• Nile perch adventure wins Guardian writing prize

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    A story about a trip to Uganda’s Murchison Falls has won Gary Almond first prize in The Guardian’s annual travel-writing awards. Gary took the prize, a trip to Finland for two, in the thrilling activity category for his tale of catching a 40lb Nile perch in the turbulent waters. The judge, Emma Kennedy, a Guardian Travel columnist, highlighted his link to Ernest Hemingway’s plane crash there and the night he spent fending off elephants. You can read the short story here.


    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.

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