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Review: Sonik Tournos XD 10000 Carp Reel

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The Sonik Tournos XD 10000 Carp Reel comes under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

BRAND new from Sonik, the XD 10000 is a reel for ‘big chucks’ – for repeatedly hitting those long-range marks.

A great partner to the new gravity XT Carp Rods, this ‘big hitter’ comes with super-slow oscillation for that perfect line lay for distance casting. It’s supplied with a spare CNC machined, anodized aluminium spool, too. Spool capacities are 330 m of 0.35 mm and 490 m of 0.35 mm.

Built to handle all of the demands that come with fishing at range, Sonik have designed this reel with 14+1 stainless shielded bearings, a dual-strength stainless steel main shaft, high-strength carbon composite body and rotor.

Add their Quick-Torque drag system for easy drag adjustment, twin spring-loaded line clips, to make clipping-up simple, and a QUICK-CLIK folding handle complete with wooden grip and you’ll see that the XD 10000 ticks a lot of boxes for the carper, especially with a retail price of under £130.

Coming with a 4.9:1 gear ratio, a floating line guard and open bail rotor lock, too, you’re getting a lot of reel for your money.

Price: £129.99.

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Review: Dynamite Rob Hughes Hit N Run Pop-ups and Wafters

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The Dynamite Rob Hughes Hit N Run Pop-ups and Wafters come under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

TO HELP stack the odds of a pick-up in your favour, Dynamite have released these Hit N Run Pop-ups and Wafters, in conjunction with top carper and diver Rob Hughes, utilising his extensive underwater knowledge and experience.

There are four hook bait colours, specially selected by Rob, based on his experiences of diving in different fisheries. Each colour – pink, white, yellow and red – has been selected to suit different lake and riverbed conditions, whether you’re fishing over silt, gravel, clay or weed.

The Pop-ups are 12 and 15 mm in pink, yellow and white, the wafters comes in a 14 mm size and red.

White baits are recommended for deep water and silt, pink for clear water and weed, yellow for clear water or gravel and red for cloudy water or clay, and each pot is clearly labelled with his recommendations.

Boasting proven, unique flavours and essential oils, each pot comes with a bottle of

essential oil booster for the baits.

Price: £3.99 a tub.

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Review: Gunki Pocket and Street Fishing Net Handles

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The Gunki Pocket and Street Fishing Net Handles come under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

LANDING net poles can be an issue when you are trying to travel light with a lure rod, restricting where you can fish. Check out these designs from Gunki.

The Pocket Handle Net is just 31 cm when carried, but made of ten sections and telescopic, it can be extended to 190 cm – just over 6 ft. It also comes with a shoulder strap.

Alternatively, there are two Gunki Street Fishing Handles – a five-section, 61 cm-long design that extends to 240 cm (just under 8 ft), and an 11-section, 46 cm model that goes to 374 cm (just over 12 ft).

Again with an adjustable strap for easy carrying, they all stow away neatly, but will extend to get down those urban walls and quay sides. They come with a standard screw fitting for a landing net head. Nice idea, Gunki.

Prices: from £59.90-£69.99.

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Review: Kodex Cigar Slider Pike Floats

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The Kodex Cigar Slider Pike Floats come under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

HOW about a cigar pike float that can be fished top and bottom, or bottom end only? Enter the Kodex Cigar Slider.

You can fish a roving livebait or suspended deadbait with your line or braid through the centre, and then swap to a laying-on presentation with a sunk line by using the optional screw-in swivel to fish it as a bottom-ender, like a waggler. They come with 8 and 12 g load capacities.

Price: £2.65 each.

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Winter chub and barbel munch maggots on ice-cold night session

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BRETT LONGTHORNE has enjoyed a brilliant season with five PBs – and came within an ounce of his chub best with this 7 lb 6 oz specimen.

Manchester-based Brett explained his winter chub success, that also featured a hefty barbel.

He told Angler’s Mail: “My latest session began on Friday night.

“I wasn’t fancying it because of a cold snap in the midweek previous, which saw temperatures plummet to freezing.

“I decided to head to the Trent.

“Maggot was the approach and to target the chub as I thought the barbel would not feed.

“I arrived late, put three spods of maggots and hemp in and used a size 16 hook, a 4 ft 8 lb hooklink and a 3 oz block-end feeder.

“Not much was happening at all, the maggots on the hook were not getting touched at all.

“But at 1.30 am on Saturday morning, I got my first bite and was not disappointed with my third 7 lb chub of the season.

“Then at 3 am I had another bite which resulted in a barbel at 13 lb 4 oz.”

Brett shows his big barbel.

Brett shows his big barbel.

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Turkey wonder paste conjures up specimens for bait guru

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BAIT wizard Leighton McDonnell was inspired by Christmas to tempt his latest huge chub.

Turkey meat helped Leighton notch up his fourth 7 lb chub of the winter, having developed a special paste.

His latest unusual bait is made with Polish Spichlerz Rusiecki turkey leg meat and mixed with cranberry sauce.

The 7 lb 3 oz chevin (pictured above) came during a session on a Bedfordshire stretch of the Great Ouse river.

Leighton, a chartered surveyor, has also caught a chub brace of 6 lb 8 oz and 6 lb 6 oz using the turkey mixture.

It also includes wheat gluten, soya flour and ground trout pellet powder to bind it.

The Tring, Hertfordshire-based specialist explained to Angler’s Mail: “The paste contains a whole jar of the turkey leg meat.

“Added to this is a third of a jar of Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce which is also high in glutamate, just like sweetcorn, to give a unique smell and taste.”

Polish Turkey Leg forms the basis of the special paste bait.

Polish Turkey Leg forms the basis of the special paste bait.

Leighton told Angler’s Mail: “The turkey meat is also high in jelly and spices and smells knockout and is available from polish food shops or the largest supermarkets.

“I have been using their chicken meat for some time and have caught several six-pounders on it, but thought I would try this over Christmas.

“Unfortunately I had flu over Christmas and simply spent 20 hours a day on the sofa for two weeks.

“I use the paste popped up 18 inches after being wrapped around three 13mm cork balls hair rigged on a running drilled bullet.

“After feeding 50 pieces of 20 mm paste over two swims and leaving half an hour, the first fish of 4 lb 12 oz came after just two minutes.

“So I moved to the second after tying back some willow branches to create a swim and reach an extensive mid river crease.

“The ‘7’ took almost immediately and I had to stand and follow the fish by walking down just to keep in touch,’ added Leighton, who used a size 4 hook and 6 lb line.

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Rivers Trust call for urgent action to clean up UK waterways

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THERE are calls for more action to be taken to protect British rivers – especially with the looming European Union exit.

The Rivers Trust are calling for greater efforts to improve river quality in the UK.
The Rivers Trust are calling for greater efforts to improve river quality in the UK.

The Rivers Trust  think more needs to be done because an alarming 86 per cent of England’s river aren’t considered be at ‘Good Ecological Status’ within the Water Framework Directive.

This Water Framework test is a European directive that monitors waterbodies for a range of issues.

These issues include pollution from chemicals and excess nutrients, as well as the health of wildlife.

Rivers are then rated as high, good, moderate, poor or bad status.

Rivers Trust chief executive Arlin Rickard, said: “Government figures show that only 14 per cent of England’s rivers are considered healthy.

“Our rivers are under huge strain with many demands placed upon them, including abstraction and agriculture.

“Climate-change is affecting rainfall patterns and raising water temperatures with increasing frequency of droughts and floods, these pressures are only set to grow.

“Rivers Trusts feel it is vital that we work closely with the local community, anglers, farmers, landowners and industry, to help find solutions to protect the soils, water and air, for the benefit of their business, the environment and the community.”

The measurements were all taken by the Environment Agency and they are working hard to improve water quality.

‘Healthiest for 20 years,’ says EA

An EA spokesman said: “The EA has taken more than 50 million samples to monitor water quality over the past 20 years.

“In 2016, 76 per cent of the tests used to measure the health of rivers were rated good.

“However, only 14 per cent of rivers reached good ecological status overall – this is because the failure of one test means the whole water body fails to obtain good or better status.

“Independent research which shows our rivers are the healthiest they have been for 20 years.

“We will also be updating the River Basin Management Plans in 2021, which will take into consideration the aims and goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan,” he added.

Anglers back Rivers Trust calls

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust, said: “Our rivers and lakes are under serious threat and anglers are witnessing the disappearance of fish and other wildlife throughout England and Wales.

“Freshwater is an incredibly precious natural resource which is the lifeblood of our country and we cannot continue to pour sewage and slurry into it without seeing the collapse of natural systems on which we rely for our very existence.

“The Government has pledged to leave the environment in a better state for the next generation, but it has no hope of achieving this worthy ambition if it doesn’t improve water quality.”

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Jaws the perch… thanks to careful angling photography

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LURE ace and Angler’s Mail magazine front cover star Alex Stoica showed he’s also a dab hand at the camera with some special perch photos.

No it's not Jaws - it's Alex's perch, before it swam off.
No it’s not Jaws – it’s Alex’s perch, before it swam off.

The Jaws style photo was shared with Angler’s Mail magazine when Alex was pictured recently on the front cover with a stunning 3 lb 15 oz stripy.

He also caught some more good perch during that session… so he tried to get a different style of photo when carefully returning them.

It culminated in the eye-catching image (above), reminiscent of the shark in the famous Jaws films.

Brackley, Northamptonshire-based Alex said: “They are probably the best perch shots I have ever taken.

“I have never tried taking a picture of perch in the water with the fin up before.

“When I released the 3 lb 15 oz perch, I noticed that it was holding the fin up so I tried to capture that moment using my phone.

“Unfortunately it swam off too quickly and I couldn’t get a proper shot.”

Alex tried to get the same style of Jaws fin-up picture when he returned this giant... but it didn't work!

Alex tried to get the same style of Jaws fin-up picture when he returned this giant… but it didn’t work!

Alex continued: “I just paid more attention when releasing the next perch and I got it, with three awesome shots.

“The fish I could photograph was smaller, younger and the fin was in perfect condition.

“I was lucky as it didn’t move too much when I put in the water, so I had a good 5-7 seconds to take the pictures.

“It helped that there were shallow margins and crystal clear water.

“They were from a local gravel pit and fell to a Savage Gear Cannibal Shad 10 cm lure in pike pattern,” added Alex.

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Drowning warnings for anglers after latest figures highlight risks

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SAFETY charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, is warning anglers to be safe after a string of fishing related deaths over the past decade.

Drowning risks have been highlighted - and anglers have been urged to think about their safety.
Drowning risks have been highlighted – and anglers have been urged to think about their safety.

RoSPA says that coarse anglers are equally at risk as sea anglers after figures revealed two-thirds of UK drowning deaths happen at inland waters.

Figures show that between 2012 and 2016, 1,029 people died in accidental drownings in the UK’s inland waters.

Out of those, 91 were anglers, made up of 46 dying by drowning at sea and 45 in freshwater.

The worst year for freshwater anglers was in 2016 when 12 drowned, with just a further two at sea.

RoSPA has released a new book, Safety at Inland Waters, with guidance and advice on how to manage sites to help prevent tragedy.

Drowning risks prompted the creation of this guide, which is free to download.

Drowning risks prompted the creation of this guide, which is free to download.

David Walker, RoSPA’s leisure safety manager and author of the book, explained more about the risks.

He told Angler’s Mail: “Over the five years from 2012, 60 per cent of drownings were at inland water sites, so clearly this is an issue that urgently needs addressing.

“There is something that all stakeholders can do to reduce the risks, and by working together we can drive down the number of people needlessly dying in the UK’s waters every year.

“I hope that Safety at Inland Waters will enable all managers with a responsibility for such sites to better understand and manage risks, and that it acts as a catalyst for further reductions in drownings.”

Lifejackets reduce drowning risks

Graham Cridland, boss at the West Sussex & Surrey Angling Academy told Angler’s Mail: “I have been trying to campaign for the last 14 years for all anglers to wear modern slimline automatic lifejackets.

“No matter where you are fishing, where water is concerned you have to have the greatest respect.

“The moment you are complacent it will bite you, whether it be the see, river or lake.

“At the Academy we have purchased lifejackets from Adec Marine for students to use on our lessons.

“Although we cannot make students purchase lifejackets after they leave our courses, they have all the information at hand in their folders as to why these should be worn.

“I have been laughed at and ridiculed by other coaches, for providing lifejackets, saying they will not protect their clients.

“This is a dangerous position to take, especially with safeguarding clients, let alone themselves.

“While fishing at Worthing Pier in 2017, my students watched a shore angler be swept into the sea by a rouge wave.

“With the heavy clothing he was wearing, had the inshore lifeboat not been practicing near the pier this man would have drowned.

“Where water is concerned there is no such thing as a safe place, it is only as safe as you yourself make it.

“Yes, clubs, boats and local authorities make provision for such events, but at the end of the day safety responsibility starts and finishes with the angler,” concluded Graham.

The book is free to download from www.rospa.com/SafetyAtInlandWaters

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Sticklebacks cost water company £80,000 after pollution

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MEGA-RICH Thames Water have coughed up £80,000 in a civil sanction following yet another pollution incident.

Sticklebacks died in another pollution incident involving Thames Water.
Sticklebacks died in another pollution incident involving Thames Water.

The death of sticklebacks resulted in a voluntary payment… and that could have saved Thames Water millions in a court case.

TW  agreed pay £80,000 to the South East Rivers Trust after a sewer blunder allowed sewage to enter the River Shuttle in Greenwich, South East London.

They will also pay the Environment Agency’s full costs for the investigation of almost £20,000.

Around 20 sticklebacks  and hundreds of invertebrates died as sewage seeped over many miles of river.

But TW could have been hit with a huge court fine as just last month they were hit by a £2 million fine and ordered to pay EA costs of £80,000. That was the outcome in Oxford Crown Court after killing 146 bullheads at Idbury Brook.

TW also had a record £20.3 million fine two years ago for polluting various Thames tributaries.

The last yearly figures showed TW made a profit of £517.0 million from the year from March 2017 to March 2018.

City analysts believe the figure for the following 12 months will be down by as much as half for various factors – including regulatory fines.

Dead worms and sticklebacks in the River Shuttle near Greenwich.

Dead worms and sticklebacks in the River Shuttle near Greenwich.

Tackling the polluters

Former British barbel record holder and environmental campaigner Ray Walton made his views clear after the sticklebacks case was settled out of court.

Ray blasted: “It is worrying the EA aren’t prosecuting as the courts would surely have given a much larger fine out, especially considering this is one of many incidents for TW.

“TW will keep pollution while they get away with it with – this is hardly even a smack on the wrist.

“Courts have to get very tough on the rich firms or they will keep doing it.

“The fat cat directors should also be personally prosecuted and fines taken from their personal assets. Then we might see action.”

An EA spokesman said: “TW will make the £80,000 payment as a civil sanction, also known as an enforcement undertaking.

“Companies and individuals can make good some of the environmental damage they cause, including through a financial contribution to a local project.

“The EA must also be satisfied the polluter will make changes to its operations to prevent similar damage in the future.

“While agreeing to enforcement undertakings, the EA continues to prosecute organisations and individuals where evidence shows high levels of culpability and serious environmental harm.”

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