Saturday, May 31, 2008

NACA receive River Wensum project funding

Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association (NACA) have been awarded £10,000 in funding by the Environment Agency towards a partnership project with the Agency to assess the feasibility and prepare outline designs for, sustainable river restoration projects for the reaches of the River Wensum at Lyng either upstream or downstream of the mill, and at Costessey downstream of the railway line.

The designs will be in line with the river Wensum Restoration strategy and will give recommendations for restoration projects that will benefit the ecology and fisheries in these areas and contribute to restoring the river to that typical of a Norfolk chalk stream.

The reaches to benefit will be that of Lyng the site of NACA’s first restoration project which has also recently benefited from gravel augmentation work by the Agency, and at Costessey where phase two of their ambitious restoration project is deemed to take place to restore this once renowned barbel fishery.

Chris Oakley Chairman of the Association said: ‘ we are happy to be leading the way on projects of this kind on the Wensum something the Association has been heavily involved with for over twenty years and are pleased to work closely and in partnership with the Agency and welcome their support’.

Any preliminary design work will be undertaken in early 2009.

Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association AGM – End Of An Era

Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association AGM – End Of An Era
The Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association (NACA) held their AGM on 20th May at Bawburgh village hall.

The meeting was well attended and the last to be chaired by Chris Turnbull, who after more than 20 years at the forefront of NACA, has decided to stand down from the committee. He was presented with a pair of custom built rods in appreciation of his relentless commitment towards the conservation and restoration projects that NACA have become involved in over the years.

Chris Oakley, who was voted as the new Chairman, gave an address which spoke of the exciting work which now lay ahead of the Association in partnership with the Environment Agency and Natural England to deliver the River Wensum Restoration Strategy and the continuing commitment to training and educational events which are now becoming core to the Association.
Dave Nelson was also voted as Secretary and Jamie Hall has become a new committee member.

Following on from the meeting, Richard Leishman of Natural England gave a comprehensive talk about the River Wensum Restoration Strategy, which was well received.

If anyone is interested in joining or finding out more about the Association they can contact membership secretary John O’Conner at NACA, PO Box 61, Norfolk, NR17 2AL, or via email at The Association will be hosting their annual open day at Bawburgh Lakes Fishery on Sunday 1st June, 10am-4.30pm. The day is free and open to all.

North West Eel Fishing Overnighter - Saturday 21st June,

With many pikers hanging up their rods until the winter, Region 31 PAC GB and the Northwest branch of the National Anguilla Club (NAC) have organised an Eel fishing session on a canal venue.

The event will take place from 8pm-6am, there will be a demonstration of rigs and pointers on eel welfare.

Event organisers are Jon Neafcy (RO Region 31 PAC) and Peter Waterfield (NAC), please contact Jon ( or Peter for further details.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Four arrests in fish theft swoop

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of illegally removing fish from Norfolk's River Wissey.

Police swooped on Sunday, May 25, on a stretch of river at Roxham Fen, between Hilgay and West Dereham.

The four men - believed to be Eastern Europeans - were questioned and are currently on police bail awaiting decisions on prosecution by the Environment Agency.

Det Sgt Chris Curtis, of Downham Market CID, said: "Persons caught committing this type of offence face not only the prospect of arrest and prosecution for offences of unlawfully taking or destroying fish, they also face the prospect of all their fishing equipment being confiscated and forfeited.

"The maximum punishment that can be awarded for these offences is three months imprisonment and or a fine."

Richard Ingham, Fisheries Enforcement Team Leader at the Environment Agency's Brampton office, said: "We are working more and more closely with the police and local angling clubs to crack down on any such crime. We take all angling offences extremely seriously and are convinced that this kind of co-operation pays dividends."

The arrests come after an Crimestoppers-style hotline was launched in the Fens to gather information on incidents and enable patrols to be targeted, after talkes between the EA, local angling clubs and the Pike Anglers Club.

The PAC understands a number of dead fish were seized, along with live tench and pike restrained on stringers, while monfilament gill nets and boats were confiscated.

Anyone with information should call 01480 483023.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Get in the picture

PAC Pike Angler of the Year, Graham Slater, has provided some helpful tips for taking photos of your pike while fishing alone for the PAC website. Although he seems to have forgotten to pick the fish up for the shot on the right!

You can read the page here.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

NACA Open Day - June 1st

The Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association (NACA) is holding its annual Open day event at the renowned Bawburgh Lakes Fishery just outside Norwich on Sunday 1st June 2008 between 10:00am and 4:30pm.

Entry will be free, with plenty of parking for the public to enjoy watching and meeting experienced anglers, fish with licensed angling coaches and watch many demonstrations.

All juniors must be accompanied by an adult.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.

There will be the opportunity to meet with special guest for the day, 4 times World Champion “Bob Nudd MBE”.

Demonstrations will be ongoing and include pike handling and welfare, lure fishing, trace making in conjunction with PAC, NACA and Norwich Pike Anglers Club, carp fishing, boilie making and rig clinic with Carp Connection, feeder fishing with Nick Larkin, Learn to cast with Terry Houseago, Salmon and Trout Association, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, electricity and carbon rods with EDF, pond dipping and guided bird watching.

The Environment Agency will be the main sponsor of the event.

Bait for the coaches will be sponsored by Angling Direct and Sensas.

There is an emphasis on newcomers, young and lapsed anglers. NFA and PAA licensed coaches will be set up on Bawburgh, Finger and Semons Lakes to provide instruction.

Bring a picnic to this beautiful Conservation site, managed by NACA or purchase refreshments and food from the barbecue being served all day.

Access to the event is in New Road between Bawburgh Village and Bowthorpe, approximately 4 miles west of Norwich. Turn off from A47 bypass on to the B1108 Watton Road signed ‘Colney and N&N Hospital’ then head towards Watton, taking the first right down Stocks Hill to Bawburgh Village. New Road is immediate right turn after the bridge, follow the road back under the A47 with the Fishery entrance a further 100 yards on the right.

From Bowthorpe, New Road turn is directly off the perimeter Chapel Break Road.

Sat Nav NR9 3LZ

For any further information please contact NACA Publicity Officer Chris Smith on 07826 811036.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

MPs debate threat to Broads

MPs were set to debate the threat to the Upper Thurne and its broads today - as the head of the agency behind proposals to allow them to be flooded by the sea apologised.

Natural England is behind proposals to abandon coastal defences between Eccles and Wintertion, on the Norfok coast.

If adopted by central government, the move would mean the looss of Horsey Mere, Hickling Broad, the Martham broads and heigham Sound, along with hundreds of homes in six low-lying villages.

More than 1600 people have now signed a petition to save the Upper Thurne system, which includes some of Britain's most historically-important pike fisheries.

Today Dr David Viner, Natural England's chief specialist on the impacts of climate changes, said difficult choices would need to ba made. In an interview with the Eastern Daily Press, he said the agency was right to initiate a debate over the future of flood defences.

The Environment Agency believes it can keep the North Sea at bay for at least another 50 years.

But the defences cost £1.5m a year to maintain and some officials believe allowing the area to flood would help send out "the right message" about the severity of climate change.

Other options, ranging from strengthening sea defences to doing nothing have also been proposed.

The plans became public after a draft report - not intended to be published until September - was leaked to newspapers threee weeks ago.

Today MPs led my Mid Norfolk's Keith Simpson were set to challenge the government to come clean over its plans, in a 90-minute debate.

To read the interview with Dr Viner, click here.

To sign the petition, click here.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Four must-see speakers for Piking 2008

Four must-see speakers have been signed up for this year's Pike Anglers Club Convention.

Piking 2008 will be held at Stoneleigh, Warks, on Saturday, September 27.

Predator fishing in all four corners of the British Isles, along with Holland and Sweden are covered by Derek MacDonald, Graham Slater, Michel Huigevoort and PA Högberg.

PAC promotions manager Mike Kelly said: "All four speakers have varied experience and fish differently, but one thing's for sure - they'll all knock you out with their talks and catches."

Derek Macdonald may be one of the country's best-known lure anglers but he rarely shares the secrets of his success.

"On my travels I have fished in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales even as far afield as Eastern Germany," he said.

"After a long and winding road, I have managed to reach my Everest and fulfil my dream, catching a monstrous fish weighing over 40lbs."

Graham Slater is another one of pike fishing's quieter exponents, who has enjoyed some phenomenal catches.

“Thirty years of fishing waters in England, Ireland and Scotland have shaped both the way I think about my fishing and the way I go about it," he said.

"My presentation will details some of my experiences and things I've learned from them, along with last season’s results and how I achieved my most successful season ever."

Michel Huigevoort will be travelling from Holland to share the Dutch style of fishing rivers.

He said: “I grew up close to the river Maas in the south of Holland. And after my very first pike the call of the river and the hunt for the biggest predator never went away.

"A part from pike fishing I like fishing for zander as well. Challenging the biggest bodies of water is what I like most, in Holland and abroad."

PA Högberg, from Stockholm, will be outlining his approach to both the increasingly popular Baltic and other Scandinavian waters.

"My talk outline will be the Swedish pike of different types like lake pike, river pike, Baltic pike and sub-groups like stationary pike.

"I'll be covering techniques to catch them. How to pick the right lure. Fishing technique with different types of baits. Rods and reels and how to chose the proper gear."

As well as the speakers, the PAC Convention is regarded by many pike anglers as the start to their winter campaign.

Stalls featuring the latest predator tackle, the lively second-hand tackle sale, demonstrations, awards and the chance to meet some of the sport's top names add up to a top day's entertainment.

All predator anglers are welcome, with tickets costing £12 for PAC members and £14 for non-members on the door.

Up to two juniors (under 16...) are admitted free with each paying adult, while advance tickets are available priced £10.

Parking is free and there are refreshments and bar.

For advance tickets, send a cheque payable to the PAC for £10 per ticket, with a stamped address envelope, to: Mike Kelly, 47 Yew Tree Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 0BG.