• About Keith Elliott

    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

    Blue marlin makes 4,776-mile journey

    by  • November 14, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A 575lb blue marlin tagged in Puerto Rico covered nearly 5,000 nautical miles, crossing the Atlantic, satellite statistics have shown. The fish, tagged during the Club Nautico de San Juan’s  annual billfish tournament in September 2011, has recorded the longest diatance for an electronic tag in a marlin. Its long journey won its captors...

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    Video of the week

    by  • November 13, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A 50lb cod is beyond most anglers’ dreams, but certain parts of Norway (see here) offer a realistic chance of catching a fish this big. The bonus of fishing there is that, if you’re so inclined, you can fish right through the night, and 30-pounders are commonplace. Cod over 100lb have been taken commercially....

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    Who’s going to buy Hardy’s?

    by  • November 13, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Speculation about the new owner of Hardy is rife in the tackle trade, with the magazine Tackle Trade World making guesses on a possible buyer. Our contacts say that the number of companies expressing an interest has been whittled down from over 100 to around 30, and that there is strong US and Far...

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    by  • November 11, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Four reels allegedly used by Greta Garbo come up for auction next month at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. They comprise two automatic fly reels: one by La Soie of Paris and another by Perrine of Minneapolis, plus a Shakespeare Criterion 1960 and a South Bend 550. They come with a Pflueger lure and...

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    by  • November 11, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    One for collectors with an interest in match-fishing: this print to celebrate 25 years of the UK’s Evesham Festival on the Warwickshire Avon is signed by many of those who have fished the Bank Holiday competitions, including the late Ivan Marks. All of the top matchmen have fished the contest over the years, and...

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    $2 million to improve fish habitats

    by  • November 11, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Minnesota is giving $2.1 million to its local branch of Trout Unlimited to continue restoring fish and wildlife habitat on 13 streams and lakes across the state. Habitat will be restored or improved on six northern trout waters, two metropolitan area streams and five streams in the Driftless area of south-east Minnesota.” More than...

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    Green group sues California over stocking fish

    by  • November 11, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    California is stocking lakes by dumping non-native fish from planes without permits, an environmental group is claiming. Wilderness Watch says the California Department of Fish and Game is illegally jettisoning “fish by airplanes and canisters borne by packstock into waters of the United States, including those in federally designated areas”. It says the state...

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    Gregory lure sets £2800 record

    by  • November 10, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A Windsor Bee lure made by the Birmingham jeweller James Gregory set a record for the bait when it sold for £2800 (excluding 17% buyers’ commission) at Mullock’s auction today (November 10). The 3in nickel on brass lure, made in the latter part of the 19th century, has a seven-section body with twin amber...

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