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Review: Carp Spirit HD3 Alarms

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The Carp Spirit HD3 Alarms 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.

Description: compact alarms and receivers.

Alarm specifications: ergonomic head design; ultra-bright LEDs with six colour options; sensitivity control; forward and drop-back bite differentiation; built-in Night Light function with long-life power technology; on/off button; power socket for coupling with illuminated bobbins; ABS body construction includes a soft rubber inlay to protect rod blanks; protective covers; 20-second latching LED on the alarm and receiver; low-battery warning; built-in memory function to store your settings; a rolling code system that allows extra alarms to be purchased and programmed to an existing receiver.

Receiver specifications: a range of 100-150 m; Silent and Vibration function; tone and volume control; comes with a landyard and table stand.

My verdict: with a growing demand for compact alarms, Carp Spirit have done away with speakers, relying on the receiver to emit sound.

Without speakers, the small alarms are more waterproof, and the LEDs function as you’d expect.

They require a 12V V23GA battery, which should last a long time, as it doesn’t have to charge speakers.

I like the idea, as it makes perfect sense. The receiver is powered by a 9V PP3 battery.

Packed with really useful features. I would happily give them a go.

Prices: Three alarms and a receiver £109.99. Four alarms and a receiver £134.99.

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Review: Kodex Vanilla White Munchies

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The Kodex Vanilla White Munchies 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.

Description: irregular-shaped hook baits that are soft and buoyant.

Ingredients: made from ‘100 per cent natural’ ingredients.

My verdict: Vanilla White is a new addition to this hook bait range, joining Pineapple Green, Krill Red, Corn Yellow and the Almond Pink Munchies. Popped-up off the bottom or presented on the surface, it looks like a good choice of hook bait when you are feeding bread.

Their texture feels a bit like rubber, but they are tough enough to withstand the rigours of casting. Their ragged shape helps them to look ‘natural’ in the water, and they’ve been designed to ooze colour, not flavour, to attract fish.

These baits will win you takes, particularly when fishing for carp on venues where anglers use a lot of bread. They’ll last longer on the hook than bread, and you can give them a boost by dipping them in Kodex Ectoplasm.

Price: £4.99 a tub.

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Review: Maver MV-R Pole Roller

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The Maver MV-R Pole Roller 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.

Description: sturdy, four-leg pole roller.

Specifications: four extendable legs, each with snap-lock fittings; three upright rollers; lightweight but stable.

My verdict: these rollers look smart and simple, and having had a good look at their fold-up legs, I’m sure it will sit nice and stable on the bank. The central upright will allow you to ‘double ship’ too.

The rollers and uprights will be kind on your pole, I’m sure, and the pointed legs should help the overall system stay grounded, without any mishaps. The legs extend to around 130 cm.

Price: £89.99.

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Fishing birthday gift to remember – a load of big river fish!

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SPECIMEN ace John Mott celebrated turning 45 by enjoying a dream river session.

What a fishing birthday gift - John Mott displays his 16 lb 4 oz barbel. It was the heaviest barbel in an epic catch.
What a fishing birthday gift – John Mott displays his 16 lb 4 oz barbel. It was the heaviest barbel in an epic catch.

In what must be the best fishing birthday gift ever, John notched up a staggering 20 double-figure barbel.

Tackling his favourite River Trent in Nottinghamshire, John added three smaller barbel in his bumper haul.

He included a brace at 16 lb 4 oz and 16 lb 1 oz plus others of 14 lb 14 oz, 14 lb 10 oz and 13 lb 2 oz.

And that’s not all. John added bonus carp of 17 lb 14 oz and 13 lb 4 oz.

What a fishing birthday gift it was!

Ruskington, Lincolnshire-based John told Angler’s Mail: “It was a dream session for my birthday.

“I fished the tidal for a social for two days and nights.

“Having had some huge barbel, the very last fish of the session resulted in an absolutely stunning mirror carp at 17 lb 14 oz.

John also caught two quality river carp.

John also caught two quality river carp.

John revealed: “It is not my biggest hit of big barbel but it is the first time I’ve had a brace of 16-pounders.

“My personal best is a 18 lb 8 oz barbel that I’ve never made public due to the ‘followers’.

“And my biggest barbel made public was at the end of last season at 16 lb 10 oz,” added the maintenance engineer team leader.

Another fishing birthday gift to remember - John's 16 lb 1 oz giant.

Another fishing birthday gift to remember – John’s 16 lb 1 oz giant.

John big birthday haul fell to legered OP-31 18 mm boilies by Noble Baits at Future Fishing Newark.

He fed half a kilo of mostly half baits via a baitdropper at the start, then topped up with 30 baits every bite.

The boilies were presented on size 4 hooks to a 20 lb braided trace with 25 lb braided main line.

John has already notched one PB this season with a huge 7 lb 4 oz eel in May.

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Review: Sensas EVA World Champion Net Bag

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The Sensas EVA World Champion Net Bag 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.

Description: waterproof bag for keepnets.

Specifications: tough EVA construction; zipped top; carry handles and shoulder strap.

Dimensions: Medium – 25 x 60 x 60 cm. XL – 35 x 68 x 65 cm.

My verdict: useful for containing wet keepnets. Sensas have told me that you can carry two of them in the Medium size and up to four in the XL version.

They’re a useful option if you like bagging on commercials at this time of year.

They are ideal for containing wet, smelly nets when you are driving home.

Prevent spreading any nasties such as Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) by drying your nets and bag out in between trips, as stagnant water and damp nets can hold deadly viruses. Use net dips, too.

Price: £59.99-£99.99.

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Brace of double-figure tench for all-round specimen ace

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A LEADING all-round big fish angler got in the big tench action in fine style with a brace of tench scaling 10 lb 6 oz, 10 lb 4 oz plus another at 8 lb 14 oz.

Joe Royffe admires his 10 lb 6 oz tench.
Joe Royffe admires his 10 lb 6 oz tench.

In an unprecedented year for double-figure tench, Joe Royffe had his brace from a 125 acre Lea Valley gravel pit.

The 29-year-old from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, said: “Following a good run of short session tench fishing, I was rewarded with two doubles.

“I have spent two springs on this venue, and have had a fair few tench, but the number of 8s and 9s I’ve had this season has been more than ever, but I was really struggling to catch a ‘double’.

“Arriving late, at around midday, I Spombed out two pints of hemp and two pints of casters, and fished simple inline lead set ups with a PVA bag attached.

“All of my tench the past few weeks have fallen to double artificial casters with a size 16 hook.

“I only use two rods for all of my tench fishing, even though three are allowed, as I feel that three is unnecessary.

“If it’s fishing well you’ll catch with two, and if it’s fishing poor you’d likely catch nothing with ten or more rods,” added delivery driver Joe, who starred on the cover of Angler’s Mail.

He’s since moved onto rudd, enjoying success with big fish to 3 lb 7 oz on the River Cam in Cambridgeshire..

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Anglers fear effects of washing machines on our rivers

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CONCERN is growing about the impact of microplastics and detergents discharged every day from washing machines direct into rivers.

Washing machines are contibuting to worrying levels of hidden pollution.
Washing machines are contributing to worrying levels of hidden pollution.

About ten per cent of washing machines do not get connected to the mains drainage which then goes onto sewage treatment plants.

It’s usually those washing machines in outbuildings, garages and some extension.

But they get connected to the rain drains – meaning the discharge goes directly into river systems, untreated.

Environmentalist and Angler’s Mail reader Alan Staley explained: “The consequence of this waste entering the water course is much more algae as the phosphates in the detergents ‘feed’ the algae.

“I know of one reservoir near me in the Severn-Trent area that has been affected by this run off but it is very difficult for the EA and water companies to trace the origins.

“I have reported incidents but each individual discharge is small and it is the cumulative impact which is the problem.

“All households need the information about what drains to connect to. Building inspectors also need to check extensions connect to the right drain – not just any drain.

“I just hope we can get anglers to understand the problem and check their own washing machines are properly connected.

“To make matters worse it has been discovered that the waste contains micro plastics that end up in the food chain, including fish and ultimately us.

“Each machine wash of artificial fibres can shed up to 700,000 microplastics into our ecosystem.

“Microplastics are now in our rivers and oceans, our fish, our salt, our food chain – we need to stem the flow at the source.

“Washing manufacturers have the technology already to add appropriate filters, but chose not too, unless there is consumer pressure.

“A parliamentary petition has been set up to force manufacturers to install microplastic filters on new washing machines as standard, and all anglers should try to sign it,” he concluded.

The petition has already reached 15,991 signatures. It received a detailed written response from the Government which states there are no plans to introduce legislation to make filters compulsory.

But the Government has set a target to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within the lifetime of the 25-year Environment Plan (by 2042). It has set aside £20 million for research and development managed through the Plastics Innovation Fund.

The petition is at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/248269

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Summer angling tips and ideas to catch more fish in warm weather

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IT’S BEEN a decent summer so far with spells of fine, warm weather – and that means a change in tactics when it comes to most of our fishing days.

Hopefully the summer angling tips here get you catching more fish through the rest of the warmer months.
Hopefully the summer angling tips here get you catching more fish through the rest of the warmer months.

Most summer angling tips articles you’ll read can be bish-bash-bosh basic. But there are element to factor into the equation….

Warmer weather, bright sunshine (ok, maybe not every day!) and water that often carries a lot more colour means we need to think more about gear, bait, feeding and presentation.

But don’t worry. In most case this means fishing can be a lot easier than it was in those dismal, cold months of winter when we also had to contend many days with clear water.

Summer fishing comes into two simple categories – the days when the fish want to feed and those when they are decidedly difficult.

Summer angling tips for harder days

Let’s deal with the hard fishing first! Quite simply when the weather is too warm and the sun very bright the fish switch off.

It’s a bit like us. We don’t normally eat as much when the weather is like that and some of the time we need to spend in the shade.

You can still catch but it might be a case of picking off the odd fish – particularly ones on the surface. Maybe you’ll need to be scaling down the size of your hook, diameter of your line and being very careful how much you feed.

That’s the answer in a nutshell.

But keep in mind that if the weather is overcast the fish may well fancy a munch.

And remember, too, that evening sessions when the sun is going down or early morning before it rises are usually brilliant.

Smaller hooks and lighter line still have a part to play in warmer months, for days when it's unexpectedly hard.

Smaller hooks and lighter line still have a part to play in warmer months, for days when it’s unexpectedly hard.

When they really want it

Now to the easy part of our summer angling tips assessment… catching when the fish want to feed!

Warmer water and dull days usually mean a fish-catching a bonanza.

The water is usually more coloured this time of year, be it rivers or stillwaters.

This means you don’t have to worry too much about size of hook and line.

But they should still both be matched to size of bait and fish to be caught.

You also want to be able to present bait properly so that means no going over the top of line strength or hook size.

If you think that an 18 or 16 was fine before – step this up to a 14 or a 12, so long as the bait matches the hook.

Likewise, if you were using a 2.5lb or 4 lb line, you may now be able to use a 4 lb or 6 lb line.

With the low diameter lines available nowadays it is so much easier to go up in diameters and get higher breaking strains.

If fishing near lilies you don't want to be undergunned - get those fishes' heads turned quickly!

If fishing near lilies you don’t want to be undergunned – get those fishes’ heads turned quickly!

Why you should step up

Fish in summer will be sheltered in cover under weed, pads, trees, bushes, even more so than they would in winter. They could also be more inclined to fight harder.

Those are the main reasons for heavier duty tackle, one of those key summer angling tips you should not overlook.

Also remember that if you do hook a good fish you want to land it. There is no point getting a bite and hooking a specimen if you can’t get it out!

I was out with my cousin at a new venue for him and he started on a sensible 4 lb line to a 16 hook.

As I knew the water I was straight on 6 lb to a 14…and he soon changed after his first rig disappeared into some brambles!

The water in this lake is just 3ft deep but you won’t seen below three inches at this time of the year due to the fish stirring up the bottom. There is no need to fish fine because of water clarity!

The fish always fight hard in this lake and now that branches have foliage, brambles are as sharp as ever and there is also bankside foliage and lily pads have grown back you don’t take risks.

You can increase your feeding usually at this time of year.

Top summer angling tips often cover feeding. In short, you can usually increase your feeding at this time of year.

The feeding pattern was just the same. Until a few weeks ago it was very little every so often and feel your way into how the fish are responding.

Last week it was little and often until the fish started to munch and then up the feed levels dramatically.

We hadn’t been fishing for half an hour when I had already upped my feed to almost half a small handful of pellets every drop in. Believe me, there was not a lot of time between drops in!

With plenty of bream, a few carp, barbel, rudd and roach caught all day long our more positive fishing certainly produced.

Christmas comes early to my venues!

Has Christmas come early near you? It certainly has at too many venues.

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Reading this summer angling tips guide, or wherever this angler got their advice, did not prevent this tangle. Sadly, lost tackle is all too common right now.

It looks like we are already in the festive season with the amount of floats and feeders dangling from trees around some of the venues I have fished recently.

We all have the odd cast go astray but on some venues it looks like there has been a determined effort to put so many rigs into the bushes!

I know a few venues where the owners get boats or chest waders out and recover snagged up tackle that obviously makes their venue more attractive.

Some of these guys even give this recovered gear to kids or charity – more great news.

I can’t understand why other venues just leave stuff dangling. It’s unsightly, possibly dangerous to wildlife and certainly an added hazard to other anglers when trying to cast to fish holding spots.

Have you also noticed how a lot of the gear up trees is…well, let’s be kind and say rubbish that some owners would quite rightly just bin!

That hints at novice anglers but it also begs the question who is selling tackle that shouldn’t see the light of day?

There is so much good gear around today and at bargain prices that there is no need for horrible giant floats that have no use or big barbed hooks that are probably banned on the venues anyway!

Oh and of course the sea fishing line that really should have pulled the tree down rather than snap when it got snagged!

This tips article was first written for Angler’s Mail as a blog, by highly experienced coarse angler and journalist, Colin Mitchell. See below for more interesting articles from Colin.

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Rod licence websites clampdown to stop ‘copycats’ overcharging

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AN Angler’s Mail reader has been campaigning to get adverts from ‘copycat’ websites that offer to supply rod licences at a higher cost to be removed from search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.

As many as 10,000 anglers were caught last year by ‘copycat’ rod licence websites.

They thought they were getting their licence direct from the Environment Agency but ended up paying a surcharge.

Angler’s Mail fan Peter Jones wants as many people to complain if they see any adverts for ‘copycat’ websites, which are often given new domain names.

Peter explained: “These companies pay for Google or Yahoo to ensure they come up first on the search list before the official website.

“People can then be fooled into thinking they are using an official website as they seem like the real thing.

“The search engines’ own rules do not allow adverts from ‘copycat’ companies, and will take down the ad if it is brought to their attention which I did.

“Unfortunately the companies can change their domain name and pay for  a new advert, and action can only be taken by reporting them to the search engines and the EA.

“Even if the ads are blocked the company website will still come up on searches, albeit lower lower down the list, so anglers still might use them,” Peter concluded.

The EA  explained their own stance on rod licence websites, and they are behind Peter’s moves.

A spokesperson said: “We urge the public to be aware of third-party websites offering selling licences.

“We are liaising with Google, Bing and other search engines to help them identify any sites that may be in breach of search engine advertising policies.

“Any anglers who spot a third-party website advertising fishing licences on search engines can report it to the EA’s National Customer Contact Centre 03708 506 506.

“Please make sure you have the right website if you use a search engine to find GOV.UK and remember the only place you need to go is https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence,” he concluded.

Beware of new move by ‘copycat’ rod licence websites

IN A new development, Angler’s Mail reader Nick Stone actually received an email from a copycat company inviting him to renew his licence.

He nearly used it before realising the price being quoted was above the official cost.

Nick explained: “I received an email to renew of my fishing licence.

“I followed the relevant links up to the point of payment, £45 for a two rod trout and course, and £60 for three rods.

“Luckily, I’d not long received the reminder letter and I remembered the two-rod was £30 and three-rod wasn’t more than £45.

“I decided to check the origin of this email and found out it wasn’t even from the EA.

“These people are fishing for folk who will be due new licences, hoping that they aren’t paying attention.

“There are several references to £2,000 fines, and this puts you in a bit of a panic mode. I have alerted the EA to this latest scam,” Nick added.

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Sports Stars Fishing Championship – all you need to know

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BRITAIN’S biggest and best celebrity fishing event is hoping to raise £1m for good causes. And YOU can be there to watch it live – or catch up later on TV.

Steve Davis lands a fish last year at Gold Valley. He'll be fishing in the Target Sports Stars Fishing Championship in 2019.
Steve Davis lands a fish last year at Gold Valley. He’ll be fishing in the Target Sports Stars Fishing Championship in 2019.

This year its official name is the Target Sports Stars Fishing Championship.

It was formerly the PDC Fishing Championships, due to its close association with the Professional Darts Corporation.

The event returns to Hampshire’s Gold Valley for the second year running, on Tuesday, August 6.

The location’s address, if you’re driving is, Gold Valley Lakes, Aldershot, GU11 2PT. 

The day runs from 11 am to 7pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and watch the action unfold.

General tickets to watch are free. To apply simply email julie@jbdsportsagents.co.uk

Note that there is a car parking charge of £10 per car with proceeds going to charity.

The turnout of sports stars at the event gets better and better each year, all keen to show off their fishing skills or get to grips with it better.

Expert anglers, including many big names, are on on hand to help the novices, making it a friendly day… for a great cause.

Aiming for a million

Organiser Jess Harding has set himself a huge £1 million ‘lifetime’ charity target.

The former heavyweight boxer said: “Without doubt, this is the most enjoyable event we stage throughout the year.

“To see sportsmen and women compete in a competition that they are not associated with is fantastic.

“The fact that we will be raising considerable funds for charity makes the day even more special.

“So far, we have raised £21,000, and we are guaranteeing at least £15,000 for our charities.

“I have a long-term target of growing the event and raising £1 million in my lifetime, even if I have to live until 90 to do so, as I want to achieve something really worthwhile.

“Virtually all the money comes from our sponsors.

“General admission is free, apart from a £10 car park charge that goes to the charities, but there are also hospitality tickets on sale.”

Jess Harding (right, with Angler's Mail columnist Steve Collett) is the main man behind the Sports Stars Fishing Championship. The event's TV profile will be bigger than ever.

Jess Harding (right, with Angler’s Mail columnist Steve Collett) is the main man behind the Sports Stars Fishing Championship. The event’s TV profile will be bigger than ever.

“It is well worth coming to watch the event, though it will also be broadcast on ITV4 over two evenings, on August 29 and 30, as well as being broadcast in 32 other countries.

“There will also be live coverage across all Target Sports social media platforms, including exclusive interviews with the competitors, special challenges and behind-the-scenes access.

“I would like to thank Target and all our associate sponsors for their help. Without them, the Championship would not be possible,” added Jess, the director of JBD Events.

The match brings together top stars from the world of sport to raise funds for charities, the main beneficiary being Parkinsons UK, although a donation is also being made to the Macmillan trust.

Other sports stars competing in the 2019 event include darts legends Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, former footballer Jimmy Bullard, former World snooker champion Steve Davis OBE, former boxer George Groves and former England rugby union star Micky Skinner.

Video highlights of last year’s star-studded match at Gold Valley Lakes can be seen above.

The 2018 team event was won by Barry Hearn, chairman of Matchroom Sport, his son, boxing promoter and Matchroom Sport director, Eddie Hearn, darts star Darren Webster and Mail columnist Steve Collett (aided by photographer Ian Chapman).

Collett can’t win Sports Stars Fishing title this time

Last year’s individual winner, with 28 kg, was Angler’s Mail columnist Steve Collett.

He was aided by photographer Ian Chapman, as he had to leave early, for medical reasons.

Steve is delighted to be there again, though he won’t be able to defend his title.

A rule change for the Sports Stars Fishing Championship states that no ‘professional’ angler can win the title, but their catch will count in the team contest.

Be sure to read his unique column on the 2019 event, which will appear inside Angler’s Mail magazine.

The Team England lure fishing boss commented: “I’ve been going to the competition since it started, and I’ve won it several times, so they’ve gone and changed the rules, which means I won’t be able to make it a hat-trick of wins.

“Mind you, I wouldn’t argue with anyone there, because they usually have a few tasty boxers taking part.

“It is all great fun for a very worthy cause, and it’s wonderful to be around guys who are all great competitors,” smiled Steve.

David Seaman, seen here with a barbel, is competing in the Sports Stars Fishing Championship.

David Seaman, seen here with a barbel, is competing in the Sports Stars Fishing Championship.

David Seaman signs up to compete

Former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman will be fishing the event for the first time this year.

The life-long angler told us: “I don’t usually match fish, but I’m really looking forward to this event, as it should be great fun.

“Last time I fished Gold Valley was well over 20 years ago, with Andy Little, when it was still a syndicate water, holding carp to over 30 lb and some huge eels.

“I might just try something different and winkle a few of the carp out on floating crust,” David added.

For info on the event can be found at the official website.

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