Avid have established themselves as one of the leading carp brands in the world. Top notch products have almost certainly played a big part in this, but so has their team of anglers. Heading the list is the vastly experienced Ian Russell who has accounted for lots of big UK carp and has a reputation for catching from everywhere he goes. Other team members include top carpers Mat Woods, Roy Russell, Chris Lowe and lady angler Angie Lawley.
The popular Iain ‘Ting Tong’ Macmillan leads the Shimano contributions. He’s a regular part of Carp-Talk each week with his Coaches Corner slot, but he also supplies diary pieces on a regular basis too. Other members of the team include Dave Fuidge, Marvin Wait and Roy Russell, all of whom have proved exceptional catchers of carp with a wealth of experience
The northern based DNA Team has one of the best carp match teams in the business, fronted by the 2014 British Champions Chris Holmes and Neil Rivers. Other members include former World Carp Cup winner Rob Hughes, England International Mark Bartlett as well as Regional Carp Cup winner Jase Trought. Long-time big carp catcher Mark Holmes also writes extensively about his thoughts on bait and its application.
Mainline Baits is one of the oldest established bait firms in the country and has been a big supporter of Carp-Talk since its conception. They have supported the mag with numerous competitions and contributions. They have a line-up of consultants which reads a bit like a ‘who’s who’ of carp fishing, including Hall of Famer Dave Lane, Darrell Peck, Dave Levy, Adam Clewer and John Kneebone.
One of the newest additions to the Carp-Talk contributors list is Team CC Moore. Not only do they produce some fantastic bait products, their list of consultants is full of fresh up and coming anglers who are quickly making a name for themselves. These include Myles Gibson who has a remarkable big carp CV, James Armstrong, Jimmy Hibbard and Karl Pitcher.
Kevin Nash has developed one of the biggest companies in the trade. Whether it is bait or tackle, Nash has it covered. The reader gets a variety of material from the Nash Team, including rig and bait advice to watercraft and carping history. The list of consultants who contribute are headed by the main man Kevin Nash, as well as other top anglers such as Steve Briggs, Simon Crow, Gary Bayes, Julian Cundiff and Alan Blair.
From the company who brought us the now legendary Krill boilies comes a host of carping talent. Former British Young Carp Champion Jake Wildbore is a regular contributor, as is his brother Jake who is a former England International. On the big carp front, Adam Penning, Tom Maker and successful Linch Hill anglers Adam Smith and Scott Lloyd regularly feature with updates on their latest catches and stories.
Fox have been in the fishing trade for years and are one of the most established brands in the world. They have a successful team representing them and feature regularly in Carp-Talk. The top names include Rob Hughes, Tom Maker, Lewis Porter, Mark Pitchers, Steve Spurgeon, Andy Maker, Scott Day and Mark Bartlett. Be sure to check out their regular articles.
Avid’s Benchmark range has been on the market a couple of years now and has grown a huge following.