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Lee Bowyer Interview

Paul Monkman talks to former Premier League footballer Lee Bowyer about his love of carp fishing and the success of his French lake, Etang de Bows, formerly known as La Fritterie.

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With a consultants team including the likes of Dave Little and Carp-Talk regular Alex Osborn, Kodex think about every possible detail when designing tackle for the discerning carp angler, to ensure it helps increase your catch potential and PB's. That is why it’s called ‘intelligent tackle’. Their whole philosophy is about creating high-quality, innovative products, and then offering them at exceptional prices. The team also includes experts such as Mark Foster, Luke Vardy and Mike Salisbury.

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.

Korda have been at the forefront of the modern carp scene for a long while and are probably one of the most popular companies in the trade due to their coverage on the telly. Fronted by Danny Fairbrass, they have a successful team behind them including Ali Hamidi, Tom Dove, Damien Clarke, Dave Levy and Simon Scott to name just a few. Whether you want to learn about the carp, how a certain rig works or what to fish in a certain situation, everything is covered in the weekly Korda articles.

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.

Regional Anglers of Year Roll of honour

2015 - 2016

NORTH - James Lisewski


SOUTH - Adam Honeysett


EAST - Gareth Compton


WEST - Luke Edwards


2014 - 2015

NORTH - Greg Myles


SOUTH - Kristian Ollington


EAST - Gareth Compton


WEST - Mal Battenbough


2013 - 2014

NORTH – Andrew Batty


SOUTH – James Pierce


EAST – Mark Clipston


WEST – Jason Ingley


2012 - 2013

NORTH – Mike White


SOUTH – Sam Musselwhite


EAST – Perry Alabaster


WEST – Craig McEvoy


2011 - 2012

NORTH – Alan Atkinson


SOUTH – Shaun Young


EAST – Mark Stubbles


WEST – Dave Carr


2010 - 2011

NORTH – Ashley Ward


SOUTH – Phil Court


EAST – Danny Beckwith


WEST – Mark Bodell


2009 - 2010

NORTH – Rob Holmes


SOUTH – Reg Verney


EAST – Craig Stones


WEST – Adam Smith


2008 - 2009

NORTH – John ‘Vinney’ Pritchard


SOUTH – Terry Hofgartner


EAST – Ian Stott


WEST – Andrew Shellard


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