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Big-pit reels vs. Freespool reels

Reels are among the most expensive items a carper will buy, so picking the right one is crucial. We’ve pitted the two main styles against each other to help you decide BIG-PIT REELSSTYLE OVER SUBSTANCE?Big-pit reels, so called due to their original deployment on large gravel pits, are the Hummers of the carping world. Big and brash, they are far ...

  • Advice
  • 16 April 2015

How to cast a carp rod accurately

Technique in carp fishing is as crucial as in any sport. Here’s how to master the casting basics for distance and accuracy It's a compliment often paid to footballers: “He does the simple things well.” A good midfielder might not win adulation for his five-yard passes, but you’d soon notice if they started going awry. The same can be said of ...

  • Advice
  • 16 April 2015

How to catch canal carp

Urban ‘cuts’ hold their fair share of angling surprises, as Nick Speed  demonstrates in emphatic style on a prolific free stretch in Sheffield Inching his delicate pole float ever closer to the branches trailing into the water on the opposite bank, Nick Speed braced himself for a carp bite.The mass of concrete, cars and congestion in the immediate vicinity suggested ...

  • Advice
  • 16 April 2015

How to catch big carp in the margins

Warren Martin shows why it pays to have several different baiting approaches up your sleeve when fishing for big summer carp ‘down the edge’  There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to fishing the margins for commercial carp. The first, and perhaps more traditional tactic, is to use a mixture of fairly big particle baits, such as ...

  • Advice
  • 15 April 2015

Pop-up baits vs. Bottom baits

Fishing is all about the choices you make. There are many variables, but in carping one of the key decisions is whether to present your hookbait on the bottom or just above it.Pop-up baits: Bottom baits: POP-UP BAITS PRESENTATIONAll rigs can tangle or get caught on detritus as the lead plummets through the water, but the buoyancy of a pop-up ...

  • Advice
  • 02 April 2015

Are you using the right boilie?

Selecting the right size, colour and type of boilie for the situation being faced can be a difficult decision. We enlisted Iain Macmillan to help dispel the confusion Boilies are carp fishing’s number one bait, and by a considerable distance too.As a result, today’s tackle shops boast a bewlidering array of these hugely popular baits on their shelves, with just ...

  • Advice
  • 02 April 2015

Guide to carp leads

They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and textures, and each one is designed for a specific purpose. Here’s how to choose the right lead for the job. Pear lead The real all-rounders of the lead world, these rotund weights are well-suited to a wide variety of angling situations.Because they share the same aerodynamic qualities as a balloon, ...

  • Advice
  • 02 April 2015

Guide to carp hooks

Together, these four main hook types will cover every carp-angling situation you’re likely to encounter. Learn their strengths to ensure you pick the right one for the task in hand. The wide gape Perhaps the most classic looking carp pattern, a wide-gape hook is a good all rounder. They are great for use with bottom baits but come into their ...

  • Advice
  • 02 April 2015

The flatbed Method feeder explained

To get the best out of the flatbed feeder you need to nail the basics. Rob Wootton answers questions on the 10 areas many anglers struggle with. Since it first burst on to the scene in the 1990s the flatbed Method feeder has swiftly evolved into the ultimate carp-catching device on commercial venues.Fishing a hookbait tucked in the middle of ...

  • Advice
  • 01 April 2015

How to tie Alan Scotthorne's Hooklength Knot

Here Alan Scotthorne reveals the knot that he uses to join a hooklength to his fishing mainline. It's a variation of the loop-to-loop method, but with a twist. It's easy to tie and incredibly strong... Alan Scotthorne was never really happy with using loop to loop knots for joining his mainline to his hooklength namely because it can potentially cause ...

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  • Line to line knots
  • 17 December 2014

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