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All the UK Angler needs on your Computer from Angling sites to clubs to tips as well as radio shows on Angling from the net and there is a Angling links for your kids Angling games and much more...

Handy Rod ;o)

Hope there is something of interest for everyone...

Bongme ;)

Someone pin this...

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Nice one mate :)

Sorted the pinning :yahoo:

Owd ;)

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Thank you ;)

Bongme :oldtoker:

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I've seen summat similar to that where fish jump at the light - great sport! :yinyang:

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£500m angling trade backs livebaiting

Monday 22nd January 2007

A ringing endorsement for livebaiting has come from a powerful lobby group representing some of the biggest names in fishing.

The Angling Trades Association - whose members include tackle giants Daiwa, Leeda, Masterline, Middy, Mustad, Shakespeare, Sundridge, the angling media and major retailers - is supporting the Pike Anglers Club and its allies in their campaign to retain the method.

Scottish MPs meet to discuss new fisheries legislation which includes a livebait ban later this month.

Ministers believe banning the method will prevent illegal fish transfers between waters, though an increasing number of Scottish MPs are indicating their opposition.

Pike anglers on both sides of the border maintain all that is needed is a similar system to that already in place in England and Wales, coupled with effective enforcement.

ATA chairman Sean O'Driscoll said: "'The Angling Trades Association appreciates the need to protect rare, isolated populations of whitefish from threats caused by the release of non-native fish species.

"However, it does not agree that moves to achieve this through livebait bans are justified or that they will prove effective.

"Bans impose unwarranted restrictions on the freedom of predator anglers to use livebait as a traditional, productive and legal method of capturing fish in fresh water and, indeed, in the sea.

"Unauthorised fishery-to-fishery movements of fish are already illegal, be it for angling or any other purpose, and they can only be prevented by effective enforcement of the existing laws.

"The association endorses the codes of conduct issued by the Pike Anglers Club and others, specifically by encouraging all anglers to act responsibly and use livebait caught on the day from the water being fished."

A recent survey revealed the tackle trade contributes more than £500m to the UK economy and supports 18,000 jobs. Insiders see a livebaiting ban as the thin end of a wedge which threatens a sport enjoyed by 4m people of all ages, from all walks of life, across the UK.

PAC chairman Colin Goodge said: "We are grateful that main trade association in the tackle industry, which supports thousands of jobs and contributes millions to the economy is willing to back us.

"This shows the importance of this issue for the whole of angling, which we have been stressing from the outset. It's a powerful endorsement for what we and a lot of other people have been saying all along."

Scottish MPs meet to discuss new fisheries legislation later this month.

Members of the PAC, the Pike Anglers Alliance for Scotland and Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling have been lobbying hard against a last-minute amendment to the Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill, proposing a blanket livebait ban.


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'Livebaiting is safe for now in England and Wales'

Saturday 20th January 2007

A senior Environment Agency policy chief has gone on record to state the agency will not be seeking either a blanket ban - like that proposed in Scotland - or further regional by-laws, such as the Cumbrian coarse bait ban.

PAC president Phil Wakeford said: "We are extremely pleased, however it will never go away completely. The eyes of the public and the authorities are now upon anglers and pike anglers in particular.

"We urge all predator anglers to stay within the law and follow our code of conduct."

Senior officials in the Environment Agency were lobbied on behalf of the PAC and other predator groups by the Specialist Anglers Alliance.

The SAA put our concerns to Adrian Taylor, the EA's fisheries policy manager.

SAA vice-president Chris Burt said: "We have discussed this in depth with Adrian Taylor and are pleased to advise that they have given us an unequivocal assurance that they have no restrictions being planned or considered to restrict the use of live-bait in England and Wales.

"Furthermore, to answer the concerns of our predator group members we would like to elaborate on the individual points that have been raised with the EA."

The PAC's biggest fear was that the proposed Secondary Legislation that being used to make sections of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review law could be used to ban livebaiting by the back door.

At the meeting with the SAA, Mr Taylor said: "The EA already has the powers to bring in such bans if they were justified, but there are no plans or thoughts to ban live-baiting.

"As far as the EA head office is aware there are also no plans to look at any other local bans similar to the North-west situation. In theory new secondary legislation could be used but the Animal Welfare Bill would have been the logical route for this."

Many feared the blanket ban which looks almost certain to be imposed by the Scottish Parliament makes a similar ban inevitable in the remainder of the UK.

But Mr Taylor told the SAA: "Regarding the potential Scottish ban, geography and game fish heritage create an issue for the whole of Scotland, under the fish conservation ticket. The proposal has been driven by the translocation of unwanted species.

"The proposed ban is not based on taking a moral stance on live-baiting. It does not therefore set a precedent for the UK and the EA has no plans or intention to ban or restrict livebaiting."

Chris Burt said: "To sum up, the EA have no plans to either extend the existing local ban, or to introduce a national ban on live-baiting.

"The SAA would urge all predator anglers to act in a responsible manner in future and abide by the PAC/SAA Codes of Practice with regard the movement of fish for bait."

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NZ fishermen land colossal squid

The squid took about two hours to land

New Zealand fishermen have caught what is expected to be a world-record-breaking colossal squid.

Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said the squid, weighing an estimated 450kg (990lb),took two hours to land in Antarctic waters.

Local news said the Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni was about 10m (33ft) long, and was the first adult colossal squid landed intact.

One expert said calamari rings made from it would be like tractor tyres.

"I can assure you that this is going to draw phenomenal interest. It is truly amazing," Steve O'Shea from Auckland's University of Technology told local media.

NZ fisherman with colossal squid - 22/2/07

The squid could be the largest ever found

Colossal squid, which are found deep in Antarctic waters, are thought to be about the same length as giant squid (Architeutis dux) but are much heavier.

The species was first identified in 1925, but very few specimens have been found.

The first specimen recovered intact, a 150kg (330lb) immature female, was caught on the surface in the Ross Sea near the Antarctic coast in April 2003.

'Nearly dead'

Mr Anderton said the fishermen had been fishing for Patagonian toothfish in deep Antarctic waters when the squid - which was eating a toothfish - was caught.

"The squid was almost dead when it reached the surface, and the careful work of the crew was paramount in getting this specimen aboard in good condition," he said.

The squid was frozen in the ship's hull and brought back to New Zealand for scientific examination.

"The colossal squid has just arrived in New Zealand and it is likely that it is the first intact adult male colossal squid to ever be successfully landed," Mr Anderton said.


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thers a shortage of lampray in glasgow cant get it from anywere ;)

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Its probably hemp but made me smile.

Can someone tell me if I need a rod license for saltwater estuarys? I checked out the website and it appeared I only need one for freshwater species.

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Can someone tell me if I need a rod license for saltwater estuarys?

No :ermm:

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This is the kind of thing that gives us fishermen a very bad name there was absolutely no need to kill this beautiful shark just to get its weight

its shocking really .

Half-ton shark caught off Clare coast

what he believes to be the largest ever fish caught by a rod and line in Irish and British waters off the Co Clare coast.

In what he yesterday described as “the fight of my life” in landing the sixgill shark weighing almost half a ton, Joe Waldis (70) said: “I still can’t believe it. When I go to sleep at night, I still can’t believe it. It was the fight of my life.”

More accustomed to fishing for pollock and other white fish, Mr Waldis described the 12ft 9in long shark as “a monster when I first saw it”.

Recounting the record catch, Mr Waldis said that for 35 minutes he had been struggling with the shark that first got hooked on his line with mackerel bait 60 metres beneath the surface in a stretch of sea a number of miles north of Loop Head on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Waldis said: “I didn’t know what I was dealing with until the shark came to the surface. It is like getting all your numbers in the Lotto to get a fish like this.

Owner of the Clare Dragoon charter boat, Luke Aston, of the Carrigaholt Sea Angling Centre said: “It’s unbelievable. We knew that Joe had hooked on to something big and we strapped him in and the fight was on.” Mr Waldis said: “It wouldn’t have been possible without Luke’s help. Nothing could have prepared me for the struggle I had with the shark.” It was too big to haul up into the boat and was towed by the Clare Dragoon into the Shannon estuary village of Carrigaholt.

Mr Aston said that the shark then had to be transported by forklift to a local quarry to be weighed on the quarry’s weigh bridge.

He said: “It came in at 480kg or 1056lb – the biggest ever fish caught by a rod and line” in these islands, Mr Aston said.

The previous record was for a Blue Fin Tuna that weighed 999 lb.”

Mr Aston said: “The fish is also the biggest sixgill shark ever caught on an 80lb line in Europe, which is the line we used.”

Mr Aston said that his boat caught a similarly sized sixgill shark in the same area last year, but wasn’t weighed after it was left back into the ocean.

Back out fishing in the Atlantic yesterday on the Clare Dragoon, Mr Waldis said that “the shark’s liver alone weighed 143 kilos. That gives you an idea of the size of the fish”.

Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group who saw the female shark, said yesterday: “To be able to land a shark that size with a rod and line is amazing.”

He added: “It goes to show how little we know of what is out there.”

Mr Aston said that locals can sample how the shark meat tastes at the local Sealyons shop in Carrigaholt where he said, they were giving out portions of the fish.

Sixgill sharks are deep water sharks and can be found all over the world in temperate and tropical regions. They are carnivorous predators feeding mainly on crustaceans, fish and some marine mammals.

This article appears in the print edition of the Irish Times


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What a shame about the shark! Like you say, what is the point in catching something like that just so you can say "I landed one this big"? I have only started fishing so maybe I don't understand it, but I don't agree with it lol

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Check out the diameters of this new line

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