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Photographs from the 2017 AGM on Sunday 26th February 2017 at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth

 
 

Our Chairman, Keith Gillett, opened the meeting and moved swiftly on with the formalities.

Following the Treasurer's report, Andy Burt provided an update on recent developments regarding the critically important issue of conservation.

The first guest speaker was Martin Salter, representing the Angling Trust. His presentation included a number of valuable insights and recommendations regarding the pressing issues affecting both anglers and fish populations.

 
 

Presentation of Trophies for 2016:

 
 

Jerry Phillips receives the first of several awards for his impressive 7lb 12oz fish, which was the best thicklip of 2017.

... and a second.

Andrew Boyd receives the East Coast shield for his 5/04 thicklip.

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Gary Brooker with the first of two awards for his 7/07 thicklip - the National Rover shield.

 
 

Jenny Kent collects the Ladies' Trophy for her 4/01 thicklip.

Paul Howe capitalised upon his fewer fishing opportunities during 2016 to win the Dorset shield for his 5/04 thicklip.

Jerry Phillips with the third of the trophies received for his 7lb 12oz specimen, which was caught during one of the NMC fish-ins.

Gary Brooker receives his second award, the Sussex shield, for his excellent 7/07 thicklip.

Dave Matthews' productive foray across the border netted him a 6/02 thicklip and the Wales Trophy.

 
 

Honouring Dave Rigden:

 
 

Dave Rigden receives the 'Venue Top Ten' Trophy, for a superb total weight of 50/09.

Dave also received a framed citation, composed and presented by his long-time friend, our retired Chairman, Steve Smith.

 

The citation bestows life membership in recognition of the immeasurable contribution that Dave has made to the NMC over many, many years.

As a further token of the high regard in which he is held, Dave also received this truly special David Miller print.

 
 

Other Guest Speakers

 
 

 

Matt Mander, Deputy Chief Officer of the Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Agency (IFCA). Matt delivered an informative presentation regarding recent and upcoming developments in fisheries legislation and enforcement from the viewpoint of the IFCAs, with particular reference to initiatives within his own region.

 

 
 

 

Colin MacLeod gave an interesting, informative and mullet-filled talk about the pleasures and challenges of fly fishing for all three of our native grey mullet species, and also those encountered during his holidays abroad.

 

 
 

 

Mike Ladle's entertaining talk covered a wide range of situations, tactics and techniques, reflecting his vast knowledge of mullet fishing and other angling pursuits, which he has acquired over many years.