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Beavers could be reintroduced to Wales after centuries' absence

Beavers could return to Wales for the first time in hundreds of years, after being successfully reintroduced in other parts of the UK.  ... Full story

The Value of a Good Angling Guide

I suppose, deep down, it was a form of vanity – conceit even – that I didn’t even think of contacting an angling guide before ... Full story

Don't Look Back in Anger - Martin Salter.

In the circles in which I move most people won’t be at all sorry to see the back of 2016. Losing the likes of David Bowie, Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, Terry Wogan, Leonard Cohen, Rick Parfitt and now George Michael was a salutary reminder that even those who have been a constant presence in our lives will eventually fade away. ... Full story

Andy Loble: The Shetlands.

I am always up for a challenge when it comes to fishing. I have always had a thing for adrenaline sports and feel there should be no reason why you can’t add a bit of excitement to your fishing. So when I was asked if I fancied a trip to the Shetlands to target cod I was all ears, especially as it would be with my mate, Adam Cain, on his kayak and me in my 2.7m RIB with a 4hp 2 stroke motor. ... Full story

Acclaimed Angling Book Set for Unique Fish Leather Edition.

Dominic Garnett’s collection of fishing tales, 'Crooked Lines', is set for a truly eye-opening collector’s edition this winter, in a special collaboration with Devon artist Kari Furre. ... Full story


As most of you will already be aware, the Angling Trust and its conservationist partners are currently running a campaign to save the bass (sea bass), stocks of which have dwindled to crisis levels as a result of commercial overfishing and the use of gill nets. ... Full story

Bass Battles

Things are certainly hotting up in the battle to protect declining bass populations from continued exploitation by the netsmen. With scientists at the widely respected International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) warning that bass stocks in northern Europe are now in deep trouble because of commercial overfishing the EU Commission have for once listened to anglers and conservationists and proposed that in 2017 there should be a complete ban on netting for bass. ... Full story

Martin Salter: Autumn Gold

I love this time of year. The colours changing with the season, the nip in the air and the fish on the munch before the really cold weather moves in and food becomes scarce. It’s surprising therefore, with so much good fishing to be had, that the tackle shops are emptying out and fewer anglers are on the banks. So for those of you who have packed your rods away far too early here’s a little taste of what you’ve been missing.. ... Full story

'All Beer & Boilies' and 'All Wind & Water' - Cliff Hatton.

Each of these neat hardbacks was created in the Thelwell tradition of cartoon and narrative. Modern carp-fishing, and pike-fishing in the grandeur of East Anglia's magnificent potato and sugar-beet country are illustrated and examined. ... Full story

Rod Sturdy: Ever Closer Union.

This article received a small number of complaints on the grounds that it was 'too political' and consequently taken down. Having re-studied Rod's well-written, heart-felt article, FM feels that its content is overwhelmingly fishing and fish-orientated rather than politically based. Angling needs more Rod Sturdy's; people who care enough about fishing and marine matters to sit down for an hour or two and air their thoughts for the benefit of us all. Talk of the EU, quotas, directives et al is, indeed, unappealing to those who - quite understandably - wish to read of bending rods and screaming reels. Thank heaven, then, we have individuals concerned enough to look at the drier aspect of our sport. Remember: FishingMagic welcomes articles and stories - humorous, instructive, philosophical, entertaining - from its much-valued readership. We have an enormous wealth of experiences to share so DO write in with yours. ... Full story

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