• 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.

    Keeping Bonefish in ‘Recovery Bags’ Boosts Survival Rates

    by  • February 10, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Keeping bonefish in “recovery bags” after they have been caught results in significantly improved survival rates, scientiests have found. Allowing captured fish to rest in the “bags”, which are similar to the keepnets favoured by freshwater anglers, improved swimming abilities during the critical time period where most post-release predation occurs, a study published in...

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    Our Book Reviews

    by  • February 10, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    All the book reviews published in Classic Angling for the past year are now available on this site free. We aren’t worried about offending publishers, which means you get a fair and honest review, rather than saying every book is wonderful. So if you’re looking to buy a fishing book, take a look to...

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    Shark size limit to double

    by  • February 8, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Moves are afoot to double the minimum size of sharks that can be retained off Maryland waters. Though the new regulations, which come into force in April, are designed to protect dusky shark numbers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has bumped up the size at which all sharks can be kept from...

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    Anglers face cut in sturgeon catches

    by  • February 6, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Sturgeon anglers on the Columbia River face another season of reduced catches to protect waning fish populations for the fourth year in a row. Washington and Oregon fisheries officials agreed to cut the catch rate by 15%, even though there was a slight increase in the legal-size population – the first rise for five...

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    Anglers injured in ice-fishing explosion

    by  • February 6, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Two fishermen have been severely burned – while ice-fishing. The pair were sleeping happily in an ice-fishing hut on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, when their propane gas stove exploded and blew one of the walls off the ice shack.  Ryan Gagne, 26, of Pelham, had  severe burns to his hands and upper body and was...

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    $1m prize for fishing couple

    by  • February 5, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A couple who bought a couple of lottery tickets on the day they went fishing came home with quite a catch – a $1m winning ticket. And the other ticket netted them a $50,000 prize! Stephen and Terri Weaver stopped to buy a ticket at a convenience store in Pangburn, Arkansas, before they went...

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    Also coming up at auction…

    by  • February 5, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    This handsome bream carries an 1888 date, and it’s on sale at Christie’s interior sale at South Kensington, London, on February 19. The fish weighed 3lb 5oz and does not have a label but it’s clearly the work of an accomplished taxidermist, possibly Cooper. The same auction also has a couple of the wonderful...

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