Giant tench – possibly biggest of 2020 – goes back unweighed

MATTHEW KNIGHT recorded one of the biggest tench of the year with a green giant that he’s convinced weighed over his personal best of 12 lb 4 oz. Matthew admires his jumbo tench. The experienced big fish ace nabbed the huge tench during a stalking trip, but he forgot to bring his scales, so returned […]

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Top catfish called Boris

IF the UK Prime Minister was a fish, he just might be this one…. Catfish ace Dan Winston was thrilled to break the ‘ton’ barrier for the first time with this 103 lb 8 oz giant, which he has named Boris. That’s right, he named it after Prime Minister Boris Johnson for allowing English fishing […]

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Match fishing in England can restart now – 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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Carp expert tells of his horrific Covid-19 ordeal

A LEADING bait maker has revealed the scary struggle he faced fighting off the deadly coronavirus. Boilie expert Jim Rawcliffe seen healthy, in better times. Boilie expert Jim Rawcliffe was hospitalised with Covid-19, but is now – thankfully – on the road to recovery. Jim, who used to run Tails Up Bait before starting up […]

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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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Review: Maver Reality R1 Power Carp Rigs

The Maver Reality R1 Power Carp Rigs 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: ready-tied pole rigs for commercial fishery carp. Specifications: 2-2.25 m rigs designed for fishing 3-6 ft-deep swims; 3 mm hollow bristle; 0.20 […]

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How a winter boilie dust trick helped tempt giant winter carp

FLAVOUR-infused boilie dust helped Craig McEvoy to a memorable hit of cold-water carp, topped by his fifth 50-pounder of the year. The winter boilie trick helped operations manager Craig to a haul including the mighty mirror Junior at 51 lb 8 oz. Wednesbury, West Midlands-based Craig, 40, explained: “The weather was bitterly cold with a […]

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Review: Rapala Ripstop Lures

The Rapala Ripstop 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: realistic swimbaits. Specifications: built-in rattle, hard body; scale pattern; hard plastic ‘boot’ tail; two-part plastic lip; VMC Black Nickel Fine Wire hooks; 9 cm lure […]

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Review: Middy Reactacore X120-3 Competition Match Carp Pole

The Middy Reactacore X120-3 Competition Match Carp Pole 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: competition match carp pole. Specifications: 13.5 and 14.5 m packages; Quad (four-layer) carbon technology; Maximus Wrap on the joints, to reduce […]

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River ace lures coastal stunner

RIVER ace Nathan Edgell is more used to catching huge pike and perch but this stunning sea specimen shows another side to his passions. Nathan Edgell displays his jumbo ballan wrasse. Nathan’s brilliant ballan wrasse tipped the scales at a whopping 7 lb 4 oz. The 47-year-old, from Dorchester, Dorset, Texas rigged a 12 g […]

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