Fishing News Roundup 23

Hello again and welcome to another Sunday morning of fishing news, features, and articles from the Fishing Mugs Team. Well, we’re another week closer to Christmas and I hope you’re not too stressed out as the big day approaches and any new or upcoming restrictions don’t dampen the yuletide spirit too much. Just before we crack on with the news, we would like to wish everyone a “Very Merry Christmas” from David Miller and Dave Foster.

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Here’s this week’s roundup.

Lost Fishing Letters

Fish and Fly

Story: John Bailey

It has long occurred to me that often when guiding, the anglers with me are more interested in hearing my stories from sixty years in the sport than actually catching fish. I have been lucky in that I have met and even fished with so many anglers of note over my life in fishing, and that these anecdotes of mine are based on fact, not hearsay. Very often, my memories are sparked by stumbling onto letters from the distant past, letters that open up all manner of long-locked memories. When I do come across these letters, there might be interest in my telling of the tales surrounding them? Read more…

Passion for the Wye… Bill Wiggin MP

Fish and Fly

Story: John Bailey

I have a great regard for Fish Legal, the pollution-fighting arm of the Angling Trust. Yesterday they sent all members a call to arms to contact their MPs regarding the right to challenge the government over pollution incidents. I think, after so much debate, many of us believe the largest threats to our rivers at present are multifarious agricultural pollutions, the dumping of sewage (human and otherwise), and of course predation. Read more…

UK fishing licences for bottom-trawling could be unlawful, says Oceana

The Guardian

Nearly a quarter of the UK’s territorial waters are marine protected areas, but bottom-trawling and dredging is still permitted in 97% of those MPAs. Photograph: Nicolas Garriga/AP

The British government’s granting of fishing licences to more than 1,000 UK and EU vessels for 2022, which will permit bottom-trawling and dredging in marine protected areas, could be unlawful unless conditions to safeguard ocean habitats are imposed, the conservation group Oceana says. Read more…

Angling round-up: Predator fishing picking up with plenty of bites

The Hunts Post

Martyn Lowe shows off his 11lb 8oz Zander. – Credit: ST IVES TACKLE SHOP – Story: Neil Metcalfe

The predator fishing has really started to pick up now with many anglers enjoying some good sport. The St Ives Lakes Fishery Pike Match took place at the beginning of December and was very successful with Nigel Twin claiming the win with 16lb. Read more…

Maver MK just miss out on Angling Trust winter series

MK Citizen

Nice pike for Aidan Rennie

SO near yet so far – that was Maver MK (Matchgroup) in this year’s Angling Trust winter league series at Castle Ashby. With Black Horse looking all set for the title, they’d gone into Sunday’s final round scrapping like ferrets in a sack with Chiltern Baits – the winner of that tussle able to claim an all-important place in the regional semi alongside ‘Horse. Read more…

Angling & Hunting Equipment: Global Markets and Industry Forecast

Global Newswire

Dublin, Dec. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Angling & Hunting Equipment Market Research Report by Product, Distribution, and Region – Global Forecast to 2026 – Cumulative Impact of COVID-19″ report has been added to’s offering. The Global Angling & Hunting Equipment Market size was estimated at USD 472.87 million in 2020, is expected to reach USD 503.67 million in 2021, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.78% reaching USD 701.02 million by 2026. Read more…

Angling Notes: IFI developing management plan for great western lakes

Irish Times

Lough Corrib, one of the western lakes involved in the management plan. – Story: Derek Evans

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is developing a medium- to long-term management plan for the great western lakes, which includes Lough Corrib. The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications formally asked IFI to proceed with its proposal to develop a high-level evidence-based plan for the lakes and to submit to the department, which it did at the end of September 2021. Read more…

“In fishing you never really stop learning” – Des Taylor

Angling Times

IT’S RECKONED you never stop learning, and I wouldn’t argue with that. Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of fishing with two experts in their respective fields, and I’ve picked up some great tips along the way. First up was an afternoon with James Robbins, fishing for roach. I spent most of the time watching and talking to James while he fished a 13ft-deep swim with one of his own 15ft Cadence float rods. We talked about shooting patterns for fishing in windy conditions and, of course, most important of all, how he was feeding the swim. Read more…

The Boyd Report

SWANSWATER – (Stirling) The fishing was still very good this week, although the cold weather kept a lot of anglers at home.   Those who braved the chilly conditions were well rewarded.   For much of the week the fish were fairly deep in the water but some days they were surprisingly near the surface, and one angler even had success using a dry fly.   The water is still very clear and the fish are visible down to around 2 to 3 feet with the Golds showing up particularly well.   Water temperature remained around 4oC all week.   The best areas were from the dam to the boats, the far bay, the bridge area and the boats.   Favourite fly patterns included Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Egg, Damsel, Blob, and Buzzer.  There were only a couple of anglers fishing on bait this week and they were having success with yellow power bait.The Fishery is open 8.00am to 4.00pm every day except Thursday when we close at 2.30pm.

Amongst the best bags taken on the fly were Willie Nyguist 4 for 13lb 8oz from the Millpond, including 5lb Gold, 4lb 8oz Rainbow and 2 Golds, Callum McMillan 3 for 7lb 8oz including a Gold, plus 10 C&R, George Johnston 3 Golds for 6lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond, plus 2 Golds C&R, and 3 for 7lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond including a Gold, plus 3 C&R including 2 Golds and Ian Munro 3 for 8lb from the small ponds, plus 2 C&R. Barry Lee 2 for 5lb 12oz, Jim Spiers 2 for 5lb 8oz from the Millpond, Willie McFadyen 2 for 5lb 4oz, Robert McColl caught and released 12,  Josh Moody caught and released 11 and Alan Kirkham caught and released 10. Andrew Townsley caught and released 10, John Thomson caught and released 8, Nigel Muckle caught and released 7, Liam Love caught and released 7, Mark Anthony caught and released 4 including a Gold, Maciej Stefaniak 3 for 7lb 4oz including a Gold and Shane Newsan 2 for 4lb. Those who have entered the charity competition on 27th December are reminded that entry money must be paid before Monday 20th December.

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