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Archive for December, 2010


Ladies make Adrian Eves’ day

GRAYLING are reliable feeders even in the coldest weather and Adrian Eves warmed himself up on Hampshire’s River Test with this 3 lb 1 oz stunner.
The new personal best came first cast as Adrian revealed: ‘It was encouraging start to a cold raw day. It didn’t seem to worry the fish and the action was steady throughout the day, I…

ANGLER’S SHOCKING VIDEO OF THE THAW!

The thaw has kicked in properly this week as temperatures have risen and stayed stable – so venues near you should become fishable.
And, after days or weeks away from the water, anglers have seen some unusual sights.
Angler’s Mail fan Adrian Smith, from Hereford, recorded surely the most startling video of any thawing venue here in the UK.
Venturing out on December…

FESTIVE MATCH FISHING UPDATE

Our online results service will resume here after the festive break, on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.
That’s the same date our magazine of 2011 will be on sale, including EXCLUSIVE rankings of English matchmen…. a very special feature which will be a big talking point amongst match anglers. There will be lots more for match fans too.
So be sure to catch…

Focus on mini species

ANGLER’S MAIL’S special bumper Christmas issue – out now in the shops for a fortnight over the festive period – focuses on fish that are in all of our waters but often overlooked – the (not so) mighty mini species.
Just like the bullhead pictured here, many anglers wouldn’t be able to recognise one, let alone contemplate catching one.
So we sent…

Massive Trent Zander

THIS 12 lb 11 oz River Trent zander struck just as the light was fading over the banks of its snow-capped Nottinghamshire banks.
Harrogate, North Yorkshire cabbie Dave Tipping feared his 150-mile round trip was going to be in vain so was extra thankful the zed made an appearance.
Dave, 54, said: ‘I got out during a brief, slightly milder interlude in…

Dying wish of a shop proprietress

THE final wishes of a terminally ill tackle shop owner have been accomplished with the move to a cavernous new home.
Maureen and Chris Allen, and their daughter Kirsty, have worked from the confined premises situated on Eleanor Cross Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.
But they have recently moved to a huge work unit space on Lea Road, just a few yards away…

Fred Healey beats the foul weather

FORMER Angler’s Mail Fox Specimen Cup winner Fred Healey endured some rough weather to capture this 7 lb 5 oz chub.
Targeting the Fishers Green stretch of the River Lea, Essex, Fred tempted the monster chevin with a fishmeal boilie.
Fred, from Uckfield, East Sussex, is a weekly winner in our exclusive Fox Specimen Cup competition.
Read our special bumper Christmas magazine –…

YOUR top baits of 2010 are…

AN EXCLUSIVE online poll on our Angler’s Mail website on YOUR favourite baits has thrown up a surprise result with the humble maggot joint top with pellets.
Nearly 400 of you voted on here and the humble grub was surprisingly right up there with pellets on 24 per cent each.
We asked: ‘Which bait have you used more times than any other…

ENTER OUR FOX CLOTHING COMPETITION – NOW!

NEW FOX SUPER WEIGHT CLOTHING WORTH £1,500 TO BE WON!

NEW for 2011 Fox International have designed an exciting new range of heavy-duty ‘Super Weight’ clothing that offers stylish looks without compromising functionality.
Each of our EIGHT winners will receive a set including:

Super Weight Hood
Joggers
Combats, (all in green)
Body Warmer
Beanie (green and black)

SUPER WEIGHT HOODIES
Constructed from a 400 gr fabric, nearly twice…

BEST FREE-SPOOL REELS FOR UNDER £100 – TESTED!

Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN

MAVER C125 INSPIRATION 6000
£69.99
Comes with two aluminium spools with a capacity of approx 200 m of 0.35 mm mono, plus an instant anti-reverse system. It weighs in at 17 oz. Boasts 9+1 bearings, a gear ratio of 4.9:1 and large comfortable grip handle, although this doesn’t create the most balanced feel. Drag is set by a…