How to catch the biggest carp in small waters

Angler’s Mail features editor Richard Howard gives you some pointers to hopefully catch the lake’s heaviest fish! SO how do you target those big carp on small waters? We’re talking about better fish on well-stocked ‘ponds’ – the sort of waters you skirt round on the way to the ‘big lake’ or main lake on […]

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Record stickleback agony at the scales for masked angler

ALL-ROUNDER Colin Etherington came within a whisker of the British stickleback record with this 7.89 g whopper. Colin recently told Angler’s Mail about how he is taking extra safety precautions when fishing, hence the mask in this photograph. His jumbo three-spined stickleback fell an agonising 0.11 g short of the official 8 g giant caught […]

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Britain’s heaviest catfish

IF THERE is a heavier freshwater fish currently in the UK than this one, we’d like to see it! Scaling a massive 147 lb, Britain’s heaviest catfish fell to Paul Fyson, who starred in Angler’s Mail magazine’s unrivalled Fish Of The Week pages. Paul set a new UK ‘record’ for catfish when he caught a […]

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Could escaped sewage be increasing Covid-19 risks for anglers?

ANGLERS have been warned about an added danger from sewage when rivers reopen on June 16. Covid-19 risks in sewage? Some people think the danger is real. Covid-19 risks for anglers grew when some scientists reported how they believe that the coronavirus could live in untreated sewage in rivers. Professor Richard Quilliam of Stirling University, […]

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Farewell to another angling great

TRIBUTES have been paid to the pioneer who helped the carp fishing bait industry become the huge enterprise it is today. Bob Baker caught many specimen fish, especially carp. This 85 lb giant was landed at Graviers in France. Boilie pioneer Bob Baker passed away aged in his early 70s, and there was huge praise […]

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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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Great float fishing lakes – 6 of the best!

ANGLER’S MAIL is the No.1 magazine for all sorts of things – and has a Where To Fish section that is unrivalled. It’s produced by regional experts. Float fishing lakes are pfoiled in this ‘6 of the best.’ Here our Where To Fish team have selected six of the best float fishing lakes for you […]

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Big roach quest ends in style with this giant specimen

ALAN RIO had travelled across many counties to try and get a 3 lb-plus roach and finally achieved his dream with this super specimen. Big roach joy – Alan Rio’s 3 lb 1 oz specimen. The Woking, Surrey-based ace all-rounder caught the big roach he yearned for, scaling 3 lb 1 oz. Alan told Angler’s […]

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Review: Rapala Ultra Light Lures

The Rapala Ultra Light 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: small crankbait and topwater lures. Specifications: all of the lures come with sharp and strong VMC Black Nickel treble hooks, the 3 and 4 […]

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River ace lures coastal stunner

RIVER ace Nathan Edgell is more used to catching huge pike and perch but this stunning sea specimen shows another side to his passions. Nathan Edgell displays his jumbo ballan wrasse. Nathan’s brilliant ballan wrasse tipped the scales at a whopping 7 lb 4 oz. The 47-year-old, from Dorchester, Dorset, Texas rigged a 12 g […]

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