Tackle shops reopen and river season starts at angling’s ‘new normal’ marches on

TACKLE shops across the country have just reopened, and the river season has begun… putting angling fully into its ‘new normal’. Tackle shops open – after weeks of waiting, customers can go into tackle shops again. Most tackle shops put measures in place to be able to re-open their doors to customers on June 15. […]

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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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Endangered eels are surging back

ENDANGERED eels look set for much better years ahead, after a bumper crop of ‘babies’ was spotted. Elvers are returning in the best numbers than for many years. Andrew Kerr, chairman of the Sustainable Eel Group, has found huge numbers of elvers in the mighty River Severn catchment system. Elvers – also called glass eels […]

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Neolithic chewing gum helps recreate image of ancient Dane

Analysis of birch tar describes a female hunter-gatherer with dark skin and blue eyes At the dawn of the Neolithic era, a young woman discarded a lump of ancient chewing gum made from birch tar into a shallow, brackish lagoon that drew fishers to the coast of southern Denmark. Nearly 6,000 years later, researchers excavating […]

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Review: Rapala RCD Retractable Line Scissors

The Rapala RCD Retractable Line Scissors 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: ‘safe’ scissors for lure anglers. Specifications: sharp, stainless steel blades; built-in carabiner. My verdict: a handy accessory for roving lure anglers, these scissors […]

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Tackle great behind John Wilson’s rod dies

THE tackle manufacturer responsible for developing one of the best-selling rods of all time has passed away, aged 69. Dick Tallents was the trade man behind the famous John Wilson rod, and many other big-selling fishing products. Dick Tallents owned Masterline Tackle, the producer of iconic John Wilson rod, the Avon Quiver rod. It sold […]

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This huge pike was even longer than new World record!

SHOCK news of a new World record pike from the Czech Republic brought another huge Eastern European specimen to the fore – and this one was even longer! The world pike record could have been this giant caught in Bulgaria. The giant that we can show you here – also possibly the world pike record […]

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Review: Maver Reality Side Tray

The Maver Reality Side Tray 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: a side tray for seatbox and fishing chair systems. Specifications: aluminium construction; drainage holes in the corners; supplied with universal fittings, for 25, 30 […]

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Philippines typhoon: More than 100 dead and missing

Santiago, Isabela province, the Philippines( CNN) Rescue operations are underway in the Philippines as 49 people remain missing after Super Typhoon Mangkhut triggered a massive landslide in the country’s north, destroying hundreds of homes. Dozens of the dead and missing are believed to be miners who were trapped inside a building buried by a landslide […]

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Underwater explosions in extreme slow-mo are like something from outer space

Sticking a tiny firework into a fishing tank and watching it go off is, on the surface, a fairly unimpressive sight but when you watch the thing burst apart at 120,000 frames per second it’s a whole different story. SEE ALSO: Flinging a hammer at a mirror in extreme slow motion has unexpected results For […]

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