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  1. TWO massive mini species have been banked in lakes in the South West. three-spined stickleback record Ben Iles thinks he might have broken the three-spined stickleback record with a beast he caught from a secret venue near Warmley in Bristol. Local Ben said: “I’m not exactly sure how big it was but I’d say it was about 20 gr. “I couldn’t believe the size of it and it managed to be hooked on a size 12 hook which I’d baited with a single red maggot. “It was absolutely massive and it was the same size of my hand and I’ve got big hands. “I might go back and target the sticklebacks on purpose as this fish just blew me away,” added Ben. The official three-spined stickleback record is 4 dr – 7.09 gr – caught by mini species hunter Dennis Flack at High Flyer Lake in Cambridgeshire in 1998. Giant minnow to schoolboy And schoolboy Wilbur King got in on the mini action with this 14 gr minnow from a Devon lake. The six-year-old from the Isle of Scilly, Cornwall, was float fishing maggot with granddad Chris Robbins. He took the titanic tiddler in the middle of bagging roach. Wilbur King and his jumbo minnow. Chris said: “I thought it must have been some kind of record because we’d never seen a 4 inch long minnow before so kept it in a bucket until I’d had done some research. “But this little minnow is now back in the lake to grow some more. Maybe when Wilbur is a bit older they may meet again.” The official minnow record is 13.5 dr – 23.92 gr – caught in 1998 by J Sawyer at Whitworth Lake in County Durham. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Mini fish nudge records TWO anglers who will never know if they banked British record mini species are Mark Wheeler and Lee Tomlinson. Mark… Now that’s a monster of a minnow! The 20-year-old from Bristol trotted single bronze maggot for the mega mini species. It falls shy of the 13.5 dr … Near-record stickleback! THE stickleback record has been rocked with a mighty mini species weighing in at a whopping 3 dr. Craig Birchall… British record stickleback! STICKLEBACK slayer Craig Birchall has smashed the long-standing record for the three-spined mini species – but has been told he… 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… View the full article
  2. w3bbo

    new mainline

    Looking for some new mainline as I'm not getting on with the Korda subline. Thinking Shimano Technium? Anyone tried it?
  3. A DISILLUSIONED angler has revealed why he is giving up the sport and has donated his extensive tackle collection to charity. All-rounder Kevin Keep kindly gave all his kit – that he paid over £10,000 for – to the Angling Projects centre run by angling hero Les Webber in Berkshire. Chris Tarrant (pictured) is a patron. It included 18 rods, a £1,700 pole and seatbox, six Shimano reels, five Abu reels, a bait boat and 80 kg of bait. Normanton on Soar, Nottinghamshire-based Kevin, 56, explained: “I try to do something for charity every year and I had heard of Angling Projects (run by Les Webber) through several radio programmes. “I have been a keen fisherman for 50 years since boyhood and had acquired a lot of tackle along the way for various types of fishing. “But I had been going less and less in the past few years, even though I had bought a house on the banks of the River Soar eight years ago. “Frankly I have been put off by a number of things including the rise in illegal fishing and fish being taken from our rivers, as well as swans, which I have reported several times but nothing seems to get done. “In all my years fishing I have never once had my rod licence checked. “Also there has been a rise in commercials which I detest, a decline in the fishing generally and by the arrival here of wretched floating pennywort which isn’t being dealt with properly. “And pike have become a nuisance fish on the river, with every session spoiled by fish being grabbed on the retrieve. “I’m the sort of guy who likes to be properly equipped for the job, so I had a set of tackle for each carp fishing scenario – long range, short range, river carp – you name it and I had it. “I hadn’t been carp fishing for a couple of years and originally I was going to donate just the carp gear but in the end I thought blow it, I’m going to let the lot go, and give up all together. “I have enjoyed my time fishing and hope the gear will help bring youngsters into the sport but I have had enough,” concluded the landscaper. In addition to Kevin’s huge donation, Les Webber has also just had a £3,000 cash donation from an angler’s will. Les Webber Les Webber MBE, explained: “I got a phone call out of the blue from Kevin saying he had lots of tackle he wanted to donate if I could come up to collect it. “I drove up in the van and was just amazed by how much there was. “The tackle will be put to good use when our beginners come to fish and we could possibly sell any we can’t use. “At the same time I heard that Buckinghamshire’s Howard Mann, who had been chief executive of McCain Foods had sadly passed away last September, aged 71. And he had asked for his tackle to be sold and the proceeds to come to us. “That £3,000 will help pay for the refurbishment of the roof of our residential building where we offer accommodation for the youngsters. “We are hugely grateful for both donations which will help to keep the scheme running,” Les added. Anyone interest in making a donation or learning more should go to: www.angling-projects.org.uk GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Extra resources to help schools’ kids to fish? Fishing 4 Schools is a charity under the umbrella of the Countryside Alliance and it works closely with the Angling… Angling’s double marathon man nets exhausting £9,000 Marathon man Charles, 65, ran the equivalent of two of the epic courses. But he did it between three Wessex… Mega money boost for angling This extra money will go to the Angling Improvement Fund – which has already spent £115,000 of rod licence money… View the full article
  4. GREAT strides have been made in the efforts by anglers to dispose of waste line responsibly. One of the many bins that is ensure a success for the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme.The Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme is celebrating their first anniversary with news of big expansion plans across Europe… and possibly beyond. As well as over 300 sites all across the UK, the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme have just launched their first scheme in Northern Ireland. Not-for-profit Go Fishing NI will be acting as co-ordinators for the scheme working with fisheries, clubs, tackle shops and other organisations and businesses. Line Recycling Scheme growth ‘phenomenal’ Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme founder Viv Shears (pictured) said: “The growth of the scheme in the UK has been phenomenal since it was launched 12 months ago. “To increase the availability of recycling locations in Northern Ireland is fantastic and when Darren Walker approached us offering their support it was an obvious extension to the scheme. Viv Shears of the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme. “A local focus within a region or country with proactive volunteers like those at Go Fishing NI can only be a positive for line recycling in general. “Since then I’ve been approached by a magazine in Southern Ireland so that should be up and running soon. “And in Belgium, they are just finishing a scheme based on ourselves and that’s 85 per cent there and should be up and running in the next month. “We’ve also been invited to the EFTTEX show in Belgium in June, and our stand and expenses paid by the European Anglers Alliance and I think it could snowball from there. “We’ve already got a meeting planned with a German organisation and I’m sure we’ll create a lot of interest.” Next steps for Line Recycling Scheme Viv revealed: “So far in the UK we’ve collected 2,500,000 metres of line and have a UK recycler partners in the form of The Maltings Organic Treatment Ltd. “The first recycled line product should be finished soon with plywood-type building sheets but we hope next year to make frames for polarised glasses so it will turn full circle. “We now have 240 shops signed up and over 70 fisheries, guides, charter boats and angling clubs as well braid and fly lines now being recycled too,” added Viv. Darren Walker, founder of Go Fishing NI, commented: “I am delighted we will be part of such a wonderful and worthy scheme. “Whatever our relationship is with angling, we have a responsibility to ensure its future by looking after the environment we fish in. “Playing an active role in the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme will help to ensure we look after our waterways for generations to come.” GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Biodegradable line calls from sustainability specialists Biodegradable line could become a reality on anglers spools as effort grow to ensure discarded line inflicts minimal damage on… 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
  5. FISHERIES and angling officials are likely to be in for tough questioning about the state of barbel stocks, and their future. Barbel Society committee member Lawrence Breakspear, seen with a 13 lb 9 oz lower Severn giant, has aired his views.Barbel Society members are disgruntled by the perceived lack of action by the Environment Agency in addressing the continued decline in barbel numbers in most of the country’s rivers. The annual Barbel Society show will be attended by staff from the EA including Calverton Fish Farm, and a talk will be delivered by Mark Lloyd, the outgoing chief executive of the Angling Trust. Barbel Society committee member Lawrence Breakspear (pictured) explained: “The time has come to demand answers to the question of what has happened to our barbel rivers and why? “Both the east-facing rivers where they are indigenous and others where they were artificially introduced, are suffering in the same way, with few exceptions. “Yes some huge boilie-fed barbel are being caught on rivers like the Thames, but the back-up smaller fish aren’t there, and Thames tributaries like the Kennet and the Cherwell have been devoid of the species. “Big bags and large fish might be present on the tidal Trent but higher upstream the situation is bleak. “Match anglers on the River Severn at Bewdley used to not even get in the frame with 90 lb but are now lucky if they even catch one. “Bransford AA, a once thriving club in Worcestershire on the River Teme which I know well, had to close last year because of the huge drop in membership following the total decline in barbel fishing.” Barbel Society look to Environment Agency Lawrence continued: “In 2017 only 3 per cent of fish stocked from Calverton were barbel. “It’s all very well re-stocking with new fish but there isn’t a lot of point if the factors which caused the problem in the first place are still present – its more of a PR exercise. “It’s fair to say that we are disappointed by the EA’s inadequate intervention, not properly investigating and researching the cause of the decline so proper corrective action can be taken. “On the continent the barbel is revered as a species on which the health of rivers is judged. “If a similar problem happened in somewhere like Germany then a full scientific investigation would have been launched. “We know there might be a number of factors involved but to us the biggest and most obvious cause and arguably the easiest to tackle is the growth in predators, particularly otters. “Barbel eggs are taken by crayfish, then the fry and smaller fish fall prey to cormorants and then big breeding barbel, usually females, are destroyed by otters. “A female barbel can live 20 years and lay 20,000 eggs per annum and their death at the hands of otters can therefore impact on many future generations to come. “Maybe now the risk otters present to rare birds is being highlighted by the RSPB, some action will be taken about the damage they cause. “I’ve also seen recently on social media pictures of large salmon which have been ottered, and maybe attacks on this valuable and threatened species might help persuade the authorities that more action is needed to tackle the otter menace on our rivers. “It’s worth considering that one river that seems to have bucked the trend is the Hampshire Avon where there is salmon fishing and country estates where they have river keepers who make sure predation is kept to a minimum,” Lawrence concluded. The Barbel Society Show is being held at Telford Centre Hotel, Telford, Shropshire, on Sunday, May 26. Entry to the day costs £10 for members and £15 for non members. As well as Mark Lloyd, speaks include Angler’s Mail columnist John Bailey and Wye barbel expert Bob James with a scientific overview from Dr Paul Garner. Tickets are available in advance via the Barbel Society website: www.thebarbelsociety.co.uk GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Big barbel: 6 top tips to catch them! Slice into barbel Big barbel love areas that provide cover and shade, yet getting bait to them without making a… Gigantic barbel – on the float! FLOAT fishing is a dying art form but Keith Speer has been bagging huge barbel aplenty with the often, overlooked… Barbel Society’s Research and Conservation projects AS REPORTED in the must-read Angler’s Mail printed magazine, the Barbel Society have revealed all the good work they do… Basic tips for river fishing Looking for river fishing pointers? A good starting point would be spending an hour or two creeping along the banks should… Otter petition created by Barbel Society gets rejected by Government The rejection is despite the otters motion – for non lethal control – quickly gaining 11,650 signatures. In a detailed… Giant float-caught barbel March, Cambridgeshire-based Andrew was helping a couple of friends learn the tactic on a day ticket stretch of the River… View the full article
  6. The Sensas Competition Silicone Landing Net Head 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: light landing net heads with a silicone-coated mesh for bagging a variety of species. Specifications: 40 x 30 cm and 45 x 35 cm net heads; 2 mm silicone-coated mesh. My verdict: compared to some of the other coated landing nets available, I’m hearing that these silicone-coated mesh designs are smoother, softer, longer-lasting and kinder to fish, and they’re light, too. The silicone coating will dry quickly, reducing the chances of spreading fish diseases, and it will prevent hooks from getting snagged in the mesh. The landing net head sizes are suited to all-rounders who like to bag silver fish and occasional carp, but there are bigger, stronger heads available for landing larger fish. Prices: £19.99-£21.99. 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 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 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… Review: Sensas X-Carp 105 Margin Pole IF you’re considering trying pole fishing for the first time on your local commercial, check out the new Sensas X-Carp… View the full article
  7. The Gunki LS Whiz Lures 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: soft lures for predator fishing. Specifications: available in 2, 3 and 4 in. sizes; fry imitation finishes; oversized eyes; lifelike body shapes; long, shad tails; bodies have a slit along their backs, for Texas-style hooking arrangements; flavoured with shellfish attractant. My verdict: these lures look like the real thing – fry and small prey fish. I like the big eyes and the more natural finishes in the range. They look as if they will suit more static techniques, including drop shotting and jigging, as well as light set-ups, to allow their long tails to flick and vibrate when retrieved. Their flanks flash in the water, too. The Gunki team report that they work particularly well for perch and zander, I can certainly imagine them getting inhaled by a perch or two. You get between five and 12 lure bodies in a pack, depending on their size. Price: £5.49 a pack. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Gunki products … Review: Gunki Boomer Chatterbaits GUNKI’s Boomer Chatterbaits have been designed to imitate small reptiles. Coming with a jighead and a blade, they vibrate and… Review: Gunki Fix Hook Box S Description: double-sided box for mini lures. Specifications: measures 19 x 11.5 x 4.2 cm; high-impact material; transparent; waterproof seal; lined… Review: Gunki Pocket and Street Fishing Net Handles LANDING net poles can be an issue when you are trying to travel light with a lure rod, restricting where… View the full article
  8. The Middy Pellet Soaker and Mixing Bowl Combo 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: mesh container for preparing feed pellets, and a compatible mixing bowl. Specifications: Pellet Soaker: durable, mesh material; full zip around the top; hard grip for dripping and draining. Mixing Bowl: 5-litre capacity; water-resistant EVA construction; hard wearing. My verdict: this combo from Middy’s MX Series luggage range is ideal for preparing pellets quickly for a pellet or Method feeder. You simply half-fill the Mixing Bowl with some lake water, then partly fill the Pellet Soaker with 2 mm feed pellets, before zipping it up. You then submerge the Pellet Soaker into the Mixing Bowl of lake water for around two minutes (four minutes for 4 mm pellets), before removing the Pellet Soaker and shaking off the excess water. The pellets should have become soft and sticky enough to grip a pellet or Method feeder. These times may have to be adjusted slightly for different makes of pellet. If your pellets dry out during the session, you can always dunk them back in the water, before shaking off the excess again. I hear that some participating stockists are selling this combo closer to £15. Price: £17.50. 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 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 The Wedge In-Line Pellet Feeders I DO like the look of the new The Wedge In-line Pellet Feeders from Middy, as they tick a lot… Review: Middy Eclipse Rear-Drag Reels MIDDY ECLIPSE rear-drag reels, aimed at float and feeder anglers fishing commercial fisheries and natural waters, are great value. Available… Review: Middy M-Tech Carp Commercial Line THIS is an interesting main line, as it suits both float and feeder tactics. Whether you’re fishing up in the… View the full article
  9. The Maver Reality PLUS 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: three feeder and three match rods. Specifications: 9, 10 and 11 ft Feeder and 10, 11 and 12 ft Match rods; all two-piece designs; progressive actions; high-modulus carbon blanks; high-gloss finish; lined guides; half cork, half EVA handles; EVA top grip; screw reel fitting; folding hook-keeper ring; feeder rods have two carbon quivertips. My verdict: Maver are very excited about these rods, and are expecting them to be huge sellers. Looking at their price tags, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did sell very well. They’ve been designed to control and handle bigger fish when they come along, be it on commercials or flowing water. The lengths will certainly suit commercial float and feeder techniques, especially when fishing at close range or when accurate casting is required, and they should handle hard fights from lively match carp. It’s thanks to the progressive action of the blanks that you’ll be able to subdue those better fish, whether you are fishing a Method feeder or a waggler. Prices: from £69.99-£79.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Maver products … Review: Maver MVR Carp Feeder Mono Description: reel line for carp fishing on commercial fisheries. Specifications: a dark green and black dual colour, for camouflage; 0.18… Review: Maver Dual Core Pro Hollow Elastic Description: hollow pole elastic. Specification: available in 3-5 (White), 4-7 (Blue), 6-9 (Green), 8-11 (Yellow), 11-13 (Fire Orange), 14-17 (Aurora… 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
  10. The Dynamite 8 mm Swim Stim Durable Hookers come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: 8 mm hooker pellets to accompany the existing 4 and 6 mm sizes in the extensive Swim Stim groundbait, pellet, expander pellet, paste and pellet soak range. Ingredients: high-leakage premium fishmeal. Available in Amino Original, Betaine Green, F1 Sweet, White Amino, Red Krill and Marine Halibut flavours. My verdict: these hooker pellets have a soft, hookable texture, but are firm enough to stay on the hook during a cast. Easily hair-rigged, there’s a good range of flavours and colours to choose from, and you can even match them with the same flavours from the Swim Stim groundbait range. These pellets can be fished with a feeder, waggler or pole, and the 8 mm size should appeal to specialist anglers, too. I would happily use a few of them for a hook bait, hoping for a quick bite before they softened. They’ll attract commercial fishery carp, bream, tench and roach, as well as river species such as chub and barbel. Price: £3.25 per pot. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great 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 2 mm Swim Stim Pellets THESE new pellets will go down very well with anglers looking to fish a Method feeder, a hybrid feeder or… View the full article
  11. COARSE anglers fear the Environment Agency are ploughing money they have raised into salmon fishing. Atlantic salmon, like this one on the Tyne, are in grave danger.Government figures released recently show that Atlantic salmon catches declined by 33 per cent in Scotland, with numbers down to their lowest levels since 1952. There is increasing pressure to step up projects to save the iconic species. But that is not a prospect all coarse anglers welcome. John Williams, secretary of mighty Birmingham AA said: “It is an issue I have been highlighting for years back to the days of the old National Rivers Authority and I doubt if it will ever change. “Back then I calculated that only four per cent of licence money came from salmon but the amount spent on game fishing was disproportionately much higher and I doubt whether it will have changed much today. “The EA boasts about how much it spends on fish passes and opening up the rivers for all fish but we know that this is almost all for the benefit of migratory fish like salmon and sea trout. “And in my view much greater time is spent by staff checking for licences on game fishing rivers. “I’ve just seen that £100,000 has been given by the EA to the Angling Trust for fishing projects but this is only licence fee money which we have paid being given back and the amount is paltry for the entire country. “There are just too many vested interests in game fishing with the landed gentry to the fore, and sadly I can’t see it changing in my lifetime,” John added. According to the latest EA’s annual report, 35,100 salmon licences (including day and concessionary) were sold in 2017 generating £1.56 million of the £22.29 million total income from anglers. In that year, the EA stocked 406,506 salmon into the River Tyne alone but these were paid for by Northumberland Water. In comparison, they stocked just 358,552 coarse fish across the whole of England. And as we revealed, Natural Resources Wales, which took over from the Welsh EA, don’t stock a single coarse fish despite an income of £1.24 million from coarse anglers. Despite a number of requests from Angler’s Mail over four months, the EA have not given any figures of how much rod licence income is actually spent each year on fishing for Atlantic salmon. End of the Atlantic salmon? SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH has warned that Atlantic salmon are in danger of going extinct. And 2019 was declared the Year Of The Salmon by the European Union in order to highlight the risks to this iconic species. David, 92, said: “The very survival of this astonishing fish is at stake. “In recent years the building of damns, overexploitation, the spread of diseases, farmed salmon escaping from their pens and the effects of climate change have affected salmon. “All have contributed to a decline which threatens the future of the species and co-ordinated action is urgently needed to ensure their survival.” GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Save Our Salmon success The measures include a complete ban on anglers taking salmon in those rivers considered most at risk. There are also… Stunning salmon on perch gear! Mike Wallis landed the stunning salmon while targetting perch on the lower River Severn with a small soft rubber Tsunami… Monster salmon on famous coarse fishing venue Day ticket Royalty Fishery on the Hampshire Avon is noted as one of England’s top salmon waters as well as… River Severn and River Thames game specimens on coarse gear Schoolboy Cole Lister was chuffed to take a salmon estimated over 20 lb during a pike session on the upper… Check out eMinnow – the World’s first motorized lure eMinnow is a preprogrammed fully motorized fishing lure that mimics the swimming movements and patterns of real bait fish. That… View the full article
  12. SHANE THOMAS had a dream trip to a secret lake when he took a pair of heavyweight carp. He's not got a bait boat anymore...but he's catching big carp!Ditching the bait boat saw him cruise to success with a PB 44 lb mirror carp (below) – and then a day later took a 53 lb 6 oz giant (above) from the same spot. The 44-year-old from Newport, Isle of Wight, used a baiting pole to present Sticky Baits Krill boilies over matching freebies and new Krill Clusters. Shane said: “After catching a UK PB 44 lb the day before, I didn’t dream that I would smash that 24 hours later from the same spot. “I decided few weeks ago to ditch the tech, and I sold my bait boat and purchased a baiting spoon. “I waded along the margins and found a lovely hard spot under an overhanging tree. “With the spot located, I loaded the baiting spoon and careful placed my rig in position.” GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Monster carp after Carp Society show Carp Society show regular Lewis has matted an astonishing ten carp over 48 lb since January 1 this year, but… Lady smashes carp record The Avid-sponsored ace added four other fish up to 30 lb 8 oz using solid PVA bags cast to showing… Stunning big canal carp! The 37-year-old from nearby Wolverhampton, West Midlands, used a standard hair-rig with a Fatty’s Baits Ginger Spice boilie. The canal… Review: Corus 18 m Long Reach Baiting Pole, Float and Spoon As it comes, the Corus 18 m Long Reach Baiting Pole, Float and Spoon features the longest baiting pole on… NGT Long Reach Baiting Handle wins Angler’s Mail award YOU can’t beat dropping your rig into tight spots where the carp feel safe, whether it’s under a canopy or… Bankside Test: Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+ FOLLOWING last week’s New Gear review of the Deeper Pro+ sonar, I’ve had a chance to take one down to… View the full article
  13. THE Environment Agency has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in 2019 to tackle coarse fish diseases. DNA testing of fish is being stepped up in England.Three new DNA testing facilities have been installed by the EA fish health team at their Brampton Laboratory in Cambridgeshire. They hope molecular testing will help stop carp edema virus and koi herpes virus. Deadly spring viraemia of carp was thought to have been eradicated but a case cropped up in Warwickshire in 2017. An EA spokesperson said: “Our new molecular labs will be used to test for viruses in fish samples we collect during mortality investigations, including KHV, SVC and CEV – three extremely damaging viral diseases affecting carp “Molecular testing is a reliable and efficient way to detect all kinds of fish species, parasites and pathogens. “These tests allow us to monitor all types of disease, from all fish species, at all fisheries. Very exciting stuff.” How DNA testing of fish works “The molecular testing allows us to extract DNA from fish tissues,” said the EA spokesperson. “We take a pea-sized amount of fish tissue and break it up using tiny ceramic beads shaken at a very high speed. This releases DNA, including that of any viruses present,” they concluded. The three diseases annually kill millions of pounds worth of prime carp in the UK with 26 cases of KHV alone in 2018, but none so far this year. Independent fishery scientist Ian Wellby, of Blue Roof Ltd, said: “Diseases like KHV are here to stay and we are likely to get good years and bad years depending on the weather with worse cases when the temperatures are higher. “However, the management practices of some fisheries owners who stock large numbers of carp into small spaces will continue to play the biggest part in the number of mortalities. “But DNA testing will help identify diseases much quicker.” GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… The end of KHV? DEADLY Koi Herpes Virus and other fish killers could soon be eliminated by a super-strong disinfectant called Steri-7 Xtra. Two… How widespread is carp-killer KHV? KHV had already hit two Worcestershire waters including top venue Larford Lakes and now two more venues have been confirmed… Killer KHV to be used in mega carp cull While the British government are trying to rid England and Wales of the killer Koi Herpes Virus (KHV), the Australian… Koi herpes virus returns to kill fish at UK fishing venues Four venues spread throughout the country were initially confirmed as being hit by the killer koi herpes virus. All were… View the full article
  14. ONE of Britain's most experienced carp anglers was 'crowing' about this catch... what a stunning big fish! Simon Crow admires the stunning 53 lb 4 oz common carp, one of the UK's most admired fish.Simon Crow had a feeling something was going to happen at the mega tough Spitfire Pool in Norfolk – and the next morning banked the stunning Wood Common at 53 lb 4 oz. The 48-year-old from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, explained: “Spitfire’s been fishing really hard this year, mainly due to the amount of weed in there. “It’s such a rich water, the 12 residents in the one acre pool don’t need to take bait. “Nothing had been caught since last September, and the big two hadn’t been out for two years. “I did six nights a couple of weeks ago and I knew when I walked on the banks it was going to be hard. I wasn’t surprised I blanked.” “We’d timed it right” – Simon Crow Simon continued “This trip, however, it looked completely different. “When I saw owner Rich Wilby we both said something was going to happen, and it did. “Having spoken to previous captors of the Wood, they’d all told me they’d seen it prior to catching it. “I’d only seen it once before when I filmed it one sunny day while I was up one of the trees a couple of years ago. “Despite searching for it on every visit, it’s surprising how these carp hide themselves away. Spitfire is no easy lake – and the common carp Simon Crow tempted had eluded capture for two years. “On this occasion I saw it in the back bay on my first circuit. “My mate Chris Felton, who was fishing with me, managed to film it and we both knew we’d timed it right. “The first rod I put out was in the back bay where I’d seen the Wood, opting for a single hookbait of a DNA Baits SLK Dumbbell Corker Wafter. “The fish has a small mouth and as I tested the bait in the margins it looked perfect. “I put no bait out at all, just the single, because I’d seen lots of uneaten bait in some of the margins from the lads who fished last week. “All evening I was plagued by the swans touching my line as they grazed on weed between my rod and the hookbait.” Heavy thud and a big boil Simon added: “They carried on feeding in the night and the following morning. “So when I had a couple of bleeps at 9am, I casually strolled to the rod expecting to see one of them on my line again. “This time, however, they were at the opposite end of the lake. “I gently lifted the line wondering if I had a nuisance rudd on the end, only to be met with a heavy thud and a big boil over where my bait was. “The fight didn’t last long, and when I saw a massive common hit the surface I knew it was either the Wood or Long Common, and both weigh close to fifty. “As the fish went into the net I actually thought I had the Long because it was so big. “I then saw the tell-tale white tips of its fins… and let out a silent punch to the air. Thumbs up for a very special capture – Simon Crow with the epic common carp ready to be photographed before being carefully returned. “It’s hard to tell anyone who’s never fished Spitfire how hard it is,” revealed Simon. “It might be a small water but they just don’t need to eat bait. “What a special few minutes it was with one of the UK’s most special carp,” he concluded. Simon Crow is the former editor of Carp Talk, the specialist weekly magazine which sadly closed last spring. He’s currently a consultant for the brand Avid Carp. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Northern carp record broken! The 37-year-old offshore scaffolder from Castleford, West Yorkshire, tackled the day ticket venue just two miles from his house with… ‘Carp god’ strikes again! Karl became the first person to catch all three of the 50-pounders in there with The Boss at 50… Britain’s biggest common carp Mike O’Neill landed the giant common carp called Tarka from RH Fisheries’ The Avenue syndicate in Shropshire. The lake is the… Monster common carp The 44-year-old from Harrietsham, Kent, said: “Buzzing wasn’t the word, and now my time is done there, as the lake… 61 lb day ticket common carp! The politician namesake tempted the fish – called Lee Jackson after the former British record holder – from Strawberry Fields… Spring carp fishing tips to get you hauling! CARP fishing in spring can be truly epic. This is the time for bagging up with double-figure carp…. and for… Julian Cundiff shares his top spring carp tips WITH the sun out and carp at last making themselves known on most waters it would be very easy to… 5 simple tips for spring carp fishing success 1. Keep ’em peeled for spring carp! Carp on many venues are starting to show a lot now, so be… View the full article
  15. The Gunki Fix Hook Box S 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: double-sided box for mini lures. Specifications: measures 19 x 11.5 x 4.2 cm; high-impact material; transparent; waterproof seal; lined with high-density EVA. My verdict: a box to store micro jig heads and mini lures, with a slotted EVA lining for keeping hooks safe. The box will slot into a luggage pocket with ease, and it looks as if it’ll take some knocks without getting damaged. The transparent lids allow you to identify the contents quickly, which is especially useful if you’ve got several boxes on the go. The waterproof seal is a bonus. Price: £14.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Gunki products … Review: Gunki Boomer Chatterbaits GUNKI’s Boomer Chatterbaits have been designed to imitate small reptiles. Coming with a jighead and a blade, they vibrate and… Review: LS Gunki Kiddy Lures Description: a soft lure designed for the finesse end of lure fishing. Specifications: available in 11 colours, in 5, 7.6… Review: Gunki Pocket and Street Fishing Net Handles LANDING net poles can be an issue when you are trying to travel light with a lure rod, restricting where… View the full article
  16. The Sonik VaderX Tele-Spin 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: telescopic spinning rods. Specifications: 9 ft (10-30 g-rated casting weight), 10 ft (15-40 g) and 11 ft (20-50 g) telescopic rods that collapse down to transport lengths of 66 cm, 69 cm and 72 cm respectively; lightweight carbon; progressive power; slim, ergonomic cork handles with rubberised cork reinforcement; DPS reel seat with a hook-keeper ring; low-friction, forward-sloping ‘sweep’ guides, to reduce tangles; low-profile tip guide for increased tip recovery; protective ring guard. My verdict: keep one of these stowed away in the boot of your car, along with a reel and some terminal tackle, and you’ll be fishing in no time at all. Designed for lure fishing, including spinners, soft plastics and crankbaits, they’ll cover other types of fishing methods, too, including float fishing for sea species and stalking for carp. They are perfect for holidays, at home and abroad, as they are small enough to fit in a big suitcase. Costing under £50, these rods are well-priced, just like all of the Sonik products. Prices: £42.99-£46.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Sonik products … Review: Sonik Armatek60 Brolly SONIK are confident that they have reduced the time it takes to set up a brolly-style shelter by at least… Review: Sonik Xtractor Carp Rods IF THE cost of going down the compact carping route has been a stretch too far for you, I’d urge… Review: Sonik Xtractor Rod Sleeves LAST WEEK I revealed Sonik’s value-for-money answer to compact carping – their Xtractor Carp Rod range, which retail for just… View the full article
  17. The Bait-Tech Pro Natural Bream Dark Mix 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: groundbait for skimmers and bream in natural waters. Ingredients: a fine blend, including sweet Brazem, coconut meal, molasses, sugar beet, nuts, caramel, chicken oil, maize, hemp, polenta and salt. My verdict: the latest addition to the Pro Natural range, this dark, super-sweet feed has been formulated for bream and silver fish in clear, cold waters. It is a fine mix, designed to bind well and break down fast. You could also bind it with maggots, worms, casters, hemp, corn or pellets, to keep the fish rooting around for food. You can either ball it in, feed it little and often, or put it in a feeder. The fact that it’s supplied in 1.5 kg bags and costs less than a fiver, I am sure means that it will be well received, just like the rest of the Pro Natural range. Price: £4.99 for 1.5 kg bag. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Bait-Tech products … Review: Bait-Tech Special ‘G’ Dark Groundbaits BAIT-TECH have completed the Special ‘G’ trio (Green and Gold are already available) is this new Special ‘G’ Dark. I’ve… Review: Bait-Tech 8mm Halibut Marine Pellets Description: an 8 mm pellet joining an already extensive range of solid and pre-drilled options. Ingredients: dark and super oily… Review: Bait-Tech Krill & Tuna Boilies BRAND new, these Krill & Tuna boilies are set to catch big carp near you. There are five different types… View the full article
  18. THE biggest and most thriving angling region in England has been revealed by Environment Agency figures. Yorkshire is No.1 - the launch of The Fishing Show excited many anglers, but sadly it's been cancelled. However the region is still a winner in EA statistics. Pic by Charlotte Graham.Latest sales figures reveal Yorkshire produced an income of £2,100,844 from 120,961 rod licence sales in 2017 to make it the nation’s most important region. The next biggest EA sub-region was Kent & South London with 106,741 licences (£1,748,061) then Greater Manchester, Merseyside & Cheshire with 93,971 sales (£1,690,277). The smallest coarse and game angling region was Devon And Cornwall with 27,678 rod licences sold (£510,100). Latest EA enforcement figures showed Yorkshire had the second highest evasion rate with 6.04 per cent not having a rod licence after 5,970 anglers were checked and 372 issues. The worst region for rod licence evasion was Solent & South Downs with a 6.67 per cent evasion rate. Thames region anglers were the best behaved with just a 1.8 per cent evasion rate. Dave Rushton, vice president of giant Yorkshire association Leeds DASA, said: “I think the general perception amongst anglers is the EA are a waste of time but they have been very helpful in the dealings I have had with them. “They have obviously been cut to the bone in terms of staffing and I think there’s now only two enforcement officers for the whole of Yorkshire. “But they have been very proactive in stocking our local rivers with barbel and grayling and we have a healthy membership of river anglers so that helps our cause,” added Dave. Bad news for Yorkshire The news about Yorkshire came soon after the first The Fishing Show at Harrogate, North Yorkshire was cancelled due to poor subscription of exhibitors. The launch of the indoor and outdoor show had noted Yorkshire wealth of anglers, but the trade did not rush to get behind the new event which had been scheduled for for June 8-9. Show spokesperson Jenny Rose said: “It is with great regret that the organisers of The Fishing Show have cancelled the event. “Although we have had good support from anglers, unfortunately the take up from exhibitors hasn’t been as high as needed at this stage, making the event unviable. “We would like to sincerely thank those who made the commitment to the show.” GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Bailiffs step up battle in 2017 against rod licence evasion Angler’s Mail has found out the Environment Agency their bailiffs made just 62,000 licence checks for the 2015-16 season, a… “I buy a rod licence – so should everyone else!” THE subject of fishing licences is a hot topic at the moment. First because of falling sales. Second because the… Fishing rod licences revealed for 2019 and 2020 The two-rod coarse fishing rod licences are graced by an image of two bream (pictured above). The three-rod specimen licence,… Rod licence shake-up confirmed for 2017 Amongst the changes are a free rod licence for junior anglers, a rolling rod licence that lasts for 365 days… View the full article
  19. COMEDY duo Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse have been promoting their new brilliant book from their TV series Gone Fishing. Dave Petch caught up with them with Angler's Mail… Mortimer and Whitehouse - and Angler's Mail contributor Dave Petch (centre).COMEDIANS Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse are delighted that their popular BBC2 TV series, Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, has been nominated for a BAFTA award. Show consultant, John Bailey, revealed in Angler’s Mail magazine that Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is up for a BAFTA. The glitzy awards ceremony will be held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 12. Paul, 60, told Angler’s Mail: “It’s the first TV show about fishing that has been recognised in this way by BAFTA and I know our fishing consultant John Bailey is totally made up about an angling show achieving such success, particularly professionally for him and for angling generally. “Whatever you might think about the show from the pure angling perspective, it just wouldn’t have been so successful with the public if it had concentrated more on the technical aspects – who really wants to know about helicopter and zig rigs? “The focus was on us two old guys who have had heart problems getting out there, enjoying the sport, the countryside, and each others company, almost reliving our childhoods, and it struck a chord with viewers. “I don’t want to get too spiritual about it but today’s life is so frantic and we can get caught up in all the things we have to do, and fishing is the one thing that gets you away from it all. “I was introduced to it by my dad on the River Lea in North London, and I fished with him right through his life, taking him on his last session to the River Test when he was in his early 80s and in a wheelchair, although sadly he blanked. “I’ve fished ever since, more game than coarse, and fishing has changed a lot over the years. “Nowadays you can catch a train up north and pass many canals and rivers and never see anyone fishing, but you see small commercial fisheries that are full. “I much prefer fishing wild rivers, but it’s great if commercials get youngsters hooked on the sport – as they say, at first you want to catch a fish, then as many as possible, then bigger fish, then specimens and finally you may not even be bothered about catching any at all. “Of course nowadays it’s a lot about the equipment but as Chris Yates told me, the fishermen have changed but the carp haven’t. “I’ve had some great catches in my time including a 30 lb salmon from the Dee, with many others over 20, but my favourite fish was a wonderful glistening silver trout of 12 lb I had in Iceland. “I’ve also had a 6 lb chub caught while pike fishing with sprats at Dobbs Weir, and pike to 26 lb. “The best pike though was a 21-pounder on a fly on the River Test at Broadlands with John Hall – we were fishing with huge flies right into the bank and boy did it shoot off. “During the programme my best catch was the barbel of 12 lb plus some nice chub I had on the Wye, and the most memorable was when we were bass fishing off the Needles on the Isle of Wight, and I had a 9-10 lb specimen on the very last cast. “We have already filmed the second series, and it is just going through the editing process but we are not sure when it will be coming out – probably sometime over the summer. “The first series came out just after the World Cup and maybe there was a bit of a crossover with a lot of blokes used to watching the football, then watching fishing,” Paul concluded. Bob’s angling return Bob Mortimer is the novice angler in Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – but he still loves the sport. Bob told Angler’s Mail: “I went fishing as a lad with me mates but it was more of a casual pastime that we all did on a day out in the country. “I was brought up in Middlesbrough and although it was an industrial town, lovely countryside was only a short bike ride away. “I had a cheap fibre-glass rod bought in a kit from Woolworths and a float with size 16 hooks and I just bunged the float in. “I never continued with it as a hobby and doing this programme really re-connected me with the countryside that I had lost touch with, and to me it is still all about a great day out, going to wild places like when we were kids. “I really loved a trip we had to Monsal Dale to fish the Derbyshire Derwent – it had a real wow factor, but you only have to turn left and you are in Sheffield. “I can completely absorb myself in fishing unlike anything else, particularly watching a float, which I can do for several hours and it seems like ten minutes. “There’s nothing to beat watching a float lifting and sliding away while sat by the water’s edge on a warm sunny day. “Who knows, if I tried modern carp fishing I might get into the boilies and all the technicalities, but I like to keep it simple with natural baits like the good old worm which can catch anything. “Paul and I went back to the Derwent and had a magical experience watching two barbel that were real pigs, easily doubles, spawning on the gravel shallows. “I’m suggesting we should book a night at the Peacock Inn for June 16 and go after them – Paul reckons some rolled luncheon meat in any deeper holes nearby could tempt them out. “Fishing is traditionally seen as a male pursuit but the show did have a lot of female fans – I have had a lot of comments from anglers saying its the only fishing show their wife has ever watched with them. “I’ve loved making the programmes and being nominated for a BAFTA is like the icing on the cake,” Bob concluded. Future angling show? Bob Mortimer would love to do another angling TV show – this time combined with travel. The 59-year-old caught a PB pike of 28 lb 8 oz during sessions for the first Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing series. Bob said: “I was only reading the other day about being able to take a boat down the River Wye for 140 miles – it would be great doing that and filming us fishing along the way. “I reckon we would need a canoe for some of it but we could row in places.” “There would be quite a few species – chub, barbel and trout.” Paul added: “The Wye gets deeper lower down and we could do all types of fishing on the way – float, leger, fly and lure.” “It’s a great mixed fishery and there’s grayling, and even the odd salmon, plus some whopping pike, and I believe some big perch. “I could possibly even remember spots I fished when I was young, as I used to come to the Wye with my dad.” GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… TV star caught by Close Season bailiffs AN ANGLING legend has been caught fishing during the Close Season on Herefordshire’s River Wye – but insists it was… TV ratings success for Jeremy Wade EACH and every episode of Jeremy Wade’s latest River Monsters series notched up impressive audiences. ITV were clearly impressed as… River Monsters ends epic TV run River Monsters’ ninth series will be its last. It starts on Sunday, April 23, at 9 pm on the Animal… ITV Monster Carp TV series hits the spot! Taking in local culture, adventure and travel, this amazing global hunt for carp has gone down a storm on social… Fast Show star brings fishing to life in TV ads TOP comic and keen angler Paul Whitehouse has created a new character for his successful Aviva car insurance adverts on… Octbox premier fishing seatboxes set to star on TV Octbox have proved that their seatbox systems really are the strongest out there by shooting a TV advert. It shows… View the full article
  20. ENGLISH anglers were celebrating news that the Environment Agency produced a record amount of fish last year. Just one of the many stock fish produced at Calverton Fish Farm.A whopping 520,819 fish from Calverton Fish Farm were stocked in 2018 compared with 358,552 the previous year, the Environment Agency has revealed. But as Angler’s Mail recently reported, rod licence payers in Wales are very short changed. Their new government body, Natural Resources Wales, refuse to pay a penny to Calverton Fish Farm and stock ZERO coarse fish despite raking in £1.24 million a year. In England last year, Calverton Fish Farm produced 11.6 tonnes of strong healthy fish. That’s an increase of 22 per cent from 9 tonnes in 2017. The average size of each fish also increased with an average weight of the 18-month-old fish was 45 g each – an increase of 60 per cent from 18 g in 2013. In 2018, the fish farm also stocked out 6,905,000 advanced reared larvae into the wild. The figure increased from six million in 2017. EA head of fisheries Kevin Austin said: “The fish and larvae produced by the National Coarse Fish Farm play an important role in the work of the Agency and its partners to restore, improve and develop sustainable fisheries in England. “All of the fish farm’s work is funded by income from fishing licence fees so it’s great to see it setting new records for the number and weight of healthy fish it has produced for recovery and re-stocking.” Alan Henshaw, Calverton Fish Farm team leader, said: “2018 was an exceptional year in terms of the number of fish produced. “The size and weight of the fish has also been outstanding and we have succeeded in smashing all of our production records. “We have achieved these record-breaking figures despite the difficult conditions that resulted from the hot, dry summer of 2018. “While the fish grew quickly in the warmer temperatures, the team had to work hard to maintain optimal oxygen and pH conditions in the ponds. “It is a testament to their dedication and professionalism that all their hard work paid off at harvest time.” GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… River restocking kick-starts 2018 Biggest stocking was 34,781 chub, dace and roach stocked into the River Leadon in Gloucestershire. And a big boost went… Thames Water help provide some new hope after river’s £20.3m pollution Thames Water, the bloated privatised utility firm, allowed 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage to flow into six sites in… Fishy facts revealed by Environment Agency Environment Agency rod licence sales were finally up for the 2015-16 season, rising by 4,155 to 1,210,201 sold, giving £21… View the full article
  21. FISH movement laws are being scrutinised after Angler’s Mail revealed huge catfish are being transferred without a single health check. Top carp farmer Viv Shears, seen with a fish he caught himself on his own tackle, has to kill carp for fish health tests before they can be stocked.As Angler’s Mail revealed, big catfish are being moved by the Environment Agency and the Catfish Conservation Group – but no fish health checks are being done since the abolition of the Section 30 consent. Viv Shears, owner of fish farm VS Fisheries, revealed he has to routinely kill dozens of healthy specimens for fish health checks. Viv explained: “We operate under strict rules and regulations which involve regular fish health checks on our stocks in which 30 fish have to be destroyed and tested at a time. “This is done every six months at each of the four sites where we raise fish, and additionally we have two inspections a year and have to keep accurate records of the number and weight of all fish transferred which we send to CEFAS. “We are considered a Tier 1 operation which is low risk and other rules apply to Tier 2, higher risk, which applies to fish dealers and angling clubs,” Viv added. Fish health reactions Richard Clarke, secretary of the CCG, said: “When a catfish or any other species for that matter go to a fully enclosed fishery where there is no escape route with a permit to have that species, then there is no legal need for a health check. “Catfish are not known to harbour any fish diseases although like all fish they can have parasites. “The main one is gill maggots (ergasilus) which we would normally do a visual check for and if they are present we would only ask a fishery to have them if it is known that this parasite is already present there. “If catfish needed to be removed from a fishery where a disease like koi herpes virus was known to be present, then they would need to be destroyed, as although, the disease doesn’t affect them, there would be a danger of spreading the virus in the transfer. “The fisheries taking the catfish through us are fairly relaxed about the health risks and do so at their own risk, but we have never experienced any issues despite relocating many thousands,” Richard concluded. River conservationist and Angler’s Mail columnist John Bailey says there are too many regulations. John blasted: “In my view the fish movement regulations are really a nonsense. “I wanted to transfer roach from stillwaters to rivers and was told I couldn’t because I might damage the river roach, but this could hardly happen when there are no roach in the river in the first place. “In the old days, river boards used to be transferring fish all the time inevitably with excellent results, but then the fish scientists took over and now it makes stocking very difficult. “Our rivers in East Anglia have subsequently gone into steep decline, especially for roach, under various threats like predation and water pollution and any re-stocking there has been is wholly inadequate. “We are living in a world with too many rules and regulations and these certainly need a major rethink,” John concluded. Environment Agency fish movement laws Movements of live fish are controlled by the Keeping & Introduction of Fish Regulations 2015. These replaced Section 30 of the Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975 EA issues permits to fishery owners that specify which species they can legally introduce into their fishery, and what conditions need to be met including health checks. Where they do not require a “mandatory” health check, such as in a fully enclosed stillwater with no conservation status, the fish are introduced at the owners risk. In the case of non-native species, the permits state whether they are allowed to be kept, or if known specimens need to be removed from the fishery. It is an offence to keep species like wels catfish without the appropriate permit. The maximum fine for conviction under the Keeping & Introduction of Fish Regulations 2015 is £50,000. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates from just £1.30 an issue, saving you up to £45 a year on the regular weekly price. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Dodgy carp for sale on the internet FANCY some prime fish, no questions asked? Then head to eBay as unscrupulous sellers will provide any fish you like,… Koi herpes virus returns to kill fish at UK fishing venues Four venues spread throughout the country were initially confirmed as being hit by the killer koi herpes virus. All were… 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… River restocking kick-starts 2018 Biggest stocking was 34,781 chub, dace and roach stocked into the River Leadon in Gloucestershire. And a big boost went… Record level of fish stocking on rivers Fish stocking details were revealed as the new season got underway on rivers. Angler’s Mail – No.1 for news –… View the full article
  22. ALEX JAQUES knew there would be a drop in air pressure so quickly booked some time off work and caught this PB 51 lb 2 oz common carp. Day ticket carp perfection - Alex admires his 51 lb 2 oz common.Alex’s giant day ticket carp came from Old Mill Lakes near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. The 30-year-old field technician at Yorkshire Water said: “I keep a keen eye on the weather on an app on my phone. “After seeing a drop in pressure was due, I managed to wangle a couple of days off work at short notice. “I excitedly booked myself onto the Birch Lake at Old Mill and arrived just after 7 am the next day. “I noticed the wind felt a little cold and seemed to be blowing in from the north east so after a quick lap around the lake, I decided on the Sands swim. “This swim seemed a little bit more sheltered and was the first place to catch the sun. “The following 36 hours of my session went without much event and the lake seemed quiet. “Then, out of the blue, I heard fellow angler Jake Bannister celebrating in the next swim down and he certainly had as the result was a 46 lb mirror called Powers. “This gave me a renewed confidence going into my final 12 hours fishing so I recast my rods and picked a spot at longer range, targeting the channel behind the island where the 46 lb specimen was picked up. “Feeding regularly with a throwing stick, I wanted to get the fish feeding. “The night dropped cold and passed without disturbance and I awoke in the morning feeling slightly deflated and admittedly a little defeated.” Rush to strike into ‘jewel’ of a day ticket carp Alex continued: “With just over four hours remaining and being tired, cold, hungry and full of flu, I contemplated an early pack up, but the warmth of the sleeping bag was a little too tempting. “Suddenly I was awoken by the very welcome sound of my middle Delkim (alarm) bleeping into life. “I raced over to the rod, missing my Crocs (sandals) as I went, so bare foot it was. I picked up the rod and immediately felt a large heavy resistance. “My net was a little out of reach so I shouted over to regular Scott Thompson who was in the swim to my left and he very kindly dashed round to do the honours for me. “I was in total disbelief, a UK 50 and the jewel of the lake right at death… what a massive result and a memory that will certainly last me a lifetime. “I felt completely honoured and privileged to have caught this very special fish and I’m already planning my next visit,” concluded Alex. Bradford, West Yorkshire-based Alex tempted his giant day ticket carp on a Trent Baits Shrimp snowman rig. GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Day ticket venue produces shock 40 lb 3 oz pike The huge, unusually marked giant fell to a zig rig at day ticket Pasture Wood Fisheries in Lincolnshire. Hull, Humberside-based… Giant perch on day ticket Stephen Ward took the astonishing catch that included another giant at 4 lb plus a trio of three-pounders and a… Massive day ticket grass carp This giant 40 lb 2 oz grass carp fell on Edward’s debut session to day ticket Strawberry Fields in Kent.… 61 lb day ticket common carp! The politician namesake tempted the fish – called Lee Jackson after the former British record holder – from Strawberry Fields… Massive crucian carp from day ticket complex On only his third visit to Surrey’s Marsh Farm Complex the Loughborough, Leicestershire-based area operations manager bagged four jumbo crucian… 40 lb pike on day ticket PIKERS are going to able to fish for a stunning 40 lb pike in a northern lake – but are… View the full article
  23. COARSE anglers are in despair as their rod licence money is not going back to ANY restockings and fishery improvements. Wales fishing is being held back by a lack of cash and coarse development, notably river species like barbel (pictured).Wales fishing opportunities and development is being held back by changes, according to anglers. Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh equivalent of the Environment Agency, was created in 2013. It immediately shut Welsh fish farms with no alternative arrangements put in place. And NRW refuse to pay into the EA’s flagship Calverton Fish Farm so have zero access to any river coarse fish. Latest Wales fishing figures show coarse anglers bought 41,321 rod licences in 2017. That produced an income of £1.24 million but not a penny goes back into coarse fish. Nick Massey, chairman of Ynysmon AA and secretary of the Welsh Federation of Coarse Anglers, commented: “Prior to the creation of NRW we were served by the EA and had access to their expertise and funding. “Following this a lot of the older fisheries staff were got rid of and their knowledge lost. “With the closure of their own fish farms, and loss of access to England’s Calverton Fish Farm, stocking of coarse fish has become a thing of the past. “In north Wales there used to be a sustainable fisheries fund where grants could be obtained but this was abolished so clubs are left to their own devices,” Nick added. Wales fishing cash reduced Tony Rees, former treasurer of Merthyr Tydfil AA, said: “There is definitely less money in the system than under the previous arrangements. “The EA used to have six English Regions with Wales as the seventh and we used to be part of the general funding available. “Now we have to depend solely on income from licences actually sold in Wales which is proportionately lower. “While this money is ring-fenced to angling it is difficult to know how much goes on coarse angling and how much on trout and salmon. “A lot of the money is being spent on removing barriers to migratory fish, and habitat improvement. “There is still some money in the system but can be difficult to come by as spending is decided upon by district fisheries officers. “One thing that has ceased is any monitoring of coarse fish stocks by things like electro fishing,” he concluded. James Davies, treasurer of Connah’s Quay DAC in Flintshire, explained: “Here we have nothing like the Angling Improvement Fund run by the Angling Trust with money from the EA. “Our club has an excellent mixed fishery called the Rosie Pool stocked with genuine crucians to over 2 lb. “We have a conservation project for them which has got them breeding successfully. “We badly need the pegs on the lake replacing but it is proving hard to find any funding towards it. “Back in 2000 when the pegs were last done, we obtained £6,000 via the EA and were helped by the local council. “But now this kind of money is no longer available and we cannot afford to spend any more of our own money on improvements – it’s all needed for running costs. “Coarse fishing has certainly lost out since devolution,” James added. A spokesman from the NRW told Angler’s Mail: “We chose not to routinely subscribe to Calverton fish production as the species in question are far less appropriate for the rivers of Wales. “As and when we may need some fish, for example due to a pollution incident and in the event that compensation funds were available, we would consider discussing this with the EA.” GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to: anglersmail@ti-media.com Big value subscriptions to Angler’s Mail magazine are now at a Bargain Price! Get the deals here fal.cn/SI7K You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are great deals for the print version and for the digital version, too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Foul-hooking ‘angler’ pays £1,000 Swansea Magistrates Court heard Bromislaw Orzechowski was seen fishing on the River Loughor using multiple over-sized hooks quickly swept through… 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… River pollution culprits revealed – and it’s not farmers As we reported in September, a nine kilometre stretch of the Clywedog near Wrexham in North Wales was wiped out… National disgrace of river guardians Natural Resources Wales was formed in 2013, by merging the EA, Countryside Council for Wales and the Forestry Commission, and… View the full article
  24. The Sonik DominatorX Travel Spinning Rods come 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: four-piece lure rod range, each one supplied in a travel tube. Specifications: an 8 ft (10-30 g) and two 9 ft (15-40 g and 30-50 g) models, each featuring a light, fast-actioned blank; slim, ergonomic cork handle with rubberised cork reinforcement; quality DPS reel seat and hook-keeper ring; ‘K’-style, low-friction guides; angled anti-tangle rings; anti-frap tip ring; Cordura rod tube and bag. My verdict: I’ve always liked these types of rods, as you can use them for lots of fishing applications, not just lure fishing. The lengths seem right, and the casting-weight ratings will allow you to punch a wide range of lures out, from a spinner for perch to a softbait or hardbait for big pike. Perfect for storing in the boot of your car, you could also use them for stalking carp, touch-legering for barbel or casting a lure for mackerel or bass. I like the cork handles, and the guides should do their job. It is a nice touch that Sonik have supplied the rods in a hard tube, for protection. Simply put, they are multi-discipline travel rods for under £50. Prices: £44.99-£49.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Sonik products … Review: Sonik Armatek60 Brolly SONIK are confident that they have reduced the time it takes to set up a brolly-style shelter by at least… Review: Sonik Xtractor Carp Rods IF THE cost of going down the compact carping route has been a stretch too far for you, I’d urge… Review: Sonik Xtractor Rod Sleeves LAST WEEK I revealed Sonik’s value-for-money answer to compact carping – their Xtractor Carp Rod range, which retail for just… View the full article
  25. The Dynamite Marine Halibut Durable Hookers 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: 4, 6 and 8 mm hookable pellet baits. Ingredients: oily fishmeal pellets. My verdict: Dynamite’s Marine Halibut range is responsible for catching a lot of fish every year, from stillwater carp and catfish to river barbel. These high-leakage hooker pellets are new additions to the range. They are soft enough to be hooked directly or hair-rigged, feeling durable enough to withstand the rigours of casting. The sizes in the range suggest that they have been formualted for pole, feeder and waggler work, but I would also use the 8 mm size for targeting barbel or chub where I thought a quick bite was on the cards, as they will soften up with time. Price: £3.25 a pot. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION IS A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP YOU UP TO SPEED WITH WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT THERE ON THE BANK. You can subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative if it’s a gift. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Dynamite products … Review: Dynamite Tuff Pastes WRAPPING your hook bait or lead in paste is a handy way to draw fish straight to your rig, but… Review: Dynamite Speedy’s Washters SPEEDY’S Washters have been designed in conjunction with bagging machine and match ace Nick Speed, to help give you an… Review: Dynamite 2 mm Swim Stim Pellets THESE new pellets will go down very well with anglers looking to fish a Method feeder, a hybrid feeder or… View the full article
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