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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

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

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

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

Big pike on herring

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 ...

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  • 06 February 2016

Maver Oculus 999 16m pole

Price: RRP £1,335 SSP £999.99 Package: Oculus 999 16m pole, one Match kit housed inside the pole, fIve Powerlite Power kits (pre-slotted and bushed), Mini extension Elastic rating: 20-plus Extras: Three EVA Clean Caps, deluxe pole holdall and protective tubes, informative DVD

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  • 05 February 2016

Third time lucky and a 10lb 15oz canal zed

The loss of a big fish is soul-destroying, but Jimmy Sallis bounced back and returned to the same swim to bank this stunning 10lb 15oz zander. Undeterred by his earlier misfortune, the 32-year-old spent the next two nights fishing Stratford-upon-Avon Canal chasing the ‘one that got away’. “It came to the top almost straightaway and without hesitation I threw the ...

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  • 05 February 2016

Biggest ever river bream taken by master float maker

A floatfished piece of bread has accounted for the biggest bream ever caught from a river.Tipping the scales at 13lb 3oz, it was banked by renowned float maker Andy Field when he targeted a stretch of southern river.Using one of his own hand-made floats, his Drennan Acolyte float rod and 3lb line tied straight through to a size 14 hook ...

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  • 04 February 2016

Hero angler in mountain rescue drama

A quick-thinking angler used his sleeping bag to save the lives of two friends after their vehicle plummeted down a 200ft rock face.Keen carper Craig Taylor said he thought his friends were dead after their 4x4 was involved in an accident he likened to ‘something you’d see in a James Bond film’.The site manager from Birmingham said the seven-hour ordeal ...

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  • 03 February 2016

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