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42ins hooklength helps bank brace of thirties

A massive 42ins hooklenght helped Lee Collings overcome a multitude of problems to bank two thirties and a twenty.The 3ft 6ins hooklink was used to lie on top of dying weed during a two-night session at a busy Farriers Lake in Gloucestershire.Lee said: “There were 14 anglers on when I arrived, with all the going swims stitched up, so it ...

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  • 19 December 2014

39lb 2oz mirror from southern gravel pit

A rain-lashed overnighter gave Richard Effamy this 39lb 2oz mirror.The 29-year-old plastering contractor flicked his baits just 20 yards under a willow tree at a southern gravel pit to tempt the specimen.The West Sussex angler said: “It was a very wet 12-hour overnighter. I got absolutely soaked!”Richard fed about half a kilo of crumbed and chopped Sticky Krill boilies and ...

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  • 19 December 2014

4lb perch after two year wait

For the last two winters Dave Horton has set himself the target of catching a 4lb-plus perch – and he finally achieved his goal with this 4lb 8oz specimen from the River Lea.The experienced predator angler and Pike Anglers Club member –who has over 20, 30lb-plus pike to his name – found success with a floatfished roach deadbait on the ...

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  • 19 December 2014

35lb 6oz pike from Ravensthorpe Reservoir

This cracking 35lb 6oz pike from Ravensthorpe Reservoir is believed to be the biggest of the species caught from any of Anglian Water’s portfolio of fisheries this season.The impressive specimen was boated by Mat Kasjaniuk while he worked a lure in a central area of the 100-acre Northamptonshire venue.The large esox set a new personal best for Mat, and he ...

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  • 19 December 2014

New rods help catch monster zander

Steve Budd christened his new rods in style with this 17lb 11oz zander from the River Severn.The huge predator was caught just after dark at the end of the day session on the midlands waterway after the Tewkesbury-based gas engineer moved to a spot which he hadn’t fished for a while but fancied to produce a big fish.The 51-year-old, who ...

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  • 18 December 2014

63lb 4oz common carp from the River Ebro

This huge 63lb 4oz specimen equals the River Ebro common carp record and was banked by globetrotting angler Martin Hodgkinson.During a week-long trip on the Spanish waterway with Mequinenza-based Catfish Tours, the Nash Tackle consultant overcame tough conditions to also net four carp over 40lb, six thirties and nine twenties. “We had to use 20oz of lead just to keep our ...

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  • 17 December 2014

Second 50lb-plus common for Dave Lane in a year

Dave Lane’s phenomenal 2014 got even better with the capture of this 51lb 4oz common on his birthday.Having banked the elusive Burghfield Common at 55lb in July, Dave became possibly the only angler in history to land two 50lb commons in the same season with the capture of Kitch from Northey Park near Peterborough. The Mainline and TF Gear-backed angler ...

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  • 15 December 2014

You vote Ivan Marks the greatest canal angler of all time

The nation has spoken and the legendary Ivan Marks has been voted as the greatest canal angler of all time.Officials from the Canal & River Trust launched a campaign in October to find out who was worthy of the accolade, listing 10 potential candidates for the title.Hundreds of votes have since been cast and the much-loved former England international has ...

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  • 15 December 2014

Six-year-old Daniel didn't know pike grew this big!

Many seasoned specimen anglers spend years trying to catch an upper-twenty pound pike – but Daniel French has achieved the impressive feat at the age of just six-years-old.The Wiltshire-based schoolboy caught this cracking 28lb pike which fishing with his dad, Matthew, at Chew Valley Reservoir in Somerset.Despite fishing hard all day drifting and casting lures, the fish was the result ...

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  • 15 December 2014

Perch smash river record

Two friends experienced a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ session after both banking record-breaking perch that topped the scales at 4lb 15oz apiece.Andy Cheetham and Simon Brough were fishing a club controlled stretch of the Derbyshire Derwent when they beat the current river best by 3oz and smashed their personal bests’ with the amazing brace of fish.Arriving at the midlands waterway before sunrise the ...

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  • 15 December 2014

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