Beat the stress in your life through fishing

ANGLING’S huge benefits in reducing human stress and improving mental health problems have come to the fore. Marina Gibson has been amongst the growing number of influential people explaining how fishing can improve lives, and reduce stress. Stress beating qualities of being by the water fishing have come more to the public’s attention in the […]

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New online effort to shoot more cormorants – details & link to where you can participate

THE Angling Trust and the Avon Roach Project are working to encourage anglers to help cull cormorants – and it involves an online effort that YOU can get involved in. The Angling Trust and the Avon Roach Project are trying to generate a large-scale response to the Government’s consultation on the General Licence to shoot […]

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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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King Kenny hits new carp heights

CARP maestro Simon Kenny is really getting to grips with a tricky southern big carp venue – as this giant proves. The huge common carp topped Simon Kenny’s latest catches at Wellington Country Park. Simon only got himself a ticket for Berkshire’s Wellington Country Park this season and he topped a recent trip with this […]

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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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Tackle shop boss finally nabs wily big barbel

JAMES WHILLIER struggled to catch a big barbel on the Hampshire Avon’s most famous venue on four visits… but finally nabbed it on his fifth trip at an estimated 13 lb. Fifth time lucky – James and his big Royalty Fishery barbel. The 44-year-old decided on a hemp and caster approach to fool the wary […]

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Review: Kodex Razor Blades

The Kodex Razor Blades 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: rig scissors for cutting braid and mono. Specifications: precision Japanese stainless steel blades; compact; egonomic handles; serrated edge. My verdict: even though I’m a ‘cack-handed’, […]

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Review: Sonik Xtractor 5000 Reel

The Sonik Xtractor 5000 Reel 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: mini big pit fixed-spool reel. Specifications: black anodised long-cast spool taking 280 m of 0.35 mm line; Quick-Torque Drag system; Twin Spring-Loaded Captive Line […]

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Review: Maver Reality Stink Bag

The Maver Reality Stink Bag 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: watertight bag for wet nets. Specifications: tough welded plastic construction; heat welded seams; watertight; adjustable shoulder strap; comfortable hand grips. Dimensions: 60 x 20 […]

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Review: Dynamite Big Fish River Pellets

The Dynamite Big Fish River Pellets 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: three flavours of sinking pellet feed: Cheese & Garlic, Shrimp & Krill and Meat-Furter. Ingredients: 1.8 kg bags of 4, 6 and 8 […]

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