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Crafty Carper May 2017 issue 237

Crafty Carper May 2017 issue 237

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The May issue of Crafty Carper is now available. After a fantastic two decades this will unfortunately be the last edition we publish, it’s been a great journey but every good thing must come to an end – please read and enjoy!

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In this issue…

7 Editorial

With show season well and truly over, Steve managed to string together a few days to get the rods out. He had a great result, and also shares a great piece of advice.

9 Bit Pit Knowledge Dave Lane

Big open waters can often be a very daunting challenge, and people are put off at the mere thought of tackling one, but when approached correctly, the results can be well worth the time, as Dave Lane explains.
15 The Rig Mechanic

This month, we’ve been looking at all things hooklink-related. With so many different types of hooklinks available, it can be tricky to choose the right one for the job in hand. Help is at hand in this article.

23 Against The Clock Loz East

As an angler who has limited time on the bank, Loz East shares his methods to make the most of short sessions on the bank. Reap the rewards by doing a bit of extra preparation. 

29 The Great Crafty Debate

The weather is warmer, the fish are much more active, and it won’t be long before they begin to spawn. We asked our panel of experts how they make the most of this time of year before the carp begin their ritual.

34 Bait Positioning Rob Burgess

When tackling large gravel pits, location can be everything, but how do you know the baits are in the right position? Rob Burgess explains how fishing on or off the features can be a great way of catching a number of carp in a single session.

42 All Washed Out Liam Gingell

When targeting a busy day ticket venue, it can often pay to try something different to the norm, as did Liam Gingell on a recent session which threw up some awesome results.

48 Mercury Rising Dave Moore

Big-fish angler and fishery owner, Dave Moore, talks temperatures, and where and how to target fish at this often-frustrating time of year.

52 One Step Beyond Simon Crow

If you fancy the challenge of an overseas adventure, then you need to get your prep-work right, says top carper Simon Crow.

58 The Question Is…

This month’s panel of experts consists of Ellis Brazier, Les Bowers, Dan Jones and Chris Eaglestone, a very knowledgable group of anglers who have a lot of experience between them. This month, they’ve been tested with questions ranging from how to get the most from boilies, to how long the rigs should be.

64 Under-21s Stories Of Success

This month’s story of success is from Essex-based young-gun Harry Willats, who tells how he’s been tackling a deep local water to get some fantastic results. 

68 The Coffee Time Interrogation with Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes has been on the scene for a number of years, especially when it comes to match carp fishing. He even represented his country as part of Carp Team England, so we sat him down to see what he had to say. 

73 Carpers’ Kit

We have some of the latest tackle in the industry, from some of the top manufacturers. There are some great products this month, including the latest incarnation of Nash’s Titan, which is well worth a look. There’s also a brand new reel from Mitchell, and as a superb day shelter from JRC. 

79 A Change In Tactics Keith Williams

During the spring and early-summer, Keith likes to change his attack and target fish in the weed. Here, he shares how he goes about this to get some incredible results. 

83 Get The All-Clear Steve Broad

Weed can be a real pain in some situations, and finding a clear spot in the underwater jungle can be a nightmare. But, with a bit of planning and effort, you can do some gardening and make your own weed-free area.

87 Carp Food

In this month’s Carp Food, we check out some of the latest products to hit the shelves, including the latest offering from Sticky Baits, the Signature Squid range, and the new Nash Key Cray bait. We also take a look at the brilliant pop-up mixes from British Aqua Feeds, with a guide to making pop-ups, plus a brilliant tip from DNA’s Mark Holmes.

93 Catch Column

This is the place to get your catch picture published, so send them in to us, and you’re in with the chance of a great prize, courtesy of Sticky Baits.

99 Not A Clue Tony Smeets

What do you do when you have absolutely no idea where the fish are? Tony Smeets tries to give some pointers on where to start.

104 Setting The Trap Julian Cundiff

You’ve walked the lake, found where the fish are, and chosen your swim, but where exactly do you position the rigs? Julian Cundiff reveals his thought process on the matter.

110 CC Inbox

Keep up to date with all the latest news and views from around the carp-angling scene, plus have your carpy questions answered by Team Crafty and win some prizes, courtesy of NGT.

113 Money-saving Mega Deals

There’s always a bargain to be had in Mega Deals, from some of the leading retailers in the industry, so check it out and pick up some great offers.

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