Venues and shops close as coronavirus bites deep into British fishing

CHEW VALLEY LAKE was one of the first major UK angling venues to close due to coronavirus safety concerns – and here’s a quick reminder of its riches… This stunning 18 lb 8 oz brown trout, one of a number of giant brownies to coarse anglers over recent months, fell to Kai Hulbert. The 34-year-old […]

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Angler’s Mail magazine star John Bailey leads calls to save river roach stocks

THE successful Avon Roach Project will be stopping their work after fully restocking the river – but anglers want more action from the Environment Agency across the country. Roach fishing great John Bailey is calling for action. Roach ace John Bailey (pictured above) led the calls. Whilst delighted with the success of the Avon Roach […]

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£4.5 million scheme ‘will destroy’ prime bream and pike fishing

ANGLERS fear a £4.5 million scheme to clear the water clarity at a prime venue will destroy the fishing. Norfolk Broads bream, plus other species, are at risk. Natural England hopes to introduce three fish barriers to isolate noted Norfolk Broads venue, Hoveton Great Broad, from the River Bure. Concerns were raised at the start […]

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Fish poachers caught by new Fishery Watch

A NEW volunteer bailiff group has managed to rescue fish from poachers. Fishery Watch founder Adrian Lane challenged two poachers himself, and released the fish they’d caught. Fishery Watch founder Adrian Lane managed to stop two men who were attempting to steal fish from a free fishing venue in Gloucestershire. Adrian, aged 56, from nearby […]

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Fishing tackle shop tries new ‘old-school’ move to boost interest

ONE of England’s oldest angling traders is coming up with ‘old-school’ initiatives to attract customers. Fishing tackle shop problems are being tackled by Robertson’s. If shops near you are being pro-active in any special ways, email details to us. The long-established fishing tackle shop Robertson’s, in Dagenham, Essex, is introducing several schemes to start the […]

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Review: 10 ft 6 in. Maver Signature Pro Bomb/Feeder Rod

The 10 ft 6 in. Maver Signature Pro Bomb/Feeder Rod 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: a bomb and feeder rod. Specifications: slim carbon, non-locking blank; ergonomic EVA twist grips; SiC guides; graphite screw fitting, […]

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Antis jump on scientist’s latest fish ‘pain’ opinion

OPPONENTS of angling have jumped on a research paper on the issue of ‘do fish feel pain?”. Perch were amongst the fish studied for the review that anti angling groups pounced upon. Its claims have been countered by the Angling Trust.. Anti angling groups were featured in coverage by the national media of the latest […]

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Review: Rapala X-Rap Scoop Lures

The Rapala X-Rap Scoop Lures come 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: a quality, hard plastic, ‘spoon-like’ lure range. Specifications: 14 cm-long; weighs 68 g; swimming depth of 1.6 m; S-shaped, hard plastic body; realistic, chrome […]

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Ide shocker as angler lands giant specimen on local river

DEAN CRUTCHLEY’S first visit of the season to his local river produced this surprise 7 lb 2 oz giant. This huge River Dearne ide scaled 7 lb 2 oz. Ide are often mistaken for chub, or big roach, and Dean was surprised to discover what took his bait on River Dearne in South Yorkshire. Construction […]

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Biggest eel of 2019 reported from holiday fishing venue

CHECK out this jumbo eel, carefully measured at 111 cm long and weighed in front of the fishery bailiff. Biggest eel reported in 2019 – 8 lb 14 oz It’s the biggest eel reported to Angler’s Mail this year, scaling 8 lb 14 oz, and was caught at Shropshire’s Wigmore Lakes. Ireneusz Zajaczkowski was fishing […]

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