Everything you need to know, all in one place. Touch up on the essentials or learn about a new technique to add to your carp game, it’s all here.
Everything you need to know to get started catching carp. Baits, rigs, techniques and more all explained.
Hook sharpness is quite the hot topic at the moment, and for very good reason. The hook serves as your primary point of contact between you as an angler and the carp. It’s importance should not be underestimated. When I think back to some of the hooks I've used in the...read more
With the worst of the winter now over and an increase in catch reports starting to pop up on social media, it appears certain that spring is here. Many anglers will now start dusting off their gear and heading out for some springtime fishing. However, with water...read more
First off, I think we need to analyse and break down what it means to be “good” at something, in particular carp fishing. Only then can we truly understand what this simple statement means and what it means to various different people. We humans are a competitive...read more
Over the past 20 years I have witnessed the popularity of carp angling grow steadily, with seemingly ever increasing numbers of anglers on the banks. This, combined with the practicalities of everyday family and working life, means it is very important to choose the...read more
Forget fancy rigs, rods, and reels. If you don’t have appropriate bait to compliment your setup and the swim conditions then you’re fighting a long, slow, losing battle. Generally, the higher quality the bait, the more effective it will be. This often will require...read more
When it comes to carp fishing, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the myriad of different ‘rigs’ that are talked about across social media, YouTube and in magazines. As a beginner, it is highly likely that you will be starting out on easier commercial waters…read more
For novice carp anglers, or those simply trying to improve their catches, navigating the various tactics which can be used to bait up can be somewhat daunting. There are a range of different baiting up tools out there, being able to incorporate them…read more
Take a look across the internet and you’ll find plenty of articles and videos dedicated to carp baits, rigs and methods, but very little on the topic of carp care in comparison. This is a huge shame as carp care is vital to the upkeep and maintenance of our sport....read more
If you’re a seasoned carp angler looking to improve in specific areas, this is for you.
There are plenty of off the shelf pop ups available on the market, and a visit to any tackle shop will certainly present the angler with a wide array of colours, flavours and sizes to choose from. There are occasions however, where something a little bit different is...read more
After a successful summer on Copse Lake, the fire in my belly was now an inferno and I couldn't wait for the Autumn chapter of this campaign to begin. Autumn is a special time on the Lake, observing the vegetation transition from shades of bright green to warm...read more
Fishing overnighters is a unique experience and can be one of the most productive ways of fishing. Throughout the hours of darkness, carp will give away important snippets of information which you can use to gain the upper hand. They can commonly be heard crashing or...read more
Most carp anglers exclusively use the same boilies and popup combinations week in week out. Not only this but the majority of carp anglers also use them as they come, straight out of the bag. There is a reason for this though, these baits are very effective and can...read more
Stalking is a style of fishing that is pretty different to the static approach that you may already be familiar with. It’s a little bit special and a method that I find particularly exciting. Instead of sitting around waiting for carp to bump…read more
Yateley complex, one of the finest carp angling venues in the country. A true playground for any carp angler looking to indulge, and a starting point for any specimen hunters to begin their story… Spring 2018. After spending the winter…read more
In my opinion, surface fishing is one of the most exciting methods of carp angling. Not just for the fact that it allows you to travel light and stay mobile, but it grants you the ability to get up close and personal with the fish. Before discussing…read more
Sacking is a contentious subject that is often discussed by carp anglers. In my opinion, when done correctly and when several different factors have all been appropriately considered, sacking is a useful technique which is beneficial for the carp. First of all, you...read more
As the seasons change, so should your carp fishing tactics.
Spring can provide some fantastic sport, particularly as angling pressure is relatively low. Get out there and take advantage of it!
I’ve been carp fishing now for over 30 years, and in all that time I’ve kept my rigs reasonably simple. Just a braided hook length, a strong wide gape hook, a kicker and a small piece of silicone to hold the hair in place. Nothing too exciting or complicated. I’ve...read more
Starting to fish on a new venue can be intimidating; each water will present a new challenge, which keeps things interesting but also forces us to learn and improve as anglers. In my article on selecting a venue, I discussed at length the things I consider when...read more
Spring is my favourite time of year to be fishing; I am always incredibly keen following the winter period, which coincides perfectly with improving weather and the carp being at their most catchable. In this article I will cover my rig approach to the spring period,...read more
As the spring season develops the changes are dramatic both above and below the surface, the world comes alive before your eyes and swims that were open and barren become lush and green. The fish’s activity levels begin to increase significantly, as the water...read more
As the seasons change, so should your carp fishing tactics.
Don’t be a fair weather fisherman. Get out there with our tips and enjoy some of the best sport possible, even if it is a little chilly!
I’ve been chasing big carp now for a good few years and I’ve been fortunate enough to land a few fish that a some anglers (not just my mates) would term ‘monsters’. Some caught by design and others from taking advantage of certain situations. There are hundreds of...read more
Maggots make for an exceptionally effective carp bait in winter. Here we run through exactly how to make the most out of them. As the temperature drops, the carp’s metabolism starts to slow. This has two consequences; they eat less and are far less active. Despite...read more
As summer turns to winter, most day ticket fisheries find far fewer anglers flocking to their waters. This is a result of both the weather and the theory that carp do not feed in the winter or the cold. However, this is not to be believed. Admittedly, carp do not feed...read more
So it’s now officially winter. The nights are drawing in, you had to scrape the frost off the windscreen of your car this morning and your surface fishing exploits are quickly becoming distant memories. Whilst plenty of anglers are now packing away their gear for the...read more