Gigantica lives up to its reputation for impressive giant carp

5 Jun

HUGE carp have been feeding in France as well as in England... and Luke Cornelius tempted this 81 lb 12 oz giant.

Sussex carper Luke Cornelius cradles his 81 lb 12 oz Gigantica giant.
Sussex carper Luke Cornelius cradles his 81 lb 12 oz Gigantica giant.

The heavyweight came along with six others for East Sussex-based Luke when he tackled the Main Lake at French mecca, Gigantica.

Luke fed heavily to get the fish going using 6-10 Kg of Sticky Baits Krill boilies a day during his week-long trip.

The 29-year-old, from Eastbourne,  said: “I started fishing at 30.5 rod lengths and managed to have a few fish up to 31 lb.

“The weather then turned for the worse which slowed fishing down to nothing for a few days.

“Fish were showing half the distance to my spot so I put the marker out and found the spot which was just solid and 10 kg of glugged Krill went straight on it.

“Within 14 hours I had three more fish in the net, biggest being Fudgy’s at 81 lb 12 oz.”

What is Gigantica all about?

Gigantica is 245 miles from Calais, in the Aube department of the north-east central part of France.

It has been carefully developed with significant personal input from Korda tackle boss Danny Fairbrass.

As he worked on the site, Danny changed its name from St. Christophe, after the local village Saint-Christophe Dodinicourt.

He explained at the time via the website: “Christophe is well known but this is a new beginning for the water and I wanted a name which stood out from all other waters in France.

“Our fishery management will make sure that in years to come it will challenge even rainbow lake for number of big fish per acre so I think ‘Gigantica’ says exactly what the lake will be, a land of giants!

“Ours is a long-term plan both regarding the stock of fish and the facilities on the water.”

Aside from the Main Lake there is also the Road Lake, with week-long bookings for both waters taken via the website or 01268 820440.

The venue has featured in many videos with the Korda boys, including a productive show for the Monster Carp series on ITV4.

During that episode, recorded in August 2017, Ali Hamidi netted Gigantica giant ‘The German Fish’ at 79 lb for a new personal best.

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Neill Stephen nets huge common carp to follow up lake record mirror carp

3 Jun

ONE of the country's top all-round anglers is enjoying his time carping... and followed up a December 60 lb 8 oz mirror with this 57 lb 8 oz common.

Berkshire’s Wellington Country Park is where Neill Stephen has been focussing his effort on the heavyweight carp front.

Neill was chuffed to tempt his target fish The Chestnut Common as it hadn’t been out for over a year… before it slipped up three times.

“I was really blown away by this one – Welly’s Chestnut Common at 57 lb 8 oz,” said local Neill.

“It is a fish I have dreamed about, but never thought I would be lucky enough to catch.

“After 15 months without a capture it went on a rather friendly spree doing three captures in as many weeks.

“Mine was the third, and I was absolutely ecstatic to be third in that line.

“I was finding it tough this spring but, as ever in fishing, it only takes one bite to change everything.

“Thanks to Wayne for the pictures and for sharing the moment.”

“Welly not easy” – Neill Stephen

Neill continued: “Welly is never as easy as it appears – there is a consistently high standard of angling on the syndicate.

“The fish can be completely random with no practical way of singling out specific ones, and the line between catching and not catching can feel very fine – sometimes a lottery.

“This is a long way of saying I just feel incredibly blessed that this one turned up.

“Thank you Welly, truly a lake of dreams and a very special place to have angled,” concluded the Bupa worker.

The Chestnut Common fell to a home-made pop up with a size 4 hook on a combi rig, over a light scattering of 20 mm baits.

Neill also hit the headlines in February when he came within a whisker of the grayling record with a 4 lb 3 oz giant taken on a Killer Bug nymph.

The 42-year-old co-holds the British perch record with a 6 lb 3 oz monster as well as having chub to 9 lb 5 oz, 40 lb-plus pike, 17 lb-plus barbel, 4 lb rudd and a 3 lb 8 oz roach.

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Sweden fishing mission brings raft of huge zander for English anglers

1 Jun

THREE pals shared an astonishing haul of big zander in just two days while on holiday.

The trio’s catches in their successful Sweden fishing trip were topped by this giant zander scaling 19 lb to Neil McGilchrist (above).

Fishing at Lake Sibbo, Steve Miller chipped in with an impressive 18 lb predator and Rob McDonnell notched zeds to  a hefty 13 lb.

Steve Miller displays his 18 lb boated during a hugely successful Swedish trip.

Steve Miller displays his 18 lb boated during a hugely successful Sweden fishing mission.

Roofer Neil, 58, from Matching Tye, Essex, said: “We booked up a guided day with Andy Lo of Big Fish Sweden and we had 37 zander with most fish over 10 lb, all taken on vertical rubber jigs.

“And the following day, self-guided on a hire boat, we had 17 zander.

“There are also big perch shoals but they were not feeding plus huge pike been taken in the past.

“My personal best zander before this trip was 8 lb but I normally barbel fish in the UK.

“We are all mates from years back and do the Cuba fly fishing trips with old hand Jack Simpson through Angling Direct,” concluded Neil.

Rob McDonnell also caught some fine zander, including this one of 13 lb.

Rob McDonnell also caught some fine zander, including this one of 13 lb.

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Catmaster ace banks two huge UK day ticket catfish for 209 lb!

1 Jun

HOW about this for a pair of UK day ticket catfish - two giants for 209 lb. And the captor has caught an even bigger brace!

Catmaster Tackle consultant Tony Corbett shows the biggest of his two giant Chigborough catfish.
Catmaster Tackle consultant Tony Corbett shows the biggest of his two giant Chigborough catfish.

Catmaster consultant Tony Corbett had another amazing 48-hour session when he banked the catfish, scaling a mighty 116 lb and 93 lb.

They came from Chigborough Fisheries in Maldon, Essex, where adult day ticket prices start from £10 for three rods.

Tony, who hit the headlines in 2017 with the largest-ever UK brace of cats for 241 lb, also added others of 78 and 45 lb.

This time the 38-year-old operations manager offered pellets and leeches presented on a Catmaster PA rig.

Congleton, Cheshire-based Tony said: “My last brace of big cats was from a ‘no publicity’ water so it’s nice to be able to put a name to this fishery, giving people the opportunity to target these impressive creatures.

“The staff at Chigborough were all really friendly and the lake itself is full of islands and features, making it an enjoyable and challenging place to fish.

“The weather was absolutely awful, cold nights and torrential rain but it didn’t stop the cats from feeding.

“For anyone targeting catfish, I would recommend doing some research and tackling up with the right gear.

“Lots of fish are caught on light tackle after a 45-minute fight, which isn’t good for the fish – especially in the warmer weather,” concluded the Catfish Conservation Group member.

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Giant tench tempted after rush to the lake

30 May

SIMON ALDRED was running late for an overnighter but went on to tempt this impressive 11 lb 11 oz personal best tench.

Simon Aldred displays his 11 lb 11 oz tench
Simon Aldred displays his 11 lb 11 oz tench

The 40-year-old, from Northampton, told Angler’s Mail: “I had planned on being at the lake by 5 pm but as is all too usual now, work delayed my plans.

“I eventually arrived at 7.45 pm so the race was on as I was aware it was going to be dark very soon.

“ I hastily set up camp and got the rods in the water, one to my left margin and two out towards a silty area at the bottom of a gravel bar.

“I put eight Spombs of Sticky Baits Krill boilies and pellet out over the pair by the bar sat back and enjoyed a beer as darkness set in.

“At 2.30 am the right-hand rod was off. I climbed out of the bivvy to a cold wind picked up the rod and landed a 7 lb 1 oz tench which warmed me up a little.

“Back out went the rod, and back into the warm bivvy I went.”

11 lb 11 oz of pristine, hard-fighting tench

Simon continued: “At 6.30 am the left rod dropped back, I lifted the rod to nothing so rebaited and out it went.

“Then at 9.30 am the left rod ripped off, the rod bent into the fish which seemed heavy compared to the usual 6-7 lb fish in the lake.

“When the fish finally came into sight in the gin clear water I couldn’t believe how big it looked.

“I slipped the net under her and put her on the scales and it was 11 lb 11 oz of pristine, hard-fighting tench.

“I called a couple of lads from round the lake to witness what had graced my net. A fish that a day before was just a dream.

“On the second morning I also managed fish of 8 lb 14 oz and 9 lb 6 oz.

“I’m lucky to be fishing a lake with a good head of big tench and I had a 10 lb 5 oz specimen last year,” concluded the Moulton Scaffolding managing director.

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London angling specialist needs to crack the heart of the city

25 May

THE angler who is attempting to catch a fish in all 33 London Borough in one year has nearly finished the challenge after ticking off the 31st and 32nd boroughs.

The Borough of Southwark was ticked off by London angling ace Shaun Luke.
The Borough of Southwark was ticked off by London angling ace Shaun Luke.

But a fish from the City Of London is the last one that still eludes London angling specialist Shaun Luke.

The intrepid Plumstead, South East London-based rod has been trying hard to land an in-season sea fish from the tidal Thames at Tower Bridge.

But in 16 attempts he has only had one bite and that was when he hooked a surprise giant catfish.

Sadly that fish, estimated as much as 6 foot in length, was lost after a 50-minute battle when a youngster grabbed Shaun’s line and it snapped.

As it is the river Close Season (until June 16), the London angling ace is being careful how he fishes in the heart of the city.

He is sticking strictly to using sea tackle and baits which he believes make it perfectly legal for him to fish there even though the Thames byelaws are ambiguous.

The 51-year-old explained: “That catfish was probably a one in a million chance as I was only expecting flounders.

“Nobody usually fishes here but the publicity surrounding my catch has now brought some catfish anglers down but I don’t think they have caught anything.

“I’m using ragworms or mackerel as bait and I have been advised by someone in the know that it is perfectly legal as there is no Close Season for sea fishing which is what I am doing.”

Angler’s Mail asked the EA to clarify the law for fishing for sea fish on sea tackle and baits on the tidal Thames.

An EA spokesman said: “Anglers fishing in the lower Thames for sea fish don’t require a fishing licence and the Close Season does not apply to them.

“Anglers fishing for coarse fish on rivers do require a licence and the Close Season does apply.”

Dagenham is now ticked off the London boroughs list after Shaun Luke caught this carp.

London angling mission ticks off boroughs

Shaun continued: “I’ve now completed all 32 of the actual boroughs with the latest being a nice carp from Dagenham and a bream from Southwark.

“There is nowhere else but the Thames to fish in the City of London so I am going to stick at trying to hook a sea fish there, but with ragworms at nine quid a pack it is quite expensive.

“If I haven’t caught by the start of the new river season, I can switch to coarse tactics and hopefully pick up a fish fairly quickly.

“I want to finish before (June 16)  if I can so I can have a short break before I start my next challenge on June 21.

“This involves catching a fish in all 69 of the UK’s cities and all the 48 English counties.  I am starting with the River Stour in Canterbury, Kent.

“As I only use public transport it is going to take me quite a while, and I don’t want to stress myself out, so I’m going to allow four years to complete this next challenge.

“It’s also one way to explore our country and meet a lot of interesting people along the way,” concluded gardener Shaun..

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Makins Fishery – a pioneer of commercial venues – is up for sale

25 May

ONE of Britain’s most popular day ticket fisheries is up for sale – at a cool £1.75 million.

The huge Makins Fishery site is up for sale.
The huge Makins Fishery site is up for sale.

Makins Fishery in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was the creation of former top match angler Billy Makin. And it could be yours, if you have the money!

The venue initially helped popularise the concept of very well-stocked pools to thousands of anglers, and even caused a stir when Billy stocked barbel and chub.

Eccentric Billy, who recently published his memoirs Fishing With Testacles, sold it to the then-called British Waterways in 2003.

BW then sold Makins Fishery on to Alan McDiarmid in 2008 for a reported £1 million.

The 58-acre Makins Fishery site includes 18 fish-stuffed lakes, tackle shop and café.

Plus there’s an adjoining caravan park catering for 35 touring caravan pitches, three high-specification holiday lodges, and a three-bedroom owners’ bungalow.

Day tickets start at £8 for adults for one rod and there are over 600 pegs to tackle.

Makins has produced carp to over 35 lb, barbel to 12 lb, perch to 4 lb 10 oz and tench to over 7 lb as well as huge match hauls.

Steve Collett in action for Angler’s Mail magazine at Makins Fishery.

Angler’s Mail magazine columnist Steve Collett said: “It is a fantastic fishery, definitely the best commercial in the Midlands and anglers flock to it.

“I don’t think the owner has been that well so maybe that is why he is selling.

“It was the go-to fishery when Billy set it up and I remember going as a boy. But times have changed and there’s now a lot of similar fisheries about.”

Makins Fishery sale a “rare opportunity”

Robert Smithson of estate agents Colliers International, said: “The current owners have done an excellent job in growing the business and establishing its reputation across the UK.

“This is a rare opportunity for a new owner to acquire an outstanding commercial coarse fishery business in an ideal and accessible trading location.”

“After developing an extremely successful fishery, Mr and Mrs McDiarmid diversified into the holiday market to ensure the business maintains a year-round range of income streams; which is proving to be worthwhile and offers substantial room for further growth.”

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Specimen angling at its best in the shape of three PBs

23 May

DANIEL NEWTON had an amazing mixed haul when he landed THREE impressive new personal bests.

Daniel admires his big bream, the second specimen in his hat-trick of PBs.

First Daniel had a 66 lb catfish…. followed by a stunning 14 lb 4 oz bream and a 7 lb 10 oz tench for a memorable spree of specimens.

He also landed a mid double-figure mirror during the run of specimen fish at Northamptonshire’s Bluebell Lakes.

The 26-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire explained: “I was targeting the carp but I had three PBs, all of a different species.

“But I was very happy to have these fish as I do a lot of multi-species angling.

Specimen smile – Daniel was delighted with this tench.

“The cat fought like mad. It took 45 minutes to get in and wiped my other two rods out in the process. Also it was during a storm which made things even more crazy.

“The bream bite came about 5 am the following morning but it was just solid.

“I thought it was a carp and had taken me into some nearby rushes that I was fishing to at about 80 yards.

“I kept putting the rod back on the rest and slackening off, then the bobbin would pull up but again after a couple of turns on the reel it would just be solid.

Daniel’s run of specimens started with this catfish.

“When my friend arrived at 7am he asked the bailiff to get the boat.

“The bait was Lo-30 boilies from Carpbait Solutions using a slip D-rig with wafting plastic corn over hemp and corn,” concluded the sales executive for Toyota.

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Targeting big catfish

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Stickleback could be the biggest-ever caught in this country

21 May

TWO 'massive' mini species have been banked from lakes in the South West.

three-spined stickleback record
three-spined stickleback record

Ben Iles thinks he might have broken the British three-spined stickleback record with a beast he caught from a secret venue near Warmley in Bristol.

Local Ben said: “I’m not exactly sure how big it was but I’d say it was about 20 gr.

“I couldn’t believe the size of it and it managed to be hooked on a size 12 hook which I’d baited with a single red maggot.

“It was absolutely massive and it was the same size of my hand and I’ve got big hands.

“I might go back and target the sticklebacks on purpose as this fish just blew me away,” added Ben.

The official three-spined stickleback record is 4 dr – 7.09 gr – caught by mini species hunter Dennis Flack at High Flyer Lake in Cambridgeshire in 1998.

Giant minnow to schoolboy

And schoolboy Wilbur King got in on the mini action with this 14 gr minnow from a Devon lake.

The six-year-old from the Isle of Scilly, Cornwall, was float fishing maggot with granddad Chris Robbins. He took the titanic tiddler in the middle of bagging roach.

Wilbur King

Wilbur King and his jumbo minnow.

Chris said: “I thought it must have been some kind of record because we’d never seen a 4 inch long minnow before so kept it in a bucket until I’d had done some research.

“But this little minnow is now back in the lake to grow some more. Maybe when Wilbur is a bit older they may meet again.”

The official minnow record is 13.5 dr – 23.92 gr – caught in 1998 by J Sawyer at Whitworth Lake in County Durham.

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Angler quits and gives £10K of gear to pioneering project

20 May

A DISILLUSIONED angler has revealed why he is giving up the sport and has donated his extensive tackle collection to charity.

All-rounder Kevin Keep kindly gave all his kit – that he paid over £10,000 for – to the Angling Projects centre run by angling hero Les Webber in Berkshire. Chris Tarrant (pictured) is a patron.

It included 18 rods, a £1,700 pole and seatbox, six Shimano reels, five Abu reels, a bait boat and 80 kg of bait.

Normanton on Soar, Nottinghamshire-based Kevin, 56, explained: “I try to do something for charity every year and I had heard of Angling Projects (run by Les Webber) through several radio programmes.

“I have been a keen fisherman for 50 years since boyhood and had acquired a lot of tackle along the way for various types of fishing.

“But I had been going less and less in the past few years, even though I had bought a house on the banks of the River Soar eight years ago.

“Frankly I have been put off by a number of things including the rise in illegal fishing and fish being taken from our rivers, as well as swans, which I have reported several times but nothing seems to get done.

“In all my years fishing I have never once had my rod licence checked.

“Also there has been a rise in commercials which I detest, a decline in the fishing generally and by the arrival here of wretched floating pennywort which isn’t being dealt with properly.

“And pike have become a nuisance fish on the river, with every session spoiled by fish being grabbed on the retrieve.

“I’m the sort of guy who likes to be properly equipped for the job, so I had a set of tackle for each carp fishing scenario – long range, short range, river carp – you name it and I had it.

“I hadn’t been carp fishing for a couple of years and originally I was going to donate just the carp gear but in the end I thought blow it, I’m going to let the lot go, and give up all together.

“I have enjoyed my time fishing and hope the gear will help bring youngsters into the sport but I have had enough,” concluded the landscaper.

In addition to Kevin’s huge donation, Les Webber has also just had a £3,000 cash donation from an angler’s will.

Les Webber

Les Webber

Les Webber MBE, explained: “I got a phone call out of the blue from Kevin saying he had lots of tackle he wanted to donate if I could come up to collect it.

“I drove up in the van and was just amazed by how much there was.

“The tackle will be put to good use when our beginners come to fish and we could possibly sell any we can’t use.

“At the same time I heard that Buckinghamshire’s Howard Mann, who had been chief executive of McCain Foods had sadly passed away last September, aged 71. And he had asked for his tackle to be sold and the proceeds to come to us.

“That £3,000 will help pay for the refurbishment of the roof of our residential building where we offer accommodation for the youngsters.

“We are hugely grateful for both donations which will help to keep the scheme running,” Les added.

Anyone interest in making a donation or learning more should go to: www.angling-projects.org.uk

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Mega money boost for angling

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Line Recycling Scheme soars in popularity throughout UK and beyond

20 May

GREAT strides have been made in the efforts by anglers to dispose of waste line responsibly.

One of the many bins that is ensure a success for the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme.
One of the many bins that is ensure a success for the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme.

The Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme is celebrating their first anniversary with news of big expansion plans across Europe… and possibly beyond.

As well as over 300 sites all across the UK, the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme have just launched their first scheme in Northern Ireland.

Not-for-profit Go Fishing NI will be acting as co-ordinators for the scheme working with fisheries, clubs, tackle shops and other organisations and businesses.

Line Recycling Scheme growth ‘phenomenal’

Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme founder Viv Shears (pictured) said: “The growth of the scheme in the UK has been phenomenal since it was launched 12 months ago.

“To increase the availability of recycling locations in Northern Ireland is fantastic and when Darren Walker approached us offering their support it was an obvious extension to the scheme.

Viv Shears of the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme.

“A local focus within a region or country with proactive volunteers like those at Go Fishing NI can only be a positive for line recycling in general.

“Since then I’ve been approached by a magazine in Southern Ireland so that should be up and running soon.

“And in Belgium, they are just finishing a scheme based on ourselves and that’s 85 per cent there and should be up and running in the next month.

“We’ve also been invited to the EFTTEX show in Belgium in June, and our stand and expenses paid by the European Anglers Alliance and I think it could snowball from there.

“We’ve already got a meeting planned with a German organisation and I’m sure we’ll create a lot of interest.”

Next steps for Line Recycling Scheme

Viv revealed: “So far in the UK we’ve collected 2,500,000 metres of line and have a UK recycler partners in the form of The Maltings Organic Treatment Ltd.

“The first recycled line product should be finished soon with plywood-type building sheets but we hope next year to make frames for polarised glasses so it will turn full circle.

“We now have 240 shops signed up and over 70 fisheries, guides, charter boats and angling clubs as well braid and fly lines now being recycled too,” added Viv.

Darren Walker, founder of Go Fishing NI, commented: “I am delighted we will be part of such a wonderful and worthy scheme.

“Whatever our relationship is with angling, we have a responsibility to ensure its future by looking after the environment we fish in.

“Playing an active role in the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme will help to ensure we look after our waterways for generations to come.”

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Barbel Society say that action is vital for the future of their favourite fish

17 May

FISHERIES and angling officials are likely to be in for tough questioning about the state of barbel stocks, and their future.

Barbel Society committee member Lawrence Breakspear, seen with a 13 lb 9 oz lower Severn giant, has aired his views.
Barbel Society committee member Lawrence Breakspear, seen with a 13 lb 9 oz lower Severn giant, has aired his views.

Barbel Society members are disgruntled by the perceived lack of action by the Environment Agency in addressing the continued decline in barbel numbers in most of the country’s rivers.

The annual Barbel Society show will be attended by staff from the EA including Calverton Fish Farm, and a talk will be delivered by Mark Lloyd, the outgoing chief executive of the Angling Trust.

Barbel Society committee member Lawrence Breakspear (pictured) explained: “The time has come to demand answers to the question of what has happened to our barbel rivers and why?

“Both the east-facing rivers where they are indigenous and others where they were artificially introduced, are suffering in the same way, with few exceptions.

“Yes some huge boilie-fed barbel are being caught on rivers like the Thames, but the back-up smaller fish aren’t there, and Thames tributaries like the Kennet and the Cherwell have been devoid of the species.

“Big bags and large fish might be present on the tidal Trent but higher upstream the situation is bleak.

“Match anglers on the River Severn at Bewdley used to not even get in the frame with 90 lb but are now lucky if they even catch one.

“Bransford AA, a once thriving club in Worcestershire on the River Teme which I know well, had to close last year because of the huge drop in membership following the total decline in barbel fishing.”

Barbel Society look to Environment Agency

Lawrence continued: “In 2017 only 3 per cent of fish stocked from Calverton were barbel.

“It’s all very well re-stocking with new fish but there isn’t a lot of point if the factors which caused the problem in the first place are still present – its more of a PR exercise.

“It’s fair to say that we are disappointed by the EA’s inadequate intervention, not properly investigating and researching the cause of the decline so proper corrective action can be taken.

“On the continent the barbel is revered as a species on which the health of rivers is judged.

“If a similar problem happened in somewhere like Germany then a full scientific investigation would have been launched.

“We know there might be a number of factors involved but to us the biggest and most obvious cause and arguably the easiest to tackle is the growth in predators, particularly otters.

“Barbel eggs are taken by crayfish, then the fry and smaller fish fall prey to cormorants and then big breeding barbel, usually females, are destroyed by otters.

“A female barbel can live 20 years and lay 20,000 eggs per annum and their death at the hands of otters can therefore impact on many future generations to come.

“Maybe now the risk otters present to rare birds is being highlighted by the RSPB, some action will be taken about the damage they cause.

“I’ve also seen recently on social media pictures of large salmon which have been ottered, and maybe attacks on this valuable and threatened species might help persuade the authorities that more action is needed to tackle the otter menace on our rivers.

“It’s worth considering that one river that seems to have bucked the trend is the Hampshire Avon where there is salmon fishing and country estates where they have river keepers who make sure predation is kept to a minimum,” Lawrence concluded.

The Barbel Society Show is being held at Telford Centre Hotel, Telford, Shropshire, on Sunday, May 26.

Entry to the day costs £10 for members and £15 for non members.

As well as Mark Lloyd, speaks include Angler’s Mail columnist John Bailey and Wye barbel expert Bob James with a scientific overview from Dr Paul Garner.

Tickets are available in advance via the Barbel Society website: www.thebarbelsociety.co.uk

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