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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

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

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 ...

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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 ...

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  • 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 ...

  • Advice
  • 15 April 2015

The Wars of the Roses revisited

The War of the Roses is one of the oldest rivalries in sport, especially in football, cricket, rugby and now fishing. Next month, two teams from each respective county will do battle over two legs at two separate fisheries, to help raise money for the England Veterans Team to compete in the World Championships this year. Leading the white rose ...

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  • 15 April 2015

Matt Hall on for Fish O'Mania treble

Some anglers have a real affinity for certain match events and Matt Hall is one of those, the Nottingham angler winning the first Fish O’Mania qualifier of the year at Hayfield Lakes to make the July final and also earn a chance at an unprecedented hat-trick of titles.The Sensas man has already won Fish O twice and is among an ...

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  • 14 April 2015

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