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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Tench season starts late – with brilliant action!

MANY anglers managed to start their spring fishing belatedly with tench action, making up for lost time. Amongst those anglers targeting with tench as lockdown rules eased, Ryan Hayden came within a whisker of his PB when he matted this fantastic 9 lb 10 oz tinca. Tackling a secret gravel pit, Ryan, 27, from Brackley, […]

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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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Match fishing in England can restart now – but 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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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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Environment Agency keeps selling rod licences despite lockdown fishing ‘ban’

COARSE angling has been ‘banned’ by the Environment Agency in the coronavirus lockdown – but they won’t be offering anglers any rebate or extension for the £30 or £45 annual rod licence. The standard two-rod EA rod licence has an image of minnows. With lockdown fishing ‘banned’, they are still being sold. Lockdown fishing  is […]

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4 lb roach caught just before coronavirus lockdown

THE biggest roach in nearly four years was banked just before the UK went into lockdown – and here it is! Phil Spinks displays his 4 lb roach – what a fish! The 4 lb roach captor, specimen ace Phil Spinks, nearly didn’t bother to weigh the fish, as he accidentally caught it on a […]

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The jaguars fishing in the sea to survive

The big cats resourceful new behaviour was recorded by a WWF study on a remote island off the coast of Brazil A thriving population of jaguars living on a small, unspoilt island off the coast of the Brazilian Amazon has learned to catch fish in the sea to survive, conservationists have found. The Maracá-Jipioca Ecological […]

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Do-it-yourself pike!

IONUT MITREA needed to do a bit of DIY to a new lure and it resulted in this pristine 24 lb 8 oz pike from a local lake. The 31-year-old night shift supervisor had the tail of a new 18 cm Quantum Yolo Swim Shad taken by a fish. He replaced it with one from […]

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Canal zander removed by authorities could be rehomed – not killed

THE controversy surrounding zander being killed on our canals could have a happy solution, Angler’s Mail can reveal. Canal zander could get new homes instead of being killed in official ongoing removal exercises. Canal & River Trust fisheries manager John Ellis had thought that only one English fishery could take canal zander. That venue was […]

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