Mainline Carp Angler of the Year

The Mainline Carp Angler of the Year competition is widely considered to be the most ‘credible’ title in carp fishing. Down the years it has been won by some of the biggest names in the business, including Dave Lane, Lee Merritt, Dave Smedley and Sean Kelly. There are both weekly and yearly prizes up for grabs and each year it sees more than £20,000 worth of prizes given away. There is even a cash prize of £1000 to the winner as well as some amazing fishing at Dream Lakes and Ladywell Fishery, tackle from Spomb and some exclusive Hi ‘S’ ive ER rods from Free Spirit. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning any of these great prizes is to report your catch to Carp-Talk!

  • Spomb
  • Ladywell
  • Dreamlakes
  • Free Spirit

2013 winner Dave Smedley on stage at Carpin On
2013/14 winner Dave Smedley on stage at Carpin On


2014/15 winner Sean Kelly receiving his award on stage at Carpin On


2015/16 winner Kris Ollington


2016/17 winner Dave Levy


Regional Anglers of the Year

It could be you!

Each year Carp-Talk runs the Regional Anglers of the Year competition in association with four of the UK’s leading bait and rolling companies. The competition opens on June 1st and runs until the end of May the following year, and sees four anglers crowed Regional Anglers of the Year (one each in the north, south, east and west). The successful four will receive a bait prize courtesy of one of our sponsors to the value of £1000 as well as a trophy.

The rules are quite simple. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one of these fabulous prizes is report your catches to your favourite weekly magazine either via our website, post or through one of our regional contributors columns. It is only open to non-carp-consultants (see catch report form here) and is based on where the fish is caught rather than where the angler lives (e.g. an angler living in Middlesborough who is successful at Bluebell Lakes in Northamptonshire will be entered into the eastern news section).

At the end of the competition, the four anglers who have made a significant news impact in each region will then be selected by Carp-Talk and crowned Regional Angler of the Year North, East, South, or West.

It’s a great way of winning some bait which will last most anglers all of the following season, so get sending in your catches. You never know, it could be you!

  • DNA Baits
  • Bait-Tech
  • Marukyu
  • Dynamite Baits

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