WEL­COME to our bumper Sum­mer Spe­cial is­sue. We’ve had great fun putting to­gether our ‘50 Great­est Catches’ fea­ture and I’m sure you’ll en­joy our trip down mem­ory lane, es­pe­cially as it high­lights just how good fish­ing re­ally can be on our lakes and rivers.

This huge cel­e­bra­tion re­veals the best record break­ers, big match weights, his­tory-mak­ing fish and some of the big­gest shock catches we’ve ever seen in our sport.

De­cid­ing on the top 50 was a tough one, and there were some split de­ci­sions within the of­fice, but we were all set­tled on what we be­lieve to be the No1 in our list – do you agree?

With­out giv­ing too much away, there’s some­thing to be said about be­ing in the right place at the right time when it comes to an amaz­ing catch of fish, but you’ve got to get your tac­tics right too. This is why we picked out the win­ning meth­ods which took them so you can try them too. Who knows, maybe the next time your float dips, the alarm screams, or the quiv­er­tip pulls around in a huge curve it will be your dream fish on the end. If you’re look­ing for the best places to head for then our big Where to Fish and Match News sec­tions will point you in the right di­rec­tion of some ac­tion too – tight lines!

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