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  1. GEORGE SHARP could have come close to the British dace record with this huge 1 lb-plus specimen – but didn’t have any scales with him. George Sharp displays his giant dace.The 21-year-old sports coach was on a secret local river when he landed the monster dace. It could easily push the 1 lb 5 oz 2 dr official dace best caught by Simon Ashton back in 2002 from Durham’s River Wear. Poole, Dorset-based George explained: “I was fishing with a friend on a local chalkstream and caught a dace that was easily the biggest I’ve ever seen in the flesh. “Unfortunately I didn’t have any scales with me but I did get some decent photos of it and comparing it to previously featured dace in Angler’s Mail it was well over the 1 lb mark. “My personal best before this was just under 14 oz and this definitely considerably larger. “It was one of about 35 dace in that session all ranging from about 4-12 oz, with the exception of this one. “I also had some brown trout, salmon parr, sea trout and a couple grayling. “All fish that session were on sweetcorn under an alloy stick float bulk shotted and a small dropper shot above the hook and using a 40-year-old centrepin. “It would be interesting to see what the fish weighed at the back end of the season when they are at their heaviest,” concluded George. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Monster dace from free river stretch Ruislip, West London-based Lee tempted the impressive dace on feedered double maggot on the upper Hampshire Avon at Salisbury, Wiltshire.… River fishing tips for late season success 1. TOP TIMING When the colour from floodwater starts to drop and suspended sediment starts to settle, specimen fish… Basic tips for river fishing Looking for river fishing pointers? A good starting point would be spending an hour or two creeping along the banks should… Best river fishing floats and when to use them There’s no better way to explore rivers than trotting a float, and with our simple guide to river fishing floats,… River fishing – how to choose the best swim! Any successful river angler knows that shoals of fish are never evenly distributed. There will often be long stretches that… View the full article
  2. LIAM WILLIS is having a great season and topped a recent 48-hour trip with this 16 lb 5 oz specimen. Liam Willis displays his biggest River Trent barbelLiam’s recent success has come at Gunthorpe on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire. He told Angler’s Mail how it the latest session unfolded. The 48-year-old railway manager said: “The first 24 hours were a disaster, losing a large chub and a barbel in snags, then losing what I think was a very large catfish. “The next morning I hooked into a fish which fought for nearly 20 minutes in the strong flow. “I knew when I saw it near the net it was a new PB beating my old one of 14 lb 10 oz caught last year and it went 16 lb 5 oz. “Later that day I also had other barbel of 6 lb 6 oz, 11 lb 10 oz and 14 lb 4 oz. “Since July I have had 11 trips barbelling, catching 46 barbel of which 21 were doubles. “And I had three doubles on the middle Severn in just over two hours with a Severn best of 11 lb 10 oz,” concluded Southport, Merseyside-based Liam. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Severn barbel record smashed IN A MONTH when records have been rewritten the best ever barbel from the River Severn has been nabbed at… 8 great tips for floodwater barbel Our Big Fish Blog comes from Korum, keeping you up to speed on what their whole team has been up to. This… Barbel fishing tips for late-season success Barbel fishing in winter can be very productive, especially for the larger specimens, which may be in top condition and… Gigantic barbel – on the float! FLOAT fishing is a dying art form but Keith Speer has been bagging huge barbel aplenty with the often, overlooked… Trent barbel bonanza for southern ace who ventured north Former matchman Lee Chatfield drove from Sussex to tackle Nottinghamshire’s River Trent for two days of barbel fishing. Burgess Hill-based… Monster Avon barbel! The 28-year-old surveyor from Christchurch, Dorset, said: “It is truly the fish of a lifetime. I was using a single… View the full article
  3. THE Environment Agency has taken its river fishing Close Season review into a public consultation - and we have the link to it here, so you can make your views known. Now is the time to have your say on the river fishing Close Season.The thorny topic of a river fishing Close Season was put to a sample survey of 20,000 anglers last summer, but only a quarter of those people responded. This time everyone can have their say – before March 11. That sample survey’s results showed 33 per cent said they wanted the March 15 to June 15 river fishing Close Season lifted. A majority of 43 per cent wanted retain the river fishing Close Season. Another 17 per cent want to retain a close season but change the start/finish dates. The remaining 7 per cent were undecided. Now, with the public consultation live, the EA are also looking into the option of changing the river fishing Close Season from April 15 to June 30. The consultation paper can be found HERE. Angler’s Mail magazine has more on this key topic for coarse angling in England and Wales. Be sure to follow the coverage in the magazine itself, as big names have their say. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… River fishing tips for late season success 1. TOP TIMING When the colour from floodwater starts to drop and suspended sediment starts to settle, specimen fish… River fishing – how to choose the best swim! Any successful river angler knows that shoals of fish are never evenly distributed. There will often be long stretches that… Birmingham AA leader demands mass vote on river fishing Close Season Birmingham AA have put the pressure on the rising issue, just as the 2017/18 river season neared its end, for… View the full article
  4. THE Environment Agency has named and shamed the company that caused a 'worst-ever' pollution when at least 100,000 fish perished last March. Dead fish on the River Witham.Omex Agriculture Ltd allowed a significant quantity of ammonia to leak into the River Witham,in what was Lincolnshire’s worst-ever river pollution. Omex has now been served with a rarely-used ‘notice of liability’ insisting it submits proposals for repairing the River Witham. Unless Omex appeals, it has until very soon – mid January – to submit a plan which the EA has to agree meets the needs of the environment. But the company could still face prosecution for the incident, and potentially a large fine, depending on the outcome of the investigation which is still ongoing. The ammonia affected the River Witham from Bardney right down to the Wash. It severely impacted the condition of the river and wiped out a vast number of fish and invertebrates. Manfai Tang, environment manager at the EA, said: “We know the pollution had a devastating effect on delicate river ecosystems, and issuing this notice means the process of helping the river recover to its natural, healthy state, can start sooner. “It’s one way we’re working to protect and improve our environment for local people and wildlife. “We look forward to receiving proposals from Omex for review, and working with them to restore the Witham. “After the incident, EA experts and biologists worked tirelessly with other organisations to clean up the pollution and mitigate the damage,” he added. Omex Agriculture Limited is a privately owned company based in Tupholme, just east of Lincoln, that develops and markets products and services for agriculture and industry. Restocking of the River Witham has taken place to try to and revive stocks. As reported in Angler’s Mail, fisheries teams have since re-stocked the River Witham with more than 1.5 million fish larvae. Those tiny new fish included common bream, roach and tench. Other new stock includes around 40,000 roach and bream ranging from 3-4 cm long. Jake Bennett of Short Ferry Tackle in Fiskerton said: “Luckily the pollution didn’t reach our two-mile drain but I understand the fishing for silvers on the affected stretches has been terrible. “But many pike seem to have survived and maybe because there aren’t that many bait fish to feed on, plenty are being caught.” GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Farm pollution costs couple £62,000 after thousands of fish die Mark and Anne Bennion of Rosehill Farm, Dymock, pleaded guilty at Hereford Magistrates Court for polluting Preston Brook and the… Tesco get £8 million fine for river pollution Tesco, the nation’s biggest supermarket chain, received the second biggest river pollution fine ever. It was only behind Thames… River Anglers’ Conservation Group – a new group for ALL river anglers The River Anglers’ Conservation Group arrives on the scene at a time when many people would argue that there has… Plastic packaging battle taken up by anglers against pollution Anglers Against Single-Use Plastic In The Tackle Trade is a first step in spearheading a campaign for the industry to… View the full article
  5. CHECK out this impressive carp catch by an angler who is in form. What an impressive winter carp - Simon Kenny's '50'.Simon Kenny followed up a 44 lb 4 oz catch from RK Leisure’s Kingsmead One in Berkshire with another very impressive winter carp – this 50 lb 10 oz mirror called Armageddon. The 35-year-old welder, from Diss, Norfolk, added a 37 lb 6 oz mirror plus a stockie in 72 hours on Sticky Baits Manilla boilies. Simon’s winter carp success follows up a string of brilliant summer hauls from Horton Church Lake. Simon said: “I couldn’t wait to get back to the lake after my 44 the week before I felt sure the spot would produce more fish. “I turned up about midday on Sunday and had the lake to myself. “I did a quick lap but, with nothing to go on, I dropped back in the point swim where I’d caught from the previous week. I’d put a bit of bait in here so it was a good starting point. “The first night passed quietly but Monday evening I started getting the odd liner and just on dusk I caught a stockie, which was a good sign. “Around midnight I was woken up by the middle rod howling – this was no stockie and turned out to be a fish called Bob’s Mate at 37 lb 6 oz. “First light, and yet again middle rod woke me up, and this fish was very slow and heavy – it seemed to just hug the bottom and took an age to get it into the margin. I’d seen her roll a few times and saw it was a very big mirror. “When I managed to net her I couldn’t believe how big she looked I was fairly sure it was a fish known as Armageddon – and it looked massive. “A December ’50’ was more than I could have wished for,” added Simon. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Lady smashes carp record The Avid-sponsored ace added four other fish up to 30 lb 8 oz using solid PVA bags cast to showing… Stunning big canal carp! The 37-year-old from nearby Wolverhampton, West Midlands, used a standard hair-rig with a Fatty’s Baits Ginger Spice boilie. The canal… Northern carp record broken! The 37-year-old offshore scaffolder from Castleford, West Yorkshire, tackled the day ticket venue just two miles from his house with… Wintons record carp The 65-year-old landscaping boss from Tadworth, Surrey, offered a single 18 mm Mainline Cell boilie on a size 8 barbless… View the full article
  6. A NEW petition calling for the shooting of cormorants is to be allowed under general licence quickly gained over 22,000 signatures in its first week. A fresh call for greater control of cormorants has been launched.Neil Cohen put up the petition aimed at DEFRA on the change.org webpage after seeing the damage caused by cormorants on Anglian Water reservoirs. Trout angler Neil explained: “I started this petition alongside one to Anglian Water themselves asking for them to apply for a licence under current rules due to my concerns about the number of cormorants on their reservoirs that I fish. “Rutland Water alone has a estimated 1,000 cormorants which eat one ton of fish a day. The aim is to reduce the number of cormorants in the country by 50 per cent. “I believe the numbers of cormorants has increased considerably over the past five years since the last survey was conducted and that these birds, which should be feeding at sea, are increasing because they have found a much easier food source inland. “Cormorants are the greatest threat because the number of birds exceeds the numbers of fish being stocked. “In addition coarse anglers have noted a drastic decline in the numbers of wild coarse fish because of the numbers of cormorants now found on all inland fisheries. “It is widely accepted that we want our youth to be outside enjoying the countryside and that all pleasure fishing numbers are in decline which will continue if less fish can be caught year on year. “Currently an application needs to be made by the fishery to gain a permit to cull a small amount of cormorants each year per fishery, and we now request a change in the law to place the great cormorant under general licence. “I’ve already had an angry reaction from someone claiming to be from Anglian Water saying their waters are bird sanctuaries and they have no intention of applying for a licence regardless of our petition,” added Neil, from Buckhurst Hill, Essex. Cormorants petition welcomed by Trust Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust, commented: “We welcome all efforts to support our long-running and intensive campaign to persuade politicians to allow angling clubs and other fishery managers to control the numbers of cormorants doing damage to their fisheries. “We have been encouraging all clubs and fisheries with licences to shoot birds to ensure that they use up their licences because the Minister has promised us that he will only review the maximum limit if it is exceeded. “Our fishery management advisors provide free and expert advice to clubs and fisheries and can help put area based licences in place to co-ordinate control in a catchment,” Mark added. Pressure group supports more predator control Tony Gibson, chairman of the Predation Action Group, said: “We support all attempts to control predators. “Organisations like the Angling Trust are doing sterling work in relation to cormorants so we want to focus more on tackling the menace from otters which other groups seem more reluctant to take on board. “We are currently advising and supporting several individuals who want to apply to Natural England under current legislation to allow them to take action to remove the menace of otters that are damaging their fish-stocks. “One has never been granted before but we hope to achieve this and are available to support any other club or fishery owner who is wanting to try the same path. “We will also shortly be republishing our document on predation called the Big Picture which sets out all the information needed about the damage caused by predation,” Tony added. At the time of this article going live online the cormorant petition had reached nearly 29,000 signatures. Visit change.org to view the petition. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Otter petition created by Barbel Society gets rejected by Government The rejection is despite the otters motion – for non lethal control – quickly gaining 11,650 signatures. In a detailed… New insurance policy for fish stocks expands angling cover options The policy insures against loss through things like disease or pollution on a price per pound per species basis and… Antis target Angling Trust The sabs were encouraging its supporters to record bogus sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers on the website to derail… View the full article
  7. FISHING REPUBLIC, the ailing retail tackle firm, has been saved from closure by Go Outdoors, the holding company of giant high street sports chain JD Sports. Fishing Republic made waves when it joined the London Stock Exchange... but hit the rocks late last year.Fishing Republic is understood to have outbid interested other noted large tackle companies, by guaranteeing the continuation of all existing stores and their staff. Fishing Republic currently operates 14 super stores, a reduction from 19 at its peak, and employs 111 staff across the country. JD Sports don’t sell any tackle but Go Outdoors has a large fishing section. It is reported controversial businessman Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United, has a 19 per cent stake in JD Sports. “We are all delighted” – Fishing Republic chief Fishing Republic’s chief operating officer, Steve Kyriacou, told Angler’s Mail: “We are all delighted with the deal which saves the stores and keeps all current staff in employment. “We will continue to trade at least for the time-being under the Fishing Republic name but have the backing of a much larger company. “We entered receivership and the bid from Go Outdoors was accepted by the receivers the very next day. “I believe the fact that Go Outdoors guaranteed continuation of employment for all staff was a decisive factor in acceptance of their bid over other interested parties. “As you can imagine going into receivership especially coming was a gloomy time for all our employees who possibly faced redundancy, so the terms of the takeover were a great relief for us all. “We have stayed open during this time and continued to trade so its business as usual in 2019,” he concluded. Fishing Republic rescue reactions A spokesman for the firm which handles communications for Go Outdoors and JD Sports confirmed that the purchase had gone ahead but the company did not wish to comment further at this stage. Leonard Curtis, the company appointed as receivers, said in a statement: “After a period of marketing the joint administrators completed a deal which has preserved the jobs of all 111 employees across the retailer’s 14-strong UK store network,” Tackle shop owner and pike historian Neville Fickling said: “While I have every sympathy for those who were at risk of losing their jobs, the company went to the stock market and failed. “Mike Ashley has a good track record of making success out of failure, so good luck to them,” added Nev, an Angler’s Mail magazine columnist. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Tackle chain Fishing Republic grows to 15 shops Mighty Fishing Republic, who opened their first store in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, in 2005, have just opened a huge out-of-town… Fishing Republic seeks urgent funds to save shops and jobs Fishing Republic, one of only two tackle retail PLCs, has warned that if it fails to raise additional funding, it could… Angling Direct – the giant fishing tackle chain – nets 44% growth Angling Direct issued a pre-close trading update for the 12 months to January 31, 2018, ahead of the publication of… View the full article
  8. The RidgeMonkey CoZee Bucket Seat comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. IF YOU like travelling light, you’ll appreciate the RidgeMonkey CoZee Bucket Seat, which converts their Modular Bucket System XL into a deluxe seat. Replacing the lid on the original bucket, the CoZee Bucket Seat, which supports up to 25 stone, comes with a handy padded cushion and a reinforced, folding backrest. So if you’re an angler who likes to go walkabout with one of these modular buckets complete with its separate compartments for tackle and bait – great for floater fishing or stalking, and a quiver or sling over your shoulder, you don’t need to carry a separate chair. Price: £29.99. Ask & Win! Two Angler’s Mail readers now win a RidgeMonkey CoZee Bucket Seat complete with an XL Modular Bucket in our award-winning instruction pages. Check out the issue. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great RidgeMonkey tackle … Review: RidgeMonkey EzeeKnot HERE’S a nifty, little gadget for carpers. Just clip the two magnetic sides of the EzeeKnot block together, drop your… Review: RidgeMonkey Square Kettles THE square footprint of these new RidgeMonkey square kettles, means they should be more efficient, saving on fuel. They come… Review: RidgeMonkey VRH300 USB Rechargeable Head Torch TACKLE innovators Ridgemonkey have just announced plans to release a rechargeable head torch that you can connect to any USB… View the full article
  9. The Maver Thermal Quilted Jacket comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. THE Maver Thermal Quilted Jacket can be worn as a lightweight outer layer, or beneath a waterproof jacket, to help keep you warm. Sporting a chin guard and a detachable hood, it is also smart enough to wear away from the bank. Breathable, water resistant and windproof, it comes with two outer zipped pockets and a full-zip front. The sleeves are also detachable, should you want to have your arms free. It’s a stylish jacket. Price: £79.99. (S-XXXL). CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Maver tackle … Review: Maver EVA Luggage BEING light, tough and waterproof, EVA makes a great material for the angler. There are ten smart new Maver EVA… Review: Maver MVR Seat Box The Maver MVR Seat Box is Maver’s flagship seatbox for 2017, built on a ‘floating H- frame’, allowing you to… Maver Carp Fighter Margin Poles IT was clear from the outset that Maver’s budget priced Carp Fighter Margin Poles would sell. We remember the enthusiasm… View the full article
  10. The Middy Catys and Case Pack come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. IF YOU’RE fishing a method that requires you to feed continuously, your catapults can start to let you down. When they do, it’s time to invest in some new ones, enter the Middy Catys and Case Pack offer from Chapmans Angling. Inside, you’ll find a pole catapult, which is perfect for feeding micro pellets and squatts; an all-round design, for feeding pellets, maggots and casters; and a heavy-duty one, for groundbaits and particles. The catapults all come with a spare latex, and the whole package comes supplied in a Middy MX-4L Accessory Case. The zip-up cases are made from a hardwearing, 840 denier SkinMax material. They’re fully padded, with a clear lid, so that you can see the contents easily. The RRP of this set is £35.99, so the £24.99 Chapmans Angling price seems like a good deal. Price: £24.99 from Chapmans Angling (www.chapmansangling.co.uk). CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Middy tackle … Review: Middy Eclipse Rear-Drag Reels MIDDY ECLIPSE rear-drag reels, aimed at float and feeder anglers fishing commercial fisheries and natural waters, are great value. Available… Review: Middy M-Tech Carp Commercial Line THIS is an interesting main line, as it suits both float and feeder tactics. Whether you’re fishing up in the… View the full article
  11. The Gunki GT FV Reels come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. A TRIO of affordable spinning reels from predator brand Gunki cover a variety of lure fishing methods. Available in 200, 400 and 500 sizes, with braid capacities of 130 m of 0.17 mm line up to 230 m of 0.17 mm, they cover light and heavy methods. The reels have an aluminium shallow spool, which is perfect for braid; a specially designed lip, for improved casting; and a powerful, accurate front drag, which is great for controlling fish, confirm the Gunki team. Compact and smooth running, thanks to three ball bearings and an S-Curve oscillation system, the gear ratio of the two smaller reels is 5.0:1, retrieving between 69 and 72 cm of line per turn of the handle, and 5.5:1 on the larger reel, retrieving 95 cm of line with a full turn of the handle. I think the black and green colours work well too. Prices: £32.99-£39.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. Great predator tips… Perch fishing tips for winter on rivers Perch fishing tips revealed here were put together for Angler’s Mail by top specialist angler Pete Reading. We hope they… View the full article
  12. The Sonik SK-TEK Levelbed and Sleeping Bags 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. THERE are plenty of useful features on the Sonik SK-TEK Levelbeds, now available in three sizes. Designed to ensure comfort on the bank, whether you’re there for a night or a week, Sonik have added elasticated lumber support in the centre and shoulder area, for those that sleep on their front, back or side. The beds are fleece-lined, with an understated SK-TEK camo material and a built-in fleece pillow. The hinges ensure the Levelbed lies completely flat, and there’s also enough room to fold it up with a sleeping bag in situ, using the adjustable locking strap. Solid and stable, it’s built on an aluminium frame, with six adjustable steel legs and swivel mudfeet, which lock in place. Anglers will also appreciate the fold-out mesh pockets on the side, allowing you to store an alarm receiver. As well as the Standard SK-TEK Levelbed, there’s a Compact and Wide model available, too. Like the SK-TEK Levelbed range, Sonik have expanded their SK-TEK Sleeping Bag range, to match the Levelbeds, with Standard, Compact and Wide sizes available. The five-season bags boast the same attention to detail, with plenty of useful features and extras, including a silicon treated, hollow-fibre fill, offering heat retention and water resistance; a large, three-quarter length zip, allowing for an easy exit while ensuring the foot area always stays warm; a smooth polyester lined base, so that you can turn easily; and a fleece-lined upper, for warmth. This is a nicely padded bag, top and bottom, with additional handwarmer pockets, allowing you to tuck the sleeping bag around your head, to keep you snug. You will also find draw cords that allow you to pull the top of the bag around you, with more draw cord adjustment around your feet, so that there’s less empty space, for improved heat retention. All in all, everything you need for a cosy night, at an attractive price. Prices: Levelbeds from £99.99; Sleeping Bags from £89.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Sonik tackle … Review: Sonik Vader X 8000 Reel BACK in the summer I reported on the exciting Sonik Vader X carp rod and reel launch, and how much… Review: Sonik Gravity XT Carp Rods IF you thought that Sonik’s top-end Gravity X carp rods were good (they have a cult following), you’ll be keen… 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
  13. AN ACCESSIBLE day ticket stretch of river is having one of its best seasons in decades – and the fishery manager has just had a bumper brace of chub scaling 7 lb 8 oz and 6 lb 14 oz. Andrew Tredgett has been in form with big chub at Kings Weir.Andrew Tredgett, who runs the famous Kings Weir stretch of the River Lea near Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, has now had three 7 lb-plus chub in as many weeks. The 34-year-old told Angler’s Mail: “This season I have mainly been targeting the chub which I’ve spent many hours walking the bank in search of them. “I had the day off so thought I’d pop down and trickle couple of boilies into the chosen spot. I got on the bank around 7.30pm and trickled a couple more on the spots for 15 minutes whilst I set up. “First cast was bang on the spot and after no more than five minutes the centrepin screamed into life, which ended up being the 6 lb 14 oz chub. “I’ve learned not release the chub , and I carry two landing nets, so with this first fish retained I cast back out whilst Mike came and took the photos. “I was getting hammered by weed so I decided to place the bait just further downstream. “I had my tea in hand and phone in the other, checking social media, the ‘pin screamed off again… and the tea went everywhere! As soon as I hit it, I could feel it was a bigger chub. “To my delight, she went 7 lb 8 oz and in pristine condition. It’s my third seven in no more than three weeks… I’m certainly on ‘cloud 9’ at the moment.” Kings Weir improvements are paying off Improvement work is ongoing at Kings Weir to get its fishing right back to the famous high quality of the past. And already sport is on the rise, as Andrew explained. He told Angler’s Mail: “The fishery, this season, has been the most productive in my eight years here. That’s not just for the big fish but also the amount of silvers that have been caught. “The river has over the last few years has boomed with so much small silvers from roach, dace and chub – which is fantastic to see. “The improvement works that have already been done have had a massive impact and the future works in the pipeline will take the river to the next level. “This season we have had four 16 lb barbel caught and all were different fish up to 16 lb 8 oz. Plus we have had three different 15s out and various other doubles as well as baby barbel to 1 lb. “The unknown here is the predator fishing. Not many anglers target the perch and pike but those who have been doing so certainly have been rewarded, with perch to 4 lb 12 oz and pike to 21 lb. “We are starting to see more anglers target other species we are getting bream just shy of 12 lb. “We were successful in our application for the Angling Trust’s Angling Improvement Fund for disabled access to numerous weir pool swims and work will be starting soon (in January 2019). “We are looking to collaborate with various organisations provide summer fishing days and events at Kings Weir,” concluded Andrew. The weir pool at Kings Weir is a bookable day ticket section with nine swims and cost is £12 a day for two rods fishing from 8 am until 10 pm. And they have a members’ 34-peg section at £85 per season. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… King-sized chub The huge chub came from the members-only stretch Kings Weir and wins Jerry a weekly award of £100 of great… Giant chub from granny’s lawn The 21-year-old plasterer from Hednesford, Staffordshire, tempted the stunning chub on a Mainline Diamond White boilie. Matt explained: “The swim… Top winter fishing tips for chub CHUB are a favourite winter quarry, and more so when the really cold weather has settled in, and clear, low… How to catch big chub on the float ONE of my favourite styles of fishing is float fishing and in particular I love float fishing on rivers. I… Fred Healey is back on the big fish trail with super specimen Fred Healey never thought he’d catch another big fish again after three months in hospital with pneumonia and sepsis in… View the full article
  14. A FISH stocking on one of Britain’s best barbel rivers could be key to improving angling action in the future. Fish stocking projects are benefiting from the work at Calverton. Here Rowley DAS officials visit the famous Nottinghamshire fish farm to check on the barbel that have boosted the River Severn.Some 250 barbel went into a Rowley DAS stretch of the River Severn at Coalport in Shropshire. The introduction of the fish is part of a scientific study being conducted by the Environment Agency. The EA, in partnership with the club, are trying to understand whether stocking barbel into larger rivers like the River Severn will improve the health of fish stocks and improve angling. Chris Bainger, fisheries technical specialist at the EA, explained: “The members of Rowley DAS have always worked very closely with us, even if the angling on the middle Severn has gone through the good times or bad. “They have consistently provided timely fishing match catch returns for two decades which gives us a great insight to the health of river and its fish stocks. “We have taken this opportunity backed by the historical data they have provided, to include this stretch of river and the catch returns from anglers as part of this study. “We have acquired 250 10–18 inch two-year-old barbel from the rod licence funded fish farm at Calverton in Nottingham. “These fish are purely river strain fish and have been reared in conditions that enhance their fitness for river life. “Each of the fish are marked so that local anglers will be able to identify them as the stock fish from this year,” Chris concluded RDAS committee member Max Taylor said: “We have already been assisting the EA in collecting additional data from the barbel we catch in our section of the river. “A couple of summers back, Chris came along issued us with kits and trained us how to record the barbel we catch in detail. “Firstly we would measure the length, record individual weight and remove some scales so that the fish can be aged. “I am told this will give us a real good indication to the health of fish and this fishery in the River Severn compared to other rivers in the country like the River Trent, where very similar studies are happening,” Max added. RDAS committee members have been informed of the capture of 13 of the marked fish from last year, with the majority of those recorded having been caught downstream in the Bewdley area during the Kidderminster DAA matches. The River Severn was first stocked with barbel 62 years ago with large adult fish brought in from the River Kennet in Berkshire from then they colonised the river. Subsequent stockings of barbel have never been as successful as that first initial stocking. Some fisheries scientists believe that is because barbel have now exploited and filled that available niche. Fish stocking help for other rivers The Severn barbel were just one of a large number of fish stocking projects the EA has recently been involved in. These have ranged geographically from Durham in the north, Isle of Wight in the south, Herefordshire in the west, Suffolk in the east and the River Parchey at King’s Sedgemoor Drain in Somerset. In the past four weeks 143,000 fish reared for up to 18 months have been released into 41 stillwaters and 30 rivers. Plenty more fish stocking is planned by the EA for the coming weeks. Kevin Austin, EA deputy director of fisheries said: “The main reasons for stocking Calverton-bred fish and larvae are: replacing stocks lost to pollution or following habitat or water quality improvements; improving stocks where natural reproduction is low; and helping to create fisheries in areas where there is a shortage of angling opportunities. “We encourage anglers to enjoy fishing through the festive holidays. A fishing rod licence also makes an excellent Christmas gift for someone who doesn’t have one but wants to give it a go. “The work of EA’s National Fish Farm is funded by income from licence fees, so it’s great to see the fish farm continuing to produce the strong and healthy fish needed for restocking and recovery,” Kevin added. Alan Henshaw, Calverton Fish Farm team leader said: “The Christmas stockings have been extra full this season thanks to a lot of hard work and the exceptional growth of the fish during the warm summer. “Stocking more than 70 different waters in a month shows what our busy team can do at this time of year as the stocking season starts. “There’s still a lot of work ahead to complete the program and deliver more great healthy young fish to benefit our lakes and rivers this season,” added Alan. Fish stocking examples include 1,700 fish in Lincolnshire, with roach going into the River Torne and bream and tench into Warping Drain at Owston Ferry to compensate for fish deaths in the long hot summer. And in the north west, dace, chub and barbel have gone into the River Irwell in Greater Manchester. An exciting project is also underway in West Bromwich’s Dartmouth Park, West Midlands. It got a kick-start during the latest wave of fish stocking when 2,000 roach, 200 tench, 1,000 rudd and 300 bream were introduced to rejuvenate the pool. Dartmouth Park Pool gets a re-stocking by the EA. Project manager Darin Alberry, fisheries technical officer at the EA explained: “Dartmouth Park was brought to the attention of the EA by the ‘Friends of Dartmouth Park’ who wanted to create a free fishing amenity with an offer of fishing tuition and a tackle loan programme to allow access to fishing to the under privileged youth in the area. “After an initial advisory visit by myself, floating fish refuges were installed to create some habitat, but also to provide some cover from avian predators. Fisheries officers helped to build the first refuge. “Additionally, the ‘Friends of Dartmouth’ have been working with the Angling Trust towards acquiring their fishing coaching badges. “They have also purchased over £1,000 of fishing tackle to be solely used as a rod loan service,” Darin concluded. GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a January Sale Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… River restocking kick-starts 2018 Biggest stocking was 34,781 chub, dace and roach stocked into the River Leadon in Gloucestershire. And a big boost went… 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.… Record barbel river gets 100,000 fresh young fish The much-needed fresh fish are going into the Ouse, which produced a string of record barbel, are the smallest ever… Rod licence 2018-2019: all you need to know Rod licence buyers can pick a three-rod option again, after it was launched to acclaim in 2017, especially by serious… Brexit crisis and staff losses affect angling-related work As the Brexit situation became increasingly unclear, eagerly awaited final recommendations on the river fishing Close Season review were postponed months until 2019. No actual… View the full article
  15. The Sonik Gravity XT Carp 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. IF you thought that Sonik’s top-end Gravity X carp rods were good (they have a cult following), you’ll be keen to lay your hands on the new Gravity XTs. Completely redesigned, they’ve been built for long casts and big fish, but without the fear of your hook coming free when you’re playing fish close to the bank. Following the success of parallel butt technology, found on rods in the distance-casting arena, Sonik have included it in these rods, as well as reversing the spigot, to provide a continuous power transfer from the blank when casting. With a priority to produce a set of carp rods that ‘cast further’ and ‘fish better’, they’ve utilised an advanced Nano Particle Resin System construction within the high-modulus, low-resin carbon blanks. The range includes a 10 ft rod with a 3 lb test curve; a 12 ft design with either a 3 lb, 3.25 lb or 3.5 lb rating; and a 13 ft 3.5 lb tool for big waters. Sonik have also added 12 ft and 13 ft Gravity XT S+M (Spod and Marker) rods. A carbon weave is used throughout, and anglers will appreciate the fact that they don’t scratch. Boasting quick tip recovery, these slim distance casters have been impressing anglers with their accuracy. They have been finished with low-profile DL-Black SiC guides, an anti-frap tip, a Fuji DPS18 Deluxe Reel Seat and a Japanese shrink rubber handle. From the day that they were first shown to the trade, there have been lots of orders, confirm Sonik. They retail from £199.99 to £269.99 – cheaper than the originals. Price: from £199.99 CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! Kick the year off by subscribing to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Sonik tackle … Review: Sonik Vader X 8000 Reel BACK in the summer I reported on the exciting Sonik Vader X carp rod and reel launch, and how much… 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
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