Monster carp on first session back after lockdown

29 May

SEAN CORBETT couldn't have wished for a better first fishing day back when lockdown eased... he topped a five-fish catch with this 49 lb 2 oz mirror.

Giant Grenville carp - Sean Corbett enjoyed a flying restart.

Arriving at dawn, Sean made a brilliant start in his quest for the impressive Grenville carp.

Grenville Lake in Cambridgeshire holds some truly mega fish, but can be a real challenge. It’s a mature,  72-acre former gravel pit where depths run to 38 ft.

Sean told Angler’s Mail all about his awesome reopening session. And he openly admitted: “I almost didn’t go!

“Social media confusion over what, where and how, plus the icy bitterly wind and my high workload would have made it easy to not bother.

“But many weeks of lockdown, the prospect of fish off their guard at prime time and a freezer full of a new bait were just too compelling.

“A dawn start saw me arrive at the syndicate half an hour before gates opening.

“It could have been a bun fight to get to the pegs, even on 78 acres, as the socially distanced vehicle queue was at least 19-strong.

“But common sense prevailed and we selected swims in order before arriving. Great thinking.”

‘Donks’ immediately in likely spots

“I was 14th and surprised one of my favourite pegs was still in,” said Sean.

“The swim is a bit hit or miss as it was in a big bay and I would be fishing into the teeth of a nasty northerly. It was Baltic. The fish would either be there or they wouldn’t.

“With my eyes on the water when setting up, activity took on a degree of urgency as two fish poked their heads out close in. That never happens.

 

“The venue has wildly varying contours and can be weedy.

“You have to be super accurate with your spots but it was just one of those days when the satisfying ‘donk’ as the marker lead hits firm terrain happened on all three spots first time. That never happens either.

“Rigs were simple blow-backs with yellow or white 15 mm Nxtgen Baits Nutrition wafters, critically balanced.

“I was a bit cautious with the bait at first, not wanting to spook the fish back to their sanctuary beyond casting range, so six spods of Redemption boilies went on each spot and I was set.”

Run of fish before giant Grenville carp

Sean continued: “It is worth saying that my record on the Grenville carp is pretty abysmal so I wasn’t expecting much.

“So imagine my surprise when the right-hand bobbin raised to the but ring and held before I had even set up my brolly.

“That resulted in a lively 13 lb common, a very pretty fish and after such a long lay-off I was happy. Result.

“It was blowing hard now and I literally threw caution to the wind with 5 kilos on each of the three spots.

“It was the right decision. The left hand rod was off again in short order, ripping off this time and it was clear this was no small fish.

“After an epic battle it was safely in the net mark and it was a new UK PB common at 36 lb 4 oz. Happy days.

“I was still sorting out the carnage from that when the middle rod was off, a truly savage take.

“The fish bored deep and weeded me up a couple of times but steady gentle pressure steered her through.

“I took my time with this one, especially as the hook was clearly just nicked on the lower lip. But in she went, a gorgeous mirror with big plated scales, another estimated 30.

“Once again my weight guestimation was way out. When it came time to lift the fish out it was clear I had something very special.

“The scales showed 49 lb 2 oz and I had smashed by UK PB by 10 lb. Happy doesn’t begin to describe it.

 

“I put out another couple of kilos on each spot and as the temperatures plummeted I had mirrors of 30 lb 2 oz and 25 lb, and to be honest I still wasn’t processing it all.

“It started out as a special day, to put the Covid-19 challenges to the back of the mind for a while, blow away the cobwebs and get some fresh air.

“It turned into one of those days you remember for the rest of your life,” smiled Sean.

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Fishing masks are the safer way for some anglers now

29 May

THIS angler is one of thousands of anglers taking extra precautions during the Covid-19 crisis.

Colin Etherington wears a fishing mask
Colin Etherington wears a fishing mask

The man in the fishing mask, Colin Etherington, really enjoyed his first trip back on the bank after lockdown restrictions were lifted for angling.

Colin, whose family owned and built the much-admired Wintons Fishery in West Sussex, worked for a fine mixed bag on his first trip back out to a club lake.  The catch included this tench (above), roach-bream hybrids to 2 lb and bream.

But why the fishing mask? And will you be wearing one at any time on the bank?

Anglers across England – and also now across much of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – have been getting back to the waterside.

Staying safe at all times has been a very high priority for anglers and venue controllers.

A few fisheries insist on face coverings when talking to the bailiff. And many anglers, like Colin, are being extra careful to avoid the nasty and contagious Covid-19 virus.

‘People are thinking that this terrible illness is over’

Colin told Angler’s Mail: “I’m wearing mask for a while as I’m conscious that because we are allowed to go fishing then people are thinking that this terrible illness is over.

“I’d like to respect and remember those that aren’t so fortunate. Also, it is to remind people NOT to come too close to me.

“I’m a very approachable person and consequently a lot of people stop for a chat. I’m going to carry on wearing it for a while.

“I take my hand sanitiser with me, too, so that I’m comfortable getting through pad-locked gates and the like,” added Colin.

And as for his first fishing session, Colin was more than chuffed with his results.

The 51-year-old from Burgess Hill, West Sussex said: “It was a tricky day with a cold north easterly stiff breeze.

“I was on a Haywards Heath DAS club water using pellet and a small feeder fished tight to the emerging lily pads.”

The fish have been spawning on many waters over the past week, but there’s some great action being enjoyed.

Wherever you are going next, be sure to check the very latest rules with the venue or controlling club. It’s wise to do so before you travel.

Many special rules have been imposed, and some venues now have booking systems.

Most waters are working to the Angling Trust guidance which includes the latest advice below. Social distancing is key.

You can catch up with the big news, top tips, best hotspots and interesting views from brilliant columnists by reading Angler’s Mail magazine.

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Some of the dead fish found at a club lake during the coronavirus crisis.

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Match fishing in England can restart now – under special guidelines

26 May

MATCH anglers and venues in England are celebrating after it was confirmed by the Angling Trust that events can restart. They must be run according to safety guidelines.

Match fishing is allowed in England again.
Match fishing is allowed in England again.

In a slightly unexpected twist on Tuesday, May 26, the Trust confirmed: “Robust new best practice guidelines published by the Angling Trust to bring match fishing in line with Covid-19 procedures have now been agreed by the government as a basis for competitions to resume immediately.

“These include no gathering of competitors for the draw or prize giving and special equipment and arrangements to maintain social distancing during the weigh-in.”

The Trust’s best practice guidelines were produced in consultation with leading anglers, organisers and fisheries in the match fishing community across all angling disciplines. They are outlined fully in this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.

The Trust have warned that failure to follow these guidelines would almost certainly invalidate the insurance of clubs or fisheries and will certainly expose anglers, and therefore the wider public, to a great risk of infection.

Match fishing return welcomed

The sudden news means events at many venues will restart safely according to guidelines this week.

And bigger summer event plans can be examined and, hopefully, comply to the special guidelines.

Match ace and RiverFest creator Dave Harrell said: “I’m delighted with the news that competition fishing is back.

“The important thing now is that all match anglers respect the current situation we are in and work closely with competition organisers to ensure that we have totally safe events.

“We’ve got long daylight hours at present so we must take our time and think carefully about our actions when it comes to things like weighing in.”

Aaron Grantham of top match venue Lindholme Lakes, in South Yorkshire said: “Great to see that the hard work and commitment from the Angling Trust and all the other individuals involved paid off.

“We can now get match fishing going again in a safe manner.”

How match resumption came about

Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook had stressed how competition fishing is different to other sports in ways which make it potentially compliant with the correct safeguards in place. These include:

  • Fishing competitions involve no contact between competitors and is more or less the comparison of catch returns at the end of the day
  • Social distancing is maintained at all times during an angling competition
  • There are no spectators
  • No competitor is allowed to make contact with another competitor or their equipment

The Angling Trust best practice document was presented to Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport last week. They agreed that the guidelines were ‘sensible’ and could be issued this week as the basis for a safe resumption of match fishing in England.

In response, DCMS also stated that they were looking for sports to satisfy themselves that all guidance they are producing for their members adheres to the overarching guidance published by the government.

Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook welcomed the response saying: “We were always committed to move through the phases of our plan for the resumption of all forms of angling as quickly as possible, bearing in mind the changes in government guidance and the need to present angling as a safe and responsible outdoor activity.

“It’s because we have acted sensibly and professionally that the government is happy to see the Angling Trust guidelines as the basis for a return to competitive fishing in all angling disciplines.

“My message to match anglers and organisers is not to take this for granted, particularly when many other sports are restricted to participation with no more than one other individual. By all means enjoy fishing matches again but please do so safely by following our guidelines to minimise the risk.”

To read the Angling Trust’s guidelines, download the PDF here. And find out more on the Trust’s website.

Tweaks to guidelines coming

Following the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions on May 13th, general guidance to anglers in the Angling Trust’s When We Fish Again report will be revised. The changes will include:

  • A resumption in match fishing in line with best practice guidance
  • The use of keepnets will be permitted for all anglers
  • Kayak and boat fishing in freshwater

Separate guidelines have been produced for game, coarse and sea angling competitions but charter boat fishing is still not compliant under the current regulations.

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Youngster lands giant lake record carp during online competition

22 May

A YOUNG angler landed an impressive lake record carp when an enterprising day ticket fishery decided to interact online with their self-isolating customers.

Weston Moat Fishery boss Wayne Steele offered a prize for two people to win a 24-hour ticket with bait as the prize.

Entrants had to guess how much weight his nine-year-old son, Josh, could catch in 24 hours during what, for most anglers, was the lockdown period.

Josh went on to catch a 42 lb  near-leather carp called St George in a bag of 161 lb at the water, near Weston-on-Trent, in Derbyshire.

Wayne explained: “We wanted to keep people up to date on the lake on Facebook, as I’ve been doing lots of maintenance work and building new pegs while the fishery was  closed with the coronavirus.

“We were obviously looking after the lake while on lockdown, not breaking any rules, as government guidelines state that you can look after and manage your own fishery.

“I ran the Facebook competition and our customers had to guess how much Josh could catch over a 24-hour period, and he caught the 42 lb lake record.

“I was helping, but not fishing. We had a great time, keeping mobile and stalking fish from the margins, taking advantage of having the lake to ourselves.

“We then decided on a swim where we had seen a few of the bigger residents swimming around earlier in the day.

“We set up on our bedchairs ready for a night under the stars, just before dark, and snuggled under our shrouds.


“We managed to get four captures through the night, the 42-pounder coming just before daybreak.

“We ended up with 161 lb and the lake record, which was too heavy for him to lift.

“I was running a few competitions on Facebook to win free fishing to keep the interest going.

“A lot of our customers could hardly wait to get fishing again once restrictions were lifted,” added Wayne.

Many fishery owners carried on fishing during lockdown, as you were legally allowed to fish on your own water.

But when rules for most UK venues were relaxed, Weston Moat quickly opened properly again… but only for a few days, as fish began to spawn. That forced a temporary break.

During that small window of fishing opportunity the lake record got beaten again… by the same fish that Josh caught!

Jamie Reid did it when he landed St George, weighing it in at 42 lb 14 oz.

The venue is likely to reopen soon.

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50 lb-plus pike to be caught soon?

21 May

ANGLERS in the UK and beyond were amazed by the discovery of a huge pike at a top trout water – but not surprised.

Brian Morland and his dog admire what could have been the biggest pike to have ever swum in an English fishing venue. If you know of a bigger one, drop an email to: amletters@ti-medai.com
Brian Morland and his dog admire what could have been the biggest pike to have ever swum in an English fishing venue. If you know of a bigger one, drop an email to: amletters@ti-medai.com

The 53 lb 2 oz giant, exclusively revealed by Angler’s Mail, is not a new British or English record pike as it was found dead – not caught on rod and line.

The huge spawn-bound female was found during lockdown at Bellflask Fishery near Ripon in North Yorkshire.

It was carefully weighed on Reuben Heaton scales with the aid of a tripod and giant weigh sling.

Bellflask boss Brian Morland, an accomplished pike angler himself, discovered the predator. And it came just a week after a 39 lb 4 oz pike also died.

How much the bigger pike would have weighed when alive is open to speculation. Brian suggested that a few weeks earlier it could have topped 55 lb.

Leading pike historian Neville Fickling was not surprised by the Bellflask discovery as the water has form.

Neville said: “I fished Bellflask a few times in the 1990s when the Pike Anglers Club had a one day fish-in on there for a few years.

“I photographed a pike of 38 lb 14 oz but I only managed fish to 15 lb plus an 11 lb rainbow trout.

“If Bellflask has been left alone for pike and there are lots of trout in there, there’s no reason why pike can’t grow big.

“In Fred Buller’s Domesday Book Of Mammoth Pike he reported on pike of 50 lb and around 48 lb from Ireland’s Lough Mask, caught in gill nets, but without any pictures.

The monster Essex pike that weighed over 50 lb when discovered.

The monster Essex pike that weighed over 50 lb when discovered.

“And there was a 50 lb 12 oz pike (pictured above) found dead by Bill Palmer at The Warren Fishery in Essex in the 1990s. Mick Toomer had the fish set-up.

“So fish of this size are possible, just very rare.

“But I think at some point a 50 lb pike could be caught on rod and line. It will be a freak fish, and just ready to spawn.

“The two big pike might have died at Bellflask if the pike biomass had got too high for the water, but is shows it is a rich venue,” added Neville.

The official British record pike was caught by Roy Lewis, using a large lure cast from a boat at Llandegfedd Reservoir in South Wales.

That catch weighed 46 lb 13 oz and it has stood at the top of the British lists since 1992… one of the longest-standing records.

The English record pike on rod and line is 46 lb 11 oz, caught by Wyndon Coole in 2014. Like the Bellflask giant, that was a North Yorkshire fish, coming from Wykeham Lakes.

Several bigger pike have been authenticated or claimed by anglers in other European countries. One of 58 lb was reported in the autumn of 2019.

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WE might be a whole lot nearer the new river fishing season than the last one but check this out...

Billy's freak catch could become the next British record zander.
Billy's freak catch could become the next British record zander.

This immense, potential British record zander was caught just before the river season ended back in mid-March.

The captor couldn’t count it as a fair catch as he foul-hooked the 20 lb 6 oz monster in the head.

Billy Rugg only recently revealed his amazing late-season capture of the fish, just 15 oz below the official British record.

Billy’s freak encounter came when he fished on the River Nene near March, Cambridgeshire.

Like all rivers in England and Wales, the Nene is closed for coarse fishing until June 16th.

Billy will be amongst the river fishing fans keen to get back onto running water soon.

Of course, many lakes have just opened after lockdown rules were finally eased to allow angling.

Potential record zander captor’s story

Billy told Angler’s Mail all about the shock catch that he kept under wraps at the end of the river fishing season.

“I was feeder fishing for tench and bream, and I was catching steadily,” said 26-year-old Billy, who fished on a local stretch.

“The zander came about 2 am. As soon as I struck the clutch was screaming.

“I was in shock and ran down towards the fish and battled with it for 30 minutes on 6 lb line.

“I seriously thought I had my first huge river carp.

“Then when my girlfriend went to net the fish we realised I had foul-hooked in the top of the head a zander… exceeding 20 lb.

“Me and my girlfriend were both shocked. I think it could grow on to be a record,” added Billy.

The official BRFC lists are still topped by a record zander caught at the very start of the 2007/08 river fishing season.

That historic fish was weighed in at 21 lb 5 oz and came from the lower reaches of the mighty River Severn, by accident, to James Benfield.

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Prolific float-maker helps homeless with his quality creations

21 May

A KIND-HEARTED Angler’s Mail columnist hopes to raise over £2,000 for a homeless charity after making over 1,000 floats.

Bill Rushmer shows some of the quality floats he created.
Bill Rushmer shows some of the quality floats he created.

Bill Rushmer has been making the most of the coronavirus lockdown by creating 1,220 beautiful floats to help struggling homeless people.

Top all-round angler Bill told Angler’s Mail how he has been extra busy over the past few weeks of lockdown. And he’s done it to help others.

Bill said: “In total, I have 1,220 floats in stock. I make them in batches of 20, about 40 a week.

“Ace Tackle & Baits, at Kiddlington, in Oxford, and The Bournemouth Fishing Lodge, in Dorset, will be selling them.

“Prices average between £2.50 and £3, depending on the model and size. The patterns are various, and what the shop wants.

“Oddly, the 10 and 8 g balsa-on-cane Avons are very popular, but the 6.5 and 3.75 g versions are also fairly popular.

“Wagglers of all types are good sellers, as are Avons and sticks with steel stems.”

Bill Rushmer float cash goes to homeless corps

Bill, a former chemistry teacher, added: “All the money that I get goes to the Salvation Army Winton Corps for the Homeless.

“The corps takes in the homeless every Monday for a two-course meal with hot drinks in their 70-seat café, rather than on the street, where they are waited on.

“Some clothing is also distributed, but with the coronavirus we are serving the homeless from an emergency van.

“About four months ago, a lad approached me before the meal asking could we provide some food for the day after, as he was off to a Salvation Army detox centre, which was a long way off and he could not afford railway station prices.

“He showed me his travel warrant, and the army gave him a food hamper for the trip.

“Four months later, we heard he had gone through detox and was off the drink and had both a job and a flat. I think we have a good success rate,” added Christchurch, Dorset-based Bill.

You can learn lots from Bill Rushmer, including tackle and bait DIY, by reading his regular columns in Angler’s Mail magazine.

 

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Environment Agency fisheries work halted in coronavirus crisis

18 May

THE Environment Agency have confirmed fisheries staff are not working as normal – but will come out to real emergencies.

Funded by rod licence money, anglers are keen to see as much EA fisheries support and enforcement work carrying on, safely.

But the Covid-19 outbreak has caused real challenges for EA fisheries staff.

The Great Ouse and Fenlands Fisheries Team revealed: “As it stands the EA, like all incident response authorities, are working to strict Government advice.

“This limits us to social distancing and essential travel – as it does everyone.

“This does not mean we are not working though. We are prioritising and attending all incidents that provide the greatest risk to the environment.

“Over the last few days we have had several calls from fisheries who are experiencing problems, two of which we have attended, one club lake at Brackley, Northamptonshire and another club lake in Norfolk.”

And Chris Bainger, EA fisheries technical specialist for the West Midlands, added: “Most of my colleagues are working from home and can’t undertake site visits which are restricted to serious incidents.

“When calls come into the hotline about incidents, directors try to decide what category of severity they fall into which then informs the level of our response.”

Illegal fishing, pollution and incidents harming the environment can be reported to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.

Significant issues or serious breaches of the coronavirus restrictions should be reported to the Police on 101 or the local Police website.

As we have reported, many cases of illegal fishing have been reported during lockdown, with claims that rogues have taken advantage.

And a new fishery, Dyehouse suffered devastating fish kill before it could open, and the EA were unable to attend.

Meanwhile angling is back on at stillwaters and canals all over England, plus the coasts. Many venues have also held back from reopening for now.

Doubts about night fishing were also cleared up. Many venues are allowing night sessions – although, again, it is wise to check first before you travel.

And in Wales, it has now been established that fishing at local venues, and only local venues, is now allowed – even by car.

Find out more about the phased return to fishing here. And also be sure to read Angler’s Mail magazine for the best reopening coverage plus exclusive columnists to fire up your angling.

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Covid-19 prevents help after new angling venue’s fish kill

17 May

A FISHERY boss has been left to resolve a major fish death himself after the Environment Agency refused to visit due to coronavirus.

Some of the dead fish at Dyehouse Ponds.
Some of the dead fish at Dyehouse Ponds.

Distraught Robert Rogerson was hoping to open his new Dyehouse Ponds, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, at the start of April.

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown put paid to that…. but then Dyehouse suffered a horrendous fish kill.

Robert explained: “I have been working in my spare time on the fishery for six years, and it seemed to be coming along nicely, with some winter test fishing by friends producing good results.

“I was planning to open at the beginning of April, but first came the government ban on fishing. Then I noticed my fish holing up listless in one spot, after which tragically a number died.

“Overall, I’ve lost 55 adult fish in the 4-16 lb bracket, mainly carp with a few tench and around 400 fry. I would estimate I have lost up to 75 per cent of my stock.

“I contacted the EA for help, but they told me that they couldn’t visit because of the virus restrictions.

“I sent them a video and they suggested I went out to buy a water testing kit.

“I sent them samples and testing revealed a high level of ammonia in the water, and it seemed the source was coming from a small stream that feeds the pond, which in turn comes from a pond in a Nature Reserve not far above us.

“I initially stocked the pond six years ago after I took over the responsibility from an angling club, who ran it as a silver fish match venue.

“I first drained it right down, to remove as many of the snags as possible, then put in 200 lb of carp and 100 lb of tench, fish mainly in the 2-4 lb bracket, as well as returning the original stock.

“I set up the fishery for both members and day tickets, offering a day and night membership at £65 a year for 30 members, with day tickets if there were spaces to fish.

All sorts of fish died at Dyehouse, and all sizes.

All sorts of fish died at Dyehouse, and all sizes.

“I have contacted the Angling Trust and Fish Legal, but they said they can’t represent me as I wasn’t a member at the time of the loss, but they will give me advice.

“But really I think it would normally be up to the EA to help sort out the problem, not just leave it to me.

“I’m furloughed and really struggling financially, so haven’t got the money to replace the lost fish, which I value at about £4,500. I’m gutted that my new fishery has been ruined,” added the 35-year-old labourer.

The EA wouldn’t comment on this case, but a spokesperson said: “We will continue to prioritise responding to reported incidents of serious harm to the environment, subject to local conditions.”

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Covid-19 prevents help after new angling venue’s fish kill

17 May

A FISHERY boss has been left to resolve a major fish death himself after the Environment Agency refused to visit due to coronavirus.

Some of the dead fish at Dyehouse Ponds.
Some of the dead fish at Dyehouse Ponds.

Distraught Robert Rogerson was hoping to open his new Dyehouse Ponds, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, at the start of April.

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown put paid to that…. but then Dyehouse suffered a horrendous fish kill.

Robert explained: “I have been working in my spare time on the fishery for six years, and it seemed to be coming along nicely, with some winter test fishing by friends producing good results.

“I was planning to open at the beginning of April, but first came the government ban on fishing. Then I noticed my fish holing up listless in one spot, after which tragically a number died.

“Overall, I’ve lost 55 adult fish in the 4-16 lb bracket, mainly carp with a few tench and around 400 fry. I would estimate I have lost up to 75 per cent of my stock.

“I contacted the EA for help, but they told me that they couldn’t visit because of the virus restrictions.

“I sent them a video and they suggested I went out to buy a water testing kit.

“I sent them samples and testing revealed a high level of ammonia in the water, and it seemed the source was coming from a small stream that feeds the pond, which in turn comes from a pond in a Nature Reserve not far above us.

“I initially stocked the pond six years ago after I took over the responsibility from an angling club, who ran it as a silver fish match venue.

“I first drained it right down, to remove as many of the snags as possible, then put in 200 lb of carp and 100 lb of tench, fish mainly in the 2-4 lb bracket, as well as returning the original stock.

“I set up the fishery for both members and day tickets, offering a day and night membership at £65 a year for 30 members, with day tickets if there were spaces to fish.

All sorts of fish died at Dyehouse, and all sizes.

All sorts of fish died at Dyehouse, and all sizes.

“I have contacted the Angling Trust and Fish Legal, but they said they can’t represent me as I wasn’t a member at the time of the loss, but they will give me advice.

“But really I think it would normally be up to the EA to help sort out the problem, not just leave it to me.

“I’m furloughed and really struggling financially, so haven’t got the money to replace the lost fish, which I value at about £4,500. I’m gutted that my new fishery has been ruined,” added the 35-year-old labourer.

The EA wouldn’t comment on this case, but a spokesperson said: “We will continue to prioritise responding to reported incidents of serious harm to the environment, subject to local conditions.”

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Awesome 80-pounder for locked-down Brit

17 May

BRIT abroad Mark Lambert made the most of his French fishery being closed to visiting UK anglers by landing this venue record 80 lb 2 oz mirror.

Mark Lambert admires his 80 lb 2 oz carp - a venue record for Lac du Villefond which he owns.
Mark Lambert admires his 80 lb 2 oz carp - a venue record for Lac du Villefond which he owns.

The  37-year-old added a PB 60 lb common in great quick-fire haul at his Lac du Villefond water.

Mark, who hails from North Cheam, South West London, told Angler’s Mail: “I live out here full-time and the lake is our family business.

“Villefond is becoming increasing popular and my chances to fish were normally only in the cold and wet of winter.

So I decided on a session just over 24 hours which would be ample time to enjoy the lake and catch several big carp for a short video blog to promote our lake.

“Alone, confident, experienced and sure in my abilities with catching big carp I was walking into the most amazing 24 hours and actually a humbling experience.

“Before I setup I was struck with the beauty of the lake, the plants were all flowering in the spring sun and the birds singing their lungs out.

“Seeds falling from the trees making seem like it was snowing almost in the blistering sun.

Most-wanted Villefond carp

Mark continued: “Before my rods were out I sat down to quickly film my very amateur blog videos on my phone.

“I sat and talked my plans, my rigs and even included ironically the two fish I wanted the most.

“I mentioned our biggest resident male fish, called Arnold, who I hoped would be over 80 lb now.

“And then I mentioned a common carp I would love.

“This common had been out around 58 lb a couple of years ago and every since I had been desperate to catch it.

Mark displays his Villefond 60-pounder.

Mark displays his Villefond 60-pounder.

“I always fish two rods only and chick pea and sweetcorn was my bait, half a tin of each on both spots.

“My two spots were either end of the island that is about 60 -70 yards from the cabin swim in the shallow end of the lake.

“Chick pea and corn was on my hook in a style adapted to how our really smart big carp feed. It’s something that I continually work on and adapt over the years.”

Big carp run topped by Arnold

Mark continued: “That afternoon I had a 58 lb 8 oz mirror and then an hour later hooked into a really powerful fish.

“My reel nearly burst into flames as the fish did what no fish before had done and swam away from me and around the island at blistering speed.

“I couldn’t stop it and I realised I needed my boat and I had to put the rod down.

“I eventually brought Arnold up and slid my net under him and I was in shock. I couldn’t believe I had done it, I was beyond lucky.

“Then about midnight, my right island spot exploded into life. I netted her and she was the scared common bang on 60 lb. It was surreal.

“I added mirrors of 38 lb and 55 lb 10 oz but then I did what gamblers don’t do, I left the table while on a winning streak,” concluded Mark.

Fishing within France has since become possible for the French – not just those living beside water.

After some lockdown restrictions were relaxed on May 11, French residents were able to travel freely up to 100 km of their home. Beyond that, for the French, it has to be for ‘essential’ reasons only.

It remains to be seen when fishing holidays for anglers from the UK become possible again, due to assorted Covid-19 travel restrictions.

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Britain’s biggest pike – full story of 53 lb-plus sensation

15 May

A PIKE scaling a monster 53 lb 2 oz was discovered during UK lockdown at a top fishery.

Brian Morland and his dog admire what could have been the biggest pike to have ever swum in an English fishing venue. If you know of a bigger one, drop an email to: amletters@ti-medai.com
Brian Morland and his dog admire what could have been the biggest pike to have ever swum in an English fishing venue. If you know of a bigger one, drop an email to: amletters@ti-medai.com

What could be Britain’s biggest pike ever was found dead. Not long ago, it may have been even heavier than the carefully recorded 53 lb 2 oz weight.

The venue’s boss believes that the huge female could have weighed over 55 lb when alive, at his Bellflask Fishery, near Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Brian Morland, who recently shared a catch of three 30 lb pike with two pals at his trout venue, also found a dead 39 lb 4 oz giant two weeks before.

Conservationist Brian told Angler’s Mail: “I was walking round with my idiot dog Molly when I found a spawning casualty pike in the margins near some willows.

“Every year I lose one or two of the larger pike to spawning stress at this time of year.

“Two weeks previously I found one that weighed 39 lb 4 oz. I took some scale samples that indicate the fish was in the nine-plus yearclass.

“This fish was obviously in a different size range. On the scales it weighed 53 lb 2 oz, and had been shedding eggs before it died.

“Apart from being dead, its body and fins were in perfect condition. Alive it would have been an impressive beast.

“As far as I know, I think it may be the first valid pike over 50 lb in the UK.”

The giant pike was weighed on these scales.

How biggest pike was weighed

Although the specimen would count for no official biggest pike record, it was weighed with precision.

Brian told Angler’s Mail: “The fish was weighed very carefully. I am well used to weighing big pike at Bellflask. The scales were Reuben Heaton dial scales to 60 lb in 2 oz increments.

“They were zeroed with the weighing sling in place and suspended under a very sturdy tripod. There was no wind to move the weighing sling.

“I nearly got a hernia lifting the fish onto the scales.

“It is really impossible to estimate how many eggs had already been shed, but I think it would be fair to say this fish alive a fortnight ago would have been over 55 lb, which is extraordinary.

“It would have been lovely to have caught a pike of this size, but I do not have an ego with fishing. I enjoy it for what it is, and I feel privileged to have clapped eyes on a 53 lb pike.

“To give you some idea of size in the photographs, I am 6 ft 2 in. tall, the camera was a Canon with a standard lens, not a wide angle. Take it from me, that fish is as big as it looks.”

Another view of the massive pike, as seen on the extra large weigh sling.

Another view of the massive pike, as seen on the extra large weigh sling.

Venue has many more treasures

Brian revealed more about his fishery, which is sure to be firmly on the radar of anglers seeking to catch their personal biggest pike.

“Although this is a strict trout fly fishery, the main food of the pike is roach, of which there are myriads,” he said.

“We have watched big pike on summer evenings tracking the roach shoals, like whales tracking sardine shoals.

“For the past 20 years my wife Susan and I have been monitoring and recording all
the wildlife at Bellflask and the River Ure that runs alongside. This includes all the fish, including pike.

“The lake is very special regarding pike growth and numbers. It contains exceptional numbers of big pike.

“Every year between April and August a few of the large females die, either being
egg-bound, or just with spawning stress. It is the natural end of their lifespan.

“The lake always has an occasional fish or two of over 40 lb, quite a lot over 30 lb and plenty of between 25-30 lb.

“This pike has now been recycled naturally. I laid it out in the vegetation between the lake and the River Ure. It will be eaten by badgers, as was the 39 lb 4 oz fish before it,” added Brian.

The biggest pike caught fairly in Britain on fishing tackle is officially a 46 lb 13 oz beast. That was caught back in 1992 by Roy Lewis at Llandegfedd Reservoir, in South Wales.

But there have been three bigger pike caught on rod and line, as you’ll see in the list below.

England’s biggest pike ever on rod and line, as you’ll see on our  Top 10 list, scaled 46 lb 11 oz, and was reported fully by AM.

Other giants have turned up unexpectedly, much like the 53 lb 2 oz Bellflask beast…

There was a 50 lb 12 oz pike found dead by Bill Palmer at The Warren Fishery in Essex. That came in the early 2000s and Mick Toomer had the fish set-up.

The Daily Mail published an article in 2013 about a huge pike skull found by farmer Peter Mone near the River Cherwell. That Oxfordshire giant was at 50 lb.

TOP 10 BRITISH PIKE CATCHES

48 lb 12 oz          Captor unknown            Blagdon Lake        2017

47 lb 11 oz          Tommy Morgan             Loch Lomond        1945

47 lb                    Captor unknown            Blagdon Lake        2017

46 lb 13 oz          Roy Lewis                       Llandegfedd                  1992

46 lb 11 oz          Wyndon Coole              Wykeham Lakes   2014

46 lb 8 oz            Allen Stewart                Oaks Fishery        2005

46 lb 8 oz            Jeff Dandy                    Estwaite Water    2012

46 lb                    Andy O’Connor              Wykeham Lakes   2012

46 lb                    Alan Hewlet                   Unknown venue    2005

46 lb                    C F Gifford                    Chillington Pool     1822

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Is night fishing allowed when venues reopen in England?

12 May

ANGLING has restarted at many venues in England... but there remains a big question mark...

Is night fishing allowed? Anglers in England have been unsure on the latest rules and guidelines..
Is night fishing allowed? Anglers in England have been unsure on the latest rules and guidelines.

The question many anglers are asking is this: is night fishing allowed?

It had been thought by the Angling Trust, and indeed top carp angler Ali Hamidi, that night fishing would be allowed.

But the picture changed overnight, just hours before the restart.

More clarity is expected today, Wednesday, May 13… which was frustrating for carp anglers, especially.

The Angling Trust have been seeking a clear answer from government to determine if night fishing is allowed?

They are hoping that it is ok, and want to stop confusion and chaos. They have also been dealing with various other queries relating to fishing during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Trust have explained why night fishing is important. And, like some other outdoor pursuits, they insist it should not slide into travel rules for people to return home each night after recreation or exercise.

The Trust’s head of policy Martin Salter, a former MP, told Angler’s Mail he was suggesting fresh wording to clear up confusion on whether night fishing is allowed.

He suggested it should be revised to reflect this simple message: ‘Travel for exercise and recreation should normally occur within the same day except in the rare circumstances where that activity is scheduled to take place at night.”

How the night fishing issue arose

The Trust had earlier put out a statement on the situation: “As of this morning (May 12) there’s nothing in the published government documents that prohibits night fishing as opposed to visiting holiday homes or campsites as set out in section one of the guidance on the gov.uk website (Coronavirus outbreak FAQs).

“However, following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday we have been informed that further guidance will be issued tomorrow (May 13) which will require people to return to their home every night. This would technically preclude anglers from fishing overnight.

“The Angling Trust advice has always been to travel to fish in accordance with government guidelines and this remains the same.

“However, we do not believe that the government ever intended to place limits on the ability of anglers, or indeed others, to practice their sport at night and so we are seeking urgent clarification on this matter.

“Angling was added to the list of permitted activities on the basis of the proposals set out in the Angling Trust’s ‘When We Fish Again’ report and we did not see night fishing as a problem.

“In the meantime we can only reiterate the need to follow the published government guidance as far as it affects our sport.

“We will publish further updates when we know more,” added the Angling Trust.

The Wednesday reopening

Many commercial and club venues have just reopened on Wednesday, May 13. But others won’t open, yet.

Special rules and procedures for extra safety are also being implemented by venues. They vary, so do check.

And check the venue you plan to fish will be open. You may also need to book.

The Angling Trust’s own latest guide for individual coarse anglers is below. This is expected to be updated again, as further clarity emerges.

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Lockdown latest round-up: venues reopen, match fishing can restart and tackle shops prepare for June 15

10 May

LOCKDOWN measures have been modified - and it was the positive news so many have been waiting for.

In England only, Wednesday, May 13 signalled the start of people being  allowed to take unlimited exercise outdoors.

People in England were able to enjoy parks and public spaces without having to exercise.

Angling got the green light, thanks in no small part to efforts by the Angling Trust.

The Environment Agency stated: “Under the new government guidelines, people can fish on their own, with their household, or with one other person while adhering to social distancing rules and staying two metres apart at all times.

“Outside members of your own household, people should remain two metres apart from other anglers or members of the public at all times.”

Fishery owners, clubs and syndicates across England have welcomed anglers back.

Match anglers finally got good news on Tuesday, May 26, when it was confirmed that matches could start imediately. They should be in accordance with safety guidelines drawn up by the Angling Trust.

Tackle shops are now gearing up for a full reopening on June 15, using social distancing like supermarkets deploy.

After a delay, Welsh anglers are now allowed to fish locally, but limited to only locally, as we explain further down this post.

From Monday, May 18, Northern Ireland anglers were also allowed back out again. Further south, in Ireland, angling is currently allowed but only if it’s within 5 km from home.

Meanwhile, Scottish anglers finally restarted from May 28, when some Scottish lockdown rules were eased. They are asked to stay ‘within five miles from home.’

Angler’s Mail has been getting its first new English catch reports through for several weeks. Many fine catches, including two possible record fish, are exclusively in the new AM mag issue out now.

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Angler’s Mail is aware that many waters will still remain closed, for now.

And it’s important to remember this is still the river fishing Close Season for coarse species in England (and Wales, too).

The key message for anyone planning a fishing trip anytime soon is to check the water will be open first – and book, if necessary.

Be sure to read and heed the latest venue rules, many of which are for safety… before fishing at a safe social distance.

Doubts temporarily arose over whether night fishing could fall foul of government daily travel rules, or be confused with camping (campsites cannot yet reopen).

The Angling Trust cleared that up by urgently seeking clarification and wording ammendments. The Trust now state that night fishing IS ok.

‘Rule change’ surprised many anglers

The prospect of a return for angling in England on May 13, with safe social distancing, caught many anglers and fishery controllers by surprise.

On Sunday, May 10, Boris Johnson announced several tweaks to the rules during the deadly Covid-19 crisis… without giving away too much detail during his broadcast.

The Prime Minister also unveiled the latest message of  ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’ in England.

But leading MP Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, publicly broke the news of angling being included in the initial lockdown easing.

He tweeted: “In recent weeks our daily exercise has been so important to our health and wellbeing.

“Now in tentative steps forward, and in the least risky outdoor environments, we can imminently allow some sports activity like golf, basketball, tennis, fishing – solo/in households. Guidance to follow.”

On Monday afternoon (May 11), the government published its full 50-page document, called Our Plan To Rebuild: The UK Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy.

In the section on Public Spaces, with guidelines that kicked in from Wednesday, May 13, the document stated: “People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish. For example, this would include angling and tennis.”

Important guidance is given

It has been up to fishery controllers, landowners and clubs to decide if and when they re-open… safely.

Some fisheries and clubs quickly issued statements online to say they would reopen straight away (on Wednesday, May 13).

Many of those waters that have now reopened have brought in extra safety measures and/or restrictions, including spacing between anglers. Other venue controllers delayed any return to action.

It is important to check carefully before you travel to any fishing waters.

Some clubs quickly reopened some of their venues – but not all of them.

Be sure to have a valid EA rod licence. For many freshwater anglers, their licence expired during lockdown.

Social distancing is still being emphased as crucial, everywhere – and for all angling activity – to halt the spread of the nasty Covid-19 disease. Older people and high risk groups are still advised to stay at home.

Over the last few days, more details have been sought by the whole sport, with the Angling Trust leading the way, delivering updates.

Below is the guidance for freshwater anglers from the Angling Trust’s regularly updated website. It’s also downloadable as a PDF .

Another set of guidelines was also produced by the Angling Trust, to help sea anglers.

Despite many piers not yet opening, and certain other coastal spots being no-go, it is good news for most shore and boat anglers.

If you’re planning a saltwater trip, be sure to read this guide…

Reactions from Angling Trust

The Angling Trust’s new CEO Jamie Cook and chief policy advisor Martin Salter, a former MP, reacted quickly to the breaking news of angling being allowed again in England.

The pair have been incredibly busy as the situation has developed over the hours and days since the news first broke.

They posted this initial reaction statement on the night it was confirmed that angling would be able to restart…

“We’ll keep an eye on the detail and keep you updated – but for now it’s positive news for the angling community.

“It is absolutely crucial that social distancing measures are adhered to and that the guidance to participate alone or with members of your own household are followed.

“We must not breach the rules the Prime Minister has laid down and we must ensure that we all act as ambassadors for our sport.

Our phase one guidance portal is available to help clubs, fisheries and anglers prepare for our safe return to angling. 

“We’re proud to have represented anglers in these discussions. We appreciate the support of those who have had input and who have joined us over the past week.”

Jamie and Martin shared more information, which is still evolving, via a Facebook Live on Monday, May 11.

Their detailed video forum ran for over an hour and was broadcast via Angling Trust’s Facebook page, and was hosted by Ali Hamidi. All three men were speaking from home. You can watch the recording below.

Mainstream media channels including BBC News also highlighted angling as one of the pursuits to be widely possible again, giving Jamie Cook some TV airtime to explain its benefits.

What fishing is allowed in Wales?

The angling  picture changed in Wales from Monday, May 18.  The Angling Trust then confirmed that driving to local fishing venues is now allowed in Wales.

The emphasis is very much on local, alone or with members of your household. Welsh anglers have again been told to keep 2 metes apart at all times. Again, like England, it is up to venues to decide whether they wish to reopen yet. And rivers remain closed to coarse fishing until June 16.

Initally fishing in Wales was permitted only if a vehicle was not used.

The Trust confirmed: “Our letter (to Welsh Government) put forward the case that driving short, local distances would be essential for anglers with mobility issues, the elderly, disabled, and for certain types of angling, that in some case require more tackle to be carried, and of course for those not lucky enough to live within walking distance of a suitable venue.

“Following us taking up this issue directly, the Welsh Government has made the sensible decision to change their stance, therefore driving short, local distances to fish is now possible in Wales.

“We would like to point out that Wales is still in lockdown and social distancing regulations must be respected at all times.”

What about fishing tackle shops?

The phased reopening of most ‘non-essential’ English shops, including tackle shops, is now scheduled to start from Monday, June 15.

That date coincides neatly with the new 2020/21 coarse river fishing season beginning the next day, on Tuesday, June 16.

The timetable in other nations for reopening non-essential shops, including tackle shops, is not yet clear.

Already, more and more tackle shops are offering click and collect services, or telephone orders, including for fresh bait.

The reopening of many English fishing venues has created instant, welcome demand for products after weeks of financial struggle and uncertainty.

Other dealers, such as the big chain Angling Direct, have continued trading with their normal online website sales only, mailing goods to customers.

The Angling Trust has put the case for angling to resume – and in a super safe way.

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Poachers exploit coronavirus crisis

6 May

A HARD-pressed angling club has said that illegal poachers are taking advantage of the lockdown, by stealing their valuable fish for the pot.

Some of the dead fish found at a club lake during the coronavirus crisis.
Some of the dead fish found at a club lake during the coronavirus crisis.

Officials were shocked to discover nets spread out across their lake, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, during the coronavirus crisis.

The illegal traps had already killed prime bream and roach at the Wombwell Dam Community Angling Club venue.

Club secretary Danny Bann said: “It saddens us to report that the illegal fishing has stepped up another gear, as this morning we have found nets in Wombwell Dam.

“These tactics are solely to catch fish to eat, and unfortunately the fish in the picture have all perished.

“To say that we are angry is an understatement. We’re all volunteers, trying to protect a fishery and to provide a very cheap day’s fishing for local anglers.

“We are shocked that people target such a fishery. We spend hours every week on the upkeep of the water, asking for nothing in return.

“We’ve been left thinking: ‘Why do we bother?’

“We won’t be beaten though, and we’ve had an amazing response. We have had total strangers offering to help police the Dam, and even a gent who has a canine security business has offered his services for free.

“Angling Trust’s Mark Gregory is helping facilitate the correct procedure in logging this incident, both to the Police and the Environment Agency,” added Danny.

More incidents during coronavirus crisis

Many other incidents of poaching have come to light in recent weeks.

No anglers out on the banks during the coronavirus crisis lockdown, and very minimal baliffing, has left the door ajar for illegal activity.

Another club, Berkshire’s Bracknell Herons AC, found deadlines on their South Hill Park fishery.

The discovery came after they received reports of three men taking away large carp. The club reported it to the Police.

Bailiff Simon Harrison said: “Not only is this illegal, but it’s a danger to the public, children, dogs, wildfowl and fish.

“People who get caught will be prosecuted for breaking the Covid-19 law and also for the theft of fish.”

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “We received a report that three males were fishing in the North Lake, just off South Hill Road, Bracknell. Officers attended the scene.”

Across the midlands the coronavirus crisis has seen assorted cases of illegal fishing – by a few anglers and also out-and-out poachers.

Keen angler David Jenkins was shocked when he found a long fishing line in the Warwickshire Avon.

Birmingham-based David said: “I found a line across the Avon, which was held down with bricks.

“The line had about 200 hooks on it, baitied with worms.

“I brought all the line in and handed it to the local Police station, and they said this was the fourth lot of line that has been handed to them.

“They believe that it is fruit pickers from Europe who are putting the lines out,” added David.

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Poached to death!

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