Huge tench are perfect welcome back

ANGLERS across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been delighted to catch their first fish for months – and one of the biggest successes came to specimen ace Matthew Fernandez. Matthew Fernandez display his 11 lb 4 oz tench. As lockdown rules were eased, allowing fishing again, Matt quickly enjoyed his very first session back […]

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Spawning fish – angler’s guide to when and where they do it

ANGLER’S MAIL columnist Dr Ian Welch looks at spawning and whether anglers should target fish at specific times. Fish spawning – these carp are going for it! If any of you were fortunate enough to live close enough to a river or lake for it to be part of your daily exercise walk during the […]

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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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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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Angling Trust tells anglers to stop fishing in coronavirus crisis

AMID confusion over whether fishing is an acceptable activity during the UK ‘lockdown’, the Angling Trust has issued a statement. Jamie Cook of the Angling Trust has been busy trying to get answers and share information during the coronavirus crisis. Jamie Cook, Angling Trust chief executive, has tried to give anglers advice on the big […]

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Exciting Murray cod fishing in small water

A bite window opened up while Mark Adams and I were Murray cod fishing last night. The fishing started slow and then the Murray cod went nuts for a little while. Read more: www.youtube.com

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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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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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Jeremy Wade leads call to save big fish stocks

ONE of TV’s most loved celebrities, and a globally respected angler, has brought the perilous future of fish into the spotlight. Jeremy Wade, seen with an alligator gar, has spoken up about the grim future for apex predators. Jeremy Wade has warned the world needs to look after freshwater habitats as well as deal with […]

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Review: Sensas Jumbo Top Kit Holdalls

The Sensas Jumbo Top Kit Holdalls 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: holdall for multiple pole top kits. Specifications: rigid, hard holdall with a carry handle and Velcro-down top; six compartments inside, for top kits. […]

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