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Plans are underway to set up the UK’s first indoor fishery. It’s the brainchild of Simon Hughes, the man credited with creating the F1 carp, who wants to create an angling “Centre Parcs” modelled on the successful family leisure holiday centres. This week’s Angling Times says Hughes is willing to put £6million towards the project, and is now looking for a suitable site. He said that it would offer attractions and amenities for the whole family, and give anglers the chance to catch carp and barbel all year round without being affected by the weather. It sounds like Hell to me, but I’m sure that if it gets off the ground, it would, depressingly, prove highly successful.

Keith Elliott
Keith Elliott
Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I’m Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.

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