Night fishing tips – your big summer guide to all the essentials

This Angler’s Mail article, by Matt Sparkes (pictured), is full of advice to help you catch more carp and other fish after dark. Caught in the night This little scrapper came within the first hours of darkness, after all the other anglers had gone home after a biteless day. Venues that see a lot of […]

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Lockdown latest round-up: venues reopen, match fishing can restart 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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Match fishing in England can restart now – under special guidelines

MATCH anglers and venues in England are celebrating after it was confirmed by the Angling Trust that events can restart. They must be run according to safety guidelines. Match fishing is allowed in England again. In a slightly unexpected twist on Tuesday, May 26, the Trust confirmed: “Robust new best practice guidelines published by the […]

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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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Fish poachers caught by new Fishery Watch

A NEW volunteer bailiff group has managed to rescue fish from poachers. Fishery Watch founder Adrian Lane challenged two poachers himself, and released the fish they’d caught. Fishery Watch founder Adrian Lane managed to stop two men who were attempting to steal fish from a free fishing venue in Gloucestershire. Adrian, aged 56, from nearby […]

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Big carp haul was a fitting send-off to Uncle Brian

THIS jumbo carp, and others, made for a fitting send-off to an in-form angler’s Uncle Brian. The Avenue fishing lake has some stunners, including this 56 lb 4 oz common carp during an eventful trip for Craig McEvoy. Carp ace Craig McEvoy ended a brilliant year with the personal best common called Ellie of 56 […]

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We Need a Data-Rich Picture of What’s Killing the Planet

You’ve probably heard about the plague of plastic trash in the oceans. You’ve seen YouTube videos of sea turtles with drinking straws in their noses, or whales with stomachs full of marine litter. But how much plastic is out there? Where is it coming from? We don’t really know, because we haven’t measured it. “There’s […]

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River pollution hell… now it’s time to pay up

AFTER a tiring six-year struggle, a highly respected angling club finally won compensation to restock after a pollution back in 2013. River pollution scene – Mail correspondent Tom Legge fishes at Baits Bite on the River Cam. Cambridge FPAS netted the river pollution result it was seeking to boost a stretch of  Cam that was […]

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Beat the stress in your life through fishing

ANGLING’S huge benefits in reducing human stress and improving mental health problems have come to the fore. Marina Gibson has been amongst the growing number of influential people explaining how fishing can improve lives, and reduce stress. Stress beating qualities of being by the water fishing have come more to the public’s attention in the […]

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Review: Middy Fast-Affix Pellet Band Tool

The Middy Fast-Affix Pellet Band Tool 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: tool for mounting pellets in bait bands quickly. Specifications: easy to use; automatic mechanism; ergonomic design; suits right- and left-handed anglers. My verdict: […]

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