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Schoolboy banks 5lb 12oz river perch

The capture of a 5lb 12oz perch from one of the UK’s most famous river systems is the biggest talking point in yet another incredible week for huge stripeys.Schoolboy Edward Frost had a big surprise during a session on the River Bure with his father when a lure intended for pike was taken by the huge perch that measured 46ins ...

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  • 10 February 2016

Two new venues for 2016 Old Ghost UK Champs

The 2016 Old Ghost UK Angling Championships will see two new venues – The Glebe Fishery and Boddington Reservoir – replacing Maver Larford Lakes and Bait-Tech Viaduct Fishery.Backed again by Old Ghost, the competition is open to any UK angler, with the top 40 from last year qualifying. The remaining 40 places will be decided by a one-off qualifier in ...

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  • 10 February 2016

Wellington’s Unknown Mirror at 53lb 12oz best

Paul Wyatt tapped into Wellington Country Park’s unrivalled stock of big fish with this 53lb 12oz lump.The fish, called the Unknown Mirror, came at its biggest-ever weight during a weekend session at the Berkshire venue.Paul, from Headley in Hampshire, said: “I arrived to find it very busy on the Saturday. Having had a walk around, I decided my only option ...

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  • 09 February 2016

Prices frozen on club books for 2016

Angling was given another major boost this week after dozens of the country’s biggest clubs revealed they are freezing membership prices this season.Clubs throughout the UK have been widely praised for their commitment to providing the best value sport on offer, and they have signalled their intention to continue that trend with the latest slice of good news.The decision comes ...

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  • 09 February 2016

Fish O’ Mania off to a flyer

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 ...

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  • 08 February 2016

Homemade cheese paste lures 7lb 12oz chub

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 ...

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  • 08 February 2016

Hat trick of fifties thanks for kingfishers!

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 ...

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  • 08 February 2016

Record year for UK fish stockings

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 ...

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  • 08 February 2016

16lb 10oz barbel taken on mince

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 ...

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  • 07 February 2016

4lb 3oz River Trent perch

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 ...

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  • 06 February 2016

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