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06/02/2012 13:43pm



We currently have over £170,000 worth of stock in pole spares! We have hundreds of sections available for the following manufacturers poles, both for current and discontinued models...

Daiwa

Shimano

Garbolino

Sensas

Lerc

Preston

MAP

Tri-Cast

Maver

If you require spares for poles not listed above we may still be able to help out.
We also offer pole repairs, full carbon wraps available.

Please give our Match Department a call on 0121 344 3333 with your exact requirements or drop us an email at enquiries@fostersofbirmingham.co.uk


21/12/2012 12:30pm
Fishing UK iPhone App

As the tag line suggests this amazing app is a heck of a lot more than just your standard venue finder! Get this downloaded ASAP! 

Fishing UK iPhone app - the most feature rich app for UK fishing

Fishing UK - more than just a venue finder

 

Get Fishing UK from the Apple iPhone Store now

* Over 2700 coarse and game venues across the UK
* The most comprehensive fishing app in the app store
* Best selling UK fishing app
* The most feature rich fishing app for the UK
* Detailed information verified by fishery owners

"The Fishing UK app is a great product and one which Fishermen and women around the country will find extremely useful. As technology progresses the way we search for media is also evolving with more and more people accessing content via their phones while they are on the move and the Fishing UK app is perfect for just this reason. I will be recommending this to all my customers."
Adam Hilling - Burton Springs Fishery

Are you looking for a good place to fish in the UK?
Do you want to try to fish somewhere else but can't find fisheries near you?
Do you want to view and share tips and photos with other anglers?
Do you want to find out how a place is fishing?

Fisheries are continually being added to the Fishing UK iPhone app - if you notice one that's missing please get in touch.

Fishing UK will help you find quality information for UK coarse and game fisheries.

Fishing UK aims to list all fisheries in the UK and provides a list of tips for each fishery, written by anglers like yourself.

Fishing UK is first iPhone app which gives you access to 1000s of places to fish, all from your phone. When you're next out fishing, use the app to take photos and share them with others or just let people know what the fishing's like. Compatible with iPhone 3 and 4, iPod Touch and iPad.

Forums

- Chat with other anglers via the app to find out the latest news, tips and tackle reviews.
- Subscribe to forum posts to receive notification of replies

- Search for fisheries by fishery name, fishery description, fishery address or fishery details
- Search for fisheries by location (using built in GPS) within any radius
- View the nearest fisheries to your location (using built in GPS)
- 5 day weather forecast per fishery so you can plan your next fishing trip
- 5 star rating system per fishery - give valuable feedback to fisheries
- 30 day Moon Phases to help you plan your next fishing trip
- Add your own fishing tips and read tips that other anglers have added
- Take photos when you're out fishing and share them with other anglers using the Fishing UK app. All photos are listed per fishery
- View driving directions from your current location to any fishery
- View full contact details for fisheries so you can call or email directly from the Fishing UK app.
- Read the latest fishing news on your iPhone!
- Browse venues by county
- Store your favourite venues
- You can decide if you want to display Fly Fishing venues, Coarse Fishing venues, or both 
- Watch and add your own videos about venues and your sessions 
- Search by species
- Tackle box section including information on feeders, floats, hooks, knots, leads, line, rigs and species
- Almost 1000 tackle shops around the UK 
We're working on the next release of Fishing UK which will include a lot more goodies.

 


Member deals

Everyone who buys the app also gets the following deals:
  • Pallatrax - 10% discount on ALL products
  • Yorkshire worms - 10% extra product and 10% discount on any other bait
  • Stone Roach - any discounts available to us first
  • Hooked on Foods Ltd - 10% of the price of the order
  • Fillow - 15% discount
  • Gifts 4 anglers - 10% discount on ALL items on the website
  • Power Traveller - 10% off all of their products
  • EbroXperience - save up to £125 on a trip to River Ebro
Fishing UK - the only fishing app that saves you money
14/03/2012 10:16am

Shakespeare Introduction to Angling Event – Packington Fisheries

April 30, 2012


Shakespeare Introduction to Angling event – Packington Fisheries

We have just completed our first Introduction to Angling event at Packington fisheries.

The event was a great success and we had 28 adults and juniors attend on Saturday.

This great fishery situated on the Packington estate between Coventry and Birmingham, provided the perfect venue for these complete beginners to learn the basics of both Coarse and fly fishing.


 14/03/2012 10:16am

Fosters Mobile - Now Available to All!

With our mobile application having created a huge buzz in the angling press, and downloads surpassing 3,000 recently we are now proud to announce the release of a mobile optimised website. Developed by First4apps who also produced our mobile applications, the website offers all the advantages and features of the app on any mobile device. All you have to do is visit the website via your mobile browser and you will be offered the option of using the mobile or desktop site.

The biggest UK carp of the year so far has been landed recently by Shimano Normarks’s Richard Griffiths at a massive 53lb 8oz. ‘Griff’ worked in our store for many years, and caught the beast from The Avenue fishery on a pop up bait over spodded maggots, along with fish of 30lb 4oz and 28lb 12oz.

 This coming weekend also sees the Sensas Challenge final to be fished on the Gloucester Canal. The best match fishing teams in the country, along with the legendary Sensas Team 28 visiting from France will take part in what promises to be an interesting contest – hopefully there will be a few fish caught in all areas, although the venue has a reputation for being difficult yet ultimately rewarding.

Let us know what you think about these stories, or anything else for that matter on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Until Next Time, Tight Lines!


29/02/2012 09:45am

Spring Has Finally Sprung - Epic!

Hopefully, it seems that spring is finally upon us and the fish have started to feed again in earnest. This time of year is always something we look forward to in the shop, when a lot of anglers come out from hibernation and start looking to upgrade their gear in preparation for the big weights!

Unfortunately, this also means that there are only two weeks left to get some ‘proper’ fishing done on rivers – which should be (fingers crossed) be in fine form! After reading this article on Pole Fishing Magazine’s website, it seems that maybe more anglers need to fish on rivers to save the resident populations of fish. The good work done over the past 20 years to clean up our nations waterways seems to have had an adverse effect on the zooplankton that juvenile fish rely on for food, meaning that a lot of the population are literally starving. Maybe if a lot of anglers went on the rivers and fed 4 pints of bait each week the fish may thrive once again?

This week also sees the much anticipated release of Wychwood’s aptly named Epic Remote Alarm System. From what we have seen, they will be massive sellers – and their Five Year guarantee tells you the quality and thought that has gone into designing these bad boys! They will be in stock from Friday onwards – make sure that you check them out.



 Our app is still marching on, passing 2,300 downloads for both iTunes and Android versions and still going strong. If you haven't got it yet, why not? It's FREE!! We are absolutely delighted with the feedback we have received from both our customers and the angling press – and we are positive that we absolutely made the right decision investing in this new piece of technology. Our mobile website that will allow easy, optimised viewing on all mobile devices including Blackberry and Symbian, is entering its final stages of development and testing and will be released shortly.

As always, if you have any news or views about anything in angling let us know via our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Cheers & Tight Lines Guys!


25/02/2012 15:56pm

Bivvy Boys ALERT!!!! Check this App out!

This one is aimed at all the carp guys out there, we know that Spring is on the way and the recent milder temperatures should get those fish moving. If your target water is still stuck in Winter mode this handy little App from the guys @ Crafty Carper should help keep you motivated on those tough early season sessions! Packed with hints and tips and best of all like our own App this is 100% FREE! :)


17/02/2012 09:56am


Greys Prodigy In Store Promotional Offer - Great Quality & Value!

We are pleased to offer you this promotion from Greys, with loads of free gear available on purchases! All you have to do is spend:

  • £25 or more on Prodigy Coarse rods, luggage, tackle boxes or accessories and receive a Prodigy base box complete with terminal tackle worth £2.99 absolutely FREE!
  • £50 or more on the same range and select 3 x Prodigy Base Boxes worth a total of £8.97 absolutely FREE!
Check out the full range of Prodigy gear: http://www.fostersofbirmingham.co.uk/product-list&Text=prodigy

Please remember that this offer is only available on items listed in the 'Coarse' section of Greys' 2012 catalogue, and is subject to stock and availability.

For more details, simply give us a call!

16/02/2012 11:45am


Avid Carp, Preston Innovations and Sonubaits Open Weekend 13th-14th April 2012.

Three of the top anglers in the country will be joining us on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of April to showcase a range of exciting products and methods:
  • Avid Carp's Design and Development Manager, John 'Shoes' Jones has decades of Carp fishing experience and is recognised as one of angling's most inventive and forward thinking minds.
  • Preston Innovations' Andy Findlay is a name that needs no introduction. Responsible for a host of ingenious solutions to the everyday problems anglers face when match fishing, his record on man-made fisheries is simply unmatched.
  • Sonubaits' Operations Manager Ian Day is renowned for his expertise in all areas of angling, especially the development of innovative and unique baits, additives and flavourings - backed up by an impressive catalogue of specimen captures.
We are extremely excited to have not only three high calibre anglers in store (and all the advice they can offer!), but a major presence from three of the most popular brands in our sport on what will undoubtedly be a great weekend. Make sure you pay us a visit - it will be well worth it!

15/02/2012 11:30am


Fishing Takes to the Terraces


This weekend see's the long awaiting return of an all singing, all dancing, angling event in Midlands.
Get yourselves down to the Ricoh Arena this Saturday and Sunday, doors open at 9am and entry is FREE!
Be sure to swing by the Gillhams stand and see Tom from our specimen department, he will be there to demo our new iPhone and Android App so there is no excuse not to have Fosters at the touch of a button.
Have fun and we hope to see you all there!!!


08/02/2012 10:15am


World Champ Decamp and It’s Snow Joke

The name of Alan Scotthorne is probably the biggest name in match fishing, not just in the UK but in Mainland Europe as well. From Barnsley to Bratislava, ‘Big Al’ is the man people want to see on the bank, in the magazines and especially in those inevitable Facebook pictures that appear after every international competition, with the great man himself giving the thumbs up while next to an avid fishing fan! The news that he has decided to end his consultancy role with Shimano has come as a surprise to many, especially a partnership that has produced some brilliant items of tackle and four individual world gold medals over the past 12 years. All we know for sure is whichever manufacturer secures his services next will have tons of knowledge and experience to call on when designing their products, and will undoubtedly experience a surge in sales as anglers across Europe look to emulate the five times world champion on the bank.


The wintry Arctic blast put paid to a host of matches over the weekend, not least the CIPS rules league round at Woodlands View – the unavailability of bloodworm and joker due to the big freeze in Eastern Europe meant many teams were unwilling to fish, but some quarters have questioned if that really is good enough reason to not fish a big match on one of the best commercial venues in the country? Lots of river matches also suffered from the cold floodwater and were cancelled, which was probably for the best!

Our new mobile app has made its debut – and what a debut it has been. Close to 1000 downloads in less than four days and a great response from our valuable customers has really reinforced that it was the right thing to do. If you haven’t already got it – why not? It’s Free! Let us know what you think about these stories, or anything else for that matter on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Until Next Time, Tight Lines!

03/02/2012 10:30am

App-y Birthday to Us!

The day you have all waited for with (pre)baited breath is upon is! We have finally released our unique mobile application for download – absolutely FREE!

The application has undergone rigorous testing and development to ensure that it offers the best possible mobile experience for you, the customer – the most important part of our business.

Download the iOS application for iPhone, iPod and iPad here:
 

Download the Android application here:


What do you think of our new app? Let us know, on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to review the apps for us if you can spare a minute or two  :)

Thanks once again for your continued custom – We wouldn’t be where we are without you guys!

Tight Lines!



01/02/2012 09:36am

Cold Snap, Radio Crackle and Angling Pop Culture

So here we are, at the end of the first month of the New Year already! The big talking points in the angling world this week have been the Arctic weather conditions and the suggestion of more minority sports coverage on the BBC.

At least the cold snap seems to have stimulated some predator action, with two big Pike captures over the past few days. It certainly hasn’t done much for the match results, with weights well down this past weekend compared to recent weeks. We can’t really complain about the sub zero temperatures, as the winter has been relatively balmy compared to both 2009 and 2010!

Although by most measures angling is not a minority sport, it has certainly suffered from a distinct lack of exposure both in national press and on television – especially compared with the likes of golf and darts. Obviously angling lacks the big prize money offered by these sports, but can offer just as much excitement and relevance if presented in the right format. We would welcome any exposure on the BBC – or any other broadcaster for that matter! – As long as it is done properly. Otherwise, it may just serve to further drive a wedge between the angling fraternity and a whole new target audience.

What do you think? Let us know, on Facebook or Twitter.

On the product front, we have this week received our first batch of Rive’s new ‘Open’ D36 stations: sure to be in demand and a big seller this year, especially amongst those who have a need to look the best on the bank! Daiwa’s much lauded and iconic Infinity Carbon Throwing Sticks have also arrived and are sure to move through quickly. New stock is arriving daily from all the major manufacturers – give us a call if there is anything you want to know about.

There will definitely be more app news as the week goes on, we are into the very final stages of testing and the release is imminent - make sure you stay in touch so you don’t miss out.

Tight Lines!


26/01/2012 11:13am

Fosters of Birmingham.... There’s an app for that! J

The award winning (thanks to you guys J) team here at Fosters of Birmingham are extremely proud to announce yet another industry first: The release of a fully featured mobile application, bringing our online store to your fingertips.

Working in conjunction with our good friends at first4apps - the UK’s leading provider of mobile apps and mobile websites, no less! - We can offer you our entire online catalogue in your pocket! Whether on the bank chasing your quarry, in the pub telling your fishy tales to all your mates or simply in the comfort of your own home you can browse and purchase, simply and securely without the hassle of firing up a laptop or PC. Having seen the relentless advance of technology over the past few years, we felt that - as always - our customers deserve the best possible experience when purchasing from us, and decided to offer a platform that offers you an open store 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our initial offerings will be dedicated applications for both iPhone and Android devices. Shortly after this a specially developed mobile website will allow access from virtually any mobile device.

The preliminary release date for both iPhone and Android applications is Wednesday 1st February 2012.

The mobile website release date will be confirmed shortly.

Stay in touch via our official Facebook and Twitter pages for further news as it becomes available.

Tight Lines!

Pole fishing the far bank of a canal for big bonus chub with
Scott Geens


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