ANTIQUE TACKLE fans, all anglers and tackle dealers are asked to be on the look-out for rods and reels following a burglary at the Hampshire cottage of a major tackle collector.

The antique tackle raid  resulted in one of the largest hauls of personal fishing kit ever stolen, valued in the region of £20,000.

They were all collectors’ items, many originating from the famous Edward Barder Rod Company who are leading the appeal.

A huge reward of £5,000 will be paid to anyone who provides information that leads directly to the recovery of the stolen antique tackle items and arrest of the thieves.

Edward Barder said: “The victim is a client of ours and I don’t think I’ve heard of a more valuable collection being stolen in the UK during my 31 years in the trade.

“There were upwards of 50 rods plus reels stolen, all of them very best quality classics, acquired by a hard-working and discerning collector who, as you can imagine, is heartbroken.

“The property was alarmed and only fishing tackle was stolen, probably to order according to the police.”

Antique tackle that was stolen

Edward explained: “Perhaps worst of all is the theft of the B. James Avocet that was the pride and joy of the late Bernard Venables.

“This one was extra special quality with two tips and Bernard’s name and that of B. James & Son engraved on the butt cap. It was a unique presentation model given to Bernard by B. James & Son of Ealing.

“If you are approached by anyone offering unusual items please contact the police and us with a description of the person or persons concerned, and a vehicle registration if visible but please do not put yourself at risk during any such dealings,” he added.

Other rods stolen in the Hampshire antique tackle raid  include by B. James & Son, Edward Barder’s own rods including a Chris Yates Merlin Avon, a Fred J Taylor Roach Rod, a ‘Kennet Perfection and a Chris Yates Barbus Maximus Barbel Rod.

Plus several rods were from Paul Cook, plus Bruce & Walker Hexagraphs, a Jerry Swanton Roach Trotter, Olivers Perfection Roach and Kennet; Ray Walton’s No. 1 & 2; Hardy’s Perfection Roach, Fred J Taylor Trotters and various Hardy Marksmans Specialist Float Rods all in Hardy tubes, and two Sowerbutts roach poles.

Also taken were a number of reels, mainly centrepins including a few by Gary Mills and Chris Lythe, a quantity of Allcock Aerials, early Mitchell 300s and a mint Abu Suveran.

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Police by dialling 101 and quote crime number 44170437457, incident 105.

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