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  2. The Maver MV-R EVA Luggage 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 practical luggage range for bait and tackle accessories. Specifications: an extensive range, featuring a Commercial Case, Rig Case, Cool Bag, Accessory Cases, Groundbait Bowl, Bait/Worm Bag, Bait System, Accessory Bags and Net Bags. Constructed from tough, hardwearing EVA, with heat-welded seams and double zips. Some items have clear lids, too. My verdict: with EVA being such a tough and robust material, as well as being waterproof and easy to wipe clean, it makes sense to use it for storing tackle accessories that you want to keep dry. It will also prevent smelly, wet nets from leaking water inside your car. This isn’t the first EVA range, but it is a smart one, boasting over a dozen products. The Rig Case comes complete with 15 foam rig winders, for keeping rigs in tip-top condition. The Bait System comprises four bowls (two for groundbait), all zipped inside a deluxe case. The Large and Medium-sized Accessory Bags, complete with shoulder straps and plastic hand grips, look ideal for storing lots of items, from catapults to seatbox and chair attachments. The Large and Extra Large Nets Bags are watertight – ideal for preventing any unwanted smell and seepage from keepnets and landing nets. Transparent lids on some of the smaller luggage items make it quick and easy to identify the contents inside. Prices: from £8.99. 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 Carp Fighter Margin Poles THERE are certain products or product ranges out there that you know are going to fly off the shelves and… 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… View the full article
  3. The Sonik VaderX Spinning Rods 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: four spinning rods. Specifications: 7 ft (10-30 g-rated) and 8, 9 and 10 ft (20-60 g-rated) models. All include fast, powerful actions; ergonomic cork handles with rubberised cork reinforcement; quality DPS reel seats, complete with keeper ring; K-style guides, for tangle-free, smooth casting; and anti-frap, low profile tip guides. My verdict: you’re getting quite a lot for your money here, especially when you consider that the price tags are only around £40. They should attract a lot of interest. I like the choice of lengths, as there are times when you need a little bit more reach to work a lure just over marginal growth. The cork handles are a nice touch, too, and are welcome in the colder months, as they will feel warmer to the touch than other types of material. It also looks as if the guides complement the action of the lightweight, carbon blanks perfectly. They look useful for a bit of sink-and-draw or wobbling work, too. Prices: £34.99-£42.99. 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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  5. AN ANGLER’S MAIL contributor has caught the biggest brace of perch to a British angler with a stunning pair of stripys scaling 6 lb 5 oz (main picture) and 6 lb 1 oz. Darren Starkey shows his 6 lb 5 oz perch. he's just started a new regular column in Angler's Mail magazine where he'll explain all about his species hunting exploits.Darren Starkey was with fellow perch lover Matt Marlow ,who chipped in with a 5 lb beast in a trip to Holland. They fished with top local guide Rob Kraaijeveld. The pair’s success came when they lure fished close to shore on the massive Haringvleit Lake near Hellevoetsluis. Darren, 52, said: “I think I’m the World’s luckiest angler as it could have been somebody else out with Rob that day. “After catching a once in a lifetime dream perch of 6 lb 1 oz in the morning never in my wildest dreams did I think that less than an hour later I would be holding one even bigger at 6 lb 5 oz. “Two perch for 12 lb 6 oz is utter madness. Our target was to catch a five-pounder and we both did that. “Over on that lake, which is a massive 15 km long flooded area of reclaimed land from the sea, 5 lb perch are realistic but two 6s is amazing. “After a lot of research, I don’t think another British angler has caught two 6 lb perch in a day, and the guide Rob hasn’t ever had it happen with him. “The perch came to drop shotting tactics in the shallower water near the shore with 10-15 gr shads in 5-6 ft of water. “We caught quite a few other perch over 3 lb and PB zander of 7 lb to me.” Darren Starkey admires his 6 lb 1 oz perch. Read Darren’s new column in Angler’s Mail magazine. Darren continued: “The European anglers fish for the perch all-year-round as they only measure them and they are after a 50 cm fish, which these will be at anytime of the year but they were at their heaviest when we went. “I can really recommend Rob as a guide to anyone who wants to aim for a 5 lb perch but this time of the year (early spring) is the best time to go for the fish at their heaviest. These two 6s will still be over 5 lb in August. “I’ve never caught a four-pounder before so that is my next target back in England,’ concluded the RSPB site manager. Darren hit the headlines last summer when he became the first UK angler to catch a 5 lb true crucian. It came in an epic catch of four five-pounders topped by a brace of 5 lb 1 oz specimens from Lake Ursjön in Sweden. 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 Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Crucian carp catch for intrepid Englishmen could be best-ever Darren Starkey and pal Matt Smith had a dream crucian carp trip to Sweden. They shared 48 specimens including eight… Monster 6 lb perch! The Westin backed angler tempted the 50 cm specimen on one of their new Shad Teez lures in ‘Official Roach’… 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… 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… View the full article
  6. THE anguish of children seeing ducks devoured in a lake beside a huge shopping centre has resulted in anglers help relocate the 'offending' catfish. The Essex wels catfish gets captured and re-homed to an angling venue. The practice is more common than you might think.The 25 lb wels catfish was captured by the Environment Agency from Alexandra Lake, directly adjacent to the busy Lakeside complex at Thurrock, Essex. The move came after fish had been reported eating ducks. The big moggie was caught and successfully relocated through a partnership project the EA runs with the Catfish Conservation Group, run by anglers. Ben Norrington, EA fisheries officer, said: “Invasive species pose a serious threat to our native wildlife and cost the UK economy a massive £1.8 billion a year. “Working with the CCG, we’re looking at high-risk waters where fish could escape into rivers and pose a risk to native fish and other wildlife. “The fish (wels catfish) was relocated to a fully enclosed lake,” Ben added. Owner of that lake, Tony Wignall, explained: “When the EA or anyone else want to remove catfish from a water for any reason and re-home them they can get in touch with the secretary of the CCG who has a list of local contacts. “I am the contact for this area and I just happened to be opening a new catfish lake on April 1, so was happy to accept another sample. “I have a few syndicate fisheries in the area but this one, called Houchins, near Colchester, is my first day ticket water. “There are two lakes, one for carp only and one for carp and cats, and both are available on a day ticket booked in advance or for lake hire. “The lake the cat came from used to be a fishery but for some reason was closed, but the CCG has now been given permission to run a couple of night fishing competitions there over the next few years to help reduce the population. “I’m sure there must be much bigger cats at Lakeside as I doubt the one removed could have been quite big enough to have taken a duck, although it could easily take ducklings. “All catfish caught will be relocated to other enclosed waters with the help of the CCG,” Tony concluded. Canal wels catfish also given new home There was also a similar move made with a 30 lb wels catfish. It was netted by Canal & River Trust staff on the Grand Union Canal and re-homed to Luton Angling Club’s Beckerings Reservoir in Bedfordshire. Richard Clarke, Secretary of the CCG, explained: “Since I first got involved with the CCG eight years ago we have steadily built a good working relationship with local EA fishery officers. “They contact us if they come across any rogue catfish that have been caught or advise us in advance if they are going to net somewhere that has cats. “As a result in that time we have relocated several thousand catfish to waters that have permits to stock them. “I hold the permit for our own lake Adam’s Pool and also have a licence to transport them in equipment we own. “Numbers involved can range from a single specimen like the one at Lakeside to 20 or 30 if a lake is being drained, and I personally receive several enquiries a month. “The EA don’t have to come through us and they have direct contact with some clubs, as in the case of Luton AC which took the cat recently from the GUC, he added. 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 Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Monster catfish! The 49-year-old dry liner from Bromley, Kent, legered halibut pellet and Pukka Baits Terminater boilies for his PB. CAUGHT A… World-best catfish lured German ace Fredrik Harbort tempted the yellow giant from Spain’s River Segre at Mequinenza and measured it at a monster… Catfish-Pro Tackle Bag CATFISH accessories are a bit bigger and bulkier than most, especially when you start bringing dumbbell rigs into the equation.… Best catfish picture ever? TWO English anglers have shared a massive haul of Spanish catfish, landing 75 in a fortnight, of which 51 were… Monster catfish to lady angler! The maritime area of the Petit Rhône in southern France was the setting for experienced big fish hunter Babs Kijewski’s… 120 lb catfish from East Anglia! MARK SKIPPER caught one of the two biggest catfish in the country at a humungous 120 lb – in his… 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… UK’s biggest river coarse catch! GIGANTIC catfish are often rumoured to be swimming wild in UK rivers – and now the first real beastie has… View the full article
  7. SPESSY ace Daniel Woolcott topped a superb roach session on a secret large gravel pit with this 3 lb 4 oz redfin. The 32-year-old Londoner said: “This was a massive roach and exactly what I was hoping for but was below my PB of 3 lb 11 oz caught in 2016. “I also had a brace of 2 lb 12 oz and 2 lb 2 oz. “I targeted the fish with a 50 g open ended cage feeder fished at 50 yards. “All three fish were caught on red maggots on a size 18 hook with short helicopter rigs and 5 lb fluorocarbon hook links. “I will now turn my attentions to bream and tench over the spring,” concluded Daniel. 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 Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Roach on the rampage! Bolton-based Pete knew there were big roach-chub hybrids in his local River Ribble in Lancashire but managed to avoid them… Avon Roach Project lead the springtime roach revival Avon Roach Project members put in tens of thousands of roach into three location on the Hampshire Avon around Ringwood.… 5 winter roach tips I DON’T know what happened to autumn this year. It still felt like summer a few weeks ago and now… View the full article
  8. ONE of the most pivotal roles in English angling is up for grabs. Mark Lloyd will be leaving the Angling Trust chief executive post, and he will take up the CEO role at environmental group, The Rivers Trust. Mark has headed up the Angling Trust & Fish Legal for ten years. He oversaw the historic unification of angling organisations in 2009 but will depart this summer. Mark said: “It’s very difficult to leave an organisation which I helped create ten years ago and have seen grow and develop into a powerful and influential voice for all forms of angling. “Of course it will be very hard to say goodbye to the staff, volunteers and members who have all helped make the vision of a united, professional representative body for all anglers become a reality. “However, I am very excited about my new role at The Rivers Trust and the opportunity to focus on finding solutions to the environmental degradation of our precious rivers, which is where my career started.” Angling Trust policy chief, Martin Salter, said: “When I was the MP responsible for liaising with angling bodies from 1997 to 2010, there was a hopeless mess of disparate and often warring organisations which made angling look pretty amateurish. “Mark Lloyd has brought in significant new funding which has allowed the Trust to grow. He leaves behind a strong and effective organisation.” Details of how to apply for the role of chief executive of the Angling Trust are on their website. The closing date is April 29, 2019. 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 Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Antis target Angling Trust The sabs were encouraging its supporters to record bogus sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers on the website to derail… Angling Trust told to net more women New Government rules being introduced for April 1 means all bodies receiving Sport England dosh must have 30 per cent… 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… What next for Close Season fishing after 13,600 anglers give their views? The Close Season fishing survey by the Environment Agency had the potential to be the biggest ever poll of anglers’ views… View the full article
  9. MARTIN BROADHURST got some excellent venue advice from a local tackle shop... and went on to tempt this specimen 34 lb 6 oz pike. The 41-year-old joiner from Appleby, Cumbria, fished a turbo smelt hard on the bottom at the Lake District venue. Martin said: “Anglers should look after your local tackle shops as they are a essential part of fishing that online buying can’t give. “My local tackle shop Carlson’s (in Kendal) is probably the best shop in ‘the lakes’ for pike fishermen to go before casting a line. “I caught this one on a home-made trace with size 8 trebles. “I use smaller trebles as you definitely get more runs and fish.” 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 Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Finding big pike on canals PIKE season is in full swing and now we will be having many more blogs by the Pike Anglers Club,… Big pike after finicky bite The 38-year-old sales manager explained: “I had a dropped run on a legered sardine, so I cast my second rod,… Who needs bait for big pike? PIKE mecca Chew Valley Lake in Somerset threw up this chunky 31 lb 8 oz specimen despite bait fishing not… Teenager lands giant canal pike Fishing on the New Junction Canal near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, the 14-year-old obliterated his old PB of 17 lb. Jake’s… View the full article
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  11. Angler's Mail features editor Richard Howard reveals some top spring fishing tips to put a chunky carp or two on the bank. NOW can be a tricky time on the bank but the spring fishing tips outlined here can turn your fortunes. It’s hard reading what’s going on under the surface. But there will be life down there and it will be coming out of its winter slumber. Follow these six spring fishing tips and you could soon be putting another ‘double’ or 20 lb carp in the net… SUN TRAP Choose a swim on the bank that gets the sun, it’s a very good starting point. Any increase in temperature from the suns rays will not only stimulate weed growth but also draw fish like carp to the area, keen to recharge their batteries if they’ve been inactive. New shoots and plant growth on the bank is a promising indicator. FOOD PARCEL Fish for one fish at a time, giving them a small parcel of attraction, whether it’s a PVA bag, or something like a paste wrap. The theory is if you draw a carp to come and take a look, you want it to pick the hookbait up whatever you decide to go in with. NATURAL BAITS Personally I prefer natural baits wherever possible, if I’m not likely to get troubled by nuisance fish. If a small bunch of live maggots is getting too much unwanted attention, try a bunch of dead reds over a PVA bag of dead reds. Adding a dusting of krill powder to your maggots whilst they are still alive is a good tip to add attraction to feed and hookbaits. Pieces of worm, in a small bunch, can be a great hookbait too or pieces of prawn dried in a popular carp groundbait, if you want to add them to a PVA bag. If nuisance fish are still an issue boilie pieces over boilie crumb can be a useful combo. SENSITIVE AND RUNNING If you go down the naturals route, and you’re fishing at fairly close range opt for a nice running leger rig, a sensitive set-up with a light bobbin. So if a roach or perch hangs itself you know about it and don’t waste valuable rod hours, waiting for a carp take that’s not going to come. SCALED DOWN I like to fish scaled down, it’s one of my top spring fishing tips before waters warm up. A size 10 forged hook to a low diameter 8 lb nylon hook length line or 15 lb braid will land fish over 20 lb on balanced gear. That’s what the nice mid-twenty common above, tripped-up to, on a 1.75 lb test curve rod. EYES WIDE OPEN Keep those eyes peeled on those warmer days, for signs of life. A couple of patches of bubbles, even out in open water is all you need to give the game away and pinpoint some catchable fish. And once you’ve found one, several others can follow if you note the spot and can get back on it. GOT A STORY OR SOME GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. More from Angler’s Mail about spring carp… Julian Cundiff shares his top spring carp tips WITH the sun out and carp at last making themselves known on most waters it would be very easy to… 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… Spring carp fishing tips to get you hauling! CARP fishing in spring can be truly epic. This is the time for bagging up with double-figure carp…. and for… The ‘margin munters’ are on the way – so read this spring carp advice! IT’S amazing how quickly things turn around with our seasons isn’t it? Only a few weeks ago I was… View the full article
  12. Experienced Angler’s Mail man Richard Holroyd shares his top spring fishing tips to help you enjoy a fishing session with youngsters. Here’s Scarlet with her first ever fish – a river roach.LOOKING for some spring fishing tips to help you and a youngster or two enjoy a few hours full of smiles – and fishing? Read on… I’ve found it’s essential to follow a few basic rules to ensure they enjoy themselves, rather than wishing they’d be anywhere else than on the bank. Here are my top 10 spring fishing tips to make a kids fishing session a memorable one… 1. Bites aplenty Fish waters that hold lots of fish and, therefore, produce plenty of bites. The last thing you want is to be sat behind rods on a rock-hard water waiting for a bite that may never happen, as they’ll be bored to tears. A whip is an ideal way to get kids into fishing. 2. Keep it simple Keep rigs and tackle simple. A whip with a basic pole rig is a good starter, before moving onto short rods and small reels. There’s no need for the latest chod rig at this stage! 3. Keep it short Aim to fish for two hours maximum. I often find that interest levels can drop, especially if bites dry up, so aim to fish for a few hours and treat any extra time as a bonus. 4. Size doesn’t matter Don’t fish a water that has big fish as they will be massively unprepared to deal with them. A water that holds small fish gives them the opportunity to learn how to play, hold and unhook fish in a manageable way. 5. Don’t fish yourself Don’t expect to be fishing yourself, as you’ll need to devote your attention solely to them. 6. Let them make mistakes Kids are going to make lots of mistakes but it’s all part of the learning process. Make light of any errors as fishing is supposed to be fun. The last thing you want to do is be critical, as they’ll soon start losing interest. Sit back, relax and wait until they ask for advice or for you to untangle the inevitable tangles! Richard’s son Louis’ first ever fish – a bass. He couldn’t wait to get home and tell his mum, but he was so excited he forgot the name of the fish and told his mum he’d caught a bus, and she replied ‘where to?’ 7. Encouragement and fun Give them lots of encouragement and share their joy when they catch fish. You’ll often find that you get more enjoyment watching them catch than when you catch fish yourself. 8. Bring a picnic Break up the fishing session and enjoy a picnic. A bit of food and drink, and a rest from fishing, can often reinvigorate their enthusiasm. 9. Take a catapult Who needs games consoles or the latest mobile app when you’ve got a catapult! Get them firing out freebies, preferably around the float, and it’ll keep them entertained. 10. Seaside sport If you are planning on a holiday to the seaside during the warmer months ahead, don’t forget to take a travel rod and a few bits of tackle. It can offer kids a couple of hours of entertainment and gives you a welcome break from helping them build sandcastles. Fish a quiet beach – trying to fish a populated beach with holidaymakers is a non-starter for obvious reasons. GOT A STORY OR SOME GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. More from Angler’s Mail about spring fishing … 7 super spring coarse fishing tips I COULD start with cliché phrases about how spring has ‘sprung’ or how the ‘warmer weather is finally upon us’… Spring fishing tips to help you catch carp NOW can be a tricky time on the bank but the spring fishing tips outlined here can turn your fortunes.… Spring carp fishing tips to get you hauling! CARP fishing in spring can be truly epic. This is the time for bagging up with double-figure carp…. and for… View the full article
  13. The Dynamite Wafters 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: 15 mm dumbbell-shaped wafter hook baits. Ingredients: contains the same key ingredients and colours as Dynamite’s The Source, The Crave, Monster Tiger Nut, Monster Tiger Nut Red-Amo and CompleX-T boilies. My verdict: anything that helps you to fine-tune your presentation to help make it more effective has to be a positive. These dumbbell hook baits will waft above a size 4-6 hook, acting like a ‘freebie’, to help you catch tricky fish out. I like the fact that they have the same key ingredients and colours as Dynamite’s key boilie ranges. Subsurface, they should release their attractants slowly. It’s always worth testing your rig in the margins before casting it in, to make sure it’s sitting correctly. Price: £4.25. 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
  14. The Middy Reactacore XZ 10 ft 6 in. Mini Commercial Feeder 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: top-end feeder rod aimed at commercial fishery carp. Specifications: two-piece rod with four layers of high-modulous carbon, layered together at different angles to produce excellent strength and rigidity; parabolic action; Maximus weave wrap joints; slim, featherlight blank and handle; SCX ‘smooth cast’ guides; hook retainer; S-Line ergonomic reel seat; reactive carbon quivertips; 10 lb main line and 8 lb hook length rating; 7-56 g casting weight; supplied with a fully padded case. My verdict: this sounds like a flagship rod for Method or pellet feeder fishing on commercial fisheries in summer. You could also use it when searching for fish on the straight lead in winter. At 10 ft 6 in., it gives you enough length in your armoury when you need it. The work that’s gone into the rod (the layering of carbon, the ‘special’ joints that provide extra strength, the quality fittings and the carbon quivertips) is impressive, and will help you to play F1s or carp into double-figures with ease. Price: £209.99. 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 products … Middy Muscle-Tech 600 Pole YOU may remember Steve Gregory’s memorable three-page how to catch big carp down the edge masterclass in Angler’s Mail magazine… 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… View the full article
  15. The Maver MV-R Power Reel Monofilament 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: high-performance monofilament reel line from Japan. Specifications: a floating line sold on 150 m spools; diameters from 0.15 mm (5.51 lb) to 0.23 mm (12.13 lb); high abrasion resistance; virtually memory free; strong, soft and supple; waterproof; UV protected; translucent grey colour. My verdict: ideal for commercial fisheries, this line looks like a useful choice for pellet waggler fishing for carp when the water warms up, even kerb crawlers down the edge on the running line. It’s got potential on rivers, too, especially when targeting big fish on a float. I would expect to see a few specialist anglers checking it out as well. The grey colour might help it blend in better with its surroundings, as it is thought that sunlight can accentuate clear lines. Price: £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 Maver products … Review: Maver Carp Fighter Margin Poles THERE are certain products or product ranges out there that you know are going to fly off the shelves and… Review: Maver MVR Carp Feeder Mono Description: reel line for carp fishing on commercial fisheries. Specifications: a dark green and black dual colour, for camouflage; 0.18… 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… View the full article
  16. The Gunki Iron-T Chooten Lure Rods 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: top-end range of lure rods. Specifications: 29 rods, from a 183 cm (3.5-7 g-rated) finesse model to a 240 cm (42-120 g-rated) heavy jig design; Japanese Toray blanks; Fuji reel seats with carbon inserts; specially shaped reel handles; Fuji K rings and micro guides; fast and ultra-fast actions; reinforced braided-carbon butt sections. My verdict: it looks as if Gunki have put a lot of thought into this huge lure rod range, which I will cover in a little more detail at a later date. There’s high quality throughout, including responsive blanks, handle grips to match different styles of lure fishing, and extra carbon inserts in the reel seat, helping you to ‘feel’ the lure being worked. You’ll also find fast or ultra-fast actions, for better casting and what they call ‘reactivity’, helping you to detect the slightest knock. The insulating properties and the feel of the cork handles will be well received, too. There are one-and two-piece designs in the range. Price: £149.99-£229.99. 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 Gunki products … Review: Gunki Grubby Shad Sets Description: a four-pack (three for the larger size) of Grubby Shad lures for clear or coloured water. Specifications: Clear Water… Review: Gunki Boomer Chatterbaits GUNKI’s Boomer Chatterbaits have been designed to imitate small reptiles. Coming with a jighead and a blade, they vibrate and… Review: Gunki Pocket and Street Fishing Net Handles LANDING net poles can be an issue when you are trying to travel light with a lure rod, restricting where… View the full article
  17. The Dynamite Frenzied Hempseed with Worm Meal or Caster Meal 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: versatile groundbaits. Ingredients: oily hemp particles with either earthworm powder, complete with fish-attracting amino acids, or milled casters. My verdict: Hempseed with Worm Meal is the perfect accompaniment when fishing with worm hook baits and chopped worm feed. The Hempseed with Caster Meal is ideal when using casters on the hook and as feed. Add the draw of hemp, and I’d say you’ve got a couple of winning combinations, especially when used on more natural venues, from stillwaters to canals and rivers. The Worm Meal is a fine, dark mix, and the caster mix is more of a golden hue. Whether you use these groundbaits in an open-end feeder, ball them in, or cup them in with some hook bait samples, they look useful for attracting the likes of bream, perch, roach, carp, tench, chub and barbel. They join the already established Frenzied Hempseed Groundbait trio: Match Original, Match Black and Specimen. Price: £4.25 for 900 g. 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 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 F1 Bait Range DYNAMITE have released a brand new F1 Range of baits specially designed for getting the best from those F1 dominated… Review: Dynamite Frenzied Pulses and Particles DESIGNED to attract and keep fish in your swim, these new Dynamite Frenzied Pulses and Particles are packed with proven… View the full article
  18. The Sonik SK-TEK Compacta Cradle 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 compact unhooking mat with sides, perfect for specimen carp. Specifications: 50 mm foam-padded base; easy fold-out design Velcro safety flap with water port; zipped exit ends and pegging points; mesh base for quick water drainage; kneeling pad; large accessory pocket; HD PVC fish-friendly lining; measures 120 x 65 x 27 cm when assembled. My verdict: arriving in tackle shops any time soon, this cradle packs down to 60 x 65 x 12 cm, making it easy to carry with the rest of your gear. Well padded, it’ll handle specimen carp with ease, the springy sides being a decent height to contain your prize for unhooking. It allows you to get your hands underneath a fish, so that you can lift it for a catch photograph or two, before returning it to the cradle. The kneeling pad, pegging points and zip exits are useful features, too. A compact and more versatile alternative to a framed cradle. Price: £79.99. 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
  19. The Bait-Tech Krill & Tuna Wafters 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: 8 or 10 mm dumbell-shaped wafter hook baits (three different colours in each pot). Ingredients: firm hook baits flavoured with Krill & Tuna. My verdict: these ‘washed-out’ wafters follow Bait-Tech’s launch of Krill & Tuna boilies, and they contain the same nutritional LT94 fishmeal. Diameter wise the 8 mm size I checked out were more like 6 mm, but the 10 mm looked spot on. Their sizes open up plenty of opportunities from a presentation point of view, appealing to match and specimen anglers alike. I like the washed-out colours, the idea being that they look as if they’ve been in the water for some time, and therefore are safe to eat. I also like the fact that you get a choice of three coloured baits in the same tub (White, Pink and Yellow), as fish will often show a preference for a particular colour. When you unscrew the lid, you are greeted with a pungent aroma. Banded or hair-rigged, they can be used with almost any method, be it with a Method feeder, PVA bag or stick rig, or without any feed at all. Match them to the right hook size and pattern, so that they ‘waft’ around enticingly before being easily sucked in by a fish. Price: £3.75 a pot. 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 Bait-Tech products … Review: Bait-Tech 8mm Halibut Marine Pellets Description: an 8 mm pellet joining an already extensive range of solid and pre-drilled options. Ingredients: dark and super oily… Review: Bait-Tech Krill & Tuna Boilies BRAND new, these Krill & Tuna boilies are set to catch big carp near you. There are five different types… Review: Bait-Tech Pro Natural Fine Lake Dark THIS Fine Lake Dark groundbait has been milled finer and made darker than the rest of the mixes in the… View the full article
  20. A VOLUNTEER bailiff has helped stop 30 bags of cannabis, and future crops, from getting onto the streets. Bailiffs stop drugs and crime - Roy Bridson helped the Police, and other volunteers like him have also done their bit.Roy Bridson, one of the Angling Trust’s volunteer bailiffs, was alerted by a Whittlesey AC member to black bin bags dumped in the River Nene near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire. He managed to haul one of the bags to the riverbank, and found it filled with cannabis plants. He alerted the police and together they recovered 30 bags mostly containing cannabis plants, roots, cuttings and buds ready to be sold. Paul Thomas, Angling Trust’s regional enforcement manager, said: “Our volunteer bailiffs are the eyes and ears at the waterside and are trained to report suspicious activity to the police and Environment Agency to a high evidential standard. “This cannabis find prove how worthwhile their roles have become – they are a credit to angling and society in general. “Volunteer bailiffs are always on the lookout for signs of illegal fishing, poaching, set lines and nets but every so often they come across more sinister activity. “A few years ago, bailiffs on patrol near Reading found a cache of deadly firearms, including a magnum handgun and an Uzi submachine gun. “Anyone witnessing an illegal fishing incident in progress can report it directly to the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60. Information on illegal fishing and environmental crime can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said: “We were called with reports that bags of cannabis had been found in water between Pondersbridge and Whittlesey. “Seven cannabis plants and an additional bag of the drug were recovered. “We were contacted with an additional report that about 20 cannabis plants had been found underneath Beggar’s Bridge near Coates. “No arrests have been made in relation to either incident.” 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 Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Drugs cocktail discovered in English rivers Samples taken from 11 sites on the Rivers Foss and Ouse in the York area of North Yorkshire revealed 29… 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… 86-year-old angling bailiff beaten up at fishing lake The 86-year-old was viciously assaulted at Milton Creek Country Park, Kent. The brave bailiff confronted the swimmer at the Back… Close Season clampdown lands illegal fishing rogues Environment Agency enforcement officers and Angling Trust voluntary bailiffs caught 87 anglers red handed on rivers during the Close Season,… View the full article
  21. CRAIG MCEVOY set his sights on a winter 50 and, as a spring arrived, he smashed that in style with this fantastic 58 lb mirror carp called Captain Scarlet. Craig McEvoy displays his impressive 58 lb carp at The Avenue.The colossus fell to a Dynamite Baits Monster Tigernut wafter fished alongside matching freebies on a German rig at Shropshire’s The Avenue. Craig, from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, said: “After five months of blanking, this had been the hardest winter I had ever fished. “However, the goal to land one of the giants from The Avenue syndicate was strong. “It was looking like another uneventful session but amidst a hell of a storm my receiver let out a series of bleeps. “As I peered out the brolly, the bobbin had pulled up tight and I did a double take… I couldn’t believe it, I was in. “On the rod straight away, I immediately knew this was something special as it was heavy, slow and ponderous, yet immensely powerful. “The storm was creating havoc and I couldn’t see as the rain and wind was lashing into my face. “Then after ten minutes I saw her, a huge cream like leviathan below the waves. “Images of the film Jaws ran through my mind, and I prayed that the barbless hook would stay in place. “Eventually she came up and wallowed on the surface just out of netting range. “Without thinking, I jumped in up to my waist and engulfed her in my landing net first time. “As I peered into the net I was blown away at the size of this creature that I had managed to snare. “The long harsh winter had been worth it and it really does only take one bite,” concluded Craig. 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 Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Monster carp in charity fishing event The third annual fund-raiser was held at Frimley Pits in Surrey and to top the dosh going to a hospice… Monster brace of common carp Cliff bumped into another syndicate member who reported seeing a fish top in the teeth of the wind, so decided… Monster lake record pike on carp trip Helpringham, Lincolnshire-based Ron explained: “I was on a 24 hour session for carp. There was only an hour to go… Big carp end year in style Paul matted the hefty fish currently alive at RH Fisheries’ The Avenue with the superb common called Tarka. It is… Heaviest UK carp, Big Rig, found dead Big Rig, the huge hand-reared carp at RH Fisheries’ The Avenue syndicate, was caught at 69 lb 3 oz by… Britain’s biggest common carp Known as Tarka, the huge common carp came from RH Fisheries The Avenue syndicate in Shropshire. This is the former… Rob Hales nets ‘record’ common carp for UK waters Rob Hales created his own history with a rod when he landed the UK’s first common carp over 65 lb.… Record carp grows to 71 lb 4 oz – but will it be officially recognised? Whether it is recognised as the British record carp or not, Robby Harrison was delighted to be the lucky captor.… View the full article
  22. A RESPECTED angling author has slammed the Environment Agency for letting a once-prolific river become unfishable. Paul Gustafson surveys the stream that has become unfishable.Paul Gustafson, who wrote How To Catch Big Pike, is furious rod licence money isn’t being used to help clear Abbey Mill Stream in the centre of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was originally built by monks in the 10th century to power their water mill but has become overgrown with willow and reed beds, plus it has silted up. Paul explained: “The fishing was once excellent with bream bags over 200 lb and other species like chub, pike and gudgeon well represented, plus a few barbel, but this has all gone. “It was also an important spawning area for fish in the Thames, but this has disappeared. “Several years ago the EA started to do some clearance work but quickly abandoned it because, so I was told, an otter was possibly spotted in the vicinity. “Now they are no longer interested and have rejected my pleas for something to be done. “I contacted Julia Simpson, who is responsible for the Thames area but she didn’t want to know, and nine emails to government minister Michael Gove received only a stock response. “Fortunately the local South and Vale District Council who are the riparian owners have recently cleared most of the willow, spending a week and about £8,000 in doing so. “But this still leaves a lot of work to be done, particularly clearing the entrance to and exit from the stream which is hampering the flow, and dredging the silt which has reduced the depth from four to one foot. “Sadly the EA have thus far taken the view that as the stream is non-navigable it isn’t their responsibility to keep the channel clear. “Really one wonders what anglers pay their licence fee for given how little the EA seem to do for fisheries with our money. “I’m sure the pattern is being repeated elsewhere in the country. “There is no transparency in how much of our licence money is actually spent on improving fishing,” added the Abingdon resident. Permits to fish the stream are available from Abingdon Council and are free to local residents, although outsiders pay £10 for a day ticket. The EA told Angler’s Mail over £20million was spent protecting and improving habitats for fish and facilities for anglers last year but do not consider that maintenance work on Abbey Mill Stream is required for ‘flood risk or navigation reasons’. Area environment manager Dave Willis said: “We are aware of the ongoing concerns of some local anglers on the Abbey Mill Stream. Whilst the maintenance of the stream is primarily the responsibility of the riparian owners, we have arranged a site meeting with the local angler to discuss this issue. “We have a range of river and fishery improvement projects in the area but there is nothing currently planned for the Abbey Mill Stream.” 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 Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Huge funding boost for water environment improvements The Water Environment Grant scheme will provide £9 million each year over the next three years to applicants applying for… Fishy facts revealed by Environment Agency Environment Agency rod licence sales were finally up for the 2015-16 season, rising by 4,155 to 1,210,201 sold, giving £21… Angling Trust calls for Environment Agency restructuring AS REPORTED in this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine, the Angling Trust have called for major reforms within the Environment Agency.… Rod licence facts near you revealed by Environment Agency Sales for 2016-17 fell by 19,059 licences – or 1.47 per cent – as the Environment Agency sold them to… View the full article
  23. CONCERN is growing about the welfare of a fishing holiday company boss who has gone missing in Spain. Fishing holiday boss Martin WalkerMartin Walker owns Catfish Capers which expertly organises fishing holiday sessions on the River Ebro. He has not been seen or heard from since March 4. Fellow anglers and Oxfordshire’s Linear Fisheries have been sharing the concern on social media in the hope that someone will know be able to shed light on Martin’s whereabouts. Martin’s son Jonny Walker explained: “My dad was last seen on March 4 when he left the Fisherman’s Friend bar he runs in Caspe in north-eastern Spain, and as far as I’m aware no one knows where he went on leaving. “One of the company’s vehicles is also unaccounted for. There has been no news since and our family are sick with worry. “Dad is a severe diabetic and has to self-inject himself with insulin and had also told several people recently that he was depressed. “He is normally on Facebook all the time yet hasn’t been online since the day he went missing. “This is totally out of character, he has clients fishing in Spain this week and he hasn’t made contact to check up on the business. “I’ve contacted the British Embassy and the local police know – they have searched the river with a helicopter. “We would ask that anyone who might see him or has any information to let us know as soon as possible,” concluded the Hampshire based river keeper. Martin, 58, is originally from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and used to be a kitchen consultant at Magnet before he established the Catfish Capers fishing holiday business in 1998. As well as the guided fishing and the bar/cafe, the company can offer a variety of accommodation. It also prides itself on providing an excellent guiding experience with a high catch rate – during the summer customers can typically expect between 8-25 fish per group per day. Their best-ever haul for a fishing holiday group was 102 cats (35 over the ton) in a single day. On the very day of Martin’s disappearance one customer, Paul Meredith, landed a 199 lb specimen. Anyone with any information should contact Jonny Walker via email at walker47b88@gmail.com 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 Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a 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 for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… 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… ‘Catfish record’ beaten The rare catfish, known as ‘Manderjim’ as it has yellow mandarin markings, picked up half a tin of luncheon meat… 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,… View the full article
  24. The Adrenaline Baits Mix and Go 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: all-in-one bait pack for commercial fisheries. Ingredients: choice of Red Krill, Scopex Corn (yellow), and Betaine Green flavours. Packs consist of a tub of 2 mm fishmeal pellet-based flavoured feed, a 50 ml bottle of enhancer and 25 coloured hook baits. My verdict: just launched, this pack of baits looks useful for Method feeder fishing, though I have not yet managed to lay my hands on a pack. Just add water and 50 ml of the enhancer to the mix, shake the tub, as per the instructions, and 20 minutes later it’s ready to load into a Method feeder mould. One of the hook baits can then be hair-rigged or banded to a hook before compressing it onto your Method feeder. The hook baits come in different colours and sizes, allowing you to ring the changes until you discover what the fish are prepared to take. Price: £4.99 (500 g). 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. View the full article
  25. The Maver Dual Core Pro Hollow Elastic 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: 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 Pink) and 18-20 (Blaze Orange). The twin-core hollow elastic features an inner amber core, for improved elasticity. The 2.5 and 5 m lengths will elasticate one or two power kits respectively. My verdict: this extensive range will cover all types of pole fishing, whether you are targeting skimmers or hefty carp. The amber core offers a more forgiving playing action than the original black core. I also hear that this elastic doesn’t flatten when stretched to its limit, returning to its original shape after a fish. The lighter colours in the lower strengths should mean that UV light has less of an impact on the overall strength. Prices: 2.5 m £9.99; 5 m £16.99. 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 … 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… Review: Maver MV-R Performance Pole TESTED to the limit on commercials and rivers, Maver’s new MV-R Performance pole is available in 13 and 14.5 m… Review: Maver MVR Carp Feeder Mono Description: reel line for carp fishing on commercial fisheries. Specifications: a dark green and black dual colour, for camouflage; 0.18… View the full article
  26. The Enterprise Tackle Large Imitation Maggots 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: two large sizes of pop-up imitation maggots, in packs of 16. Specifications: they are all non-toxic. Niteglow Grubs contain a high-grade luminous additive, best charged with a UV torch, giving eight hours of glow time. My verdict: these large, buoyant grubs are three to four times the size of a real maggot. They will allow you to pop-up large hooks, or a bunch of live grubs on a Medusa rig. They certainly open more presentation options for carp fishing than the smaller maggots in the range. Enterprise recommend threading them onto a hair lengthways, with two or three real maggots threaded onto the hair or a small match hook at the blunt end when using a Medusa rig. I like the choice of colours, and I’m hearing that the Neon Green and Neon Blue versions are working well, day and night. These versions are certainly worth using when fishing over dark bottoms. There are some useful tips on the packaging, and you can flavour them, too. Prices: Mixed Fluoro, Red or White Maggots £2.75; Neon Green and Neon Blue Niteglow Grubs £3.25. 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 Enterprise products … Review: Enterprise Tackle Quick Spikes ENTERPRISE TACKLE have come up with some clever innovations and game-changers over the past couple of decades. Now check these… Review: Enterprise Tackle Leger Stop Beads ENTERPRISE Tackle have tweaked these Leger Stop Beads. It’s the peg that’s changed, as it now comes with a ‘head’,… Review: Enterprise Tackle Precision Pellet Bait Bands THE Enterprise Tackle Precision Pellet Bait Bands consist of three new designs of high-strength/stretch pellet bands. They have been designed to… View the full article
  27. The Gunki Pike Addict Net 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 1.9 m landing net for pike fishing, available in two head sizes: 70 x 75 cm (20 x 15 mm mesh) and 80 x 90 cm (25 x 15 mm mesh), both with a mesh depth of 65 cm. The net head is locked into place with two turns of the landing net pole. Specifications: collapsible handle; net boasts a strong, 1.2 mm aluminium frame; flat-bottomed, PVC-coated mesh; EVA grip; units of measurement marked on the handle. My verdict: I like the look of this net. The handle slides forward, overlapping the mouth of the net, to create a cross-beam, allowing you to lift and carry a fish that you’ve just landed to the unhooking mat, or you could even weigh the fish in the net, deducting the weight of the net afterwards. The PVC coating on the good-sized mesh helps to prevent hooks getting caught up in it, and it’ll dry quicker, too. The locking system on the handle is simple to operate. I also like the measure on the handle for recording the size of your catch. A useful net for the roving piker. Prices: £59.99-£69.99. 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 Gunki products … Review: Gunki Grubby Shad Sets Description: a four-pack (three for the larger size) of Grubby Shad lures for clear or coloured water. Specifications: Clear Water… Review: Gunki Boomer Chatterbaits GUNKI’s Boomer Chatterbaits have been designed to imitate small reptiles. Coming with a jighead and a blade, they vibrate and… Review: LS Gunki Kiddy Lures Description: a soft lure designed for the finesse end of lure fishing. Specifications: available in 11 colours, in 5, 7.6… View the full article
  28. The Middy Arco-Tech K-306 10-11 ft Carp Feeder 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: feeder rod for carp. Specifications: developed by top match angler Chris Cameron, this rod has a soft, parabolic action, but with a reserve of power in the Kevlar-wrapped mini butt for casting and playing big fish. A 1 ft extension can be added easily. Slim, full-cork handle; KTS ‘smooth slow’ guides; an angled butt guide to assist casting and guard against wraps; supplied with two sensitive Trigger Tips, for showing subtle bites. My verdict: a decent length for casting rigs accurately to island margins that are 35-40 yards away. Being able to add a butt extension is handy, especially as you don’t need to break down your tackle. I’m hearing that anglers are loving the super-sensitive, Light and Medium Trigger Tips, which are ideal for spotting bites when the fish are in a fickle mood. The rod has a 10 lb main line rating, an 8 lb hook length rating and a casting weight rating of 50 g, so don’t think that it won’t handle bigger fish. Hunt around and you’re likely to see them for less than £100, which makes them an attractive proposition, whether you are looking for a pellet or Method feeder rod. Price: £129.99. 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 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
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