Review: Happy Puzzle Crazy Fishing Game

The Happy Puzzle Crazy Fishing Game comes 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: a fishing game to be played at home. Specifications: two sets of tackle; two dice; a timer; two bowls; 16 fish shapes. My […]

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True state of angling revealed by annual Environment Agency report

THE latest annual Environment Agency fisheries report has revealed angling is in good shape, with 955,310 rod licences sold for the 2018-19 year, raising £21million. This three-rod option was a new addition to the Environment Agency rod licence options in the year of the report. There was a drop to 847,846 individual anglers buying an […]

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Fishing tackle shop tells of its incredible revival

A TOP independent tackle dealer tackle dealer has explained to Angler’s Mail how he turned his shop’s fortunes around. Angling shop that’s turned itself around – Bournemouth Fishing Lodge. Angling shop boss Wayne Gray has brought Bournemouth Fishing Lodge, in Dorset, back from the brink. And now it’s thriving! His tale is another one that […]

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Winter river fishing success snatched in between work

DOES work always get in the way with your fishing plans? Maybe you can take a leaf out of Dr Mark Everard’s book, and juggle things smartly… Mark got his hands on big grayling from the River Irfon. Mark had a work meeting in mid-Wales, but he managed to squeeze in two grayling sessions on […]

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Ruffe cause worry as they populate special natural lake

A MINI predatory fish species has caused alarm after turning up in a famous, protected British water. Ruffe have turned up at a special lake where they are not wanted. Scientists made the first conclusive sightings of ruffe in Cumbria’s Lake Windermere. They fear that non-native species for the venue could wreak havoc on protected […]

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2019 floods cause serious worries for fish stocks in Britain

HEAVY rainfall and flooding that has wreaked havoc in many parts of the country is seriously bad news for fish. Damage caused to fish stocks by 2019 floods is a concern. A leading fish expert believes the 2019 floods will have caused long-term damage, as well harming fry survival. As Angler’s Mail revealed, some stillwaters […]

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River pollution hell… now it’s time to pay up

AFTER a tiring six-year struggle, a highly respected angling club finally won compensation to restock after a pollution back in 2013. River pollution scene – Mail correspondent Tom Legge fishes at Baits Bite on the River Cam. Cambridge FPAS netted the river pollution result it was seeking to boost a stretch of  Cam that was […]

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Four perch over 4 lb proves venue’s true stripy potential

SPECIMEN angler Charlie Coppolo returned to a venue where he had come close to a dream 4 lb perch… and this time made a truly stunning haul. His catch included FOUR four-pounders! This one went 4 lb 4 oz… Charlie has been amongst a run of big perch at Hanningfield Reservoir. Charlie followed up a […]

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Mandarin catfish is one of the rarest in the world – and it’s huge!

ROBERT WEBB caught one the most iconic fish in the world when he hauled in this 230 lb 14 oz giant. The mandarin catfish from the River Segre set a new European record. The 63-year-old dental worker connected with the monster mandarin catfish during a session on the River Segre at Mequinenza. It set a […]

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Aggressive river fishing rogues try to hide in bushes

THREE brazen anglers were caught after fishing TWO different rivers in the Close Season – and then tried escaping in bushes. They’re watching – an Environment Agency bailiff caught rogues hiding in bushes. The three rogues from Liverpool, Merseyside, were prosecuted after wilfully obstructing an Environment Agency bailiff. Jack O’Callaghan, 30, Patrick Jones, 35, and […]

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