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INSIDE: DA N N Y FA I R B R A S S SHAUN HARRISON IAIN MACMILLAN PA U L F O R W A R D SIMON CROW T I M PA I S L E Y

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ISSUE 274 / JULY 2013 / MONTHLY £4.50

ISSUE 274 JULY 2013

B I L L’ S BACK!

INSIDE: DA N N Y FA I R B R A S S SHAUN HARRISON IAIN MACMILLAN PA U L F O R W A R D SIMON CROW T I M PA I S L E Y

Our man from the north travels to Italy to tackle the mighty Bolsena

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Adam Penning talks presentations with Mike Kavanagh

ISSUE 117 July 2013

S AVAY DAY S Keith Jenkins reveals the history behind this famous water

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P175 Danny Fairbrass covers P182 An in-depth the technical aspects look at popular of P184 Paul Sharpe holiday venue Blavet fishing Donaldson reveals Valley, set Dam the untapped carping deep in the heart of Brittany potential of Lake ALSO INSIDE: 171 Koycegiz TF GEAR MASTERS • 172 LA BOTTE • 189 LE LAC CACH É • 193 OVERSEA S D I R E C T O RY 1

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O N T HE C OV E R

July 2013

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Bait World Featuring Joe Turnbull There are another eight pages of bait goodies, interviews and reviews for you this month, including interviews with Martin Locke and Allan Parbery and in-depth looks at DNA Baits and Kent Particles.

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F Word Paul Forward Going to a new venue is always exciting and our Mr F. has teamed up with his old mate, Laney, to try out a 250-acre pit. Turn to page 150 to find out how they got on.

Bill Cottam has been on a trip to Lake Bolsena in Italy. Read about his trip on page 39 and the cover shows just one of the beautiful carp he caught.

REGULARS

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Editors’ Comment Steve and Nigel report on what they’ve been up to during the past month. Steve reports on his Rainbow trip, and Nigel? Well, apart from a good week in France, it’s been as bad as usual!

FEATURES

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Six Of The Best Iain Macmillan In this two-part feature Iain looks at the waters he’s fished and what makes them special. This month it’s Knighton, Cuttle Mill and Linch Hill.

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Gazette All the news and views from around the carp world to keep you up to date with what’s going on.

The Savay Chronicles Keith Jenkins We’ve seen the Horton and Wraysbury Chronicles, so to Keith, it seemed a natural progression to try to chronicle the history of one of the most famous lakes in carp angling.

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Rig World Mike Kavanagh With rig bits from E-S-P and Kryston, a new knot to show you, and a cracking interview with Adam Penning, there’s plenty to keep you interested in Rig World again this month. Ask The Experts Matt Eaton and Mike ‘Spug’ Redfern answer questions on how to tackle French waters and the best and safest way to weigh your captures.

Think Tank Our guests this month are Rob Nunn, Dave Moore, Dan Wildbore and Andrew Richardson, who look at stalking. What are the best tactics to tempt the margin-feeding summer carp?

The Dawn Of Grenville – Part 3 Shaun Harrison Shaun looks back fondly on some of his fishing experiences on the venue that has got a special place in his heart. Final part.

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Historical Carp Waters Chris Ball Temple Pool is close to the market town of Hitchin, and it’s here that we can trace some of the early beginnings of modern carp fishing and one of its instigators – Richard Walker.

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My Yorkshire Ramblings Les Marsh Life as a carper in Yorkshire is not a bed of roses, with big fish being as rare as hens’ teeth, so we’ve enlisted Les to tell us what life is really like for our northern cousins.

Carping Allegedly Bill Cottam Bill’s back in Blighty and reports on his trip chasing big carp around Italy. There are also a few words on the world record common that Bill has seen on his own unhooking mat! Right Time, Right Place Ian Stott We’ve all heard of those magical sessions, but only dare dream that it will ever actually happen to us, but in Ian’s case, it most certainly did.

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Diary Of A Carpaholic Simon Crow Crowy has been tackling the lovely northern syndicate water known as Mesters, and already he’s managed to tempt some of its biggest residents onto the bank.

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Still Carping On Tim Paisley Tim’s teamed up with long-time pal, Ian Chillcott, and together our intrepid duo set out to tackle an old haunt of Tim’s, the Mangrove, one of Shropshire’s finest waters.

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Nash Competition The new Hog brolly system is a versatile, quality shelter that will suit most anglers, and we’ve got two to give away in this superb competition.

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Carp In Focus There are prizes to be won if your angling photograph is featured in our Carp In Focus competition.

This month our 34-page mag-withina-mag, International Carper, is packed with everything, from the news on all the big-carp captures from around the world, to two holiday venues for you to check out. Not only that, but Danny Fairbrass continues his look at South Africa’s Donaldson Dam, plus there’s a feature on fishing in Turkey plus our own assistant editor, Nigel, reports on a record-breaking trip to a French lake. Finally, if you’re in the market for an overseas holiday trip, check out our two pages of overseas venues.

Tackle World Thirteen pages packed with goodies to temp you into your tackle shop including in-depth looks at gear from Wychwood, Fox, Gardner, Nash and Chub, plus we check out some really special Ju l y 2013 Car pwo r ld 5

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FEATURE

SIX BEST OF THE

I A I N

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Last year Iain revealed six of his all-time favourite fish and the stories behind the captures. In this two-part feature he looks at the waters he’s fished, what makes them special, and why they have made it on to his list of favourite lakes.

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n this feature I’m hoping to explain just why these waters made me the angler that I am today. Some are wellknown syndicate/circuit waters down south, while one or two are much lesser known lakes far further north than the waters which get splashed all over the magazines, but these next two articles are all about my special waters, how I tackle them, and, more importantly, the fun and games I had along the way. KNIGHTON RESERVOIR I’m remembering this particular lake with a broad smile on my face; this was the first place I thought I was actually carp fishing. I’d met the lads (some of whom are still good mates to this day) on a small club water called Sideway Overflow; it was a typical small pond, yet we thought that if you could cast to the middle you were the kiddy. We’d got friendly with a lad who was a couple of years older than us, Dave Poxon, and he asked us if we fancied a trip to a big reservoir on the Staffordshire/ Shropshire border; it had

been kept quiet for a while, but Dave had got wind of it and let us in on the secret. We all nodded in agreement, and because it was only a day only water we wouldn’t need to take the kitchen sink, as four of us and our kit had to squeeze into Dave’s Cortina. We navigated our way through the lanes just outside Eccleshall and what we were met with nearly blew my head off. It was massive (seemed it at the time) and was streets ahead of the tiny Overflow in Stoke. This was a big open reservoir of around 15 acres, and there was something I loved about it from the very first time I saw it. The first thing that struck me was the solitude of the place. The Overflow was right next to both the local incinerator and the Michelin tyre factory, so depending which way the wind blew you either had the smell of rubber or

RIGHT TOP A rare mid-20 twotone mirror. It was getting very easy because I was baiting heavily in areas people couldn’t be bothered to walk to, and then going up for short days a couple of days later. RIGHT Knighton

is full of scaleperfect commons like this one; they were obviously the singles we used to catch 20 years ago.

MAIN IMAGE A much younger Ting Tong with a winter 28 from Cuttle Mill.

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burning rubbish; to come away to this was like paradise, and I think that was the instant attraction. If memory serves me right, I’m sure I went on what was later called the Top Point, Dave was to my left, and the other two went across to an area we christened The Beach due to its shallow sandy nature close in. And do you know what? I can’t even remember if we caught anything. I certainly don’t think I did, but we were now playing in the premier league – this was what it was all about. We stopped off for fish and chips in the village on the way home, and all we could talk about was Knighton. It really had blown my mind. It’s strange – we were only fishing for doubles and 20s, but this was the mid-’80s and our PBs weren’t even close to the 20lb mark; in fact out of our lot there was only Steve who’d caught a 20, but Knighton had a buzz about it. The stocking at the time was completely unknown to us; all we knew was there were lots of single-figure commons and a fair few lovely old Shropshire mirrors. However, the king fish

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FEATURE

SHAUN HARRISON

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In the final part of his miniseries, Shaun explains how he came to fish t h i s e x c e p t i o n a l wa t e r, a n d l o o k s back fondly on some of his fishing experiences on the venue that has got a special place in his heart.

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OPPOSITE I love these had been a Mangrove member heavily scaled mirrors. for many years and was RIGHT A lull in the wind on my first certainly really content with Grenville session. my angling there. It ticked BOTTOM I enjoyed my all the boxes for me – beautiful time at the Mangrove but eventually it was countryside, quiet and peaceful, with time to move on. a cracking group of anglers as well. With a rota system in place, and me, for many years, only having one day a week to angle, it was very hard to overindulge on the place. Two days a month was the reality of it, and this is why I remained a member for so long and could see myself there for much longer too, but suddenly my life took a dramatic change in direction and I became single with a dog, Brook, to look after and no one to step in to look after her whilst I ventured over to The Swamp. If it had been closer, it would have been a different matter, but with a four-hour round trip it just wasn’t possible to fish it, because I had made a rod for my own back by only ever leaving Brook for a maximum of five hours or so at a time since she had been That one was really frustrating because a tiny pup. I kept my position on the dog walkers used the place, but I wasn’t 12-man syndicate for an extra year, but able to have a dog sitting with me. Lots I couldn’t get over there, so reluctantly of anglers now know Brook and she is as decided to let someone else enjoy what good as gold, the best angling dog you I had enjoyed over the previous years. could imagine, apart from her feeling I was stuck in a rut; I could only “I had the cold in the winter months. realistically get out fishing for a season I had a season of basically a few hours at a time because of basically stalking only and was of leaving Brook at home, stalking only and desperately missing being out and the waters I fished at the was desperately on the water watching the time didn’t allow me to take missing being out sunrise, but all the venues I a dog. For the same reasons as on the water looked at simply didn’t allow the Mangrove, I dropped my w atching the me to take a dog. I looked at Knipton syndicate place as well. sunrise” rehousing Brook, but as much as she was tying me down, I couldn’t simply let her go anywhere. A couple showed interest, but I didn’t like what I saw, so Brook stayed with me. I had a call out of the blue from someone who simply said that he had found the ideal water that I could join, and where Brook would be welcome. The fish were still coming on, but it had produced a handful of 30s. To be fair, I was desperate for somewhere to be able to do the nights again and simply

chill-out at the side of the water rather than have to constantly watch the clock. The place was known as Grenville. I rang Paul Ward, who gave me a really hard time during that first conversation. I have joked with Paul about this since, but I guess it is understandable that he wanted to know exactly who he was letting on to his water. I was told in no uncertain terms to ring back the following day at 2.00 p.m., after he’d had me checked out! At 1.30 p.m. the following day, I took the Quest Baits’ phones off the hook so I wouldn’t be tied up on a call. I daren’t miss that 2.00 p.m. appointment and risk doing anything wrong. Bang on the dot of 2.00 p.m., as the news started on the radio, I pressed the final number on the telephone, almost dreading the call. But, suffice to say, it wasn’t a problem. Paul had spoken to people who knew me from other venues and they had all put in a good word for me, and I was invited to meet up with him for a face-to-face chat and a walk around the 1¾-mile of bankside. Ju l y 2013 C a r pwor l d 31

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COLUMNIST

B I L L

C O T T A M ’ S

C A R P I N G A L L E G E D LY B i l l ’ s b e e n o n t h e r o a d c h a s i n g e l u s i v e b i g c a r p a r o u n d I t a l y, but first, a few words on the world record common that Bill’s seen on his own unhooking mat!

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100lb Car p!

So, the magnificent big common that spends her days swimming around and generally avoiding getting caught in Etang Saussaie has gone over 100lb, which must surely be the benchmark at which absolutely huge fish become totally outrageous fish – 100lb 8oz to be precise! Hands up those of you whose gasts were well and truly flabbered! I have to be honest at this juncture and tell you that although in common with any other living and breathing carp angler, I was somewhat stunned by the news, I suspect I probably wasn’t quite as amazed as many anglers appear to have been. In fact, at the risk of making myself out to be some kind of a pleasantly chunky camo-clad clairvoyant, I can quite happily call any number of very reliable witnesses who have been present on the numerous occasions when I predicted that such a momentous event was very much on the cards were she to make a mistake at the right time of year. The Saussaie common was very much my number one target when I first went on the water in the summer of 2007, and as tends to be my way with these things, I spent hour after hour plotting her eventual downfall and finding out as much as I possibly could about her little habits and idiosyncrasies. And one thing soon became clear – in common with many of the world’s biggest fish, she does tend to substantially increase in weight the longer she goes between captures. When I first began to become interested in Saussaie, the big common was just beginning to show signs of creeping over 60lb, and then within 18 months – when I eventually got the chance to hoist her up onto my own Reuben Heatons – she had increased in weight to over 78lb. Dramatic weight gains are nothing new to this incredible fish, but what makes these growth rates even more extraordinary, of course, is that the big girl is by no stretch of the imagination a gutty fish. Brian Skoyles and I didn’t have the foresight to measure her when I

caught her, although I am told these days she’s nearing 5ft in length; in all honesty I find that a little hard to believe, but she is without doubt the longest fish I have ever seen by some considerable distance, and I do recall that when Bri and I eventually managed to get her onto my metrelong unhooking mat, there was quite a bit of her tail hanging over the end! Moving on a couple of years; in 2011, the Saussaie fish came out twice, which tends to be about par for the course these days – once in May to my mate Clive Gibbins and once in early September to Damian Clarke, and give or take an ounce or two, she weighed 88lb on both occasions. As ludicrous as it might sound, I was slightly disappointed by her weight when Damo caught her in the September. I say that because she does have a habit of coming out early and late,

TOP Struggling to get the immense length of the Saussaie common off the ground. ABOVE Chris Wade with the big girl at 88lb 8oz; her only appearance in 2012.

“The joy and the unparalleled adrenaline rush and elation I get from catching a genuinely huge carp is probably greater than anything else I have ever encountered in any other sphere of my life – although in truth, I’m not too sure what Mr s C would have to say about such an admission on my par t!”

and invariably she is at least a couple of bags of sugar heavier in the autumn than she is in the spring. Not that Damo cared a hoot about that; I spoke to him via the wonder of the text message a few hours after the capture and his obvious elation brought home to me just how much the capture of a truly huge fish can mean to even the most experienced and successful of carp anglers. Speaking from my own experiences on the subject, I would even go as far as to say that the joy and the unparalleled adrenaline rush and elation I get from catching a genuinely huge carp is probably greater than anything else I have ever encountered in any other sphere of my life – although in truth, I’m not too sure what Mrs C would have to say about such an admission on my part! I think it’s fair to say that I and several other anglers who pay more than a passing interest in this lovely little water were fully anticipating the big girl to go over 90lb the following year, and had she been caught at the right time of year I am sure she would have done, but as it happened she only made an appearance the once in 2012, in early June when my mate Chris Wade from Sheffield was fortunate enough to slip his net under her at 88lb 8oz. Historically, the period

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y guest this month is none other than Adam Penning. I managed to pin him down for a chat. What follows is in two parts and is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his understanding of rigs and why they have become such an integral part of carp fishing. MK: Thanks for taking par t in this Rig Talk Adam. My first question,

day – maybe the year after next for the 30th anniversary – now that would be nice!

because I don’t recall it being asked in print

Have you always

before, is how long have

considered rigs to

you been fishing for carp,

be an impor tant par t

and what, or who, was

of your armour y?

it that got you star ted?

Absolutely; it was an early fascination and one that stays strong in me today. I realise that the world of rigs can be confusing for people, but often, most good rigs in the right spot will catch carp. However, playing around with rigs is not only great fun, but also very gratifying when you make a change and it turns things around. So, although I wouldn’t want people to think they need 20 different rigs, I think it is important not to stifle creativity and fun by saying that rigs are not important. If we didn’t experiment then we would have never got the Hair, would we?

AP: The person responsible

for getting me started was my school buddy, Tony Claire. He got me into a bit of float fishing for gudgeon down at our local River Stort. One day Tony went with his dad to a local lake and bagged an 8lb 12oz carp, which was about 8lb bigger than anything we had ever seen!! We were both quite competitive, so I was determined to catch one myself. I saved my paper round money and bought a day ticket, which resulted in me catching my first carp on 26th July 1985, just after midday. As you can tell, it made quite an impression on me! The life-changing fish was a 12lb common from Campions Lake in Old Harlow and I caught it on floating crust. I’d love to go back there one

That’s true. How impor tant do you think it is to get the mechanics right?

It’s very important and

ABOVE Left: Amnesia, the first established hinged stiff link material found

by yours truly in 1990. Right: An early sample of Stiff Bristle Filament sourced by Adam for E-S-P. A couple of trendsetters I’d say!

RIGHT A new PB on the bottom bait Chod at 47+.

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can be down to a lot of variables, such as length of hooklink, how it is weighted, and, vitally I think, how the lead system works. I u s ed 2 0 l b a n d 3 0 lb A m n es i a t h a t I fou nd in B ob M or r i s ’ Tackle S hop i n Ken t w h en I c am e u p w i t h t he or iginal Hi ng ed S t i ff Rig in 1 9 9 0 , w hi c h Ter r y H e ar n la t e r pop u l a r i s ed follow ing h i s ou t s t a n d i ng re s u lt s w hi l s t u s i ng i t. B u t I t hi nk I ’ m r i g h t in s aying you were t h e fir s t t o s ou rce S t i ff B r is t le F i l a m ent . I s t h a t a h ook l i nk m a t er ial you u s e for you r ow n r igs ?

Yeah, I am proud to say that all three of the main Stiff Rig materials on the market are the result of my own work. The first, E-S-P Bristle Filament, was developed in conjunction with Terry in the late-’90s. It was designed as a replacement and also an improvement to the 25lb Amnesia that Terry was using at the time. With his knowledge of exactly what he wanted, and my sourcing and fine-tuning ability, we arrived at the original Stiff Rig material – well the first that was actually designed to do that job anyway. The Rigidity material followed when I was at Fox, and latterly the Mouth Trap material that I developed for

Korda. I use a lot of Stiff Rig material for my Chods and Stiff Hinges and am always quietly proud when I pull a length off the spool. Along with this I also developed the Stiff Rigger Hook, the Choddy, and the Fox SR, all of which are perfect for this type of presentation and the first of which was the first-ever hook designed specifically for Stiff Rig fishing. It was designed to replace Terry’s favoured Continental Boilie Hook and I fondly remember watching him sketch it whilst sitting under the brolly on a freezing late-winter day. I took it away and eventually the Stiff Rigger was born. D o you p re -t ie r igs be fore you go fis h in g, or d o you wait u ntil you ar r ive a t your c hos e n s w im t o d e c id e w ha t t yp e o f p re s e nt a t ion w ill suit t he s it u a t ion be s t?

Good question! For years and years, all I would do was tie the rig according to the situation in front of me. I never had any type of rig storage system. Now I use the Fox Rig Storage System and have everything from spare leaders through to Zigs and Stiff Hinges stored in it. I wish I’d done this years ago! I know you ’re re n own ed for d oing q u it e a bit

“I spend a lot of time getting as close to the carp as I can and this has had some impact on my rig design”

w h a t so r t o f size an d

ABOVE LEFT The rig Adam used on the Blue Pool in 2001, the first time he experimented with weighting below the hook with a bottom bait. The result was 30+ fish in 24 hours!

ty pe o f lead are yo u

ABOVE RIGHT

o f s talkin g. Wh a t so r t o f r igs an d leads do yo u favo ur fo r th a t a ppro ach , an d

likely to use w h ils t s talkin g a car p?

I spend a lot of time getting as close to the carp as I can and this has had some impact on my rig design. Firstly, it led me to think about hooking carp independently of the lead when using long hooklinks. I needed to use a long hooklink and was worried that the fish would eject it well before any weight of the lead was brought to bear. The solution was to place a big lump of putty about 2ins below the hook and I watched fish at the Blue Pool pick it up and hook themselves before the lead moved – that simple addition had cracked it and now almost all my bottom bait rigs incorporate a lump of putty. However, I would never claim to be the one to ‘invent’ it because there is always someone out there who has done it before you! My stalking setup had been the same for many years and revolved around a big, flat in-line lead, fished drop-off-style, together with

Adam’s current bottom bait Chod Rig.

a short braided hooklink. However, when filming a TV programme at Little Horseshoe with Simon Scott, I found the usual setup to be totally impotent. I watched the fish and decided to change my setup completely – after a few tweaks I ended up with a 1.1oz running in-line lead setup with a Size 11 ring swivel in the nose. I placed a piece of silicone over the eye so that after being picked up, the lead would freely slide away up the main line (no leader). The hooklink was 1.5ins long (coated so it sat straight) and stripped just below the hook eye. The hookbait was a balanced tiger, set so the hook was flat, with the bait hovering above it on a short Hair. The change brought radical results – two tench and a carp straightaway, after blanking for several hours. I went on to catch loads on that session and from other waters as disparate as the Blue Pool and Wraysbury. It really does trip them up!! Wh a t a b ou t s t a l k i n g car p o n t h e su rfa c e? Wh a t wou l d b e you r tactics , r i g - wi se?

These days I use a flat in-line controller and tend to fish further out than I used to because the carp will often feed more confidently out in open water. Hookbait choice is important – a small bright pop-up allowing me to strike as soon as the bait is taken. Another big change is how I introduce my free offerings (Hinders pellets) and this is often via a Spomb, something that would have made me cringe years ago! But it works, and it works very, very well.

We stopped there for a break, but if you want to find out more about the rigs Adam uses and his thoughts on hookbait presentation in winter, don’t miss Part Two. Until next month then, be lucky! CW

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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CHAMPION?

Jake Taylor 2010 BYCAC Champion

Josh Jones 2012 BYCAC Champion

Brad Greening 2011 BYCAC Champion

QUALIFIERS Monday 5th – Thursday 8th August / 48-HOUR FINAL Friday 9th – Sunday 11th August NEED TO KNOW: What: Korda British Young Carper’s Angling Championship 2013 Where: Brasenose Two on the Linear Fisheries, near Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire When: Monday 5th AugustSunday 11th August 2013 Who: Anyone aged 17 or under on August 1st 2013. Parent or guardian over the age of 18 must be present at all times Cost: £39 Entry: Download the entry form from bycac.co.uk

The UK’s most prolific junior carp angling tournament The winner receives a years’ sponsorship from Korda Great tackle and cash prizes for overall and section winners Prizes for the fastest fish every day / Goody bags for all entrants Supported by some of the biggest names in carp angling Final to be filmed for SKY Sports / Meet like-minded anglers A great chance to be scouted for Korda Carp Team England Marshalled by Carp-Talk Editor Simon Crow, and a host of former BYCAC winners and finalists

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