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am living testimony that buying secondhand stuff can be a way of life. On most days lately the only item of my clothing that didn’t come from a charity shop is my underpants. The same is also true about my fishing tackle. The set-up in the photo is my usual river gear. The box is secondhand, as are the two 13’ Acolyte rods, the 17’ Acolyte rod, all three closed face reels and the pole spray bar. By going into these transactions with your eyes wide open and with a little bit of understanding we can all buy ‘champagne’ tackle for beer money prices. Go on, give it a go.

Guide to buying second hand fishing tackle

This seasonal cold and wet weather can cause many of us to stay at home rather than go fishing, but the yearning within to do something fishy can often be satisfied by buying more kit.
Flooded fields after the River Severn bursts its banks in January 2024

What happens to fish in severe floods?

The recent extreme floods will have led many anglers to wonder what lasting effects such dramatic events have on fish. Fishery Management Consultant Dr Bruno Broughton explains what goes on.
Many anglers will own a variety of reels throughout their fishing life. Others will stick to their favourite for many years, preferring the familiarity of an old friend. This is a small example of the reels that I own (and these are just a few of the ones that are not actually attached to rods) and their variety can be quite daunting when taken as a whole. Hopefully you will read all of this article and feel a little more informed … Or… in the immortal words of Maggie Thatcher “where there was darkness may there be light” or something similar.

Coarse fishing reels explained

If you’re new to fishing or just thinking about purchasing a new fishing reel, Chris Smith delves into the detail about his coarse fishing reels and explains the benefits and features of the different types.
Don't stay at home during the winter - get out there and catch some carp!

Winter Carp Fishing

Many anglers pack the carp rods away once the leaves start dropping and the first frosts hit, but by picking the right times and location there’s no reason why you shouldn’t carry on carping through the bleakest months – Rob…
Shocking death of 100,000 fish

Dead fish on River Nene

In a disconcerting turn of events in Peterborough an estimated 100,000 dead fish are lining the banks of a tributary the River Nene.
The 2023 Environment Agency rod licence - the last of its kind

End of the line for plastic coated rod licences

The now familiar and attractive plastic-coated licence cards will not be issued to anglers from the end of May next year following a decrease in licence sales over the past few years.

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A great weekend away

We visited Milton Pools for a weekend and stayed in the lodge – It was a great weekend and we all caught really well. The lodges were really clean and even my wife said it was a great weekend!”

Sam Ashton
Milton Pools Holiday Lodges
Best fishing I’ve had for years

We visited Alcott Farm and I fished peg no.44. I had to pack up at 4pm because my arm ached so much. I just didn’t stop catching all day, it was the best fishing I’ve had for 10 years.”

John Petterton
Alcott Farm Fishery, Worcestershire
My son loved it

I took my 12-year-old son to Oakam Farm near Wellesbourne. We fished Oakwood Pool and my son had about 20 carp at around the 3-5lb mark. It was a great introduction to fishing for him!

Simon Tansbrook
Oakham Farm Fishery, Warwickshire
Tench record beaten

Had my personal best tench at Betchott Lake yesterday. 8lb 14oz. It was a whopper. In perfect condition and took me 20 minutes to land. Chuffed to bits. This is a great venue for Tench.”

Mike Preston
Betchott Lakes, Shropshire
Cracking venue

We fished the far side of the big pool and after about an hour we were in. Fish after fish, 36 carp in all and 7 bream. We’ll definitely be back for another session.

Graham Timpson
Temple Farm Fishery

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