Team Carp-Talk pair triumph in BCAC qualifier

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.

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Terry Hearn nets Most Wanted linear

Former UK carp record holder Terry Hearn has enjoyed a fantastic start on his new southern syndicate water. Over the festive period he banked no fewer than seven carp, including a very special one off the Carp-Talk Most Wanted list.

Speaking about the catch, Terry said: “Conditions have been mega. Between Christmas and New Year, I managed seven and lost one, the best two being the Floppy Lin at 44lb 10oz and a common of 40¾lb.”

First trip forty

This 42½lb mirror known as the Grey Lady was landed by Tim Swain from Pevensey, East Sussex, during a 48-hour session on Darenth Big Lake.

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Kitch gets friendlier!

Marcus Clark from Desborough, Northamptonshire, caught this 49lb 14oz common known as Kitch during a 48-hour session on Northey Park, Cambridgeshire.

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Tight Lines axed

Fishing’s longest-running TV show Tight Lines will come to an end this July following a 20-year run on Sky Sports.

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Fish deaths at day-ticket waters

It has been a challenging few weeks for fisheries up down the country, with syndicate water Roach Pit and day-ticket venues Stanborough Lakes and Albert Park all losing carp.

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Four debutants in Carp Team England

The Carp Team England squad that will go for gold at the World Carp Angling Championships this October features two three-time world silver medallists, last year’s Erics Carp Championships winners, the reigning British champions, and one of the most prolific carp catchers in the business.

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Help Cast for Life raise £52k

Cast for Life organisers have set a fundraising target of £52,000 for this year’s charity appeal and are calling for anglers to get involved to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

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Family Fishing at Barnwell Country Park

The Angling Trust has teamed up with Get Hooked on Fishing and the Environment Agency to host a family fishing day in the Nene Valley later this month in an attempt to introduce more people into the sport.

Family Fishing at Barnwell Country Park will take place at the Northamptonshire venue on Sunday 28th June. Families are invited to attend and take part in the various free activities on offer including the chance to catch a fish, fly casting and tying, and feeder and waggler fishing.

James Roche, the Angling Trust regional officer, said: “It’s going to be a great day out for the whole family. As well as being the perfect place to get your first taste of angling, there will be plenty of opportunities for existing anglers to learn something new.”

Further information is available by contacting James on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07791 786251.

We’re in!

Carp Team England’s entry into this October’s World Carp Angling Championships on the River Ebro in Spain has been submitted to the international governing body, FIPS.

Manager Rob Hughes said: “It’s official: we’re going – and we couldn’t have done it without the magnificent support from the UK angling trade. All the top companies pulling together has allowed us to start this new chapter of international competition fishing for Carp Team England. The next step will be to announce my squad. I’ve been carrying out some extensive research on the venue, looking at anglers that suit that style of fishing, and also watching the current competition scene. You can expect some announcements in the next two weeks.”

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