Carp-Talk Match Team
The Carp-Talk Team has been very successful on the carp match circuit in recent years. Back in 2011 we were the proud winners of the British Carp Angling Championships Team Title. The anglers behind that win were Barry & Ben Oconnor, Adam Snowden, Danny Fletcher, Rob Sutton & Harry Charrington. We then won the same title in 2014 when the team comprised of Kev Grout, Luke Church, Ash Taylor, Rob Julyan, Kia Sanger & Jack Stamp.
On the individual front, in 2012 Barry & Ben Oconnor won the BCAC title while fishing on behalf of Carp-Talk, and Kev Grout won back-to-back UK Carp Cup titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016 (no competition in 2015).
Carp-Talk has supported various carp matches within the angling industry through the years. These include such establish events as the British Carp Angling Championships, British Carp Cups, UK Carp Cup, and our proudest one which is the British Young Carpers Angling Championships. We have been one of the title sponsors of BYCAC since its conception in 2003. Each year 160 avid young carpers descend on the Linear Fisheries complex to battle it out for one of 32 places in the BYCAC final. The event takes place on one of the Brasenose lakes or Oxlease and takes place during a full week in August. A series of four eliminators run between the Monday and Thursday, with the final lasting for 48 hours from the Friday until the Sunday. The angler with the most overall weight at midday on the Sunday is then crowned the British Young Carpers Champion. It is a great way to make friends and catch carp at the same time, and it is supported by many major brands. It has also proven to be a great platform for young anglers, with the likes of Tom Dove, Jake Wildbore and Brad Greening having been crowned BYCAC Champion before heading for a career working in the carping industry.
Kev Grout and I had been looking forward to our BCAC qualifier at Walthamstow 1 for quite some time. Due to the lake being closed, we weren’t able to go for our normal practice session, so at the start of the match we were going to be fishing the lake without even ever wetting a line there before hand.