Within Improve Your Coarse Fishing (IYCF) you’ll find a new slant on modern fishing, as they emphasise the great things about our sport and celebrate why we go angling. The best in fishing photography, more descriptive writing, longer features to let the pictures breathe and less hard core instruction have made the magazine a more relaxed read where every page reminds you how great fishing is. Read, learn and celebrate the joy of angling!
Here's a look at some of the great features inside issue 257, courtesy of the 'Contents' page:
Forgotten, But Fish-Filled
Like many canals, the Erewash is a near-derelict venue that anglers ignore – it's perfect for big perch.
Jamie Masson dusts his pellets in krill powder and packs them in a feeder to catch carp in early spring.
Jonny Watt boosts his pellets by pumping maggot liquid into them – it's a natural bait boost.
Editor Kev Green discovers a dream destination on the River Wye and the beauty is anyone can go.
Zig Rig For Carp
Carp aren't always on the top or near the bottom – this rig will catch them from the middle!
Waggler And Beyond!
Steve Barraclough reckons the waggler float can be a big edge when fish are feeding beyond pole range.
Fake Bait Tips
Roy Russell uses fake baits for bream. IYCF also show you some of the best in dummy offerings.
Million Candle Power Piking
Julian Chidgey lights up the canal at night to find out where he should fish during the day.
Using maple peas for boilie-wary carp is one of the key lessons from IYCF's big carp experts.
Curry In The Cold
When the water is still cold, Dean Jones uses baits that have a bit of heat about them – he adds curry sauce!
Fourteen pages packed with new kit, including the best £50 you'll spend this year – the CS Korum rods.
Catch Your First Tench Of 2012
Bernard Anderson relies on PVA bags of maggots to catch when the water's still very cold.
Your catches, your pictures and your chance to win badges. You can also post your photos online.
IYCF's diver goes beneath the surface to find out what happens to the colour of bait underwater.
Tackle That Swim
In the second part of a new series, Rob Middleton shows you how to catch on a spring commercial.
Flavoured Bread Discs
Vince Cross uses an old bait with a modern twist – flavoured discs of punched bread.
Bob Roberts' Diary
IYCF's Yorkshire diarist has been on his travels again and has managed big chub in dire conditions.
Keith Elliott continues his story of the greatest head-to-head fishing match ever – Walker v Sails.
Letters And Crossword
Middy and Korum rods to be won.
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