Poachers’ illegal river nets thwarted

A QUICK-THINKING angler saved dozens of prime coarse fish from being killed by calling the Environment Agency’s incident hotline to report illegal netting. This net was strung across the River Nene. Two EA officers and three Police officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Rural Crime Action Team rushed to the River Nene, near March. They searched for […]

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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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Review: Carp Spirit Magnum Chairs

The Carp Spirit Magnum Chairs 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: fishing chairs. Deluxe specifications: thermoformed, anti-slip mattress; fully adjustable back rake mechanism; CamoSkin border with high-density foam padding; lightweight aluminium frame; padded neoprene arm […]

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Have you ever caught one of these?

HAVE you ever caught one of these, or any other rarely-caught coarse species? The fish held by Jordan Grant is a bullhead, also known quaintly as a miller’s thumb. Jordan’s surprise came on Derbyshire’s River Erewash at Pinxton, just before the end of the rivers season. Of course, fishing everywhere is currently not possible due […]

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Brexit ‘has changed EU view of Scotland’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVan Rompuy: Europe ‘looking at what Scotland is in favour of’ A former president of the European Council has said he believes Brexit has changed EU attitudes to Scottish independence. In a BBC interview, Herman Van Rompuy said there was now “much more sympathy” for European regions […]

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Review: Sonik Insurgent Carp Rods

The Sonik Insurgent Carp Rods 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: carp rods with a retractable butt section. Specifications: 9 ft (2.75 lb and 3 lb) and 10 ft (3 lb, 3.25 lb and 3.5 […]

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True state of angling revealed by annual Environment Agency report

THE latest annual Environment Agency fisheries report has revealed angling is in good shape, with 955,310 rod licences sold for the 2018-19 year, raising £21million. This three-rod option was a new addition to the Environment Agency rod licence options in the year of the report. There was a drop to 847,846 individual anglers buying an […]

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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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Review: Rapala X-Rap Lures

The Rapala X-Rap 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: extreme-action ‘slashbait’ lure range that’ll tempt a variety of predators, from perch to pike. Specifications: available in 4, 6, 8 and 10 cm sizes, and […]

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England pair make British carp history

ENGLAND carp pair Wayne Mansford and Ryan Need created history when they won one of angling’s most prestigious titles. Wayne and Ryan lifted the British Carp Angling Championships trophy after a fantastic haul at Farlows Lake. The long-running British Carp Angling Championships saw its 2019 final won with a record weight. And in making their […]

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