Angling allowed from Wednesday, May 13 – but only in England

LOCKDOWN measures are being modified – and for anglers in England, at least, that looks like the positive news so many have been waiting for. The Angling Trust has put the case for angling to resume – and in a super safe way. On Sunday, May 10, Boris Johnson announced several tweaks to the rules […]

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Have you seen any of these?

SEEN any of these rare and protected fish? If so, or if you want to start looking for them, you could become a ‘citizen scientist’ and get involved in a special project. Seen any shad? Volunteers are needed to spot endangered twaite shad on the mighty River Severn via video footage. It is being undertaken […]

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A trek from poverty through a war zone they knew nothing about

(CNN)In small groups they trudge along the desolate desert road, young men and some women, from Somalia and Ethiopia. Some carry plastic bags with snacks, plastic water bottles, an extra scrap of clothing. In one of the small fishing villages from which human traffickers operate, two men lounge in their long, thin white boat, still […]

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Review: Carp Spirit Blax Low Chair

The Carp Spirit Blax Low Chair comes under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 product inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: fishing chair. Specifications: powder-coated steel frame; four fully adjustable legs with auto-lock adjustment; four swivelling mudfeet; foam-covered mattress; weighs 3.9 kg. Dimensions: 50 […]

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Bass record smashed with immense 22-pounder

THIS immense bass smashed the British shore-caught record by over 2 lb. Guntars Zukovskis smashed the British bass record with this near 22-pounder. The bass record breaker fell to Guntars Zukovskis on a local Somerset beach while targeting conger eels in stormy conditions at night. He weighed it on digital scales at an incredible 22 […]

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Top angler slams hidden human sewage threat to waters, fish and humans

HUMAN sewage sold as cheap fertiliser is packed with microplastics and will get into our waterways, according to a confidential Environment Agency report leaked to The Telegraph newspaper. Microplastics levels in many rivers tested, like the River Tame (pictured) are at alarming levels already. An increasing number of anglers fear that this surge in microplastics […]

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True state of angling revealed by annual Environment Agency report

THE latest annual Environment Agency fisheries report has revealed angling is in good shape, with 955,310 rod licences sold for the 2018-19 year, raising £21million. This three-rod option was a new addition to the Environment Agency rod licence options in the year of the report. There was a drop to 847,846 individual anglers buying an […]

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Chinese coronavirus and Brexit effects for UK fishing tackle trade

THE Angling Trades Association has warned that tackle manufacturers face a really difficult year, contending with the two biggest news events of 2020. Will tackle shops struggle to get products over the months ahead? The Chinese coronavirus crisis, which has caused health worries worldwide, plus the early days of Brexit, have dominated the national news. […]

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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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We Need a Data-Rich Picture of What’s Killing the Planet

You’ve probably heard about the plague of plastic trash in the oceans. You’ve seen YouTube videos of sea turtles with drinking straws in their noses, or whales with stomachs full of marine litter. But how much plastic is out there? Where is it coming from? We don’t really know, because we haven’t measured it. “There’s […]

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