Your Synthetic Clothes May Be Polluting the Ocean



It’s no secret that too many of the plastic products we use end up in the ocean. But you might not be aware of one major source of that pollution: our clothes.

Polyester, nylon, acrylic, and other synthetic fibers — all of which are forms of plastic — are now about 60 percent of the material that makes up our clothes worldwide. Synthetic plastic fibers are cheap and extremely versatile, providing for stretch and breathability in athleisure, and warmth and sturdiness in winter clothes.

These fibers contribute to ocean plastic pollution in a subtle but pervasive way: The fabrics they make — along with synthetic-natural blends — leach into the environment just by being washed. Estimates vary, but it’s possible that a single load of laundry could release hundreds of thousands of fibers from our clothes into the water supply.

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The Disturbing Bro-ification of Outdoor Recreation

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If what I see on Instagram is any indication fly fishing should be added to this list.

Bro-ification describes the disconnect between how outdoor recreation activities are marketed and portrayed in the media–particularly sports like skiing, climbing, and off-road cycling–and the reality of who actually does those sports, and where. 

I’ve observed how the outdoor industry and the media have portrayed getting outside for nearly my entire life, and what used to be a very “volkssport,” inclusive, hippy-like identity has transformed into a super-elitist and entitled one. The destinations presented in the media are generally so unattainable by most people that they might as well be on the moon–and don’t even bother going if you’re not wearing expensive, high-tech apparel and using modern, high-priced gear. Exotic and expensive are the norm.

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Molly Dischner’s Pebble DEIS Testimony

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United Tribes of Bristol Bay’s communication director, Molly Dischner, reads the testimony she delivered to the USACE regarding the Pebble Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Make sure you let the USACE know that you don’t want an open pit mine in the headwaters of the world’s largest remaining sockeye nursery.

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Help BTT Save Florida’s Fish Habitat

From Bonefish Tarpon Trust:

Florida has lost a vast amount of coastal habitat to development, altered water flows, and pollution from nutrient runoff and contaminants entering the watershed. The only way to protect and improve our fisheries is by conserving and restoring the habitat that remains. To do this, we must include Habitat in Marine Fisheries Management Plans.

Florida’s recreational and commercial fisheries generate more than $27 billion annually for Florida’s economy. These fisheries rely on healthy habitats.

Habitat is not part of current fisheries management approaches, and fish populations can only be regulated using seasonal closures, slot limits and bag limits. Regulation alone cannot prevent further decline to our fisheries caused by habitat loss and degradation; a new approach is needed, one that makes habitat a central part of fisheries management.

By signing this petition, I express my support for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to collaborate with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust to create a new way to manage our fisheries that focuses on habitat. This includes habitat identification, habitat protection, habitat restoration, and incorporating habitat into fisheries management plans.”

If you have ever fished in Florida, have a dream of fishing in Florida or just plain care about our world’s fish habitats, please take a minute and make your voice heard. Anyone can sign the petition and every signature counts! You can find the petition, here. 

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UK fishing tackle prices could be set to rise

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The UK fishing tackle trade is feeling the pinch amid economic uncertainty and exchange rate pressures.

Kent-based Nick Gilbert who runs NG Floats has announced that his suppliers have made a massive 60-70 per cent trade price hike in hollow elastic.

This, in turn, will lead to a price increase in the cost of his award-winning pole fishing product.

Nick explained: “This increase, adding to this the crash of the pound to dollar exchange rate means I will have to put the price up to reflect this as I can’t take the double hit!

“You need to remember you pay import duty and VAT on what you buy so you end up paying a lot more of that also.

“I buy from China, India, and USA, they all want paying in dollars so as soon as the EU vote (on Brexit in 2016) was announced the pound started to plummet against the dollar.

“I have just re stocked and what was costing me about £5,000 is now over £6,000.

“As I have such a big turnover in elastics it has hit me first but I expect others will have to follow soon, as everybody gets it from the same supplier so it will affect all that sell it.

“I will just be adding £1 to a length, so nothing too drastic,” Nick added.

Cost pressures rising across trade

Stephen McCaveny is marketing manager of UK fishing tackle and baits giants Daiwa, and is well placed to see the wider picture.

Stephen commented: “I can’t really comment on the price of one specific item as we are a global company that develops and manufactures a wide range of products covering all fishing styles.

“But the sector does currently face cost pressures partly caused by the decrease in the value of the pound following the uncertainty over Brexit, plus price increases from suppliers in the Far East generally.

“In China specifically they are also now having to pay workers higher wages and invest in environmental improvements.

“We alongside most of our competitors have tried to absorb these increases as far as possible to keep prices stable in what is overall a flat market.

“We are conscious of the need to increase our portfolio into growing areas like lure fishing, and less into other areas which seem to be in decline – there were would appear to be a downturn in match angling and also recently even in carp fishing.

“There are also opportunities for retailers who are expanding and investing in the right way to be competitive on prices which helps the customer and boosts sales,” added the Daiwa UK man.

“Brexit blamed for everything”, says UK fishing tackle guru

UK fishing tackle guru John Loftus is the new CEO and chairman of the Angling Trades Association, and he commented on how businesses are currently coping.

John said: “This is my opinion but firstly I do not think that Brexit is having a major effect on prices. However there is no doubt that it is the ‘go to’ reason for everything from the state of the weather to the increase in incidences of ingrown toenails!

“Certainly exchange rates have effect upon prices but in general these fluctuations are absorbed by the manufacturers and distributors and the effect upon the end consumer is minimal.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that fishing tackle and the sport in general is an absolute bargain when compared to the cost of other sports and the growth in prices has been very small year on year.

“The industry is still generally flat but matters which have a great effect upon it are weather, time availability and the large number of alternative sports and pastimes available to young people.

“The ATA will continue to highlight the benefits of the sport such as it being a healthy outdoor pursuit that is suitable for both genders of all ages,” added the former UK fishing tackle director of Daiwa, Shimano and Marukyu.

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Green Party and angling: what is the truth?

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The Green Party increased their share of the European vote to 12.1 per cent, an increase of 4.2 per cent, and their number of seats to seven.

That made the Greens the fourth biggest UK party in Europe, ahead of the Conservatives in fifth.

At local level in England, in early May, the Green Party leapt from 71 councillors to 265.

The Green Party, leaders in the push for a better global environment, is vehemently opposed to bloodsports and is very keen to promote animal welfare.

Although angling isn’t specifically mentioned in this context, anglers fear fishing could be their hit list.

The Greens have attracted more and more anglers with their strident approach to environmental matters.

Life-long angler and Angler’s Mail reader Ron Brooke (main picture) said: “Politics and angling should be a contradiction in terms.

“But after watching the latest EU election news I felt we anglers should all be at least a little concerned at the resulting ‘green wave’.

“The Green Party made some gains in this country and major gains across the Continent, with young people in particular voting for change.

“On the face of it, we shouldn’t have to worry. Anglers are proud of being some of the greatest protectors of the aquatic environment. And most of us strive to be totally in harmony with nature and are always trying to up our image as environmentalists.

“Although I’m not saying all ‘Greens’ are anti-angling, the UK Green Party certainly is opposed to all bloodsports, and some put angling in that category.

“In normal times I would have laughed at the thought of a party like the Greens having any sort of effect on the political scene.

“But with all the ‘Brexit’ uncertainty and many voters totally fed-up, or very disappointed and prepared to take revenge on the Major Parties, I for one won’t be taking my eye off them and the danger they represent.

Green Party contacted by Angling Trust

Martin Salter (pictured above), policy lead at the Angling Trust, commented: “The Angling Trust seeks assurances from all the main political parties at Westminster ahead of each general election and we’ve never had a response from the Green Party.

“Their policies do not specifically mention angling but some interpretations of their animal welfare policies could prove problematic if taken to extremes.

“We will continue to keep a close eye on any specific threats to angling as the parties develop their manifestos.”

At the time of this article being published, the Green Party had not responded to a request from Angler’s Mail for comment.

But we were able to clarify a few matters they have published themselves.

The Green Party has several policies which could impact on recreational fishing. These are:

AR424 The Green Party is fundamentally opposed to all blood-sports. We oppose the killing of, or infliction of pain or suffering upon, animals in the name of sport or leisure, and will work to end all such practices.

AR410 The Green Party will work for an end to overfishing, practices harming the marine ecosystem and avoidable by-catches. We shall prohibit intensive fish farming and restrict the use of fishmeal for animal feed. We shall extend the Animal Welfare Act to cover all fishing activities.

It also has more specific angling proposals:

MC413 With regard to recreational fishing, the Green Party will seek to end the practice known as ‘live baiting’ (where live fish are used as bait for other fish) as soon as possible. Barbed hooks and double and triple hooks will also be banned, because of the damage and distress caused to fish by their use.

MC414 The Green Party notes the (often fatal) injury caused to other wildlife by discarding lead shot/weights and will make the use of any lead in angling illegal.

MC415 Discarded fishing tackle presents a risk to marine wildlife and is costly to clean it up. We will encourage anglers to use best practice with regard to the disposal of tackles, and will introduce fines for those breaching best standards. An accreditation scheme for angling clubs will be introduced to bring all clubs up to best practice.

MC416 A National Code of Conduct for anglers will be drawn up after discussion with interested parties (including angling clubs and associations, environmentalists and the Environmental Agency) that can be displayed on angling licenses and also prominently displayed in other appropriate places, including accredited angling clubs.

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Big 3 political parties back angling

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River fishing tips – how to choose the best swim!

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River fishing tips are no good if you haven’t found the fish first. Any successful river angler knows that shoals of fish are never evenly distributed.

There will often be long stretches that are completely barren of anything fishy, particularly in areas where the gravel bottom is carpeted with silt deposits.

The characteristics of river species is that pockets of fish shoal up in tight hotspots, which remain favourite holding areas for generations.

Find any of these areas and your success rates could soar!

Clean gravel beds like you see above are a key hotspot on any river.

Kept clean of silty build up by foraging fish, these areas offer a ready food supply for mini species, notably dace, through to big barbel.

These areas can also produce good river fishing sport in winter for dace and grayling.

Shaded bridge runs are another hotspot well worth investigating.

These darker areas are favoured by mini species which, in turn, draw in predatory pike and perch.

Deeper water under any bridge is also a key holding area for river carp.

Channels running alongside dense reeds are another favourite chub haunt.

Even in winter, when they become a mass of dead stubble, you’ll often find big fish using the stems as concealment from shoals of fish such as minnows.

A freelined bait such as a juicy lobworm can often be the winning method.

Slacker, deeper water is a top daytime haunt for larger species, where they conserve energy and shoal up among the weedbeds or where the bank is undercut.

Tidal stretches are usually prolific areas to focus on as they offer lots of species a veritable feast of edible goodies.

Dace, roach and carp in particular seem to tolerate the brackish water, and you’ll often find them right at the mouth of the river where it spills out into the sea.

Tidal stretches have fluctuating water levels and can be tricky to master, but the rewards are definitely there.

Weirpools, including simple boulder constructions, experience increased current speeds, which keep the bottom clean and raise oxygen levels.

They are worth a cast in the height of summer, where sluggish stretches festooned with weeds can lower oxygen levels.

Weirpools are also key places for predators such as pike and perch.

Locate overhanging trees and bushes and there’s sure to be a shoal of chub underneath, using the dark shade as a point of ambush for passing prey.

Barbel also favour these spots, especially on bright, sunny days.

Present a bait as close as you possibly can and you could connect with a proper river whacker.

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Park lake death ends in murder sentence after more heartbreak for victim’s family

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The Liverpool fishing scene was rocked by the case, which first hit the news back in November after popular Peter Seeclear, 45, died.

Peter was on a fishing session Nathan Muat at Stadt Moers Park Lake in Whiston, Merseyside.

A Police investigation and court case finally resulted in Muat (pictured above) being told he must serve a minimum of 19 years in prison for the murder of Peter.

Muat, 45, had denied murder at Liverpool Crown Court and an alternative charge of manslaughter but was found guilty of the more serious charge.

As Angler’s Mail revealed in November, popular Peter, 45, died during a five-day fishing session.

A post mortem was carried out two week later revealed severe traumatic chest injuries and Muat, of Upper Parliament Street, Toxteth, was charged.

Reaction of Liverpool fishing community

Venue regular Aaron Temple told Angler’s Mail: “It is great news Muat was found guilty.

“Peter didn’t deserve the treatment this man put him through and the truth came out like always in these cases.

“I’d like to thank the anglers that helped get this man sentenced as I know a few that helped by speaking the truth in court, because they seen things no one else did, helping the truth come out about this bully. Well done everyone.

“I was happy at he got the guilty verdict but it would have been better if he got 25 to 30 years as a man like that shouldn’t ever be let out on the streets as he was a really nasty man.

“I am glad the local anglers that follow me came together to help the family get justice by going to court and telling their side of things showing people he was a nasty dangerous man,” concluded Aaron.

‘Jury saw though the lies’ say Police

Detective Chief Inspector Richie Jones said: “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mr Seeclear.

“The investigation and trial have clearly been a distressing time for them and they have been devastated by the loss of a much loved family member.

“Nathan Muat claims he was a close friend of Mr Seeclear and was registered as Mr Seeclear’s carer.

“At the time of his death Peter was on a fishing trip with Muat.

“It was during that trip that Peter was attacked by Muat, who initially tried to cover up the murder by claiming Mr Seeclear had suffered an epileptic fit.

“He later changed his version of events and claimed he had had a fight with Mr Seeclear and killed him in self-defence.

“Thankfully the jury saw through his lies and Muat will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars.

“I would like to thank my team of officers and colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service for their professionalism, hard work and commitment during this complex and difficult investigation.”

Tragic death of victim’s brother

There was more heartbreak for Peter’s family as it was revealed his grieving brother James took a fatal overdose in January after struggling to cope with his sibling’s death.

Sister Jacqui, 58, said: “James did his best to get justice. He fought so much to make Muat accountable. It broke his heart.

“He couldn’t bring himself to go to the funeral. It was all too much.”

James died after taking an overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs but the family didn’t believe he intended to take his own life.

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Top Bass Lakes to Visit Across the Country

Steve Ryan

Most states across the country have at least a few quality largemouth bass lakes. Others are blessed with countless hotspots. No matter your locale, many anglers get the itch to explore new waters, see iconic fisheries, or pursue trophies of the caliber not found in home waters. Here are some top-notch fisheries across the country to set your sights on this season.

Clear Lake California

Located 100 miles north of San Francisco, this nearly 44,000-acre natural lake sitting at an elevation of 1,329 feet offers cool water throughout much of the season. Good numbers of 3- to 7-pound fish can be caught here throughout the season. Double-digit giants are targeted on 8-inch swimbaits throughout winter.

Bladebaits and underspin jigs can be effective when working the lake’s rock structure, as can be slow-rolling spinnerbaits. A frog bite with Strike King Rage Toads sets up in the tules in the northern portion of the lake. 

Contact: Larry Hemphill, 530/674-0276, lunkerlarry.com

Delavan Lake, Wisconsin

The wonder of this heavily used lake is that it continues to produce quality largemouth bass while being located within 90 minutes of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison. At just over 1,900 acres, Delavan is manageable for newcomer anglers. Its distinctive flats, points, and weedlines make it easy to locate bass in the 2- to 5-pound range, along with trophies topping 6 pounds.


The spring opener in early May finds bass on quick-warming flats. Here, Senkos and flukes can provide fast action for bass of all sizes. If cold fronts push bass off the flats, neutrally buoyant lures like Rapala Shadow Raps produce, even in the toughest conditions. Work them slow along the edges of flats.


Contact: Capt. Steve Everetts, 847/707-1827, finseeker.com

Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas


The damming of the Angelina River in 1965 at Jasper, Texas, lead to this 114,000-acre bass-fishing paradise in East Texas. This impoundment offers every type of cover for bass to hide and feed. Standing timber, brush, and laydowns are more prevalent in the upper section of the lake, while abundant hydrilla and coontail make for clearer water in the lower sections.


January and February bring fast action for largemouths in the 3- to 4-pound range. Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps in Rayburn Red, ticked across weedtops or ripped through grass, put big numbers of bass in the boat. Productive areas in spring include Caney Creek, Veach Basin, and Harvey Creek.


Contact: Bill Rogers, 409/383-7930, Bill Rogers Guide Services on Facebook

La Cygne Lake, Kansas

This 2,600-acre power-plant cooling lake 60 miles south of Kansas City supports a bass population with good numbers of fish topping 5 pounds, and double-digit fish are present. A year-round supply of warm water makes for a longer growing season and larger bass than most other fisheries in the Plains states. Previous stockings of Florida bass may also still be boosting the gene pool for oversized fish.


Riprap shorelines set up a good crankbait and jig bite through winter. Another option is to fish deep-diving crankbaits along bluff banks, or swimbaits that mimic the robust shad population in this lake.


Contact: Brian Ondrejka, 913/484-9055, kansasanglingexperience.com


Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee


Chickamauga Lake was created by the TVA by damming the Tennessee River at Chattanooga in the 1940s. The lake extends 59 miles north on the Tennessee River to Watts Bar Dam and encompasses about 36,000 acres. Bass habitat varies from the main river channel, where sections plunge to 75 feet deep, to shallow coves and sandbars, as well as vast areas choked with a variety of aquatic vegetation types. Annual stocking of Florida bass since 2000 has turned Chickamauga into a big-bass factory.


In 2018, the one-day winning weights (five bass) in the Chattanooga Bass Association tournaments were 34.77 pounds (February), 42.91 pounds (March), and 42.48 pounds (May). The February 2018 Big Bass Splash tournament saw eight bass over 9 pounds weighed in, with a 10.86 taking top honors. While trophies topping 10 pounds can potentially be caught year-round, your best odds are in February or March. The standard “go to” bait is an umbrella rig (limited to three baits with hooks) worked across flats and points holding schools of baitfish near deep water.

Contact: Capts. Richard Simms and Ben Hayes, 423/509-4655, sceniccityfishing.com

Candlewood Lake, Connecticut

Candlewood Lake is a 5,420-acre artificial lake in southwestern Connecticut. A pumped-water storage reservoir providing electric power, it’s the largest lake in Connecticut and one of the best bass fisheries in New England. When the lake was created in 1928, whole towns were flooded, including numerous stone walls, roadbeds, house foundations, and bridges—a structure fisherman’s dream.

In addition to the structure, deep milfoil grows around the lake perimeter. The lake has an abundance of largemouths in the 2- to 5-pound range, with 6- to 8-pounders turning up in tournaments.


The two best periods to catch trophy largemouths on Candlewood are prespawn and summer. During prespawn, target bass in submerged vegetation and shallow rocks with jerkbaits, jigs, and Ned rigs. Throughout summer, bass are caught on topwaters, soft-plastic jerkbaits, Texas-rigged creature baits, and flipping jigs in milfoil and around boat docks.


Contact: Paul Mueller 203/910-3676, paulmuellerfishing.com

Lake Fork, Texas

This premier trophy bass fishery has benefited from an abundance of fish-holding habitat and heavy annual stocking of Florida bass with strong genetics. Lake Fork has produced 33 of the top-50 largemouth bass ever caught in Texas, including the state record of 18.18 pounds. Lake Fork has also accounted for 260 of the 573 ShareLunkers donated to that program. The next closest number of entries is 27. As the most renowned lake in Texas, this 27,264-acre impoundment located 90 miles east of Dallas gets plenty of angling pressure but continues to produce fish of a lifetime.


Dragging jigs and creature baits along creek ledges is a productive winter pattern for trophies. As spring sets in and fish relate to vegetation, lipless crankbaits and vibrating jigs are among the top-producing lures.


Contact: Guide Jason Hoffman, 903/456-3691, lakefork.us

Newton Lake, Illinois

Newton Lake is a 1,775-acre power-plant lake located in southern Illinois midway between St. Louis and Indianapolis. The artificially warm water allows bass to grow more quickly here—rates similar to bass in Texas or Florida but at a more northern location. Year-round open water makes it a great retreat for bass anglers in the Upper Midwest who prefer to cast a line instead of ice fishing during the winter. Spring tournaments routinely take limits averaging 5 pounds per fish.


Since nearly the entire lake is lined with reeds, one of the most productive spring patterns for prespawn bass is pitching jigs up to and into gaps in the reeds. With no major commercial developments on the lake and a 25-hp motor restriction, Outdoor Sportsman’s Lodge offers convenient nearby lodging and complete fishing packages.

Contact: Tab Walker, 618/752-5075, outdoorsportsmanslodge.com


St. Johns River, Florida

The St. Johns River in east-central Florida is famous for producing double-digit bass. Hurricane Irma flooded this river system in 2017, making it more difficult to target bass in the short term but also providing lots of new forage and strong recruitment of bass. The population currently has robust numbers of 3- to 7-pound bass, along with trophies topping 10 pounds a daily possibility.


Fishing the edges of lily pads in the 2- to 5-foot depth range is productive year-round. Pitching jigs in open weedpockets works well, as does working topwaters along edges or soaking live wild shiners under floats. By midsummer, deep-diving crankbaits fished near midriver points and drop-offs that concentrate migrating schools of shad entice big bass.

Contact: Bob Stonewater, 386/717-6289, bobstonewater.com