• £285 fines for taking crayfish

    by  • January 24, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Three men have been fined £285 apiece for taking crayfish from a pond on London’s Hampstead Heath. The three East European men were caught withb two carrier bags loaded with red swamp crayfish. Though the crayfish are a pest, it is an offence to remove or harm the crayfish under Hampstead Heath by-laws. Anglers...

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    Win an Andrew Field float

    by  • January 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    We’re running a competition with an Andrew Field float as the top prize. His floats have sold for more than £200 and this particular one has been specially created for this competition. The winner (sorry, there’s only one prize) will also get a copy of Jeff Della Mura’s excellent new book, Hooked on Floats,...

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    Video of the week: tarpon grabs man’s arm

    by  • January 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    At Robbie’s in Islamorada, Florida, tarpon weighing 100lb or more will feed from your hand. Don’t know if this video shot was filmed there, but it certainly fitted in well with the in-house restaurant,the Hungry Tarpon. It’s a good job for the tourist that tarpon don’t have teeth like bluefish…

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    Dog sorts out catfish

    by  • January 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    This fine picture of a terrier with a catfish big enough to gulp down the dog as a snack appears on the Facebook site of German catfish hunter Peter Merkel. And you thought catfish anglers lacked a sense of humour…

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    by  • January 14, 2013 • 0 Comments

    This double-figure pike bit off more than it could chew when it grabbed a large zander. The pike was found dead on a Dutch lake with the zander jammed in its mouth. The man who discovered the greedy pike, Rene Spaargaren of Almere, near Amsterdam, estimated the pike at almost a metre long, making...

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    Skeet Reese with big golden dorado

    by  • January 12, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Skeet Reese, one of the world’s finest bass anglers, looks happy enough with a huge golden dorado, an even more aggressive species than the largemouths he’s used to catching. Skeet, who won the Bassmaster Classic in 2009, has just been on holiday at La Zona resort on the Uruguay river, home of the world’s...

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    Lang’s store proves big success

    by  • January 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Motre than 50% of the items in Lang’s Store’s latest posting had sold within 24 hours of appearing. Hundreds of lots were listed, included Abu reels, Abbeyt & Imbrie rods, frog harnesses, decoys, floats and books, everything on a first-come-first-served basis. The store closes on January 29, but by then I suspect most of...

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    A rarity for Mr Crabtree fans

    by  • January 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Two sheets of original artwork for the story of Mr Mudd the farmer, painted by Bernard Venables, come up for auction next week. The unframed water colour sheets, by the writer and illustrator of Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing, are both signed and measure 290mm x 420mm. Bernard was an illustrator by trade and produced...

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    How NOT to hold a carp

    by  • January 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    We’ve all seen the new craze for kissing fish, but maybe this fish was wriggling away because it feared the angler was going to give it a bit of loving osculation (look it up). It’s also a good lesson that, if you’re going to be photographed weiyth a fish, you should hold it close...

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