Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

ON SATUR­DAY, July 25, at a well-known wa­ter as yet kept se­cret, Bernard Ven­ables, Edi­to­rial Di­rec­tor of Angling Times, will start a brand new kind of angling com­pe­ti­tion that will set fish­er­men the length and breadth of England talk­ing.

At a time later to be an­nounced, Bernard Ven­ables will ar­rive at the se­lected fish­ing sta­tion in the Angling Times van. In the back of the van, in well aer­ated tanks, will be fifty perch in the prime of life.

Each of these perch will carry on its left op­er­cu­lar bone, or gill cover, a small me­tal tag.

This will have been fixed here in a man­ner ap­proved by the Fresh­wa­ter Bi­o­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries.

Ven­ables will then re­lease the perch in batches of five at a time into an­glers’ favourite swims on that stretch of the river. Af­ter that, it is up to the an­gler present to land them. There is no time limit. The beauty of the com­pe­ti­tion is that novice and ex­pert stand an equal chance.

Ex­pen­sive tackle will have lit­tle bear­ing on suc­cess.

The first perch caught will bring its cap­tor £20.

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