Angling: Support to end controversial close season is on the rise

Saturday’s glorious June 16 opening could well be the last of a long-standing but controversial angling tradition.

Reece Lyle shows off just a part of his 176lb-winning catch in the latest Bradford No1 carp contest at Knotford.

Angling: Early Opens spring into life after slow start

After a week of ‘below-par’ festival catches on Fermanagh’s River Erne system, another hard match was the last thing on most of the returning anglers’ minds as they made the long trip home from the ferry port at Stranrae.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue Team search for the common seal at Topcliffe.

Angling: Rescue team led a merry dance by Topcliffe seal

The now famous Seal of the Swale looks to be enjoying its celebrity status as hundreds of extra visitors are pouring into one of angling’s most famous hot spots at North Yorkshire’s Topcliffe village just hoping to catch a glimpse.

A common seal spotted at the weir pool at Topcliffe on the River Swale.

Angling: Topcliffe receives a big seal of approval

Yorkshire Water’s Thruscross, Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs in the Washburn Valley continue to produce top sport despite weather conditions changing daily.

Wildsociety supremo Vittoria Conti (far right) with just a few of the day's workers on the River Aire clean-up at Thwaites Mill.

Anglers show app-titude to forge new friendships

Mustering volunteers or members to take part in work parties can be a soul-destroying job for organisers trying to put bodies on the banks, usually to do the dirtiest of jobs.

Showing off the potential of the Aire & Calder Canal, York's Mick Potter with part of his 36-12 catch ' an impressive haul but good enough only for second place on this occasion.

Angling: Canal turns up unusual approach from Clark

Following extreme March weather conditions, rivers were at an all-time high for the final days of the coarse fish river season.

Podium placers, first and third overall, Team Don's Steve Lowther and Mirfield's Tony Earnshaw. PIC: Steve Fearnley

Angling: Trust final top honour hoovered up by Dyson

It’s not long ago that 100lb match catches were just a dream for most, and to achieve the magical festival or final ton would usually involve a ferry crossing to the wild waters of Loch Erne or an even farther trek to Denmark’s Skanderborg or Guden system.

Kippax Park star Andy Rymer with fifty rainbows for 47-06'and another match win.

Angling: Otter laws to continue in spite of objections

The eleven thousand signatures that followed the recent Otter petition to government looks to have been a complete waste of time and good ‘ink’.

Top rod Darren Starkey with a 3-02 perch from the bungalows section on the River Ouse. PIC: Steve Fearnley

Angling Trust ‘disappointed’ over Barbel Society’s otter petition to Government

A bitter war of words broke out last week, with the Angling Trust showing its disappointment at the Barbel Society’s decision to go it alone in producing a petition to Government after previously agreeing to work together on the subject of otter predation.

Leeds star, Steve Raper, and head bailiff, Lee Garrad, show off Calverton's pristine skimmers released into the Knotford fishery at Poole-in-Wharfedale.

Angling: New course of action’s needed on ‘archaic law’

With six weeks to go before the end of another season, it seems, on the face of it a tad early to join in the controversial annual debate regarding changes to the coarse fish closed season regulations.

Daz Ratcliffe of Forum AC with a winter barbel that fell to summer tactics from Hammertons Horseshoe Bend on the Nidd.

Angling: Big events braced for changes in year ahead

2018 is looking like it’s going to be the year for major changes in some of the most prestigious events in coarse fishing’s match calendar.

A spot of ice breaking before tackling the trout certainly didn't put off the regulars at Kippax Park's Lapwing Lake over the holiday period.

Pollution now at chronic levels on our waterways

Anglers are often referred to as the eyes and ears of our waterways, and not many of us have never witnessed or reported fish kills due to farm run off or chemical spills.

The Environment Agency are working together with anglers on the River Nidd.

Environment Agency deserve credit for their work on the River Nidd

Earlier in the year I made no bones that the use of contractors by the Environment Agency in its attempts at flood defence was a disaster and the uncaring demolition of trees and bank side cover not only destroyed habitat for fish but nesting birds and all dependant wildlife.

Junior angler, Liam Matley, aged 10. PIC: Steve Fearnley

Angling: Leeds and District initiative puts junior anglers at forefront and challenges other societies to follow its lead

Following the Environment Agency’s lead and their recent changes to rod licence charges, Leeds & District Amalgamated Society of Anglers have made a massive statement to other clubs around the country.

Barn Energy CEO Mark Simon and former Yorkshire and England cricketer Geoff Boycott by the Aire's Brotherton weir at Knottingley.

Angling: Boycott opens Aire weir turbine

It felt like a “breath of fresh Aire” last week as the river’s rejuvenation took a massive leap forward with the completion of the latest, largest and probably last hydroelectric power station in the country.

Barlby's John Cyrowski with the nine pound barbel he nearly caught twice.

Angling: Favourites feeling the squeeze as veterans come to the fore

My predictions of big changes at the top came earlier than expected in the second round of the Yorkshire Winter League, held on a rising River Aire around Chapel Haddlesey and Beal.

Chapel Allerton's Andy Hampson is presented with the Horseshoe Trophy.

Angling: Irish eyes smiling on Leeds ace Hampson

Chapel Allerton’s Andy Hampson returned home from Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh Lakeland a happy man last week.

Browing Team Ossett, winners of the Division 2 National Championships.

Angling: Ossett net two titles from the Nationals

Browning Team Ossett followed their 2016 Winter League final win with another high-class performance to cement there place as one of the country’s top teams.

Stuart Fotheringham.

Roundhay top rod Fotheringham puts rivals in the shade

Leeds & District have a great history of its anglers’ achievements, with all England national winning teams, individual world champions, and winners of the big tobacco-sponsored events popular many years ago.

Leeds water bailiff Lee Garrad with the kind of big money carp that has been targeted by thieves.

Anglers on edge after upturn in fish thefts

Kirkgate Anglers, affectionately known to everyone who now supports a few wrinkles as ‘Edgies’, surprised the trade and local anglers last week by announcing its imminent closure.

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