Angling: Anglers acknowledge loss of fishermen’s ‘friend’ Benyon

Richard Benyon MP. PIC: Terry Carrott
Richard Benyon MP. PIC: Terry Carrott
Have your say

Sunday evening in my home is usually quite busy as the various fishery owners and club secretaries telephone in their weekly match results.

But recently they all had a query about a rumour which concerned the Environment Agency and the announcement that the Leeds office is to close with the loss of 68 jobs.

The concern was that, if true, then who will be responsible for the care of our local fisheries and rivers.

I do have a few friends at the EA and when I eventually contacted them they were as surprised as I was as they had heard nothing, and further investigation proved that somewhere along the line someone had got their wires crossed and there is no truth whatsoever in the press statement.

It is common knowledge that the EA have been instructed by the Government that they have to make cuts and that more than a few jobs are to go – but apparently not in our region.

Recently the Prime Minister had one of his frequent Cabinet reshuffles and in this particular one our sport lost a very good friend.

I refer to Richard Benyon who, for the past few years, had been the Fisheries Minister for Defra.

I have found no reason given for his demotion and his job has been taken by David Cameron’s former press secretary George Eustice.

Benyon was mainly responsible for the review of cormorant licencing. He is also a very keen angler and it is hoped that his successor will carry on with his outstanding work. Just what knowledge of angling Mr Eustice has I do not know.

WITHOUT a doubt the Bobco fishing tackle store is the biggest in Yorkshire, and arguably in the whole country as it covers just over 16,000 square feet of storage space for its customers.

The owner, David Spruce, has a real treat in store for them on Saturday, March 29 when the shop will be awash with a host of angling celebrities who will be busy promoting their sponsors’ latest products.

From Matrix there will be Lee Thompson and Ricky Teale, from Preston Innovations Lee Kerry, from carp specialists Nash there will be Julian Cundiff, Nick Maddix and Jamie Classic, and representing Fox will be Mark Pitchers. A couple of ground bait and pellet companies – Sonu and Old Ghost – will also have representatives to answer any queries.

But the star of the show and representing Browning will be the popular four times world coarse fishing champion Bob Nudd.

On display will be all of the latest products from these companies such as rods, poles, reels and all accessories, plus of course the various baits.

And the experts will readily answer any questions that are put to them.

Dave Spruce also tells me that he will be putting on some special offers on the day.

For those who have notbeen to the store before, it is situated on Torre Road in Leeds.

There is a large car park, entry to the show is free and every entrant will be given a free raffle ticket with the first prize a £200 fishing tackle voucher.

It is sure to be a fabulous day and a great opportunity to meet some of your angling heroes.

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