Covid angling boom – hard facts revealed for revival of numbers

THE Environment Agency has revealed more upbeat figures on angling’s sudden boom in interest. The Covid angling boom is making 2020 a year that bucks the trends after many downturns for the sport. And with an increase in rod licence sales year-on-year, the EA is thrilled with recent figures. The spike in demand was sparked […]

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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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Best river swims to fish this season

WONDERING which swim to choose on a river for different species of fish and for different times of the year? Read on, as Angler’s Mail helps you… River fishing on a willow swim. River fishing tips are no good if you haven’t found the fish first. Any successful river angler knows that shoals of fish […]

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Britain’s heaviest catfish

IF THERE is a heavier freshwater fish currently in the UK than this one, we’d like to see it! Scaling a massive 147 lb, Britain’s heaviest catfish fell to Paul Fyson, who starred in Angler’s Mail magazine’s unrivalled Fish Of The Week pages. Paul set a new UK ‘record’ for catfish when he caught a […]

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Fishing masks are the safer way for some anglers now

THIS angler is one of thousands of anglers taking extra precautions during the Covid-19 crisis. Colin Etherington wears a fishing mask The man in the fishing mask, Colin Etherington, really enjoyed his first trip back on the bank after lockdown restrictions were lifted for angling. Colin, whose family owned and built the much-admired Wintons Fishery […]

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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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2019 floods cause serious worries for fish stocks in Britain

HEAVY rainfall and flooding that has wreaked havoc in many parts of the country is seriously bad news for fish. Damage caused to fish stocks by 2019 floods is a concern. A leading fish expert believes the 2019 floods will have caused long-term damage, as well harming fry survival. As Angler’s Mail revealed, some stillwaters […]

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Best urban fishing venues – 6 highly recommended places

ANGLER’S MAIL is the No.1 magazine for all sorts of things – and has a Where To Fish section that is unrivalled. It’s produced by regional experts. Leazes Park is an urban fishing gem in the North East. Urban fishing is probably not as popular as it once was. That’s despite undoubted interest generated by […]

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This huge pike was even longer than new World record!

SHOCK news of a new World record pike from the Czech Republic brought another huge Eastern European specimen to the fore – and this one was even longer! The world pike record could have been this giant caught in Bulgaria. The giant that we can show you here – also possibly the world pike record […]

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