A new dawn for online angling politics?

In the autumn, I wrote an editorial in our members’ magazine The Angler entitled “Let’s agree to disagree”. I had got frustrated with online angling forums which seemed to me to be damaging the reputation of angling in the public eye and stifling real debate because of the behaviour of a small, dominant minority who…

Hydro Havoc

We have been doing battle with the Environment Agency consistently over the past four years about its regulation of hydropower on our rivers.  Hydropower has the potential to cause great damage to our coarse and game fish stocks by damaging fish in turbines, preventing them getting to their spawning or feeding grounds and by reducing…

Funding Facts

Just before Christmas the big news was that the Angling Trust has been awarded £1.8m to grow participation in angling over the next 4 years. There’s been a mixed reaction to this in the media and on the blogs – some people have criticised the Trust for not getting more funding or for it not…

Getting London Fishing

Yesterday I went on an angling tour of West London.  Leaving home in South Wales at six on a very frosty and bleak morning, I got to Ealing at 9am where I was greeted warmly and brightly by the enthusiastic and very capable CEO of Get Hooked on Fishing Sarah Collins.  Sarah introduced me to…