30 kg barbel is king of the river!

ANGLER and metal sculptor Alan Ross has just finished his stunning latest work of art – a 30 kg barbel. Barbel mobile – on its way to Riverside Caravan Park by the Severn. Alan was commissioned by Andrea Fournish at the Riverside Caravan Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Swansea, South Wales-based Alan’s 2.4 m-long creation had plenty […]

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Top bait firm Baitcraft welcomes anglers to their ‘family’

A TOP baits firm is trying to get anglers who are struggling financially back on the bank. Baitcraft has been expanding its ‘family’ of anglers, mostly carp fans, but its range of products also score with barbel, tench and bream. The firm is letting more join before the end of June 2020, extending the period […]

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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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Review: Happy Puzzle Crazy Fishing Game

The Happy Puzzle Crazy Fishing Game comes 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: a fishing game to be played at home. Specifications: two sets of tackle; two dice; a timer; two bowls; 16 fish shapes. My […]

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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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Review: Carp Spirit Zig-Master

The Carp Spirit Zig-Master monofilament 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: monofilament for zig and floater fishing. Specifications: available in 8 lb (0.23 mm), 10 lb (0.25 mm) and 12 lb (0.28 mm) breaking strains; […]

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‘Save us from otter ruin’ – plea from fishery owners

DISGRUNTLED coarse fishery owners fed up with otters are banding together to complain about the lack of service that they receive from the Government. This otter was filmed feasting on a fish at Nine Oaks Angling Centre. Fisheries in Ceredegion, West Wales, led by Nine Oaks, are furious that Natural Resources Wales is ignoring them. […]

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Top angler robbed by tackle-thieving ‘scum’

TOP specimen ace Matthew Fernandez suffered a horrible tackle theft during a fishing trip. And despite publicity for the case he is no closer to recovering his kit. Matt Fernandez, seem in happier times with a giant tench, before the tackle theft near the River Itchen. The 32-year-old was on his local River Itchen near […]

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Mandarin catfish is one of the rarest in the world – and it’s huge!

ROBERT WEBB caught one the most iconic fish in the world when he hauled in this 230 lb 14 oz giant. The mandarin catfish from the River Segre set a new European record. The 63-year-old dental worker connected with the monster mandarin catfish during a session on the River Segre at Mequinenza. It set a […]

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Review: Dynamite Swim Stim Silver-Fish Groundbait

The Dynamite Swim Stim Silver-Fish Groundbait 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: winter groundbait for silver fish on commercial fisheries. Ingredients: fishmeal and sweet groundbait with ground Swim Stim pellets and hemp. My verdict: there’s […]

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