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  1. Barbed vs Barbless Hooks - Barbed Better for Fish Care?!

    Barbed vs Barbless Hooks - Barbed Better for Fish Care?!

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    One of the on-going debates within carp fishing centres around barbed vs barbless hooks, their pros and cons, and impact on fish care. Some anglers will swear by barbless, others will only fish venues that allow barbed, or micro-barbed hooks, such

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  2. Shakespeare Mach III Spinning Reel - Tackle Tuesday

    Shakespeare Mach III Spinning Reel - Tackle Tuesday

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    The Shakespeare MACH III reel – available in 2000, 3000, and 4000 sizes - is a sea spinning reel that is just as at home on the beach as it is on a boat, it is a real allrounder in terms of sea fishing reels. The MACH IIII is equipped with a

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  3. Guide to Beach & Sea Fishing Bait, Fresh or Artificial?

    Guide to Beach & Sea Fishing Bait, Fresh or Artificial?

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    As with any fishing discipline, sea fishing bait is of paramount importance, anglers spend considerable time planning their next session; what tackle to use, line, rigs etc, but you have to remember the only thing the fish are actually interested in

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  4. Springtime Angling in the Netherlands - with Ade Kiddell

    Springtime Angling in the Netherlands - with Ade Kiddell

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    As I described in the last blog, sadly my dream house by the river is no longer, and I have moved to the Limburg area of the Netherlands. Although there is no longer have a river flowing through my garden, I am spoilt for choice with a wide variety

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  5. Guide to Beach Fishing; Seasons & Tides

    Guide to Beach Fishing; Seasons & Tides

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    Fishing the UK waters from beach or boat is very different to coarse and carp fishing, the environment itself provides several challenges. When sea fishing it is important to consider seasons and tides, the time of year and position of the tide will

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  6. Map of 11 UK Carp Lakes You HAVE to Fish

    Map of 11 UK Carp Lakes You HAVE to Fish

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    With the news that night fishing is permitted again, Angling Direct thought it would be a good time to showcase the best carp lakes in the UK; the venues that tick all the amenity boxes, those with the biggest carp, or just a notorious venue steeped

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  7. Early Spring Carp - Phil Spinks

    Early Spring Carp - Phil Spinks

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    With the rivers now closed and the weather on the change, I turn my attention to carp fishing. Having said that, this winter saw me fishing for carp in the colder months more than usual due to travel restrictions and lockdown. It was nice to catch a

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  8. Change in Season and Location: Winter to Spring Angling – With Ade Kiddell

    Change in Season and Location: Winter to Spring Angling – With Ade Kiddell

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    It does not seem like it was over a year ago that we first went into lockdown, changing the whole world and the way we live our lives. With the many limits put on social mixing and travel it has been a very difficult time for my wife; Tjitske and I,

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  9. How to Catch Bream; Bait, Tackle, Rigs - Beginner's Guide

    How to Catch Bream; Bait, Tackle, Rigs - Beginner's Guide

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    Bream, a deep bodied shoal fish, isn’t everyone’s favourite, but when other species aren’t biting, the bream are good sport. Once you have located a bream, chances are you have located a whole shoal of them, one of the reasons you can really

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  10. Fishing in the New Year - With Ade Kiddell

    Fishing in the New Year - With Ade Kiddell

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    Sadly 2021 has begun pretty much the same as 2020 finished with the COVID-19 crisis still affecting all our lives. Hopefully, the measures we are currently living under, some common sense from all of us and the roll-out of the vaccine programme will

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