Frustration with the Angling Trust.

Neil ofthe nene

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Have you emailed the Angling Trust with your observations? I have always found them to be very open with contact details all the way to the chief exec. Emails always get responded to promptly. And I cannot praise them highly enough for their response to a recent enquiry regarding fish theft from a club water. They immediately put a rocket up the backside of the police who refused to recognise the theft as a crime.
 

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I would not trust the AT to tie me a hooklength. Like most small to medium organisations and charities, they have turned into a cottage industry of upper and middle management paying themselves corporate sized salaries/benefits/pensions with Jack Diddly going to where it’s supposed to or getting done.
Then they have the Gaul to ask for volunteers to do all the rubbish Donkey work. 😡
 

mike fox

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I don't blame the Angling Trust, I blame the people in it.
I've always said that amalgamating the 3 disciplines of angling (coarse, game and sea) under one governing umbrella would be an immense task because of the financial restraints. We all know about the phrase of too many chiefs and not enough indians. With the AT it's the other way round and all the indians are part-timers. eg. 18 hours a week. It's only the few chiefs that are on full time 40 hour week. Angling as a whole is too big to be run by a small bunch of angling egotistical individuals ineptly supported by an army of part-time lackies that are unable to carry out the activities that is essential for the successful dissemination of angling on a national scale.
 

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After witnessing their pathetic attempts in organising the Junior Nationals a couple of times. I am in full agreement with others who say they are not fit for purpose.
It's annoying that if an angler wants to compete in competitions like Fish'O he has to pay to be a member of a useless organisation.
 

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I've always said that amalgamating the 3 disciplines of angling (coarse, game and sea) under one governing umbrella would be an immense task because of the financial restraints.
Even that didn't go according to plan when the Salmon & Trout Association pulled out
And basically blackmailing match anglers to join if they wanted to take part in Fisho qualifiers was a sly trick - the old NFA had never insisted on membership to partake.
Fortunately that's no longer the only big money event on the calendar these days.

I do wonder what percentage of the membership are match anglers - I can't imagine there are many specialist anglers that are still members, game anglers never joined in the first place nor I suspect did many sea anglers. Judging by the number of clubs taking part in the Nationals, club membership must have plummetted too.

The Truat are very good at putting out press statements but they don't seem to actually DO very much and their website is appalling.
British Pike Final qualifiers usually start in September - no details on website
I wonder if the winter league final took place - it was in February so maybe they just haven't got round to updating the website yet.

It just looks shoddy

Simon
 

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All that business between AT and Drennan a few year ago did it for me.....:(
 

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All that business between AT and Drennan a few year ago did it for me.....:(
Still not seen a proper explanation of what happened.
Something very wrong when a company like Drennan who backed the team from 1993 -2019 pulls the plug on a sponsorship like that.
Telling that the AT hasn't managed to attract a major sponsor since for a team of England's quality.
 

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My experience with AT from fishing this years Feeder National and Div.1....

In years past Sandra and Kirsty were always very helpful with match related questions etc and always on the ball.
This year with new staff it has been shocking though.
No one answering phones or emails.
The Day before the feeder national an email gets sent out saying can team captains bring £120 pool money to the draw 🤣
Shocking last minute stuff.....
Headquarters and results were bang on though with the feeder national.

The evening before the Div.1 national was supposed to be a random section draw.
Instead the lazy asses used the team sheet names sent in and said that 1st on list is A section etc.
So mainly all the team captains were in A section at Viaducts.
People were going crazy due it not being a random section draw.
All they had to do was pull a number out from 1-10 on a live draw per team. If 6 comes out then the 6th angler on list is A section etc.
People pay a lot of money to fish a national and this was a big joke.
Hence Sean Ashby going mad on Facebook.
The match was fished 11-4 yet back at HQ Nottingham Racecourse at 8pm the results still hadn't been announced so teams started going home - long drives etc.
In todays day and age it takes a minute to what's app or messenger a weigh board photo back to HQ??
A computer program already in place for "fast results". 🤣🤣🤣

Angling Trust take a lot of money off of match anglers for these events.

They seriously need to get their act together to keep people on board.
 

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My experience with AT from fishing this years Feeder National and Div.1....
In years past Sandra and Kirsty were always very helpful with match related questions etc and always on the ball.
This year with new staff it has been shocking though.
No one answering phones or emails.
The Day before the feeder national an email gets sent out saying can team captains bring £120 pool money to the draw 🤣
Shocking last minute stuff.....
Headquarters and results were bang on though with the feeder national.

The evening before the Div.1 national was supposed to be a random section draw.
Instead the lazy asses used the team sheet names sent in and said that 1st on list is A section etc.
So mainly all the team captains were in A section at Viaducts.
People were going crazy due it not being a random section draw.
All they had to do was pull a number out from 1-10 on a live draw per team. If 6 comes out then the 6th angler on list is A section etc.
People pay a lot of money to fish a national and this was a big joke.
Hence Sean Ashby going mad on Facebook.
The match was fished 11-4 yet back at HQ Nottingham Racecourse at 8pm the results still hadn't been announced so teams started going home - long drives etc.
In todays day and age it takes a minute to what's app or messenger a weigh board photo back to HQ??
A computer program already in place for "fast results". 🤣🤣🤣

Angling Trust take a lot of money off of match anglers for these events.

They seriously need to get their act together to keep people on board.
No idea how they’re so slow with results now. Back when I fished them every year up to 2008 or so they’d usually have the result within a couple of hours, often less, and printed full results for the team captains shortly after. And that’s with 70+ teams in the 1980s and 90s
 

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Case in point, remember 1995 div 4 on the Thames. 78 teams I think and our two lads on the furthest sections at Longworth and Goring had only been back at HQ for at most 20 minutes when we got the results ( remember it as we were 3rd off a rotten team draw)
 

mike fox

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Case in point, remember 1995 div 4 on the Thames. 78 teams I think and our two lads on the furthest sections at Longworth and Goring had only been back at HQ for at most 20 minutes when we got the results ( remember it as we were 3rd off a rotten team draw)
That was in the NFA days. I remember it well.
 
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