Giant end-of-season barbel slammed scales to 19 lb 4 oz

CHRIS THOMSON knew that flood conditions would be perfect for catching a big barbel, and his hunch proved right, as he landed this 19 lb 4 oz giant. Chris Thomson displays his stunning 19 lb 4 oz Avon barbel. The 65-year-old groundworker landed the giant Hampshire Avon barbel from a club stretch near Ringwood. He […]

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British record minnow caught by angling coach

ANGLING coach Kevin Sims thinks that he may have broken one the longest-standing British coarse fish records. Kevin is sure this mini marvel was a British record minnow. It might not be a monster but it is in the mini species world as it could be record minnow. Seen above alongside Kevin’s five-inch long glasses, […]

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Neolithic chewing gum helps recreate image of ancient Dane

Analysis of birch tar describes a female hunter-gatherer with dark skin and blue eyes At the dawn of the Neolithic era, a young woman discarded a lump of ancient chewing gum made from birch tar into a shallow, brackish lagoon that drew fishers to the coast of southern Denmark. Nearly 6,000 years later, researchers excavating […]

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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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Carp poachers who stamped on fish get caught by angry anglers

ANGRY match anglers got together to confront suspected poachers that they spotted in action at the same venue. Some of the men ejected after the fish-stamping incident. The carp poachers were caught red-handed stamping on carp that they wanted to eat, at a prime Nottinghamshire fishery. The carp poachers, believed to be Romanian, were swiftly […]

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Massive river perch slams scales to 6 lb 3 oz – full story

MARK EDWARDS obliterated his perch PB with this 6 lb 3 oz Euro giant that equals the official British record. Holland perch fishing stunner – this super stripy scaled 6 lb 3 oz. Mark was on a three-day trip to Holland perch fishing trip with Classic Angling editor Keith Elliott. Mark, a  50-year-old engineer from […]

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Watch out for ‘very rude and nasty’ carp rustlers, says fishery owner

A VETERAN day ticket lake owner who was assaulted by a group of fish rustlers have warned other venues and anglers to be aware of the men they faced. Maybrands fishery owner Nick Devlin has spoken up about poaching after a scary clash with aggressive poachers. Maybrands Fishery boss Nick Devlin, 72, and son Gary, confronted the seven […]

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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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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: Middy MW Signature Pole Floats

The Middy MW Signature Pole Floats 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. Specifications: patterns include Diamond Carp (4×12, 4×14, 4×16), Rugby (4×12, 4×14, 4×16), Diamond Mugger (4×10, 4×12), Mudline (4×10, 4×12), F1 Carbon (4×10, 4×12, 4×14) […]

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