65 YEARS OF ANGLING TIMES
Legendary writers return for our special anniversary – read their exclusive columns this week
SIXTY-FIVE years ago today – July 10, 1953 – the first-ever issues of Angling Times hit the newsagents’ shelves. Like all the best ideas, Angling Times was conceived after some chats in a pub gathered momentum, and a group of ‘legends’ such as Bernard Venables, Dick Walker, Colin Willock, Howard Marshall and John Bennett formed its inaugural editorial team.
The new paper (all 12 pages of it!) was launched and grew at a rapid pace as new writers came on board, each offering a glimpse into the evolving world of coarse, sea, game and carp fishing.
Just as it is today, Angling Times was the only place to read the inside, in-depth stories on the best catches, the biggest matches, the hottest venues and the greatest anglers.
Anglers, venues, fish and tackle innovations all rose and fell as we romped through the decades – from the eras of Walker, Yates, Marks, Ashurst, Nudd and the rest, to today’s legends and those in the making.
You name them, all the biggest names in fishing wrote exclusively for Angling Times, revealing the gems of information that would help you to a big catch, a bigger fish, or to discover a new style of fishing.
Today we’re just as passionate about our sport as we were in 1953, and we offer more pages, more exclusive writers, and a greater depth of knowledge covering more aspects of fishing than anyone else, every week.
I’m immensely proud to be the current custodian of this legendary publication. Over my 22 years of working on Angling Times I’ve seen and celebrated some amazing reader catches, enjoyed listening to and reporting on incredible stories, and helped the world’s best anglers deliver their knowledge to readers old and new. We have been the number one weekly in fishing since our inception and have seen lots of ‘rival’ magazines fall by the wayside along our 65-year journey.
We owe everything to you, our loyal readers, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.
Trust me when I tell you that you’re always at the heart of everything we do.
Whatever type of fishing you’re into, I wish you continued success on the bank.
“The bites kept coming and almost every time the float went under it resulted in a double-figure bream going into the net”
“It’s the best leger lead I know of. By reason of its shape it travels nose-first when cast and offers less wind resistance”