Covid angling boom – hard facts revealed for revival of numbers

THE Environment Agency has revealed more upbeat figures on angling’s sudden boom in interest. The Covid angling boom is making 2020 a year that bucks the trends after many downturns for the sport. And with an increase in rod licence sales year-on-year, the EA is thrilled with recent figures. The spike in demand was sparked […]

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Tackle shops reopen and river season starts as angling’s ‘new normal’ marches on

TACKLE shops across the country have just reopened, and the river season has begun… putting angling fully into its ‘new normal’. Tackle shops open – after weeks of waiting, customers can go into tackle shops again. Most tackle shops put measures in place to be able to re-open their doors to customers on June 15. […]

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Monster carp on first session back after lockdown

SEAN CORBETT couldn’t have wished for a better first fishing day back when lockdown eased… he topped a five-fish catch with this 49 lb 2 oz mirror. Giant Grenville carp – Sean Corbett enjoyed a flying restart. Arriving at dawn, Sean made a brilliant start in his quest for the impressive Grenville carp. Grenville Lake […]

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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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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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Bass record smashed with immense 22-pounder

THIS immense bass smashed the British shore-caught record by over 2 lb. Guntars Zukovskis smashed the British bass record with this near 22-pounder. The bass record breaker fell to Guntars Zukovskis on a local Somerset beach while targeting conger eels in stormy conditions at night. He weighed it on digital scales at an incredible 22 […]

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Review: Sonik Insurgent Carp Rods

The Sonik Insurgent Carp Rods 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: carp rods with a retractable butt section. Specifications: 9 ft (2.75 lb and 3 lb) and 10 ft (3 lb, 3.25 lb and 3.5 […]

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Mixed river haul topped by run of big roach

MATT DELABRUYERE dodged some dodgy weather to top a great haul of fish with ten 1 lb-plus roach, the best 1 lb 14 oz. Matt Delabruyere displays two of his biggest roach. The 30-year-old fire risk assessor from Colchester, Essex, scored on a small river. He told Angler’s Mail how he did it… “I fished […]

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Licence rogue hit by £1,723 penalty after ‘abusive and threatening behaviour’

A ROGUE has ended up with a whopping £1,723 penalty after being caught by an Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officer, aided by a member of the Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service. Catching the rogues – the Voluntary Bailiff Service, along with EA and Police, are doing their best to make a difference. Rod licence dodger […]

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Review: 9 mm Dynamite Speed Washters

The 9 mm Dynamite Speed Washters 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: 9 mm wafter hook baits. Specifications: high-leakage, durable hook baits; three ‘secret’ flavours and essential oils; three ‘washed-out’ colours; bottle of flavoured liquid […]

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