Huge river pike will hit 30 lb soon

RIVER pike ace Leigh Laffar was thrilled with this stunning 28 lb PB – but thinks she might hit the magic 30 lb barrier at the end of the winter. The 32-year-old engineer from Warwickshire explained: “I caught her during the floods, fishing a slack under a road bridge on a float fished half-herring. “I […]

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Ide shocker as angler lands giant specimen on local river

DEAN CRUTCHLEY’S first visit of the season to his local river produced this surprise 7 lb 2 oz giant. This huge River Dearne ide scaled 7 lb 2 oz. Ide are often mistaken for chub, or big roach, and Dean was surprised to discover what took his bait on River Dearne in South Yorkshire. Construction […]

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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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Review: Rapala Super Shadow Rap Lures

The Rapala Super Shadow Rap 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: hard lures that have been designed to imitate dying fish. Specifications: 16 cm long; 77 g; plastic body; armed with a pair of […]

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First Footage Of A Tarantula Preying On An Opossum Is Both Awesome And Nightmare-Inducing

In the nightfall of the Amazon rainforest, a team of biologists “heard some scrabbling in the leaf litter.” They shined their headlamps in the direction of the unrest and spotlighted – much to their surprise, horror, and perhaps perverse joy – a tarantula the size of a dinner plate dragging a young opossum across the forest floor. The team believes this may […]

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Review: Sonik SK-TEK Compact Rod Sleeves

The Sonik SK-TEK Compact Rod Sleeves 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 space-saving rod holdall that’ll take your rods, accessories and shelter. Specifications: up-and-down sleeves for holding three (10, 12 or 13 ft) rods […]

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Caregivers Forced Disabled Man to Fight as Amusement, Left Him to Die: Lawsuit

Last April, the body of Carl DeBrodie, a 31-year-old developmentally disabled man who liked Westerns and fishing, was found smothered in concrete and stuffed in a trash can in Missouri. His family is now suing Second Chance Homes and the Missouri Department of Mental Health for his mysterious death, claiming caretakers at the independent living […]

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