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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Tackle shop boss finally nabs wily big barbel

JAMES WHILLIER struggled to catch a big barbel on the Hampshire Avon’s most famous venue on four visits… but finally nabbed it on his fifth trip at an estimated 13 lb. Fifth time lucky – James and his big Royalty Fishery barbel. The 44-year-old decided on a hemp and caster approach to fool the wary […]

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Review: Sonik Xtractor 5000 Reel

The Sonik Xtractor 5000 Reel comes under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: mini big pit fixed-spool reel. Specifications: black anodised long-cast spool taking 280 m of 0.35 mm line; Quick-Torque Drag system; Twin Spring-Loaded Captive Line […]

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Mismanaged waste ‘kills up to a million people a year globally’

Report says plastics adding to death tolls in the developing world from easily prevented diseases Mismanaged waste is causing hundreds of thousands of people to die each year in the developing world from easily preventable causes, and plastic waste is adding a new and dangerous dimension to the problem, a report has found. Municipal waste […]

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Review: Maver MV-R Pole Roller

The Maver MV-R Pole Roller comes under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: sturdy, four-leg pole roller. Specifications: four extendable legs, each with snap-lock fittings; three upright rollers; lightweight but stable. My verdict: these rollers look smart […]

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