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Welcome to the A T Wessex website. The A T Wessex Region Marine is the most prominent Region within the National Body in terms of Affiliation. Our Region currently comprises of in excess of 50 Angling Clubs with its own Officers and Committee dedicated to promoting Sea Angling within our Area. The Angling Trust is the Governing Body that represents all angling in England.

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The Angling Trust Wessex Region Marine is the first Region nationally to have the honour of being a member of Clubmark. The Wessex has a number of Qualified Coaches to be able to achieve this status, including Neil Wilson with Albion SFC, (the Club which was also famed as the first Affiliated Club in the Wessex Region to also realise this same status).

A T WESSEX BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Wessex Region Marine BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday 13th August 2016 To be fished at Weymouth, bait supplied competition Sign in – 07.00 to 07 30 hrs at “The Sailors pub” Presentation – Weymouth Angling Society clubhouse Entry fee £80 (Entry fee includes all bait)

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ANGLING TRUST WESSEX BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 Results

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in ANGLING TRUST WESSEX BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 Results, Featured | 0 comments

Angling Trust Wessex Region, Boat Championship 2016

DSCF0141Saturday 13th August, we were fortunate with the weather which was set fair for this year’s annual Angling Trust Wessex Region Boat Championship, this year out of the port of Weymouth.
From 0700 Hrs the competitors registered at The Sailors Return pub where they could get a breakfast before strolling across the road for the boats, Al’s Spirit, Peace and Plenty (now Chris Tett has retired the boat is run by Jay Pullen), Sally Ann Joe and, over the bridge, for Top Cat.
With the 32 anglers on board the boat draw for fishing positions for the day took place, then after safety briefing, at 0800 hours, the boats headed out the harbour to start the day. As there were fresh Mackerel to be had the boats stopped to feather up enough for 2 or 3 per angler, other bait supplied was Ragworm and Squid.
Each of the skippers had their plan for the day to give the anglers the chance to catch a variety of species to build their score in this catch and release competition. Species caught were in reasonable numbers, Mackerel, Pout, Ballan Wrasse and Scad. Caught in smaller numbers were Bream, Dogfish, Bull Huss, Conger, Cuckoo Wrasse, Rays, Gurnard and Smoothound.
On return to shore it was to the Weymouth Angling Society Club premises where the anglers could have a drink and a hotdog while the results were worked out. As usual the top anglers had already worked out were they stood. Despite the boats fishing different ground and catching different species the winners were decided by 100% for a boat win with count back on score for overall position. The top 3 boat winners were only separated by 6 points, with 1 point between first and second, so 1 fish separating top 3.
Kim Bowden opened the presentation of awards by thanking the boat skippers for their efforts and tea through the day. Thanks to the Sailors Return for allowing us to use them for registration in the morning and to Weymouth Angling Society for the use of their club house for our presentation and supplying a bite to eat. Finally thanks to Andy Selby of Weymouth Angling Centre for supplying the bait and putting it on the boats in the morning, also for liaising with the skippers and organising the boats.
Ray Ashby then asked the anglers to show their appreciation to Kim Bowden for organising the event.
First the raffle was held, the main event for us on a lower score! Top skipper was worked out by average score on each boat and Jamie Pullen of Peace and Plenty was top with average angler score of 141.25 points, Andy Selby of Weymouth Angling Centre presented a plaque to Jamie. At registration people entered a pool to be paid to person with most species. This year it was just 1 person that had 11 different species and that was Richard Ferre who received the envelope with all cash collected for entry to pool that morning.
It was then time for the presentation for the 2016 Wessex Boat Championship. Kim Bowden read out the results while Wessex President Ray Ashby did the presentation of awards. 1st, Perry Dack 189 points who won top prize of £200, 2nd Andy Selby, 188 points, 3rd Ray Barron 183, in 4th place the other boat winner being Colin Searles with 151 points. All other boat winners were awarded £60. From 5th place to 15th each angler was free to choose their prize from the table.
Trophies were awarded to top members and top Club Champions. This year top AT Member was Perry Dack with Andy Selby runner up. Champion of Champion from clubs was Ray Barron of Individual Boat Angling Club and runner up Colin Searles of Hamble Angling Club.
Full results will be on the web site at anglingtrustwessex.co.uk
Kim Bowden closed the event by thanking the anglers for entering the Angling Trust Wessex Region Boat Championship 2016 and making it the success it has been, even if you did not catch enough to get into the prizes. He hoped you enjoyed the day and hopes to see you next year. Venue and date for 2017 yet to be arranged but looking to Langstone in late June.

Kim Bowden, AT Wessex Region Marine.

Wessex 2016 Boat Results

Boat Winners 2016

BWLeft to right Boat Winners Colin Searles, Ray Barron, Perry Dack and AndySelby.

Optional Pool Winner

Optional pool winner

Optional Pool Winner Richard Ferre being presented his cash prize by Wessex President Ray Ashby.

The Winning Boat Peace and Plenty

DSCF0141The Winning Boat Peace and Plenty – skippered by Jay Pullen, carring AT Wessex Competitors

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ANGLING TRUST WESSEX BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in A T Latest News, ANGLING TRUST WESSEX BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016, Featured | Comments Off on ANGLING TRUST WESSEX BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

 

ANGLING TRUST WESSEX BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Saturday 13th August 2016

To be fished at Weymouth, bait supplied competition 

Sign in 07.00 to 07 30 hrs at “The Sailors pub”

Presentation – Weymouth Angling Society clubhouse 

Entry fee £80 (Entry fee includes all bait)

1st Prize £200

+ Other Cash Prizes 

Entries close 13th June 2016

Contact

Kim Bowden, 12 Padnell Road, Waterlooville, Hants. PO8 8DZ

Mobile: 07879 894492 Email kimbowden@ntlworld.com

Fighting for the Future of Your Fishing

Wessex 2016 boat draw

Wessex Region Boat Rules 2016

 

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Pictures from AT Wessex Region Marine

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in A T Latest News, Featured | 0 comments

1. Undulate Rays – caught by England Internationals, Ray Barron and Colin Searles at last year’s World Championships Practice Day.

2. Kim’s Cod – caught this week by Wessex Treasurer, Kim Bowden on board Portsmouth based skipper Ross Burnett’s boat “Dawn Venture”.

 Fished weighed in at 28lbs 8.25ozs.

3. Three Bearded Rockling – caught by Wessex Region Junior Rep, Mike Judge, aboard Arthur Savage’s boat, “Private Venture”. Weighing in at 3lb 8ozs and returned.

This fish being 5ozs under the British Record and would have beaten the Wessex Record by 8ozs.

4. Curtis Driver – 11yr old Curtis with Wessex Record Baillions Wrasse.

 

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Warren Boat Angling Club

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex, Featured | 0 comments

Rod Giles, Vice Chairman of AT Wessex Region receiving a cheque on behalf of the Wessex,  from Kevin Bryant, Senior Steward of the Trade Union Unite Hamble South East Division 6034.  The donation will be given to the Junior section of the Warren Boat Angling Club to carry on the activities with children with special needs from the Polygon School, Southampton.

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Three bearded Rockling weighed on boat at 3.5 lb just too pritty to take ashore Returned

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex, Featured | 0 comments

A photo of Mike Judge, AT Wessex Junior Rep with a 3.5lbs 3 Bearded Rockling that was caught and released aboard Arthur Savage’s boat, “Private Venture”, off the Needles.  This fish would have broken the Wessex Records by 4ozs if retained.

Potential Wessex Record

 

Three bearded Rockling weighed on boat at 3.5 lb just too  pritty to take ashore Returned

Three bearded Rockling weighed on boat at 3.5 lb just too pritty to take ashore Returned

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Curtis Driver from the Poole Dolphins Club

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex, Featured | 0 comments

2 pictures of 9yr old Curtis Driver from the Poole Dolphins Club, being photographed with an Undulate Ray and a new Wessex Record, Ballion Wrasse of 7.5ozs.  These were caught aboard skipper Nigel Allen’s boat at Poole Patch.

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New Size Limit for Bass please download and display our poster

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex, New Size Limit for Bass | 0 comments

There are new restrictions on the size of bass that may be legally kept by anglers and commercial fisherman. This is part of a package of measures which will include monthly limits on commercial vessels, a new minimum conservation reference size (previously known as minimum landing size) and the recreational three fish bag limit to help bass stocks recover throughout the European Union.

Defra has asked the Angling Trust, as the Governing Body for all angling in England to help promote these new restrictions to the sea angling community.

We are asking all sea anglers, clubs, tackle shops and charter skippers to read, forward, print and display a poster about the restrictions, which can be downloaded from the Angling Trust website HERE.

Defra will also disseminate the message further through its own media channels.

The poster describes the new rules for bass size limits and provides a link for more information:

  • From 1 September 2015, if you catch bass under 42cm in size you must release them immediately.
  • Please land bass carefully for the best survival on release. This gives female bass the chance to grow to spawning age.
  • Recreational anglers may keep no more than three fish per day.
  • The new rules are vital so that anglers can play our part in the recovery of bass stocks.
  • You can find out more at: www.gov.uk/government/news/increase-in-bass-minimum-conservation-reference-size

Please spread the word about these new conservation measures to help protect our fish.

DOWNLOAD THE POSTER HERE

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Kingmere As Consultation

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex | 0 comments

  Crunch Time For Kingmere As Consultation Opens On Management Measures For Bream Fishing In New Sussex MCZ

Sea anglers are being invited to comment on a new bylaw introducing management measures for fishing activities – including recreational angling for black bream – within the new Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).

The Sussex IFCA has drafted the bylaw for all Marine Protected Areas within the authority’s district. Included within this there will be a regulatory notice to ensure that fishing activities meet Natural England’s* conservation advice for the MCZ which was designated, in part, to recover the status of nesting black bream in the UK’s most important known nesting site for the species.

The Kingmere reef is a renowned recreational fishery for the wide variety of fish species that it supports – in particular black bream which build nests and lay their eggs in the specific seabed habitat in and around the reef.

The bylaw and regulatory notice for the Kingmere MCZ will still allow access to fishing. However, management measures to limit the impact of recreational angling on the nesting population of black bream within the MCZ will include a bag limit, closed areas and closed seasons for bream fishing.

Restrictions on all other activities, including commercial fishing, that threaten or damage the conservation features of the site have been included in the management measures. A delicate balance has been sought by the IFCA in an attempt to get buy-in from all stakeholders who use the Kingmere – while still satisfying the conservation objectives for which the MCZ was designated.

Anglers travel from all around the country to fish on the Kingmere from private boats and from the vibrant charter boat fleets in Brighton, Littlehampton and Shoreham By Sea. The proposed management measures are likely to have a significant impact on how, when and where recreational fishing for black bream takes place.

The Angling Trust has been involved from the start of the process to ensure that recreational angling is not disproportionately impacted by restrictions. We will be submitting our comments on the proposals to both the Marine Management Organisation and the Sussex IFCA in the coming days. Once submitted our response will be publically available from the Angling Trust website HERE including details on our position taken over the bylaw and impact on recreational anglers.

David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s Marine Campaigns Manager, said: “A lot of work has gone into consulting local sea anglers in Sussex and making sure that they, and the thousands of anglers who travel to Sussex to fish the Kingmere each year, aren’t disproportionately affected by the proposed bylaw. We will be making our objections to some of the proposals as clearly and strongly as possible. However, where we feel that we can support the proposals we will.”

Tim Macpherson, Director of the Angling Trust and Chairman of the Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region, said: “The consultation process for this MCZ designation has taken time and involved a lot of stakeholders including commercial fishing, wildlife groups and anglers.

The Angling Trust in Sussex has been closely involved representing angling interests to the Sussex IFCA and we are pleased that anglers will continue to be allowed to fish on the Kingmere reef during the breeding season.  This access is vital in maintaining the economic viability of the charter fleets and ensuring access for anglers is not being unnecessarily restricted.

We recognise the importance of the conservation objectives set out in the designation. However, there are areas of the regulatory notice which I personally have serious concerns about. However, I want to make clear that I recognise the efforts the officers on the IFCA have put in to getting what they believe is a balanced outcome.

The Angling Trust will submit a formal response to the bylaw shortly but it is also up to individual anglers and angling groups to make their representations directly – bearing in mind that the original advice was to close the area to all activity.”

Consultation on the bylaw is open until October 7th so anglers wishing to make their voices heard should make sure they respond before then.

For more information on the bylaw and how to comment click HERE

For more information on the Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region’s work leading up to this click HERE

*Natural England is a statutory nature conservation body and provides the government with conservation advice on the protection of the marine environment.

 

 

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