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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Meet Supergran – the veteran angler who loves bagging up

ANGLING-MAD Irene Peacock is our very own supergran – and she loves bagging up! Irene Peacock is angling’s Supegran. Supergran Irene is 79-years-young and is fishing as often as possible, despite having to walk to her local venue as she no longer drives. Dorking-based Irene, who has four children and ten grandchildren, mainly fishes her […]

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Angling is now allowed – and British venues begin to reopen

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 can now enjoy parks and public spaces without having to exercise. Angling got the green light, […]

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Government and bank cash helps Angling Direct fishing chain during crisis

BRITAIN’S largest tackle shop chain has taken a £2.5million short-term bank loan to help its efforts to ride out the coronavirus crisis. Angling Direct how they are tackling the impact of coronavirus, as tackle shops everywhere await news of when they can reopen. The Angling Direct fishing tackle business has also put most of its […]

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Impressive pair of double-figure barbel in a match

TWO stunning double-figure barbel were caught in the same small club match. Marco Julian shows his fantastic 15 lb River Dove barbel caught in a match. The biggest of the two River Dove barbel tipped the competition scales to 15 lb for Marco Julian. He was competing near Egginton, Derbyshire. The specimen helped him to […]

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Eco-friendly fishing products launched

A FORWARD-THINKING carp company is doing its bit to tackle plastic pollution with its new range of biodegradable products. Rig Marole have launched eco-friendly line clips for fishing. Rig Marole UK is launching two biodegradable lead clips initially, but has also innovated new eco-friendly packaging that it hopes to extend to the entire range. The […]

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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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Huge river pike will hit 30 lb soon

RIVER pike ace Leigh Laffar was thrilled with this stunning 28 lb PB – but thinks she might hit the magic 30 lb barrier at the end of the winter. The 32-year-old engineer from Warwickshire explained: “I caught her during the floods, fishing a slack under a road bridge on a float fished half-herring. “I […]

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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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River manager says sport improving despite otters

THE fisheries manager at one of Britain’s best angling clubs has explained how he thinks otters aren’t killing the rivers he controls. Otters have risen in numbers across Britain but they should not be made scapegoats for rivers, according to two men close to top club, Reading DAA. Del Shackleford from Berkshire’s Reading DAA insists […]

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