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Classic Angling 140

A look at some of the stories in the latest issue

Lou Marron still holds the world swordfish record, 70 years on. We look at the history of fishing for broadbills, and the day Marron landed his 1182lb fish off Chile.

Two men who face court proceedings after being caught for cheating in pro walleye competitions are said to have picked up $40,000 in dubious winnings.

A complete archive of the books and paraphernalia of the upmarket US publishing house Meadow Run Press is for sale at $100,000.

Columbia could ban sport fishing from next year as a result of a shock ruling by the country’s supreme court, which claims that fish are ‘sentient beings’.

There’s further bad news for Scottish anglers, who face a total ban on keeping salmon, while West Australia is set to impose a nine-month fishing ban.

The famous Welsh fishing tackle shop once owned by world casting champion Lionel Sweet has been forced to close, and its contents are to be sold at auction.

The collector website Thomas Turner is expanding into modern tackle by offering a limited-edition range of its own rods and reels.

The first five editions of Izaak Walton’s classic The Compleat Angler, including both issues of the third edition, are being offered by a bookshop for £75,000.

Scientists have captured video of an 8ft yokozuna slickhead, which is believed to be the world’s largest fish to be found in the darkest depths of the oceans.

Keith Harwood tries to separate myth from fact over gamekeeper John Murray’s capture of a 72lb pike from Scotland’s Loch Ken in 1774.

A new book by Medlar Press documents all of the spinners, plugs and Devon minnows that have been sold by Hardy’s since 1882.

More than 250 have signed up to become shareholders in Patrick Sébile’s company A Band of Anglers. Sébile’s lures have sold more than 30 million worldwide.

Keith Arthur tells how success as a sales agent for Daiwa Sports earned him the chance to sample sport in Florida’s fish-rich waters.

If you’re looking for a very special rod, how about a tuna rod made by the Japanese company Zenaq, which will set you back $12,000, or over a million yen?

Superbly preserved fish fossils found in China could force a rewrite of our understanding of early evolution, scientists say.

Jeff Della Mura, author of a new book on line winders, found that he had to research the history of fishing tackle to trace and sate the winders themselves.

Neil Freeman experiences his worst salmon season and admits that, apart from eager-feeding grayling, this was a year to forget on the Broadlands stretch of the Test.

Henry Hughes examines the sometimes puzzling images in the most artistically version of the much-loved Norman Maclean book A River Runs Through It.

Thomas Bewick’s rich wood engravings still prove popular, nearly 200 years after his death. we look at the life and times of the engraver who loved to fish.

John Bailey looks at the many problems facing the river Wye, from cormorants to polluting chicken farms, but still believes most are not insurmountable.

John Stephenson is astonished to find that an icon of angling, the famed Bernard Venables of Mr Crabtree fame, wasn’t averse to a spot of poaching.

Our books pages cover everything from the horrors of salmon farms to Hardy lures, char and ferox trout plus the highly detailed first part of Tom Bankes’ fishing career.

Angling Auctions finds buyers willing to spend £24,000 on a Hardy Cascapedia, £11,000 on a collection of Megan Boyd flies and £8600 on a carved cod.

Our letters pages ask readers for more information on Facile reels, a Dam reel and praise the devotion of big pike expert Siegfried Schon.

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