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    No 86: November/December 2013

    In this issue:



    • COVER STORY: He has been called the greatest fisherman in the world. Zyg Gregorek, a 70-year-old overweight grandfather, seems an unlikely candidate for the title, but his record is extraordinary. In under 20 years, he has landed ten species of shark, nine of billfish, eight of tuna – and he’s on the verge of achieving these “Royal Slams” twice. We look at how this English holiday complex owner has stunned the big-game fishing world.
    • The future of the iconic British tackle company Farlow’s looks secure after a multimillion-pound takeover led by a Russian businessman.
    • A limited-edition Hardy Perfect salmon reel due out shortly in being named after Sir Ian Botham to celebrate England’s Ashes victory over Australia this year.
    • The invasive Asian carp are edging nearer to invading the Great Lakes and threatening a $7billion fishing industry, research has shown.
    • Readers can win a free trip to catch mahseer simply by joining the Mahseer Trust, an organisation that is dedicated to protecting the iconic fish.
    • South African angling is in turmoil after the country;s government listed trout, bass and carp as invasive species that should be eradicated.
    • Prospects are looking brighter for Hardy’s Alnwick base after a key move by its new owner, Pure Fishing.
    • Two Haskell Minnows, the larger selling for $20,000, were the stars of Lang’s latest online sale.
    • Plans for a giant Alaskan mine that would threaten the world’s greatest run of sockeye salmon look dead in the water after one of the major backers pulled out.
    • The late Clive Gammon, for two decades of Sports Illustrated’s star writers, is among those who have nominated for the Freshwater Hall of Fame.
    • Ben Wright looks at the threadline reels that catered for left-handers, and those makes that didn’t.
    • Neil Freeman talks about two special days on his exclusive stretch of the river Test when anglers are encouraged to catch trout on maggots, bread and sweetcorn.
    • John Essex looks at how UK fishing clubs celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s accession with coronation competitions, including one event that attracted nearly 100 entries.
    • John Bailey puzzles over why angling broadcaster John Wilson has left England and headed for Thailand.
    • GEM Skues was slated for supporting the virtues of US split-cane rods, as we look back to The Fishing Gazette in 1906..
    • Former tackle dealer Clive Young recalls the early days of reservoir trout-fishing, and his own role in it.
    • PLUS: events, letters, auction reports, book reviews and much, much more.