• 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.

    UK Minister backs principle of higher bass size limits

    by  • December 1, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Pressure is growing for an increase in the UK minimum size that bass can be kept. Former Labour angling minister Martin  Salter, using his parliamentary contacts, gained support for the idea from fisheries minister Richard Benyon. When asked whether he was sympathetic to campaigns for bass conservation (there’s a loaded question), Benyon replied: “I...

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    New fishing series looks great

    by  • November 30, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Just finished a series of voiceovers for a new fishing series called Caught in the Act, put together by Bob Roberts and Stuart Walker. It’s going to be sold through Daiwa as soon as the last touches are put to the editing, but I’ve had a sneak preview and the filming looks fantastic. It’s...

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    Dunlop Sports to sell fishing tackle

    by  • November 30, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    One of the world’s leading sports brands, Dunlop Sports, is to sell tackle globally. The company is offering ansd entry-level range of kit that will be launched in the UK at first, before being taken to other parts of the world. Its frontman in the UK will be actor Robson Green, whose series Extreme...

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    The new Mr Crabtree fishing book

    by  • November 30, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I’ve just seen an early version of the new Mr Crabtree book, to tie in with the television series that starts in January. Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr Crabtree does not seek to slavishly copy Bernard Venables’ original work, Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing, but it follows a siimlar format with text and strip...

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    The place to catch redfish

    by  • November 28, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    It looks as if a lorry carrying tomato ketchup has crashed into the sea. But this weird scene from Clovelly beach in Sydney, Australia, is actually the effects of algae. Some of the city’s most famous beaches have been closed because the algae, noctiluca scintillans, have affected several areas, including the famed Bondi beach....

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    Video of the week: a 60lb barramundi

    by  • November 28, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    If it’s not Australia’s national fish, it ‘s not far off it. Barramundi grow big, fight well, jump and can be taken on lures and fly. This c60lb barra was taken from Lake Monduran in Queensland. This is a big barramundi: the IGFA record is 98lb 6oz caught from…Lake Monduran. And the weather is...

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    Lifejacket campaign pays off for rock-fishers

    by  • November 27, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Publicity to encourage rock fishers to wear lifejackets is paying off in Australia. Almost half of those fishing in risky areas are now wearing lifejackets, statistics from Surf Lifesaving Australia show. A spokesman said: “A few years ago, it was very rare to see people on the rocks wearing lifejackets.” The improvement has come...

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