Top catfish called Boris

IF the UK Prime Minister was a fish, he just might be this one…. Catfish ace Dan Winston was thrilled to break the ‘ton’ barrier for the first time with this 103 lb 8 oz giant, which he has named Boris. That’s right, he named it after Prime Minister Boris Johnson for allowing English fishing […]

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Angling officially booming

ANGLING is smack in the middle of a genuine boom time! UK angling has seen a sudden, then sustained spike in interest. Venues are seeing a surge in numbers of anglers after after Covid-19 restrictions were eased. Clubs have had a surge in renewals and new members. It’s not yet known when holiday venues can […]

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Match fishing in England can restart now – under special guidelines

MATCH anglers and venues in England are celebrating after it was confirmed by the Angling Trust that events can restart. They must be run according to safety guidelines. Match fishing is allowed in England again. In a slightly unexpected twist on Tuesday, May 26, the Trust confirmed: “Robust new best practice guidelines published by the […]

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Youngster lands giant lake record carp during online competition

A YOUNG angler landed an impressive lake record carp when an enterprising day ticket fishery decided to interact online with self-isolating customers. Weston Moat Fishery boss Wayne Steele offered a prize for two people to win a 24-hour ticket with bait. Entrants had to guess how much weight his nine-year-old son, Josh, could catch in […]

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Angling allowed from Wednesday, May 13 – but only in England

LOCKDOWN measures are being modified – and for anglers in England, at least, that looks like the positive news so many have been waiting for. The Angling Trust has put the case for angling to resume – and in a super safe way. On Sunday, May 10, Boris Johnson announced several tweaks to the rules […]

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Britain’s No.1 barbel hotspot to be destroyed

ONE of the very best fishing spots will be lost to anglers after the controlling club accepted defeat in their long legal battle. The view from the main fishing swim at Cromwell Weir. Iconic peg 1A at Cromwell Weir, on the Collingham AA stretch of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire, is one of the best […]

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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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Carp poachers who stamped on fish get caught by angry anglers

ANGRY match anglers got together to confront suspected poachers that they spotted in action at the same venue. Some of the men ejected after the fish-stamping incident. The carp poachers were caught red-handed stamping on carp that they wanted to eat, at a prime Nottinghamshire fishery. The carp poachers, believed to be Romanian, were swiftly […]

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Review: Sonik Gizmo Alarm and Receiver Set

The Sonik Gizmo Alarm and Receiver Set 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: alarm, receiver and bivvy lamp. Alarm specifications: illuminated snag ears and line roller; Red, Yellow, Green and Blue colours available; eight Volume, […]

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Tackle great behind John Wilson’s rod dies

THE tackle manufacturer responsible for developing one of the best-selling rods of all time has passed away, aged 69. Dick Tallents was the trade man behind the famous John Wilson rod, and many other big-selling fishing products. Dick Tallents owned Masterline Tackle, the producer of iconic John Wilson rod, the Avon Quiver rod. It sold […]

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