Tackle shops reopen and river season starts at 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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Huge tench are perfect welcome back

ANGLERS across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been delighted to catch their first fish for months – and one of the biggest successes came to specimen ace Matthew Fernandez. Matthew Fernandez display his 11 lb 4 oz tench. As lockdown rules were eased, allowing fishing again, Matt quickly enjoyed his very first session back […]

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Super hectic pike action using hi-tech gadget

LEE SPILLARD enjoyed a hectic first day back on the water when he caught this 20 lb pike in a huge haul of predators. A Strike Pro Miuras Mouse, after some work with a Garmin device, lured a shared 30-fish catch from Cumbria’s Lake Windermere. Tackling up just after angling was back across England, Lee […]

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How to get the best out of split shot and weights on your line

COLIN MITCHELL, a long-time angling journalist and highly experienced coarse angler, is your guide to those little weights that make a big difference! Split shot – leaving a short gap between the bulk shots at the base of the float allows the float to float on the strike and creates a more direct connection to […]

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Giant end-of-season barbel slammed scales to 19 lb 4 oz

CHRIS THOMSON knew that flood conditions would be perfect for catching a big barbel, and his hunch proved right, as he landed this 19 lb 4 oz giant. Chris Thomson displays his stunning 19 lb 4 oz Avon barbel. The 65-year-old groundworker landed the giant Hampshire Avon barbel from a club stretch near Ringwood. He […]

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Fishery owner jailed for shooting otter in landing net

A FISHERY owner who shot an otter dead in front of horrified day ticket anglers is serving time in prison, in the first prosecution of its kind. Former Lyons Gate owner Stuart Jones shot an otter in a shocked angler’s landing net. Pic: BNPS. Stuart Jones, then owner of Lyons Gate Caravan Park & Fishery, […]

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Fishing tackle plastic reduction efforts blasted by campaigner

THE angling trade has been blasted for not doing enough about single-use plastic. Chris Turnbull is campaigning for fishing tackle plastic use to be reduced. Fishing tackle plastic is being increasingly questioned as the global environmental improvement lobby grows. Angler’s Mail has regularly reported on the impressive success in recycling line, coordinated by the Anglers […]

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Free poles given away to 8,248 anglers

A TACKLE chain has revealed how it has been trying to inspire a new generation of anglers. Warrington Angling Direct is the chain’s latest branch, bringing their tally to 35. Angling Direct told Angler’s Mail how it has been trying to get youngsters hooked on fishing by giving out whips galore. For free! An spokesperson […]

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Fishing tackle shop tries new ‘old-school’ move to boost interest

ONE of England’s oldest angling traders is coming up with ‘old-school’ initiatives to attract customers. Fishing tackle shop problems are being tackled by Robertson’s. If shops near you are being pro-active in any special ways, email details to us. The long-established fishing tackle shop Robertson’s, in Dagenham, Essex, is introducing several schemes to start the […]

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Vietnam incarcerates activist for 14 years for livestreaming pollution march

Hoang Duc Binh had posted footage on Facebook of anglers protesting following a huge chemical spill from a steel plant Environmental activism Vietnam incarcerates activist for 14 years for livestreaming pollution procession Hoang Duc Binh had posted footage on Facebook of anglers protesting following a huge chemical spill from a steel plant Associated Press Tue […]

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