Now, that’s impressive!

Snow-caught carp are something to be treasured by anglers, but very few can claim to having caught a UK forty amongst the white stuff. Back in 2008, a young angler called Tom Maker was fast making a name for himself. Aged only 16 years old, he reported this lovely 44½-pounder from a southern stillwater. What an impressive catch!

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Carping in a warzone

We get some amazing catch reports sent in from time to time, and this one from back in 2004 was at the height of the second Iraq War. This cracking 20-pounder was landed from the River Euphrates, 100 metres from the Haditha Dam in Iraq, caught by Crowy’s old school mate Richard Segeley, who was working out there as a bodyguard.

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Five of the best

We are now approaching one of the toughest times of the year to go fishing for carp. February can be a real headbanger if the conditions aren’t right, so we dug out this feature from a few years ago in which well-known carper Mark Pitchers offered five of his best tips to give you an edge and encourage a bite or two.

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Still going strong

When it comes to bait companies, it’s not just the likes of Nashbait, Nutrabaits, Mainline, etc. who have stood the test of time. Carp Company has been around for years and is now distributed by Gardner Tackle. The company’s Icelandic Red with Caviar & Cranberry has caught some gigantic carp the world over.

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In the ‘Red’

Red fishmeals have been around for years. This advert was one of Solar’s at the turn of the millennium for their very successful Red Herring boilies.

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On the way to fifty

Here’s a blast-from-the-past picture of the mighty Single Scale of Ashmead. The giant fish is now a regular 50-pounder, but this picture is from 15 years ago when it appeared in the news pages weighing 34lb, having been caught by Roger Napper from Tintinhull.

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Sally Walsh’s whacker

Rewind to June 2002 when the Yorkshire record wasn’t held by a Willows fish. This 48¼lb common was landed by Peter Johnson during a three-day stint on Sally Walsh’s Dam in West Yorkshire.

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2000 World Carp Cup champs

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 17 years since Tim Paisley and Steve Briggs won the second-ever World Carp Cup at Fishabil in France. The English pairing romped to victory with a 37-fish catch for an overall weight of 496lb 14oz, almost twice as much as the team which placed second.

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Quick and easy

Remember these? The Carp ’R’ Us Gizmos were the original version of what are now widely known as quick-change clips. They first hit the shelves of tackle shops around 1997-98.

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The wandering mirror…

Back in 1998 the river record carp was held by a mirror known as Dippy. Here’s a picture of the famous fish at 40lb when it was landed by 16-year-old Leon Hutchinson from Ipswich. Lee tempted the fish on one of the most successful big-fish baits at the time, Mainline Activ-8.

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The rig bible

Twenty years ago this book was the bible for rig enthusiasts out there. It was produced by Korda Developments and featured everything you needed to know about end tackle.

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