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
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
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
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
The Countryside Alliance Foundation’s Fishing 4 Schools (F4S) project and Hadlow College in Kent have received a £5000 grant from the Angling Trust to improve facilities for disabled anglers and train young instructors.
Stick to the top
Carp Team England manager Rob Hughes and Ladies’ Carp Team members Tania Williams and Theresa Biggs visited one of the year’s premier game exhibitions to help spread the word of carp fishing.
By Chris Ball
After 34 years, Bob Baker and his wife Eileen, the owners of Richworth Baits, are to retire after a long and successful career in the readymade boilie and bait business.
So you reckon you’ve had a “savage liner”? How about this for a story sent in from ‘Big’ Ray Jacob, which appeared in issue 601 (11th March 2006), who was fishing a venue in South Africa. Ray told Carp-Talk: “There were crocs and hippos in my swim and one of the hippos swam through my lines!” You can take out a subscription to Carp-Talk via our website:
The guys at Trakker have been producing great clothing for years, as can be seen in this 2004 advert for their Spacesaver Arctic range. You can find out all about their latest products, including the Aphex Jacket, Blaze Puffer and F-32 Combi-Suit from their website:
It’s amazing how quickly big fish can grow. The legendary DreamLakes complex in France has been an advertiser in Carp-Talk for many years and now contains carp over the 80lb barrier. In issue 401 (13th April 2001) the biggest fish on the complex was a mere 53½lb! To book yourself a holiday to DreamLakes visit:
Horton Church Pool in Middlesex is one of the most historical carp waters of the modern era. Over the years we’ve featured some amazing fish from there, including this cracking 37¼lb mirror known as the Peach to Craig Welch back in issue 301 (29th April 2000). This amazing water still contains an awesome stock of carp and you can found out more through the RK Leisure website:
Confidence in a bait is a must, and that’s why the big-name companies continue to dominate the industry. Back in issue 201 of Carp-Talk (16th May 1998), the bait of the moment was Mainline’s Activ-8, which was ripping waters apart all over the place. Keep your eyes out for our forthcoming issue 1140 (13th September 2016), which comes with some of Mainline’s latest Toppers.