Sea Angler

Sea Angler Issue 588

The best-selling sea fishing magazine in the UK. Covering the seas around Britain and all the fish that inhabit them. Sea Angler magazine is essential digital for true followers of the beautiful art, covering deep sea boat action through to shore fishing. Sea Angler brings together the complete package providing reviews of the latest rigs and exclusive offers for the world's best brands. As well as engaging the biggest names in the sport to provide you with their tips and tricks to catch the best fish! Covering the seas around Britain and all the fish that inhabit them. Sea Angler is the best selling sea fishing magazine in the UK. Whether it’s: baits, rigs, poles, marks, setups or equipment you are interested in, you’ll stay abreast of all the comings and goings with a Sea Angler digital magazine subscription.

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3 min

It is gratifying to see so many new participants from all generations or returners to sea angling. For me, it’s a legacy of the Covid-19 lockdown which has provided a much-needed boost for the sea angling trade including tackle shops and charter boats. They certainly needed the leg up. This is positive for angling and should be welcome news for everyone. What is certain is that all sea anglers, new or experienced, want their views considered and not ignored in favour of other interest groups, such as commercial fishing or those who would seek to ban angling from some areas of our coast. Although it may seem blindingly obvious to many, newly released research findings have shown what recreational sea anglers value the most when considering fisheries management. The report, funded by…

5 min
fast and furious

When we started fishing, I wasn’t expecting any rod-heaving action until dusk but Ben Carter, who was positioned to my right, missed a good slack liner shortly after we started. This was followed 20 minutes later by the first smoothhound that tipped the scales to fractionally over 8lb. That first hard-fighting fish had taken a squid bait and Ben quickly followed it up with another of a similar size but taken on ragworms, and then another on a peeler crab. Three hounds in the space of 30 minutes and all on different baits…and the evening was still very young. This smoothhound fishing certainly can be fast and furious. During the past decade smoothhounds have rapidly become one of the most sought-after species with thousands of shore anglers now targeting these turbo-powered fighting…

8 min
a new order in match fishing

Honestly, I really didn’t think anyone would be running fishing competitions until at least Christmas, but, thankfully, we were allowed to resume almost immediately was . Obviously, it meant complying with social distancing guidelines set out by the Government and the Angling Trust. Being keen to get my fix of fishing and loving a challenge, I consulted my friend and fellow match organiser Steve Ace to formulate a plan for running fishing competitions in compliance with new social distancing guidelines. With a little thought it proved to be a fairly simple hurdle to negotiate. Not everyone likes change, but sometimes you need to embrace it in order to continue with your life and participate in the things you enjoy, like fishing. We decided all entries should be paid in advance by electronic means…

1 min
the circle of light

Tracing back four decades or so, I can still vividly recall long winter nights spent on the beach with my dad chasing cod. We’d both set up our kit high above the high-water mark, waiting for the tide to steadily creep up the shingle. My favourite time would be as the light faded and it came for him to fire up his Tilley. The smell of lit paraffin would drift in my direction as the newly fitted mantle would begin to slowly burn black. Then I heard the squeaking of the plunger as he pumped up the pressure inside the fuel tank before increasing more fuel into the jet, which tightened the mantle into a white, hot glowing bulb. A huge bright, pool of light would suddenly engulf the pair of…

2 min
readers remember happy nights on the beach amid the glow of a pressure lantern…

Chris Carney: “While fishing on a cold beach I used to put pebbles on top and once they warmed up, I’d put them in my pockets for instant hand warmers.” Mark James: “They were awesome back in the day and I still have a couple. I never use them now, but nothing beats the hiss of the lantern with a meat pie warming on the top.” Alan Brown: “I still have two in the garage and they both work. I fire them up every couple of months to keep them going.” Mark Hill: “ I remember many nights spent fishing on Chesil Beach as a kid with my dad, uncle and other family and friends, all huddled around the Tilley.” Steve Lane: “I still use mine, although it’s a pain to light now and…

6 min
legacy of the lockdown

One of the positive outcomes of the Covid pandemic lockdown and so many being furloughed is many of those affected appear to have used the limitless free time to either reconnect with angling or, in some cases, try it for the first time and really enjoy the experience. An example of this is 29-year-old Natasha Jenkins, from Briton Ferry in South Wales. A trainee teacher, entrepreneur and part-time model, Natasha’s leisure time prior to lockdown typically involved riding one her performance motorbikes at crazy speeds on track days at venues such as Pembrey Race Circuit. These days, though, you’ll just as likely find this fun loving and very focused woman fishing various South Wales beaches. “I’d never been fishing before, but my partner Mark Stevens used to fish a lot, so when…