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  1. MICHAEL HORWOOD smashed his chub PB by over 2 lb with this 8 lb 4 oz giant. Michael Horwood shows his massive chub from the Thames.Michael tempted the massive chub from the fast-flowing River Thames on its middle reaches, at Cookham in Berkshire. Watford, Hertfordshire-based Michael said: “I was fishing with my father and a friend. “The river was still going down and the water moving quite quickly. “I decided to use a 6 lb main line with a 5 lb hook link with a size 10 hook with a small piece of meat. “I legered with a PVA bag of pellet, meat and maggot dropped in a deep hole about a rod length out. “It was my only bite I had all day,” added the 48-year-old Royal Mail worker. 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. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Best winter baits for chub A LOT of anglers target chub in the winter months when they start packing on the weight and filling out.… King-sized chub The huge chub came from the members-only stretch Kings Weir and wins Jerry a weekly award of £100 of great… Huge canal chub IN AN astonishing run of “river” fish, we’re proud to publish this stunning picture of Matt Jones with a 7… Chinese fishing bait lures giant chub Chinese fishing bait that you’ll not have considered using – one not available in any UK fishing shop – was… Huge 8 lb 2 oz chub The 46-year-old sign maker used home-made cheese paste in a roving session and the chevin falls just below his 8… UK’s first 10 lb chub? East Londoner Robert Majko was fishing his favourite stretch of the River Thames at Romney Island near Windsor in Berkshire… View the full article
  2. RYAN PEVY only restarted fishing again this season and was so pleased that he did when he slid the net under this massive 19 lb 15 oz barbel. Ryan Pevy's giant Thames barbel scaled 19 lb 15 oz. He was a winner in Angler's Mail's famous Fish of the Week, sponsored by Richworth.The huge Thames barbel came when Ryan tackled the middle reaches of the mighty river. The High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire-based ‘returner’ told Angler’s Mail about his inspiring triumph. “I only started fishing again this last year from when I was younger,” explained Ryan, a self-employed plaster. “My old PB I think was about 8 lb so when I hooked this one I was in shock of how strong she was. “I would like to get a bigger barbel but it will be very hard to beat my PB now I reckon. “It came at about 11.45 pm and took ten or maybe more minutes to get in. “She kept hugging the bottom of the river and taking line. “I was using double 8 mm garlic pellets with a size 12 hook and 12 lb main line with a 3 oz open-ended feeder with mixed pellets and hemp,” added Ryan, 26. 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. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Mega Thames barbel Thames barbel fan Neil tackled an undisclosed stretch of the middle reaches for a 16 lb 10 oz specimen (pictured)… Monster Avon barbel! The 28-year-old surveyor from Christchurch, Dorset, said: “It is truly the fish of a lifetime. I was using a single… Thames delivers run of big Christmas barbel Reading, Berkshire-based Andrew had a PB of 14 lb 12 oz until recently but has been in red-hot form… 17 lb 4 oz Thames barbel after 250 hours A stonking 17 lb 4 oz barbel has come out of a middle stretch of the River Thames to big… Two giant Thames barbel for nearly 33 lb The stunning Thames barbel pair came when Garry returned to the same stretch of the middle reaches to smash his… View the full article
  3. RIVER ace Dr Mark Everard had a dream late-season trip when he took three 1 lb dace in a great haul. Dace fishing at night? It worked for Mark Everard!The associate professor’s dace fishing session saw him add ten other specimens including fish of 15 oz, 14 oz and 12 oz. They were caught on the upper Bristol Avon in a short session using specialist tactics, which he explained to Angler’s Mail… Mark said: “There’s a place I know where the dace congregate before spawning, moving into water literally a few inches deep in the dark. “There is nothing there to see by daylight, so we’re talking ‘ninja’ tactics before dawn and well into dusk. “The fish are also very mobile and easily spooked, but this is where the big ones are. It’s short sessions only, one rod and very stealthy. “Tactics were light quivertipping with my standard rig: 10 ft 6 in. Silstar quiver rod from the 1980s with a Betalight attached to the tip. “I then use 4 lb main line, 15 g cage feeders tied on a loop with a swivel captive in a loop of main line, and 2 lb 8 oz bottom with liquidised bread in the feeder and chunk of flake on the hook.” ‘Too many roach’ when dace fishing Mark continued: “I had float fished into dusk in a slightly deeper stretch, but moved away as I was catching too many roach. “That’s not a complaint you’d normally hear me utter, but the big dace were on my radar as the light slipped away. “I moved upstream to that apparently fishless shallows and started picking up dace almost straight away as they fanned out over the gravel. “I played each one firmly to avoid spooking the shoal. “I have never seen three 1 lb dace landed in a single, short, dusk session. “It is nice to be surprised sometimes,” concluded Great Somerford, Wiltshire-based Mark. 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. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Gigantic river roach DANNY BROADBENT was a ‘gibbering wreck’ when he weighed this superb 3 lb 4 oz roach during a trip to… Avon Roach Project match sees giant 3 lb-plus redfin! River ace Mark Everard recorded the biggest roach ever in the annual fundraising match for the Avon Roach Project with… 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.… Roach star’s river triumphs topped by huge grayling ‘DOCTOR REDFIN’ Mark Everard scored on three rivers in quick succession, landing a run of big roach plus a personal… Hampshire Avon chub brightened up bitterly cold session The 27-year-old carpenter visited the Hampshire Avon and opted for float tactics. “I trotted red maggot and after fishing for… View the full article
  4. The Gunki Finesse Game 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. AIMED at the finesse end of lure fishing, there are seven rods in the Gunki Finesse Game Rod range, all retailing for around £50 each. Designed for tactics such as drop shotting and micro-jigging small softbaits, the range includes a near-7 ft, 0.5-7 g power-rated model, right through to a near-9 ft, 5-28 g power-rated design. They all come with an extra-fast action and solid carbon tips, for ‘ultimate bite detection, casting and striking’. The reel seats have been cut back for extra sensitivity, and there’s a reserve of power down the blank, helping you to tame predators of all sizes, including perch and pike. The blanks feature long SiC anti-frap legs and micro-guide rings. Priced sensibly, I think that they are likely to receive plenty of attention. Prices: from £49.99. 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 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 GT FV Reels A TRIO of affordable spinning reels from predator brand Gunki cover a variety of lure fishing methods. Available in 200,… 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
  5. The Bait-Tech Krill & Tuna Boilies 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. BRAND new, these Krill & Tuna boilies are set to catch big carp near you. There are five different types of meal in these fishy-flavoured boilies, including the highly nutritional LT94, reported to be the most superior fishmeal out there. With kelp and tuna meal also included, these ‘warm red’ baits come in a 10, 15 and 18 mm shelf-life format, in 300 g pouches or 5 kg bags. There are matching hi-attract pop-ups in each of the sizes, too, in the same ‘warm red’ appearance, giving you a few rig and presentation options. They look like a top choice for waters where you know the fish respond to fishmeal baits. I think that they’re likely to attract big chub and barbel on rivers, too. Prices: Boilies from £3.75 for 300 g or £44.99 for 5 kg; Pop-ups from £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 Juice Dumbells Based on Bait-Tech’s sweet, creamy Juice flavour, a winner for many species, carp and bream included, the new Dumbell hook… Review: Bait-Tech Special ‘G’ Dark Groundbaits BAIT-TECH have completed the Special ‘G’ trio (Green and Gold are already available) is this new Special ‘G’ Dark. I’ve… 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
  6. The Dynamite F1 Cool Water Groundbait and Pellet Soak 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. SWEET and creamy, if this launch slipped under your radar, the Dynamite Swim Stim F1 Sweet Cool Water groundbait contains the same fish-attracting ingredients as the F1 Sweet range formulated for warmer waters, but it’s a darker, more subtle blend. It’s designed to attract but not overfeed commercial carp, silver fish and especially F1s. When waters are cold and clear, fish naturally become more cautious, but this dark and cloudy mix encourages them to feed with confidence. You can simply pole cup it in, ball it in or put it in a feeder. You could replace some of the water that you use to mix the groundbait, with the new F1 Cool Water Pellet Soak, which contains all the same palatants as the popular, original F1 Sweet Pellet Soak, but in a slightly reduced format, making it more suitable for cold and clear conditions. The Soak will also boost expander pellets when added during the pumping process, and fishery-own pellets, ensuring that your hook bait stands out from the crowd. Prices: Groundbait £3.99; Pellet Soak £4.99 (500 ml). 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
  7. The Sonik SK-TEK Lite Armchair 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. I CAN see that there are plenty of nice features on the new Sonik SK-TEK Lite Armchair, which looks perfect for mobile anglers. The lightweight aluminium frame weighs just 3.5 kg, but it offers a good degree of comfort. The back support is well padded, and the arms are covered in neoprene, which I am sure anglers will appreciate. Sonik have chosen a 600D PVC-backed material for the main body of the chair, finished in their camo pattern, one of the more realistic camo patterns on the market. The back legs fold in, enabling you to rest it on the side of a bedchair, which is always handy on long trips. The adjustable front two legs with swivel mud-feet will lock into place, to prevent the chair from collapsing when you edge forward. You’ll also find two Velcro straps to prevent the chair from opening when on the move. It looks nice and portable, but comfortable at the same time. 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
  8. A RESTAURANT owner and his friend were hit with a total of £2,500 in fines and costs for illegally taking bass including undersized fish. An anglers evidence of illegal fishing was crucial to a prosecution.Illegal fishing has been going on around many parts of the British coastline, but rarely do any cases get to court. This time an angler’s evidence was crucial. Tran Doan, 37, the owner of Eat Pho Vietnamese restaurant in Bournemouth, and Tran Hoang, 41, of Thatcham, Berkshire, pleaded guilty to two charges at Poole Magistrates’ Court. They were each fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,500 court costs. The pair were only caught after caring shore angler Steve Cullen filmed the incident at Poole Harbour in Dorset . The pair woke him while he was sleeping in his car at Rockley Park last August. In the video, where Steve “saw red” and slung the bucket of fish back in the water, shouting: “It’s bass, what do you think you’re doing?” Steve filmed one of the men leaving in a vehicle with the words ‘Eat Pho. Traditional Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup’ on the side. Magistrates heard 40 kg of fish were landed but there was no evidence of any of it being sold through the restaurant. Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority which brought the case, said Poole Harbour was an “important refuge” for juvenile bass. SIFCA member and Poole councillor Ray Tindle said: “Protection in the harbour allows them to grow and replenish the seriously depleted stocks.” In August, a Facebook post, apparently from Mr Doan, apologised for his actions. Doan apologised and said he was fishing for pleasure and that bass was not on the restaurant menu. He said: “I would like to apologise for my actions which have offended the fishing community. I am not a fisherman, have no experience in fishing and honestly was not aware of the ban. “If you ever visit our website on our restaurant you would know that we have never served sea bass.” Angler helped halt illegal fishing Angler Steve Cullen said: “Overall (it was) a good result but everyone was surprised just how low the fine was. “It’s not just someone on the end of the pier killing an undersized fish for the table. Steve Cullen helped win a battle against illegal bass fishing, and brought the problem to a wider audience. “They went out in a boat with commercial style gill nets driving company vehicles so really should have been a commercial size fine. “The fine is supposed to be that it’s a good punishment but also affordable, but to me a £500 fine really isn’t that much of a punishment to someone who runs a good business and drives a £70K Range Rover,” added Steve, an alarm fitter, from Havant in Hampshire. Trust want others to report illegal fishing David Mitchell, head of marine at the Angling Trust, said: “We see this as a pretty good result. “The fines and costs should act as a disincentive for anyone else thinking of doing the same – there was no evidence to suggest they were selling the fish. “The IFCAs have limited enforcement resources and have to invest these where they assess there being the highest risk. “The fact is that this prosecution wouldn’t have happened without the evidence supplied by Steve Cullen. “The Angling Trust has already agreed to work with the Southern IFCA by encouraging anglers to report illegal fishing. “Providing evidence in a way that can be used is crucial in securing a prosecution. “These individuals claim they were not aware of the law and have apologised for what they did. “There could be a lot more done to make members of the public aware of regulations such as bass nursery areas and bag limits. “Signs and notices would help people not fall foul of the law and would help prosecutors ensure enough was done in future to make people aware of the regulations,” added David. 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. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Brilliant bass while piking! MOST surprised angler of the week was the captor of an 11 lb 14 oz bass during a pike fishing… Bass cheat penalised for weighing in aquarium fish AN ANGLER who stole a fish from an aquarium and used it to win a fishing competition has been given… Bass taking by the bucketload results in online and official action Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and Police have been investigating by using the video, photos and equipment he took… 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… View the full article
  9. MARTIN ALLEN smashed his pike PB with this fantastic 39 lb giant... after a wise switch of baits. Huge pike - but it took a small bait.The huge pike meant the Oxford-based angler obliterated his old best of 30 lb 4 oz. And it came just a few days after he boated a 28-pounder, also at Somerset mecca, Chew Valley Lake. Martin said: “My boat partner Chris Parry put us over one of our marks on Thursday and that resulted in a beautiful 28-pounder for me. It was my only run of the day. “We were blown off Friday and Saturday but were able to get back on Tuesday. We decided to go back over our mark again, which was 22 ft deep. “As we passed over it, Chris spotted a big shadow on the screen of his fish finder. ‘That’s a big pike down there,’ he said. “We dropped the anchor about 100 ft upwind then gently drifted back over the spot and dropped the back anchor.” Huge pike sniffed out smelt Martin revealed: “Herrings usually do well for us on Chew so that was the choice of baits, fished hard on the bottom. “A few hours later I hard a run and got excited only for the bait to be dropped. “Checking the bait, I could see tell tale signs of pike teeth marks. “Chris reeled in his bait to have another cast and noticed teeth marks also on his herring but had had no bite indication. Perhaps the pike were being finicky? “I decided to change from size 2 hooks down to size 4 and put a smelt on. “A little while later Chris said ‘your smelt has come to life’ and we watched the float slide under.” ‘Heart-pumping’ quick fight Martin explained his battle with the huge pike… “I hit into it straight away – and at first I thought it was a jack,” he admitted. “But I soon realised this was something special. My heart was pumping. “I reeled in quite quickly as I like to get the pike into the landing net before they realise what is happening, and this one obliged and came in quite easily. “We looked into the landing net and both Chris and I said look at the size of that! It was massive. “With barbless hooks, the unhooking was done quite quickly. “It’s a matter of luck in reality as either of us could have caught the biggie. But it was the pointy end of the boat this time that was lucky for me. Happy days,” added Martin. 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. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Big pike waters – top 5 revealed, based upon current form Big pike maestro Nev won’t have surprised anyone with his first choice on the Top 5 list, but his comments… BIG FISH BLOG: Locating big pike WELCOME TO today’s blog, coming to you by Alan Dudhill of the Pike Anglers Club. We hope you enjoy the blog,… Finding big pike on gravel pits PIKE season is in full swing and now we will be having many more blogs by the Pike Anglers Club,… Great advice to locate and catch big pike PIKE season is in full swing and now we will be having many more blogs by the Pike Anglers Club,… How to find and catch big pike on rivers PIKE are rarely far from their next meal, either waiting in ambush or holding prey into a feature to attack… Locating and catching big pike on estate lakes Estate lakes are usually formed by damming off a small stream in much the same way as a reservoir but… View the full article
  10. A MATCH angler managed to land this jumbo sturgeon while pleasure fishing. Jake Hall landed this big sturgeon on light match fishing tackle.Landed on match fishing tackle, Jake Hall reckons the 56 lb specimen would normally win him most of the winter contest he fishes on its own. Jake recorded his first-ever sturgeon when he hooked the giant out of the blue at his local Aston Park Fisheries. The 25-year-old welder, from Dinnington, South Yorkshire, explained: “I was fishing for carp on popped-up bread on a feeder rod on Lilly peg 5. “I was just using 8 lb main line, a 6 lb hook length and a size 16 hook. “I had heard there were two or three in the pond, but I had no idea there was anything that big. “I’ve never even known anyone who has caught one so it was very unexpected. “The sturgeon took the bait first cast, took 45 minutes to land, in an amazing fight. “At first it stuck to the bottom and then tailed walked over and again and. It was the best fight I’ve ever had.” Match fishing tackle surprise “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw it!” laughed Jake. “This catch was once in a lifetime, I honestly can’t believe I managed to land it on match fishing tackle. “My biggest fish previously was a 23 lb common carp as I mainly do match fishing. “I was there that day to practice for an up-coming match. “The winter matches are usually won with about 50 lb so I would have been well on my way to victory if I’d caught this in one. “But I don’t think you can target them as they are rarely caught,” concluded Jake. 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. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Huge sturgeon ends carp blank The 28 year-old HGV mechanic, who legered a boilie, explained: “I was on peg 19 for a 72 hour session.… Dead sturgeon and spessy barbel found on River Thames The 30-40 lb sturgeon, a highly unusual fish for the area, was found in a black bin bag in the… White sturgeon giants and super rudd for specimen ace Daventy, Northamptonshire-based Mick explained: “I have been having some variety recently, catching eight white sturgeon over two days whilst holidaying… Biggest fish ever filmed! ANGLER’S MAIL star young columnists Carl and Alex Smith have just caught the biggest white sturgeon ever to be filmed… One hour battle against lake giant! Bristol-based Neil offered Probaits Squid and Orange boilies bait-boated tight to the rear rushes on 6 inch DF Rig with… View the full article
  11. A SCIENTIFIC report has warned global insect numbers are rapidly declining – and a worst-case scenario would be them being wiped out within a century. One of the most iconic UK inset species devoured by fish - the mayfly, seen here on the River Test.The loss of so many insect species could have devastating effects for all animal groups including humans and fish populations, experts have warned. The global study by boffins in China and Australia have recorded a 2.5 per cent annual loss over the past 25 years with a third of all insect species endangered. Some 41 per cent of global insect species have declined over the past decade – and the highest individual species was caddisflies on 68 per cent. The fifth worst hit insect was mayflies with a 37 per cent decline. The analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, says intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines, particularly the heavy use of pesticides. Co-author Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, from the University of Sydney, said: “If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of all other animals. “The insect decline is very rapid. In ten years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none.” Anglers react to insect crisis Conservationist and former barbel record holder Ray Walton said: “Pollution can wipe out all insect life and macro-invertebrates – food for fish, birds, amphibians, mammals – can instantly be destroyed in a river or lake. “The knock on effect means no food supply along the whole riverine/water food chain… so everything dies in the end of starvation if they haven’t been wiped out by the pollution in the first instance. “The pesticides and herbicides containing glyphosates that the Environment Agency, farmers, golf courses and the public use, eventually end up in the river or lakes water supply causing declines in insect populations on land and in the water habitat. “Glyphosate is also a known Endocrine Disruptor poison chemical which can change or distort the natural sex in fish, mammals, insects etc. “Far more action is needed from the Government but will we get it ever?” Ray concluded. Dr Mark Everard, roach ace and fishery scientist, said: “I have seen this report and it is extremely alarming. “Really, it mirrors the ‘chalkstream malaise’ that anglers flagged up two decades ago, and that triggered the angler (and other volunteer)-led RiverFly Partnership surveys. “A lot of fish food is lost, including a lot that blows in from the land, and this is also an indicator of wider ecosystem decline.” 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. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Hampshire Avon anglers battle for a brighter fishing future A three year study by the Salmon & Trout Conservation on the famous Hampshire Avon found a staggering 52 per… Chronic chemical dangers to fishing rivers The first analysis of the new monitoring data has revealed that British freshwaters are heavily contaminated with neonicotinoids and there… New laws mean huge fines for pollution and fish kills IT WAS a great pleasure to write up a news story this week for this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine about… Record fine for Thames Water In the biggest case of its kind ever brought by the Environment Agency, Aylesbury Crown Court imposed a massive fine… 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… View the full article
  12. NEILL STEPHEN showed why he is considered one of the best specimen anglers in the country when he came within a whisker of the grayling record. Neill Stephen admires the fish that fell just short of the British grayling record.The British grayling record has since been beaten by another giant. Full story and pictures of that one are exclusively in this week’s Angler’s Mail print magazine. Neill’s own fantastic catch, scaling 4 lb 3 oz – and pictured above – came agonisingly close to the official grayling record of 4 lb 4 oz 8 dr caught in 2009 by Paul Mildren from a Wessex river. Neill also beat his old grayling best of 3 lb 12 oz. The 42-year-old Bupa worker had only just put away his carp rods where he’d smashed the Wellington Country Park record with a 60 lb 8 oz mirror. Neill currently co-holds the official perch record with a 6 lb 3 oz monster. He’s also caught chub to an equal record 9 lb 5 oz, which missed being ratified due to it being weighed in a plastic bag. And his log of PBs includes 40 lb-plus pike, 17 lb-plus barbel, 4 lb rudd and a 3 lb 8 oz roach. Berkshire-based Neill told Angler’s Mail: “I am sending this in now as I have had my last session now on the river for the foreseeable future. “It was caught sight fishing on a Killer Bug nymph tied by Dave Lambert from a chalkstream carrier. “It measured just over 21 inches long with a girth of just under 14 inches, and weighed a surreal 4 lb 3 oz. “I’ve been obsessed with big grayling for the last seven years and spent much of my summers, autumns and winters fishing for them. “I’ve loved the challenge offered by the low-stock fly-only waters, where you can cover miles in a day looking for fish and it’s all about sight fishing if you find them. “It’s never been easy, but in recent years it’s got to a point where I was searching in well over 15 miles of river for what seemed like a tiny handful of fish. “I lost one at the back of the previous season from a different carrier which could have been over 4 lb. “And I was just thinking my chances of a fish like that had gone when I literally stumbled across a huge dark male fish sitting at the back of a pool. “For once everything went right from start to finish, even after it took me 50 yards downstream and I fell in off a high bank. “Seeing the scales go well over 4 lb was an extraordinary moment in what has been one of the best fishing adventures of my life – I’ve learnt a lot, made some great friends and loved every second of it,” concluded Neill. 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. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Season’s biggest grayling Neil Maidment targeted the specimen grayling from his local River Frome and it ended a near decade-long quest to beat… Stunning 3 lb-plus grayling It takes Neill’s career total to five 3 lb-plus specimen in another brilliant season for the Bupa worker, who tackled … Grayling world record for British globetrotter Brit abroad Rich Hart returned to England to take this fine 3 lb 2 oz grayling from the west country.… Huge grayling for carp ace Mark Pitchers The 39-year-old carp ace, from Stokesley, North Yorkshire, nabbed the new grayling PB from a local river. Mark, who was… View the full article
  13. The Sonik S1 Landing Net comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. IF YOU’RE looking to replace your specimen carp net, you might be surprised to hear that this new Sonik model is retailing for just £32.99. The 42-in. net comes with a lightweight, near-6 ft, one-piece carbon composite handle, complete with a robust spreader block and oversized arms, for easy assembly. Understated, something that a lot of carpers seem to appreciate nowadays, it’s finished with a medium depth, olive-green mesh. It is ideal for pike, too. Price: £32.99. 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 VaderX 5000 and 6000 FS Reels SONIK have a reputation for offering quality kit at a very attractive price and these Vader X 5000 and 6000… View the full article
  14. The Maver Signature Pro 3 pc Float 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. THESE long rods will give you more control of your river floats. Designed and put through their paces by Welsh International and running-water expert Lee Edwards, there are 13, 14, 15 and 16 ft models in the range. They’ve been designed primarily for rivers, but are also useful for waggler and slider fishing on deep stillwaters. Coming with a 2-6 lb line rating, you’ll find a fine hollow tip that’s perfect for bagging roach and dace on a stick float, but there’s enough power through the middle of the blank to handle bigger barbel and chub. Built on slim, responsive, high-quality blanks, the rods have EVA twist grips either side of the Fuji screw reel seat, shaped to fit your hand perfectly. Other features include a handle made from cork as well as EVA; quality SiC guides, spaced to reduce any tangles; and a sleek, understated black finish. This is a quality rod range. Price: £229.99-£259.99. 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 MVR Seat Box The Maver MVR Seat Box is Maver’s flagship seatbox for 2017, built on a ‘floating H- frame’, allowing you to… 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 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… View the full article
  15. The Octbox MK19 D36 Seatbox 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. THIS adaptable Seatbox is a top choice for match anglers who fish all types of venues, from big rivers to windswept lakes, canals and commercials, as it can be adjusted for all types of terrain. Add the fact that it can be converted into a barrow and a rock-solid platform to fish from, and I would say it’s ‘pretty special’. Designed so that you are fishing comfortably with everything to-hand, the 36 mm-wide legs provide great stability, especially noticeable when you compare it with a 25 mm-leg seatbox. The spiked mud-feet dig in and grip the ground, ensuring that the seatbox holds firm, not sinking any further than intended. A clever Outrigger system accessory converts the D36 into a heavy-duty, ‘solid’ platform, with legs that can be extended to well over 6 ft, allowing you to sit in the river or well away from the bank, if you need to. The build quality is fantastic, the fittings and clamps are super-strong, and it’s easy to adjust, locking into place without overtightening. With the addition of two handles and a choice of wheel kits, it can be converted into a trolley, saving car space by doing away with the need to bring an extra trolley to lug your kit around. The threaded brass insets have been upgraded, ensuring that the wheels and wheel kit are easy to set up and lock in place. The footplate has also received a facelift, the mesh plate being replaced by a stylish, much stronger and easier to clean design. The stoppers on the rear of the footplate help you to keep it in the correct position whilst locking it into place with stainless steel bolts. I can also report that the new keepnet adaptors now allow you to fit multiple keepnets to the extending front bar, which I am sure will be welcomed by many anglers. I’m already hearing that anglers love the bump bar, which can be incorporated into the extending adaptor bar at a variable distance, helping to support long poles up to 50 cm further out than conventional pole support systems, reducing the pressure and strain on your elbow by around 30 per cent, as well as giving you much more control, especially when fishing a long pole in the wind. It comes with a side tray that can be set at different heights, and you can plug a second tray into it, along with a pivoting bait-waiter under it, to allow you to store more bait and accessories. The Pole Butt holder on the new model also extends out further, giving more protection to the pole. You’ll also find fewer knobs on the latest design, as the previous height adjustment knobs have been replaced by low-key, snag-proof Allen-key sockets. It comes with five drawers, and you can configure your MK19 D36 Seatbox system from the drop-down menus on the www.nordiktackle.net website. Price: £850. 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 Octbox products … Review: Octbox Mk18 Pole Roller POLE anglers are really going to appreciate the capabilities of this new roller from Octbox. Overcoming problems that other rollers… Review: OCTBOX MK18 Compact Seat Box FOR those anglers that like travelling light, searching fish out with a float rod for example – the new Compact… Review: Octbox M18 Baitwaiter Swivel Tray HERE’s another cracking add-on from Octbox. The M18 Baitwaiter Swivel Tray connects to an Octbox Baitwaiter via a pivot pin,… View the full article
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