Fishing News Roundup 10

Well, it has been busy in the fishing world and there’s a bumper crop of stories this week. Before we get to the general news items though, here are some pics and tales you kindly sent in.

First up, a couple of great shots from Graham Moffat, proudly sporting his recently purchased NHS Warrior mug and Charlie Miller travel mug. Cheers Graham, we hope they provide excellent service 🙂

Next up, a clipping from William Williamson who made the Daily Record with his ‘Fish of the week’, a beautiful 9lb seabass.

The report in the Daily Record reads as follows: This week’s winner of the Daiwa Fish of the Week prize is William Williamson, with this top bass. William was on his annual trip to the Mull of Galloway, fishing aboard the Onyer Marks charter when he caught this beauty. Estimated at about 9lb, it was caught on float-fished mackerel and safely released after a quick pic.

And now a brilliant series of shots from what looks like a fantastic fishing trip to Sapphire Lakes at Newark in Nottinghamshire. Fishing mates Michael Lang from Bishop Auckland and Ryan Williams from Guisborough, pulled in a total of eight fish between them (weighing in at 13lb to 23lb) over the three-day session at what the lads say was an “excellent venue”. Check out these great photos.

Now, for some Fishing Mugs news. While the lads were out there, have a great time fishing, we were sweating cobs, trying to flog our wares at Wolsingham and Stanhope county shows. The shows were brilliant, to be fair (no pun intended). Thank you to everyone who stopped by and purused our merch. Also a big shout out to the county show organisers (we’re lookin’ at you Brenda and Lisa) and all the warm and friendly fellow traders we met over the four-day period. Here’s a couple of snaps…

David Miller manning the Fishing Mugs stall at Wolsingham
The fabulous mother and daughter ‘Pretty Pots’ team, Carmen Hodgson (L) and Jermaine Franke (R) with the awesome Amber Franke. Our lovely stall-neighbours at both county shows.
Another photo of Amber ’cause she is so lush!

That’s it for this week’s send ins… Keep them coming please. You can send your photos and stories to me at

Here’s this week’s roundup.

The plan for saving ‘at risk’ river Wye salmon and sea trout

Hereford Times

Story by: James Thomas

NEW bye-laws are being drawn up to help protect fish in the river Wye, the Environment Agency has announced. It said it launched a consultation to deliver a renewed set of bye-laws for the catch and release of all salmon and sea trout in the Wye, with the current set due to expire at the end of the year. Read more…

Illegal anglers caught using cruel fishing lines that cause ‘lingering death’

Staffordshire Live

Picture: John Anderson – Story by: Jenny Moody

Two men who appeared to have been drinking were caught using a “disgraceful and cruel” fishing line in a river running through East Staffordshire. They were caught on the River Dove, at Tutbury, with what is known as a ‘shallow rig’ for poaching. It has a bent nail that gets caught in animals’ stomachs and is baited with a dead fish. Any animal that eats the fish ends up suffering a ‘lingering miserable death’. Read more…

The Napoleon of the Wye

Fish and Fly

Story by: John Bailey

I am, of course, obsessed with the Wye now, like I was as a child in the very early Sixties. Then, in my childhood, I was fortunate to spend time on the river for four years running, and though I was too young to consider catching the enormous salmon I saw, their image has never left me. When I came back to the river in the Eighties, I still on occasion saw monster fish, which I completely failed to catch, but I remained fascinated by the history of big Wye salmon, a passion stoked by conversations with veteran guides who claimed to have known or witnessed Pashley fishing back in the immediate post-War years. Read more…

Scotland’s fastest-flowing river ‘devastated’ by hydro schemes

BBC News

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Hydro-electric schemes have had a “devastating impact” on a river dubbed the “fastest flowing in Scotland”, it has been claimed. The 109-mile (175km) Spey – Scotland’s second longest river after the Tay – flows through the Highlands and Moray. A Spey Fishery Board-commissioned study said too much water was being diverted away from the Spey for use in generating electricity. Read more…

Climate: Greenpeace declares emergency as ‘supertrawlers’ blamed for depleting UK fish stocks putting ocean and livelihoods ‘at risk’

Sky News

‘Flyshooters’ employ a vast net and specialist techniques to catch entire shoals of fish – Story by: Thomas Moore

Environmental campaigners and small-scale fishing boat skippers have declared a “state of emergency” due to the impact of industrial trawlers in UK waters. Greenpeace, along with representatives of fishing communities, say supertrawlers and a new generation of boats that use highly efficient fishing methods are severely depleting stocks in the Channel and southern North Sea. Read more…

‘French are taking the mickey!’ Boris urged to get tough as UK fishing fury erupts

Express UK

“Less than one-third of key UK fish populations are in a healthy state” (Image: GETTY) – Story by: James Bickerton

BRITONS are demanding action against “EU owned” supertrawlers and pulse trawlers, following reports of fish stocks in the English Channel and North Sea being “devastated”. A number of fishing associations have voiced concern about overfishing in UK waters, issuing a statement alongside the New Economic Foundation, Angling Trust and Greenpeace UK. They are demanding supertrawlers over 100 metres in size – and bottom trawlers – are banned from Britain’s 10 designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Read more…

Berkshire Woods and Waters: At the end of a long trip, I wonder, why do people fish?

The Berkshire Eagle

Under overcast skies, Tim Jakes and Jim Mitchell fish on Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield in August. Pic: Gillian Jones – Story by: Gene Chague

Hopefully, while you are reading this column, I’m returning home from a 17-day trip to Montana which included 10 days fly-fishing with the boys and five days vacationing at Yellowstone National Park with my wife, Jan. “Why do you fish so much?” You may ask. Well, that’s a difficult question to answer… but I don’t lose sleep over it. But, not so with everyone. The late outdoor columnist John (Jack) Randolph tried to answer that very question. Here’s what he came up with in his New York Times column written sometime in the 1950s or 1960s. It was titled: “Survey fails to disclose any sensible reasons for enjoying fishing.” Read more…

We need to stop polluting rivers before it’s too late

Border Counties Advertiser

The River Severn at Newtown, during drier weather, taken by new Camera Club member Tom Houghton. Story by: Emily Lloyd

While it was sad to hear the River Severn fishing representative say that the Severn was the dirtiest river in Europe (BBC News), I believe we should thank him for raising the issue, because river pollution is a problem for us all. The state of our rivers is a crisis which can no longer be ignored. Every single river in England is now polluted beyond legal limits by human, agricultural and industrial waste. Read more…

Top 10 things to do at The GWCT Scottish Game Fair 2021

The Scottish Farmer

Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace – Story by: Gordon Davidson

A SPECTACULAR celebration of conservation and countryside for over three decades, the GWCT Scottish Game Fair returns to Scone Palace in Perthshire this year from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 of September. The three-day event usually attracts over 30,000 visitors and more than 400 exhibitors, who come together to showcase some of the country’s finest crafts and clothing, activities and advisory stands. Read more…

River Brora water bailiffs invite young people to try their hand at fly fishing

The Northern Times

Youngsters in the can try their hand at angling at an event in Brora today. Story by: Caroline McMorran

Water bailiffs on the River Brora and local fishers are holding an Introduction to Fly Fishing youth training day on Sunday, September 19. A social media post states: “The event is aimed at showing youngsters the basics of fly fishing. Parents and adults are most welcome to come along to watch or to take part.” Read more…

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