Best river swims to fish this season

WONDERING which swim to choose on a river for different species of fish and for different times of the year? Read on, as Angler’s Mail helps you… River fishing on a willow swim. River fishing tips are no good if you haven’t found the fish first. Any successful river angler knows that shoals of fish […]

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Environment Agency fisheries work halted in coronavirus crisis

THE Environment Agency have confirmed fisheries staff are not working as normal – but will come out to real emergencies. Funded by rod licence money, anglers are keen to see as much EA fisheries support and enforcement work carrying on, safely. But the Covid-19 outbreak has caused real challenges for EA fisheries staff. The Great […]

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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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Environment Agency keeps selling rod licences despite lockdown fishing ‘ban’

COARSE angling has been ‘banned’ by the Environment Agency in the coronavirus lockdown – but they won’t be offering anglers any rebate or extension for the £30 or £45 annual rod licence. The standard two-rod EA rod licence has an image of minnows. With lockdown fishing ‘banned’, they are still being sold. Lockdown fishing  is […]

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IUCN Red List Update: 28,338 Species Are Now Threatened With Extinction

For the first time, the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species has surpassed the 100,000 species mark. Over 9,000 newly assessed species have been added to the list, bringing the total to 105,732. Of those, 28,338 species are threatened with extinction, that’s a third of all those assessed.  Since 1964, the International Union for the […]

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Fishing tackle plastic reduction efforts blasted by campaigner

THE angling trade has been blasted for not doing enough about single-use plastic. Chris Turnbull is campaigning for fishing tackle plastic use to be reduced. Fishing tackle plastic is being increasingly questioned as the global environmental improvement lobby grows. Angler’s Mail has regularly reported on the impressive success in recycling line, coordinated by the Anglers […]

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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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Big trout shocker for river coarse angler!

CHRIS BRENTNALL showed there are still surprises to be found in fishing when he landed this unexpected river catch… a 9 lb brown trout. Big River Trent trout – this ‘ferox’ slipped up to a pike angler using a big bait. The River Trent trout shock came when the 59-year-old Nottinghamshire angler was seeking pike. […]

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Huge river pike will hit 30 lb soon

RIVER pike ace Leigh Laffar was thrilled with this stunning 28 lb PB – but thinks she might hit the magic 30 lb barrier at the end of the winter. The 32-year-old engineer from Warwickshire explained: “I caught her during the floods, fishing a slack under a road bridge on a float fished half-herring. “I […]

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Review: Rapala Urban Classic Sling Bag

The Rapala Urban Classic Sling Bag 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 bag for roving anglers, especially lure enthusiasts. Specifications: two zipped main compartments, each containing Plano 3600 tackle boxes, both of which open […]

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