July 26, 2008

Charity Rules Reveal Snag to Merger Bid

A n UPDATE on progress to bring five freshwater organisations and saltwater's NFSA into a single unified body under the working title Angling Unity reveals an unexpected element that may prevent the Salmon & Trout Association from being included.

Last March it attained charitable status, so becoming the first angling lobbying organisation to do so. But in the legal process, it was realised that charity rules prevent it from becoming associated with any other body. Officials are now exploring how the unified organisation and that of Salmon & Trout can work closely together in the future through some form of Memorandum of Understanding.

Initially, each of the six participating organisations was required to put up a non-refundable pounds10,000 that gave the right to be involved in discussions that could bring about a successful merger. Those remaining are still following a timetable to establish a unification that will represent all forms of angling by January of the coming year. Becoming a charity is a long process and will have begun long before the Angling Unity concept was conceived.

The Salmon & Trout Association was established in 1903 and has since done an enormous amount of work to protect fisheries and fish stocks on behalf of freshwater angling for game species, and their environment. Its newly gained charitable status covers England and Wales and it is now working to achieve the same in Scotland.

A greatly revitalised Town Parks Fishery on the outskirts of Paignton is offering coarse anglers "fishing at its finest" - in addition to the two established lakes a new five-acre water designated for matches with 70 pegs will open shortly. Future plans also include a purpose-built facility for tuition, aimed primarily at school groups.

The fishery's latest catch report contains details of heavy bags and large individual carp and cats.

Local rod Chris Brown had a 173lb 12oz bag made in a seven-hour session at Peg 9 on the top lake, which is 20 acres in extent. He initially fished the bottom with a cocktail of worm and maggot then concentrated on mid-water with bread for this fine bag.

An evening session provided Keith Fisher with 45lb of carp and tench, the latter tempted with bread flake.

On the lower specimen- rated lake local decorator Ray Milton picked up a rod for the first time in 12 years and promptly took a catfish of 19lb 2oz which took legered worm.

A session at Peg 2 produced a personal best common of 13lb for Martin Lamburn who fished boilies mid-water to the island. Stoke Fleming's Jai Prettyjohns fished a pop-up over pellet for a mirror of 18lb 8oz at Peg 10 and a seven-fish net that contained carp to 16lb 6oz, catfish to 20lb 1oz.

A bronze bream of 3lb 8oz was made by Mark Bearne. Junior Joe Handshaw found his first attempt at catfish exciting and rewarding when at Peg 6 corn provided a nice one of 11lb 1oz. A tasty pepperami fished close to the waterfall tempted a chunky 221/2lb common for Tim Stanbury.

A Dawn to Dusk Ticket for the top lake is priced at pounds7. An always-productive 12-hour night session can be enjoyed for just pounds9 and the cost for the whole 24 hours is pounds14. The cost to fish the specimen lake is slightly more but extremely competitive. The fishery is open seven days a week, 365 days of the year. To book a swim call 01803 523133.

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