Giant tench – possibly biggest of 2020 – goes back unweighed

MATTHEW KNIGHT recorded one of the biggest tench of the year with a green giant that he’s convinced weighed over his personal best of 12 lb 4 oz. Matthew admires his jumbo tench. The experienced big fish ace nabbed the huge tench during a stalking trip, but he forgot to bring his scales, so returned […]

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Review: Dynamite Swim Stim Sticky Pellet Syrups

The Dynamite Swim Stim Sticky Pellet Syrups 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 additive for pellets. Specifications: glucose-based syrup; available in Krill, Betaine Green, F1 Sweet and Amino Original flavours; 300 ml bottles with […]

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Venues and shops close as coronavirus bites deep into British fishing

CHEW VALLEY LAKE was one of the first major UK angling venues to close due to coronavirus safety concerns – and here’s a quick reminder of its riches… This stunning 18 lb 8 oz brown trout, one of a number of giant brownies to coarse anglers over recent months, fell to Kai Hulbert. The 34-year-old […]

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Big perch after 13 blanks in one day!

KARL BIRD smashed his perch PB with this 3 lb1 oz stripy, after travelling to lots of venues. The 36-year-old Sleaford, Linconshire, angler told Angler’s Mail: “I was supposed to be fishing at Farmoor, in Oxfordshire, for the weekend, but storms put paid to that. “Plan B was to fish the River Thames, but it […]

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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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Suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronics ruled unconstitutional

Suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices at U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional, a federal court in Boston ruled on Tuesday. The decision was made after a lawsuit was brought forth by numerous civil liberties groups on behalf of 11 individuals who had their phones and laptops searched by federal agents. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘inline_1’); }); […]

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France carp success comes in the mountains after scary storm

BRIT abroad Wayne Barling matted this warrior mirror carp of 64 lb on his first trip to a lake in the mountains. France carp joy – Wayne Barling admires his winter 64-pounder. France carp fishing specialist Wayne, who run a carp tackle and bait business in the country, told Angler’s Mail how his success came […]

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Monster catfish landed jointly by father and son

WAYNE CLARK decided to take up angling again so he could take his son Billie – and they jointly caught this 81 lb 8 oz catfish. The pair shared a huge hit of 17 catfish and carp for 848 lb 8 oz from Wintons Fishery, near Burgess Hill in West Sussex. Wayne said: “I joined […]

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‘Every place you go, you are being watched’: reporting from Xi’s China

The Guardians outgoing Beijing correspondent reflects on six years of increasing repression “You don’t work out, do you?” inquired one of the officers who had summoned me to my hotel lobby in China’s pre-eminent police state. We had only checked in 10 minutes earlier and, after an exhausting week reporting along Xinjiang’s spectacular high-altitude border […]

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Review: Rapala X-Rap Otus Lures

The Rapala X-Rap Otus 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: hybrid lures for big pike. Specifications: ABS plastic body; flexible PVC tail; 25 cm length; weighs 90 g; 0.5-1 m swimming depth; mounted with […]

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