Is this the best-ever haul of big UK perch?

HOW about this for an amazing haul of huge perch! It was topped by a 5 lb 2 oz giant and EIGHT four-pounders, just days after winning a big lure match. Wayne Fletcher admires his biggest perch, 5 lb 2 oz, caught during an epic day at a secret reservoir. Paint sprayer Wayne Fletcher, from […]

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Review: Dynamite Swim Stim Silver-Fish Groundbait

The Dynamite Swim Stim Silver-Fish Groundbait 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: winter groundbait for silver fish on commercial fisheries. Ingredients: fishmeal and sweet groundbait with ground Swim Stim pellets and hemp. My verdict: there’s […]

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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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‘Every place you go, you are being watched’: reporting from Xi’s China

The Guardians outgoing Beijing correspondent reflects on six years of increasing repression “You don’t work out, do you?” inquired one of the officers who had summoned me to my hotel lobby in China’s pre-eminent police state. We had only checked in 10 minutes earlier and, after an exhausting week reporting along Xinjiang’s spectacular high-altitude border […]

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Fishing Closed Season backlash divides anglers

THE final decision of the Environment Agency to retain the current Closed Season has split the angling community in a similar way to Brexit. The fishing Closed Season remains as it was in England and Wales, preventing anglers trying for fish like barbel (pictured) in rivers between March 15 and June 15 inclusive. Many are […]

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Kevin Nash calls for ‘new thinking’ to turn around fortunes of UK fishing

ANGLING legend Kevin Nash has expressed his horror at a lack of new blood coming into angling, and threats from ‘antis’. As Angler’s Mail revealed last week, the Angling Trades Association held a mini conference, entitled Keep Britain Fishing, in the West Midlands. Carp tackle, bait and fisheries pioneer Kevin Nash attended the day after […]

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Review: Maver MV-R Pole Roller

The Maver MV-R Pole Roller 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: sturdy, four-leg pole roller. Specifications: four extendable legs, each with snap-lock fittings; three upright rollers; lightweight but stable. My verdict: these rollers look smart […]

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Fishing birthday gift to remember – a load of big river fish!

SPECIMEN ace John Mott celebrated turning 45 by enjoying a dream river session. What a fishing birthday gift – John Mott displays his 16 lb 4 oz barbel. It was the heaviest barbel in an epic catch. In what must be the best fishing birthday gift ever, John notched up a staggering 20 double-figure barbel. […]

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