Pier Pressure

Doesn't time fly? It’s now a year since Fishing for Life, the National Angling Strategy was launched by the former Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon. Just to remind you, the strategy aims to get more people fishing, more often, and to bring angling right into the heart of communities.  One of the ways of achieving this … Continue reading Pier Pressure


Andrews Of Arcadia

John Andrews' vintage fishing tackle stall at London's Spitalfields Market harks back to my grandfather’s era, and before, with a range of coarse, game and sea angling items from an age of cane, brass and oiled leather; a welcome antidote to today's world of carbon fibre, fluorocarbon and neoprene. The pick of the items when I … Continue reading Andrews Of Arcadia

Broadening Horizons

The weekend marked my third blank session in a row now. I’m getting pretty tired of this now! First it was a perch-free session on the Kennet and Avon canal, then a trout-less session on Farmoor reservoir near Oxford and finally a bite-less session on the North Kent coast yesterday – only saved by a … Continue reading Broadening Horizons


Something To Think About

Frankly, it’s been pathetic reading some commentators’ attempts to engage in the MCZ debate off the back of the Fish Fight march to Westminster in February. Over three years of conspicuous absence in the debate during the run up to the march and suddenly a lurch into the fray in the final stages seemingly just … Continue reading Something To Think About


A Problem We Can Only Dream Of

Every year hundreds of thousands of anglers from all over Europe head to the fish-rich seas of Norway to take advantage of the phenomenal sea fishing action to be found. Catering for angling tourists visiting Norway is big business but questions are now being asked about the pressure these visiting anglers' catches are having on some … Continue reading A Problem We Can Only Dream Of


Cash On The Barrelhead

Funding for sea angling projects is a major issue. While coarse and game anglers pay for a rod licence, and see a return on that in the form of funds for a number of different projects, sea anglers don’t which causes an understandable amount of frustration for those who know the social and economic contribution … Continue reading Cash On The Barrelhead


Fish Fighters March To Parliament

Marine environmental campaigners called on the government this morning to introduce 127 marine conservation zones at a rally outside the Houses of Parliament. Despite a bitterly cold morning in central London around 2,000 people, led by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, marched across Westminster Bridge as part of the Fish Fight campaign which is putting pressure … Continue reading Fish Fighters March To Parliament