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Best festive issue ever!

 

OUR printed festive issue has just come out in the shops and I’ve got to say it is one of the best Christmas issues we’ve produced.

Having worked with the Mail man and boy, starting way back in 1994, I think this double issue has something for all coarse anglers.

It's the BIG Christmas issue of Angler's Mail magazine, in shops from Tuesday this week spanning the period December 17-31. Including Tips of the Year pullout, Best Gear of the Year, Dick Clegg interview, Images of the Year and lots, lots more!

It’s the BIG Christmas issue of Angler’s Mail magazine, in shops from Tuesday this week spanning the period December 17-31. Including Tips of the Year pullout, Best Gear of the Year, Dick Clegg interview, Images of the Year and lots, lots more!

For carp fans, we’ve got a special four-page interview with Kevin Nash, a mega £1,640 competition with top of the range 30Plus rods and alarms to be won and a great live session with Colin Davidson.

Predator fans are very well catered for too with a brilliant new ‘mummy’ pike bait revealed by Andy Black and John Bailey looking at some great snapper catches of the year.

Match fans have two great interviews with Dick Clegg plus golden couple Helen Dagnall and Dave Brooks plus our exclusive Preston Innovations Matchman Of The Year points table.

And don’t miss our six-page special on our images of the year and a great in-depth look at specialist clubs.

And on top of our info-packed bumper 96 pages, we have a great 16 page top tips of the year booklet that will improve you fishing, guaranteed!

Christmas fishing itself can be tough, but inlaws, cold turkey and rubbish TV hopefully is all the motivation you need to get out on the bank.

But I’ve had some good trips over the festive period in the past and learned a few valuable lessons – so here’s my Top 5 festive tips.

1. Keep recasting. Winter carp can be incredible tightly shoaled and I remember one trip sharing 12 runs with my mate Leslie, and all fish came to two rods, and the other two rods which were all with 10 yards of the producing rods, never had a touch despite identical rigs and baits.

2. Most species of fish won’t eat a lot so feed very sparingly, a pinch of maggots a cast or for carp, go for dipped baits with no freebies at all.

pike3. Pike have always been a reliable species over the festive period and I’ve found prebaiting a swim a few days before dramatically improves your chances.

4. Carp can have very set feeding spells so it can be worth fishing a full 24 hours to find the feeding spell or spells and then just do short trips to coincide with that. One carp water I know I could almost guarantee getting a couple of runs between 4-5 pm but could fish from 8am till 4pm without a bite.

5. Distance fishing can be great for carp. In the summer, I love margin fishing but rarely have I caught that well doing it in winter. Baits positioned as near the middle as you can get have done far better for me.

 

 

 

thumbsup3LIKE OF THE WEEK

It’s great to see Jeremy Wade flying the flag for Britain in another new series of ITV hit River Monsters, as we reveal in page 2-3 this week. It kicks off on ITV1 on Tuesday, January 7, at 7.30pm.

 

thumbsdown1DISLIKE OF THE WEEK

It was sad to see Martin James retiring from his Radio Lancashire angling show. Full news story in our printed festive issue.

 

 

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