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Angling legend Frank Barlow is back!

ONE of angling’s most fondly remembered characters is about to appear in print again for the first time in 16 years.

Frank Barlow wrote for Angler’s Mail for ten years, from 1986 to 1996, before he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 53.

Over the years, Angler’s Mail has had regular letters from readers asking if there is a book of Frank Barlow’s best columns.

The answer has always been that one has never been produced, and his army of devoted fans had to rely on collections of cuttings or half remembered anecdotes to get their fix of Frank.

But that is about to change because November 14 is the publication date of The Best of Barlow, a 280-page hardback book containing the finest stories from his ten years as a columnist in Angler’s Mail.

Copies of The Best of Barlow, published by MPress, can be bought for £20 on-line at www.calmproductions.com or by ringing 0845 408 2606, where orders can also be placed for the 25 leather-bound copies at £160 each, on a first-come first-served basis. Copies of the book will also be on sale in Roger Surgay’s tackle shops in Nottingham, Spalding and Skegness.

And don’t miss next week’s exclusive preview of excerpts from Frank’s new book in Angler’s Mail magazine out next Tuesday.

For the full story, grab this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine. And get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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Angler savaged!

AN ANGLER savagely attacked by a fox sustained such serious injuries that he had to be immediately admitted to Brighton hospital.

Fishery bailiff Andy Thomas was asleep in his bivvy while fishing for carp on Bough Beech Reservoir, Kent when the animal pounced, mauling his face.

Bough Beech fishery manager and local farmer Ken Crow was shocked by the unprovoked attack, and told the Mail it was the first occurrence of any such incident on his waters: ‘I’ve never seen anything like this during my 55 years in fishing,’ he said.

‘As a farmer I’ve had more experience with foxes than most, as they kill the chickens, as well as geese, ducks and even small lambs. But to have one attack an angler is unheard of for me,’ he added.

For the full story, grab this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine. And get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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Last gasp sturgeon

MARCUS STEVENS tempted the second biggest sturgeon from Wales when he nabbed a 96 lb beast from Celtic Lake near Lampeter, West Wales – just in the nick of time.

The prolific day ticket venue produced a sturgeon, possibly the same fish, 4 oz heavier in the spring to Danny Hughes but Marcus thought he might miss out.

Lift engineer Marcus, 40, explained: ‘I’ve been after a sturgeon for about a year and a half here and never caught one but often one would come out while I was here.

‘And I know they are having to remove them soon so I thought I might have missed my chance.

‘I caught a 46-punder the first night and was delighted but then when I had the big one was something else.

For the full story, grab this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine. And get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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Polluter pays

A FARMER who polluted a lake killing thousands of fish has been ordered to pay anglers £10,000 in compensation.

Hesketh Lodge lake at Astley Bridge fishery, Bolton, was subject to the massacre as silage liquor from storage facilities at nearby Harricroft Farm escaped in Astley Brook which fed into the fishery.

The mixed stock of carp, perch, roach and bream all fell foul to the deadly discharge, leaving local angler’s distraught at the loss of one of their prized waters.

For the full story, grab this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine. And get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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Lure angling USA style is a winner

THIS year’s Lure Grand Slam Challenge at the Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery was a tough competition for a talented field of lure anglers from across the UK.

The inaugral event backed by the North West Angling Centre and Savage Gear adopted an exciting American style format where by competitors had to catch, measure, photograph and release three different species using artificial lures within a fixed time period.

Father and son team, Thomas and Nick Robson fishing under team name Bass Men Get Fresh secured gold with a two fish Grand Slam length of 26.5 inch in the boat event.

For the full story, grab this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine. And get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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