Hail Mary

Ladies have been involved in carp fishing for many years, and one of the first to make a name for herself thanks to her carp-catching abilities was Mary Crouch. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Mary was a regular in Carp-Talk with a string of good fish from the Linch Hill complex. We haven’t heard from her for years, so if you know where she is, or know if she’s still fishing, please let us know. To find out more about Linch Hill, visit www.linchhillfishery.co.uk.

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Nash open day in Suffolk

Two of the most popular and recognisable anglers in the sport will be the star attractions at a Nash open day at the Tackle-Up shop in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, next month.

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Fears over Australian carp-cull plans

Plans by the Australian government to release Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) into its rivers appear to be gathering pace. The objective is to kill as many carp, deemed a non-native species in Australia, as possible, with around three-quarters of the country’s carp population likely to be wiped out if the plans go ahead.

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New Lincolnshire venue to open in 2017

A three-acre, crystal-clear lake in the Lincolnshire countryside containing a good stock of carp to mid-twenties will open next spring for exclusive bookings of up to four anglers.

Westmoor Farm Lake in Market Rasen is run by Lee Pettit, who took over the reins last year after moving up from the Isle of Wight. The former trout lake was stocked with 12 fish between 19lb and 23lb in February and will receive a further 30 fish, including 12 twenties, in November. The biggest fish to date is a mirror called Clementine at 24½lb, which Lee stocked at 22lb.

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Still on the right Trak

With autumn just around the corner, we’re approaching the time of year when the trade shows start. We always look forward to visiting the lads down at Trakker, who’ve been making top gear for more than 20 years. We’ve just been flicking through Trakker’s 1998 catalogue and can’t wait to see what’s coming up in 2017. For more info on Trakker visit:www.trakkerproducts.co.uk

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Arm-field of dreams

We all like to buy with confidence, especially when it comes to angling holidays. One man who’s certainly been around a long while and knows what anglers want is Paul Armfield. Paul is the owner of Armfield Angling and is pictured here with a lovely 41¼lb that featured in the news pages of Carp-Talk 202 back in 1998. To find out details about his angling holidays visit: www.armfieldangling.com

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A bed of Roses

Mistral Baits has been on the carp scene for years, and it still has some great baits today, including the highly successful Rosehip. The range includes Isotonic, Blanche and Red, as well as groundbaits, pop-ups, floaters, pastes, liquids and pellets. The test of a great bait is how long it’s been catching carp, so we thought we’d share this advert from back in 1996 which featured the Rosehip Isotonic. For more details visit: www.mistralbaits.co.uk/bait-shop/specialist-rosehip-range

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Where there's a Willows…

It’s quite remarkable how much of an impact Erics Willows has had on carping up north. It boasts several carp over 50lb, including one which is ounces short of 60lb! Back in 1994, the Yorkshire record was a 35½lb mirror from Emmotland (excluding Sandholme Pool captures). In issue two of Carp-Talk, we reported on this 35lb ‘record shaker’ from a big pit in West Yorkshire, caught by Andy Pratt. To fish at Erics Willows visit: www.ericswillows.com

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