It’s ‘absolutely banging’ to be back fishing again

CARPER Bret Barlow summed up the feelings of anglers all over Britain as they enjoyed their days back by the water, fishing again Depsite being carp-focused Brett doesn’t mind catching occasional big bream, and he came close to his PB of 14 lb 4 oz when he landed this 12 lb specimen from a local […]

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Will a 50 lb-plus pike be caught anytime soon in England?

ANGLERS in the UK and beyond were amazed by the discovery of a huge pike at an English trout water. But experts were not surprised. Brian Morland and his dog admire what could have been the biggest pike to have ever swum in an English fishing venue. If you know of a bigger one, drop […]

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Poachers exploit coronavirus crisis

A HARD-pressed angling club has said that illegal poachers are taking advantage of the lockdown, by stealing their valuable fish for the pot. Some of the dead fish found at a club lake during the coronavirus crisis. Officials were shocked to discover nets spread out across their lake, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, during the coronavirus […]

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Record crucian carp charge on pause due to virus

WHEN the lockdown rules are relaxed in the UK, could the crucian record be the first one to be beaten? Scott Poulter displays his 4 lb 3 oz crucian from Johnsons Lake. Scott Poulter bagged this giant 4 lb 3 oz crucian carp from Johnsons Lake just before the country went into lockdown mode, and […]

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Britain’s No.1 barbel hotspot to be destroyed

ONE of the very best fishing spots will be lost to anglers after the controlling club accepted defeat in their long legal battle. The view from the main fishing swim at Cromwell Weir. Iconic peg 1A at Cromwell Weir, on the Collingham AA stretch of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire, is one of the best […]

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British record barbel of 21 lb 2 oz quietly enters history lists

THE specimen world was shocked when it read all about a new British record barbel that was accepted at the end of 2019. Colin Smithson’s 21 lb 2 oz British record barbel was accepted by the British Record Fish Committee at their final meeting of 2019. Colin Smithson caught his 21 lb 2 oz British […]

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Rod licence dodgers are on the decline as fear of detection rises

FIGURES released to Angler’s Mail by the Environment Agency show that the number of prosecutions for rod licence offences has dropped significantly. EA bailiff patrols are on the lookout the rod licence dodgers, but are finding less of them than they used to. The total number of prosecutions of rod licence dodgers for the 2018/2019 […]

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Review: Rapala X-Rap Scoop Lures

The Rapala X-Rap Scoop 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: a quality, hard plastic, ‘spoon-like’ lure range. Specifications: 14 cm-long; weighs 68 g; swimming depth of 1.6 m; S-shaped, hard plastic body; realistic, chrome […]

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Review: Carp Spirit Magnum X1 42 in. Multi-Net

The Carp Spirit Magnum X1 42 in. Multi-Net comes 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: top-of-the-range landing net. Specifications: adjustable and lightweight three-piece carbon handle that can be used at 3, 6 and 9 ft lengths; […]

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Review: Sensas Jumbo Top Kit Holdalls

The Sensas Jumbo Top Kit Holdalls 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: holdall for multiple pole top kits. Specifications: rigid, hard holdall with a carry handle and Velcro-down top; six compartments inside, for top kits. […]

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