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Anglers licence fee going down the river
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England’s licence-paying anglers are being let down because the money they raise through licence fees is not all being spent to maintain and develop freshwater fisheries, as the law requires. There have been cuts to the number of qualified employees in its fisheries service and without these skilled professionals; the agency is unlikely to conduct its duties competently. The Institute … More

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World record half-ton marlin reeled in by angler

A mammoth 12-foot marlin weighing more than half a ton has been caught in Hawaiian waters by a five-ft nine-ins women, after a four-hour struggle. The catch by 28-year-old Molly Palmer would have been a world-record if she had reeled it in by herself, but she decided to allow her crewmates to help pull in the massive catch – missing … More

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Chef lands Britain’s largest freshwater fish

A chef from Essex managed to land the UK's largest ever freshwater fish, which tipped the scales at almost the same weight as him. The 65.3kg wels catfish was just 3.3 kgs lighter than the 31-year-old James Jones' own weight and 1.5ft taller, the Daily Mail reports. Mr Jones caught the seven foot beast at Oak Lakes Fishery in Essex … More

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Angling licence crackdown launched in Bedfordshire
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Anglers may want to ensure they not only have a valid fishing insurance policy, but also a licence to fish before heading out this summer. The Bedford Times and Citizen reports how Environment Agency Fisheries enforcement officers will be cracking down on illegal angling on the Bedfordshire waterways. Those spotted taking advantage of the nice weather to enjoy a spot … More

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Discarded tackle causing injuries among wildlife
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Anglers have been called upon to think carefully about local wildlife when out fishing at Pittville Park. Boathouse manager Gene Waterhouse told the Gloucestershire Echo how fishermen who are careless with their tackle are putting the lives of birds at risk. Discarded fishing cord has already contributed to the death of one swan and there are fears similar incidents could … More

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