THIS 14 lb 10 oz River Lea barbel makes it doubles from 20 different rivers for West Midlands-based ace Phil Smith. Phil was fishing the club consortium controlled Fishers Green…

BEN HUTCHINSON has topped a brilliant fishing year off with a new Hampshire Avon barbel record of 16 lb 11 oz setting a new Ringwood DAA best. The 31-year-old landscaper…

FORMER England match ace Richard Borley is certainly showing the specimen boys how it’s done. His latest River Lea, Essex, brace of a 14 lb 2 barbel and a smashing…

Watch our cover star in Catching The Impossible!

THIS week’s Angler’s Mail cover star, Pete Reading, gives a masterclass in tactics for bigger barbel inside the magazine. And to prove his special small pellet methods work, Pete caught…

BARBEL fans had better watch out this summer as the nation’s favourite river species are in danger. A new fish welfare warning has gone out as we have now had…

ALL-ROUNDER Steve Collett had two amazing consecutive days sport in totally different disciplines which is virtually unheard of any more in this age of specialised angling. Steve showed he’s not…

COMPACT FREE-SPOOL REELS – TESTED

Tested by Ian Welch   ZEBCO COOL VIPER S £16.99 A great value starter reel but lacking the finesse of control and solid reliability demanded by regular commercial carpers. Three…

BARBEL LANDING NETS – TESTED

Tested by Steve Ansell   30PLUS IQ 26 IN. MEGA HARD HEAD £19.99 A bit disappointing. The polished spreader block and frame is mentioned on the packaging as a selling…