Leg­endary writ­ers re­turn for our spe­cial an­niver­sary – read their ex­clu­sive col­umns this week

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

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”

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