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CARP CHAT
MP lands personal best carp at Walthamstow
Thames Water’s famous Walthamstow reservoirs put on a great show
for a group of anglers from Parliament
a n d t h e A n g l i n g Tr u s t , w h i c h
included the capture of a stunning,
personal best 37lb 7oz mirror carp by
North Cornwall MP Scott Mann.
Scott’s mirror carp was caught from
Reservoir no.2 and fell to a chod rig
and bright yellow pop-up over a light
bed of loose feed. It was the biggest
of a four-fish haul including three others over 20lbs.
The All-Party Parliamentary
Angling Group trip was organised by
former MP Martin Salter, who now
works as Policy Chief for the Angling
Trust, and hosted by Will Barnard,
Angling Development Manager for
Thames Water. The Walthamstow
complex has had a major restocking
of carp following a partial fish kill two
years ago. The new carp are clearly
thriving, as Martin caught over 25 fish
to 21lbs in a 24-hour session while
targeting bream on the No.1 Reservoir. His colleague James Champkin
was more successful with the bream
in No.2 with 17 fish to 11lbs 12oz
including eight over 10lbs.
Scott Mann said: “It was great to
get away from the Parliamentary hothouse and spend some quality time
with the guys from the Angling Trust
fishing on Thames Water’s amazing
Walthamstow fishery in the heart of
London. It’s good see a water company opening up their reservoirs to
the community, especially when they
offer anglers like me a chance of landing personal best specimens in fabulous surroundings.”
Scott is MP for North Cornwall and
a very keen all-rounder who also
enjoys sea and fly fishing besides
carp. He is a prominent member of
the All-Party Parliamentary Angling
Scott Mann with his 37lbs 7oz mirror carp from Walthamstow Reservoir.
Group, a group of MPs who are all
active anglers looking to support
recreational fishing wherever they
can.
Martin Salter added: “We are lucky
to have the support of MPs like Scott
Mann and his other colleagues in Parliament, and we do our best to get
them out on the bank to learn more
about the issues that matter to fish
and fishing. Of course, it’s even better
if we can help them catch the fish of
their dreams!”
Thames Water’s Will Barnard said:
“After a tricky period, our Walthamstow fishery is thriving again. We
have some of the best bream and carp
fishing in the country available at an
affordable price in the middle of our
capital city. As a company, Thames is
wholly committed to opening up as
many of our facilities as possible to
sport and recreation.”
Contact details:
Martin Salter, Angling Trust Policy
Officer – 07976 946033
W i l l B a r n a r d, T h a m e s W a t e r
Angling Development Manager –
07747 647921.. n
Stunning
grayling among
five record fish
Reminder: last chance to
apply for share of £100k
A reminder to clubs and fisheries
applying for a share of £100,000 of
fishing licence income through
the Angling Improvement Fund
that the last day to submit applications is Thursday, 4th July. The
Angling Trust administers the
fund in partnership with the
Environment Agency, and this
year money will be focused on
funding measures to protect fish
stocks from predation.. n
This 4lb 8oz grayling caught from a Wessex river by Simon Ellis was among five
new record fish claims ratified by the
British Record Fish Committee.. n
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