Carp guide shows the way with two amazing hits of big fish at two venues

ONE of the UK’s leading carp anglers has been in unstoppable form lately. Tom Maker displays his 52 lb 4 oz mirror carp at The Avenue. Carp guide Tom Maker, who has fished for the England team, hauled huge carp at an incredible rate at two venues. Tom kicked off at Shropshire’s The Avenue, run […]

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Match fishing in England can restart now – but under special guidelines

MATCH anglers and venues in England are celebrating after it was confirmed by the Angling Trust that events can restart. They must be run according to safety guidelines. Match fishing is allowed in England again. In a slightly unexpected twist on Tuesday, May 26, the Trust confirmed: “Robust new best practice guidelines published by the […]

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Youngster lands giant lake record carp during online competition

A YOUNG angler landed an impressive lake record carp when an enterprising day ticket fishery decided to interact online with self-isolating customers. Weston Moat Fishery boss Wayne Steele offered a prize for two people to win a 24-hour ticket with bait. Entrants had to guess how much weight his nine-year-old son, Josh, could catch in […]

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Last second whackers before top carp fishery closes

STEVE ‘APACHE’ CLIFF had just landed a brace of carp when he got the news the fishery he was on had to close, including this 35 lb 10 oz stunner. Steve Cliff was amongst big Elstow carp as it had to close for lockdown. The 60-year-old’s catch came from at Elstow Fishery complex in Bedfordshire, […]

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No need to kill cormorants – use dummies instead!

A PRO-ACTIVE fishery owner says that cormorant control can be achieved without killing them. They don’t eat small fish – this hungry cormorant died after trying to eat a pike! Brian Morland says that he has had big success using mannequin dummies at his mixed trout waters. His achievements have taken place at Bellflask Fishery, […]

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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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Gudgeon record rocked

KEVIN DONNELLY came within a whisker making history with this mini marvel. He will have to wait several months, at least, for another crack at the record… Not quite a new gudgeon record – but quite a handful! Kevin rocked the long-standing gudgeon record when he hauled the gigantic 4 oz ‘gonk’ from his local […]

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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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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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Ross bosses day ticket whackers

ROSS FARNES kept away from the pressurised area of the lake – and was rewarded with this 50 lb 2 oz mirror carp. Ross caught the biggest in the lake at Elphicks Fisheries. The 36-year-old told Angler’s Mail how he enjoyed big carp success at Elphicks Fisheries in Kent. “I had a quick chat with […]

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