In this issue...
7 Editor’s Comment
This month Steve reveals why a huge chunk of luck helped him catch, and why it’s always a good idea to turn your alarms on!
All the news and views from around the carping-scene to keep you up to date with what’s going on.
14 Back to Black Myles Gibson
Northwest angler Myles brings us up to speed on his season so far on Black Swan, a water near Reading, and explains how difficult this place can be to tackle, especially if you are a travelling angler.
21 Small Wonder Darren Belton
Darren reveals why he believes that small waters can often be tricky, and how best to approach them. He explains the differences between small commercial venues and tiny natural lakes, and how to catch from them.
28 Letter To A Small Island Simon Mansbridge
Simon looks at the small spots that produce bites and how to fish them. He also talks rigs, and blows some of the latest carp-fishing myths, the difference between good and bad silt, and how to locate feeding carp.
36 Sticky Baits Competition
Your chance to win one of 40 prize packs of the new Signature Squid range worth an overall £979.60.
39 Return To Horton Dave Levy
After a short break from his campaign, Dave was once more treading the hallowed banks, but what would the rest of the year have in store for him?
47 BaitWorld Featuring Joe Turnbull
This month Joe looks at Duster Baits, Mainline, and FeedStimulants. Plus, BAF’s new Pop Up Mix, and Nash Baits Key Cray, and much more.
58 Greys and Penn Competition
The awesome chance to win a set of three Greys Apex rods, and three Penn Affinity II reels worth over a £1,000.
61 Carping Allegedly Bill Cottam
It isn’t often that a carp angler makes a life-changing discovery, but Bill has. He also talks reels, and the very soon-to-be-launched range of very carpy Carping Allegedly clothing, which will be this year’s must-have bankside fashion.
68 Pecky’s Progress Darrell Peck
As the end of Darrell’s winter campaign on Bayeswater looms on the horizon, he tries to cram in as much time as possible while it’s prolific.
75 Think Tank
People often write about targeting individual fish from a water, but is this is actually possible, or is it just a case of keep catching until you get the one you’re after? Here our panel of experts give their views.
81 Bait-Tech Competition
We’ve teamed up with the guys at Bait-Tech to give five lucky winners the chance to win bait packages worth a combined total of £464.45
82 Old Father Thames Jack Funnel
Something keeps drawing Jack back to try his hand on Britain’s largest river, the Thames. Here he reveals some of his successes, and talks tactics unique to this mighty waterway.
88 Ask The Experts
Our panel of experts answer questions on what are the best rigs for pop-ups, how to use the baiting pyramid technique, and the effects of the weather . There’s also £250 of Mainline bait to be won.
94 Chilled Out Ian Chillcott
Chilly finishes his winter campaign on a high note, and talks about his baiting strategies.
101 Crafty Catcher Competition
Crafty Catcher are giving eight lucky readers the chance to win some of their awesome Big Hit bait range, worth a total of £455.28.
103 Kingsmead Chaos Greg Ellis
Continues his adventures on this prolific water, but he is beginning to get itchy feet and looking for a new challenge?
Featuring Mike Kavanagh
Mike checks out the new Reform Chod Link and Chod Hooks from Deception Angling, Avid Carp’s DS Leads, and Nash Floater Bugs. Plus, Carpworld’s Choice.
119 F Word
Mr. F looks at Zigs, critical depths and Wraysbury triumphs and despair. Sounds like it’s been a busy old time for our intrepid hero.
This month, we take a look at the new Free Spirit ‘S’-Lite range, plus gear from Fox, Chub, Mitchell, Vision, Cygnet and much more.
139 Still Carping On
Tim talks about The Carp Society and it’s future, takes a look at some new predation issues, and prepares for his up-coming trip the awesome Rainbow lake.
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