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Angling In The Army
Richard Haggath with a 30lb 10oz Common Carp caught during an Army Match - Yateley Sandhurst Lake
The Army Angling Federation

The Army Angling Federation Group 8 (Carp) Section was the brainchild of Craig Turner whose vision was to promote carp fishing within the British Army. Since those early days Group 8 has grown alongside our sister group, Group 9 in Germany and now both sections are averaging over 50 members each year, far more than any other discipline of Army fishing.

Group 8 owes its success and reputation largely to the founder members and also to the hard work of the various committees’ since then. Mark Smith, another founder member was the Secretary for Group 8 for the 5 years and has been instrumental in the success the Group enjoys today. As with all things, time moves on and today we have a new committee with Dave Greenland as our Chairman, Alex Rockett as our Secretary and Steve Osborne as our treasurer. Between the 3 of us we ensure the member’s best interests are served and to ensure that our mission statement is achieved: To promote Carp fishing within the British Army through dedicated Qualifying Events and Inter-Service competitions, and to raise the profile of the British Army within the civilian carping community.

We fish 5 Qualifying Events (QE’s) amongst ourselves each year with the aim of reaching the top 12 of the leader board and thus gaining entry into the Army Team and gaining paid entry into the BCAC, a national carp competition. We also have the Inter Corps Carp Championships, Army Carp Championships and last year saw the first Inter Service Carp Championships between the Army, Navy and RAF.

So you can see there is plenty going on!! We are fortunate to have one of the leading names in Carp fishing as our sponsor and through the hard work of our Sponsor Rep Seth O'Callaghan, NASH Tackle have supported us with bait and prizes for 3 years now.

The group is open to current and ex serving members of the Army be they Regular or reservists. If you want to be part of our growing organisation visit our website; we also have a sister group in Germany whose site is have a look around and download a membership form.

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