EVERY DAY we are revealing the exciting new team of bloggers lined up for this website, www.anglersmail.co.uk

Very soon (from Monday, July 30) we’ll be having live blogs, one a day, covering the whole spectrum for modern coarse angling.

Here, Angler’s Mail online gives a warm welcome here to COLIN MITCHELL. For many years Colin was a senior Angler’s Mail magazine staff man and he has enjoyed a long, interesting journalism career.

Born and raised in the North East, but for many years living down south, Colin will have his own weekly blog. He will cover his own fishing as well as drawing on his many and varied experiences in and around the sport. It’s sure to be an interesting read, whatever you fish for!

Read on, and look back on this website for more bloggers’ introductions, in their own words. Plus be sure to read our daily blogs that are all set to start!


Colin Mitchell, vastly experienced angler and journalist, will have his own weekly blog. He’ll cover his own sessions, looking at the past as well as the present, and delve into general coarse pleasure fishing, match and specimen fishing.

IMAGINE being an angler and then getting the chance to work in fishing. I never imagined that but the dream still came true when I was asked to leave my job with a big regional newspaper to join Angler’s Mail.

I’d been fishing since I was 14. Then it was pleasure fishing for anything that swam, ponds and rivers in summer, just flowing water in winter, along with a bit of sea fishing.

I was in my early 20s when I arrived in London with your favourit fishing publication. During 20 years with the Mail I met and fished with some fantastic people and some amazing anglers.

I learned a lot from the likes of match legends such as Ian Heaps, Dave Thomas, Ivan Marks and Dave Harrell…to name just a few!

Obviously one look at the names above will reveal match fishing was my main love and I was lucky enough to bag a whole collection of trophies and medals from Opens, winter leagues and various team events.

But even during those years I loved to select a few days for pleasure fishing (or more than likely it would be called practise) and have my trips to the beach in winter.

A few years ago I moved into football journalism (I know, I’ve never had a proper job!) but am still fishing.

Matches are now very much a fringe interest – that scene has changed so much – and now I love nothing more than selecting a species, the right day and rushing out of my house to any one of a host of local venues.

Rods are now kept made up in hard cases. A small box of accessories is alongside the rods and there’s always something in my bait fridge.

I still get excited with a few half decent perch from the local canal, a pristine roach from a small local stream or a big bag of different species from any venue.

See you soon… my mate reckons some carp are showing in a small pond near where we live!

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