Keith Arthur’s

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ONCE again I see it’s time for the An­gling Times Na­tional An­gling Awards (pages 8/9).

There is so much good in our sport – and some things not so good – that the idea of cel­e­brat­ing the best is a bril­liant one.

In a year in which the Thames has been out­stand­ing from one end to the other, with spec­i­men fish and, es­pe­cially, some in­cred­i­ble roach sport, I’m still go­ing for the Trent as River of the Year for 2017.

Ob­vi­ously the bar­bel sport has been phe­nom­e­nal and, even though the num­ber of fish in the lower river has been ar­ti­fi­cially en­hanced by com­pen­sa­tion stock­ing from Calver­ton, the re­main­der of the river has also pro­duced good bar­bel.

Preda­tor an­glers have caught big perch and zan­der, and I’m sure any­one who tar­gets pike with any de­gree of thought this win­ter will find some big, pos­si­bly huge, fish.

For the match and plea­sure an­gler there have been bream, perch, dace, a resur­gence in match-sized chub and sim­ply mil­lions of roach of all sizes.

Per­haps if my lo­cal sec­tion of Thames hadn’t died a com­plete death over the past month I’d have a dif­fer­ent opin­ion, but it’s the Trent for me.

Achieve­ment of the year? Although it’s cer­tainly not just been 2017, the achieve­ments of An­drew Al­sop, and his White Wa­ter char­ter com­pany, seem dif­fi­cult to beat. He has turned shark fish­ing into an art form and I can’t be­lieve he hasn’t pro­vided more days of a life­time for his cus­tomers than any­one else. For me, at least, that de­serves of­fi­cial recog­ni­tion.

An­drew Al­sop has pi­o­neered mod­ern-day shark fish­ing off the UK. He de­serves an award in my book.

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