals continue to come in. This week the Angling Trust Team England Veterans took team Gold on the River Modego in Portugal taking the title by one point ahead of Italy, with Belgium taking bronze.

Joe Roberts made it a double celebration taking individual gold with a perfect score of two section wins. Congratulations to the whole team and the many volunteers who support them.

Turning to the future, we have this week announced that we are looking for talented feeder anglers to participate in our England trials. More details are on the competitions section of our website at www.anglingtrust.net .

Cormorant update

Our Action On Cormorants campaign postcards and posters have started to land with over 3,000 clubs, fisheries and tackle shops throughout the UK. Make sure you pick up a postcard, put on a stamp and pop it in the post to your MP – it’s really important.

If you can’t find a tackle shop or fishery near you with a supply of cards email us at cormorants@anglingtrust.net with an address to send you or them a bundle.

You can read more about the campaign at www.anglingtrust.net/cormorants


Where there’s  Will, there’s a way…

I was glad to hear from our Membership Manager Will Smith that he managed to take a few hours off last week to target one of his favourite species on the river Teme and  landed 4 grayling over two pounds including a 2lb 11oz beauty! Will was trotting red maggots on a new Dave Harrell stick float that he really rates and assures me that these are big fish from this small river.

On the work front Will is also pleased to report that we signed up our 50th “10% Club Fishery” today so we now have a great portfolio of waters offering Trust members 10% off the price of a day or season ticket. You can find more info on these fisheries and all the benefits of membership for fisheries at www.anglingtrust.net


Bait digging – we’ve produced a code.

Bait digging code launched

The Angling Trust has produced a new voluntary code of conduct for bait digging. The recommended voluntary code only covers non-professional bait diggers collecting bait for private use. It is hoped that the code will help to reduce conflict between bait diggers and other bodies as well as providing guidance on how to minimise any impact of bait collecting on the environment. Click HERE to view the code.

Many of our regional sea angling volunteers met up last Saturday with David Mitchell to discuss future plans and they are all going to working hard on a push to increase membership of the Angling Trust among individual sea anglers over the next 6 months.


So far in 2012 – and what’s to come

The senior management team met this week to review performance this year to date and to discuss our strategy for the remainder of the year.  Membership continues to grow, slowly but surely.  Hopefully the cormorant campaign will encourage more individuals, clubs, fisheries and tackle shops to support our work by subscribing.

I would like to thank Helen Taylor and all the staff at the excellent Cob House Fishery, near Worcester, for hosting the meeting. We wish them good weather for their Charity Day with AT ambassador Keith Arthur on Wednesday.


Escaping the emails

I had a great week away salmon fishing on the River Findhorn in Scotland (pictured below).

last week, when Stuart Sharp kindly stepped in to write this blog.  I didn’t read a single e-mail all week, for the first time in four years, and caught 5 grilse, despite low water conditions.  It was great to spend time with old friends and just think about going fishing, rather than fishing politics and governance.

It reminded me once again why what we do at the Angling Trust is so important.  We are protecting and improving a pastime which is vitally important for millions of people’s happiness and wellbeing.  Can there be anything more important?


A trip here recharged my batteries. What a wonderful bit of river!

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading, and if you’re not already a member then please join us now and help us make fishing better for everyone, and everyone better for going fishing.


Related posts:

Last week’s Angling Trust blog

Angling Trust blog two weeks ago



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 and Pallatrax, 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

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