Sea Angler Issue 558 On sale May 31 - June 27
Judging by all the catch pictures we are receiving, it looks like spring fishing has really picked up in the last month. There are so many readers who have done well, but among those that stand out are the many big stingrays, Richard Seager’s 20lb turbot and a 250lb porbeagle shark (see page 42). Well done to everyone and thanks for taking the trouble to contact us about their latest successes. We’re always keen to put your catches in the spotlight, be it in the magazine or on our Facebook page.
Once again, we’re bringing you a varied selection of fishing from all parts of the country, from a host of experts, with turbot from shore and boat, tactics for the East Yorkshire coast, great marks on Anglesey, hot tips for boosting your lure fishing catches and much more. Turn to the next page to see a full list of this issue’s contents.
Check out the latest news from the Angling Trust (page 75) too, where you’ll read all about a tagging project that could eventually lead to a legitimate recreational tuna fishery in the UK. With tuna returning to our waters, this dream could become a reality. It certainly would be good to think so.
Indeed, a multi-million-pound recreational tuna fishery is one of the examples the Angling Trust has used in a ‘vision’ for the UK, should the new post-Brexit Fisheries Bill include development goals for recreational fishing. The Trust’s head of marine, David Mitchell, says it’s impossible to overstate how important it is for anglers to not just think that leaving the EU will make everything alright. It won’t unless you fight for it.
Many of you will know that the Angling Trust was the successor to the National Federation of Sea Anglers, and it was with much sadness that I heard about the passing of David Rowe, who served that organisation and the British Record Fish Committee so well for many years. Tributes flowed for David – he was a great guy and will be missed (see page 42).
We’re always keen to encourage our younger readers, who represent the future of angling, so I was pleased to receive a message and photograph (below) from Sea Angler reader Thomas van Mielo, aged 14, of Colchester, in Essex.
He told me: “After breaking my leg just over a week ago I haven’t been able to go out fishing, so it was great to get the latest issue of Sea Angler in the post this morning. Me and my dad are both really keen about sea fishing and we thought it would be cool to draw a fish on my plaster cast. We used the plaice on the front cover (issue 557) as inspiration and thought you might like to see it.” Nice one, Thomas, well done. We hope you have a speedy recovery and can get out fishing soon.
Finally, enjoy your next angling adventure and the challenges it will bring. The reward of a successful session is often the way it is achieved. I wish you the best of luck.
As always, we look forward to seeing your catch reports and photographs.