Interest in 10K TagsTM  - the UK's largest ever angling competition – is building to its start date, scheduled for Saturday 15th April, and now extended to close at the end of October 2006. 10K TagsTM promises fantastic top prizes of a Landrover Freelander, comprehensive Fishing Gear “make-over” worth £2500, and an holiday – now there are prizes all the way down, including rods, reels, poles, seatboxes, bivvys, brollies, clothing, all weather suits, rod-pods, nets, terminal tackle, fish day tickets – the list goes on and on.

All to ensure the competition is fun for everyone - 10K TagsTM with 10,000 prizes!

Now, so that everyone can win, 10K TagsTM is pleased to announce that one of our sponsors – the Tacklemania Tour – are giving all entrants a voucher redeemable at any 2006 Tacklemania Tour Discount Sale - in exchange for a goody bag of terminal tackle and accessories worth £10. With 10K TagsTM you can “win” even before you begin!

So that anglers all over the country can fish-for-fun at 10K TagsTM there are participating fisheries in every county in England and Wales – from the larger well-known commercial fisheries to some of the lesser known but excellent smaller waters – whatever you want from your day's fishing you can get from a 10K TagsTM participating fishery – and some!

For details of these fisheries and for registration on the 10K TagsTM competition itself, anglers can visit or ask at their local fishery.

With more prizes and more fun coming to fisheries near you pre-registration is proving popular via: forms in Anglers Mail,

and now registration is even easier – anglers can ask for an entry form at their local fishery - where you see the “Official 10K TagsTM Competition Fishery” poster next time you go fishing!

Behind the fun of 10K TagsTM and the excitement of the prize winning, are some serious aspects on fish population data study, which are being made possible by the national scale of this competition.

Says Greg: “We have decided to use a coded dye-marking system for tagging, which is already used by people such as the Environment Agency, since this is completely non-invasive and requires minimal handling of the fish. At the same time, because we are carrying out one of the widest tagging and recapture operations across the UK, this will allow us to obtain information on the survival, growth and catchability of the sample population. We believe that this will give fisheries some very useful data for their own fish management.”

Dr Bruno Broughton, Britain's leading fisheries management consultant and scientific adviser to the 10K TagsTM programme, describes the system: “The use of dye marks to identify fish has been in widespread use at fisheries for more than 40 years, and it is regarded as a standard aid to assessing fish population sizes. Many dyes have been trialed experimentally, but by far the most effective is an aqueous solution of alcian blue. Marking is performed using a ‘Panjet' inoculator. The dye is not injected into the body of the fish; it is used to stain the underside of one or more scales on the fish's belly, leaving an indelible dye-spot. There have been no reported adverse side effects to the fish as a consequence of the dye-marking procedure or subsequently.”