Lockdown latest round-up: British venues begin to reopen and tackle shops prepare for June 15

LOCKDOWN measures have been modified – and it was the positive news so many have been waiting for. In England only, Wednesday, May 13 signalled the start of people being  allowed to take unlimited exercise outdoors. People in England were able to enjoy parks and public spaces without having to exercise. Angling got the green […]

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Angling is now allowed in England – and venues begin to reopen

LOCKDOWN measures have been modified – and for anglers in England, at least, it’s been the positive news so many have been waiting for. In England only, Wednesday, May 13 signalled the start of people being  allowed to take unlimited exercise outdoors. And people in England can now enjoy parks and public spaces without having […]

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Poachers exploit coronavirus crisis

A HARD-pressed angling club has said that illegal poachers are taking advantage of the lockdown, by stealing their valuable fish for the pot. Some of the dead fish found at a club lake during the coronavirus crisis. Officials were shocked to discover nets spread out across their lake, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, during the coronavirus […]

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Review: Enterprise Tackle Caster Bait Bands

The Enterprise Tackle Caster Bait Bands come 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: bait bands for casters. Specifications: made from biodegradable plastic; non-toxic; 20 single caster or 16 double caster bands in a packet. My verdict: […]

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7 super river fishing tips for late season success

THE coarse fishing river season closes at midnight March 14 in England and Wales, and those final days and hours often bring some very special catches. Angler’s Mail selected these super 7 river tips, to help you grab some quality sport … 1. TOP TIMING This first one of our late-season river tips almost goes […]

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Salesman illegally smuggled 5.3 million fish

A SEAFOOD salesman is awaiting sentence after being found guilty of smuggling a staggering £53million worth of endangered eels. Just a handful of eels from the millions that the fish smuggler transported. Fish smuggler Gilbert Khoo, 67,  was convicted of six offences relating to the illegal importation and movement of rare elvers, at London’s Southwark […]

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Scottish angler swoops for huge English barbel

COLIN DOUGLAS travelled 200 miles south to land this 18 lb 13 oz personal best barbel. Biggest barbel by any Scottish angler? It could be – and it scaled 18 lb 13 oz. Scottish angler Colin, 44, ventured down from Hawick, in the borders, to tackle Nottinghamshire’s River Trent. He had already enjoyed a good […]

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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: Rapala BX Minnow Lures

The Rapala BX Minnow 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 crankbait. Specifications: 7 cm (7 g) and 10 cm (12 g) sizes; swimming depths of 0.6-1.2 m and 0.9 m-1.5 m; floating balsa […]

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Review: Carp Spirit HD5 Bite Alarm and HDR5 Receiver Sets

The Carp Spirit HD5 Bite Alarm and HDR5 Receiver Sets 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: feature-packed bite alarms and receivers. Specifications: six LED colours; micro-adjustable sensitivity; adjustable volume and tone; strong, weatherproof ABS construction; […]

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