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Lee Jackson Former British record holder Lee is a member of the Trust - you should be too. Join now.

Specialist Coarse Angling


Specialist coarse angling is without doubt the most popular branch amongst specialist anglers, and the number of coarse angling groups below reflects this. All these organisations have a wealth of information available to specialist anglers and many campaign and lobby, in partnership with the Angling Trust, for the protection of their species from disease, predation, pollution and other threats. Please visit their web sites to find out more.

SAA Logo 100pxThe Angling Trust was formed from an historic merger of six angling and conservation organisations in January 2009.

One of these organisations, the Specialist Anglers Alliance (SAA) grew to protect and represent specialist anglers throughout the UK, under one body. The Angling Trust continues the SAA's important work and key objectives:

  • Unite and represent all specialist angling groups, nationally and locally, to maximise our collective political voice.
  • Defend all the angling rights and interests of our members, member groups and specialist anglers.
  • Represent all our members at national level in particular with regard to environmental and political matters of concern to angling.
  • Secure funding to further the cause of angling and the environment.
  • Campaign on behalf of members for a cleaner aquatic environment, and to support those organisations already active in these areas.
  • Resist and challenge threats to angling and the environment.
  • Provide a unified body for the benefit of all members, member groups and specialist anglers.
  • Promote the universal adoption of a responsible code of conduct for anglers.
  • Encourage ALL anglers to take positive action to protect their sport.
  • Develop ongoing dialogue with other established conservation groups.
  • Build a closer rapport between all anglers and the Environment Agency.
  • Play an active role in formulating any legislation which impacts on angling and its environment.
  • Combat anti-angling propaganda
We need YOU and all Specialist Anglers to join and support the sport you love as an individual member of the Angling Trust. Your subscription goes directly to fight our campaigns against poaching, pollution and predation and costs you less than 50p a week. It's simple: If you went birdwatching you would join the RSPB. If you went shooting you would join BASC. As an angler you should join YOUR representative body - The Angling Trust.

Read more about our campaigns on specific issues that affect specialist angling by using the links on the left hand side of this page.

Coarse Angling Specialist Groups Affiliated to the Angling Trust

Darlington, Teeside & Durham Pike Anglers Club

Association of Barbel Fishers

The Pike Anglers Club of East Sussex

The Osprey Specimen Group

Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association

Northampton Specimen Group

The Barbel Society

Barbel Catchers Club

British Carp Study Group

The Perchfishers
Chub Study Group
Read more from the Chub Study Group HERE.

Taplow Specimen Group

Oulton Park Specimen Syndicate

The Tenchfishers

Lure Anglers Society

The National Anguilla Club

Pike Fly Fishing Association

Zander Angling Club

The Pike Angler's Club of Great Britain

Peterborough Specimen Group

Milton Keynes Specialist Group

The Specialist Angling Freshwater Group (SAFG)
The SAFG advises and lobbies the board of the Angling Trust on issues that are particularly important to Specialist Angling. The group corresponds via email and holds face to face meetings when the need arises. The SAFG is made up of representatives of the single species groups, other Specialist Angling groups and individuals with particular expertise.

The current chairman of the SAFG is Chris Evans (former chairman of the Specialist Anglers Alliance) who can be contacted at

We also have a growing structure of regional representation to promote and protect the interests of fisheries, angling, angling clubs and associations and individual anglers throughout England. If you would like to get involved please contact our Regions Coordinator John Cheyne at

Club and Syndicate Membership

Many of the Specialist Angling clubs and organisations listed above were members of the SAA - we continue to represent their interests and fight to protect your fish and fishing. To sign up your club or syndicate call 0844 77 00 616 (Option 1). We'll tell you about how you can benefit from our insurance cover and the work of Fish Legal (formerly known as the ACA - the Anglers’ Conservation Association) too. You can download a club and syndicate membership form using the link below.

Trade and Tackle Shop Membership
Sign up your business as a member and not only will you be supporting the future of your sport and business, we'll give you a link to your site to help your search engine ranking and drive new business to your website. If your shop distributes our membership forms we'll also pay you a commission for each new member you help us sign up. Call for more details on 0844 77 00 616 (Option 1). You can download a trade membership form using the link below.

Fishery Membership
To sign up your Fishery as a member of the Trust call us on 0844 77 00 616 (Option 1). We'll tell you about how the fishery will save on insurance cover and get free legal advice, representation and factsheets. Your fishery could save £1,000's of pounds by becoming a member! You can download a fishery membership form using the link below.

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River Whitewater photo courtesy of Farnham Angling Society.

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
Tel: 0343 5077006 (For Membership enquiries select Option 1) |
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