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Angling: Teamwork tackling fight for the ‘forgotten waters’

It doesn’t seem that long ago that every Working Men’s Club had its own fishing section and Sunday coach trips to out-of-the-way river venues were the highlight of a workman’s week.

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Chris Hartley

Angling: Canalways are making a bit of a comeback

Like our river and drain systems, narrow-boat canals of the north were once the backbone of all our pleasure and match fishing days.

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Nick Michael with over 66lbs of F1's.

Angling: Top juniors showcase talents at key events

It’s no secret that without juniors the whole future of angling could be in dire straights, so it’s good to get reports from a couple of local clubs that are pulling out all the stops to ensure our sport’s future.

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Steve Catterall with the first ever authenticated fifty pound carp from a British river.

Angling: Cas-based Catterall has lots to carp about

A feat that can now only be copied was accomplished last week as Castleford’s Steve Catterall stunned the carp fishing world by setting a new benchmark for all serious river carp anglers with a new British record.

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Ian Dawson

Angling: First river weights hint at a ‘red-hot’ summer

After the first couple of days of the new river season ended with very few reports of good pleasure catches, the first river matches at least gave some signs that we could be in for a good summer.

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Kayleigh Smith.

Angling: It’s national glory once again for Kayleigh

Leeds’ Kayleigh Smith has become the Angling Trust Ladies National Champion for the second time.

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Dean Jacques.

Angling: Nerveless teen Jacques nets first open match win

Winning your first club competition is something you remember for a long time, winning your first open match stays with you for life, young Dean Jacques has guaranteed himself some great memories.

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Cleckheaton's Dave Armitage caught a mixed bag of 18lb on the Aire and Calder.

Angling: Fracking in Derwent is a concern for anglers

Having worked closely with our area’s Environment Agency fisheries teams, and become good friends with a number of team leaders, I have always been impressed by the expertise and enthusiasm of all those involved

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Angling: ‘Worlds’ is raising the stakes not eyebrows

Just a few years ago, the announcement of a World Feeder Championships and a team to represent England raised a few eyebrows, with most anglers sceptical to say the least.

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Darren Starkey's  tench  from Lowther Lake, Allerton Bywater.

Angling: Revelling in the lure of inner-city trout stalking

Steve Fearnley is away for a week taking advantage of a last-minute invite to fish the River Ebro in northern Spain, where he is hoping to beat his personal best catfish of 148lb.

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Ladies England Squad, with Leeds' Kayleigh Smith, third from left.

Kayleigh is on board for Ladies’ world campaign

Last week I mentioned the importance of starting young and the rise through the ranks of Whitkirk’s Andy Geldart to becoming one of the men to beat on the elite festival circuit – but it’s not all about the men.

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Bait Tech Festival 2016 winners Andy Geldart (centre) Callum Dicks and Paul Holland.

Angling: Geldart show potential to join the Leeds & District’s ‘greats’

Over the years Leeds & District have thrown up some legendary names; unfortunately over the past couple of decades we have fallen behind our South Yorkshire neighbours in not being able to provide a Scotthorne, Allerton, Pickering or White – but things may be about to change.

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Angling: Memorial match for Garry’s just the ticket

Angling: Memorial match for Garry’s just the ticket

It doesn’t seem almost a year ago that I wrote of the day-ticket venue Weeton Lake on the outskirts of Leeds and its plans for stocking and reopening after the untimely death of owner Garry Parr.

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Crown Point Bridge, Leeds city centre.

Angling: Speed key to implementing ‘right to roam’ fish legislation

Moves by fisheries minister George Eustice for changes to the fish passage laws look to have been successful, with the full backing of associated River Trusts, the Environment Agency and our own Angling Trust.

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Tony Hewson

Angling: Fewston is the place to be for top trout hauls

The good start at Fewston continues with excellent catches reported again this week.

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No need for long casting at Fewston as the new fish move to the margins.

Angling: Fewston’s catches live up to expectations

Despite unpredictable early-season weather conditions, last week’s hopes and predictions for Yorkshire Water’s Washburn Valley Fisheries at Fewston all came good this week with some excellent catches reported.

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Angling: Fishing gold at the end of rainbow restocking

Angling: Fishing gold at the end of rainbow restocking

For those looking for top-quality, big-water trouting over the coming months, how does 6,500 rainbows weighing approximately 10,000lb tickle your fancy?

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Dave Miles finds good conditions and feeding fish at Aireborough, but coarse angling now stops for three months because of a 138-year-old Act of Parliament.

Angling: Season law ‘antiquated and lacks relevance’ – Steve Fearnley

Not many things in fishing are consistent, but it’s happened again! As the coarse fish closed season was only days away, the weather turned mild, the rivers dropped back to levels where we remember they used to be, and, lo and behold, the fish started to feed.

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PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Setback for Leeds angling school plan

A plan to turn a dam in Leeds into an angling academy will live to fight another day after a council panel deferred its final decision.

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Angling: Cookridge site sets up platform for future

When talking of funding or grant aids in angling it is often the larger, high-membership associations that claim the lion’s share.

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