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A Decade on Pingewood – Chapter 2: Falling Flat on My Face

My third proper season on Pingewood was during 2015, at this point I was familiar with the lake, its stock and where the fish could typically be caught at various times. I worked extremely hard to put myself on fish and felt like I was fishing effectively. My reward?...

Five Top Tips for Fishing Day-Ticket Waters

As a carp fishery owner, I've seen a wide range in day-ticket anglers. In fact at this point I've pretty much seen it all, crazy baits, frankly stupid rigs and weird and wonderful techniques. Here's my top five tips to being successful on a day ticket water when it...

Winter Carping on the Maggots: Stay Warm and Keep the Bites Coming

The winter can be a majestic time to be out on the bank. Especially those bright, sharp days when it takes forever for the sun to come up, when it does, it lights up the surroundings with a magical glow. It’s common knowledge that carp fishing can be very tricky...

How to Handle Pike: Unhooking & Holding Pike

So you’re thinking about getting into pike fishing, but not sure how to handle them? If possible, always try to go with someone who can teach you, that way you get first hand experience on how to handle these incredible fish. Despite being lean mean killing machines,...

A Decade on Pingewood – Chapter 1: My First Captures

On reflection I cannot remember what urged me to drive up to Reading back in 2009, I was still living in Swansea at the time, after only recently finished University. I’d been buying the only copy of Big Carp from the WH Smith each month, and having been out of the...

Fishing Hooks: Sizes & Types

Hooks are available in a range of sizes and styles, designed to catch anything from a minnow to a marlin, they can also be found in various different colours. It’s easy to be confused, so we explain it all for you here.

Carp

Five Top Tips for Fishing Day-Ticket Waters

Five Top Tips for Fishing Day-Ticket Waters

As a carp fishery owner, I've seen a wide range in day-ticket anglers. In fact at this point I've pretty much seen it all, crazy baits, frankly stupid rigs and weird and wonderful techniques. Here's my top five tips to being successful on a day ticket water when it...

Trout Pellets for Carp Fishing: What’s It All About?

Trout Pellets for Carp Fishing: What’s It All About?

As with any other branch of angling, in carp angling there are particular items of tackle and bait that get discussed more than others. Often this is because there are conflicting opinions that surround such items on how, if it all, they should be used. I’m sure that...

Clothing for Winter Carping: What You Need

Clothing for Winter Carping: What You Need

To some, winter can seem like a rough time to be out on the bank, I’ve had countless people (usually not anglers) express confusion on my love of being out by the water in the cold. Preparation is the key to good angling and this is even truer in the winter months....

Fishing Winter Edges: Clear Winter Waters, Pop Ups & More

Fishing Winter Edges: Clear Winter Waters, Pop Ups & More

Last week I was online taking a look at some catch reports and the number of UK forties that exist and were being really caught me off guard. It seems as though forty-pound carp are coming through all over the place, even in my local area there are one or two very...

Tackle Advice

Which Line to Use?

Which Line to Use?

t is easy, particularly as a beginner, to overlook the importance of the line when you are fishing. The line is the only thing which separates the fish from you. Simply put, if it fails you won’t land the fish, and as any seasoned fisherman will...