Big eel success makes ace angler shout for joy

SPECIMEN fish ace Ian Petch knew that a lake had produced a big eel a few years ago, and he finally hit his target with this 6 lb 7 oz specimen. Horsham, West Sussex-based Ian fished overnight hoping that a big eel would take his small roach head offered on free-running rig. And his plan […]

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Best river swims to fish this season

WONDERING which swim to choose on a river for different species of fish and for different times of the year? Read on, as Angler’s Mail helps you… River fishing on a willow swim. River fishing tips are no good if you haven’t found the fish first. Any successful river angler knows that shoals of fish […]

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Near record zander finally revealed – and here it is!

WE might be a whole lot nearer the new river fishing season than the last one but check this out… Billy’s freak catch could become the next British record zander. This immense, potential British record zander was caught just before the river season ended back in mid-March. The captor couldn’t count it as a fair […]

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Best barbel fishing peg saved from concrete extinction

HERE’s a bit of good news for anglers amidst the coronavirus lockdown…. Cromwell Weir is famous for probably the best barbel fishing in the country. Britain’s best barbel fishing peg looks as if it will be saved from being buried under concrete. As we revealed before lockdown, iconic peg 1A at Cromwell Weir was set […]

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Licence rogue hit by £1,723 penalty after ‘abusive and threatening behaviour’

A ROGUE has ended up with a whopping £1,723 penalty after being caught by an Environment Agency fisheries enforcement officer, aided by a member of the Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service. Catching the rogues – the Voluntary Bailiff Service, along with EA and Police, are doing their best to make a difference. Rod licence dodger […]

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‘Save us from otter ruin’ – plea from fishery owners

DISGRUNTLED coarse fishery owners fed up with otters are banding together to complain about the lack of service that they receive from the Government. This otter was filmed feasting on a fish at Nine Oaks Angling Centre. Fisheries in Ceredegion, West Wales, led by Nine Oaks, are furious that Natural Resources Wales is ignoring them. […]

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This lure fishing ace is on an amazing predator run

A LURE fishing ace has enjoyed a fantastic month for the big three coarse predators – perch, zander and pike. Robbie Northman’s fine trio began with his big lure-caught perch. Robbie Northman, a 29-year-old bar manager, kicked off his fine run with a 4 lb 2 oz stripy. Then other trips in his home county […]

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Do-it-yourself pike!

IONUT MITREA needed to do a bit of DIY to a new lure and it resulted in this pristine 24 lb 8 oz pike from a local lake. The 31-year-old night shift supervisor had the tail of a new 18 cm Quantum Yolo Swim Shad taken by a fish. He replaced it with one from […]

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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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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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