10 of the world’s best piers: readers’ travel tips

From a favourite of John Betjeman to Polish art-deco cafes, underwater observatories and Hemingways fishing spot our readers reveal their favourite over-water strolls Winning tip: Huntington Beach, California Huntington Beach is the spiritual home of Californian surfing. I love strolling out early in the morning along Huntington Beach Pier, when the marine layer mist lingers, […]

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Tiny lift bites result in huge specimen roach haul

ROACH ace Charlie Kemmett spotted the slightest lift bites while float fishing, but he hit them, to put together this amazing haul of specimen redfins. Charlie Kemmett with his impressive Winkton roach haul. Fishing at Winkton on the Hampshire Avon, Charlie is pictured above holding his best fish, of 3 lb 1 oz. The others […]

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Fish poachers caught by new Fishery Watch

A NEW volunteer bailiff group has managed to rescue fish from poachers. Fishery Watch founder Adrian Lane challenged two poachers himself, and released the fish they’d caught. Fishery Watch founder Adrian Lane managed to stop two men who were attempting to steal fish from a free fishing venue in Gloucestershire. Adrian, aged 56, from nearby […]

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1,863 river pollutions… but 0 prosecutions

ANGLERS are furious after figures revealed that the Environment Agency hasn’t yet prosecuted a single water firm for river pollutions in 2018. Pollutions have been affecting rivers all over the country – but prosecutions have not been happening. Official figures show that there were 1,863 unlawful pollution incidents by water companies in rivers in England […]

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Big trout shocker for river coarse angler!

CHRIS BRENTNALL showed there are still surprises to be found in fishing when he landed this unexpected river catch… a 9 lb brown trout. Big River Trent trout – this ‘ferox’ slipped up to a pike angler using a big bait. The River Trent trout shock came when the 59-year-old Nottinghamshire angler was seeking pike. […]

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Immaculate winter common carp nears 90 lb!

JAMES JONES is used to catching huge fish, but he was amazed when this 88 lb 4 oz common carp took lots of line from his reel at long range. What a winter common – James Jones prepares to return his 88 lb 4 oz Gigantica carp. The Gigantica carp venue in France was where […]

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Review: Rapala BX Minnow Lures

The Rapala BX Minnow Lures 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: a crankbait. Specifications: 7 cm (7 g) and 10 cm (12 g) sizes; swimming depths of 0.6-1.2 m and 0.9 m-1.5 m; floating balsa […]

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Big carp haul was a fitting send-off to Uncle Brian

THIS jumbo carp, and others, made for a fitting send-off to an in-form angler’s Uncle Brian. The Avenue fishing lake has some stunners, including this 56 lb 4 oz common carp during an eventful trip for Craig McEvoy. Carp ace Craig McEvoy ended a brilliant year with the personal best common called Ellie of 56 […]

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Oops! Angler drops phone into water after photographing huge perch

THIS in-form angler could not have been happier after catching this jumbo perch – but then managed to throw his phone straight into the water! Charlie Coppolo shows his 4 lb 8 oz perch, which he does have pictures of. Charlie Coppolo was just scrolling through the pictures he’d taken of the 4 lb 10 […]

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Bass record smashed – but it will never enter the record books

IT WAS one of the catches of the year, without doubt, but this huge bass could have been a British record breaker… Was this giant heavier than the British bass record? The captor is confident it was. The fish that you see here was probably above the British bass record, and it was safely returned […]

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