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The recent heavy rain has certainly helped the seatrout fishing in the Northwest of England, where anglers fishing the rivers Lune, Ribble, Hodder, Wenning, Eden and some of the smaller rivers in Cumbria have been catching seatrout. The best fish on the Hodder was a 6lb fish caught by Richard Watson of Preston who was fishing a size 6 Dunkeld.

Some excellent barbel are being caught from several rivers in the North and Midlands. On the River Severn Jack Williams of Birmingham had a brace of doubles weighing 11-10-0 and 12-6-0 both fish were caught on halibut pellet. The best fish of the week is probably John Pawlowski's 15lb plus barbel from the river Dove which is a new river record. John is having a tremendous season having caught several double figure fish. The River Wye in Herefordshire was the chosen river for Peter Wright of Worcester in his quest for a big barbel. Having caught three barbel averaging six pounds, Peter hooked a powerful fish that had him following it down river for some fifty yards. After a tough fight Peter was able to draw the big fish into his landing . It wasn't the dreamed for big barbel, but a super common carp of 23lbs

NORTH WEST PARTNERS COMMIT TO TACKLE BASSENTHWAITE LAKE

Seven leading North West organisations have committed to take joint action in an effort to improve the threatened waters of Bassenthwaite
Lake in Cumbria.The Environment Agency has joined forces with the Lake District National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission, the National Trust,
English Nature, United Utilities, and the Rural Development Service to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which cements the long term
support of all parties to the current Bassenthwaite Lake Restoration Programme.

Representatives from all parties came together this to formally sign the MoU agreement at the offices of English Nature at Murley Moss Business Park in Kendal.
The restoration programme includes a wide range of projects which collectively aim to combat the serious problems currently affecting the lake - specifically pollution, too much silt entering the lake, and the effects of invading fish and plant species. The projects are being applied to the entire 237Km2 catchment area of
the lake, including the fells around Bassenthwaite itself, Borrowdale Thirlmere and Troutbeck.

John Pinder, Still Waters Manager for the Environment Agency, comments: "The signing of this agreement will mark a significant vote of confidence in the long term commitment of all parties to the restoration programme. The sustained support of everyone involved with this initiative is vital if we are to save these waters of international importance from the problems which currently affect them." John adds: "Several of these problems, such as algal blooms and rising
silt levels, require long term approaches to be tackled effectively, and with this agreement we can now take steps to secure the funding and manpower to push these solutions forward."


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