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  1. MARK DUTTON bounced back from having all of his fishing and camera kit stolen by landing barbel of 13 lb 7 oz and 12 lb, plus chub of 5 lb 10 oz and 5 lb 7 oz. Mark Dutton bounced back from tackle theft and the loss of his camera kit, too.The tackle theft virtually wiped out the collection carefully put together by the 45-year-old, from Northwich, Cheshire. He told Angler’s Mail: “After having all my fishing tackle and camera equipment stolen the day after the river season closed in March, I didn’t think I would get back onto the rivers for ages. “I am claiming through my house insurance at the moment, who are very kindly messing me about asking for proof of purchases, so I’m still fighting with them. Tackle theft recovery support Mark continued: “They took about £15,000 of stuff I’ve been collecting for 40 years including all my dad’s fly fishing stuff. “But thanks to the generosity of my family and friends, who helped me get some tackle together I ventured out with the upper Trent in mind, only to find it in the fields and still rising. “So after a 15-minute drive to the River Dove in Staffordshire I found her in perfect condition, fining down and still the colour of hot chocolate. “Feeding a nearbank slack for two hours with some boilies from Impulse Baits and small pellets I cast in at 8pm. “I got a tiny knock at 9pm which hooped over and turned into a superb battle resulting in this fin perfect 13 lb 7 oz daylight Dove double. “I followed this up with an equally impressive 12-pounder at 11.30pm. “Then I started getting chub knocks so changed tactics slightly to a very short link and hair and pop up presentation to catch two great chub. “To say I’m happy is an understatement,” concluded Mark, who runs a garage repair shop. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler.. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Fishing tackle theft scaling £13,000 won’t stop dad ‘n’ lad doing what they love The fishing tackle theft won’t beat Jonathan Archer. He’s now taking his six-year-old, Archie, out fishing again… and they’re using… Fishing reel firm suffers £15,000 theft Garry Mills of Mill Tackle Engineering in Studley, Warwickshire, arrived at work very early to finish an order for hand-crafted… Antique tackle theft is one of the biggest angling raids The antique tackle raid resulted in one of the largest hauls of personal fishing kit ever stolen, valued in the… View the full article
  2. SAM EVERIST went out in the middle of his working day to fish and landed this stunning 7 lb 15 oz chub. Lea lump at lunchtime - Sam Everist with his huge chub, caught while nipping out in his office clothes. Lunchtime success meant the 32-year-old supply chain manager was back at his desk, smiling, within an hour. The giant chub came from the River Lea, near where the Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire angler works. Sam explained: “I’d had an 8 lb 7 oz chub in 2016 and now had this second huge one, again from Dobb’s Weir. “The photo was taken by a passer-by and unfortunately does the fish no justice at all. “It’s a great chunk of a fish though even though unfortunately not quite a second eight-pounder.” Lunchtime for chub, too! Sam explained: “The river is a five-minute walk from work. “I got them feeding on bread for around 15 minutes by throwing in freebies of sinking bread. “Then on my first cast I saw what looked like a good chub go for the bread but spooked at the last second. “Then then on the second cast the l fish nailed the freelined bread and I could feel it was a good fish by the way the centrepin reel was screaming. “I was back at work before the hour was up, and hence, the office clothes I’m wearing,” added Sam. He landed the big chub with a 1.75 lb rod, 6 lb line, a size 8 hook and good old centrepin reel. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler.. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… River Severn chub record? The 47-year-old decorator said: “I thought I’d have a few hours perch fishing on the Severn and used a light… 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.… Corking chub on bait wizard’s new wonder paste The Tring, Hertfordshire-based specialist landed his latest jumbo chub on the Great Ouse. His magic chub bait involved moulding the… Chinese fishing bait lures giant chub Chinese fishing bait that you’ll not have considered using – one not available in any UK fishing shop – was… 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
  3. MARK MOLE smashed his tench PB in a dream trip that quickly turned sour when attacks from biting insects forced him home early. Mark Mole struck into big tench until mosquitoes struck him, causing a trip to hospital.Until the mosquitoes struck, Mark had landed eight big tincas including fish of 9 lb 7 oz and 9 lb 1 oz. The Birmingham, West Midlands-based angler was fishing on Hunts Corner Lake at Linear Fisheries in Oxfordshire. But then, as the effects of the bites from mosquitoes struck him, he had to seek medical attention. Mark told Angler’s Mail the full story: “With persistent rain failing, I settled into a swim with feedered maggot, corn and worm. “After a small tench I left the rod out into darkness and landed a new PB of 9 lb 7 oz. “Delighted, I reeled in for a few hours sleep. The mosquitoes however had other ideas and continually bit my forehead. “With no sleep and a rapidly swelling forehead I continued to fish at dawn. “Immediately the tench went into overdrive but I had to reluctantly cut the session short and seek medical attention. “I was tired, swollen but happy with the target species. “I ended up leaving seven hours early. I was getting worried that I might struggle to drive with my eyes swelling up.” Mosquitoes also grow big! Mark revealed: “I’d left my insect repellent at home along with Piriton tablets. I won’t be forgetting them again. “They were definitely mosquitoes – I could hear the high-pitched whine in my ears. “I tried to pull the sleeping bag up over my head but it still didn’t stop them. “It was my last trip to Linear of the year as I’m a river angler at heart. “It’s way too busy for my liking but it is a stunning venue with monster specimens of most species. “Even the ‘mozzies’ grow big,” laughed the 44-year-old ultrasonic operator. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler.. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Hampshire Avon anglers battle for a brighter fishing future A three year study by the Salmon & Trout Conservation on the famous Hampshire Avon found a staggering 52 per… Chronic chemical dangers to fishing rivers The first analysis of the new monitoring data has revealed that British freshwaters are heavily contaminated with neonicotinoids and there… Tench fishing tips to help you crack a new venue this spring IF there was one personal best that I would love to beat then it would have to be tench –… Float fishing for tench – best tackle, bait and tips for success ONE of my favourite fishing styles is float fishing for tench. I personally don’t think you can beat the Mr.Crabtree… Angler’s eye shattered in freak accident Guy Manton was fishing at Dorset’s Todber Manor, when his waggler sprung back and hit him right in the middle… View the full article
  4. The Mainline Match Sweet Marine Groundbait comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: fishmeal groundbait. Ingredients: a blend of fishmeals, crushed pellets, proteins, cereal, seeds and biscuits. My verdict: there’s a lot of attraction in this groundbait. It’s not an out-and-out groundbait for commercial fisheries, as you can use it on natural venues, too, including canals and rivers, for attracting quality fish such as bream and skimmers. Its dark colour should suit clear waters, and the mix of particles will hold fish in your swim for long periods of time. The Mainline lads have told me that it has already attracted fish in winter and summer. Present it quite dry in a cage feeder to draw fish down from above, or mix it quite damp to hold fish on the bottom. Price: £6.99 for 2 kg. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Mainline products … Review: Mainline Match Bait Range MAINLINE have launched a brand new match bait range, featuring groundbaits, pellets, syrups, boilies and wafter hook baits. There’s a… Weekly Winner: Mainline Power+ Particles MAINLINE Power+ Particles are a great idea for their bait fans – and there are plenty of them out there!… View the full article
  5. The Sensas EVA World Champion 3-in-1 Set comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: modular EVA luggage. Specifications: waterproof EVA construction with zipped lids. Two of the containers (24 x 12 x 11 cm) fit inside the larger one (25 x 25 x 12 cm). My verdict: EVA luggage such as this 3-in-1 set is proving very popular with anglers, because even when it rains and the bank is saturated, it will keep accessories dry. Pretty durable and easy to wipe clean, these zip-up bags look useful for storing lots of tackle items, including catapults, feeders, lines, terminal tackle and a bit of bait. As there are three containers, you can store specific items in each one, whether it’s tackle for river fishing or stillwaters, enabling you to access the items you need easily. They’re designed to fit inside the larger luggage in the EVA World Champion range, helping you to make the best use of space. 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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Sensas products … Review: Sensas IM7 Mini Boilies THE Sensas IM7 Mini Boilies compliment the rest of this new bait range geared specially towards commercial fisheries. The mini… Review: Sensas Competition Silicone Landing Net Head Description: light landing net heads with a silicone-coated mesh for bagging a variety of species. Specifications: 40 x 30 cm… 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.… View the full article
  6. The Middy Muscle-Tech 330 Waggler and 300 Feeder Rods come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: two-piece 11 ft waggler and 10 ft feeder rods for carp bagging. Specifications: Power Arc action; anti-shatter, T-Core carbon blanks; full cork handles; slim, screw-up reel seats; hook retainers; MSC line guides; feeder rod comes with Light and Medium push-in quivertips. My verdict: these two rods are designed for catching carp on commercial fisheries at this time of year, whether you are using a pellet waggler or a feeder. The anti-shatter blanks have enough action to avoid hook pulls, and with main line ratings of 10 lb, they’ll easily tame lively carp. The waggler rod has a casting guide of 25 g, and the feeder 15-56 g. Shop around and you should be able to pick them up for £60 each. Prices: Feeder £89.99; Waggler £84.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Middy products … Review: Middy Reacta Wagglers Description: 4, 6 and 8 g pellet wagglers. Specifications: AA grade, high-buoyancy balsa wood; unobtrusive, natural finish; anti-dive shoulder; interchangeable… Review: Middy M-Tech Carp Commercial Line FOR fishing up in the water you might want to buy a floating main line, and for feeder or bomb… Review: Middy The Wedge In-Line Pellet Feeders I DO like the look of the new The Wedge In-line Pellet Feeders from Middy, as they tick a lot… View the full article
  7. The 11 ft 8 in. Kodex SX-i Floater/Specimen Rod comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: a carp rod for floater fishing. Specifications: a light carp rod with a 1.75-2.25 lb test curve; lightweight guides; full cork handle; slimline gunmetal reel seat; hook retainer. My verdict: coming with a custom-built look, this rod has been designed for punching out a controller float with floating dog biscuits, pellets or pieces of crust on the hook. I reckon you can expect some exciting battles with hard-fighting carp, on this light rod, whether they weigh 5 lb or 30 lb. It looks look ideal for flicking out a freelined bait, too, and thanks to the progressive action, I’d be confident of playing carp close to the bank without fearing that the hook will pull out. Kodex give it a rating of 15 lb main line to a 12 lb hook length, but I wouldn’t hesitate to drop down to a 10 lb main line to an 8 lb hook length. The progressive action is complimented by Kodex’s choice of lightweight guides. This rod will also double-up for a bit of legering and Method feeder work for carp, bream, tench and barbel. The cork handle gets a thumbs up, I find them more comfortable in the hand. The keeper ring is also useful for floater fishing, as you need to be tackled up and ready to go as soon as you’ve managed to get the carp competing for your loose feed. Price: £99.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Kodex products … Review: Kodex Karpmate Guest/Over-Bed Chair AVAILABLE soon, this chair has an adjustable back bar, allowing you to rest it on the ground or on a… Review: Kodex Karp-Lokker KL90 Barrow Bag Description: high-quality barrow bag for holding your main carp accessories. Specifications: 90-litre capacity (57 x 35 x 38 cm); made… Review: Kodex Klampdown Butt Rest Description: butt rest for abbreviated or shrink wrap rod handles. Specifications: two changeable rod-gripping inserts with a soft, TPE centre,… View the full article
  8. The Carp Spirit Arma-Skin Everest 1-Man Bivvy comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: a high-specification bivvy. Specifications: tough, strong and durable, this bivvy is constructed from Arma-Skin fabric with a 10,000 mm waterproof rating and a 5,000 breathability rating; Four rib, pram-hood aluminium frame; fully removable front panel with a mosquito mesh window option, multi-configuration door with an Arma-Skin, mosquito mesh or a clear PVC window; mosquito vents at the rear; Velcro rod supports; heavy-duty groundsheet; pegs and carry bag; winter skin available. Dimensions (WDH): 262.5 x 240 x 142.5 cm. My verdict: a solid, long-lasting bivvy with a matching high-tech winter skin available. The Arma-Skin material looks as if it’ll handle harsh weather, as it has a decent waterproof rating, and I like the breathability rating, too, as it will avoid condensation forming inside the bivvy. The material has a small amount of stretch, to cope with expansion and contraction caused by hot and cold weather. The mosquito mesh panels provide the right level of light during daylight hours. The extended front rib has a peak, which provides extra protection from driving rain. The two rear mosquito vents provide air circulation in hot weather. You can attach a winter skin for even more protection from the weather, it will also provide a small porch and a little more storage space. If you remove the front panel with the winter skin in place, you’ll create enough room for two bedchairs. A spacious bivvy, it looks as if it has been built to last, which does make the price attractive. Prices: £354.99. Winter Skin £224.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Carp Spirit products … Review: Carp Spirit Razor Point Zig and Floater Hooks Description: a hook pattern dedicated to catching carp to specimen size on zig rigs and floaters. Specifications: short shank; wide… Review: Carp Spirit Arma-Skin Super Compact Shelter Description: a compact mini shelter. Specifications: measures 210 x 80 x 90 cm; weighs 5.4 kg; fibreglass frame; Arma-Skin Fabric… Review: Carp Spirit Medium Curve Shank Razor Point Hooks Description: specimen carp hook with an aggressively curved shank. Specifications: available in sizes 1-10; medium curve shank; slightly down-turned eye;… View the full article
  9. The Dynamite Big Fish Floating Pellets come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: floating pellets for big carp. Ingredients: Sweet Tiger, Krill and Fishmeal pellets containing fishmeal, fish oil, fish protein, maize gluten, soya, sunflower meal, wheat and yeast. My verdict: it’s that time of year when carp can be caught from the surface. These 11 mm floating expander pellets are highly flavoured and coloured, which is something a little bit different from the norm. They can be catapulted or Spombed a decent distance, and you can glue or hair-rig them on the hook, though Dynamite have also launched some Floating Durable hook pellets, in matching flavours. Although these are ready to use, Dynamite do offer a number of liquid attractors, too, including Evolution Oils, which I like to add to my floating pellets. Give ’em a go! Price: £5.99 for 1.2 kg. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Dynamite products … Review: Dynamite Speedy’s Washters SPEEDY’S Washters have been designed in conjunction with bagging machine and match ace Nick Speed, to help give you an… Review: Dynamite Wafters Description: 15 mm dumbbell-shaped wafter hook baits. Ingredients: contains the same key ingredients and colours as Dynamite’s The Source, The… Review: Dynamite Sweet Tiger Liquid Carp Food CONTAINING all the attractiveness and natural sugars of tiger nuts, Dynamite Sweet Tiger Liquid Carp Food smells so good you’re… View the full article
  10. The Maver MV-R Feeder 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. Description: a feeder fishing chair. Specifications: 600D fabric; fully padded mattress; padded head rest; adjustable back rest; arm rests; fully adjustable legs; 30 mm front legs for attaching accessories; can accommodate anglers of up to 20 stone. My verdict: I still feel that feeder chairs are a relatively new invention. A cross between a specimen angling chair and a match fishing seatbox, this smart design offers plenty of height and adjustment. You can add lots of accessories to the front legs, giving you the option of targeting commercial fishery carp or river barbel and chub. It comes with a removable seat cover, so you can wash it after use. The arms can be folded away if you want to replace a feeder rod with a pole. If you’re looking for that extra degree of comfort, this well-padded chair, complete with a full length, fully adjustable back and head support, will tick the boxes. You just need to add a side-tray and a feeder rest and you’re in business. It folds down flat, too, which makes it easy to carry to and from the bank. Price: £149.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Maver products … Review: Maver Reality Front Drag Reels Description: value-for-money fixed-spool reels. Specifications: 3000 and 4000 sizes; multi-disc front drag; 4+1 ball bearings; 5:1 gear ratio; anti-twist line… Review: Maver MV-R Hooklength Case Description: storage box for hook lengths. Specifications: clip-shut case; supplied with 24 colour-coded foam hook length spools; includes marker pen… Review: Maver MV-R EVA Luggage Description: a practical luggage range for bait and tackle accessories. Specifications: an extensive range, featuring a Commercial Case, Rig Case,… View the full article
  11. The Carp Spirit Arma-Skin Speed-R Shelter comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: quick-to-erect shelter. Specifications: 
10,000 mm waterproof Arma-Skin material with a 5,000 breathability rating; brolly-style erection system with four rods and a fibreglass tension bar; heavy-duty groundsheet; zip-on front section with two windows; three-layered zipped door with window; fibreglass frame; rear ventilation windows with Arma-Skin outer and mosquito mesh inner; two Velcro rod supports. Dimensions (WDH): 290 x 230 x 150 cm. Arma-Skin Winter Skin also available. My verdict: I was impressed when I first set eyes on the Arma-Skin material, as it looks as if it will last. Perfect for shorter sessions, this shelter will give you a lot of protection from the elements. The three windows in the front panel and the rear ventilation are useful features. I’ve heard it takes half the time of a normal bivvy to erect. You can leave the zipped front panel off if you want to have a panoramic view of your swim. The Winter Skin offers extra protection for fishing in more extreme conditions, and it still gives you the option of accessing the rear ventilation windows. This is a versatile system that offers anglers full weather protection. Prices: £364.99; Winter Skin £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 IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Carp Spirit products … Review: Carp Spirit Razor Point Zig and Floater Hooks Description: a hook pattern dedicated to catching carp to specimen size on zig rigs and floaters. Specifications: short shank; wide… Review: Carp Spirit Arma-Skin Super Compact Shelter Description: a compact mini shelter. Specifications: measures 210 x 80 x 90 cm; weighs 5.4 kg; fibreglass frame; Arma-Skin Fabric… View the full article
  12. THE huge increase in wet wipes is building up plastic waste in rivers and even altering the shape of river spawning beds. Thames21 have been cleaning up the River Thames around London.Charity Thames21 recently removed a record 23,000 wipes, filling 473 bin bags in just two hours, from the River Thames near Hammersmith Bridge in South West London. Alice Hall, of Thames21, explained: “The growing wet wipe market is damaging our capital’s river, turning stretches of it into a Frankenstein foreshore, part plastic part natural. “Our rivers are becoming plastic rubbish dumps: millions of wet wipes, which often contain plastic, being flushed down loos and then discharged into our rivers when the sewers can’t cope. We’ve seen the mounds growing very fast over the past few years. “Three things need to happen: we all need to Bin Don’t Flush, no matter what it says on the packet; politicians need to ban inaccurate wet wipe labelling and we can all start choosing reusable alternatives where possible.” Anglers’ reactions to Thames21 findings Environmental campaigner and former barbel record holder Ray Walton said: “Plastics and baby wipes will be in all rivers in the UK that have water company sewage effluent dumped into them. “These will turn into microplastics and will affect all fish and every creature along the food chain. “The Environment Agency, Government and water companies have known about the problem for many years but never address or correct the problem, or even want to. “If these wipes are building up on the river shoreline, they will be forming on the river bottom including spawning beds and just won’t rot away so will stay there,” fumed Ray. And Matt Marlow, chairman of the River Anglers Conservation Group, said: “Wet wipes in rivers can be a nuisance when you are fishing. “I often get them wrapped round my line especially when there is a flow on, but more than that they are clearly a menace to the environment. “As most contain plastic, they can build up on the river bed. This will eventually break down into micro plastic. And, as we have seen in recent research, this can be absorbed by fish and even invertebrates. “No one knows the long-term effects to river life. “Companies should be forced to label their products clearly and we should all cut down on the use of those that aren’t genuinely biodegradable, and ensure we bin any we do use rather than flush them down the toilet,” Matt concluded. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler.. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… 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… Plastic crisis in waters should not be heaped upon anglers National newspaper The Guardian, followed by many websites, and some local media too, provoked the plastic crisis storm. It’s an… River Anglers’ Conservation Group – a new group for ALL river anglers The River Anglers’ Conservation Group arrives on the scene at a time when many people would argue that there has… View the full article
  13. SEVERAL British record-breaking fish have been accepted into the official hall of fame. The long-standing grayling record was amongst those officially being confirmed as being beaten at the latest British Record Fish Committee meeting. As Angler’s Mail exclusively reported in March, Simon Ellis smashed the British record by nearly 4 oz. He did it with a 4 lb 8 oz fly-caught specimen from a secret Wessex river. Very careful scales testing was required. And Wadhurst, Kent-based Simon had his record accepted by the BRFC at London’s Natural History Museum. Simon’s British record fish therefore takes the spot of Paul Mildred’s ten-year-old record of 4 lb 4 oz 8 dr, also from a Wessex river. The full behind-the-scenes story is only in Angler’s Mail magazine this week ,in John Bailey’s column. John was closely involved, having witnessed the catch, and his column is a hugely revealing insight into the British record fish processes. Other new British record fish Four sea fish record were also accepted at the latest BRFC meeting, including a totally new UK species with a 214 gram derbio. Jeff Fisk caught the Mediterranean species last October from Chesil Beach in Dorset. Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury also produced an 8 lb 3 oz shore-caught brill record for Ray Edwards to add nearly 13 oz to the 39-year-old previous best. Ray Edwards is now the brill record holder. Kevin Copeland’s boat-caught almaco jack was ratified at 2 lb 2 oz. It was caught from a reef off Milford Haven in Wales. The specimen had to be identified by X-ray of a vital bone structure at the Natural History Museum. And Gary Mitchell added over 5 lb to the spurdog record with a 23 lb 2 oz giant caught from a south Devon shore mark. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler.. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… British Record Fish – coarse fish records The list is run by the British Record Fish Commitee, and has come under scrutiny in the wake of some… Record fish list in chaos THE British Record Fish Committee – and their record lists – are in meltdown as we can reveal a second… Record fish – death threats and developments ANGLING’s crazies were out in force last week – and they have once again done nothing to help the reputation… Angler’s Mail man nets record fish ANGLER’S MAIL correspondent Bill Rushmer has rocked the British crucian carp record with a 4 lb 6 oz giant from… British Game Fish Records British record fish weights are in pounds, ounces and drams with the angler and then venue. The list is… British Sea Fish Records British record fish weights are shown below in pounds, ounces and drams with the angler and then venue. The list… View the full article
  14. CARPER Nick Royce had the battle of his life when he landed this lake record catfish estimated at over 130 lb. Worth getting wet for - the massive 130 lb Fryerning catfish.Nick was on the £750-a-year Main Lake at Essex’s prolific Fryerning Fisheries when he hooked the giant just before dawn. The builder and landscaper from London said: “I’d already had two smaller catfish from The Chocolate Finger swim when this one roared off at 4am. “It was a solid hour of fighting before I could land the beast and all this happened while dawn was breaking. “I’ve got to say it really is an impressive fish and is bigger than me. It was great getting in the water with it for the photographs. “It fell to a Dynamite Baits Monster Tiger Nut boilie so this fish is obviously hovering up as much bait as possible as it’s not a fishy flavour,” added Nick. Reaction of Fryerning boss Fryerning fishery co-owner Charlie Knowles said: “The fish bottomed out the 120 lb scales he had but has been out at 124 lb in the past and we estimated at over 130 lb now. “There is another catfish of similar size and you never know, they could grow on and go over the 140 even 150 lb mark as there’s a lot of bait going. “And the carp are growing with five different 50-pounders and at least 17 over 40 lb,” added Charlie. The Fryerning catfish ranks high on the list of wels catfish caught in the UK. The unofficial British record catfish is widely reckoned to be a 145 lb giant that fell to Matthew Smith in January from Oak Lakes in Essex. The same water produced a 144 lb cat in 2012 to James Jones that previously held the UK best. Catfish were struck from the official British Record Fish Committee list in 2007 due to a wave of illegal imports in the 1990s and early 2000s. A bid to overturn the ban last year by Devon’s Zyg Gregorek of Anglers Paradise was turned down. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler.. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Targeting big catfish Why? Because I’m enjoying hooking into something like the 52-pounder above, the second ’50’ I’ve had in the last couple… Best catfish picture ever? TWO English anglers have shared a massive haul of Spanish catfish, landing 75 in a fortnight, of which 51 were… ‘Carp god’ brings 50-pounder straight away Fryerning Fisheries in Essex had the ‘carp god’ created and Bertie put in some hard graft to get the statue… Amazing trio of different carp from top venue Fryerning Fishing Essex’s prolific Fryerning Fisheries, local Aaron nabbed a PB common of 51 lb 15 oz before matting a stunning… Andy Little targets big UK catfish at in-form day ticket fishery When I went to Wintons Fishery in 2015 it was just over a year ago when sadly my good friend,… Big carp slams scales down to 55 lb 4 oz for veteran Big carp mecca, Essex’s Fryerning Fisheries, was the scene for his mega catch, known as ‘Gurm’, at a PB weight… Catfish – now a native species in the UK? And the Angling Trust, angling’s governing body, have called for the Government to carry out a comprehensive scientific study to… View the full article
  15. TIM WOOLVEN set a new personal best tench this gigantic 12 lb 8 oz tinca – but it broke his beloved float rod. Tim Woolven was sad to see his Shimano rod smashed but very happy with this 12 lb 8 oz tench.The 38-year-old caught it from a local lake but as he was landing the fish it snapped his 12 ft Shimano rod. Brighton, East Sussex-based Tim explained: “It absolutely obliterated my 6 lb 8 oz previous PB which stood for over ten years. “But it came at a cost as it snapped the tip of my old Shimano float rod. “This was the only catch of the session. “I had a couple of rods out for carp, but it was slow so I thought I would rest the swim and do a spot of tench fishing on the float. “I knew there was some sizeable tench in there and that they were rarely fished for, which is great and confusing in equal measure. “I was using a size 10 barbless hook on 6 lb Maxima line with double corn 4 in. overdepth on the lift method under a hand crafted peacock quill float. “This is a fish of a lifetime. Tim’s new rod brought him luck with this grass carp. “The float rod is a goner, served a good ten years so went out with a bang (or crack) and gave me a good excuse to update it. “Incidentally, my new Greys float rod had its maiden voyage two nights ago. “I christened it with a stunner, an 11 lb grass carp, probably the most pristine fish I’ve caught in 28 years of trying,” concluded the surveyor. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL TODAY! Get Angler’s Mail (print or digital version) to you every week at a great price SUBSCRIBE & SAVE HERE! Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered to you, from just £1.30 a week! An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler.. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Float fishing for tench – best tackle, bait and tips for success ONE of my favourite fishing styles is float fishing for tench. I personally don’t think you can beat the Mr.Crabtree… Barbel record broken on broken rod! Allan has appeared on the Mail’s front cover with big carp caught to order on float gear for our cameras,… Night fishing trip ends with carp angler in agony – and in hospital Chris Eggison was night fishing at A1 Pits in Nottinghamshire when his calamitous collision with gear cluttered around his swim.… Tench fishing tips to help you crack a new venue this spring IF there was one personal best that I would love to beat then it would have to be tench –… View the full article
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