Chinese coronavirus and Brexit effects for UK fishing tackle trade

THE Angling Trades Association has warned that tackle manufacturers face a really difficult year, contending with the two biggest news events of 2020. Will tackle shops struggle to get products over the months ahead? The Chinese coronavirus crisis, which has caused health worries worldwide, plus the early days of Brexit, have dominated the national news. […]

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This lure fishing ace is on an amazing predator run

A LURE fishing ace has enjoyed a fantastic month for the big three coarse predators – perch, zander and pike. Robbie Northman’s fine trio began with his big lure-caught perch. Robbie Northman, a 29-year-old bar manager, kicked off his fine run with a 4 lb 2 oz stripy. Then other trips in his home county […]

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This awesome catch adds another PB to big fish ace’s incredible list

SPECIMEN ace James Crameri, who has one of the most impressive coarse fish PB lists, smashed his chub record with this 7 lb 13 oz giant. James Crameri admires his 7 lb 13 oz Great Ouse chub. James beat his old PB of 7 lb 6 oz from the River Lea when he tackled his […]

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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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New online effort to shoot more cormorants – details & link to where you can participate

THE Angling Trust and the Avon Roach Project are working to encourage anglers to help cull cormorants – and it involves an online effort that YOU can get involved in. The Angling Trust and the Avon Roach Project are trying to generate a large-scale response to the Government’s consultation on the General Licence to shoot […]

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Aggressive river fishing rogues try to hide in bushes

THREE brazen anglers were caught after fishing TWO different rivers in the Close Season – and then tried escaping in bushes. They’re watching – an Environment Agency bailiff caught rogues hiding in bushes. The three rogues from Liverpool, Merseyside, were prosecuted after wilfully obstructing an Environment Agency bailiff. Jack O’Callaghan, 30, Patrick Jones, 35, and […]

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Review: Sonik Xtractor 5000 Reel

The Sonik Xtractor 5000 Reel 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: mini big pit fixed-spool reel. Specifications: black anodised long-cast spool taking 280 m of 0.35 mm line; Quick-Torque Drag system; Twin Spring-Loaded Captive Line […]

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Review: Kodex XC50 Unhooking Mat

The Kodex XC50 Unhooking Mat 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: well-padded specimen carp unhooking mat. Specifications: dimensions: 118 x 75 cm with a 90 x 48 cm unhooking area; 36 mm padded base with […]

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Mahseer double is one of greatest catches of the modern era

FORMER Angler’s Mail reporter Gary Newman rates this 62 lb redfin mahseer as his best-ever fish and he caught it in consecutive cast brace with a 45 lb golden mahseer. Gary Newman displays his 62 lb redfin mahseer. The 42-year-old specimen ace took the amazing mahseer catch from the Saryu River on the India/Nepal border. […]

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Big carp ace Jim Shelley explains why he’s joined Mistral Baits

ONE of the biggest names in carp fishing has signed for the bait firm that he used when he was first making his way in the sport. Often outspoken, and nearly always successful in his pursuit of Britain’s biggest carp, Essex-based Jim Shelley feels he has now found his true ‘home’ with Mistral Baits, and […]

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