Angling officially booming

ANGLING is smack in the middle of a genuine boom time! UK angling has seen a sudden, then sustained spike in interest. Venues are seeing a surge in numbers of anglers after after Covid-19 restrictions were eased. Clubs have had a surge in renewals and new members. It’s not yet known when holiday venues can […]

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Last second whackers before top carp fishery closes

STEVE ‘APACHE’ CLIFF had just landed a brace of carp when he got the news the fishery he was on had to close, including this 35 lb 10 oz stunner. Steve Cliff was amongst big Elstow carp as it had to close for lockdown. The 60-year-old’s catch came from at Elstow Fishery complex in Bedfordshire, […]

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Tiny lift bites result in huge specimen roach haul

ROACH ace Charlie Kemmett spotted the slightest lift bites while float fishing, but he hit them, to put together this amazing haul of specimen redfins. Charlie Kemmett with his impressive Winkton roach haul. Fishing at Winkton on the Hampshire Avon, Charlie is pictured above holding his best fish, of 3 lb 1 oz. The others […]

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Bass record smashed – but it will never enter the record books

IT WAS one of the catches of the year, without doubt, but this huge bass could have been a British record breaker… Was this giant heavier than the British bass record? The captor is confident it was. The fish that you see here was probably above the British bass record, and it was safely returned […]

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River ace lures coastal stunner

RIVER ace Nathan Edgell is more used to catching huge pike and perch but this stunning sea specimen shows another side to his passions. Nathan Edgell displays his jumbo ballan wrasse. Nathan’s brilliant ballan wrasse tipped the scales at a whopping 7 lb 4 oz. The 47-year-old, from Dorchester, Dorset, Texas rigged a 12 g […]

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Fishing birthday gift to remember – a load of big river fish!

SPECIMEN ace John Mott celebrated turning 45 by enjoying a dream river session. What a fishing birthday gift – John Mott displays his 16 lb 4 oz barbel. It was the heaviest barbel in an epic catch. In what must be the best fishing birthday gift ever, John notched up a staggering 20 double-figure barbel. […]

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Anglers fear effects of washing machines on our rivers

CONCERN is growing about the impact of microplastics and detergents discharged every day from washing machines direct into rivers. Washing machines are contributing to worrying levels of hidden pollution. About ten per cent of washing machines do not get connected to the mains drainage which then goes onto sewage treatment plants. It’s usually those washing […]

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Insect crisis poses a serious threat to fish populations

A SCIENTIFIC report has warned global insect numbers are rapidly declining – and a worst-case scenario would be them being wiped out within a century. One of the most iconic UK inset species devoured by fish – the mayfly, seen here on the River Test. The loss of so many insect species could have devastating […]

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