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  1. A GIANT fishing tackle chain has been seeking emergency funding in order to stay afloat and save stores and jobs. Happier times - when Fishing Republic joined the London Stock Exchange.Fishing Republic, one of only two tackle retail PLCs, has warned that if it fails to raise additional funding, it could affect the group’s ability to trade, putting over 100 jobs in jeopardy. The company shares were suspended from trading on the London Stock Exchange AIM market in October after certain major shareholders announced that they were no longer prepared to provide financial assistance to the group. Since then it has been working with its advisors to assess a number of options for the future. In an update released to the Stock Exchange, Fishing Republic said: “The company is currently seeking to raise equity finance to fund its immediate and future working capital requirements. “If this fails to raise sufficient equity finance and no other funding becomes available, there will be a significant doubt as to the group’s ability to continue to trade as a going concern.” It added that the group continues to trade only with the short-term support of key creditors. A further announcement is expected. Its incoming new chief executive Daniel Quinn, who was due to start on October 17, said he would postpone joining the company after the news, while its current boss and former executive chairman James Newman holds the fort. Quinn previously worked at JD Sports and Tesco and was drafted in by former Tesco Boss Sir Terry Leahy, who owns a 9.3 per cent stake in Fishing Republic, in an attempt to turn their fortunes around. The retailer posted a pre-tax loss of £2.5 million in September, up from a £117,544 loss a year earlier. The company floated on the AIM stock exchange in 2015, and raised millions to help carry out its expansion plans. However, turnaround plans were required during 2017 to tackle “a significant deterioration in trading.” Reporting its interim results for the six months ended June 30 2018, the company said that it is in a year of transition and that financial results “reflect the challenging period, including the very difficult trading backdrop.” Revenues of £3.4m for the period, were down from £4.1m in the same period of 2017. The company has 14 large super-stores across the country as well an online business. Angler’s Mail columnist, tackle supplier and England lure fishing team manager Steve Collett commented: “I’m not surprised that the company is struggling and I’m not sure there is room for two big retail giants in what is a difficult market. “I did buy shares myself initially but soon got out as I didn’t think their business model was very good. “The CEO described ordinary tackle shops as being run by ‘ma’s and pa’s’ but some of us have million-pound turnovers, and had strange ideas about the age and gender of those who fish. “But trade is generally down with angling in decline and even though my turnover has gone up, my profit margin has declined and if I was on the stock exchange I would have to give a profit warning. “There are only so many big articles, like rods and reels, that people can buy and so many anglers can get tackle from sponsors these days or through eBay or Amazon. “I feel sorry for the big tackle shop owners that the company bought out as I believe they were largely paid in company shares which will be worthless if the company do go bust. “I had heard that some of their stores lacked stock and there is no doubt that many anglers enjoy a smaller space that stinks of fishing and where there are a couple of codgers who reckon they’ve caught 4 lb roach and 40 lb pike!” Steve concluded. In stark contrast, Angling Direct, the UK’s other big tackle retail giant PLC, is thriving. It recently obtained a further £20 million in investment by a successful release of shares, with plans to open 20 new stores in the next two years to add to the 24 they already own. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online here >>> magazinesdirect.com 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 seasonal 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 reveals state of angling trade in 2017 Fishing Republic predict they will have to have specialised tackle shops in the future and move away from general mixed… Angling Direct swallows up Fosters of Birmingham Angling Direct is now the largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK with 17 stores. The news… Fishing Republic grows and opens latest store on a fishery Fishing Republic’s store network reached 12 outlets at the end of 2016. Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), Ipswich (Suffolk) and Reading (Berkshire)… View the full article
  2. LUKE VANES became the fourth Englishman to land a 100 lb-plus carp from foreign waters. Wolverhampton, West Midlands-based Luke caught the 102 lb mirror from Hungary’s world record venue Euro-Aqua. It came on his second day after he and pal Luke Edwards had fed 200 kg of hemp, 50 kg of maize and 50 kg of fishery boilies 130 yards out. The 35-year-old said: “This was the sixth trip to Euro-Aqua and we’d had fish to mid 70s before. “I thought this one might be 80 lb when I first landed her but when I lifted her up I knew she was much bigger.” Luke Vanes finished with five carp topped by that 102 lb monster and his pal, Luke Edwards, tempted 15 carp topped by this 79 lb common (below) in the week-long trip. The pair fished Euro-Aqua straight from seven days at Parco del Brenta in Italy where they had 82 fish to over 50 lb. The first English carp angler to break the ton barrier was Colin Smith in 2013 with the Etang La Saussaie common at 100 lb 8 oz. This was followed by Euro-Aqua mirrors of 104 lb 2 oz and 101 lb 8 oz to Stephen Weir and Warren Harrison respectively. Dutchman Michel Schoenmakers broke the World carp record at Euro-Aqua in November 2018 with a 112 lb 14 oz beast. Austrian Marco Eichner had held the World record with a 108 lb beast from Euro-Aqua in 2017. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online here at >> magazinesdirect.com 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 seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… World carp record rises from 108 lb to 112 lb 14 oz (51.2 kg)! The immense new World carp record catch was made by Dutchman Michel Schoenmakers on Friday, November 23, 2018. More details… Amazing Euro Aqua Lake – home to 101 lb & 105 lb World carp record and MANY more giants! Euro Aqua in Hungary burst onto the wider scene when Roman Hanke made an amazing catch on June 2, 2012.… World record carp venue gives 101 lb 8 oz giant! Warren, who had a brace of 90s on one of his previous visits, hooked this giant on the sixth day… Biggest carp ever by a British angler TOP carper Stephen Weir has caught the second biggest carp in the World – and heaviest by a British angler… View the full article
  3. FISHING at Somerset’s famous pike mecca Chew Valley Lake had to be closed for two days when an elderly trout angler fell into the water and drowned while wading. C3WHRY Anglers at Chew Valley Lake reservoir near Bristol, UK. Image shot 04/2011. Exact date unknown.There was a Police operation after emergency services were alerted that an angler had gone under the water and not resurfaced. After an extensive search, the man’s body was pulled from Chew Valley Lake 24 hours later. A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “The man – believed to be in his 80s – is thought to have fallen while fishing in the lake. “The Police underwater search team carried out searches in the lake and the following day at about 11.15 am discovered the body. “The matter has been referred to the coroner as a sudden death, non-suspicious,” he added. Somerset Coroner’s Office confirmed that an inquest would be opened after which further details will be released. The angler, who hasn’t been named, was wading off Chew Valley Lake’s Nunnery Point which is a rocky area. After the tragedy, that section was closed for fishing. The venue’s fisheries team would only say in this Facebook statement: “We are not commenting as all statements must be managed by the Police press team. “We politely request that customers refrain from commenting at the present time on this post.” But owners Bristol Water told Angler’s Mail: “This was a very sad day and the thoughts of everyone at Bristol Water are with the friends and family of the gentleman. “Our local lakeside team assisted the emergency response and police operation at the lake and we will continue to assist in any way with further investigations. “We take safety very seriously and we have significant procedures in place. We await the details of the investigation once they are available. “The closure of Nunnery for bank fishing is expected to be temporary and we hope to reopen this stretch of bank soon. “We have a policy clearly displayed of wading only being allowed up to thigh level,” he added. Adam Grinsell, media manager for the Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents, commented: “The best advice for any angler is to always wear a suitable life jacket. “If you are in deeper water (such as that at your shin or above) then wearing correct buoyancy is advisable.” CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online here at >> magazinesdirect.com 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 seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… View the full article
  4. The Sufix 832 Advanced Superline 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. GAINING a reputation for being one of the most abrasion-resistant braided main lines on the market, Sufix 832 Advanced Superline is being spooled up by carpers and lure anglers. Billed as the ‘strongest, most durable small-diameter braid’, there’s already been some promising feedback. It is constructed from seven HMPE fibres and one Gore Performance Fibre, providing 32 weaves per inch, hence its 832 name. Round in profile, it’s the strand of Gore Performance Fibre that is making the big difference, report Sufix, as it is helping to prevent the other fibres from rubbing against one another, which would otherwise cause a build-up of friction. The Gore Performance Fibre also helps to increase casting length and accuracy, as well as reducing line vibration. Carpers are using the 0.24 mm (39 lb) and 0.28 mm (50 lb) sizes as a reel line, finding it cuts through weed with ease. Lure anglers, on the other hand, are opting for the 0.10 mm (13 lb) and 0.18 mm (26 lb) diameters. The award-winning line is strong and sensitive, helping you to react quickly when a predator takes the bait. Available from 0.10 mm (13 lb) to 0.48 mm (99 lb), it’s available in Lo Vis Green and Neon, and Multicolour in some of the heavier strains. Bulk spools are also available. Price: from £17.99 for 120 m. 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 CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. 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 Sufix line tackle … View the full article
  5. The Sensas Brittany Jacket and Bib and Brace 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 waterproof jacket and bib and brace will help you to keep warm and dry over the coming months. They get my thumbs up for being thin, light, waterproof, breathable and comfortable to wear. Features include sealed seams, an adjustable storm hood and cuffs, high collar and storm flaps. You’ll also find adjustable straps on the bib and brace. They’re an ideal outer layer, even if you are looking just to protect your body from a cold wind, without being a hindrance. Prices: Jacket – £169.99; Bib and Brace – £159.99. 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 CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Sensas tackle … Review: Sensas IM7 Soft Pellets COMPLEMENTING the extensive Sensas IM7 Commercial Baits range, I’d like to show you these 4 and 6 mm hooker pellets.… Review: Sensas IM7 Groundbaits and Paste THE brand new Sensas IM7 Commercial bait range, designed with maximum attraction, to draw fish in commercial venues, features five… Review: Sensas Black Arrow 400 Feeder Rods NEW from Sensas, there are nine affordable, mid-priced feeder rods to investigate in this extensive range. They run from a… View the full article
  6. The Middy Eclipse Rear-Drag Reels come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. MIDDY ECLIPSE rear-drag reels, aimed at float and feeder anglers fishing commercial fisheries and natural waters, are great value. Available in 3000 and 4000 sizes, they have three ball bearings, good line lay, a 5.1:1 gear ratio and a compact bale arm, to improve casting and to reduce line tangles. They both come with an alloy spool, the smaller model taking 160 m of 0.25 mm line, the bigger 210 m of 0.25 mm line, and a graphite spare. The handle can be folded down, for storing in a ready-rod holdall. You could also use these as spinning reels. Price: £27.50. 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 CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. 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 Match Shot SHOT can be fiddly and frustrating if you make the wrong choice, damaging your line and pinging off or not… 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… View the full article
  7. The Blue Fox Vibrax Flake Spinners 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 colourful Blue Fox Vibrax Flake Spinners produce a predator-enticing flash and vibration, whatever the water conditions. They look useful for attracting all kinds of predators, including perch, pike, chub and zander, from rivers, canals or stillwaters, especially when covering plenty of water, equipped with just a rod, a bag and a landing net. There’s an assortment of Silver, Copper and Gold blade colours and finishes, and a glittered bell, which sends out a rattle and vibration when retrieved through the water. Their jointed body virtually eliminates line twist. They are strong lures, with super-sharp, perfectly tempered treble hooks, to help you get a good hook hold. Available in sizes 2 (6 g) and 3 (8 g), they’re designed to be worked in depths from 2-4 ft, making them perfect for working over marginal weed and snags. Price: from £3.49. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. 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 Blue Fox tackle … Review: Blue Fox Original Vibrax Lures PERFECT for covering lots of water, these Blue Fox Original Vibrax spinners come in Silver, Copper or Gold finishes. Available… Review: Blue Fox Super Vibrax Minnow THESE Blue Fox Super Vibrax Minnow lures come with extra appeal: not only have you got flash and vibration from… Review: Blue Fox Fluorescent Vibrax Lures PREDATORY fish such as pike and perch can show a preference for certain colours of lure, and it’s often a… View the full article
  8. The Kodex Karpmate Guest/Over-Bed Chair 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. AVAILABLE soon, this chair has an adjustable back bar, allowing you to rest it on the ground or on a bedchair. The folding chair also has adjustable front legs, complete with swivel ‘mud feet’, and a padded seat, a fixed back and a padded Peach-Skin shoulder support, for comfort. The Karpmate has been rated to support anyone up to 18 stone, and it looks as if it’ll make a great chair for short sessions, too. It should be available to buy just before Christmas. Price: £59.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. 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 tackle … Review: Kodex Graviton Tubing THE new Tungsten Graviton Tubing from Kodex is reassuringly heavy, the idea being that it hugs the bottom of the… Review: Kodex Reflex Spinners ROVING with a light set-up and some lures like these Kodex Reflex Spinners can be great fun, whether you’re on… Kodex KX-i Carp Rods THE new KX-i Carp Rods from Kodex are clearly something special and were certainly one of the most exciting carp… View the full article
  9. THREE London anglers from the same family recorded 4 lb grayling each during a dream trip to a Dorset river. The biggest of the heavyweights saw dad, James Clark, equal the British record grayling with a 4 lb 4 oz 8 dr beast. James, a 63-year-old black cab driver, only took a quick photo of the fish next to his rod and reel (below). The British record grayling was almost matched by giants caught his sons Terry (pictured above) and Ricky (pictured below). They chipped in with fish of 4 lb respectively. Ricky, 42, explained: “We went to Dorset to try for PB grayling as our biggest fish were about 2 lb or so from the Test, Itchen and Kennet before. “It was mild but brighter than I hoped but we was the first coarse anglers to get on this stretch of game river. “We went for two days on the centrepin, trotting double red maggots and after eight grayling to 2 lb 10 oz I latched into a much better fish which tail walked a few times and was 4 lb on the dot – I couldn’t believe it. “Then my brother and dad joined in with 4 lb fish as well. It was incredible. “My dad won’t be bothered about claiming an equal record though and we didn’t know at the time.” The current British record grayling is 4 lb 4 oz 8 dr caught in 2009 by Paul Mildren from a Wessex river. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Grayling fishing tips galore in your essential guide to catching ‘the ladies’ Grayling fishing tips are not easy to come by, but as more coarse anglers have been targeting them, there is… 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 grayling for junior The 13-year-old from Barnstaple, Devon, has amassed a fantastic CV with tope over 41 lb, large perch and barbel,… Old pals both land giant grayling Godalming, Surrey-based Mike this time had the best fish with this PB 3 lb 4 oz stunner while 66-year-old security… British Game Fish Records British record fish weights are in pounds, ounces and drams with the angler and then venue. The list is… View the full article
  10. THE Angling Trades Association has published its bi-annual survey report on the state of the UK tackle trade – and business is only slightly down. The fishing tackle trade in the UK is flat - but the number of shop workers continues to decline.The value of the fishing tackle trade is estimated at £548.7 million, down from £570 million in 2015 but sill above the 2011 £541m figure. Findings are based on a survey of 1,000 people or organisations involved in the industry. Naidre Werner, chairman of ATA, explained: “The research was done in 2017 and shows a 3.8 per cent decrease from 2015 and business is only just above where it was in 2011. “The word from the trade is that business continues to be flat this year perhaps influenced by things varying from adverse weather conditions to the World Cup being on TV.” Key findings of the 2018 fishing tackle trade report: The average turnover of each retailer is £255,520 compared with £248,000 in 2015. There are now 10,700 full and 8,185 part-time employees, both significantly down. The number of retailers has fallen 6.5 per cent to 2,150. The largest group offers (55 per cent) both as bricks and mortar and mail order/internet service. This is followed by 35 per cent of store-only retailers. Online or mail-order only retailers and fisheries with shops constitute a combined 10 per cent of the UK tackle trade retail footprint. General coarse fishing has regained its position as the most popular sector of the market, with a 39 per cent share, followed by carp fishing with 27 per cent sea angling 18 per cent and game 16 per cent. The fall in the number of weekly visitors to tackle shops has continued. Now more than 60% of those surveyed said they had between 0-50 customers per week, compared to 38% last time. Since the end of 2014, UK exports have fallen by almost £5m to £26.5m in 2016 – around 15 per cent. Imports are double that figure, although again have declined. Full-time fishing tackle trade employees 2003 19,055 2006 18,250 2011 14,745 2015 11,440 2017 10,700 Part-time fishing tackle trade employees 2003 9,622 2006 5,440 2011 5,260 2015 8,763 2017 8,185 CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… 5p a bag… but for a great cause In conjunction with the Angling Trades Association (ATA) – of which the company is a member – ALL proceeds generated… Triple boost for UK tackle trade Last year, the UK tackle industry was worth a monster £570.4 million, with that healthy rise since the last figures… The Fish Fight continues ANGLERS have continued to get behind the amazing successful Fish Fight campaign set up by angler and top TV chef… 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… 20 more fishing tackle shops to be added by giant UK chain Angling Direct plc has raised approximately £20 million through the issue of new shares at 92.5 pence each. The placing… View the full article
  11. Duncan Charman, a regular Angler's Mail columnist, shares his knowledge on the species known fondly as the 'lady of the stream'... Angler's Mail contributor Duncan Charman shares many grayling fishing tips with you in this special article.Grayling fishing tips are not easy to come by, but as more coarse anglers have been targeting them, there is now a thirst for knowledge. For years I thought that grayling were off the radar, a species cursed by the game angler and rarely targeted by the coarse angler. I was wrong – and the expensive game chalkstreams beats have realised there was an opportunity. By opening the banks up during their close season they could bring in an income during this usual lean period. And by keeping the banks busy, it kept predation down to a minimum. It’s a win-win situation for everyone and for a few pounds anglers can now visit these beats and enjoy non-stop action, notably from the ‘Lady of the Stream’ …the grayling. What’s even better is grayling are far from difficult to catch. In fact, their aggressive feeding nature means that anyone that can get a float moving downstream should be able to tempt a few of these hard-fighting fish. Now get this…. when the weather has ‘catch-nothing’ written all over it usually means the grayling will be crawling up your rods as unlike all other species. When it’s freezing, atmospherics are sky high, skies are cloudless and blue, the rivers cold and clear and even when the moon phases are completely wrong… grayling will willingly feed. The only things to watch out for is if the rivers up and coloured then grayling will be generally difficult to tempt as they are sight feeders. If it’s windy as well then controlling a float down the river will be difficult, so keep those mild overcast windy winter days when the rivers rising to barbel. My favourite grayling venue Probably the two most well known game beats that offer grayling fishing to the coarse angler are The Lower Itchen Fishery and Timsbury, also down south but on the River Test. Both stretches limit the amount of anglers on each day, so you will have plenty of room to move around. The only problem is that you will need to book in advance which makes getting that perfect day difficult. I tend to leave things to around four days before and then book up as the weather forecast is usually fairly reliable. The only downside to this approach is that there may be no spaces left. Fortunately the more you fish this type of river the more stretches you become aware off. I have at least half a dozen others that I can fall back on if needed. The Test and Itchen does offer the chance of a two-pounder, a specimen in the grayling world, and should be the target for any angler visiting these beats. However they don’t come along every day, so initially just enjoy the reliable sport, hone in your trotting skills, catch as many fish as you can. That specimen should, one day, show up for you. There are other species that will fall on these beats such as the ever greedy trout along with other residents that are slightly more challenging to tempt such as chub, roach, dace and barbel, all which grow to specimen size. Also expect the unexpected such as salmon, carp and bream. In fact last time I fished the Test, I caught nine different species in a day, all on sweet corn. I included roach to 1lb 12oz, dace to 10oz, chub to 3 lb 8oz, grayling, salmon par, sea trout, bream, roach bream hybrids and brown trout (sea and brown trout can be classified as the same species, so eight species to some). Although both rivers do produce massive grayling, if there is one river that reigns supreme over both for constantly producing record nudging specimens it’s the Dorset Frome. The Frome is a river that is accessible by what I would call, the everyday angler simply by joining one of the many clubs that take control of the game beats during the close season. If you want to find out more about the Frome then give Deano at Perbeck Angling a call. Grayling fishing tips for float fishing So you have decided to book up and need some help in catching? It’s time for some proper grayling tips… Firstly, please relax as you don’t need to go and buy a new rod or reel as you should have something that will get you started. A 13ft match rod is good enough along with a small fixed spool reel loaded with 4 lb main line. But as for stick floats, you may not find many – or even any – in your local tackle shop anymore. And if you do find some, then they probably won’t be big enough. My advice is to take a look at the Dave Harrell range. This brilliant float angler has covered every situation and each pattern has a description on how and where to use them. I would recommend getting a couple of the following – No1 Alloy Stem Avon’s in 2g and 3g, Alloy Stem No2 in sizes 6xno4 to 8no4 and some Alloy Stem Shoulder Sticks in 6no4 to 10no4. In most cases its best to use a bulk shot around eight to ten inches from the hook. It’s up to you if you use split-shot but I get really irritated with shot either falling off or moving. I now use an in-line olivette. Drennan do these along with a couple of dropper shots, usually size 8 Stotz. You don’t even have to shot the float right down as grayling are bold bitters and the float will simply just disappear when a grayling takes the bait. I find that 0.11mm (3lb 6oz) Reflo Power is a great hooklink. And as for hooks then you can’t beat size 14 Kamasan B525 eyed whisker barb (if allowed) as you can easily swap between corn and maggot hookbaits. Some use a small swivel to attach the hooklink (which can be used as a bulk shot as well) but I don’t. Although this may reduce line twist, knots create weaknesses, especially pre-stretches line knots on swivels. I simply attach my hooklink to the mainline by means of two loop to loop knots, far more reliable! A word of warning here – if you have read articles telling you to use small hooks and tie in elasticated shock absorbers into your set up then ignore these. It’s just anglers trying to get technical with a species that just need to be targeted with simplicity. In essence, that’s No.1 of my grayling fishing tips!! My advice to any angler that’s losing fish is to up the size of their hook and when you stop catching in a swim that has been productive, move on! Once you have visited the river for a couple of times (most anglers plan a couple of days each winter to enjoy this type of fishing) you will probably want to purchase either a centrepin or closed face reel and maybe a slightly longer rod. I use a Preston Carbonactive 15ft float rod and a ‘pin or closed face, which will give you superior control over a 13ft rod and fixed spool reel. Grayling fishing tips: baits and feed Another great point about grayling is that they will move up in the water for a meal; however it’s usually the smaller, fitter fish that do this. Try and get the bait down close to the bottom if you want a better stamp of fish. I simply guess the depth of the swim, run a float through a few times, adding depth all the time until the float gets dragged under due to the hook catching the bottom. Reduce the depth a couple of inches; place a piece of corn or a couple of maggots onto the hook and then strike every time the float disappears. Sounds simple, but it’s probably the one area most anglers ignore. Attention to detail will catch you more and bigger fish! One other of my grayling fishing tips is to use four rubbers to attach the float to the main line, spread evenly down the length of the float. This will stop the float moving once the depth has been found or on constant striking. As for bait, some fisheries don’t allow maggots as this will catch salmon par that need to be protected and almost all forbid the use of worms as this will catch bigger salmon. If maggots are allowed, as they are at Timsbury and The Lower Itchen Fishery then reds are best. The problem with maggots is that they will catch all sizes of fish from a tiny minnow right through to a mighty salmon. My best salmon of 12lb 2oz fell to double red maggot! Corn will supply a much better stamp of fish and will slow the amount of trout down so if it’s a specimen grayling you are after then corn will often score as it reduces the amount of fish caught. This reduces the amount of commotion through the swim which in turn increases the chances of a bigger fish taking the bait before the shoal is spooked. A standard swim will act like this. Whilst finding the depth, feed a few grains of corn or some maggots. If there are numbers of fish in the swim expect a bite first run through. The action will be constant for a while before the fish become wary and eventually refuse any offering that goes through the swim. When you stop getting bites or bites are reduced to say one in every six trots through move on and try the swim later in the day on the way back to the car. Grayling fishing tips: try the feeder Now you are swearing at me… well, almost. I have to admit that feeder fishing for grayling is a really productive method. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea though. But the problem is grayling bites on the feeder can be very slight and if not struck will see the hook out of sight and down its throat. Grayling are very fragile so after a hard fight and if a hook is either left down its throat or a disgorger is prodded around too much will lead to a dead grayling. If you are feeder fishing then my advice if you are deep hooking is to pay more attention to the rod tip and strike at the slightest movement along with reducing the length of your hooklink. I cringe when I see so many Frome anglers feeder fishing, as many are using rods that would be more suitable for pike. Why are there fewer big grayling on our chalk streams? You now have the answer! Do I feeder fish for grayling? Yes. But I use the feeder as a fish finding tool. Cast it into a swim, get a bite then swap to the float. If I can’t get a bite on the float, I will cast a feeder back into the swim and if I get another bite then its back on the float as I know they are there, I just need to find how they want it. Another of my top grayling fishing tips is if you hook what feels like a big grayling then instead of trying to play it up the swim through the fast flow, walk downstream. Do this until you are adjacent to it as this will stack the odds in your favour of landing that fish of your dreams. I hope these grayling fishing tips, based on my own experiences with this fascinating and beautiful species, help you. Have fun, and if you catch a big ‘lady’, please report it to Angler’s Mail magazine. Good luck, Duncan Duncan Charman contributes every week to top weekly magazine, Anglers Mail. He is sponsored by Nash Tackle and Bait and has his own website www.duncancharman.co.uk He is also an angling guide and can be booked on a daily basis for most species including carp, pike, perch, zander, chub, catfish, barbel, bream, grass carp, crucians, roach, rudd, grayling, tench and golden orfe. For info and prices email him at duncancharman@me.com or call 07928 617006 / 01252 315271. His book Evolution of an Angler is available from www.calmproductions.com Contacts Timsbury – 07759 331385 Lower Itchen Fishery – 07477 790210 Purbeck Angling – 01929 550770 Dave Harrell – www.daveharrellangling.com CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and 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 haul of grayling The 3 lb 1 oz beauty fell to 66-year-old security officer Dennis Bird from Pagham in West Sussex. Mike Holcombe,… Stunning grayling for junior The 13-year-old from Barnstaple, Devon, has amassed a fantastic CV with tope over 41 lb, large perch and barbel,… 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 … Old pals both land giant grayling Godalming, Surrey-based Mike this time had the best fish with this PB 3 lb 4 oz stunner while 66-year-old security… World record grayling claimed for UK catch The mighty grayling’s record category is by no means an unusual target for IGFA multiple record holder Rich. He also… 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.… Best big grayling catch for years! The 36-year-old targeted a secret chalkstream close to his Hull, East Yorkshire, home. Though the only two grayling of… 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
  12. THE World carp record of 108 lb (pictured below) has risen by nearly 5 lb.... to an incredible 112 lb 14 oz (51.2 kg) at Euro Aqua in Hungary. This 108 lb World carp record catch has been overtaken... when the scales tipped 51.2 kg (112 lb 14 oz).The immense new World carp record catch was made by Dutchman Michel Schoenmakers on Friday, November 23, 2018. More details will follow here soon, and also in print/digital form soon in Angler’s Mail weekly magazine, to which you can subscribe here now at a fantastic offer price. Michel’s leviathan came from the incredible Euro Aqua fishery in Hungary which has dominated mega carp headlines in recent years. His catch lifts the bar by a considerable margin and it is the first carp capture anywhere in the World to pull the scales down to the 50 kg mark. His colossal carp is seen here in a picture and video posted by Euro Aqua on its Facebook page. The World carp record had stood for the past two years at just under that magic ’50’ mark at 49 kg (108 lb). The captor of that previous World carp record travelled from the neighbouring country of Austria, and it was his first session on Euro Aqua. Marco Eichner made fast work of the venue’s incredible stock, and he struck lucky with the historic 108 lb catch on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Shortly after that catch, Marco told Angler’s Mail: “I arrived at the lake and perfect autumn weather greeted me with 20 degrees outside and 14 degrees water temperature. “Every day I fed ten kilograms and five kilos of boilies on an area of ​​ten square metres at a distance of 50 metres. “As bait I used a 20 mm boilie of the brand MM-baitservice, which starts working quickly in the water. “My 35 cm long leader with size 6 hooks I fished behind an 121 gram heavy inline lead. “The plan was to offer this about five metres away from the feeding place at a depth of three metres in order to catch as large a carp as possible.” ‘Golden tactics’ for World carp record “The tactics turned out to be golden,” continued Marco. “I got a timid bite, and my alarm beeped three times. I picked up the rod and started a battle of about ten minutes. “The big fish moved quietly, but finally the landing succeeded. When the carp lay in the net, we could not believe our eyes and immediately called for the owner Alexander Horvath. “When weighed the huge carp went an incredible 49 kg on the scale, a world record. This was the trip of my life!” exclaimed the soldier from Vienna. Marco is seen below in a video, cradling the immense bulk of the catch. The fishery attracts controversy by its practice of feeding its fish a vast quantity of maize and boilies to fatten them up for the anglers. Manchester’s Warren Harrison used to be a regular visitor to Euro Aqua, and landed on of the best UK overseas caught carp there of 101 lb 8 oz. He says some of the biggest carp have died but there’s still plenty of big fish in there. Warren explained: “The owner puts in up to 8 tonnes of feed a week and the fish pack on the weight. “One or two people I know have questioned this weight but I’ve seen the video and pictures and it is massive with a huge stomach so I quite believe it. “I know the fish I caught 18 months ago at 101 lb 8 oz has died since as have a few of the other giants there, but there are others to come through. “I recognise the fish as one that was caught the day after mine by a Dutch guy called Carlo which went 90 lb so it has packed on 18 lb since I saw it. “These highly fed fish don’t seem to live as long as others left to grow naturally so the practice is controversial, but it is magnificent fishing, although far from cheap –1,500 Euros for a week including bait and cooked breakfast,” he added. Euro Aqua’s World carp record pedigree The World carp record, before the 108 lb catch, was held by a different fish scaling 105 lb 13 oz (48 kg). This was also caught at Euro Aqua in Hungary. Thomas Krist from the Czech Republic was the new World carp record holder with that fish, pictured below. His catch, made back in 2015, added over 4 lb to the existing record. Thomas Krist (right) cradles the previous record carp that scaled a staggering 48 kg – which converts to 105 lb 13 oz. He’s seen with the owner of Euro Aqua in Hungary. Euro Aqua burst onto the wider big fish scene three years ago, on June 2, 2012, when Roman Hanke made an amazing 101 lb 4 oz catch (below). Since then, as we reported, many British anglers have joined the monster-seekers at this incredible water. Roman Hanke gives a full view of his 101 lb World record carp. The impressive commercially-run 11.3-hectare (28-acre) Aqua Lake is a former gravel pit near the truly massive (146,500-acre) Lake Balaton. Well maintained Euro Aqua fishery holds many more giant carp, plus catfish, zander and pike, and packages can be booked to fish there. It’s run by a couple Alexander and Susan Horvath, and Alexander bought it back in the mid-1990s as a retreat for friends and family, later forming an angling club for fish it. World carp record background The biggest carp landed from France was 100 lb 8 oz, a common carp that has since died. The rise of the lake to No.1 status for the World’s biggest carp, outshining the many rich venues in France in particular, was initially a surprise to many anglers. But it was not a shock to those dedicated big carp hunters who were really in the know. Euro expert Steve Briggs, said after the 101-pounder was landed: ‘The Euro Aqua lake has been under the radar as far as most English anglers are concerned but I’ve certainly known about it for the last three or four years. ‘It’s not the first big fish to be caught from there in fact it holds a great deal of very large carp, easily as many as any of the known French waters and so it’s no great surprise really that the first 100 lb carp came from there.” As Angler’s Mail has reported, giant carp in Graviers, Abbey Lakes and Rainbow Lake are amongst those with known carp that have nudged up towards 100 lb, along with Keltcherhoef in Belgium. UK bests well short of World carp record Britain does not have any carp anywhere near the peak weights achieved in many European nations. The current British carp record belongs to a 68 lb 1 oz giant that sadly died earlier this year. That much-admired fish was known as The Parrot, a rarely caught mirror carp lurking in Wasing Estate’s Cranwells Lake in Berkshire. After it took the official title, The Parrot was challenged at the top by two bigger fish. First, and most notably, came the challenge from Shropshire super-heavyweight Big Rig which was refused record status despite weighing more. Big Rig was controversially fed up before being released into The Avenue, one of the RH Fisheries waters. It too died during the summer of 2017, but the venue still holds mega fish including Tarka the common carp, caught recently at a new high of 64 lb – the biggest for a common carp in Britain. At least one huge living carp at Holme Fen, Cambridgeshire, has now grown over the official record. They could go on to become the biggest living heavyweights. An official claim to the title was pledged after Holme Fen’s Captain Jack was landed at 68 lb 8 oz. But that fish too has yet to be recognised by the British Record Fish Committee. And finally, check out the shock fish above. Scaling an incredible 83 lb it was landed at Kent’s awesome Wingham Fishery. It was considered to be in too poor health to be claimed as a British record…but is the heaviest carp caught and put on the scales in this country. By far! CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@timeinc.com – you could appear in the must-read print magazine. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL PRINT MAGAZINE AT A LOW PRICE – IT’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT! A subscription to the UK’s most interesting weekly print magazine, Angler’s Mail, makes a superb gift for any angler. Just subscribe to one of the top deals online at our official website for magazine subs >>> magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail print (or digital) magazine delivered to your door, anywhere in the world, at discounted rates! Now check out these big carp stories… British record carp title will not go to shock 83 lb giant The British record carp weight, still listed at 68 lb 1 oz on the official chart, was obliterated with the… British record carp dead: how it was found and tributes to the legendary Parrot British record carp, The Parrot, was caught numerous times over 60 lb to a best of 68 lb 1 oz… British record carp and trout claims rejected The claim for the record carp known as Big Rig at 69 lb 3oz from RH Fisheries’ The Avenue in… View the full article
  13. LEE BURTON caught one of the pike of the year with this huge specimen... Cheap fishing tackle was used to tempt and conquer the impressive predator… Lee used a £10 rod and reel set! Grimsby, Lincolnshire-based Lee went afloat on a secret reservoir in his home county. After beating the huge pike on his cheap fishing tackle set, he could not weight it as he didn’t have any scales. It would have been well over 35 lb. Lee told Angler’s Mail: “I went lure fishing for my very first time when after only two hours I pulled this monster out of the water. “It measured 48.5 inches long but sadly we had no scales to weigh her. “But the present bailiff and previous bailiff have agreed it’s the biggest pike they’ve ever seen from the water. “Sadly I’d recently had all my fishing gear stolen. So I actually caught my new PB pike on a spinning rod and reel I bought second-hand for only a tenner. “I caught her on a 12.5 cm Savage Gear 4D Rattle Trout which she took right at the boat. “I caught another jack pike about ten minutes before at about 7 lb. “My biggest pike before was on a deadbait last year which weighed 14 lb. “I’ve caught a few decent fish in the past with a 45 lb carp and a 178 lb catfish. “And I also had some big trout when I was on the TV show Nick Hancock’s Fishing School,” concluded Lee. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Unknown giant pike Alan said: “It’s full of large rudd, roach and bream so the ecology certainly pointed to it being a good… Pike fishing tips – 6 of the best hints for novices EVEN though there are sure to be a few frosts in the weeks ahead, pike will still be on the… Brothers’ two giant pike for 73 lb The pair were lucky to secure tickets for pike trials on Chew Valley Lake, Somerset, where Tony, 54, struck first… Make brilliant low cost boilies Angler’s Mail’s Bill Rushmer shows you how to make great boilies using cheap supermarket-bought ingredients – the best low cost… Great tips to boost your pike deadbaits IT PAYS to give deadbaits an extra boost to draw pike in to your swim. Instead of casting out and… Giant pike on just 2 lb line! DEAN LUKER couldn’t believe his luck when he finally managed to land this 20 lb 4 oz pike following a… Lure fishing tips for pike that work NOW! A MOBILE approach with lures is my favourite for warmer water pike, before cooler autumn weather and then winter kicks… View the full article
  14. THE UK’s largest and fastest expanding specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer is set to push ahead with even more growth. Angling Direct are pushing ahead with more expansion. Angling Direct plc has raised approximately £20 million through the issue of new shares at 92.5 pence each. The placing was over-subscribed, with strong support from both new and existing institutional shareholders. Angling Direct is one of only two angling retail PLCs, and currently enjoys about eight per cent market share of a £570m UK market. Angling Direct is looking to double the company’s revenues to approximately £100 million over the medium term. Darren Bailey, chief executive of Angling Direct, told Angler’s Mail: “Our plan for 20 new stores in two years is ambitious but we believe it is realistic and achievable. “With approximately 1,800 angling-orientated retailers, fragmentation in the market is high with significant scope to consolidate and for us to expand. “Part of the new money raised is to pay for extra staff in the infrastructure to implement our plans. “We are opening a new store in Peterborough the weekend of October 26 and then we will have 24 stores in all with several more already in the pipeline. “As well as building on new sites we also acquire existing businesses if they are large enough. “I am aware that the numbers fishing are flat at the moment although licence sale figures don’t take into account things like people who only fish abroad which is growing in popularity. “Anyone involved in the angling industry has a responsibility to promote the sport and Angling Direct does currently support initiatives from people like the Angling Trust and the Angling Trade Association with National Fishing Month. “On a local level our stores do talk to local fisheries about trying to improve access particularly for younger people who are sometimes deterred by the cost of fishing and transport problems. “Going forward we all need to do more to encourage both younger people into the sport and tempt former anglers to return,” Darren added. Why Angling Direct raised £20 m: To open approximately 20 new stores in the UK in 2019 and 2020. Website development including the roll-out of native language sites in Europe. European media and marketing plan. Facilitate the exploration of potential strategic marketing and aquisition opportunities. Increase the headcount across the business. General working capital and expansion of the Advanta® product lines. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Angling Direct swallows up Fosters of Birmingham Angling Direct is now the largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK with 17 stores. The news… 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… 5p a bag… but for a great cause In conjunction with the Angling Trades Association (ATA) – of which the company is a member – ALL proceeds generated… Angling statistics finally revealed showing true spending and habits But the angling statistics report by the Environment Agency, comparing 2015 from 2005, has confirmed anglers are fishing less days.… View the full article
  15. PAUL POTTER hopes other angler will catch chub like this 7 lb 6 oz giant...or even bigger ones. Paul caught the impressive chub from the famous Longham free stretch on the Dorset Stour. Local Paul revealed: “I grew up with this famous stretch as a boy in Bournemouth. “Some folk will say: why mention the water? “My thoughts are that I hope someone catches it at 8 lb on a free stretch as it can be an expensive game and some people can’t afford to fish with the cost of some of the clubs down south. Good luck to all who try. “If we didn’t share our stories sometimes it wouldn’t be as much fun – and it encourages more people to fish. “When I caught the chub it was foggy and cold, and at 2.30am my rod took off like a rocket with Hinders Elips Dumbells doing the biz over a bed of hemp laced with Fish Pro. I used a bolt rig with a size 8 hook and PVA bag of free goodies. “My hookbait was hand-rolled by specialist angling friend Steve Downing from the Anglers Hook Bait Company.” CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to 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. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Supersized roach in free-fishing river Charlie Shirley, from Sunbury–upon-Thames, Middlesex, was fishing a local free stretch when he hooked into the roach claimed at 3… Mega haul on free stretch A FREE fishing stretch of river produced a 16 lb 14 oz barbel and nine chub up to 6 lb… 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.… 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… View the full article
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