Carp fishing giants Erics Angling Centre’s after-life revealed

AFTER weeks of speculation, it was confirmed what is happening to one of the biggest traders in the UK carp fishing tackle scene.

Sam Anderson, seen at a tackle show, has explained his plans after selling Erics Angling Centre to giant chain, Angling Direct.

Erics Angling Centre was bought by Angling Direct for a cool £1.1 million.

Now Erics Angling founder Sam Anderson plans to use the dosh to develop his Willows Lake in West Yorkshire.

He will turn it into a major fishery to rival the likes of Oxford’s Linear Fisheries. And there will be a huge tackle shop on-site.

Sam told Angler’s Mail: “My plan is to develop the lake into one of the country’s top fisheries and build a tackle shop actually on the site.”

Paul Owens with a 56 lb carp from Willows, which was connected with Erics Angling but is now being developed as an even better fishery.

Paul Owens with a 56 lb carp from Willows, which was connected with Erics Angling but is now being developed as an even better fishery.

Sam continued: “It’s already a great venue with tremendous carp fishing but I want to make it a state-of-the-art fishery on a par with anywhere in the country.

“There would be a number of lakes to cater for different types of angling, and super facilities, which should draw anglers from all over the area,” he added.

Willows, based near Metley, is a 25-acre gravel pit and is already one of the top carp venues in the north of England.

It has a lake record of 61 lb 2 oz caught in June this year by Paul Owens plus at least three other 50s.

Erics Angling Centre changes

Angling Direct had already opened a store in Leeds so Erics Angling  shop has closed down in the Yorkshire city.

But it’s a different story down south. AD will take over the state-of-the-art flagship Erics Angling store at Buckinghamshire’s Farlows Lake.

And it has also taken on the popular Erics Angling internet business.

Now a branch of Angling Direct – Erics Angling at Farlows, near the M25 motorway.

AD chief executive Darren Bailey said: “Erics Angling is a premium business, providing thousands of regular customers with a high standard of service.

“We look forward to welcoming these customers to Angling Direct and introducing them to the high-quality and broad range of our products and services.

“The board is delighted to have acquired this business, which we believe will have a positive impact on our future trading performance over both the short and medium term.”

Angler’s Mail recently revealed AD had announced £26.6 million in sales in the six months to September. That’s a trend-defying 21 per cent increase. And AD were still rapidly expanding their existing 34 stores. Full story here.

GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? You could appear in print and online with us! Email pix with info to:

For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced £2.20. Get your copy asap.


Get Angler’s Mail magazine (print or digital version) to you or friend/relative every week at a great price


Subs deals mean you can get every AM magazine issue, delivered, from just £1.30 a week!

An ‘AM sub’ also makes a great gift for you, or for any angler..

You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories…