Huge hit of monster tench … on lobworms!

HOW about this for a catch of tench… including FIVE double-figure specimens! Alan Rio got amongst some monster tench – this one scaled 10 lb 13 oz. The monster tench fell to specimen fish ace Alan Rio as he enjoyed one of his best ever sessions. Alan bagged 11 tench, topped by FIVE doubles, including […]

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Angling officially booming

ANGLING is smack in the middle of a genuine boom time! UK angling has seen a sudden, then sustained spike in interest. Venues are seeing a surge in numbers of anglers after after Covid-19 restrictions were eased. Clubs have had a surge in renewals and new members. It’s not yet known when holiday venues can […]

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Endangered eels are surging back

ENDANGERED eels look set for much better years ahead, after a bumper crop of ‘babies’ was spotted. Elvers are returning in the best numbers than for many years. Andrew Kerr, chairman of the Sustainable Eel Group, has found huge numbers of elvers in the mighty River Severn catchment system. Elvers – also called glass eels […]

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Review: Carp Spirit Blax Bankware

The Carp Spirit Blax Bankware 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: an extensive range of banksticks, buzzer bars, stands, stabilisers and adaptors. Specifications: made from 16 mm aircraft-grade 6063 aluminium; lightweight; functional; durable; black, anodised […]

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How to tie a tucked blood knot

IT’S not been the most fashionable knot for a very long time, but the tucked blood knot is one that a suprising number of anglers swear by. The finished knot should look like this and is much stronger than the un-tucked version. Not tucking the blood knot is one of the most common mistakes in […]

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Lockdown isolation after stunning roach capture

ONE of the nation’s most successful specimen anglers was celebrating a fantastic moment before the lockdown… Phil Smith with his stunning 3 lb 9 oz roach. Veteran big fish ace Phil Smith bagged this 3 lb 9 oz roach, making it four venues from where he has tempted redfins of over 3 lb. Phil landed […]

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Review: Carp Spirit Magnum Chairs

The Carp Spirit Magnum Chairs 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: fishing chairs. Deluxe specifications: thermoformed, anti-slip mattress; fully adjustable back rake mechanism; CamoSkin border with high-density foam padding; lightweight aluminium frame; padded neoprene arm […]

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Review: Maver Signature Pro Match Side Tray

The Maver Signature Pro Match Side Tray 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 side-tray for a seatbox. Specifications: measures 65 x 50 cm; fits all 30 and 36 cm legs; self-supporting; mesh base. My […]

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British record barbel of 21 lb 2 oz quietly enters history lists

THE specimen world was shocked when it read all about a new British record barbel that was accepted at the end of 2019. Colin Smithson’s 21 lb 2 oz British record barbel was accepted by the British Record Fish Committee at their final meeting of 2019. Colin Smithson caught his 21 lb 2 oz British […]

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British Record Fish Committee accept five new giants onto their lists

FIVE record-breaking fish were accepted at record judges’ final meeting of 2019. Mat Faulkner was amongs the 2019 record breakers accepted into the hall of fame by the British Record Fish Commitee in London. Getting the highest profile in the batch of records approved by the British Record Fish Commitee was the 21 lb 2 […]

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