One of the UK’s finest commons has to be the stunning Lee Jackson Fish in Strawberry Fields. This amazing carp has weighed as much as 63¼lb when caught in September 2014. Despite false rumours, we know there are plenty of pictures of it at smaller weights which show its growth history. One picture we’ve come across is this one, which appeared in issue 506 from 2004, when Mark Pitchers caught the great fish when it weighed 37lb 9oz.
This has to rank as one of the best news stories we’ve ever run in Carp-Talk. When it was revealed only a few weeks prior to this match taking place that there was an insurance policy in place for anyone breaking the state record, it really did look ominous. Up stepped Al St Cyr, who landed a massive 43lb 2oz common to claim what is still the biggest prize to have been claimed in carp-fishing history.
Where is he now? Long-time readers of Carp-Talk will no doubt remember the name of John Knight, who caught a string of big carp around 10 years or so ago. He was in the running for Carp Angler of the Year at one time, but then suddenly disappeared never to be heard from again. Does anyone know what he’s up to these days and if he’s still carping?
Dream sessions don’t come much better than this one. Back in February 2010, Gavin Barrett from Portsmouth was just coming to the end of his winter ticket on the famous Chad Lakes Home Pool in Gloucestershire when on the same day he landed the two biggest fish, the Red Fish at 42lb 6oz and the one and only Black Eye at 54½lb.
We all love a story about uncaught monster carp, and Redmire Pool was the birthplace of such leviathans. In this exclusive excerpt from Kevin Clifford’s highly acclaimed book, A History of Carp Fishing Revisited, he discussed the myths about the monsters in the famous lake.
A former Carp-Talk Regional Carp Angler of the Year has released his first book, which is now available to buy via Kindle or through the Kindle app.
Thousands of pounds were raised for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association during the annual staging of the Lucy’s Bowl weekend, this year at the Carp Society’s Farriers Lake in Oxfordshire.
Respected angler and captor of two UK sixties, Mark Holmes, will present talks about his approach to big-carp angling in Warwickshire and Yorkshire this winter.
If you are a viewer of the highly informative Korda Underwater DVDs, then you’ll have heard the lads talking about “resetting” rigs. If you’ve ever wondered when to use one and how to tie one up, look no further than this step-by-step guide written by television presenter Ali Hamidi.
If you are on the lookout for a big carp to target in the colder months, then consider the Perch Common in Linch Hill’s Christchurch Lake. The lovely old 40lb-plus fish has been a newsdesk regular in the winter for quite some time. One of our most memorable captures of it was by England international Kev Hewitt, who tempted it at 40lb 7oz as part of an 18-fish haul back in 2008.
The test of a good product is if it stands the test of time. Not many items remain on the market 10 years after their first release, but one that has is the amazing Bullet Braid by Nash Tackle. It is as strong as old rope and has been involved in many a great carp capture down the years, including monsters from the ultra-tough Rainbow Lake in France.
Eleven years ago we ran a Carp Angler of the Year competition in association with top monthly titles Carpworld and Crafty Carper. There were four different categories, including Carp Angler of the Year, International Carp Angler of the Year, Lady Carp Angler of the Year, and Young Carp Angler of the Year. It was decided by a public phone vote with the winners awarded a share of a £6000 prize pot!