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  • Consultation opens for Trance 3 of Sussex' Marine Conservation Zones

    We attended a drop in meeting yesterday held at East Hastings Angling Association hosted buy Natural England - the purpose was to explain the consultation process for the 3rd tranche of Marine Conservation Zones off the Sussex coast - of particular interest to anglers is Beachy Head East where a NO trawl zone was proposed, and accepted by all stakeholders (including commercial operators) after the Balanced Seas Process a few years ago. Every angler who regularly fishes in this area or indeed the other three potential designees (including Rye Bay) should get informed and make sure that they, and indeed any boat angling clubs they might be members of, take the opportunity to make a submission. The Angling Trust will be making a submission as well. Please note at this stage nothing has been decided these are only suggested designations. There was some controversy amongst local under ten commercial skippers about why Rye Bay had suddenly been included when it has never been mentioned before - we understand that because the bay features a sandy substrate that this might help to complete the "map" of substrate types which the MCZ network covers

    The consultation is likely to last three months across the summer (Brexit delays notwithstanding)

    More on MCZ's can be found here http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-4525

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  • A new angling magazine for Boat fishing enthusiasts.South Coast Angling team prepare to launch new magazine for Boat Angling in the UK.

    The world of angling magazines will have a new title on the shelves in May this year. Saltwater Boat Angling is a new title being launched by a team of experienced angling writers and publishers.

    The start up is published by Saltwater (Angling) Media Ltd based near Hastings on the South Coast and is headed up by digital publisher and angling film maker Tim Macpherson – a long time publishing and media professional who learnt the ropes at Centaur Publishing and Bauer before branching out on his own 15 years ago.

    The new title will be edited by veteran angling writer Jim Whippy, a man who has already successfully launched three titles in the same space; Sea Angling News, Total Sea Fishing and Boat fishing Monthly.

    The latter title closed last year 8 years after Jim had sold the title to Warners Publishing and the team believe that there is still an appetite for a dedicated boat angling title in what is a competitive and challenging market.

    The initial print run is 15,000 and will be distributed through all major magazine outlets including WH Smiths, selected supermarkets and independent newsagents around the country.

    Editor Jim whippy says of the launch “This is an exciting new beginning for me, after being start up editor on Total Sea Fishing and Boat Fishing Monthly, I thought my editing days were over. But here we go again and I’m really looking forward to putting all my enthusiasm into bringing you a first class angling magazine. We aim to bring you bright and informative articles aimed especially at anyone who goes fishing afloat, whether in your own dinghy, charter boat or kayak. We’ve got something for every boat angler, beginners and experts alike.

    The magazine will reflect how the sport has moved over the past decade with a specific section for Kayak fishing, including some new exciting young writers. Charter boats will also have a section of their own as I believe they are a vital part of the boat fishing experience for both pleasure and competitive anglers. Dinghy anglers and private boats moored in marinas all round the UK will also have plenty of coverage. The magazine will have regular boat tests, review all new tackle and generally keep a close watch on any trends and methods used by modern boat anglers”

    Publisher Tim Macpherson says of the launch

    “It’s not an easy market to penetrate and its dominated by the behemoth that is Bauer who publish the very successful Sea Angler but we believe we’ve put together a product which will appeal to a niche in the market which they and the other major sea angling titles don’t service too well because their content tends to be dominate by shore angling.

    As well as the print version we’ll be running a vibrant on line offering which will include regular video updates and other digital content which will feed of our successful Sussex Angling TV portal. We want to give boat anglers a bespoke product which services their content requirements whether print or digital.”

    The magazine costs £3.40 on the news- stands or you can subscribe by going to the website www.saltwaterboatangling.co.uk

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  • LOCAL LADY ANGLERS STRIKE NATIONAL GOLD

    Local lady carp anglers Elaine & Debbie Taylor have made history recently as part of the inaugural English national angling squad that beat Wales in the first ever international all female carp angling competition.

    Horrendous weather conditions including rain, snow, frost and cold winds made for uncomfortable and testing conditions but the girls stood firm in the 45 hour endurance event which saw them living and sleeping on the banks of the lake.

    “It can be pretty hard core and tough going at times, but the rewards are worth it.” said Elaine & Debbie who live in East Sussex. They added “We love carp fishing, and to be picked to represent our country is an absolute honour and and are extremely proud to be in the squad. To win is something that dreams are made of.”

    The event took place at Barston Lake near Solihull. The England lionesses were simply too strong for the Welsh Dragons and recorded a perfect score of three section wins to lift the trophy in a convincing fashion and become winners of the first ever Anglo – Welsh Cup.

    Angling is one of the biggest participation sports in the country and the female scene is alive at the moment with more and more girls taking up the sport.

    Results

    England 6 points

    Wales 3 Points

    Weights

    A Section

    England 92 fish 863.11

    Wales 30 fish 284.04

    B Section

    England 17 fish 196.06

    Wales 13 fish 132.10

    C Section

    England 48 fish 519.04

    Wales 9 fish 80.11

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    Contacts (for your info only not published)

    Elaine Taylor 07717824212

    Debbie Taylor 07717824281

    Rob Hughes Team England 07939 277801

    Miranda Brown England Ladies Manager 07919 006651

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  • Monster Cod from Eastbourne boat

    Deep Blue, one of the most successful charter boats on the south coast has done it again. After an angler landed a 45lb+ cod a couple of years ago, Jon Povas, an angler on board a recent Cod fishing trip landed a monster cod of 40lbs.

    The boat, skippered by Steve Bradshaw has a reputation for landing big Cod both inshore and from wrecks. His knack of finding new marks to fish has made his boat one of the most popular along the south coast with people travelling many miles to be put on the mark.

    Skipper Steve Bradshaw can be contacted on 07403198775

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  • European Commission proposes drastic measures to recover Bass stocks - but anglers suffer draconian restrictions too.

    The European Commission has recognised the continued overfishing of Bass by commercial fishing fleets in the channel cannot continue and have proposed some drastc measures to restrict commerc ial exploitation of this valuable fish stock.

    But in doing so they have also decided to impose drastic and over the top restrictions on recreational Bass anglers. These restrictions could threaten the livelhoods of many south coast charter skippers who rely on taking crews out Bass fishing during the summer months.

    Firstly there is to be a total ban on ANY commercial landings of Bass for the fist six months of the year - and recreational angers are not allowed to target the fish either. The council has recommended that only 541 tonnes should be caught next year. Last year, anglers caught 908 tonnes and commercial fishermen 2,683 tonnes. The European Commission proposes that 1,449 tonnes be caught next year.

    David Mitchell, Marine Campaigns Manager for the Angling Trust, released the following statament:

    "Government figures show that recreational sea angling is enjoyed by more than 800,000 people in the UK and is worth £2bn to the economy. Bass is our most popular sport fish and the majority of bass caught by anglers are returned to live, breed and fight another day. Anglers have been warning about commercial netting causing a decline in bass stocks for the last 20 years and it is only recently that the European Commission and the Member States have started taking the issue seriously. Whilst we welcome the proposals to further restrict the commercial harvesting of bass it is monstrously unfair to lump all forms of bass fishing together. There is absolutely no equivalence between a trawler dragging a huge net across the ocean and a group of anglers going out at the weekend with a rod and line and fishing sustainably within agreed size and bag limits. The Angling Trust intends to tell the Commission that there are picking the wrong target."

    While anglers will welcome the restrictions on commercial catches the restrictions on angling will cause concern and should be reconsidered.

    Tim Macpherson Sussex Angling publisher and Angling Trust director commented on the ban:

    "A recent MRAG study demonstrated that recreational angling contributes 3 times the value of commercial fishing to the economies of Sussex coastal towns so I believe restricting anglers in the way proposed will damage the many busineses along the coast which rely on bass angling - foremost of those are charter boats on Eastbourne, Brighton, Newhaven and Littlehampton who target Bass in the spring and summer and attract anglers from far and wide to these towns. While I support the measures to restrict commercial fishings I find this argument that just because they are being restricted anglers should be too entirely spurious. It's clear that commericial fishing for Bass is the reason stocks have crashed not the few fish whcih are landed by anglers."

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  • A review of the BBC's latest attempt at televising angling - The Big Fish. Success or stinker?

    Earth's Wildest Waters - The Big Fish

    I approached the idea of watching the new BBC angling programme Earth’s Wildest Waters - The Big Fish with some trepidation. There have been many attempts to put fishing on telly, some great some, not so great.

    I first heard of the programme a year or so ago and like many angling friends and colleagues around the country sent in my angling CV - more in hope than expectation. There was little detail on offer and even discreet enquiries to the production company produced little more useful information. The idea was the production company wanted intrepid and experienced anglers of all disciplines to apply so they could choose a small group to fish in some of the most challenging fishing conditions on the planet.

    When it comes to Angling programmes there are various formats that have been tried over the years. There’s the Robson Green/Jeremy Wade model which involves turning the whole venture into dramatic tale of derring-do with high production values and potential prime time appeal.

    Then you have the slightly whimsical nature based Passion for Angling type format, there have been magazine programmes (like Tight Lines), the “Celebrity goes angling” programmes and of course the more prosaic instructive stuff - something I have been involved with making for Sussex Angling TV over the last few years which really only talks to the committed angler and is generally shown on sports or internet channels. Then there was Screaming Reels – which doesn’t really fit any of these categories, entertaining though it was.

    So where would this new programme fit in to this? Well I was surprised and somewhat dismayed when I heard that it had been formatted as a kind of reality show pitting anglers against each other with eliminations at the end of each programme – A sort of Bake Off for Angling as one fishing friend put it. And let's not forget those of a certain age are all scarred by the Great Fishing Race.

    So I was very concerned, mainly about how angling would be portrayed for a prime time BBC audience?

    The end result though rather surprised me.

    Firstly the judges: Matt Hayes, a brilliant angler, great angling programme maker and one of the nicest “celebrity anglers” you’ll ever meet, teamed with Valgerdur Arnabottir, professional Icelandic fly fisher and a woman to boot. They were both watchable and did a great job of not over dramatising the whole situation. Second they seem to have chosen the anglers well with a representative gender mix and all with a seemingly interesting back story. They seemed engaging and interesting with a wide variety of fishing backgrounds and skills, and crucially none of them seem to be what we’ve all come across – the know it all fishing bore (although that may have been skilful editing). The only weakness was the co-host, Ben Fogle, great guy but he seems to be destined for these out door BBC programmes – and while doing a decent job he didn’t convince me he cared a lot for fishing.

    The production values were high, the camera work was very imaginative using underwater shots, great scene setting and lighting, the editing was crisp and generally making the whole experience very watchable. And yes even my non fishing family members watched it all the way through.

    There was a clear attempt to inform non-anglers with some rudimentary information about fishing techniques while taking care to show the fish being well handled and put back (where appropriate) – although I’m not sure about the commercial jigging.

    My big problem is the elimination format, it seemed a bit contrived and I wasn’t sure on what basis they actually ejected the first contestant, Geoff, because there wasn’t much to choose between them in those harsh conditions. It was an incredibly tough decision.

    I am not entirely sure how interest will be maintained for non anglers over the next programmes beyond seeing what fish they catch and some of the locations. There is a danger it could turn into a travelogue or that the X Factor format might just become a bit repetitive. Worse we could see the anglers getting a bit over competitive. Now anglers are competitive and angling competitions are part of the fabric of the sport but I am not sure this will work in this situation.

    Is it a reality game show or a new fishing programme? We’ll see over the coming weeks and of course watching Matt Hayes talking fishing is always worth switching the telly on for.

    Tim Macpherson

    Publisher

    Sussex Angling Media

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  • Ton up Conger quest continues after 62lb monster landed off Eastbourne

    Specimen angler Paul Maris, who has fished all over the workd chasing personal best fish took a trip on Eastbourne Charter Boat Deep Blue, skippered by Steve Bradshaw. with Sussex Angling Media correspondent Jim Whippy on board the boat as well it promised to be a good trip. the aim was a 100lb Conger.

    In the end that fish proved elusive but he did land a cracking 68lb fish (pictured) along with a total of 21 other congers.

    38 Black bream were also landed on the trip with the biggest a 3lb 11oz specimen for Jim.

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  • Crunch Time For Kingmere As Consultation Opens On Management Measures For Bream Fishing In New Sussex MCZ

    Sea anglers are being invited to comment on a new bylaw introducing management measures for fishing activities – including recreational angling for black bream – within the new Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).

    The Sussex IFCA has drafted the bylaw for all Marine Protected Areas within the authority’s district. Included within this there will be a regulatory notice to ensure that fishing activities meet Natural England’s* conservation advice for the MCZ which was designated, in part, to recover the status of nesting black bream in the UK’s most important known nesting site for the species.

    The Kingmere reef is a renowned recreational fishery for the wide variety of fish species that it supports – in particular black bream which build nests and lay their eggs in the specific seabed habitat in and around the reef.

    The bylaw and regulatory notice for the Kingmere MCZ will still allow access to fishing. However, management measures to limit the impact of recreational angling on the nesting population of black bream within the MCZ will include a bag limit, closed areas and closed seasons for bream fishing.

    Restrictions on all other activities, including commercial fishing, that threaten or damage the conservation features of the site have been included in the management measures. A delicate balance has been sought by the IFCA in an attempt to get buy-in from all stakeholders who use the Kingmere - while still satisfying the conservation objectives for which the MCZ was designated.

    Anglers travel from all around the country to fish on the Kingmere from private boats and from the vibrant charter boat fleets in Brighton, Littlehampton and Shoreham By Sea. The proposed management measures are likely to have a significant impact on how, when and where recreational fishing for black bream takes place.

    The Angling Trust has been involved from the start of the process to ensure that recreational angling is not disproportionately impacted by restrictions. We will be submitting our comments on the proposals to both the Marine Management Organisation and the Sussex IFCA in the coming days. Once submitted our response will be publically available from the Angling Trust website HERE including details on our position taken over the bylaw and impact on recreational anglers.

    David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Marine Campaigns Manager, said: “A lot of work has gone into consulting local sea anglers in Sussex and making sure that they, and the thousands of anglers who travel to Sussex to fish the Kingmere each year, aren’t disproportionately affected by the proposed bylaw. We will be making our objections to some of the proposals as clearly and strongly as possible. However, where we feel that we can support the proposals we will.”

    Tim Macpherson, Director of the Angling Trust and Chairman of the Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region, said: “The consultation process for this MCZ designation has taken time and involved a lot of stakeholders including commercial fishing, wildlife groups and anglers.

    The Angling Trust in Sussex has been closely involved representing angling interests to the Sussex IFCA and we are pleased that anglers will continue to be allowed to fish on the Kingmere reef during the breeding season. This access is vital in maintaining the economic viability of the charter fleets and ensuring access for anglers is not being unnecessarily restricted.

    We recognise the importance of the conservation objectives set out in the designation. However, there are areas of the regulatory notice which I personally have serious concerns about. However, I want to make clear that I recognise the efforts the officers on the IFCA have put in to getting what they believe is a balanced outcome.

    The Angling Trust will submit a formal response to the bylaw shortly but it is also up to individual anglers and angling groups to make their representations directly – bearing in mind that the original advice was to close the area to all activity."

    Consultation on the bylaw is open until October 7th so anglers wishing to make their voices heard should make sure they respond before then.

    For more information on the bylaw and how to comment click here

    www.sussex-ifca.gov.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=181:noticempabyelawaugust2015&catid=10:newsandpress

    For more information on the Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region’s work leading up to this click www.anglingtrustsussexmarine.net

    *Natural England is a statutory nature conservation body and provides the government with conservation advice on the protection of the marine environment.

    http://www.anglingtrust.net/news.asp?itemid=2728&itemTitle=Crunch+Time+For+Kingmere+As+Consultation+Opens+On+Management+Measures+For+Bream+Fishing+In+New+Sussex+MCZ&section=29&sectionTitle=Angling+Trust+News

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