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A Few Funnies!

Thought it time for a bit of humour...that big carp was beginning to go off! ... Full story

FM October 2016 Photo-Caption Competition

This is fairly straightforward - but with a fair bit of potential. What on EARTH has he got in there? Where is he off to? To win this month's Laguna Fishing Products prize, send in your caption and hope that it chimes with the panel of judges here at FM Towers. ... Full story

Why all the fuss about this great big carp?

I see it didn’t take long for the recent story about the new British Record carp and the so called online death threats to the lucky captor Tom Docherty to be twisted out of all proportion by our wonderful tabloid media and to be pinged around the world. ... Full story

Whitney Court Piking Challenge

It’s incredible how time flies…it seems a matter of weeks ago that I announced the 2015 Whitney Court Fishery’s pike challenge - and here we are again. ... Full story

Alligator Gar Goes For The Record

Hart was fishing Texas’ famed Trinity River with local guide Bubba Bedre on May 6th when he bested the 37.73 kg (83 lb 3 oz) alligator gar on fly tackle, after a tough 30 minute fight. ... Full story

Trout, Zander, Chub, Bream, Carp, Barbel, Perch...what a river the Thames is!

As regular readers of this column may recall I only work part time as National Campaigns Coordinator for the Angling Trust and, when I’m not fishing, I do a bit of freelance work on other projects to pay the bills and keep me out of trouble. ... Full story

Rivers Flowing Into the Great Lakes Are Teeming with Microplastic Pollution

The minute plastics are in the food chain, and they’re increasingly shown to harm the health of marine animals. ... Full story

Koi herpes virus disease outbreak confirmed in West Midlands

Koi herpesvirus (KHV) disease has been confirmed in carp (Cyprinus carpio) at Packington Somers Fishery, West Midlands ... Full story

Big Fish Bragging Rights - Geoff Maynard.

I recently received one of those Facebook ‘challenges’ – as no doubt many of you did - to post 10 photos of memorable fish over several days. ... Full story

Antique Fishing Rods, Reels and other Beautiful Bits.

My knowledge of fishing rod materials goes back as far as Spanish reed and greenheart; before that, I’ve no idea what rods were made from. Presumably, most woods could be fashioned to form a fishing rod of sorts but I believe the first commercially-made rods were of greenheart, a material indistinguishable by sight from glass or carbon-fibre of the same colour. Again, my knowledge here is scant, so whether or not greenheart rod-sections were so perfectly smooth and round through their natural properties or through craftsmanship, I don’t know – a combination of both perhaps. ... Full story

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