It’s a slow start to the year for Calum Kletta when he makes a return trip to Abbey Lakes.
In 2012 I was lucky enough to get a winter trip to the famous Abbey Lakes complex in France with the purpose of doing some filming for the Gardner Tackle website and YouTube channel.
When winter comes and the fishing starts to slow down, there is only one bait I really turn to, and that’s the humble maggot.
I like to use bunches of maggots so I don’t have to drop my hook size at all. I’m a fan of big hooks all year round, and when using quantities of maggots, I also like to ‘match the hatch’ and use them as hookbaits.
Dave Magalhaes reflects on a successful session that left him cradling the second largest carp in his target water.
The venue in question is a little bit off the beaten track and contains some lovely Claremont strain carp, which is very typical of the lakes in the area.
Long time carper Steve Spurgeon reflects on a recent trip to Belgium that saw him bank a stunning 35lb mirror.
Over the years I have been very lucky to have fished for and caught carp from a number of countries including Russia, Portugal, Spain, America and France, but I had yet to fish in Belgium...