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AT Wessex Junior Award Winners 2014

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in A T Latest News, with his 2014 Specimen Fish of the Year Award and 15 year old Jaon Voller (Lymington & District) - 2014 Junior Angler of the Year. Jaon has won this Award 4 years in succession. | 0 comments

AT Wessex Junior Award Winners 2014

Curtis Driver with 1lb 11oz SoleAs promised here are the details from the AGM on Friday evening regarding the AT Wessex Junior Award Winners 2014. I now attach a photo of 8 year old Curtis Driver (Poole Dolphins), with his 2014 Specimen Fish of the Year Award and 15 year old Jaon Voller (Lymington & District) – 2014 Junior Angler of the Year. Jaon has won this Award 4 years in succession.



Junior Award Winners 2014

Higher Minimum Legal Size

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in A T Latest News | 1 comment

Higher Minimum Legal Size

Higher Minimum Legal Size, an EU proposal to raise the minimum legal size for bass must apply to all those fishing for them – that’s the message the Angling Trust has sent to top decision makers at the EU and member of an EU working party who will be discussing further emergency measures for bass in Brussels tomorrow following the ban on pelagic trawling that was introduced earlier this month.

Indications coming out of the EU have been that the new proposed minimum size of 42cm would only apply to recreational catches while commercial fishermen would continue to be able to harvest immature bass at 36cm – effectively discriminating against recreational anglers.

In addition the EU is proposing a monthly limit on how much bass commercial vessels can catch. However, the proposal of 1 tonne per vessel per month means that up to 90 per cent of the under-10m fleet in England wouldn’t be affected at all, according to figures from 2010. This means it is even more important that the small scale commercial sector plays its part in helping to reduce bass mortality through a higher minimum legal size.

Recreational catches are already likely to be subjected to a three fish a day bag limit so the Angling Trust is insisting that a higher MLS for all fisheries, including technical changes to reduce discards of bass, will help move closer to the required 80 per cent reduction advised by scientists.

David Mitchell, Marine Campaigns Manager for the Angling Trust said:Reducing total fishing mortality is the absolute priority and recreational anglers are playing their part in helping to achieve this. It’s fundamentally important that the small scale commercial fishing fleet, which won’t be affected by the proposed monthly vessel limit but which still has a big impact on bass mortality, plays its part too. This can all be achieved in a fair and balanced way with a higher minimum size for all those fishing for bass.

It would also be a real kick in the teeth for anglers who have been campaigning for the minimum size to be increased over so many years to now be required to release immature fish in the knowledge that commercial fishermen will still be allowed to land them.

The Angling Trust has sent the letter to national representatives from the UK attending tomorrow’s meeting, as well as other members of the working party, arguing that a new minimum legal size of at least 42cm (ideally 48cm) would:

  • Address reducing fishing mortality from the ‘mixed fishery’ and recreational sectors in a fair, even-handed and non-discriminatory manner.
  • Allow small scale vessels with catches below the proposed vessel limit to contribute to reducing fishing mortality in line with the ICES advice.
  • Contribute to increasing the spawning stock biomass of bass and build resilience into the fishery.
  • Move towards a higher yield per recruit from the fishery which would contribute towards reaching the target of maximum sustainable yield.

We’ve also encouraged our partner angling organisations at the European Anglers Alliance to contact their own national representatives in order to get as much support for our position as possible.

The Angling Trust and EAA partners have been invited to meet with the Commission in Brussels on Friday February 13th to discuss the emergency measures for bass, after which we’ll have more news to report on our campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for future updates.

The full letter sent to members of the Working Party discussing bass tomorrow can be downloaded HERE.

England Boat Angling Squad Seeks New Blood

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in A T Latest News, England Boat Angling Squad Seeks New Blood, Featured | 0 comments

England Boat Angling Squad Seeks New Blood

England Boat Angling Squad Seeks New Blood

England Boat Angling Squad Seeks New Blood
The Angling Trust has started its search for anglers to join Team England World Championships and Home Nations Boat squads.
This is an opportunity for knowledgeable club anglers or those with open competition experience to work alongside the current managers and team members to learn about international angling.
Team England are the reigning World Champions after taking gold in Weymouth in September 2014 and silver in Ireland during the SALC Home Nations Boat International in 2014. This initiative aims to increase the size of the talent pool from which teams are selected and demonstrates the ambition for continual improvement and success.
Any anglers interested in getting involved should contact the Angling Trust’s Competitions & Events Manager Sandra Drew on 01159 061301, or visit the website and download an application form. Closing dates for applications is 30th August with squad sessions to be held later in the year.
Applications can be found at

ENDS ——————–
Photo – England Senior World Boat Team winning the World Championship title at the 50th FIPS-M World Boat Championships in Weymouth, England 2014

The Angling Trust is the National Governing Body for angling in England and represents all coarse, game and sea anglers and angling.
The Angling Trust is the recognised body for competitive international angling in England through membership with the International Angling Confederation (CIPS) and its International Sea Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-M), International Casting Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-Casting) International Fresh Water Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-ed) and International Fly Sport Fishing Federation (FIP-Mouche).
For further information contact: Competitions & Events Manager
Sandra Drew 0115 9061301

AT Wessex Boat Champ of Champs 2015

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in A T Latest News, AT Wessex Boat Champ of Champs 2015 | Comments Off on AT Wessex Boat Champ of Champs 2015

AT Wessex Boat Champ of Champs 2015

AT Wessex Boat Champ of Champs 2015

Wessex Region Marine

Saturday 13th June 2015
To be fished out of Poole
Sign in – 07.00 to 07.30 Presentation venue TBA

This is a bait supplied competition. Entry fee £72.50

1st Prize £200 + Other cash prizes and Prize Table

To enter you must be affiliated club entrant, or Individual member of Angling Trust

Entries close – 7thMay 2015

Contact – Kim Bowden, 12 Padnell Road, Waterlooville, Hants. PO8 8DZ
Mobile: 07879 894492
Fighting for the Future of Your Fishing

Entry form download

Wessex Region


Wessex Champ of Champs

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex | 0 comments

Wessex Champ of Champs

Wessex Champ of Champs

This Comp was fished at Stokes Bay/Gilkicker on Saturday 22nd November, with Gosport & District the host Club. This Competition was Catch and Release with a length to weight chart being used for all species.  20 anglers registered into this Competition, which was in conjunction with the Drayton Angling Club Open.

  1. Mick Amos (Drayton AC) 96 Whiting, 1 Pouting
  2. Richard Payne (Drayton AC) 53 Whiting, 5 Pouting and 2 Codling

Minimum size of 27cm was imposed for Whiting.  The event was support by Clubs from Dorset, Wiltshire & Hampshire.


The 2nd photograph – a picture of Chris Clark Wessex Publicity Officer, with his £500 cash prize and Trophy, which was presented by

Jim Griffiths, Drayton AC Chairman & Competition Co-ordinator.

Our thanks goes to Jim for organising the above successful events.


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50th World Boat Championship 2014

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in 50th World Boat Championship 2014, A T Latest News, Featured | 0 comments

50th World Boat Championship 2014

50th World Boat Championship 2014 (Weymouth), here are 2 pictures from the 50th World Boat Championship 2014.  The “fishy one” is Individual Silver Medallist, Colin Searles and Ray Barron, both double World Champions, holding Undulate Rays in practice for the Championships.

The other is obviously the Senior and U21 England Teams with mascot.

Full details can be found by following this link to the website



England teams 2014 Undulate Rays


Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex, Featured | 0 comments



Saturday 26th July and the 35 anglers aboard 4 boats departed from Langstone Harbour just before 0-800 hrs for the 2014 AT Wessex Boat Championship. Ideal conditions afloat with light winds and dry hot sunny weather, but how would the fishing be?

All the boats started on a rocky bank targeting Bream and Wrasse. Bream made an early showing but also many Smoothound to the small baits and light rigs. Of surprise and certainly good that there were no size limits, Martin Bobbett opened his day with one of the smallest conger eels that most on the boat had ever seen, max weight of half a pound, he did follow it later with a more respectable conger of about 10 pounds, good points and the only 2 congers seen on Predator.

A move offshore for Smoothound proved a struggle with only a couple being caught plus a few dogfish so most boats moved back in shore on broken ground where more Bream were had and some Wrasse with one or two of other species being caught.

List of species caught between each boat included Bream, Conger Eel, Dogfish, Mackerel, Pollock, Pouting, Scad, Undulate & Thornback Rays, Smoothound, and Wrasse.

After the fishing it was to Eastney Cruising Association club house where a beer could be had while waiting for the presentation and time for a chance to chat about the day and what could have been and should have been caught.

With all scores sorted all boats were very close but Laurie New, skipper of Predator, came out on top with an average score of 77.28 and was awarded a plaque for Top Boat for the Championship.

The optional pool for most species was won by Steve Batchelor with 8 which is now 2 years running.

Individually, out of the 4 boat winners it was Steve Batchelor who came top on count back with 150 points so winning the £200 first prize, Personal Members trophy, plus taking the Champion of Champions Trophy representing Lymington and Dist SAC. This makes it 2 years running Steve has achieved the double!

Steve fished aboard Ross Burnett’s boat Dawn Venture

Runner up with 105 points and collecting the £100 prize was Richard Day (Warren Boat AC). He also took the runner up trophy for Personal Member and Champion of Champion.

The other 2 boat winners were Ray Barron on 102 points and Ray Ashby on 81 points, both collecting £50.

From 5th down to 15th were called out in turn to select a prize from the prize table.

The fishing proved hard as has been the case from all ports this year compared to previous years but a good day I think was had by all even if the fish did not come to their rod in the required numbers.

Kim Bowden closed the proceedings by thanking all for taking part in the Championship and hope to see them again next year to see if we can stop Steve Batchelor from making it 3 in a row.

Fighting for the Future of your Fishing

1 Steve Batchelor Lymington and District AC Y 150 150 100.00%
2 Richard Day Warren Boat Angling Y 105 105 100.00%
3 Ray Barron Individual Boat Angling Club Y 102 102 100.00%
4 Ray Ashby Christchurch and District SAC Y 81 81 100.00%
5 Alan Johansen Albion SFC Y 102 100 98.04%
6 Perry Dack 81 78 96.30%
7 Cliff Newbold Portsmouth Dockyard Y 105 97 92.38%
8 Gill Thompson Individual Boat Angling Club Y 81 74 91.36%
9 Martin Bobbett 105 95 90.48%
10 Mark Steward Fareham Sea Angling Club Y 81 73 90.12%
11 Marcus Wuest 102 91 89.22%
12 Alan Painter 102 87 85.29%
13 Mike Lelliott 102 86 84.31%
14 Uwe Brown 102 85 83.33%
15 Colin Searles Hamble Angling Club Y 150 123 82.00%
16 Rodney Parker Fareham Sea Angling Club Y 81 61 75.31%
17 Alan Bird 105 79 75.24%
18 Barrie Senior 81 60 74.07%
19 Kim Bowden Eastney Crusing Association Y 105 75 71.43%
20 Dave Oliver 105 75 71.43%
21 Steve Daley Salisbury Anchor Y 81 56 69.14%
22 Dick Prosser Eastney Crusing Association Y 105 70 66.67%
23 Dave Smith 81 50 61.73%
24 Keith Trim Albion SFC Y 150 71 47.33%
25 Steph Baker 150 63 42.00%
26 Derek Smith Lymington and District Y 105 43 40.95%
27 Vernon Allen Poole Dolphins 102 35 34.31%
28 Rod Giles Warren Boat Angling Club Y 150 45 30.00%
29 Tony Sherwood 102 30 29.41%
30 Keith Scaggs 102 28 27.45%
31 Jan Dalziel 150 33 22.00%
32 Peter VanAllen 150 28 18.67%
33 Brian Browning Salisbury Anchor Y 150 26 17.33%
34 Ady Cox Portsmouth Dockyard Y 105 17 16.19%
35 J Masson Gosport and District Angling Club Y 150 8 5.33%
36 Pete Bailey DNF 0 0.00%

Langstone boat champs 2014Conger Martin Bobbett

Wessex Boat Draw and Rules 2014

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in A T Latest News, A T Wessex, Featured | 0 comments

Wessex Boat Draw and Rules 2014

Wessex Boat Draw and Rules 2014

Copy-of-Boat-Draw-2014-1Boat Rules 2014

Loni’s Angling Centre New Milton Hampshire

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in A T Latest News, Advertising Opportunities, Loni’s Angling Centre | 0 comments

Loni’s Angling Centre New Milton Hampshire

Thanks to Loni’s Angling Centre New Milton Hampshire for advertising with the A T Wessex.

Loni’s Angling Centre, New Milton, Hampshire near the New Forest. Loni’s Angling Centre is ideally placed as the nearest fishing tackle shop to Hordle lakes, Sway Lakes and Orchard Lakes also many beaches such as Hurst Spit, Barton on Sea, Hordle Cliff, Highcliffe and Milford on Sea. We stock a large range of tackle for sea angling, coarse fishing, Carp and game fishing, as well as a wide range of baits including Carp Pellets, Frozen Boilies, Fresh Maggots, Locally Dug Ragworm, Frozen Seabaits and Live Peeler Crabs. Whatever type of fishing you do, we can help. Open 7 days a week from 7am with easy on street parking!


Loni's Hampshire's No.1 Fishing Tackle Shop

Advertising Opportunities

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in A T Latest News, Advertising Opportunities | 0 comments

Advertising Opportunities, following our committee meeting last night it was decided to offer advertising spaces with links to Facebook, web posts and tweets to businesses relevant to our sport.

This is a trial to encourage links to small businesses in the angling industry, with positive feedback and increased visitors to our website and the interest shown in our new Facebook page we can now offer excellent publicity and great SEO potential for backlinks to your current website.

For more information please follow the link below:-

Contact the A T Wessex Via the link below for information about the website or advertising opportunities:-

Advertising Opportunities