Fishing’s longest-running TV show Tight Lines will come to an end this July following a 20-year run on Sky Sports.
It has been a challenging few weeks for fisheries up down the country, with syndicate water Roach Pit and day-ticket venues Stanborough Lakes and Albert Park all losing carp.
The Carp Team England squad that will go for gold at the World Carp Angling Championships this October features two three-time world silver medallists, last year’s Erics Carp Championships winners, the reigning British champions, and one of the most prolific carp catchers in the business.
Cast for Life organisers have set a fundraising target of £52,000 for this year’s charity appeal and are calling for anglers to get involved to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.
The Angling Trust has teamed up with Get Hooked on Fishing and the Environment Agency to host a family fishing day in the Nene Valley later this month in an attempt to introduce more people into the sport.
Family Fishing at Barnwell Country Park will take place at the Northamptonshire venue on Sunday 28th June. Families are invited to attend and take part in the various free activities on offer including the chance to catch a fish, fly casting and tying, and feeder and waggler fishing.
James Roche, the Angling Trust regional officer, said: “It’s going to be a great day out for the whole family. As well as being the perfect place to get your first taste of angling, there will be plenty of opportunities for existing anglers to learn something new.”
Carp Team England’s entry into this October’s World Carp Angling Championships on the River Ebro in Spain has been submitted to the international governing body, FIPS.
Manager Rob Hughes said: “It’s official: we’re going – and we couldn’t have done it without the magnificent support from the UK angling trade. All the top companies pulling together has allowed us to start this new chapter of international competition fishing for Carp Team England. The next step will be to announce my squad. I’ve been carrying out some extensive research on the venue, looking at anglers that suit that style of fishing, and also watching the current competition scene. You can expect some announcements in the next two weeks.”
After the BCAC win, Rob paired up with Lee Jackson and finished runners-up in the World Carp Classic, where all clothing was supplied by Phat Fish. Then Rob recorded a third-place finish in the European Carp Angling Championships with Tom Duncan-Dunlop.
Phat Fish is looking forward to working with two of the best carp match anglers in the business.
The work of Carping4Heroes was celebrated in style during a special charity dinner evening, hosted by event founder, Simon Bangert.
The evening, held at the Ballieul Warrant Officer and Sergeant’s Mess in Arborfield, the home of Simon’s former cap badge, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, included a full silver-service three-course meal in a traditional military format.
The guests included Carp-Talk’s Bev Clifford and Carpworld’s Joe Turnbull, as well as big-name anglers, Adam Penning and Ian Chillcott. The guest of honour was Simon Harmer, a double amputee and Help for Heroes ambassador, who gave an inspiring and humble talk on his experience of losing his legs in Afghanistan and explained how the charity has supported him and his family.
Following the dinner, a raffle and auction were held, which included surprise tutorial donations from Adam and Ian, raising a combined total of £1100. In total, £2310 was raised for Help for Heroes in what proved to be a hugely enjoyable evening, one that is hoped will be a permanent fixture on the calendar.
Simon would like to thank everyone who turned out for the evening and those who donated prizes, including Sandhurst Lake, Sticky, Korda and Atomic Tackle. Thanks also go to Barry Hope for organising the evening and the members of the Ballieul Warrant Officer and Sergeant’s Mess for holding the event.