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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How to catch the biggest carp in small waters

Angler’s Mail features editor Richard Howard gives you some pointers to hopefully catch the lake’s heaviest fish! SO how do you target those big carp on small waters? We’re talking about better fish on well-stocked ‘ponds’ – the sort of waters you skirt round on the way to the ‘big lake’ or main lake on […]

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Lockdown latest round-up: British venues begin to reopen and tackle shops prepare for June 15

LOCKDOWN measures have been modified – and it was the positive news so many have been waiting for. In England only, Wednesday, May 13 signalled the start of people being  allowed to take unlimited exercise outdoors. People in England were able to enjoy parks and public spaces without having to exercise. Angling got the green […]

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Review: Target Baits Whole Egg Powder

The Target Baits Whole Egg Powder 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: egg powder made from pasteurised eggs for making boilies. My verdict: if you want to make your own baits, check out this egg […]

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Environment Agency fisheries work halted in coronavirus crisis

THE Environment Agency have confirmed fisheries staff are not working as normal – but will come out to real emergencies. Funded by rod licence money, anglers are keen to see as much EA fisheries support and enforcement work carrying on, safely. But the Covid-19 outbreak has caused real challenges for EA fisheries staff. The Great […]

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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: 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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Review: Dynamite Swim Stim Sticky Pellet Syrups

The Dynamite Swim Stim Sticky Pellet Syrups 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: bait additive for pellets. Specifications: glucose-based syrup; available in Krill, Betaine Green, F1 Sweet and Amino Original flavours; 300 ml bottles with […]

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Review: Rapala Original Floater Lures

The Rapala Original Floater 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: a floating lure. Specifications: available in 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 18 cm sizes; largest size has a swimming depth to 3.3 […]

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Monster catfish landed jointly by father and son

WAYNE CLARK decided to take up angling again so he could take his son Billie – and they jointly caught this 81 lb 8 oz catfish. The pair shared a huge hit of 17 catfish and carp for 848 lb 8 oz from Wintons Fishery, near Burgess Hill in West Sussex. Wayne said: “I joined […]

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