Big eel success makes ace angler shout for joy

SPECIMEN fish ace Ian Petch knew that a lake had produced a big eel a few years ago, and he finally hit his target with this 6 lb 7 oz specimen. Horsham, West Sussex-based Ian fished overnight hoping that a big eel would take his small roach head offered on free-running rig. And his plan […]

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Tackle shops reopen and river season starts as angling’s ‘new normal’ marches on

TACKLE shops across the country have just reopened, and the river season has begun… putting angling fully into its ‘new normal’. Tackle shops open – after weeks of waiting, customers can go into tackle shops again. Most tackle shops put measures in place to be able to re-open their doors to customers on June 15. […]

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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 biggest pike – full story of 53 lb-plus sensation

A PIKE scaling a monster 53 lb 2 oz was discovered during UK lockdown at a top fishery. Brian Morland and his dog admire what could have been the biggest pike to have ever swum in an English fishing venue. If you know of a bigger one, drop an email to: amletters@ti-medai.com What could be […]

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Review: Enterprise Tackle Zig Stix

The Enterprise Tackle Zig Stix come 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: buoyant, biodegradable plastic rig foam. Specifications: soft plastic; luminous, fluorescent and standard colours; three Stix per pack; trim them to size. My verdict: Enterprise […]

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Salesman illegally smuggled 5.3 million fish

A SEAFOOD salesman is awaiting sentence after being found guilty of smuggling a staggering £53million worth of endangered eels. Just a handful of eels from the millions that the fish smuggler transported. Fish smuggler Gilbert Khoo, 67,  was convicted of six offences relating to the illegal importation and movement of rare elvers, at London’s Southwark […]

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Angler’s Mail magazine star John Bailey leads calls to save river roach stocks

THE successful Avon Roach Project will be stopping their work after fully restocking the river – but anglers want more action from the Environment Agency across the country. Roach fishing great John Bailey is calling for action. Roach ace John Bailey (pictured above) led the calls. Whilst delighted with the success of the Avon Roach […]

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Review: Maver Signature Pro Match Side Tray

The Maver Signature Pro Match Side Tray 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: a side-tray for a seatbox. Specifications: measures 65 x 50 cm; fits all 30 and 36 cm legs; self-supporting; mesh base. My […]

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Record dace for both the Bristol Avon and Hampshire Avon!

DR MARK EVERARD hoped to finish the year off with a big fish and his hard work paid off with this 1 lb 2 oz 8 dr dace. Mark Everard with his latest river record dace – this time for the Bristol Avon. The associate professor from Great Somerford, Wiltshire, bagged the river record dace […]

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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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