• Pike is highlight of Classic Angling weekend

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    An 18lb 8oz pike caught by Classic Angling columnist Colin Higgins was the largest fish, by some distance, caught during Classic Angling’s weekend for readers. It was held at Caer Beris Manor, Builth Wells, and it offered fishing on the hotel’s private stretch of the river Irfon, as well as more than 20 miles of the river Wye under the Wye and Usk Passport scheme. There were plenty of brown trout caught, with the best fish at just over 2lb, as well as grayling and dace.  The prize for the angler using the oldest tackle went to Peter Webster, who used a B James Mark IV Avon and a 1930s Aerial. He came equipped with several goose quill floats on a late 1800s tackle winder. The success of the weekend has prompted editor Keith Elliott to arrange a similar day next year.


    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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