Review: Baitcraft Insecta Bait Range

The Baitcraft Insecta Bait Range 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: insect-based carp bait. Specifications: made with insect meal; no eggs or fishmeal. Boilies: freezer baits in 12, 15, 18, and 22 mm sizes; tough […]

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Tench season starts late – with brilliant action!

MANY anglers managed to start their spring fishing belatedly with tench action, making up for lost time. Amongst those anglers targeting with tench as lockdown rules eased, Ryan Hayden came within a whisker of his PB when he matted this fantastic 9 lb 10 oz tinca. Tackling a secret gravel pit, Ryan, 27, from Brackley, […]

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No need to kill cormorants – use dummies instead!

A PRO-ACTIVE fishery owner says that cormorant control can be achieved without killing them. They don’t eat small fish – this hungry cormorant died after trying to eat a pike! Brian Morland says that he has had big success using mannequin dummies at his mixed trout waters. His achievements have taken place at Bellflask Fishery, […]

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Ross bosses day ticket whackers

ROSS FARNES kept away from the pressurised area of the lake – and was rewarded with this 50 lb 2 oz mirror carp. Ross caught the biggest in the lake at Elphicks Fisheries. The 36-year-old told Angler’s Mail how he enjoyed big carp success at Elphicks Fisheries in Kent. “I had a quick chat with […]

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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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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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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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John Wilson Fishing Enterprise set up by daughter to help others

THE daughter of the late John Wilson is honouring her father with a scheme to help getting troubled children get into angling. John and Lisa – the John Wilson Fishing Enterprise is due to launch properly in the spring of 2020. Lisa Wilson revealed the John Wilson Fishing Enterprise at the 2019 Angling Trust annual […]

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River manager says sport improving despite otters

THE fisheries manager at one of Britain’s best angling clubs has explained how he thinks otters aren’t killing the rivers he controls. Otters have risen in numbers across Britain but they should not be made scapegoats for rivers, according to two men close to top club, Reading DAA. Del Shackleford from Berkshire’s Reading DAA insists […]

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