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  2. The Sonik Xtractor Rod Sleeves 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. LAST WEEK I revealed Sonik’s value-for-money answer to compact carping – their Xtractor Carp Rod range, which retail for just £59.99-£69.99. This week I’d like to reveal their Xtractor Carp Rod Sleeves, which complement the rod range. The 9 ft and 10 ft rods, complete with their collapsible butt sections, have a transport length of just 44 in. and 50 in. respectively, so it should come as no surprise to hear that Sonik have designed these Xtractor Rod Sleeves to fit them perfectly. Available in two sizes, they’ll accommodate rods with rings up to 50 mm, along with reels of any size. On one side you’ll find a pocket and a strap, for storing a landing net and a handle, while on the other side there’s some elasticated webbing, for containing bank sticks and alarms. The sleeves can also be joined together, top and bottom, which helps when carrying multiple rods. Made from a HD600D PVC material and finished with Sonik’s trademark camou pattern, they also feature a zipped pocket and a webbed carry handle. The zip on the sleeve itself is positioned at the rear, to prevent damaging your line during transit. Prices: 9 ft Sleeve £22.99; 10 ft Sleeve £24.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Sonik tackle … Review: Sonik Xtractor Carp Rods IF THE cost of going down the compact carping route has been a stretch too far for you, I’d urge… Review: Sonik VaderX 5000 and 6000 FS Reels SONIK have a reputation for offering quality kit at a very attractive price and these Vader X 5000 and 6000… Review: Sonik SK-TEK Levelbed and Sleeping Bags THERE are plenty of useful features on the Sonik SK-TEK Levelbeds, now available in three sizes. Designed to ensure comfort… View the full article
  3. The Bank BUG Scooop 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. WHEN you’re putting bait into a Spomb, things can get a bit messy, it can be a time-consuming exercise, too. Not with the Bank BUG Scooop. Designed to speed up baiting with a minimum of mess, the Midi Scooop fits a medium-sized Spomb, for a perfect fill every time. Filled with wet or dry bait mixes, or with boilies, it is specially moulded to keep any mess out of the locking mechanism whilst leaving your hands, rod and reel clean, not caked in particles and ‘gloop’. The team at Bank BUG say the hi-viz Scooop speeds up the baiting process by 75 per cent. There’s a Large size on the way, too, which should be available in the Spring. Just as the pictures show, it is simply a case of: load, locate, flip, lift, close and launch. For full details, visit: www.bankbug.co.uk Price: £9.99 plus postage and packing. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Bank BUG products … Bank BUG X-Plorer Compact Stove STOVE heads don’t come much more compact than the Bank BUG X-Plorer Compact Stove! It weighs in at just 28g… Review: Bank Bug Stainless Steel Rock Steady Back Rest System V2 HERE’S the new and improved Bank Bug Rock Steady Back Rest System, now made from the highest grade stainless steel,… View the full article
  4. The Maver MV-R Performance 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. TESTED to the limit on commercials and rivers, Maver’s new MV-R Performance pole is available in 13 and 14.5 m lengths. This top-level pole has been designed to be the perfect all-rounder, whatever type of venue you fish. It will handle carp with ease when fitted with 18-20 Maver Dual Core Pro elastic, and it’ll deliver in spades on rivers, too. Maver has tested them successfully on rivers, fishing a long line for roach, where vigorous strikes are needed to hook them successfully. Based on their Signature pole mandrel, it’s manufactured from high-tensile carbon fibre, STER resins, using Nanolith technology and has a Suncore anti-friction finish. All this equates to a pole that not only has all the wall strength you need to handle fish, but is also easy to ship in and out. Any experienced angler will appreciate how well balanced and stiff it is, along with how quickly it reacts and recovers. Thanks to Fusion technology (the fusing of high-modulus carbons), the top kits are ultra rigid, which is exactly what you want for hitting lightning-fast bites. Maver’s Magic Steps feature (Teflon-coated inner ‘steps’ in the top sections) ensures that the elastic system is silky smooth. There’s a Match Kit inside the pole, a slotted and bushed Powerlite Power Kit, two slotted and bushed Commercial Power Kits, a mini extension, a cupping kit, pole cups, three EVA caps, a pole holdall and protective tubes. That’s a tidy package, I think you’ll agree. Prices: 14.5 m £899.99; 13 m £799.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Maver tackle … Review: Maver EVA Luggage BEING light, tough and waterproof, EVA makes a great material for the angler. There are ten smart new Maver EVA… Review: Maver Thermal Quilted Jacket THE Maver Thermal Quilted Jacket can be worn as a lightweight outer layer, or beneath a waterproof jacket, to help… Maver Carp Fighter Margin Poles IT was clear from the outset that Maver’s budget priced Carp Fighter Margin Poles would sell. We remember the enthusiasm… View the full article
  5. The Middy Arco-Tech K-275 9-10 ft Feeder Rod F1 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. FOR reading shy bites in cold water temperatures, anglers will welcome the new Middy Arco-Tech K-275 9-10 ft F1 Feeder. Developed by top-flight match anglers, including Match This winner Chris Cameron, it’s the ideal length for making accurate casts across to far bank cover on commercials. You can also tuck it away to one side, out of blustery crosswinds, to enable you to spot every bite. It comes with a sweet, soft action, taking on a lovely parabolic arc when playing fish, and a rigid mini butt with a Kevlar wrap, which provides a reserve of power for punching out rigs, or to help slow down big fish. For more reach and direct contact, Middy have included a 1 ft extension, which slots in just above the handle, without having to break down your tackle. It also comes with super-sensitive Light and Medium TS Trigger quivertips, specially designed to register the faintest of bites. A slim cork handle and KTS smooth-flow guides complete the impressive list of features. With a recommended casting weight of 40 g, it is rated for use with main lines to 10 lb and hook lengths to 8 lb. A very useful winter rod! Price: £124.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Middy tackle … Review: Middy M-Tech Carp Commercial Line FOR fishing up in the water you might want to buy a floating main line, and for feeder or bomb… Review: Middy The Wedge In-Line Pellet Feeders I DO like the look of the new The Wedge In-line Pellet Feeders from Middy, as they tick a lot… Review: Middy Catys and Case Pack IF YOU’RE fishing a method that requires you to feed continuously, your catapults can start to let you down. When… View the full article
  6. MATTHEW SMITH (pictured below, left) has beaten the unofficial British catfish record with this 145 lb giant during a pike trip. Thought to be Britain’s heaviest freshwater fish, it came from the same Essex complex that produced the previous best of 144 lb in 2012 to chef James Jones. But the British Record Fish Committee don’t have a catfish category any more so Matthew can’t put in an official record bid. The 33-year-old driver, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, encountered Britain’s heaviest freshwater fish during a session at Oak Lakes, near Southminster. He told Angler’s Mail : “It took around 55 minutes to land and fought like a demon on the Predator Lake. “I was using a 3 lb test curve rod with 20 lb line and a single barbless treble with a legered livebait. “It grabbed my bait on the way in and set off on a colossal journey that took me up and down the lake. “I basically had to let it run when it wanted to and get line back when she let me. “After getting it up on the bank we realised that this catfish was a bit special and, after bottoming my 120 lb scales, we reweighed it using bigger scales and it turned them round to 145 lb. “My biggest fish before this was a 75 lb cat I caught in February last year and have caught numerous 50 lb fish, which is not bad considering I’ve only been targeting cats just over 18 months. “My mate Gareth Jakes was a big help netting and getting in the water to help land her so I’d like to say thanks to him,” concluded Matthew. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Record catfish… Big Bad Barry! This giant catfish is known as Big Bad Barry. It fell to Kyle Strange and is the biggest known catfish… Huge 286 lb winter catfish – full story of epic catch admired around the world Catfish fans around the world have been admiring online pictures of the beast, and Angler’s Mail is delighted to share… Lake record catfish slams the scales to 117 lb 11 oz! The huge catfish came from Forty Acres Plantation Lake in Billericay in Essex where local 25-year-old Billy used a boilie,… Andy Little targets big UK catfish at in-form day ticket fishery When I went to Wintons Fishery in 2015 it was just over a year ago when sadly my good friend,… ‘Catfish record’ beaten The rare catfish, known as ‘Manderjim’ as it has yellow mandarin markings, picked up half a tin of luncheon meat… “Record cat” alive and 83 lb! RECORD catfish water – historic Withy Pool in Bedfordshire – has produced a stunning 83 lb giant which could be… Catfish – now a native species in the UK? And the Angling Trust, angling’s governing body, have called for the Government to carry out a comprehensive scientific study to… View the full article
  7. ALL-ROUND spessy ace Neill Stephen showed he’s also got the carp knack when he took a new lake record at 60 lb 8 oz. Neill Stephen admires his first-ever 60 lb carp before releasing it at Wellington Country Park.A 60 lb carp has been on Neill’s radar to add to his fantastic list of personal bests. Neill co-holds the British perch record with a 6 lb 3 oz monster as well as having had a chub of 9 lb 5 oz that was only denied the record as it was weighed in a plastic bag for which no weight for be ascertained. He also has caught 40 lb-plus pike, 17 lb-plus barbel, 4 lb rudd and a 3 lb 8 oz roach. The 60 lb 8 oz carp smashed Neill’s PB when he tempted it at Wellington Country Park, a Berkshire syndicate venue. The 42-year-old explained: “It was one of those fish that comes out of the blue when you least expect it. “With a water temperature of 42 degrees I was chancing it at best, so it was a surprise to receive a twitchy take at first light and find myself connected to a carp. “As it came to the net I recognised it as a real character called Scruffy Bob, one of the lake’s bigger mirrors with a previous top weight of around 57 lb. “When it took my scales well over 60 lb I thought they must be out, so we weighed it again on another set and ended up with a weight of 60 lb 8 oz. “Unbelievable… I remember catching my first double aged 11 and thinking that was a monster. “It was one of those very special moments you live for as an angler when everything comes together, the planets align and you’re hit with a mother lode of good luck! “Since April have mainly concentrated on ‘Welly’, I’ve caught 32 carp from there since I started in of April, with eight 40s and the Big Common at 54 lb 10 oz. “I keep meaning to go for the tench in ‘Welly’ as there are a couple of big ‘uns but a lot of babies which have put me off,” the Bupa worker told Angler’s Mail. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? You don’t have to have caught a 60 lb carp – we are interested in all big fish catches. Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… 61 lb day ticket common carp! The politician namesake tempted the fish – called Lee Jackson after the former British record holder – from Strawberry Fields… Fishing tackle stolen by organised gang The thieves walked away with tens of thousands of pounds worth of fishing tackle after using powerful hydraulic tools to… Top 10 winter carp fishing tips and tricks CARP fishing can by tricky in the winter but there’s still plenty of action to had, especially on well stocked… Winter carp fishing tips – 10 of the best WINTER carp fishing can be tough but it’s a fantastic feeling to get a fish of any size in these… Locate and catch carp in winter Best 5 carp baits for winter fishing CARP activity tends to be at its lowest through the first two months of the calendar, and the truth is… British Record Fish – coarse fish records The list is run by the British Record Fish Commitee, and has come under scrutiny in the wake of some… View the full article
  8. CHECK out this stunning stripy – the biggest perch of the year so far. Ben Smith obliterated his PB with the giant perch of 5 lb 3 oz – and he starred with recently on the cover of Angler’s Mail magazine. The super stripy came from a secret East Anglian river on a 9 cm Spro Boobytrap Pink Harrasser shad lure with a 5 g jighead. The 35-year-old paint sprayer, from Stalham, Norfolk, said: “It is my new PB and most probably always will be. “My previous best was 3 lb 11 oz and before that 3 lb 8 oz all from this winter. “I knew the perch went big on this river with the potential of a four-pounder but never thought it would do a five. The session was a short one at first light.” GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Perch fishing tips to boost your stripy catches on rivers Perch fishing tips are fine to read… but it’s all about putting them into practice at the right time. And… Predator tips – catch more pike, perch and zander IT’S that time where anglers start to look at having a go for predators. The perch, pike and zander… River perch float fishing rig This sensitive stick float rig is an ideal rig to tempt them, using half a lobworm on the hook with… Angler hooked for wedding by fishing lure! Women took advantage of this leap year’s February 29 to propose to their boyfriends, as traditionally it has always… Giant river pike caught on lure WITHOUT doubt the catch of the week is this stunning 34 lb pike. The super-snapper was bagged by Darren Smith… View the full article
  9. A CAMPAIGN calling for a total ban on all lead use in angling has been launched. Could lead weights, even coated ones, be banned soon?The action to stop the use of lead weights comes from Pallatrax boss Simon Pomeroy, whose innovative firm produce tackle and baits, mainly for carp fishing. Simon met with cabinet minister Geoffrey Cox, QC, the attorney general, to demand action. He is Britain’s highest legal adviser to the crown and prime minister. Simon has also started an on-line petition to the minister responsible, DEFRA head George Eustice, which has reached nearly 100 signatures straight away on the change.org website. Simon explained: “A small group of us are determined to ensure this serious and dangerous pollutant of the environment is removed once and for all and a clean up of our waters is undertaken. “For a long-time lead has been known to be a poisonous substance that is particularly harmful to children and has been barred from all its common previous uses like in petrol, paint, and toys. “Yet in the unregulated tackle industry it continues to be used with impunity. “And tackle companies backed by angling magazines actively promote and sell tackle rigs that deliberately drop off large lead weights where they remain to pollute the environment. “This gives a tidy profit to the companies as anglers continually replace them and coming on top of accidental breakages, means our waters contain literally tons of harmful lead. “It poisons invertebrate life, damages fish and can get absorbed into the food chain.” Lead weights ban advocate Simon Pomeroy (right) with Geoffrey Cox. Simon continued: “Some 31 years ago lead split shot was banned in sizes from No. 6 up to 1 oz after concerns that water fowl were being harmed by ingesting large quantities, but lager sizes were seen as ‘safe’. “We know better now and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association has called for lead use to be phased out by 2020. “I wrote to both the Environment Agency and DEFRA about the problem but received bland responses, so I managed to arrange a meeting with Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general about the need for legal change. “He was very receptive and said he would follow up with the relevant departments but unfortunately they are misinformed about the dangers and apparently unconcerned about the situation. “Fortunately the European Chemicals Agency has just produced an authoritative report on the harm caused by lead’s use in both shooting and fishing and called for it to be banned. “We hope this acts as a catalyst for change in this country and the authorities take notice as the tackle trade is unlikely to. “When the ban on lead split shot was proposed people feared there would be no alternative but Dinsmores proved otherwise, and I’m sure other products can be developed as required. “My company produces a natural stone version but I’m not setting out to promote this – I’m sure other cheaper solutions made of different substances can be developed. “Some tackle companies will say they have taken preventative steps by coating the lead with plastic but this will eventually disintegrate and pollute the environment itself. “As parents we have a duty of care to protect our children and as anglers we have a duty of care to protect the environment,” Simon concluded. But Angling Trust policy chief Martin Salter said: “Those few carp anglers who are deliberately discharging leads once a fish is hooked in weedy waters are doing so in the interests of fish welfare as a big carp is less likely to become tethered and can be landed safely. “The Trust do not support further regulation in this area. Our priority is to fight polluters who allow vast quantities of toxic chemicals, sewage and slurry to poison our rivers, lakes and coastal waters every year.” You can visit the petition set by Simon Pomeroy by clicking HERE. ARE YOU FOR AGAINST A LEAD WEIGHTS BAN? OR MAYBE YOU HAVE OTHER VIEWS OR NEWS TO SHARE? Email us (with any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Call to stop all fishing lead weights The European Fishing Tackle Trade Association wants the trade to stop all lead weights from a No.6 shot (0.06 gr)… Anglers told to stop losing lead carp weights The environmental campaigner’s move has come over fears that the practice of dropping carp weights is polluting our water environment.… Split shot fishing weights guide Split shot come in different sizes to help you balance floats precisely, but to get the best presentation it is… View the full article
  10. A SPECIMEN angler was lucky to escape with his life after his bivvy burnt down around him and he had to be rushed to hospital. The bivvy was reduced to a pile of ashes.Nick Webb was fortunate to just escape with serious burns to his hand and foot after his gas stove ignited his bivvy. The 35-year-old, from Sproughton in Suffolk, went for an all-nighter at a local lake and put his kettle on. He must have fallen asleep and woke up with his clothes on fire. Fortunately he was fishing with good friend David Cobbold who was nearby. David managed to douse the flames from Nick’s body and summon help. David, from Ipswich, Suffolk, explained: “We had gone in the afternoon and had only been set up with the rods in the water for a couple of hours when we retired to our bivvies. “At about 7.30 pm I heard Nick screaming for help and I leaped out to see him on fire which had burnt through his boot and clothing on his right foot and leg and his back was also alight. “I doused him in water to put the flames out but could see white skin peeling off his foot and hand. “In some ways it was lucky he was wearing a lot of clothing and he was fishing with someone as we put the flames out before it reached most of his skin.” Nick Webb has been recovering after being treated after the bivvy blaze. David continued: “As it is, his hand and foot are worse affected but he has other burns on his back and behind his ear. “His parents only live five minutes drive from the lake so I called them rather than an ambulance and they rushed him to Ipswich Hospital where it took three hours to peel the loose skin from his limbs. “He is being assessed next week to see whether he actually needs skin grafts to repair the damage, “Nick can’t really walk at the moment and won’t be able to do his job as a delivery driver for quite some time. “He really can’t recall what happened and is in shock. He probably put the kettle on then nodded off and maybe knocked the stove over with his foot. “He described it as being like a teenage wet dream – he thought he was dreaming something was happening then realised he was actually on fire. “The bivvy was fully aflame and was destroyed within minutes, so it is lucky Nick got out when he did.” Nick Webb in happier times, when a carp trip when to plan. David told Angler’s Mail: “We decided to publicise what happened to raise awareness of the dangers – if it stops it happening to even one other person it would be worth it. “We can all get complacent and think things won’t happen to us, but it just shows that you should never have a naked flame inside bivvies especially as they are not flame retardant,” added the tackle shop assistant at Birds Tackle, Great Blackenham. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Fish-spotting carp angler paralysed after horrific tree fall Young carp angler Sam Burrows suffered multiple internal injuries, a broken back and severed spinal cord. It’s left him paralysed… Angler’s eye shattered in freak accident Guy Manton was fishing at Dorset’s Todber Manor, when his waggler sprung back and hit him right in the middle… Jogger saves angler who got stuck in freezing river Mike Drewett (pictured above) was fishing the River Tone at Ham in Somerset when the ground gave way underneath him.… Armed Police swoop on gun-firing poachers A MAJOR poaching incident – possibly the most alarming ever – has resulted in Police armed response being summoned. An… View the full article
  11. Angler’s Mail news editor Thomas Petch (pictured) brings you ten tips that he's seen really work. WINTER carp fishing can be tough but it’s a fantastic feeling to get a fish of any size in these tough conditions. But follow these ten tips and you should get a few fish on the mat… 1 RIGHT WATER Choosing the right venue in winter is vital. This week’s Angler’s Mail magazine selects recommended accessible waters in every region. For winter carp success, you really want a lake that is very well stocked with plenty of big singles, doubles and a few 20s to maximise your chances. Not every fish will feed every day so the more mouths the more chances of one of them opening. On top of that try and find a well stocked water that fishes well in the winter as some waters even though packed with fish can be a struggle. 2 LIGHTER LINE… The lighter you fish the more bites you get no matter what species you are after and winter carp fishing is no different. Waters often go gin clear in winter so you really need to really win your bites. In snag-free waters scale down to a quality 8-10 lb main line and similar traces. For hook lengths I like Drennan Double Strength in 10 lb breaking strain which is pre-stretched and very fine but make sure you change it after every single fish. 10 lb fluorocarbon traces have also caught me lots of winter carp. 3 … AND SMALLER HOOKS Small hooks are a must for hair-rigging in winter. Well-stocked waters might appear easy but they’re often very heavily fished and the carp are tackle shy all year round but in summer they’re hungrier and you can get away with cruder tackle. In the colder months, it can pay to scale down to size 10-14s. Most popular carp pattern are available down to 10 but smaller than that you might need to hunt around. Tiny hooks I like include the classic Drennan Super Specialist Barbel in sizes 11, 12 and 14s, Korda’s Kurv and Choddy in size 12s and Gardner Talon Tip and Mugga again in size 12s. 4 RUNNING MAN For legering, dispense with heavy 2, 3 and 4 oz semi-fixed bolt-rigs as fish are very lethargic and you want instant bite indication. Instead, opt for light running leads and for margin and medium range work 1 oz or 1.5 oz is perfect but step up for distance work. These will let you know straight away if carp or nuisance species are picking up the baits and I’ve found they produce better runs in winter. Richworth Tutti Frutti is a great winter carp bait. 5 SUPER BOILIES Bait insecurities can creep in your mind any time of the year but long blank periods in the winter can really get to you especially when you are new to winter carping. Luckily there’s some great winter boilies available. My all time winter No. 1 – and many top carper anglers would agree – would be a frozen Richworth tutti frutti. It really is an awesome fish puller even after all these years. And my favourite savoury bait is Nutrabait’s excellent Trigga Ice either frozen or shelf-life. 6 BE A DIP STICK Bait dips and glugs also come into their own in the bitterest months and I have great faith in them for winter carp. Simply use a good ready-made boilie of any flavour and bung it in a dip overnight, for a week or even months and these super smelly offerings can be fished as single hookbaits. There’s loads of good dips and glugs on the market but I’ve done well on the Richworth Impact dips plus ones from Dynamite, Mainline, Nash and Nutrabaits. 7 OTHER GREAT WINTER CARP BAITS Although I’ve got great faith in the boilies and dips I’ve just mentioned there’s plenty of other choices for lethargic carp. Maggots come into their own in winter as small fish activity – especially pesky rudd – reduces and carp just love these grubs. Bread flake over liquidised bread is also very good and luncheon meat and petfood meat can also score very well. Of the particles, I’ve done best in the winter on corn and hemp. 8 KEEP ‘EM HUNGRY Carp eat a fraction in the winter of what they do in the summer so you don’t want to overfeed them so keep freebies to a minimum. If I’m using those dipped baits I often don’t feed a single thing. But if I’m using standard boilies I’ll often use just a small cobweb bag or PVA stringer to introduce a few offerings right next to the hook. It’s worth keeping a few boilies going in at the end of the session or in prebaiting trips as you want to keep the fish interested and keep ‘em looking for food. 9 MIDWATER MADNESS Zig rigs – using pop-up boilies straight off the lead on long hook links – come into their own in the winter as carp often rest midwater, not on the bottom as many anglers presume. If you are not getting any luck on the bottom why not try using zigs on all your rods next session as it will enable you to experiment with different depths and find the fish a lot quicker. And if you catch you’re first fish at 5 ft then switch all rods over to this depth. It’s not just small fish that fall to this method but some very sharp carpers have had good hauls of 20 and 30 lb fish on the method. And make sure you follow the advice of fine end tackle as hooks and trace need to be as refined as possible. 10 WARMER WATERS Carp will seek out any warmer water in a venue so be aware where they might go. Bars and margins that have the sun on them all day are always worth a go and dead lily pads and reed beds seem to be a magnet for winter carp. Whether they feel safer there with a bit of cover or the rotting vegetation keeps the water slightly warmer I’m not too sure about but whatever the reason carp will be found there. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… 5 winter carp tips for commercial fisheries Feature hunt Target carp around features: This might be a bush on the far bank, a reeded or any bank… These winter carp tips are the creme of the crop! IT’S MONDAY and that means it’s carp blog time here on the Angler’s Mail magazine website. This week we are… Winter carp tips – 8 hints to catch carp quicker in the cold! Winter carp tips are many and varied…but nearly all carpers accept that winter is a difficult time to catch carp.… Cracking winter carp fishing tips RATHER than hanging up your rods for the winter… get out there and do it. At this time of… View the full article
  12. Should arrange a river trip in the next couple of weeks, never had a river carp @Dave@w3bbo@Jordan
  13. Group social at gawsworth on the 9th of Feb all members are invited could you reply to let me know who's coming so we can arrange times etc also hoodies will be available soon to represent carp-angling if any interest in these please let Dave know.
  14. Scotty

    Dave's Blog

    Was a hard night not often I pray for a blank ha ha! Managed a decent carp though 👍
  15. GEORGE SHARP could have come close to the British dace record with this huge 1 lb-plus specimen – but didn’t have any scales with him. George Sharp displays his giant dace.The 21-year-old sports coach was on a secret local river when he landed the monster dace. It could easily push the 1 lb 5 oz 2 dr official dace best caught by Simon Ashton back in 2002 from Durham’s River Wear. Poole, Dorset-based George explained: “I was fishing with a friend on a local chalkstream and caught a dace that was easily the biggest I’ve ever seen in the flesh. “Unfortunately I didn’t have any scales with me but I did get some decent photos of it and comparing it to previously featured dace in Angler’s Mail it was well over the 1 lb mark. “My personal best before this was just under 14 oz and this definitely considerably larger. “It was one of about 35 dace in that session all ranging from about 4-12 oz, with the exception of this one. “I also had some brown trout, salmon parr, sea trout and a couple grayling. “All fish that session were on sweetcorn under an alloy stick float bulk shotted and a small dropper shot above the hook and using a 40-year-old centrepin. “It would be interesting to see what the fish weighed at the back end of the season when they are at their heaviest,” concluded George. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Monster dace from free river stretch Ruislip, West London-based Lee tempted the impressive dace on feedered double maggot on the upper Hampshire Avon at Salisbury, Wiltshire.… River fishing tips for late season success 1. TOP TIMING When the colour from floodwater starts to drop and suspended sediment starts to settle, specimen fish… Basic tips for river fishing Looking for river fishing pointers? A good starting point would be spending an hour or two creeping along the banks should… Best river fishing floats and when to use them There’s no better way to explore rivers than trotting a float, and with our simple guide to river fishing floats,… River fishing – how to choose the best swim! Any successful river angler knows that shoals of fish are never evenly distributed. There will often be long stretches that… View the full article
  16. LIAM WILLIS is having a great season and topped a recent 48-hour trip with this 16 lb 5 oz specimen. Liam Willis displays his biggest River Trent barbelLiam’s recent success has come at Gunthorpe on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire. He told Angler’s Mail how it the latest session unfolded. The 48-year-old railway manager said: “The first 24 hours were a disaster, losing a large chub and a barbel in snags, then losing what I think was a very large catfish. “The next morning I hooked into a fish which fought for nearly 20 minutes in the strong flow. “I knew when I saw it near the net it was a new PB beating my old one of 14 lb 10 oz caught last year and it went 16 lb 5 oz. “Later that day I also had other barbel of 6 lb 6 oz, 11 lb 10 oz and 14 lb 4 oz. “Since July I have had 11 trips barbelling, catching 46 barbel of which 21 were doubles. “And I had three doubles on the middle Severn in just over two hours with a Severn best of 11 lb 10 oz,” concluded Southport, Merseyside-based Liam. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Severn barbel record smashed IN A MONTH when records have been rewritten the best ever barbel from the River Severn has been nabbed at… 8 great tips for floodwater barbel Our Big Fish Blog comes from Korum, keeping you up to speed on what their whole team has been up to. This… Barbel fishing tips for late-season success Barbel fishing in winter can be very productive, especially for the larger specimens, which may be in top condition and… Gigantic barbel – on the float! FLOAT fishing is a dying art form but Keith Speer has been bagging huge barbel aplenty with the often, overlooked… Trent barbel bonanza for southern ace who ventured north Former matchman Lee Chatfield drove from Sussex to tackle Nottinghamshire’s River Trent for two days of barbel fishing. Burgess Hill-based… Monster Avon barbel! The 28-year-old surveyor from Christchurch, Dorset, said: “It is truly the fish of a lifetime. I was using a single… View the full article
  17. THE Environment Agency has taken its river fishing Close Season review into a public consultation - and we have the link to it here, so you can make your views known. Now is the time to have your say on the river fishing Close Season.The thorny topic of a river fishing Close Season was put to a sample survey of 20,000 anglers last summer, but only a quarter of those people responded. This time everyone can have their say – before March 11. That sample survey’s results showed 33 per cent said they wanted the March 15 to June 15 river fishing Close Season lifted. A majority of 43 per cent wanted retain the river fishing Close Season. Another 17 per cent want to retain a close season but change the start/finish dates. The remaining 7 per cent were undecided. Now, with the public consultation live, the EA are also looking into the option of changing the river fishing Close Season from April 15 to June 30. The consultation paper can be found HERE. Angler’s Mail magazine has more on this key topic for coarse angling in England and Wales. Be sure to follow the coverage in the magazine itself, as big names have their say. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… River fishing tips for late season success 1. TOP TIMING When the colour from floodwater starts to drop and suspended sediment starts to settle, specimen fish… River fishing – how to choose the best swim! Any successful river angler knows that shoals of fish are never evenly distributed. There will often be long stretches that… Birmingham AA leader demands mass vote on river fishing Close Season Birmingham AA have put the pressure on the rising issue, just as the 2017/18 river season neared its end, for… View the full article
  18. Dave

    Dave's Blog

    19/01/19 - 20/01/19 Gawsworth Wood Pool with @Scotty Well change of venue but not of luck lol - Had one bream but no carp Water temperature was bitingly cold, as was the temperature in the bivvy over night. NEXT TIME !!!!!
  19. THE Environment Agency has named and shamed the company that caused a 'worst-ever' pollution when at least 100,000 fish perished last March. Dead fish on the River Witham.Omex Agriculture Ltd allowed a significant quantity of ammonia to leak into the River Witham,in what was Lincolnshire’s worst-ever river pollution. Omex has now been served with a rarely-used ‘notice of liability’ insisting it submits proposals for repairing the River Witham. Unless Omex appeals, it has until very soon – mid January – to submit a plan which the EA has to agree meets the needs of the environment. But the company could still face prosecution for the incident, and potentially a large fine, depending on the outcome of the investigation which is still ongoing. The ammonia affected the River Witham from Bardney right down to the Wash. It severely impacted the condition of the river and wiped out a vast number of fish and invertebrates. Manfai Tang, environment manager at the EA, said: “We know the pollution had a devastating effect on delicate river ecosystems, and issuing this notice means the process of helping the river recover to its natural, healthy state, can start sooner. “It’s one way we’re working to protect and improve our environment for local people and wildlife. “We look forward to receiving proposals from Omex for review, and working with them to restore the Witham. “After the incident, EA experts and biologists worked tirelessly with other organisations to clean up the pollution and mitigate the damage,” he added. Omex Agriculture Limited is a privately owned company based in Tupholme, just east of Lincoln, that develops and markets products and services for agriculture and industry. Restocking of the River Witham has taken place to try to and revive stocks. As reported in Angler’s Mail, fisheries teams have since re-stocked the River Witham with more than 1.5 million fish larvae. Those tiny new fish included common bream, roach and tench. Other new stock includes around 40,000 roach and bream ranging from 3-4 cm long. Jake Bennett of Short Ferry Tackle in Fiskerton said: “Luckily the pollution didn’t reach our two-mile drain but I understand the fishing for silvers on the affected stretches has been terrible. “But many pike seem to have survived and maybe because there aren’t that many bait fish to feed on, plenty are being caught.” GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Farm pollution costs couple £62,000 after thousands of fish die Mark and Anne Bennion of Rosehill Farm, Dymock, pleaded guilty at Hereford Magistrates Court for polluting Preston Brook and the… Tesco get £8 million fine for river pollution Tesco, the nation’s biggest supermarket chain, received the second biggest river pollution fine ever. It was only behind Thames… River Anglers’ Conservation Group – a new group for ALL river anglers The River Anglers’ Conservation Group arrives on the scene at a time when many people would argue that there has… Plastic packaging battle taken up by anglers against pollution Anglers Against Single-Use Plastic In The Tackle Trade is a first step in spearheading a campaign for the industry to… View the full article
  20. CHECK out this impressive carp catch by an angler who is in form. What an impressive winter carp - Simon Kenny's '50'.Simon Kenny followed up a 44 lb 4 oz catch from RK Leisure’s Kingsmead One in Berkshire with another very impressive winter carp – this 50 lb 10 oz mirror called Armageddon. The 35-year-old welder, from Diss, Norfolk, added a 37 lb 6 oz mirror plus a stockie in 72 hours on Sticky Baits Manilla boilies. Simon’s winter carp success follows up a string of brilliant summer hauls from Horton Church Lake. Simon said: “I couldn’t wait to get back to the lake after my 44 the week before I felt sure the spot would produce more fish. “I turned up about midday on Sunday and had the lake to myself. “I did a quick lap but, with nothing to go on, I dropped back in the point swim where I’d caught from the previous week. I’d put a bit of bait in here so it was a good starting point. “The first night passed quietly but Monday evening I started getting the odd liner and just on dusk I caught a stockie, which was a good sign. “Around midnight I was woken up by the middle rod howling – this was no stockie and turned out to be a fish called Bob’s Mate at 37 lb 6 oz. “First light, and yet again middle rod woke me up, and this fish was very slow and heavy – it seemed to just hug the bottom and took an age to get it into the margin. I’d seen her roll a few times and saw it was a very big mirror. “When I managed to net her I couldn’t believe how big she looked I was fairly sure it was a fish known as Armageddon – and it looked massive. “A December ’50’ was more than I could have wished for,” added Simon. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Lady smashes carp record The Avid-sponsored ace added four other fish up to 30 lb 8 oz using solid PVA bags cast to showing… Stunning big canal carp! The 37-year-old from nearby Wolverhampton, West Midlands, used a standard hair-rig with a Fatty’s Baits Ginger Spice boilie. The canal… Northern carp record broken! The 37-year-old offshore scaffolder from Castleford, West Yorkshire, tackled the day ticket venue just two miles from his house with… Wintons record carp The 65-year-old landscaping boss from Tadworth, Surrey, offered a single 18 mm Mainline Cell boilie on a size 8 barbless… View the full article
  21. A NEW petition calling for the shooting of cormorants is to be allowed under general licence quickly gained over 22,000 signatures in its first week. A fresh call for greater control of cormorants has been launched.Neil Cohen put up the petition aimed at DEFRA on the change.org webpage after seeing the damage caused by cormorants on Anglian Water reservoirs. Trout angler Neil explained: “I started this petition alongside one to Anglian Water themselves asking for them to apply for a licence under current rules due to my concerns about the number of cormorants on their reservoirs that I fish. “Rutland Water alone has a estimated 1,000 cormorants which eat one ton of fish a day. The aim is to reduce the number of cormorants in the country by 50 per cent. “I believe the numbers of cormorants has increased considerably over the past five years since the last survey was conducted and that these birds, which should be feeding at sea, are increasing because they have found a much easier food source inland. “Cormorants are the greatest threat because the number of birds exceeds the numbers of fish being stocked. “In addition coarse anglers have noted a drastic decline in the numbers of wild coarse fish because of the numbers of cormorants now found on all inland fisheries. “It is widely accepted that we want our youth to be outside enjoying the countryside and that all pleasure fishing numbers are in decline which will continue if less fish can be caught year on year. “Currently an application needs to be made by the fishery to gain a permit to cull a small amount of cormorants each year per fishery, and we now request a change in the law to place the great cormorant under general licence. “I’ve already had an angry reaction from someone claiming to be from Anglian Water saying their waters are bird sanctuaries and they have no intention of applying for a licence regardless of our petition,” added Neil, from Buckhurst Hill, Essex. Cormorants petition welcomed by Trust Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust, commented: “We welcome all efforts to support our long-running and intensive campaign to persuade politicians to allow angling clubs and other fishery managers to control the numbers of cormorants doing damage to their fisheries. “We have been encouraging all clubs and fisheries with licences to shoot birds to ensure that they use up their licences because the Minister has promised us that he will only review the maximum limit if it is exceeded. “Our fishery management advisors provide free and expert advice to clubs and fisheries and can help put area based licences in place to co-ordinate control in a catchment,” Mark added. Pressure group supports more predator control Tony Gibson, chairman of the Predation Action Group, said: “We support all attempts to control predators. “Organisations like the Angling Trust are doing sterling work in relation to cormorants so we want to focus more on tackling the menace from otters which other groups seem more reluctant to take on board. “We are currently advising and supporting several individuals who want to apply to Natural England under current legislation to allow them to take action to remove the menace of otters that are damaging their fish-stocks. “One has never been granted before but we hope to achieve this and are available to support any other club or fishery owner who is wanting to try the same path. “We will also shortly be republishing our document on predation called the Big Picture which sets out all the information needed about the damage caused by predation,” Tony added. At the time of this article going live online the cormorant petition had reached nearly 29,000 signatures. Visit change.org to view the petition. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Otter petition created by Barbel Society gets rejected by Government The rejection is despite the otters motion – for non lethal control – quickly gaining 11,650 signatures. In a detailed… New insurance policy for fish stocks expands angling cover options The policy insures against loss through things like disease or pollution on a price per pound per species basis and… Antis target Angling Trust The sabs were encouraging its supporters to record bogus sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers on the website to derail… View the full article
  22. FISHING REPUBLIC, the ailing retail tackle firm, has been saved from closure by Go Outdoors, the holding company of giant high street sports chain JD Sports. Fishing Republic made waves when it joined the London Stock Exchange... but hit the rocks late last year.Fishing Republic is understood to have outbid interested other noted large tackle companies, by guaranteeing the continuation of all existing stores and their staff. Fishing Republic currently operates 14 super stores, a reduction from 19 at its peak, and employs 111 staff across the country. JD Sports don’t sell any tackle but Go Outdoors has a large fishing section. It is reported controversial businessman Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United, has a 19 per cent stake in JD Sports. “We are all delighted” – Fishing Republic chief Fishing Republic’s chief operating officer, Steve Kyriacou, told Angler’s Mail: “We are all delighted with the deal which saves the stores and keeps all current staff in employment. “We will continue to trade at least for the time-being under the Fishing Republic name but have the backing of a much larger company. “We entered receivership and the bid from Go Outdoors was accepted by the receivers the very next day. “I believe the fact that Go Outdoors guaranteed continuation of employment for all staff was a decisive factor in acceptance of their bid over other interested parties. “As you can imagine going into receivership especially coming was a gloomy time for all our employees who possibly faced redundancy, so the terms of the takeover were a great relief for us all. “We have stayed open during this time and continued to trade so its business as usual in 2019,” he concluded. Fishing Republic rescue reactions A spokesman for the firm which handles communications for Go Outdoors and JD Sports confirmed that the purchase had gone ahead but the company did not wish to comment further at this stage. Leonard Curtis, the company appointed as receivers, said in a statement: “After a period of marketing the joint administrators completed a deal which has preserved the jobs of all 111 employees across the retailer’s 14-strong UK store network,” Tackle shop owner and pike historian Neville Fickling said: “While I have every sympathy for those who were at risk of losing their jobs, the company went to the stock market and failed. “Mike Ashley has a good track record of making success out of failure, so good luck to them,” added Nev, an Angler’s Mail magazine columnist. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Tackle chain Fishing Republic grows to 15 shops Mighty Fishing Republic, who opened their first store in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, in 2005, have just opened a huge out-of-town… Fishing Republic seeks urgent funds to save shops and jobs Fishing Republic, one of only two tackle retail PLCs, has warned that if it fails to raise additional funding, it could… Angling Direct – the giant fishing tackle chain – nets 44% growth Angling Direct issued a pre-close trading update for the 12 months to January 31, 2018, ahead of the publication of… View the full article
  23. The RidgeMonkey CoZee Bucket Seat 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. IF YOU like travelling light, you’ll appreciate the RidgeMonkey CoZee Bucket Seat, which converts their Modular Bucket System XL into a deluxe seat. Replacing the lid on the original bucket, the CoZee Bucket Seat, which supports up to 25 stone, comes with a handy padded cushion and a reinforced, folding backrest. So if you’re an angler who likes to go walkabout with one of these modular buckets complete with its separate compartments for tackle and bait – great for floater fishing or stalking, and a quiver or sling over your shoulder, you don’t need to carry a separate chair. Price: £29.99. Ask & Win! Two Angler’s Mail readers now win a RidgeMonkey CoZee Bucket Seat complete with an XL Modular Bucket in our award-winning instruction pages. Check out the issue. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great RidgeMonkey tackle … Review: RidgeMonkey EzeeKnot HERE’S a nifty, little gadget for carpers. Just clip the two magnetic sides of the EzeeKnot block together, drop your… Review: RidgeMonkey Square Kettles THE square footprint of these new RidgeMonkey square kettles, means they should be more efficient, saving on fuel. They come… Review: RidgeMonkey VRH300 USB Rechargeable Head Torch TACKLE innovators Ridgemonkey have just announced plans to release a rechargeable head torch that you can connect to any USB… View the full article
  24. The Maver Thermal Quilted Jacket 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. THE Maver Thermal Quilted Jacket can be worn as a lightweight outer layer, or beneath a waterproof jacket, to help keep you warm. Sporting a chin guard and a detachable hood, it is also smart enough to wear away from the bank. Breathable, water resistant and windproof, it comes with two outer zipped pockets and a full-zip front. The sleeves are also detachable, should you want to have your arms free. It’s a stylish jacket. Price: £79.99. (S-XXXL). CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Maver tackle … Review: Maver EVA Luggage BEING light, tough and waterproof, EVA makes a great material for the angler. There are ten smart new Maver EVA… Review: Maver MVR Seat Box The Maver MVR Seat Box is Maver’s flagship seatbox for 2017, built on a ‘floating H- frame’, allowing you to… Maver Carp Fighter Margin Poles IT was clear from the outset that Maver’s budget priced Carp Fighter Margin Poles would sell. We remember the enthusiasm… View the full article
  25. The Middy Catys and Case Pack 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. IF YOU’RE fishing a method that requires you to feed continuously, your catapults can start to let you down. When they do, it’s time to invest in some new ones, enter the Middy Catys and Case Pack offer from Chapmans Angling. Inside, you’ll find a pole catapult, which is perfect for feeding micro pellets and squatts; an all-round design, for feeding pellets, maggots and casters; and a heavy-duty one, for groundbaits and particles. The catapults all come with a spare latex, and the whole package comes supplied in a Middy MX-4L Accessory Case. The zip-up cases are made from a hardwearing, 840 denier SkinMax material. They’re fully padded, with a clear lid, so that you can see the contents easily. The RRP of this set is £35.99, so the £24.99 Chapmans Angling price seems like a good deal. Price: £24.99 from Chapmans Angling (www.chapmansangling.co.uk). CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Middy tackle … Review: Middy Eclipse Rear-Drag Reels MIDDY ECLIPSE rear-drag reels, aimed at float and feeder anglers fishing commercial fisheries and natural waters, are great value. Available… Review: Middy M-Tech Carp Commercial Line THIS is an interesting main line, as it suits both float and feeder tactics. Whether you’re fishing up in the… View the full article
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