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CARP CHAT
Fishing for Schools founder takes
on marathon fishing challenge
Twenty-four hours, three fisheries and
a 60-mile run – that’s the essence of
Fishing for Schools founder Charles
Jardine’s latest fundraising scheme,
The Wessex Water Challenge. At
10am on March 10th, Charles will
start fishing at Clatworthy Reservoir
in Somerset, on a mission to catch a
trout. That done, he will run the 14
miles (a half-marathon) to Hawkridge
Reservoir, near Spaxton, where he will
catch another trout. Then comes the
really hard part – his next fishery is
Sutton Bingham, around 46 miles
away. Charles will run there through
the night in order to net another trout
by 10am on 11 March.
Charles, 65, from Downton, Wilts, is
an international fly fisherman and
nature artist who coaches the England Youth Fly Fishing team. He has
run the London Marathon three times
but says this is by far and away his
biggest challenge. He said: “It’s really
scary! I have an expert cartographer
on the case, helping me to plot the
best route, but it is going to be a very,
very long way, and I really do not
know how long it will take me to run.
Then there’s the fishing – as any
angler knows you never know what to
expect when you pick up a rod, so
that could also be a challenge.”
The Wessex Water Challenge will
raise funds for Fishing for Schools –
the initiative set up by Charles ten
years ago, which introduces children
to fishing and nature through short
courses, which are integrated into the
National Curriculum, and Casting for
Recovery, which offers healing fishing
retreats to ladies who have or are
r e c o v e r i n g f r o m b r e a s t c a n c e r.
Charles will also be running in memory of his beloved constant companion black Labrador Midge who died
on 4th January aged 12.
All three fisheries that Charles will
be visiting belong to Wessex Water,
which is helping to sponsor the event.
Charles added: “I really believe in
what we are trying to do with Fishing
for Schools and Casting for Recovery.
Angling can have amazing, restorative results for the young people we
work with, many of whom have had
really challenging starts in life and
find school so difficult. And the
results of Casting for Recovery are
truly inspirational. By sponsoring me
you will help ensure that many more
people can benefit from these amazing initiatives.”
To sponsor Charles, go to
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisi
ng/wessexwaterchallenge n
Mixed reaction to EA’s
new rules for salmon
and sea trout fishing
The Environment Agency’s announcement of measures to regulate salmon
and sea trout angling and commercial
netting in England has met with a mixed
response from the nearly 30,000 anglers
who buy a migratory fish rod licence
each year. The new measures will be in
place for 10 years, with a review in 5
years’ time, subject to the outcome of a
formal four-week consultation to be
announced at the end of February.
East coast anglers
advised not to eat fish
after two dogs die
The Eastern IFCA has advised sea
anglers in Norfolk and Suffolk they may
wish to return catches to sea rather than
retain for consumption as a precautionary measure. It follows the deaths of two
dogs with others becoming ill after eating fish and crustaceans found on
beaches. The IFCA believes the cause
was toxic shellfish.
100% catch and
release in Wales
moves step closer
The board of Natural Resources Wales
has supported its executive’s proposals
for mandatory 100% catch and release
for salmon anglers throughout Wales. It
will now recommend to Welsh Government that this is implemented with
effect from the 2018 fishing season,
ignoring the 83% of respondents to the
consultation who did not agree with the
catch and release proposals.
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