HE might have been fishing ‘blind' but Terry Todd-Smith had no trouble seeing what his speculative cast had brought him when this 21 lb 6oz brown trout emerged from the depths at Dever Springs recently.
It was a personal best for the Kent angler (beating his previous record by over 9lb) and it fell to a Blue-flash Damsel, exposing Terry's backing line a few times in the fight that ensued.
The fish mercifully waited until it was netted before dislodging the hook...
MONEYGOES TO WORK
THE Angling Trust has announced that an additional £50,000 is up for grabs later this summer, courtesy of the Environment Agency's rod licence sales.
Following a first round of funding earlier this year, the Fishery Improvement Fund will again be offering awards of up to £5,000 per project. This time, proposals are invited in two categories of the National Angling Strategy 'Fishing for Life': either 'getting kids into fishing' or 'protecting fish stocks from predation'.
Clubs and organisations need not be Angling Trust members or Angling Trust-affiliated to be eligible to apply and proposals from commercial fisheries are also welcomed. Clubs and fisheries that were unsuccessful in Round 1, but have a continuing need for funding in these two areas, are welcome to apply again with a rimfire scope.
Eligibility criteria and details of how to apply are available to view and download from the Angling Trust's dedicated Fishery Improvement Fund web page www.anglingtrust.net/improvementfund.
Applications should be emailed to reach the Angling Trust by the close of business on Monday July 13,2015, and successful organisations must be able to spend the award by no later than the end of August.
Guest post of Matthew Schade from Hunting-Tips.Net.