This giant River Wensum barbel, reported at the time at 21 lb 2 oz, sits at the top of the barbel Top 50. It is not however the official British barbel record!

Awesome catches join biggest fish hall of fame

Some 14 coarse species are included in the 2015 refresh by experts who help the British Record Fish Committee. And their charts make fascinating reading for any big fish fan.…

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Monster 5 lb-plus perch in match!

And the huge predator was landed on just a pole top-two with a number eight elastic and a size 20 hook to a 0.10 mm hook length, after taking a…

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Monster 6 lb perch!

The Westin backed angler tempted the 50 cm specimen on one of their new Shad Teez lures in ‘Official Roach’ pattern. This is just a short version of the full…

Some nice crucians, like this, and roach came my way.

How can these anglers get it so wrong?

But what never fails to amaze me are the simple things that many anglers keep on doing wrong despite the plethora of information that is available. A quick look through…

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Mega perch before ‘mallet madness’

Steven, from Swansea, tackled the Pleasure Lake at top day ticket complex White Springs Fishery, near Swansea, when he landed this 4 lb 2 oz cracker. He had already landed…

Pike have a place in all fisheries, and not just because they provide great sport for us anglers.

Pike fishing tips for spring and summer

MOST dedicated pikers only target pike from October to March, this being the traditional pike season. This gives the pike a break for spawning but also reduces the stress to…

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World’s biggest carp of 2015!

TOP French carp venue Abbey Lakes produced this monstrous 95 lb 8 oz mirror for Drew Fuller, and set a new lake record. It’s easily the biggest carp caught anywhere…

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Who needs bait for big pike?

PIKE mecca Chew Valley Lake in Somerset threw up this chunky 31 lb 8 oz specimen despite bait fishing not now being allowed. Rugby, Warwickshire-based Vernon Novy bagged the big…

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Huge leather carp for bream record holder

Simon Harbottle was on his first session for over two months and with not much time left a big fish showed at 70 yards  where his cast got the big…