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Record year for UK fish stockings

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Angling Times,
08 February 2016 06:00

A record-breaking winter has seen almost two million fish stocked nationwide by the Environment Agency.Hundreds of rivers and stillwaters have benefited following an improvement in breeding techniques at the EA’s Calverton fish farm in Nottinghamshire, and more fish left the rod licence-funded facility than ever before.The figures were published in the EA’s annual report which also revealed how more than ...

Homemade cheese paste lures 7lb 12oz chub

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Angling Times, 08 February 2016 06:00

A Homemade piece of cheese paste the size of a golf ball was the secret behind the capture of this 7lb 12oz river chub.Nathan Leney hadn’t been chub fishing for several months, but the recent mild spell inspired him to take a trip to the tough River Lea in Hertfordshire.There the 36-year-old from Aylesbury relied purely on the pulling power ...

Fish O’ Mania off to a flyer

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Angling Times, 08 February 2016 06:00

It’s a record breaker! Just days after going on sale, every ticket for this year’s new-look Fish O’Mania qualifiers has been snapped up as Britain’s match anglers bid for the £50,000 top prize.Organiser the Angling Trust has revealed that it received a record 7,200 applications for the 4,380 tickets available last week, dispelling initial fears that a format change for ...

Hat trick of fifties thanks for kingfishers!

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Angling Times, 08 February 2016 06:00

Rob Hughes took a lead from the greatest anglers of all and banked three fifties in two days – thanks to the hunting habits of a pair of kingfishers.The nimble birds kept returning to the same bush at a freezing venue and, with no other signs to go on, Rob cast to the area and immediately started hauling.In all, the ...

16lb 10oz barbel taken on mince

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Angling Times, 07 February 2016 06:00

A packet of supermarket mince and a huge home-made feeder were instrumental in the capture of a 16lb 10oz personal-best barbel.This combination not only helped Gary Walsh land his biggest ever fish, but also provided him with three others over the 15lb mark weighing 15lb 8oz, 15lb 6oz and 15lb 2oz.The Oxfordshire specialist admitted that he’s never known the fishing ...

Big pike on herring

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Angling Times, 06 February 2016 06:00

Well-known predator fishing fanatic Ant Glascoe Jnr showed that he’s not only one of the best at catching big pike on lures when he boated four fish to a best of just over 20lb.The Manchester angler specialist loves nothing better than catching pike and perch on artificial baits, but his latest haul was taken while float-legering a herring hookbait.The 20-pounder ...

4lb 3oz River Trent perch

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Angling Times, 06 February 2016 06:00

Andrew Cheetham had floods to thank after he banked this 4lb 3oz perch from a section of the Trent. The main river flow was too strong for the Manchester angler to fish, so he moved to an area of slack water. “I legered a lobworm into the calm zone and at daybreak a small bite registered on the tip,” he ...

Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending February 5th, 2016

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Trout Fisherman, 05 February 2016 13:39

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, GwentAll current members should by now, have, received the 2016 Newsletter, which contains much valuable information regarding fishing at the reservoirs. Non-members and other fishermen interested in learning about the excellent prospects for the coming season can access the Newsletter via the Association website at www.nrffa.co.uk  The Newsletter includes details of the Association's stocking plans for ...

Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending February 5th, 2016

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Trout Fisherman, 05 February 2016 13:37

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, GrampianA week of storms, snow and cold conditions greeted anglers and didn't make for an enjoyable fishing experience for anyone. The only decent day was at the weekend and even though snow lay on the ground at least there was no wind and fish were topping and active. Anglers took advantage of this and had ...

England Troutmasters reports for week-ending February 5th, 2016

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Trout Fisherman, 05 February 2016 13:33

Avington Trout Fishery, HampshireThe fishing this month has been really productive although stalking has been challenging with fish very difficult to spot. The fish have a tendency to shoal up this time of year, usually a little further out towards the middle of the lake and will move out gradually depending on fishing pressure throughout the day. Biggest fish of ...

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