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  1. A GIANT fishing tackle chain has been seeking emergency funding in order to stay afloat and save stores and jobs. Happier times - when Fishing Republic joined the London Stock Exchange.Fishing Republic, one of only two tackle retail PLCs, has warned that if it fails to raise additional funding, it could affect the group’s ability to trade, putting over 100 jobs in jeopardy. The company shares were suspended from trading on the London Stock Exchange AIM market in October after certain major shareholders announced that they were no longer prepared to provide financial assistance to the group. Since then it has been working with its advisors to assess a number of options for the future. In an update released to the Stock Exchange, Fishing Republic said: “The company is currently seeking to raise equity finance to fund its immediate and future working capital requirements. “If this fails to raise sufficient equity finance and no other funding becomes available, there will be a significant doubt as to the group’s ability to continue to trade as a going concern.” It added that the group continues to trade only with the short-term support of key creditors. A further announcement is expected. Its incoming new chief executive Daniel Quinn, who was due to start on October 17, said he would postpone joining the company after the news, while its current boss and former executive chairman James Newman holds the fort. Quinn previously worked at JD Sports and Tesco and was drafted in by former Tesco Boss Sir Terry Leahy, who owns a 9.3 per cent stake in Fishing Republic, in an attempt to turn their fortunes around. The retailer posted a pre-tax loss of £2.5 million in September, up from a £117,544 loss a year earlier. The company floated on the AIM stock exchange in 2015, and raised millions to help carry out its expansion plans. However, turnaround plans were required during 2017 to tackle “a significant deterioration in trading.” Reporting its interim results for the six months ended June 30 2018, the company said that it is in a year of transition and that financial results “reflect the challenging period, including the very difficult trading backdrop.” Revenues of £3.4m for the period, were down from £4.1m in the same period of 2017. The company has 14 large super-stores across the country as well an online business. Angler’s Mail columnist, tackle supplier and England lure fishing team manager Steve Collett commented: “I’m not surprised that the company is struggling and I’m not sure there is room for two big retail giants in what is a difficult market. “I did buy shares myself initially but soon got out as I didn’t think their business model was very good. “The CEO described ordinary tackle shops as being run by ‘ma’s and pa’s’ but some of us have million-pound turnovers, and had strange ideas about the age and gender of those who fish. “But trade is generally down with angling in decline and even though my turnover has gone up, my profit margin has declined and if I was on the stock exchange I would have to give a profit warning. “There are only so many big articles, like rods and reels, that people can buy and so many anglers can get tackle from sponsors these days or through eBay or Amazon. “I feel sorry for the big tackle shop owners that the company bought out as I believe they were largely paid in company shares which will be worthless if the company do go bust. “I had heard that some of their stores lacked stock and there is no doubt that many anglers enjoy a smaller space that stinks of fishing and where there are a couple of codgers who reckon they’ve caught 4 lb roach and 40 lb pike!” Steve concluded. In stark contrast, Angling Direct, the UK’s other big tackle retail giant PLC, is thriving. It recently obtained a further £20 million in investment by a successful release of shares, with plans to open 20 new stores in the next two years to add to the 24 they already own. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online here >>> magazinesdirect.com You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Tackle chain Fishing Republic grows to 15 shops Mighty Fishing Republic, who opened their first store in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, in 2005, have just opened a huge out-of-town… Fishing Republic reveals state of angling trade in 2017 Fishing Republic predict they will have to have specialised tackle shops in the future and move away from general mixed… Angling Direct swallows up Fosters of Birmingham Angling Direct is now the largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK with 17 stores. The news… Fishing Republic grows and opens latest store on a fishery Fishing Republic’s store network reached 12 outlets at the end of 2016. Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire), Ipswich (Suffolk) and Reading (Berkshire)… View the full article
  2. LUKE VANES became the fourth Englishman to land a 100 lb-plus carp from foreign waters. Wolverhampton, West Midlands-based Luke caught the 102 lb mirror from Hungary’s world record venue Euro-Aqua. It came on his second day after he and pal Luke Edwards had fed 200 kg of hemp, 50 kg of maize and 50 kg of fishery boilies 130 yards out. The 35-year-old said: “This was the sixth trip to Euro-Aqua and we’d had fish to mid 70s before. “I thought this one might be 80 lb when I first landed her but when I lifted her up I knew she was much bigger.” Luke Vanes finished with five carp topped by that 102 lb monster and his pal, Luke Edwards, tempted 15 carp topped by this 79 lb common (below) in the week-long trip. The pair fished Euro-Aqua straight from seven days at Parco del Brenta in Italy where they had 82 fish to over 50 lb. The first English carp angler to break the ton barrier was Colin Smith in 2013 with the Etang La Saussaie common at 100 lb 8 oz. This was followed by Euro-Aqua mirrors of 104 lb 2 oz and 101 lb 8 oz to Stephen Weir and Warren Harrison respectively. Dutchman Michel Schoenmakers broke the World carp record at Euro-Aqua in November 2018 with a 112 lb 14 oz beast. Austrian Marco Eichner had held the World record with a 108 lb beast from Euro-Aqua in 2017. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online here at >> magazinesdirect.com You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… World carp record rises from 108 lb to 112 lb 14 oz (51.2 kg)! The immense new World carp record catch was made by Dutchman Michel Schoenmakers on Friday, November 23, 2018. More details… Amazing Euro Aqua Lake – home to 101 lb & 105 lb World carp record and MANY more giants! Euro Aqua in Hungary burst onto the wider scene when Roman Hanke made an amazing catch on June 2, 2012.… World record carp venue gives 101 lb 8 oz giant! Warren, who had a brace of 90s on one of his previous visits, hooked this giant on the sixth day… Biggest carp ever by a British angler TOP carper Stephen Weir has caught the second biggest carp in the World – and heaviest by a British angler… View the full article
  3. FISHING at Somerset’s famous pike mecca Chew Valley Lake had to be closed for two days when an elderly trout angler fell into the water and drowned while wading. C3WHRY Anglers at Chew Valley Lake reservoir near Bristol, UK. Image shot 04/2011. Exact date unknown.There was a Police operation after emergency services were alerted that an angler had gone under the water and not resurfaced. After an extensive search, the man’s body was pulled from Chew Valley Lake 24 hours later. A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “The man – believed to be in his 80s – is thought to have fallen while fishing in the lake. “The Police underwater search team carried out searches in the lake and the following day at about 11.15 am discovered the body. “The matter has been referred to the coroner as a sudden death, non-suspicious,” he added. Somerset Coroner’s Office confirmed that an inquest would be opened after which further details will be released. The angler, who hasn’t been named, was wading off Chew Valley Lake’s Nunnery Point which is a rocky area. After the tragedy, that section was closed for fishing. The venue’s fisheries team would only say in this Facebook statement: “We are not commenting as all statements must be managed by the Police press team. “We politely request that customers refrain from commenting at the present time on this post.” But owners Bristol Water told Angler’s Mail: “This was a very sad day and the thoughts of everyone at Bristol Water are with the friends and family of the gentleman. “Our local lakeside team assisted the emergency response and police operation at the lake and we will continue to assist in any way with further investigations. “We take safety very seriously and we have significant procedures in place. We await the details of the investigation once they are available. “The closure of Nunnery for bank fishing is expected to be temporary and we hope to reopen this stretch of bank soon. “We have a policy clearly displayed of wading only being allowed up to thigh level,” he added. Adam Grinsell, media manager for the Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents, commented: “The best advice for any angler is to always wear a suitable life jacket. “If you are in deeper water (such as that at your shin or above) then wearing correct buoyancy is advisable.” CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online here at >> magazinesdirect.com You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… View the full article
  4. The Sufix 832 Advanced Superline comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. GAINING a reputation for being one of the most abrasion-resistant braided main lines on the market, Sufix 832 Advanced Superline is being spooled up by carpers and lure anglers. Billed as the ‘strongest, most durable small-diameter braid’, there’s already been some promising feedback. It is constructed from seven HMPE fibres and one Gore Performance Fibre, providing 32 weaves per inch, hence its 832 name. Round in profile, it’s the strand of Gore Performance Fibre that is making the big difference, report Sufix, as it is helping to prevent the other fibres from rubbing against one another, which would otherwise cause a build-up of friction. The Gore Performance Fibre also helps to increase casting length and accuracy, as well as reducing line vibration. Carpers are using the 0.24 mm (39 lb) and 0.28 mm (50 lb) sizes as a reel line, finding it cuts through weed with ease. Lure anglers, on the other hand, are opting for the 0.10 mm (13 lb) and 0.18 mm (26 lb) diameters. The award-winning line is strong and sensitive, helping you to react quickly when a predator takes the bait. Available from 0.10 mm (13 lb) to 0.48 mm (99 lb), it’s available in Lo Vis Green and Neon, and Multicolour in some of the heavier strains. Bulk spools are also available. Price: from £17.99 for 120 m. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Sufix line tackle … View the full article
  5. The Sensas Brittany Jacket and Bib and Brace comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. THIS waterproof jacket and bib and brace will help you to keep warm and dry over the coming months. They get my thumbs up for being thin, light, waterproof, breathable and comfortable to wear. Features include sealed seams, an adjustable storm hood and cuffs, high collar and storm flaps. You’ll also find adjustable straps on the bib and brace. They’re an ideal outer layer, even if you are looking just to protect your body from a cold wind, without being a hindrance. Prices: Jacket – £169.99; Bib and Brace – £159.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Sensas tackle … Review: Sensas IM7 Soft Pellets COMPLEMENTING the extensive Sensas IM7 Commercial Baits range, I’d like to show you these 4 and 6 mm hooker pellets.… Review: Sensas IM7 Groundbaits and Paste THE brand new Sensas IM7 Commercial bait range, designed with maximum attraction, to draw fish in commercial venues, features five… Review: Sensas Black Arrow 400 Feeder Rods NEW from Sensas, there are nine affordable, mid-priced feeder rods to investigate in this extensive range. They run from a… View the full article
  6. The Middy Eclipse Rear-Drag Reels come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. MIDDY ECLIPSE rear-drag reels, aimed at float and feeder anglers fishing commercial fisheries and natural waters, are great value. Available in 3000 and 4000 sizes, they have three ball bearings, good line lay, a 5.1:1 gear ratio and a compact bale arm, to improve casting and to reduce line tangles. They both come with an alloy spool, the smaller model taking 160 m of 0.25 mm line, the bigger 210 m of 0.25 mm line, and a graphite spare. The handle can be folded down, for storing in a ready-rod holdall. You could also use these as spinning reels. Price: £27.50. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Middy tackle … Review: Middy Match Shot SHOT can be fiddly and frustrating if you make the wrong choice, damaging your line and pinging off or not… Review: Middy M-Tech Carp Commercial Line FOR fishing up in the water you might want to buy a floating main line, and for feeder or bomb… View the full article
  7. The Blue Fox Vibrax Flake Spinners come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. THESE colourful Blue Fox Vibrax Flake Spinners produce a predator-enticing flash and vibration, whatever the water conditions. They look useful for attracting all kinds of predators, including perch, pike, chub and zander, from rivers, canals or stillwaters, especially when covering plenty of water, equipped with just a rod, a bag and a landing net. There’s an assortment of Silver, Copper and Gold blade colours and finishes, and a glittered bell, which sends out a rattle and vibration when retrieved through the water. Their jointed body virtually eliminates line twist. They are strong lures, with super-sharp, perfectly tempered treble hooks, to help you get a good hook hold. Available in sizes 2 (6 g) and 3 (8 g), they’re designed to be worked in depths from 2-4 ft, making them perfect for working over marginal weed and snags. Price: from £3.49. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great Blue Fox tackle … Review: Blue Fox Original Vibrax Lures PERFECT for covering lots of water, these Blue Fox Original Vibrax spinners come in Silver, Copper or Gold finishes. Available… Review: Blue Fox Super Vibrax Minnow THESE Blue Fox Super Vibrax Minnow lures come with extra appeal: not only have you got flash and vibration from… Review: Blue Fox Fluorescent Vibrax Lures PREDATORY fish such as pike and perch can show a preference for certain colours of lure, and it’s often a… View the full article
  8. The Kodex Karpmate Guest/Over-Bed Chair comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. AVAILABLE soon, this chair has an adjustable back bar, allowing you to rest it on the ground or on a bedchair. The folding chair also has adjustable front legs, complete with swivel ‘mud feet’, and a padded seat, a fixed back and a padded Peach-Skin shoulder support, for comfort. The Karpmate has been rated to support anyone up to 18 stone, and it looks as if it’ll make a great chair for short sessions, too. It should be available to buy just before Christmas. Price: £59.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More great tackle … Review: Kodex Graviton Tubing THE new Tungsten Graviton Tubing from Kodex is reassuringly heavy, the idea being that it hugs the bottom of the… Review: Kodex Reflex Spinners ROVING with a light set-up and some lures like these Kodex Reflex Spinners can be great fun, whether you’re on… Kodex KX-i Carp Rods THE new KX-i Carp Rods from Kodex are clearly something special and were certainly one of the most exciting carp… View the full article
  9. THREE London anglers from the same family recorded 4 lb grayling each during a dream trip to a Dorset river. The biggest of the heavyweights saw dad, James Clark, equal the British record grayling with a 4 lb 4 oz 8 dr beast. James, a 63-year-old black cab driver, only took a quick photo of the fish next to his rod and reel (below). The British record grayling was almost matched by giants caught his sons Terry (pictured above) and Ricky (pictured below). They chipped in with fish of 4 lb respectively. Ricky, 42, explained: “We went to Dorset to try for PB grayling as our biggest fish were about 2 lb or so from the Test, Itchen and Kennet before. “It was mild but brighter than I hoped but we was the first coarse anglers to get on this stretch of game river. “We went for two days on the centrepin, trotting double red maggots and after eight grayling to 2 lb 10 oz I latched into a much better fish which tail walked a few times and was 4 lb on the dot – I couldn’t believe it. “Then my brother and dad joined in with 4 lb fish as well. It was incredible. “My dad won’t be bothered about claiming an equal record though and we didn’t know at the time.” The current British record grayling is 4 lb 4 oz 8 dr caught in 2009 by Paul Mildren from a Wessex river. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Grayling fishing tips galore in your essential guide to catching ‘the ladies’ Grayling fishing tips are not easy to come by, but as more coarse anglers have been targeting them, there is… Season’s biggest grayling Neil Maidment targeted the specimen grayling from his local River Frome and it ended a near decade-long quest to beat… Stunning grayling for junior The 13-year-old from Barnstaple, Devon, has amassed a fantastic CV with tope over 41 lb, large perch and barbel,… Old pals both land giant grayling Godalming, Surrey-based Mike this time had the best fish with this PB 3 lb 4 oz stunner while 66-year-old security… British Game Fish Records British record fish weights are in pounds, ounces and drams with the angler and then venue. The list is… View the full article
  10. THE Angling Trades Association has published its bi-annual survey report on the state of the UK tackle trade – and business is only slightly down. The fishing tackle trade in the UK is flat - but the number of shop workers continues to decline.The value of the fishing tackle trade is estimated at £548.7 million, down from £570 million in 2015 but sill above the 2011 £541m figure. Findings are based on a survey of 1,000 people or organisations involved in the industry. Naidre Werner, chairman of ATA, explained: “The research was done in 2017 and shows a 3.8 per cent decrease from 2015 and business is only just above where it was in 2011. “The word from the trade is that business continues to be flat this year perhaps influenced by things varying from adverse weather conditions to the World Cup being on TV.” Key findings of the 2018 fishing tackle trade report: The average turnover of each retailer is £255,520 compared with £248,000 in 2015. There are now 10,700 full and 8,185 part-time employees, both significantly down. The number of retailers has fallen 6.5 per cent to 2,150. The largest group offers (55 per cent) both as bricks and mortar and mail order/internet service. This is followed by 35 per cent of store-only retailers. Online or mail-order only retailers and fisheries with shops constitute a combined 10 per cent of the UK tackle trade retail footprint. General coarse fishing has regained its position as the most popular sector of the market, with a 39 per cent share, followed by carp fishing with 27 per cent sea angling 18 per cent and game 16 per cent. The fall in the number of weekly visitors to tackle shops has continued. Now more than 60% of those surveyed said they had between 0-50 customers per week, compared to 38% last time. Since the end of 2014, UK exports have fallen by almost £5m to £26.5m in 2016 – around 15 per cent. Imports are double that figure, although again have declined. Full-time fishing tackle trade employees 2003 19,055 2006 18,250 2011 14,745 2015 11,440 2017 10,700 Part-time fishing tackle trade employees 2003 9,622 2006 5,440 2011 5,260 2015 8,763 2017 8,185 CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… 5p a bag… but for a great cause In conjunction with the Angling Trades Association (ATA) – of which the company is a member – ALL proceeds generated… Triple boost for UK tackle trade Last year, the UK tackle industry was worth a monster £570.4 million, with that healthy rise since the last figures… The Fish Fight continues ANGLERS have continued to get behind the amazing successful Fish Fight campaign set up by angler and top TV chef… Angling Direct – the giant fishing tackle chain – nets 44% growth Angling Direct issued a pre-close trading update for the 12 months to January 31, 2018, ahead of the publication of… 20 more fishing tackle shops to be added by giant UK chain Angling Direct plc has raised approximately £20 million through the issue of new shares at 92.5 pence each. The placing… View the full article
  11. Duncan Charman, a regular Angler's Mail columnist, shares his knowledge on the species known fondly as the 'lady of the stream'... Angler's Mail contributor Duncan Charman shares many grayling fishing tips with you in this special article.Grayling fishing tips are not easy to come by, but as more coarse anglers have been targeting them, there is now a thirst for knowledge. For years I thought that grayling were off the radar, a species cursed by the game angler and rarely targeted by the coarse angler. I was wrong – and the expensive game chalkstreams beats have realised there was an opportunity. By opening the banks up during their close season they could bring in an income during this usual lean period. And by keeping the banks busy, it kept predation down to a minimum. It’s a win-win situation for everyone and for a few pounds anglers can now visit these beats and enjoy non-stop action, notably from the ‘Lady of the Stream’ …the grayling. What’s even better is grayling are far from difficult to catch. In fact, their aggressive feeding nature means that anyone that can get a float moving downstream should be able to tempt a few of these hard-fighting fish. Now get this…. when the weather has ‘catch-nothing’ written all over it usually means the grayling will be crawling up your rods as unlike all other species. When it’s freezing, atmospherics are sky high, skies are cloudless and blue, the rivers cold and clear and even when the moon phases are completely wrong… grayling will willingly feed. The only things to watch out for is if the rivers up and coloured then grayling will be generally difficult to tempt as they are sight feeders. If it’s windy as well then controlling a float down the river will be difficult, so keep those mild overcast windy winter days when the rivers rising to barbel. My favourite grayling venue Probably the two most well known game beats that offer grayling fishing to the coarse angler are The Lower Itchen Fishery and Timsbury, also down south but on the River Test. Both stretches limit the amount of anglers on each day, so you will have plenty of room to move around. The only problem is that you will need to book in advance which makes getting that perfect day difficult. I tend to leave things to around four days before and then book up as the weather forecast is usually fairly reliable. The only downside to this approach is that there may be no spaces left. Fortunately the more you fish this type of river the more stretches you become aware off. I have at least half a dozen others that I can fall back on if needed. The Test and Itchen does offer the chance of a two-pounder, a specimen in the grayling world, and should be the target for any angler visiting these beats. However they don’t come along every day, so initially just enjoy the reliable sport, hone in your trotting skills, catch as many fish as you can. That specimen should, one day, show up for you. There are other species that will fall on these beats such as the ever greedy trout along with other residents that are slightly more challenging to tempt such as chub, roach, dace and barbel, all which grow to specimen size. Also expect the unexpected such as salmon, carp and bream. In fact last time I fished the Test, I caught nine different species in a day, all on sweet corn. I included roach to 1lb 12oz, dace to 10oz, chub to 3 lb 8oz, grayling, salmon par, sea trout, bream, roach bream hybrids and brown trout (sea and brown trout can be classified as the same species, so eight species to some). Although both rivers do produce massive grayling, if there is one river that reigns supreme over both for constantly producing record nudging specimens it’s the Dorset Frome. The Frome is a river that is accessible by what I would call, the everyday angler simply by joining one of the many clubs that take control of the game beats during the close season. If you want to find out more about the Frome then give Deano at Perbeck Angling a call. Grayling fishing tips for float fishing So you have decided to book up and need some help in catching? It’s time for some proper grayling tips… Firstly, please relax as you don’t need to go and buy a new rod or reel as you should have something that will get you started. A 13ft match rod is good enough along with a small fixed spool reel loaded with 4 lb main line. But as for stick floats, you may not find many – or even any – in your local tackle shop anymore. And if you do find some, then they probably won’t be big enough. My advice is to take a look at the Dave Harrell range. This brilliant float angler has covered every situation and each pattern has a description on how and where to use them. I would recommend getting a couple of the following – No1 Alloy Stem Avon’s in 2g and 3g, Alloy Stem No2 in sizes 6xno4 to 8no4 and some Alloy Stem Shoulder Sticks in 6no4 to 10no4. In most cases its best to use a bulk shot around eight to ten inches from the hook. It’s up to you if you use split-shot but I get really irritated with shot either falling off or moving. I now use an in-line olivette. Drennan do these along with a couple of dropper shots, usually size 8 Stotz. You don’t even have to shot the float right down as grayling are bold bitters and the float will simply just disappear when a grayling takes the bait. I find that 0.11mm (3lb 6oz) Reflo Power is a great hooklink. And as for hooks then you can’t beat size 14 Kamasan B525 eyed whisker barb (if allowed) as you can easily swap between corn and maggot hookbaits. Some use a small swivel to attach the hooklink (which can be used as a bulk shot as well) but I don’t. Although this may reduce line twist, knots create weaknesses, especially pre-stretches line knots on swivels. I simply attach my hooklink to the mainline by means of two loop to loop knots, far more reliable! A word of warning here – if you have read articles telling you to use small hooks and tie in elasticated shock absorbers into your set up then ignore these. It’s just anglers trying to get technical with a species that just need to be targeted with simplicity. In essence, that’s No.1 of my grayling fishing tips!! My advice to any angler that’s losing fish is to up the size of their hook and when you stop catching in a swim that has been productive, move on! Once you have visited the river for a couple of times (most anglers plan a couple of days each winter to enjoy this type of fishing) you will probably want to purchase either a centrepin or closed face reel and maybe a slightly longer rod. I use a Preston Carbonactive 15ft float rod and a ‘pin or closed face, which will give you superior control over a 13ft rod and fixed spool reel. Grayling fishing tips: baits and feed Another great point about grayling is that they will move up in the water for a meal; however it’s usually the smaller, fitter fish that do this. Try and get the bait down close to the bottom if you want a better stamp of fish. I simply guess the depth of the swim, run a float through a few times, adding depth all the time until the float gets dragged under due to the hook catching the bottom. Reduce the depth a couple of inches; place a piece of corn or a couple of maggots onto the hook and then strike every time the float disappears. Sounds simple, but it’s probably the one area most anglers ignore. Attention to detail will catch you more and bigger fish! One other of my grayling fishing tips is to use four rubbers to attach the float to the main line, spread evenly down the length of the float. This will stop the float moving once the depth has been found or on constant striking. As for bait, some fisheries don’t allow maggots as this will catch salmon par that need to be protected and almost all forbid the use of worms as this will catch bigger salmon. If maggots are allowed, as they are at Timsbury and The Lower Itchen Fishery then reds are best. The problem with maggots is that they will catch all sizes of fish from a tiny minnow right through to a mighty salmon. My best salmon of 12lb 2oz fell to double red maggot! Corn will supply a much better stamp of fish and will slow the amount of trout down so if it’s a specimen grayling you are after then corn will often score as it reduces the amount of fish caught. This reduces the amount of commotion through the swim which in turn increases the chances of a bigger fish taking the bait before the shoal is spooked. A standard swim will act like this. Whilst finding the depth, feed a few grains of corn or some maggots. If there are numbers of fish in the swim expect a bite first run through. The action will be constant for a while before the fish become wary and eventually refuse any offering that goes through the swim. When you stop getting bites or bites are reduced to say one in every six trots through move on and try the swim later in the day on the way back to the car. Grayling fishing tips: try the feeder Now you are swearing at me… well, almost. I have to admit that feeder fishing for grayling is a really productive method. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea though. But the problem is grayling bites on the feeder can be very slight and if not struck will see the hook out of sight and down its throat. Grayling are very fragile so after a hard fight and if a hook is either left down its throat or a disgorger is prodded around too much will lead to a dead grayling. If you are feeder fishing then my advice if you are deep hooking is to pay more attention to the rod tip and strike at the slightest movement along with reducing the length of your hooklink. I cringe when I see so many Frome anglers feeder fishing, as many are using rods that would be more suitable for pike. Why are there fewer big grayling on our chalk streams? You now have the answer! Do I feeder fish for grayling? Yes. But I use the feeder as a fish finding tool. Cast it into a swim, get a bite then swap to the float. If I can’t get a bite on the float, I will cast a feeder back into the swim and if I get another bite then its back on the float as I know they are there, I just need to find how they want it. Another of my top grayling fishing tips is if you hook what feels like a big grayling then instead of trying to play it up the swim through the fast flow, walk downstream. Do this until you are adjacent to it as this will stack the odds in your favour of landing that fish of your dreams. I hope these grayling fishing tips, based on my own experiences with this fascinating and beautiful species, help you. Have fun, and if you catch a big ‘lady’, please report it to Angler’s Mail magazine. Good luck, Duncan Duncan Charman contributes every week to top weekly magazine, Anglers Mail. He is sponsored by Nash Tackle and Bait and has his own website www.duncancharman.co.uk He is also an angling guide and can be booked on a daily basis for most species including carp, pike, perch, zander, chub, catfish, barbel, bream, grass carp, crucians, roach, rudd, grayling, tench and golden orfe. For info and prices email him at duncancharman@me.com or call 07928 617006 / 01252 315271. His book Evolution of an Angler is available from www.calmproductions.com Contacts Timsbury – 07759 331385 Lower Itchen Fishery – 07477 790210 Purbeck Angling – 01929 550770 Dave Harrell – www.daveharrellangling.com CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Season’s biggest grayling Neil Maidment targeted the specimen grayling from his local River Frome and it ended a near decade-long quest to beat… Stunning haul of grayling The 3 lb 1 oz beauty fell to 66-year-old security officer Dennis Bird from Pagham in West Sussex. Mike Holcombe,… Stunning grayling for junior The 13-year-old from Barnstaple, Devon, has amassed a fantastic CV with tope over 41 lb, large perch and barbel,… Stunning 3 lb-plus grayling It takes Neill’s career total to five 3 lb-plus specimen in another brilliant season for the Bupa worker, who tackled … Old pals both land giant grayling Godalming, Surrey-based Mike this time had the best fish with this PB 3 lb 4 oz stunner while 66-year-old security… World record grayling claimed for UK catch The mighty grayling’s record category is by no means an unusual target for IGFA multiple record holder Rich. He also… Grayling world record for British globetrotter Brit abroad Rich Hart returned to England to take this fine 3 lb 2 oz grayling from the west country.… Best big grayling catch for years! The 36-year-old targeted a secret chalkstream close to his Hull, East Yorkshire, home. Though the only two grayling of… Huge grayling for carp ace Mark Pitchers The 39-year-old carp ace, from Stokesley, North Yorkshire, nabbed the new grayling PB from a local river. Mark, who was… View the full article
  12. THE World carp record of 108 lb (pictured below) has risen by nearly 5 lb.... to an incredible 112 lb 14 oz (51.2 kg) at Euro Aqua in Hungary. This 108 lb World carp record catch has been overtaken... when the scales tipped 51.2 kg (112 lb 14 oz).The immense new World carp record catch was made by Dutchman Michel Schoenmakers on Friday, November 23, 2018. More details will follow here soon, and also in print/digital form soon in Angler’s Mail weekly magazine, to which you can subscribe here now at a fantastic offer price. Michel’s leviathan came from the incredible Euro Aqua fishery in Hungary which has dominated mega carp headlines in recent years. His catch lifts the bar by a considerable margin and it is the first carp capture anywhere in the World to pull the scales down to the 50 kg mark. His colossal carp is seen here in a picture and video posted by Euro Aqua on its Facebook page. The World carp record had stood for the past two years at just under that magic ’50’ mark at 49 kg (108 lb). The captor of that previous World carp record travelled from the neighbouring country of Austria, and it was his first session on Euro Aqua. Marco Eichner made fast work of the venue’s incredible stock, and he struck lucky with the historic 108 lb catch on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Shortly after that catch, Marco told Angler’s Mail: “I arrived at the lake and perfect autumn weather greeted me with 20 degrees outside and 14 degrees water temperature. “Every day I fed ten kilograms and five kilos of boilies on an area of ​​ten square metres at a distance of 50 metres. “As bait I used a 20 mm boilie of the brand MM-baitservice, which starts working quickly in the water. “My 35 cm long leader with size 6 hooks I fished behind an 121 gram heavy inline lead. “The plan was to offer this about five metres away from the feeding place at a depth of three metres in order to catch as large a carp as possible.” ‘Golden tactics’ for World carp record “The tactics turned out to be golden,” continued Marco. “I got a timid bite, and my alarm beeped three times. I picked up the rod and started a battle of about ten minutes. “The big fish moved quietly, but finally the landing succeeded. When the carp lay in the net, we could not believe our eyes and immediately called for the owner Alexander Horvath. “When weighed the huge carp went an incredible 49 kg on the scale, a world record. This was the trip of my life!” exclaimed the soldier from Vienna. Marco is seen below in a video, cradling the immense bulk of the catch. The fishery attracts controversy by its practice of feeding its fish a vast quantity of maize and boilies to fatten them up for the anglers. Manchester’s Warren Harrison used to be a regular visitor to Euro Aqua, and landed on of the best UK overseas caught carp there of 101 lb 8 oz. He says some of the biggest carp have died but there’s still plenty of big fish in there. Warren explained: “The owner puts in up to 8 tonnes of feed a week and the fish pack on the weight. “One or two people I know have questioned this weight but I’ve seen the video and pictures and it is massive with a huge stomach so I quite believe it. “I know the fish I caught 18 months ago at 101 lb 8 oz has died since as have a few of the other giants there, but there are others to come through. “I recognise the fish as one that was caught the day after mine by a Dutch guy called Carlo which went 90 lb so it has packed on 18 lb since I saw it. “These highly fed fish don’t seem to live as long as others left to grow naturally so the practice is controversial, but it is magnificent fishing, although far from cheap –1,500 Euros for a week including bait and cooked breakfast,” he added. Euro Aqua’s World carp record pedigree The World carp record, before the 108 lb catch, was held by a different fish scaling 105 lb 13 oz (48 kg). This was also caught at Euro Aqua in Hungary. Thomas Krist from the Czech Republic was the new World carp record holder with that fish, pictured below. His catch, made back in 2015, added over 4 lb to the existing record. Thomas Krist (right) cradles the previous record carp that scaled a staggering 48 kg – which converts to 105 lb 13 oz. He’s seen with the owner of Euro Aqua in Hungary. Euro Aqua burst onto the wider big fish scene three years ago, on June 2, 2012, when Roman Hanke made an amazing 101 lb 4 oz catch (below). Since then, as we reported, many British anglers have joined the monster-seekers at this incredible water. Roman Hanke gives a full view of his 101 lb World record carp. The impressive commercially-run 11.3-hectare (28-acre) Aqua Lake is a former gravel pit near the truly massive (146,500-acre) Lake Balaton. Well maintained Euro Aqua fishery holds many more giant carp, plus catfish, zander and pike, and packages can be booked to fish there. It’s run by a couple Alexander and Susan Horvath, and Alexander bought it back in the mid-1990s as a retreat for friends and family, later forming an angling club for fish it. World carp record background The biggest carp landed from France was 100 lb 8 oz, a common carp that has since died. The rise of the lake to No.1 status for the World’s biggest carp, outshining the many rich venues in France in particular, was initially a surprise to many anglers. But it was not a shock to those dedicated big carp hunters who were really in the know. Euro expert Steve Briggs, said after the 101-pounder was landed: ‘The Euro Aqua lake has been under the radar as far as most English anglers are concerned but I’ve certainly known about it for the last three or four years. ‘It’s not the first big fish to be caught from there in fact it holds a great deal of very large carp, easily as many as any of the known French waters and so it’s no great surprise really that the first 100 lb carp came from there.” As Angler’s Mail has reported, giant carp in Graviers, Abbey Lakes and Rainbow Lake are amongst those with known carp that have nudged up towards 100 lb, along with Keltcherhoef in Belgium. UK bests well short of World carp record Britain does not have any carp anywhere near the peak weights achieved in many European nations. The current British carp record belongs to a 68 lb 1 oz giant that sadly died earlier this year. That much-admired fish was known as The Parrot, a rarely caught mirror carp lurking in Wasing Estate’s Cranwells Lake in Berkshire. After it took the official title, The Parrot was challenged at the top by two bigger fish. First, and most notably, came the challenge from Shropshire super-heavyweight Big Rig which was refused record status despite weighing more. Big Rig was controversially fed up before being released into The Avenue, one of the RH Fisheries waters. It too died during the summer of 2017, but the venue still holds mega fish including Tarka the common carp, caught recently at a new high of 64 lb – the biggest for a common carp in Britain. At least one huge living carp at Holme Fen, Cambridgeshire, has now grown over the official record. They could go on to become the biggest living heavyweights. An official claim to the title was pledged after Holme Fen’s Captain Jack was landed at 68 lb 8 oz. But that fish too has yet to be recognised by the British Record Fish Committee. And finally, check out the shock fish above. Scaling an incredible 83 lb it was landed at Kent’s awesome Wingham Fishery. It was considered to be in too poor health to be claimed as a British record…but is the heaviest carp caught and put on the scales in this country. By far! CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@timeinc.com – you could appear in the must-read print magazine. SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLER’S MAIL PRINT MAGAZINE AT A LOW PRICE – IT’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT! A subscription to the UK’s most interesting weekly print magazine, Angler’s Mail, makes a superb gift for any angler. Just subscribe to one of the top deals online at our official website for magazine subs >>> magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail print (or digital) magazine delivered to your door, anywhere in the world, at discounted rates! Now check out these big carp stories… British record carp title will not go to shock 83 lb giant The British record carp weight, still listed at 68 lb 1 oz on the official chart, was obliterated with the… British record carp dead: how it was found and tributes to the legendary Parrot British record carp, The Parrot, was caught numerous times over 60 lb to a best of 68 lb 1 oz… British record carp and trout claims rejected The claim for the record carp known as Big Rig at 69 lb 3oz from RH Fisheries’ The Avenue in… View the full article
  13. LEE BURTON caught one of the pike of the year with this huge specimen... Cheap fishing tackle was used to tempt and conquer the impressive predator… Lee used a £10 rod and reel set! Grimsby, Lincolnshire-based Lee went afloat on a secret reservoir in his home county. After beating the huge pike on his cheap fishing tackle set, he could not weight it as he didn’t have any scales. It would have been well over 35 lb. Lee told Angler’s Mail: “I went lure fishing for my very first time when after only two hours I pulled this monster out of the water. “It measured 48.5 inches long but sadly we had no scales to weigh her. “But the present bailiff and previous bailiff have agreed it’s the biggest pike they’ve ever seen from the water. “Sadly I’d recently had all my fishing gear stolen. So I actually caught my new PB pike on a spinning rod and reel I bought second-hand for only a tenner. “I caught her on a 12.5 cm Savage Gear 4D Rattle Trout which she took right at the boat. “I caught another jack pike about ten minutes before at about 7 lb. “My biggest pike before was on a deadbait last year which weighed 14 lb. “I’ve caught a few decent fish in the past with a 45 lb carp and a 178 lb catfish. “And I also had some big trout when I was on the TV show Nick Hancock’s Fishing School,” concluded Lee. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Unknown giant pike Alan said: “It’s full of large rudd, roach and bream so the ecology certainly pointed to it being a good… Pike fishing tips – 6 of the best hints for novices EVEN though there are sure to be a few frosts in the weeks ahead, pike will still be on the… Brothers’ two giant pike for 73 lb The pair were lucky to secure tickets for pike trials on Chew Valley Lake, Somerset, where Tony, 54, struck first… Make brilliant low cost boilies Angler’s Mail’s Bill Rushmer shows you how to make great boilies using cheap supermarket-bought ingredients – the best low cost… Great tips to boost your pike deadbaits IT PAYS to give deadbaits an extra boost to draw pike in to your swim. Instead of casting out and… Giant pike on just 2 lb line! DEAN LUKER couldn’t believe his luck when he finally managed to land this 20 lb 4 oz pike following a… Lure fishing tips for pike that work NOW! A MOBILE approach with lures is my favourite for warmer water pike, before cooler autumn weather and then winter kicks… View the full article
  14. THE UK’s largest and fastest expanding specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer is set to push ahead with even more growth. Angling Direct are pushing ahead with more expansion. Angling Direct plc has raised approximately £20 million through the issue of new shares at 92.5 pence each. The placing was over-subscribed, with strong support from both new and existing institutional shareholders. Angling Direct is one of only two angling retail PLCs, and currently enjoys about eight per cent market share of a £570m UK market. Angling Direct is looking to double the company’s revenues to approximately £100 million over the medium term. Darren Bailey, chief executive of Angling Direct, told Angler’s Mail: “Our plan for 20 new stores in two years is ambitious but we believe it is realistic and achievable. “With approximately 1,800 angling-orientated retailers, fragmentation in the market is high with significant scope to consolidate and for us to expand. “Part of the new money raised is to pay for extra staff in the infrastructure to implement our plans. “We are opening a new store in Peterborough the weekend of October 26 and then we will have 24 stores in all with several more already in the pipeline. “As well as building on new sites we also acquire existing businesses if they are large enough. “I am aware that the numbers fishing are flat at the moment although licence sale figures don’t take into account things like people who only fish abroad which is growing in popularity. “Anyone involved in the angling industry has a responsibility to promote the sport and Angling Direct does currently support initiatives from people like the Angling Trust and the Angling Trade Association with National Fishing Month. “On a local level our stores do talk to local fisheries about trying to improve access particularly for younger people who are sometimes deterred by the cost of fishing and transport problems. “Going forward we all need to do more to encourage both younger people into the sport and tempt former anglers to return,” Darren added. Why Angling Direct raised £20 m: To open approximately 20 new stores in the UK in 2019 and 2020. Website development including the roll-out of native language sites in Europe. European media and marketing plan. Facilitate the exploration of potential strategic marketing and aquisition opportunities. Increase the headcount across the business. General working capital and expansion of the Advanta® product lines. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Angling Direct swallows up Fosters of Birmingham Angling Direct is now the largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK with 17 stores. The news… Angling Direct – the giant fishing tackle chain – nets 44% growth Angling Direct issued a pre-close trading update for the 12 months to January 31, 2018, ahead of the publication of… 5p a bag… but for a great cause In conjunction with the Angling Trades Association (ATA) – of which the company is a member – ALL proceeds generated… Angling statistics finally revealed showing true spending and habits But the angling statistics report by the Environment Agency, comparing 2015 from 2005, has confirmed anglers are fishing less days.… View the full article
  15. PAUL POTTER hopes other angler will catch chub like this 7 lb 6 oz giant...or even bigger ones. Paul caught the impressive chub from the famous Longham free stretch on the Dorset Stour. Local Paul revealed: “I grew up with this famous stretch as a boy in Bournemouth. “Some folk will say: why mention the water? “My thoughts are that I hope someone catches it at 8 lb on a free stretch as it can be an expensive game and some people can’t afford to fish with the cost of some of the clubs down south. Good luck to all who try. “If we didn’t share our stories sometimes it wouldn’t be as much fun – and it encourages more people to fish. “When I caught the chub it was foggy and cold, and at 2.30am my rod took off like a rocket with Hinders Elips Dumbells doing the biz over a bed of hemp laced with Fish Pro. I used a bolt rig with a size 8 hook and PVA bag of free goodies. “My hookbait was hand-rolled by specialist angling friend Steve Downing from the Anglers Hook Bait Company.” CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Supersized roach in free-fishing river Charlie Shirley, from Sunbury–upon-Thames, Middlesex, was fishing a local free stretch when he hooked into the roach claimed at 3… Mega haul on free stretch A FREE fishing stretch of river produced a 16 lb 14 oz barbel and nine chub up to 6 lb… Best winter baits for chub A LOT of anglers target chub in the winter months when they start packing on the weight and filling out.… Top winter fishing tips for chub CHUB are a favourite winter quarry, and more so when the really cold weather has settled in, and clear, low… View the full article
  16. CONCERN is increasing about the highly lucrative trade in catching and transporting live wrasse from England to be used as fish cleaners in Scottish salmon farms. And at up to £17.50 per live wrasse, mostly from the south coast, there is big money to be made from the business. The wrasse that are relocated are used to control the number of sea lice that infest and adversely affect the salmon stocks. During 2018, live wrasse removals from the Southern IFCA district are expected to total in the region of 20,000 ballan wrasse and 15,000 other wrasse species, which equates to an estimated 11.6 tonnes. And at £50,000 a tonne they are now the most expensive fish in Europe. The trade in the Portland area of Dorset was recently highlighted by the BBC programme Inside Out South. Presenters found evidence that the voluntary regulations which control the trade are not always followed. One boat owner was even caught rod and line fishing in a no fishing zone. The Angling Trust and Fish Legal launched a campaign in 2017 to restrict the catch and their head of marine David Mitchell spoke on the programme. David commented: “It was a very positive story to be involved in and I think the BBC, and Joe Crowley in particular, did a good job at getting the balance right – not something we can always say. “I was very pleased that this story was given the opportunity to be told like this. “The use of wrasse as cleaner fish is something we have been campaigning about for a couple of years now but it’s been difficult to raise the profile of this little known fish outside of the world of sea angling. “I hope the programme helped to raise the profile of the issue to a much wider audience who would have continued to be unaware of it otherwise. “Once this happens policy makers start to take notice so I hope the programme will also lead to further questions being asked and public pressure to consider whether using wild wrasse as cleaner fish is sustainable or the best use of a publicly-owned resource. “The individual fishing in the protected area was a commercial fisherman who was fishing with rod and line. He normally uses pots to catch wrasse (which are banned in the No Take Zone) but claimed he didn’t realise commercial rod and line wrasse fishing was too,” David concluded. Fish Legal is on the wrasse case A spokesman for Fish Legal added: “Fish Legal is engaged in pre-litigation correspondence with Defra as it oversees the work of the non-executive agencies such as Natural England, MMO and the IFCAs. “At present, wrasse fishing is only restricted on a voluntary basis. We told Defra that if there is any risk of impact to the protected reefs on the south coast due to the exploitation of wrasse then the responsible bodies should halt all fishing for them until proper assessment is made and byelaws introduced. “Natural England say they now believe ‘beyond all reasonable scientific doubt’ that there will be no adverse impact on the reefs – yet at the same time recognise gaps in information about wrasse and the role they play in the reef system. “NE are therefore funding a PhD studentship to do the research. Meanwhile, the exploitation continues! “We have now written to NE to ask why their assessment of impact – which is primarily ‘desktop’ and without proper evidence, has risen from ‘unlikely’ to ‘beyond all reasonable scientific doubt’,” he concluded. Where and how wrasse are taken Data from iFISH (2000 to November 2016) indicates that the main areas where wrasse were taken from are the west coast of Scotland (33% of landings, but likely underestimated), western English Channel (42%) and eastern English Channel (18%). On the south coast of England, wrasse caught were landed into some 70 ports, with the main landing ports being Brixham (16% of Channel landings), followed by Lyme Regis (12%) and Eastbourne (12%). The main gear for these landings were gill nets (40%) and otter trawl (30%), whilst potting only accounted for 4% of recorded landings. The BBC programme is available to watch for a limited period HERE. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… British Sea Fish Records British record fish weights are shown below in pounds, ounces and drams with the angler and then venue. The list… 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… Top tips for autumn bass fishing Many anglers target bass throughout July and August but come September and October the number of bass anglers dwindle. I… Bass – and how to catch them on coarse fishing tackle! In the warmer months bristling predatory bass can be found in all manner of coastal locations, from surfy beaches through… View the full article
  17. THE British ruffe record looks at risk of being beaten this winter. sdrPerch angler Andrew Shepherd had a surprise on the Shropshire Union Canal when he banked this 4 oz 8 dr record-nudging ruffe. Andrew tempted his first ever ruffe on a 2 inch green Ecogear Creature Bait on a club water stretch. Pal Ian Gregory said: “There’s a few 5 oz-plus ruffe in the canal and I’m confident of getting another this winter.” Ian is still trying to sort out his own application for a 5 oz 8 dr record breaker he caught last winter. The official ruffe record remains at 5 oz 4 dr caught by R Jenkins from West View Farm in Cumbria in 1980. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Record ruffe? Telford, Shropshire-based Ian quickly weighed the specimen at 5 oz which is just 4 dr below the official best. The… Mighty brace of minnows The Surrey-based angler tackled a secret river just before the end of the river fishing season, and used stick float… 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
  18. The Dynamite Amino Black Milled Expanders 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. THE Dynamite Amino Black Milled Expanders Groundbait looks like a useful choice for the months ahead, especially for carp, F1s and skimmers. It contains 100 per cent milled expander pellets, to ensure that you can prepare a light, fluffy groundbait that will attract fish without overfeeding them. It is a nutritious, easy-to-digest mix, thanks to its amino acid profile. Being black, this groundbait will be a very useful choice for clear waters in the colder months. Price: £3.99. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More from Dynamite … 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 F1 Bait Range DYNAMITE have released a brand new F1 Range of baits specially designed for getting the best from those F1 dominated… Review: Dynamite Durable Hookers and Pellet Soaks DYNAMITE Durable Hookers and Pellet Soaks are two of the latest additions to the top bait company’s exciting Match range… View the full article
  19. The Blue Fox Vibrax Shads 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. AVAILABLE in 1 (4 g), 2 (6 g), 3 (8 g) and 4 (10 g) sizes, the Blue Fox Vibrax Shads come in a range of Silver and Gold finishes. Sporting printed scale patterns on the body and blade, there are roach, rudd and perch lookalikes available, each with a 45-degree blade, designed to be worked in depths from 2-4 ft. As well as sending out low-frequency sound vibrations, the brass gear rattles as it rubs against the bell on the lure, to attract to any predator in the area. Carefully designed, so that line twist is virtually eliminated, these ‘spinners’ come with a stainless steel shaft and a sharp VMC treble hook. They are perfect for attracting pike, perch, zander and chub. Price: from £3.25 each. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? Email photos and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com – you could star in the must-read print magazine. AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More from Blue Fox … Review: Blue Fox Vibrax Fluorescent Spinners THESE Blue Fox Vibrax Fluorescent Spinners have been designed to catch the eye of predators, having high-visibility blades and bodies.… Review: Blue Fox Vibrax Long Cast Lures THE Blue Fox Vibrax Long Cast Lures are designed to cover more water, helping you to find more fish. The… Review: Blue Fox Super Vibrax Minnow THESE Blue Fox Super Vibrax Minnow lures come with extra appeal: not only have you got flash and vibration from… View the full article
  20. ENGLISH anglers put a whopping £1.46 billion pounds per year into the English economy, a major study has found. KF3P89 Man taking new ten pound notes from wallet England UK United Kingdom GB Great BritainBut the angling statistics report by the Environment Agency, comparing 2015 from 2005, has confirmed anglers are fishing less days. As we revealed, rod licences are well down, 39.4 per cent since 2011. The latest yearly figures showing a yearly decline of 14.7 per cent, and an August monthly comparison to last year showing 14 per cent down. But anglers are spending more and are supporting up to 27,000 full time equivalent jobs, through their spending on the sport. The EA study, A Survey Of Freshwater Angling In England, revealed a number of angling statistics. It examined the spending patterns and behaviour of 10,000 surveyed fishing licence holders to build a picture of the market value of freshwater angling in England. It does not include the rest of the UK or sea fishing at all. Kevin Austin, EA deputy director for Fisheries said: “This study highlights the money anglers put into their sport and its importance to some of England’s regional economies. “All income from fishing licence sales is used to fund our work to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries. “This includes improving habitats for fish, facilities for anglers and tackling illegal fishing. “We also work with partners such as the Angling Trust, Get Hooked on Fishing, the Canal and River Trust and the Angling Trade Association to encourage people to give fishing a go.” Angling statistics confirm ‘contribution’ The Angling Trust has helped ten of thousands of people try angling in the past few years to help get fresh blood. Trust chief executive Mark Lloyd explained: “These figures confirm that angling makes a huge contribution to the economy, alongside the many benefits it brings to the health and wellbeing of millions of people each year. “The Trust, working with the EA, are focused on protecting and growing angling not only as an important contributor to our economy, but also to our society as a whole. “Over the last three years we have worked with the Agency to reinvest millions of pounds of rod licence income in improving facilities for anglers, providing information about how and where to fish. “Together we have helped over 77,000 people try fishing for the first time.” How money was spent Average spend per coarse angler per year Tackle £420 Bait £210 Clothing £182 petrol £150 Permits £120 Accommodation £70 Hot food £50 Food from shop £70 Magazines, books, DVDS £28 More key angling statistics ANGLING days may be down 22 per cent from 28.5 million days in 2015 to 22.3 million days in 2015, but carp angling showed how dominant it has become. The study found that angling for coarse fish was the most popular activity for the nation’s anglers, accounting for 19.7 million days of fishing. Carp was the most sought after species with an estimated 7 million days fishing time. Game anglers spent 2.4 million days fishing for salmon and trout. And stillwater coarse fishing was far more popular with 14 million days fishing, compared to 4,31 millions days on rivers and 1.44 million on canals. The biggest region for angling was Thames with 5.325 million days, then Humber 5.127 million, Anglian 3.828 million, North West 2.410 million, Severn 1.876 million, South East 1.73 million, South West 1.202 million, Northumbria 643,000, Dee 70,000 and Solway Tweed 57,000. Most coarse angling trips took place between 5 and 25 miles from home. Anglers travelled significantly further for game fishing, with most salmon anglers travelling at least 50 miles from home to fish. Angling Trade Association chairman Naidre Werner said: “This report shows anglers are still fishing an awful lot and spending a lot of money. “Anglers spending £1.46 billion per year is a welcome bit of news. “All sports and hobbies are down but these figures show angling is booming, especially on stillwaters.” Carp fishing came top in the angling statistics that have recently been published. Total days spent fishing 2015 Species Total days Average days per angler Carp 7,440,000 17 Bream 2,980,000 11 Roach 2,470,000 10 Perch 1,810,000 7 Pike 1,720,000 7 Tench 1,630,000 6 Barbel 1,550,000 6 Chub 1,230,00 5 Rudd 1,168,000 6 Crucian 1,013,000 5 Minis 580,000 4 Catfish 453,000 3 Eel 425,000 3 Dace 347,00 2 Zander 262,000 2 Stocked rainbows 1,608,000 10 Stocked browns 1,013,000 8 Other stocked trout 323,000 4 Wild trout 839,000 6 Grayling 383,000 4 Salmon 109,0001 11 Sea trout 71,000 8 AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. Stories you may like to read now… War veteran robs own fishing club to spend money on dating websites, shopping and jewellery Wayne Adams splashed the cash on dating websites, shopping and jewellery from Samuels after splitting from his wife after swindling… Angling decline is being addressed – and YOU can help As we revealed, an angling decline is apparent as rod licence sales are down 39.4 per cent since 2011. The… Rod licence sales decline revealed – is angling now at crisis point? Latest rod licence sales figures, just released, and for the 2017/18 season, also show a continued trend of a 14.7… Will instant carp anglers stay fishing? Angler’s Mail magazine news editor Thomas Petch blogs this week for Mail HQ, looking at instant carp anglers – and… Water quality fears of anglers proved correct by shocking pollution figures Water quality fears were proved correct as the number of the most serious pollution incidents rose to 11 in 2017.… View the full article
  21. THE Angling Trusts wants your help to get more sides of angling booming again. As we revealed, an angling decline is apparent as rod licence sales are down 39.4 per cent since 2011. The latest two confirmed figures saw a 14.7 per cent decline for the 2017-18 season and 14 per cent down in August compared to the same month last year. Angling Trust chief executive Mark Lloyd explained that the angling decline is being tackled, and views are being pulled together. Mark said: “We are seeking the views of anglers, clubs, fisheries and the wider trade on the future National Angling Strategy that is being drawn up by the Environment Agency. “There is a lot of experience to draw on from clubs, fisheries and the trade, as well as hundreds of thousands of anglers who can give their insight as well. “Our regional forums are running over October and November and we will have sessions on the future strategy. “These are forums paid for by licence money, we encourage as many people as possible to attend. Find out more on our website. “And we will be holding a Future Angling conference on Saturday, November 17, at Barston Lakes in the West Midlands after our AGM for anyone (whether a member or not) to contribute to the development of this strategy. “Like many sports angling is facing a major strategic challenge. In our case it’s is a combination of an aging angling population, declining wild freshwater and marine fish stocks, lack of enforcement, changing leisure habits, economic pressures and the government restrictions on Environment Agency marketing. “The UK is not alone. In Finland, participation is down 30 per cent, Norway 15 per cent, Denmark 32 per cent, the USA state California 56 per cent whilst there has been a 60 per cent increase in population. “Other sports have seen declines in participation – from 2007/08 to 2015/16 football saw a drop of over 500,000 participants, equating to an 18 per cent decline. “Golf has seen a 27 per cent decline, swimming 24 per cent, tennis 27 per cent, squash 33 per cent,” Mark concluded. Chris Yates is concerned by the apparent angling decline. Angling decline views of Chris Yates Angling legend and former carp record holder Chris Yates said: “Sadly we don’t see so many youngsters fishing these days. “Some go with their dads which is great but it is rarer to see groups of young kids like there used to be. “There are too many impediments put in the way of kids now – even local ponds have membership and it seems silly to expect anyone under 16 to have to have the bother of getting a licence to go fishing even if it is free. “I saw my first carp in the village pond when I was five and it seemed almost like a dragon to me, and hooked me on the world under water. “More needs to be done to encourage young people and there aren’t enough women or people from ethnic groups involved in the sport – this must be an area which can be improved,” Chris added. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online here >> magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Annual rod licence additional fees sting anglers Angler’s Mail reader Alan Oakley has warned of the dangers of buying your annual rod licence online when he paid… Rod licence sales reveal major rises and falls And the new three-rod coarse licence has seen a boom of 100,104 paying £45 a pop if not entitled to… Rod licence 2018-2019: all you need to know Rod licence buyers can pick a three-rod option again, after it was launched to acclaim in 2017, especially by serious… Rod licence sales decline revealed – is angling now at crisis point? Latest rod licence sales figures, just released, and for the 2017/18 season, also show a continued trend of a 14.7… Rod licence facts near you revealed by Environment Agency Sales for 2016-17 fell by 19,059 licences – or 1.47 per cent – as the Environment Agency sold them to… View the full article
  22. HERE it is... the first authenticated 50 lb carp from the mighty River Thames. Nick Helleur admires his Thames carp record.Full-time angler Nick Helleur beat the Thames carp record with this stunning 50 lb 14 oz linear mirror. The 47-year-old caught the fish from his own trailer boat on the middle Thames after a two-year campaign on the venue… a campaign that’s ongoing. It is the same fish as the old official Thames carp record of 48 lb 7 oz in 2017 caught by Steve Shenfield. But it is definitely a different fish to Ash Geden’s 44 lb 10 oz linear caught in September. Nick said: “I’m fully aware my life is different to most other anglers, it’s like Groundhog Day. “I nearly always wake up on the bank, head off to a café for a coffee and maybe some breakfast and then go onto a different water. “And if that isn’t right, I head off for another venue. “I’ve always had an insatiable thirst for catching carp but I get bored easily and move around a lot. “I’ve done more fishing than most people with a full-time job could do in ten life-times. “I’ve been after this fish for the past two years and I’d says it is the best carp in the country. “I baited up a lot as there are just so many bream in there, putting in ridiculous amounts,” added Nick. Tactics were fishing a snowman rig with a glugged Sticky Baits Krill bottom bait and a Signature Squid pop-up over lots of peanuts and Krill boilies. Nick also fished a bit different, not using bite alarms, but sea fishing-style bells added to the rod tips. It means he can fish tight lines and get instant indication as he doesn’t want to wind in bream the next morning that have been hooked all night. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Mega Thames barbel Thames barbel fan Neil tackled an undisclosed stretch of the middle reaches for a 16 lb 10 oz specimen (pictured)… Football hero David Seaman nets river 30 GOALKEEPING legend David Seaman has bagged his second River Thames 30 of the season with this 31 lb 12 oz… 5 things you need to catch river carp this summer! 1) DYNAMITE BAITS MONSTER TIGERNUT RED-AMO BOILIES One of the most successful bait launches in the past year has been… River carp venues – plus tactics to try and catch one! THE resurgence in carp fishing on wild, unstocked venues is great to see – the mystery of angling for unknown… View the full article
  23. ANGLING is safe under the three main political parties, the Angling Trust found at their party conferences. In partnership with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Trust representatives attended the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative autumn conferences. They spoke about the importance of angling at a series of specially organised Rural Receptions attended by ministers and shadow ministers, MPs, councillors and party delegates. Angling Trust campaigns chief, and former MP Martin Salter (pictured above, left) said: “Although the economic benefits of recreational fishing are massive fishing is about much more than catching fish or spending our spare cash. “It has huge benefits for individuals and communities in terms of our health and well-being, our understanding of both the countryside and the environment and even in some cases in diverting kids at risk away from anti-social behaviour, drugs and crime. “We are extremely fortunate at the Trust to have a great working relationship with MPs of all parties on the All Party Angling Group and it’s important to us to have Parliamentarians who know and understand the issues that affect our sport and who are happy to see them raised in Westminster and with ministers.” Labour’s shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman MP said: “Both BASC and the AT carry out vital conservation work. Sustainability has to be at the heart of everything we do. “We want people to be able to continue to enjoy shooting and angling while promoting conservation, biodiversity and protecting our environment. “I’ll keep working with BASC and the Angling Trust to ensure that this sustainability and conservation of British wildlife is high on the policy agenda at Westminster.” And Baroness Cathy Bakewell, the Liberal’s Lords spokesperson on rural affairs, said: “I fully appreciate the contribution made by fishing to rural and coastal life. “I have spent many enjoyable hours sitting on river banks with my husband while he fishes and I am well versed in its benefits to the economy and the environment.” CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… New group for carp anglers As we reported in June, The Carp Society, who once had over 5,000 members, was on the brink of dissolving… 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… 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… ANGLING TRUST BLOG (Sat): getting the major political parties onside with angling SATURDAYS see the good people at The Angling Trust, the single organisation to represent all game, coarse and sea anglers and… View the full article
  24. ONE of the world's 'dream fishing holiday' venues was the scene of a tragedy last week. Kevin Rowlands was on holiday at Gillhams Fishing Resort.Father of five Kevin Rowlands killed himself last week while fishing at Gillhams Fishing Resort in Thailand, his fiancée Tracy King has revealed. The 35-year-old from Strood, Kent, had been catching big fish at Gillhams but took his own life while on his dream holiday. Tracy said he’s suffered two decades of mental health issues and alcoholism. The 38-year-old, who has a baby with Kevin, said: “He knew he needed help but he wanted a quick fix and there’s no such thing.” Now Tracy needs to raise £6,500 to bring Kevin home and bury him and has set up a fundraising page. To donate click here. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. More stories from Angler’s Mail… Gary Newman notches eight freshwater species over 100 lb During an eight-day session at Gillhams Fishing Resorts, Gary Newman landed 25 Siamese carp. Eight of them topped the 100lb… Asian carp to 100 lb cause major row AMERICAN President Obama is being verbally attacked for allowing Asian carp to invade the Great Lakes, pushing out native species.… 130 lb World record mahseer shock THE big fish world has been buzzing with the incredible news that the mahseer record has been smashed with a… World carp record rises to 108 lb! The World carp record captor travelled from neighbouring country of Austria, for his first trip to Euro Aqua. The incredible… View the full article
  25. DEN POOLE tempted one of the biggest chub of the season with this 8 lb 1 oz giant. Den Poole displays his River Lea giant.The River Lea was where the giant came from, and it has a long pedigree with jumbo chub in certain areas in Essex and Hertfordshire. In fact, Den has caught an even bigger River Lea chub than this 8 lb 1 oz chunk – and it has rocked the British record. This time, Theydon Bois, Essex-based Den, nicknamed the ‘Wanderer’, offered small baits as the venue wasn’t fishing well. Den explained: “With conditions not at their best lately along our rivers, it’s been even more important too stay mobile and keep looking all the time. I can’t stress this enough. “Sometimes, even with very low water levels, big chub can be spotted in the most unlikeliest of places on the River Lea. “With very limited fishing time lately, and conditions not favourable, I was going to have to be very quiet and ready too move, so limited tackle once again. “With one or two swims in mind ,my first aim was too wait until an hour or so before dark and introduce a few free offerings, that being mostly maggot and small amounts of pellet. “I kept this trickling in until light levels had almost faded. “A simple link leger set up with a 10 mm boilie was the plan.” River Lea giant under willow branches Den continued: “I was unable too get into the first choice swim as someone had gone into it, something that happens on pressured venues. “But the other swim I had baited was free and just as darkness fell I gently introduced my hookbait by an overhanging willow. “Within 10 minutes or so I received a few gentle knocks and rattles, and my hand was paused over my centrepin. “Some 20 minutes passed and the rod tip just hooped right over the centrepin screamed. “As I lifted into it, I was met with a heavy nod trying too get down into the willow roots so I leaned as far forward as I could and pulled gently but firmly to my right side. “I kept the pressure on, and suddenly it’s head came up out into mid-water and as I flicked on my head torch I got sight of this huge chub. “I reached over for my net and at full stretch eased her over it. Oh god, I thought, she’s huge. “I rested her in the net while I called Ginger Kev whom was fishing just up the bank from me and a few minutes later we were both starring into the net with head torches on. “We both looked at one another, and just laughed. “She was my second eight-pounder from the venue, the last being 8 lb 10 oz. “Now it is time to concentrate on another favourite of mine – the perch,” concluded the River Lea ace. CAUGHT A BIG FISH OR GOT SOME NEWS? You could star in Angler’s Mail in print and online – email pix and details exclusively to: anglersmail@ti-media.com AN ANGLER’S MAIL MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT! With Christmas coming, it’s a great time to subscribe to one of the top magazine offers online at magazinesdirect.com. You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets. There are seasonal deals for the print version and the digital version too. You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories… Best winter baits for chub A LOT of anglers target chub in the winter months when they start packing on the weight and filling out.… King-sized chub The huge chub came from the members-only stretch Kings Weir and wins Jerry a weekly award of £100 of great… Huge canal chub IN AN astonishing run of “river” fish, we’re proud to publish this stunning picture of Matt Jones with a 7… 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… Scotty’s beaming up biggest fish from River Lea River Lea regular Scott has been putting in plenty of effort over the last year, finding fish, likely spots and… Monster chub on new bait creation Tring, Hertfordshire-based Leighton said: “I have been experimenting with a unique Umami paste bait encapsulated by faggots and sold by my local… View the full article
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