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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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 16 April 2015

How to catch tench in the margins

All-rounder Julian Chidgey shows how to use a simple two-pronged attack to bank big summer tench from the margins Standing beside the lake at dawn, it was difficult not to marvel at the sight of two large tench feeding just inches from the bank, sending up clouds of mud as they twisted and turned on their heads in the search for ...

  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 15 April 2015


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