Sea An­gler Is­sue 558 On sale May 31 - June 27

Sea Angler (UK) - - SEA ANGLER - Cliff Brown, Edi­tor

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.

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