Giant tench on float fishing tactics

PHILIP MILDENHALL notched up one of the biggest tench ever on float tackle with this 10 lb 8 oz tinca from his syndicate water. The 35-year-old from St Mary Bourne, Hampshire, told Angler’s Mail all about  his tench float fishing tactics. Meter reader Philip said: “I was fishing a rod length out in 7 ft […]

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Angling is now allowed in England, Wales & Ireland – and venues begin to reopen

LOCKDOWN measures have been modified – and it was the positive news so many have been waiting for. In England only, Wednesday, May 13 signalled the start of people being  allowed to take unlimited exercise outdoors. People in England can now enjoy parks and public spaces without having to exercise. Angling got the green light, […]

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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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10 of the world’s best piers: readers’ travel tips

From a favourite of John Betjeman to Polish art-deco cafes, underwater observatories and Hemingways fishing spot our readers reveal their favourite over-water strolls Winning tip: Huntington Beach, California Huntington Beach is the spiritual home of Californian surfing. I love strolling out early in the morning along Huntington Beach Pier, when the marine layer mist lingers, […]

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Native American ‘land taxes’: a step on the roadmap for reparations

In the San Francisco Bay Area, local residents and businesses can pay to help restore Indigenous land to Indigenous stewardship The two-acre plot deep within east Oakland is a bright green oasis surrounded by urban sprawl. The creek that runs through it has been sealed with cement, and an interstate highway has been built overhead. […]

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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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Tackle shops unite to create fresh AIR fishing group

TEN of the country’s top fishing shops have come together to form the Association of Independent Retailers that could take on the dominance of Angling Direct. The Tackle Box in Kent is one of the well-respected stores in the new AIR fishing trade group. The AIR fishing trade group –  the Association of Independent Retailers […]

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Review: Rapala RCD Retractable Line Scissors

The Rapala RCD Retractable Line Scissors 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: ‘safe’ scissors for lure anglers. Specifications: sharp, stainless steel blades; built-in carabiner. My verdict: a handy accessory for roving lure anglers, these scissors […]

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Jeremy Wade leads call to save big fish stocks

ONE of TV’s most loved celebrities, and a globally respected angler, has brought the perilous future of fish into the spotlight. Jeremy Wade, seen with an alligator gar, has spoken up about the grim future for apex predators. Jeremy Wade has warned the world needs to look after freshwater habitats as well as deal with […]

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Watch out for ‘very rude and nasty’ carp rustlers, says fishery owner

A VETERAN day ticket lake owner who was assaulted by a group of fish rustlers have warned other venues and anglers to be aware of the men they faced. Maybrands fishery owner Nick Devlin has spoken up about poaching after a scary clash with aggressive poachers. Maybrands Fishery boss Nick Devlin, 72, and son Gary, confronted the seven […]

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