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  6. The Sensas Groundbait Whisks 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: whisk heads for mixing groundbait. Specifications: designed to fit cordless drills; some heads are tapered; ends are flat; available from a six-prong to a ten-prong metal design. My verdict: whether you opt for the six-pronged Mini whisk for smaller quantities of groundbait or the new stainless steel Jumbo whisk (pictured) for larger quantities, all of the sizes will produce a well-blended, consistent groundbait mix, being shaped to mix all of the contents in your bowl or bucket, even round the edges. Mixing your groundbait should be the first job that you do when you get to your peg, to give yourself enough time to create an even mix, and these whisks do away with the laborious task of mixing it by hand. Prices: £14.99-£34.99. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe 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 Sensas products … Review: Sensas UK Nanoflex 1094 Poles I’M sure that this new flagship pole from Sensas will attract plenty of interest. Using Nanoflex carbon, top-flight anglers are… Review: Sensas Green Rectangular Competition Keepnet Description: four keepnets for containing silver fish. Specifications: 2, 2.5, 3 and 4 m keepnets, each with a 45 x… Review: Sensas Classic Special Accessory Bag WITH more and more bulky kit to carry, bags such as the new Sensas Classic Special Accessory Bag come into… View the full article
  7. Dynamite Big Fish River Durable Hookers 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: hookable 12 mm pellets formulated for big river fish. Ingredients: Shrimp & Krill, Cheese & Garlic and Meat-Furter high-leakage hook pellets containing water-soluble fishmeals and other attractors. My verdict: last week, on the eve of the river season, I wrote about Dynamite’s exciting new Meat-Furter flavour range, which consists of groundbait, pellets, paste, hook baits and a bait soak. This week I thought it would be good to mention their new 12 mm Durable Hookers, which come in Shrimp & Krill, Cheese & Garlic and Meat-Furter flavours. The pellets, are aimed at river species such as barbel, chub and carp, including ‘carbelling’ (barbel fishing with carp gear). With a one-hour breakdown time, the Durable Hookers leak a lot of flavour, helping you to attract fish quickly. They’re easy to hair-rig or spike, but you can also put them directly on a hook. For maximum appeal, try fishing one in a flavour trail created by a PVA bag or feeder of matching groundbait or feed pellets. Just remember, these baits aren’t designed to be left out in the water for several hours, so it’s best to change your hook bait quite regularly. Price: £3.99. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe 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 Dynamite products … Review: Dynamite Evolution Oils DYNAMITE Evolution Oils are a five-strong team of winterised oils designed to work all year round. Containing blended palatants and… Review: Dynamite Speedy’s Washters SPEEDY’S Washters have been designed in conjunction with bagging machine and match ace Nick Speed, to help give you an… Review: Dynamite Wafters Description: 15 mm dumbbell-shaped wafter hook baits. Ingredients: contains the same key ingredients and colours as Dynamite’s The Source, The… View the full article
  8. The Middy Reactacore XZ 10 ft 9 in. Mini Commercial Waggler Rod 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 short rod for bagging commercial fishery carp on a float. Specifications: 10 ft 9 in. two-piece rod; four-layer fast-response carbon blank; parabolic action; strong and long-lasting weave wrap joints; slim, featherlight blank and handle; SCX smooth-cast guides; hook retainer; S-Line ergonomic reel seat; supplied in a fully padded rod case. My verdict: this mini float rod is geared towards fishing a pellet waggler on commercial fisheries. I’m already hearing that even 3 g floats can be punched out nice and accurately. Thanks to the Quad carbon technology, the blank reacts quickly when casting and striking. The parabolic action is ideal for subduing hard-fighting carp in warm water. The length is not so short that you’re left needing to pick up more line when striking, or struggling to present a bait at a comfortable distance in open water, and it’s not too long for commercial venues. I also like the fact that it is a two-piece, fold-down design. It comes with a 10 lb main line and 8 lb hook length rating, and a casting weight of between 4 and 20 g. This is a top-end Middy ‘gem’. Price: £199.99. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe 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 products … 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 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… View the full article
  9. The Carp Spirit Medium Curve Shank Razor Point Hooks 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: specimen carp hook with an aggressively curved shank. Specifications: available in sizes 1-10; medium curve shank; slightly down-turned eye; super-sharp Dura-Point; Japanese carbon steel; non-glare PTFE finish; closed eye; micro barb. My verdict: I am always impressed with the sharpness of Razor Point hooks, as they do seem to prick incredibly easily, which is exactly what you want from a hook. The Medium Curve Shank pattern looks like an ideal hook for rigs such as 360s, Ronnies and KDs, the aggressive curve helping it to hook a fish in the bottom lip. The slightly down-turned eye complements the curve, ensuring that the hook point takes hold at the earliest opportunity. The hook points on this range are quite long, something that I prefer when looking for a good hook-hold. Constructed from Japanese carbon steel, they are strong, but not overly heavy, the non-glare PTFE finish offering protection and minimising flash. They’re sold in clip-shut boxes, which ensure that they stay in tip-top condition until you need them. These hooks are not available in a barbless version, which might be an issue on some waters. Price: £4.49 for ten. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe 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 Carp Spirit products … Review: Carp Spirit Razor Point Zig and Floater Hooks Description: a hook pattern dedicated to catching carp to specimen size on zig rigs and floaters. Specifications: short shank; wide… Carp Spirit unveil huge tackle launch here in the UK – and it really impresses! Carp Spirit is owned by global company Rapala, and distributed by Normark UK. It’s clear to me that the design… View the full article
  10. The Sonik VaderX Rod Pods 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: multiple-rod support systems for hard terrain. Specifications: goalpost-style rod pods for supporting two or three rods; buzzer bars; fold-out base; adjustable legs; lightweight aluminium construction; height and length adjustable; supplied in a compact, padded case. Dimensions (W, L, H): Two rod: 22.5 x 52-75 x 21.5-40 cm. Transport length: 10 x 51 x 18 cm. Three rod: 42.5 x 68-97 x 21.5-40 cm. Transport length: 10 x 57 x 18 cm. Both allow a 17.5 cm reel spacing. Two-rod version weighs 830 g, three-rod 990 g. My verdict: these brand-new rod pods are simple and fuss free. You can keep your back rests and alarms on the bars while in storage, simply sliding the whole lot out of the padded case when required. Then add the legs to the buzzer bars, drop them into position on the base, make any length and height adjustments that you need, and you’re in business. You can adjust the system further if you need to, or you could even use the sticks and bars without the base, goalpost-style, when fishing on soft ground. The system is compact, pretty light, stable and well priced. Prices: £54.99-£59.99. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe 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 products … Review: Sonik Armatek60 Brolly SONIK are confident that they have reduced the time it takes to set up a brolly-style shelter by at least… 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 Xtractor Rod Sleeves LAST WEEK I revealed Sonik’s value-for-money answer to compact carping – their Xtractor Carp Rod range, which retail for just… View the full article
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    Carp Fishing in Thailand

    Taking a beach holiday in Hua Hin Thailand and found to my suprise a Carp Fishery called Greenfields Valley. Had a day's relief from the beach courtesy of she who must be obeyed and had a great time. The fish are not huge in the high 30Kg maximum but I caught loads in the 10 to 20Kg class. Not expensive too. Had the lake to myself, doesn't seem to be well known, doesn't show on google. Any one else been there?
  13. NEWS of a huge price hike for a popular product has spotlighted a deepening struggle to maintain tackle prices and profits. The UK fishing tackle trade is under pressure and some hollow pole elastic prices are rising.The UK fishing tackle trade is feeling the pinch amid economic uncertainty and exchange rate pressures. Kent-based Nick Gilbert who runs NG Floats has announced that his suppliers have made a massive 60-70 per cent trade price hike in hollow elastic. This, in turn, will lead to a price increase in the cost of his award-winning pole fishing product. Nick explained: “This increase, adding to this the crash of the pound to dollar exchange rate means I will have to put the price up to reflect this as I can’t take the double hit! “You need to remember you pay import duty and VAT on what you buy so you end up paying a lot more of that also. “I buy from China, India, and USA, they all want paying in dollars so as soon as the EU vote (on Brexit in 2016) was announced the pound started to plummet against the dollar. “I have just re stocked and what was costing me about £5,000 is now over £6,000. “As I have such a big turnover in elastics it has hit me first but I expect others will have to follow soon, as everybody gets it from the same supplier so it will affect all that sell it. “I will just be adding £1 to a length, so nothing too drastic,” Nick added. Cost pressures rising across trade Stephen McCaveny is marketing manager of UK fishing tackle and baits giants Daiwa, and is well placed to see the wider picture. Stephen commented: “I can’t really comment on the price of one specific item as we are a global company that develops and manufactures a wide range of products covering all fishing styles. “But the sector does currently face cost pressures partly caused by the decrease in the value of the pound following the uncertainty over Brexit, plus price increases from suppliers in the Far East generally. “In China specifically they are also now having to pay workers higher wages and invest in environmental improvements. “We alongside most of our competitors have tried to absorb these increases as far as possible to keep prices stable in what is overall a flat market. “We are conscious of the need to increase our portfolio into growing areas like lure fishing, and less into other areas which seem to be in decline – there were would appear to be a downturn in match angling and also recently even in carp fishing. “There are also opportunities for retailers who are expanding and investing in the right way to be competitive on prices which helps the customer and boosts sales,” added the Daiwa UK man. “Brexit blamed for everything”, says UK fishing tackle guru UK fishing tackle guru John Loftus is the new CEO and chairman of the Angling Trades Association, and he commented on how businesses are currently coping. John said: “This is my opinion but firstly I do not think that Brexit is having a major effect on prices. However there is no doubt that it is the ‘go to’ reason for everything from the state of the weather to the increase in incidences of ingrown toenails! “Certainly exchange rates have effect upon prices but in general these fluctuations are absorbed by the manufacturers and distributors and the effect upon the end consumer is minimal. “There is no doubt whatsoever that fishing tackle and the sport in general is an absolute bargain when compared to the cost of other sports and the growth in prices has been very small year on year. “The industry is still generally flat but matters which have a great effect upon it are weather, time availability and the large number of alternative sports and pastimes available to young people. “The ATA will continue to highlight the benefits of the sport such as it being a healthy outdoor pursuit that is suitable for both genders of all ages,” added the former UK fishing tackle director of Daiwa, Shimano and Marukyu. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Triple boost for UK tackle trade Last year, the UK tackle industry was worth a monster £570.4 million, with that healthy rise since the last figures… How 2 key angling trade players are coping amid Brexit uncertainties Six months on from vote to leave, speculation is still rife when exactly we will leave the EU, or even… Carp angler pays hefty price for using SIX rods Carp angler Ryan Hughes was apprehended at Pavyotts Mill in Somerset with two more rods in the water than the… Bait prices set to soar A WHOPPING 30 per cent rise in the price of fishmeal in the past three months could be about to… View the full article
  14. A VICIOUS assault on a fellow angler that fatally wounded him has resulted in the murderer getting a life sentence. Nathan Muat was jailed for the murder of Peter Seeclear during a Liverpool fishing trip.The Liverpool fishing scene was rocked by the case, which first hit the news back in November after popular Peter Seeclear, 45, died. Peter was on a fishing session Nathan Muat at Stadt Moers Park Lake in Whiston, Merseyside. A Police investigation and court case finally resulted in Muat (pictured above) being told he must serve a minimum of 19 years in prison for the murder of Peter. Muat, 45, had denied murder at Liverpool Crown Court and an alternative charge of manslaughter but was found guilty of the more serious charge. Peter Seeclear, who was killed by his carer during a Liverpool fishing trip. As Angler’s Mail revealed in November, popular Peter, 45, died during a five-day fishing session. A post mortem was carried out two week later revealed severe traumatic chest injuries and Muat, of Upper Parliament Street, Toxteth, was charged. Reaction of Liverpool fishing community Venue regular Aaron Temple told Angler’s Mail: “It is great news Muat was found guilty. “Peter didn’t deserve the treatment this man put him through and the truth came out like always in these cases. “I’d like to thank the anglers that helped get this man sentenced as I know a few that helped by speaking the truth in court, because they seen things no one else did, helping the truth come out about this bully. Well done everyone. “I was happy at he got the guilty verdict but it would have been better if he got 25 to 30 years as a man like that shouldn’t ever be let out on the streets as he was a really nasty man. “I am glad the local anglers that follow me came together to help the family get justice by going to court and telling their side of things showing people he was a nasty dangerous man,” concluded Aaron. Flowers were laid at the scene. ‘Jury saw though the lies’ say Police Detective Chief Inspector Richie Jones said: “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mr Seeclear. “The investigation and trial have clearly been a distressing time for them and they have been devastated by the loss of a much loved family member. “Nathan Muat claims he was a close friend of Mr Seeclear and was registered as Mr Seeclear’s carer. “At the time of his death Peter was on a fishing trip with Muat. “It was during that trip that Peter was attacked by Muat, who initially tried to cover up the murder by claiming Mr Seeclear had suffered an epileptic fit. “He later changed his version of events and claimed he had had a fight with Mr Seeclear and killed him in self-defence. “Thankfully the jury saw through his lies and Muat will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars. “I would like to thank my team of officers and colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service for their professionalism, hard work and commitment during this complex and difficult investigation.” The park lake where Peter was fishing. Tragic death of victim’s brother There was more heartbreak for Peter’s family as it was revealed his grieving brother James took a fatal overdose in January after struggling to cope with his sibling’s death. Sister Jacqui, 58, said: “James did his best to get justice. He fought so much to make Muat accountable. It broke his heart. “He couldn’t bring himself to go to the funeral. It was all too much.” James died after taking an overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs but the family didn’t believe he intended to take his own life. GOT A STORY, VIEWS OR MADE A GREAT CATCH? Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler. Related Angler’s Mail stories… Life sentence for ‘tackle shop murder’ Gerry Palmer of Battle, East Sussex, ran the tackle shop at Wylands Angling Centre and co-owned another shop in nearby… River Thames murder case results in guilty verdicts for brothers The River Thames murder case dates back over two and half years, and is one of the most shocking cases… Lady tackle dealer killed in stabbing Carrie, 48, jointly owned Battle Tackle in Ninfield Road, Sidbury, with her ex-partner Gerry Palmer, 50, who has subsequently been… Jail for angler who killed pal AN ANGLER who killed his best mate while they were fishing together, has been sentenced to seven years in prison… View the full article
  15. 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 are never evenly distributed. There will often be long stretches that are completely barren of anything fishy, particularly in areas where the gravel bottom is carpeted with silt deposits. The characteristics of river species is that pockets of fish shoal up in tight hotspots, which remain favourite holding areas for generations. Find any of these areas and your success rates could soar! Clean gravel beds like you see above are a key hotspot on any river. Kept clean of silty build up by foraging fish, these areas offer a ready food supply for mini species, notably dace, through to big barbel. These areas can also produce good river fishing sport in winter for dace and grayling. Shaded bridge runs are another hotspot well worth investigating. These darker areas are favoured by mini species which, in turn, draw in predatory pike and perch. Deeper water under any bridge is also a key holding area for river carp. Channels running alongside dense reeds are another favourite chub haunt. Even in winter, when they become a mass of dead stubble, you’ll often find big fish using the stems as concealment from shoals of fish such as minnows. A freelined bait such as a juicy lobworm can often be the winning method. Slacker, deeper water is a top daytime haunt for larger species, where they conserve energy and shoal up among the weedbeds or where the bank is undercut. Tidal stretches are usually prolific areas to focus on as they offer lots of species a veritable feast of edible goodies. Dace, roach and carp in particular seem to tolerate the brackish water, and you’ll often find them right at the mouth of the river where it spills out into the sea. Tidal stretches have fluctuating water levels and can be tricky to master, but the rewards are definitely there. Weirpools, including simple boulder constructions, experience increased current speeds, which keep the bottom clean and raise oxygen levels. They are worth a cast in the height of summer, where sluggish stretches festooned with weeds can lower oxygen levels. Weirpools are also key places for predators such as pike and perch. Locate overhanging trees and bushes and there’s sure to be a shoal of chub underneath, using the dark shade as a point of ambush for passing prey. Barbel also favour these spots, especially on bright, sunny days. Present a bait as close as you possibly can and you could connect with a proper river whacker. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Commercial fisheries – best swims revealed! Commercial fisheries are profiled, along with natiural waters, every week in the Angler’s Mail magazine’s mega Where To Fish This… 5 quick river fishing tips for more success this summer! These river fishing tips will help you find success…. so get out there on running water during these first few… Finding the best fishing spots – a guide to swim selection THERE’S a skill that appears to be getting lost to many anglers. Now many of you will instantly think… The truth about fishing swims HERE’S a bit of an angling puzzle for you. What do all of the following have in common? Pylons,… View the full article
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  17. THE growing influence of the Green Party as reflected in their recent gains in the English local council and European Parliamentary elections has heightened concerns about their attitude to angling. Angler's Mail fan Ron Brooke is amongst the UK anglers concerned about the Green Party's views on angling.The Green Party increased their share of the European vote to 12.1 per cent, an increase of 4.2 per cent, and their number of seats to seven. That made the Greens the fourth biggest UK party in Europe, ahead of the Conservatives in fifth. At local level in England, in early May, the Green Party leapt from 71 councillors to 265. The Green Party, leaders in the push for a better global environment, is vehemently opposed to bloodsports and is very keen to promote animal welfare. Although angling isn’t specifically mentioned in this context, anglers fear fishing could be their hit list. The Greens have attracted more and more anglers with their strident approach to environmental matters. Life-long angler and Angler’s Mail reader Ron Brooke (main picture) said: “Politics and angling should be a contradiction in terms. “But after watching the latest EU election news I felt we anglers should all be at least a little concerned at the resulting ‘green wave’. “The Green Party made some gains in this country and major gains across the Continent, with young people in particular voting for change. “On the face of it, we shouldn’t have to worry. Anglers are proud of being some of the greatest protectors of the aquatic environment. And most of us strive to be totally in harmony with nature and are always trying to up our image as environmentalists. “Although I’m not saying all ‘Greens’ are anti-angling, the UK Green Party certainly is opposed to all bloodsports, and some put angling in that category. “In normal times I would have laughed at the thought of a party like the Greens having any sort of effect on the political scene. “But with all the ‘Brexit’ uncertainty and many voters totally fed-up, or very disappointed and prepared to take revenge on the Major Parties, I for one won’t be taking my eye off them and the danger they represent. Martin Salter has tried to get answers from the Green Party. Green Party contacted by Angling Trust Martin Salter (pictured above), policy lead at the Angling Trust, commented: “The Angling Trust seeks assurances from all the main political parties at Westminster ahead of each general election and we’ve never had a response from the Green Party. “Their policies do not specifically mention angling but some interpretations of their animal welfare policies could prove problematic if taken to extremes. “We will continue to keep a close eye on any specific threats to angling as the parties develop their manifestos.” At the time of this article being published, the Green Party had not responded to a request from Angler’s Mail for comment. But we were able to clarify a few matters they have published themselves. Green Party policies in black & white The Green Party has several policies which could impact on recreational fishing. These are: AR424 The Green Party is fundamentally opposed to all blood-sports. We oppose the killing of, or infliction of pain or suffering upon, animals in the name of sport or leisure, and will work to end all such practices. AR410 The Green Party will work for an end to overfishing, practices harming the marine ecosystem and avoidable by-catches. We shall prohibit intensive fish farming and restrict the use of fishmeal for animal feed. We shall extend the Animal Welfare Act to cover all fishing activities. It also has more specific angling proposals: MC413 With regard to recreational fishing, the Green Party will seek to end the practice known as ‘live baiting’ (where live fish are used as bait for other fish) as soon as possible. Barbed hooks and double and triple hooks will also be banned, because of the damage and distress caused to fish by their use. MC414 The Green Party notes the (often fatal) injury caused to other wildlife by discarding lead shot/weights and will make the use of any lead in angling illegal. MC415 Discarded fishing tackle presents a risk to marine wildlife and is costly to clean it up. We will encourage anglers to use best practice with regard to the disposal of tackles, and will introduce fines for those breaching best standards. An accreditation scheme for angling clubs will be introduced to bring all clubs up to best practice. MC416 A National Code of Conduct for anglers will be drawn up after discussion with interested parties (including angling clubs and associations, environmentalists and the Environmental Agency) that can be displayed on angling licenses and also prominently displayed in other appropriate places, including accredited angling clubs. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… ANGLING TRUST BLOG (Sat): getting the major political parties onside with angling SATURDAYS see the good people at The Angling Trust, the single organisation to represent all game, coarse and sea anglers and… Big 3 political parties back angling In partnership with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Trust representatives attended the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative autumn… Tackle shop targeted by anti angling youths Anti angling youths are believed to have stolen goods from the window display at Woodseats Angling, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. It happened… Anglers group together to take on anti-poaching battle They are furious the EA are seemingly doing nothing to stop Eastern Europeans taking prime carp, chub, perch and pike… View the full article
  18. THERE are brilliant prizes for this new season in Angler's Mail print magazine and its famous Fish of the Week contest... every week! Fish of the Week now mean big prize boxes from Richworth.Each week our magazine team selects a main Richworth winner who will receive a brilliant £100 box of quality bait. These awesome Fish of the Week catches appear first in Angler’s Mail print magazine – the most interesting weekly read for anglers. Everyone on our Fish of the Week pages in the magazine also receives an exclusive Fish Of The Week t-shirt. The overall yearly winner will receive a huge £1,000 haul of Richworth bait plus a big annual trophy. Find out about Richworth’s products at their website. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could appear in the must-read print magazine. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler.. You may also like these stories…. Big hooks + big bait = big fish? ONE of my sea angling mates once told me: big hooks and big baits equals big fish. It’s a saying that… Do big baits equal big fish? In his popular Sunday pleasure fishing blog for Angler’s Mail, Colin Mitchell talks tactics. If you like this blog please… Fred Healey is back on the big fish trail with super specimen Fred Healey never thought he’d catch another big fish again after three months in hospital with pneumonia and sepsis in… View the full article
  19. DANNY TAYLOR celebrated the impending birth of his son by grabbing a few hours fishing and took this stunning 42 lb 6 oz common on simple float tactics. Danny Taylor's latest 42 lb common carp caught on simple float fishing tactics.The 39-year-old from Hampshire keeps things very simple. He doesn’t even use a shop-bought float with his float fishing tactics. And it really works well … his last two carp caught last year on the same tactics were a 45 lb 4 oz mirror and 39 lb common. Danny, who has caught perch to 4 lb 3 oz, explained: “I keep things simple and just use float fished corn, a barbel rod and centrepin reel. “The float is actually a feather pushed into a tail rubber to make it even more inconspicuous. “It’s perfect for stalking big wary carp. “I target them in the edge whilst others use a boilie approach and are less selective on what they catch. “My last three carp are all known fish from the lake’s ‘A-Team’. Danny’s simple float fishing tactics involve a quill, with a tail rubber fixing it to the line. “I use a 12ft 1.5 lb test curve Wychwood barbel rod with 12 lb line. “And the bait was three bits of corn directly on a size 8 hook and a single BB shot 6 inches away. “I baited various edge spots with a few grains of corn, and a sloppy mix of Bait-Tech Halibut Marine groundbait and once the fish moved in. “It was then just a matter of selecting the biggest one of the group. “I was literally pulling the bait out of the mouths of other 30 lb-plus carp because I wanted to only catch the big common. “If I was boilie/bolt rig fishing, I have no doubt one of the smaller ones would have picked up the bait so that’s the reason I opted to use the approach that I did. “My partner Michelle went in to labour the following day and then gave birth to our son Quinn Anthony Taylor at exactly 7 lb. “It was a great couple of days all round,” concluded Danny. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler.. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… How choose the right stillwater fishing floats Stillwater fishing floats differ from river patterns in that they are attached bottom end only ,with two thirds of the… 5 simple tips for spring carp fishing success 1. Keep ’em peeled for spring carp! Carp on many venues are starting to show a lot now, so be… 5 great float fishing tips 1. Hook link length When using a waggler I tend to use a longer hook length of 12 to 18… How to make a skittle fishing float The skittle float was invented by the late Pat Tarrant, who was one of the best fishing float innovators of… View the full article
  20. LAWRENCE CHEESE more than doubled his tench PB when he took this 12 lb 8 oz giant during a carp session on a local lake. Norwich, Norfolk-based Lawrence, 27, explained: “I arrived to find some carp around a snag, so baited up with some chopped DNA Baits S7 boilies and put a yellow topped snowman tight to the trees. “Within 20 minutes I had a take and all the way to the net I thought it was a carp. “Once netted I realised it was a tench but one that I had never seen the size of. “I asked the tench fisherman in the swim next to me to take a few pictures. “I usually wouldn’t bother with a tench but it was such a size I couldn’t not ask. “Safe to say he was rather envious and said it was the equivalent of him catching a 50 lb carp. “I proceeded to blank on the carp front. “I think it is 1 oz off the lake’s tench record,” added Lawrence. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Tench fishing tips to help you crack a new venue this spring IF there was one personal best that I would love to beat then it would have to be tench –… Float fishing for tench – best tackle, bait and tips for success ONE of my favourite fishing styles is float fishing for tench. I personally don’t think you can beat the Mr.Crabtree… Same giant tench three times! BIG fish ace Tony Gibson thinks this tench is like a red London double-decker bus as he caught it three… Fourth 14 lb tench in three weeks! There hadn’t been a genuine 14-pounder reported for five years… but like buses, three have come along almost at… View the full article
  21. Angler's Mail magazine offers these top mackerel fishing tips and advice for the hot summer months to help you catch more using simple tackle. It’s coming into mackerel fishing time anytime soon on many coastlines! Despite below-par catches from beaches in recent years, they still can be abundant at times around the whole of the British Isles. Normally they lurk too far for even the longest casters. But it’s now, in these warmer months, when they can be found in colossal shoals, pursuing bait fish such as sandeels. Being a true shoal fish, individuals have zero time to be fussy over a potential meal, which makes mackerel very easy to catch. Spinning and float fishing are successful mackerel tactics, but a string of feathers beats all methods. It is exciting stuff, especially with a full set of six lively fish on the line at once – it’ll certainly put a pleasing bend in your rod. Powerhouse beachcasting rods aren’t essential for the odd feathering session; a stepped up 12 ft carp rod is perfect. I use a 3.25 lb test curve model and couple it with a pit reel loaded with 12 lb monofilament with some stronger line to act as a shock absorber. A 3 oz distance carp lead is more than adequate for reaching mackerel shoals. They can sometimes swim within a few yards of the shore as they wreak havoc on their prey. Mackerel fishing tips from ‘mackie mecca’ One of the prime mackerel locations in the country is Chesil Beach, in Dorset. This linear shingle storm beach stretches from Portland to West Bay. It’s a hugely popular fishing spot, but with over 18 miles of beach available, you’ll always find an area from which to fish. Angler’s Mail magazine contributor Matt Sparkes went there to give you this great advice… Mackerel fishing time is here – and they are our country’s most prolific and recognisable fish. Mackerel are found along the whole coastline of the UK, where colossal shoals mean bumper hauls are a possibility. There is the chance of a full string of fish on nearly every cast – especially on a rising tide. The most effective way of catching mackerel is to use a string of feathers. These basic lures are retrieved through the water, mimicking small bait fish, such as sandeels, which is the staple diet of mackerel. Any colour seems to work, from plain white through to vivid day-glo orange. Fancier brands score well, too, with strips of glittery tinsel and silver reflector strips designed to glint and flash through the water. Chesil Beach is part of the Jurassic Coast, in Dorset. Why this place is so good Chesil Beach stretches from Portland to West Bay, making it around 18 miles long. It is probably THE most prolific mackerel fishing venue in the country. Made entirely of pebbles (18 billion apparently!), Chesil is a steeply shelving beach. It’s one that continues below sea level, offering a decent depth of water just yards from the shore. This scenario is perfect for dense shoals of bait fish and mackerel. It is ideal for pleasure anglers that can still catch fish regularly without the need for regular extreme casting. In the summer, visiting anglers flock to Chesil… but don’t fret. With so much beach there’s always plenty of room to join in with the action, even if it sometimes involves a trek along the shingle. This is what the summer mackerel are after – sandeels. Bass love sandeels, and shoal up in their tens of thousands in pursuit of these little fish. With a decent depth yards from the shore, mackerel shoals can pursue sandeels within a 60-80 yard cast. This makes them catchable with carp gear. These sandeels actually beach themselves in their desperation to evade being engulfed by a myriad of hungry mouths. Mackerel feathers mimic these prey fish, and all colours and designs work well. When mackerel are really in abundance you can even catch them on a bare hook! Simple but effective tackle for mackerel fishing from the shore. Tackle for shore mackerel fishing Although extreme casting isn’t always essential at Chesil Beach, occasionally they’ll be just out of range of an easy lob with a medium-size reel. For this reason I opt for a Big Pit reel, which is the ultimate casting tool favoured by carp anglers fishing large lakes. For line, 12-14 lb mono is fine, but a shockleader is essential to prevent it snapping on the cast. Distance-style carp leads of around 3 oz should reach the mackerel shoals easily, attached to the end of the string of feathers. A finger stool protects your index finger from repeated casting. A priest quickly dispatches mackerel destined for the table or for winter pike baits. Kill those fish firmly but quickly to prevent prolonged suffering. When it’s proper mackerel fishing time, mega distance is not so essential to catch. A decent cast with a stepped-up carp rod is perfectly adequate for a spot of mackerel feathering. It’s especially useful when shoals are just that little bit too far out to be reached with regular spinning gear. I prefer to use a 3.25 lb test curve model for my feathering, finding it thumps out 3 oz leads with ease. This rod also has the backbone to crank in a full set of six hard-scrapping mackerel! Mackerel fishing with feathers couldn’t be easier. Mackerel fishing tactics can be so simple! How easy is this! Attach a pre-tied string of feathers (costing £2 to £4) to your shockleader, add a lead at the end and you’re set to go. Cast out and tighten up a second or two after the lead hits the water. Then begin the retrieve immediately. Do this by simply pulling the rod back in one continuous sweeping motion while keeping it at waist height. You then bring the rod forward again while reeling in the slack line quickly and repeat. You’ll know when you’ve hit a shoal of mackerel – everything suddenly goes solid and then it’s simply a question of pumping them in. A full string of mackerel will give you a scrap, especially when they near the shallows and all try swimming off in different directions! Don’t forget this post mackerel fishing routine! Now for a final tip… Salt left on your gear will quickly corrode any metal components and can ruin favourite reels in no time at all. Give your reel a thorough rinse as soon as you get home. Pay particular attention to the bale arm and roller. Rods will need a rinse off, too, as rings will soon succumb to the damaging effects of sea salt. Now check out these related posts…. Bass – and how to catch them on coarse fishing tackle! In the warmer months bristling predatory bass can be found in all manner of coastal locations, from surfy beaches through… 5 tips to make fishing lures more attractive MY DAD first introduced me to the merits of using soft plastic fishing lures during a cod fishing session way… Catch wrasse and other sea fish on light coarse fishing tackle EVER considered sea fishing with your coarse tackle? Well, with thousands of miles of coastline it’s certainly worth considering, and if… How coarse angling tactics and customs can improve your sea fishing IN coarse fishing you often hear of carp anglers and match anglers taking certain elements of each other’s tactics to… British Sea Fish Records British record fish weights are shown below in pounds, ounces and drams with the angler and then venue. The list… Mackerel crisis affects sea fishing – and could it hit pike fans too? Once promoted by green campaigners like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as an alternative to endangered cod and haddock, British mackerel has been… View the full article
  22. CADENCE tackle developer James Robbins, an expert in match and pleasure fishing styles, is your guide.... James Robbins with a fine net of summer chub - follow his river fishing tips and you could enjoy the same action!These river fishing tips will help you find success…. so get out there on running water during these first few weeks of the season! 1. Keep on the move It can be difficult to locate fish on lightly fished and overgrown stretches. A mobile approach roving approach is often best so travel light. 2. Target shallows Fish the shallows to start with if possible for your early-season river fishing session. These swims will often hold fish as the water is more oxygenated. A chub in the shallows…keen to take floating bread. Great fun! 3. Fish early or late Long daylight hours this time of year make quick summer fishing sessions viable after work or studying. It’s much more fun than sitting on the sofa watching TV, surfing the web, pootling on social media or playing games – again. Target these later periods as a priority – fish will be feeding more confidently than in the middle of the day 4. Focus on big baits Small nuisance fish can be a problem with maggots and casters this time of year. I like to focus on bigger traditional baits like bread flake, lobworms and luncheon meat for early season chub and barbel sessions. 5. Pre-bait If possible pre-baiting will give you a great advantage and result in bigger bags of fish. Use cheap baits like brown crumb groundbait, hemp and corn. CAUGHT A BIG FISH? Email pictures and details to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could appear in the top weekly print magazine, Angler’s Mail. You may also like these Angler’s Mail river fishing tips articles… 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
  23. This helpful tips article has contributions from some top names to boost your catches. SUMMER CARP FISHING Angling pressure has had a major effect on the habits and routines of the fish. Those anglers that seem to be doing things slightly differently from the crowds catch the most fish and the bigger ones too. Weedy margins that receive plenty of direct sunlight always seem to be crawling with natural food during the warmer months so as you would expect carp are drawn to them like a magnet. I’m mainly fishing zigs and surface baits at close range which allows me to really sharpen up my tactics. All our guys are top anglers and it’s no surprise that they seem to be focussing on the margins. Don’t overlook the margins on your summer carp fishing sessions. JULIAN CUNDIFF’s right carp baiting approach At this time of year I get plenty of questions on social media and letters on what is the right ‘baiting approach’ Being totally honest, all waters are different. But what I can say with a degree of certainty from watching others is that it seems that too much bait is put in on arrival and not enough when actually fishing. Having spent my formative years as a coarse and match angler I know that little and often and fishing for a bite at a time is far more consistent than an ‘all or nothing’ approach. So let me give you some pointers on my summer carp fishing approach which may help you on your next summer carp fishing trip… 1. Research is everything! Although I do trust my own judgement I do keep my ear to the ground when it comes to how a water is fishing and most importantly what is and isn’t working. No point turning up and finding that maggots, particles, zigs etc. are working and not having them with you. So keep tuned in on the water so you are prepared even if you decide to do something different on the day… 2.Whatever swim you decide to set up in the golden rule is to fish for one bite at a time, one fish at a time. The temptation can be to put in bait but to what effect? Is that going to make them feed? Or will it mean your chances of them locating the hookbait are even less? If I find fish I tend to fish a single bait be it on the bottom, a pop up or maybe a zig. Sometimes zigs or floaters will be the best bet, when fish are up in the water. 3. If I have had a fish AND believe it’s an area the carp will return to I will top up the swim with some bait. However I keep it light rather than heavy…Occasionally I will wind in and go looking for signs of fish (clouded water etc.) and repeat step 2…. 4. If I am doing the night or a similar time period and I am satisfied that I am not baiting up on top of fish and that they will come across the area when I am fishing I will put a larger amount of feed out. At this time of year I tend to use 50% boilie crumb and chops-30% hemp, 10% pellets to match my feed bait and 10% boilies ( usually 10mm or boilie pellet ) and either Spomb or spod it out. Different breakdown rates and lots of attraction during the whole of the session can work wonders. Haydn Hoskins with a huge 36lb+ carp HAYDN HOSKINS’ top summer carp fishing advice on stalking Stalking carp is without a doubt my favourite method of angling. This is what summer carp fishing is all about for me. I love the long days spent chasing carp around the lake trying to outwit them and the thrill of watching a carp pick up your hookbait and hook itself is quite exhilarating!! One of my first tips for catching carp at close quarters is to use a good quality boilie that the carp will readily accept. Simply walking around the margins of a lake dropping a few handfuls of whole and chopped boilie crumb will often be met with a positive response. The key is to keep priming and checking several areas of the lake. And it goes without saying that this should not interfere with other anglers. If you’ve chosen your spots wisely, you may even find the carp prior to even giving them any bait. In fact, this is the method I employ most in the summer months. Find the carp first and if they move, move with them. PAUL MARTIN stays mobile for summer carp fishing success With daytime temperatures much higher the window of opportunity when fishing over a bed of bait normally only lasts from first light until 8am. Not being blessed with much fishing time I can’t sit around and wait for things to happen so I need to try my hardest to get something else going, which leads us nicely towards my favourite style of angling; stalking! You will probably have noticed that carp are starting to use the margins more than they have been and this really can work in your favour. Firstly you need to be quiet and stealthy. Dress in drab colours and wear a hat or hood to cover/obscure your face and hands. You’ll also need polarising sunglasses so you can see what’s going on down there – once you’ve used them you’ll never go fishing without them again! Some good margin spots really stand out and have obvious features like snaggy trees or reedbeds. Others are less obvious with little in the way of marginal cover and often you’ll find fish using un-assuming bits of margin to get from one snag/holding area to another. Paul Martin’s catching in the margins. Much of the time my rigs will simply be lowered into place so there is no need for anything too fancy. Shorter rods can be helpful in cramped swims and I’ll often use my 9ft 2.75lb Scope rods. On that I’d fish 15lb mono straight through to a Weed Clip without the tail rubber and a 3oz flat pear attached. I’d then add a short 5” 20 lb hook link with a simple knotless knot rig and hookbait. I would also add a few lumps of heavy putty to the line directly behind the rig to ensure the line stays pinned down whilst the fish browse around the spot. Start by putting a handful of bait in the edge of 4 or 5 swims and keep checking them in rotation, topping up each spot with bait and then watching for ten minutes at a time. You’ll normally find that one or two spots will get some interest and you can then concentrate solely on those. Generally speaking you can get away with smaller baits when fishing in the edge. Stay mobile just like the carp and you will enjoy huge success! This carp fishing tips article was put together for Angler’s Mail by Keith Jones. Be sure to read the posts below for more hints and tips. CAUGHT A BIG FISH? Report it to Angler’s Mail magazine by email to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Summer floater fishing tips for carp FLOATER FISHING time is well and truly here. I always look forward to the balmy days of summer… visions of… Summer fishing baits for lakes Summer fishing baits and additives seem to create two different camps. Some top anglers I know are ultra confident, keep… 5 quick river fishing tips for more success this summer! These river fishing tips will help you find success…. so get out there on running water during these first few… View the full article
  24. The Middy Reacta Wagglers 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: 4, 6 and 8 g pellet wagglers. Specifications: AA grade, high-buoyancy balsa wood; unobtrusive, natural finish; anti-dive shoulder; interchangeable swivel base. My verdict: ideal for catching commercial fishery carp when they are swimming up in the water, these floats have anti-dive shoulders positioned towards the bottom of their bodies, to stop them diving too deep and spooking fish. The high-buoyancy balsa construction enables them to pop up to the surface quickly, ensuring that your bread or pellet hook bait is in perfect position in no time. With the float trapped on the line and a pellet mounted on a hair-rigged band, the fish should hook themselves against the weight of the float. The interchangeable screw swivel eye is a totally secure float fixing that isn’t relying on glue, confirm Middy, which is a ‘plus’, as these floats will take some ‘stick’ once the carp start coming. Waters on most commercial fisheries are coloured, so the pale body is likely to blend in much better than darker versions. Price: £3.99 each. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe 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 products … 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 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
  25. The Carp Spirit Razor Point Zig and Floater Hooks 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 hook pattern dedicated to catching carp to specimen size on zig rigs and floaters. Specifications: short shank; wide gape; non-glare PTFE finish; Japanese carbon steel construction; long, straight needle point; available in 8-12 sizes, in micro barbed and barbless formats. My verdict: hook-holds when zig rigging aren’t the most reliable, but you can stack the odds more in your favour by using a super-sharp hook, such as these Razor Points. The pattern feels light but strong, which is another plus when fishing up in the water. They also have a slightly out-turned eye, the idea being that your hook sits perfectly beneath rig foam, ready to hook into a fish. If you like fishing for carp in the upper layers, I’d recommend that you take a closer look at this sharp pattern. Price: £4.49. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe 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 Carp Spirit products … Carp Spirit unveil huge tackle launch here in the UK – and it really impresses! Carp Spirit is owned by global company Rapala, and distributed by Normark UK. It’s clear to me that the design… View the full article
  26. The Maver MV-R Front Drag Reels 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: front drag fixed-spool reels for float and feeder fishing. Specifications: the 3000 model weighs 253 g and has a capacity of 150 m of 0.18 mm line. The bigger 4000 version weighs 305 g and has a capacity of 150 m of 0.20 mm line. Both feature 5+1 ball bearings; graphite body and rotor; 5.2:1 gear ratio; multi-disc front drag; anodised spool; anti-twist line roller; and an Intelligent Oscillating System. My verdict: these brand-new reels look light enough for coupling with short waggler and feeder rods. They’re also perfect partners for the MV-R rods. The 4000 model is ideal for punching further out, but both have the cranking power for bagging lots of fish, whether you are fishing a feeder or a float. Maver also confirm that they are great for stick float fishing and more demanding trotting work on rivers, thanks to their lightweight construction. Between the two sizes, they will cover a lot of float and feeder fishing methods, having some quality features without you having to break the bank. Prices: £64.99-£69.99. Spare spools £12.99. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe 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 products … Review: Maver Dual Core Pro Hollow Elastic Description: hollow pole elastic. Specification: available in 3-5 (White), 4-7 (Blue), 6-9 (Green), 8-11 (Yellow), 11-13 (Fire Orange), 14-17 (Aurora… Review: Maver MV-R Power Reel Monofilament Description: high-performance monofilament reel line from Japan. Specifications: a floating line sold on 150 m spools; diameters from 0.15 mm… Review: Maver MV-R EVA Luggage Description: a practical luggage range for bait and tackle accessories. Specifications: an extensive range, featuring a Commercial Case, Rig Case,… View the full article
  27. The Dynamite Big Fish River Meat-Furter Range 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 new flavour in an already popular bait range aimed at big river fish. Ingredients: all products in the range have a spicy sausage flavour. The groundbait contains a heavy, highly nutritious mix of ingredients including coarse particles and pellets; the mixed bag of 4, 6 and 8 mm pellets are highly flavoured; the Bait Soak is PVA friendly; the high leakage 14 mm (approx.) Busters hook baits have an oily coating and a firm texture, for hair-rigging and withstanding long casts; the high-leakage, medium- breakdown paste is firm and the 12 mm Durable Hookers are packed with water-soluble fishmeals and other attractants. My verdict: with the rivers season about to start, this range of bait looks great for attracting barbel, chub and carp, whether you’re fishing a small tributary or large stretches of the Severn or Trent. Speaking from experience, I know that spicy meat flavours work for these species, and this is a complete range, with feed, hook baits and some useful ‘extras’. You can introduce the groundbait into your swim via a feeder, or you can ball it in, topping the swim up throughout the session to maintain interest. The pellets can be introduced via a baitdropper or a PVA bag, the different sizes breaking down at different rates. The Busters have a nice, oily coating, helping to draw fish in. The paste can be wrapped around a lead or hook bait, for extra attraction. With a one-hour breakdown rate and specially designed for river fishing, the 12 mm Durable Hookers are ideal when a quick bite is expected, whether you hair-rig, band or hook them directly. The PVA-friendly Bait Soak can be added to groundbaits, pellets and hook baits. Not only does the range smell good, it looks as if it’ll leak plenty of attractants from the minute it goes into the water, lending itself to short sessions, roving and more static fishing. Prices: Busters, Paste and Bait Soak £4.99 each; Durable Hookers £3.99; Pellets £6.95 for 1.8 kg; Groundbait £5.99. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe 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 Dynamite products … Review: Dynamite Evolution Oils DYNAMITE Evolution Oils are a five-strong team of winterised oils designed to work all year round. Containing blended palatants and… Review: Dynamite Tuff Pastes WRAPPING your hook bait or lead in paste is a handy way to draw fish straight to your rig, but… Review: Dynamite Speedy’s Washters SPEEDY’S Washters have been designed in conjunction with bagging machine and match ace Nick Speed, to help give you an… View the full article
  28. ONE of the biggest names in carp fishing has signed for the bait firm that he used when he was first making his way in the sport. Often outspoken, and nearly always successful in his pursuit of Britain’s biggest carp, Essex-based Jim Shelley feels he has now found his true ‘home’ with Mistral Baits, and he has been explaining why. Jim said: “I’ve known Allan Parbery, the owner of Mistral Baits, for around 30 years. “In the early days, I used to get my bait from him when there were very few commercial bait companies around, and I actually caught my first UK 30 lb fish using his baits. “Allan and I have had various conversations over the years, but for one reason or another, we just didn’t get around to striking a deal. “Having been on the carp fishing circuit for longer than I care to mention, I’ve been associated with various brands over the years, and I’m very proud to be able to say that I’ve given my all for each and every one of them. “Things haven’t always worked out how I’d hoped, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that the haters are always gonna hate, and the keyboard warriors will always be out in force, especially if you achieve any kind of success. “I’m now delighted to be able to say that after visiting Allan’s enormous bait factory in Wellingborough, and having seen what actually goes into these baits, I have accepted the role of Media Consultant for Mistral Baits.” Jim Shelley (right) shakes on a deal with Allan Parbery at Mistral Baits. Mistral set-up “mind-blowing” says Jim Shelley Jim, who is a popular carp angling coach and author of several books, said: “Mistral have been going strong for over 30 years. “And I genuinely believe that it’s a testament to the quality of the products that they make, that during a period when we’re seeing lots of tackle and bait companies folding, Mistral are still here, rolling seriously good British-made baits. “When I visited Mistral HQ, I spent a lot of time with Allan, but I also had the opportunity to speak with his amazing staff, all of whom are talented anglers in their own right. “It makes a massive difference to me in terms of confidence knowing that the baits I’ll be using are made by the anglers using them themselves. “The set-up they have at Mistral is absolutely mind-blowing, and there’s a serious buzz about the place. I’ve never seen so many sacks of Haith’s ingredients, and I honestly felt like a kid in a sweetshop! “I grabbed a couple of bags of Belachan Shrimp and a couple of bags of the new Atlantic Crab with the matching pop-ups, and I fished that same night. I caught my first carp using the Atlantic Crab which weighed 20 lb 12 oz at 2am, which was quickly followed by an unknown 35 lb 12 oz mirror. “On the way home, I popped into Waveney and managed to bag a 20 lb 8 oz mirror on the Belachan Shrimp, so, as you can imagine, I was well happy christening the new baits the first time out. “People say you “shouldn’t fix what ain’t broke”, and I really feel like I’ve come back to my roots, signing up to what I see as one of the true pioneers of British bait-making. “I’m really looking forward to working with Allan and all the team at Mistral. Watch this space!” added Jim. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. This print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler… and it is ideal for any angling dad for Father’s Day (June 16). You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… New carp bait website launched MISTRAL BAIT have launched their 2013 website – www.mistralbaits.co.uk All their top secret new baits for 2013 are revealed, and you… Summer tips for a better chance of a big carp CARP being so much more visible in the summer really helps you to observe individual fish, and time spent watching… 9 top tips to get the best from your carp fishing hair rig The hair rig remains the biggest advancement carp angling has ever seen, but we’ve changed how we use it… 1.… View the full article
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