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Keith Elliott

Editor and Publisher


Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror.

If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook.

I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman.

I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I’m Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.



Keith Elliott's Angling Blog

25th November 2013

Win a chance to go mahseer fishing

Joining the Mahseer Trust could win you a near-£3000 trip to fish for them in India. Two outfitters have offered places on their exclusive stretches of […]
22nd May 2013

Video of the week: Goliath grouper eats barracuda

Anyone who thinks barracuda are scary should watch this video, showing a huge goliath grouper gulping down a hooked barracuda. The anglers involved clearly didn’t think […]
4th May 2013

Rarities in Lang’s next sale

Some exceptional items, including a in Hardy 4.75in Alma, two sets of Stan Bogdan anniversary reels, an Otto Pleissner original watercolour and A Keelling Musky Minnow […]
4th May 2013

Seamartin reel sets online record

An Australian Seamartin reel has set a record online price, selling this week for $A2300 ($2372) on eBay. The wooden fixed-spool reel, made by Cliff Martin […]
25th April 2013

Good rods, reels, lures at Crossroads auction

Reels like a 360 vom Hofe Perfection, a 16/0 Kovalovsky, and a limited-edition set of Bogdan salmon reels are among the highlights at Crossroads Angling Auction […]
19th April 2013

Banned supertrawler turns up in South Pacific

The 142-metre supertrawler banned by Australia because of fears over its impact on the country’s  pelagic fishery has turned up off Chile. The giant factory-freezer ship […]
10th April 2013

East Europeans banned from fishing lake

A fishing ban on Eastern Europeans has sparked controversy at a UK lake. The owner of Lakeview Camping Park, Eddie Whitehead, has put up signs saying:  […]
9th April 2013

Top TV angler John Wilson quits UK for Thailand

John Wilson, who played a pivotal role in reviving European angling in the 1980s through his Go Fishing television programmes, is leaving England and moving to […]
8th April 2013

Woman catches fish with her vagina

A television presenter filming a survival series caught a fish by using her vagina as “bait”. Whether the series of Naked Castaway on the Discovery Channel […]

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