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Super trawlers in the Channel: how worried should we be?
There has been a lot of noise over social media, and elsewhere, about a super trawler spotted operating in the English Channel off Worthing in the past month. At 150 metres long, the Margiris is huge and presumably fishing for mackerel. Not far away is the Annie Helina, a Belgian factory trawler of a similar size. With both boats hoovering up vast quantities of fish daily, Angling Trust Director and passionate sea angler Tim Macpherson comments on what it could mean for fish stocks and how it could affect sea anglers in the south.
Read: Tim Macpherson's view on super trawlers in the Channel
Survey reveals sea angling priorities
Respondents to our Marine Survey say they would like the Angling Trust to make communication, supporting campaigns, helping to get more people fishing and hosting of sea angling forums as our main priorities. More than a third of the people invited took part, with 747 respondents partially or wholly completing the questions. Read the full story
Where to recycle your line
Are you recycling your fishing line and spools? There are now hundreds of recycling bins located across the country where anglers can take their unwanted line. And if there's not one convenient to you, there's the option to post it. All the information about how to get involved can be found on the Anglers' National Line Recycling Scheme website. More info
Book now for free Sea Angling Forums
Have you registered for one of our new Sea Angling Forums being held across the South of England over the coming months? The forums will be an opportunity to hear more about issues and events going on in your region. Places are still available for the following:
Cornwall, Monday, 11 November 2019, Indian Queens Victory Hall, St. Francis Rd, Indian Queens, TR9 6PN. Register here
Wessex (Dorset and Hamshire) and Isle of Wight, Thursday, 21 November 2019, Eastney Cruising Association, Ferry Rd, Portsmouth, PO4 9LY.
Sussex, Thursday, 28 November 2019, The Schooner Inn, Albion Street, Southwick, BN42 4AU.
Wyvern (Devon and Somerset), Wednesday, 11 December 2019, Brixham SAC, Castor Rd, TQ5 9PY.
Specimen Award Scheme: Aaron and Andrew are pick of the month
Congratulations to Aaron Chambers, of Teignmouth SAS, junior winner of this month's Specimen Award Scheme with a thin llipped mullet of 3lb 2oz, caught from a boat off Portland, which gave him a percentage of 125%. Adult winner was Andrew Collett, again of Teignmouth SAS, who caught a small eyed ray from the shore in South Wales, which gave him a percentage of 240%. There were a total of 89 entries. Both win this month’s vouchers courtesy of Fishing Megastore.
On sale ... the 'how to' guide for coarse, sea and game fishing - order yours now!
Get Fishing is perfect for beginners and those who have been fishing a couple of times and want to take it further. The book outlines what you need to know to experience the joy of getting out there and enjoying a day or a few hours fishing – whether it’s catching mackerel, pike, trout or carp! Written by Allan Sefton and endorsed by the Angling Trust and our Go Fishing campaign, you can order your copy online for just £9.99 from Merlin Unwin Books – and Angling Trust members will receive 20% off. Alternatively, clubs and coaches looking for multiple copies should get in touch with the Get Fishing team via their website here.
#FishingHour - join fellow anglers on Twitter every Friday at 4pm
There are lots of 'Twitter Hours' for sports, hobbies, places and communities, but not one for anglers and the angling industry. If you’re on Twitter, our Participation team at @getintofishing are asking for your support for #FishingHour – a time to bring the angling Twitter community together between 4-5pm every Friday with questions, tips, stories and just general fishing chat. To join the conversation each Friday between 4-5pm simply post your question, advice, products, news, events or ideas on where to go fishing (or anything else!) with the hashtag #FishingHour.
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It's tight at the top
Matthew Phillips continues to lead the seniors board with 55 species. Luke Bowerman is joined at the top of the juniors leader board by Tomos Pendlebury. Both have 37 species. There were no specimen submissions in September so the £50 Tronixpro prize rolls over! Instead, we've chosen our favourite picture from the month - Martin Jones and his blonde ray (sorry, no prize though).
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Sea angling competitions round-up
Double Medal Glory for England Junior Shore Team at FIPS-Mer World Shore Championship
7th place for England's U21s at World Championships
Under 16's wanted for Team England Shore
Calling All Under 16 Junior Shore Anglers … would you like the chance to be selected to represent Team England at the World Junior Shore Championship in Wicklow / Wexford, Ireland in October 2020, or the SALC Home Junior Shore Championship in England in 2020?
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Apply now for England Sea Angling Squads
Species of the month: Bluefin Tuna
Since 2016 Atlantic Bluefin have been regular, seasonal visitors to the Western waters of the UK. They are the largest of all the tuna and can grow to over 700kg (1,500lbs) and live for up to 50 years. Bluefin Tuna are capable of speed up to 75/80kph, diving to depths of beyond 1,000 metres. They undertake great migrations each year. It is currently illegal for anglers to target tuna in UK waters. However, this autumn, a limited number of anglers are involved in a project to help catch and tag tuna as part of a scientific project. We are campaigning for a live release recreational bluefin tuna fishery in the UK. Click for more details
Chance to win £2,000 plus fantastic tackle prizes! Enter online here today