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49lb 6oz mirror carp from Wellington Country Park

Just 20 minutes in the right place proved enough for Martin Pick to bag this 49lb 6oz mirror.The 2013 Angling Times Carp Angler of the Year snared the new personal best from a small channel at Berkshire’s Wellington Country Park.Martin told Angling Times: “I was fishing in a swim with no action there was a small channel at the side ...

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  • 17 April 2015

Massive pike taken on fly

John Crampton had the surprise of his life when his tiny fly intended for trout was taken by this enormous predator.Experts estimate that the shock specimen weighs between 35lb and 40lb as unfortunately John didn’t have any scales with him during a session at a trout water in Yorkshire.It’s believed to be one of three big pike that are known ...

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  • 17 April 2015

Another big mirror carp from The Avenue

Luke Edwards can’t stop hauling at Shropshire’s Avenue syndicate as this 30-pounder joins his growing list of recent captures.Having already banked a fifty and a forty from the venue this year, Luke had a two-week absence due to work but returned to catch this chunky mirror during a quick day session last week.He said: “After working out where they were, ...

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  • 17 April 2015

Watching the water yields Oxford

Manchester angler Nathan Jackson made the trip south to Oxfordshire’s Linch Hill and was rewarded with this 34lb 10oz mirror.The fish came from Christchurch during a three-night stay. The 26-year-old said: “I saw a few fish showing away from my spot so I chucked a lead at them and got about 40 baits out there with a stick and 45 ...

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  • 17 April 2015

Personal best from Essex syndicate

Teenager Sam Tittensor banked his first British thirty with this 34lb 4oz mirror.The Essex 14-year-old caught the new personal best from a tough syndicate in Upminster. He said: “This winter the water has fished really hard and I hadn't caught a carp from the lake since December. I turned up at the lake on Sunday, expecting a session like any ...

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  • 17 April 2015

Big tench haul from stillwater

The tench fishing season started early for Nigel Peers when he slipped the net under five big tench topped by this 7lb 4oz fish.The South- East based builder netted all his fish using a legered 15mm popped-up boilie which he cast tight to some snags at an unknown stillwater. Nigel started his session at dawn and successfully attracted the fish into ...

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  • 17 April 2015

Big perch at dusk

Two casters fished beneath a waggler was the perfect combination for big fish ace Mike Townsend when he landed this huge 4lb perch.Hampshire’s Sway Lakes are known for their big perch and Mike proved why when he kicked off his session by landing a succession of perch between 1lb 12oz and 2lb 9oz before the light began to fade.But as ...

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  • 17 April 2015

Three thirties to 37lb 14oz best

A weekend of high winds got the fish on the feed at a popular day-ticket water.Orchid Lake in Oxfordshire produced three 30-pounders to weekend anglers, topped by a mirror known as Daisy at 37lb 14oz.Captor Steven Harding told Angling Times: “My previous pb was a 28lb mirror also from Orchid Lake which I caught back in September, so at 37lb ...

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  • 16 April 2015

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

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