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DIVING FOR THE TRUTH A CARP’S EYE VIEW OF YOUR TERMINAL TACKLE

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Editorial

On the cover: Carl Sharp with a stunning Merrington mirror.

This month, Steve recounts

his venture to the newly opened Teakettle Fishery, for a social

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After some fantastic winter success on the venue in the

talks about An Evening Of Carp,

difference. Situated just a 2-hour drive from

past, and with a reputation of good form in the colder

which will soon be upon us.

Bangkok airport, you’ll find 17 different exotic fish

months, Carl returned to Merrington to experience

species to catch, with weights reaching over 350lb,

some more great winter action. Here’s how he did it.

Hot Holiday Jurassic Mountain Resort

This month’s Hot Holiday Venue is one with a

Mastering Merrington

and an enjoyable day’s pike

Carl Sharp

fishing with some friends. He also

and it’s all set in beautiful, tranquil surroundings.

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Zig Theory Dave Lane

Fishing Zig Rigs is an incredibly effective method during the colder

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something that Dave Lane knows too well. Here he shares his knowledge on how to get the best out of them.

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Coffee Break Interrogation

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The Great Crafty Debate The water is gin-clear on

a lot of venues, with very little evidence of fish activity, so how important is it to ensure that all the rig is perfectly concealed on the lakebed? Our panel of experts consists of Loz East,

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Marv Wait, Scott Lloyd and Mike Bridges. Here are their views.

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The Truth Is Out There Ellis Brazier

With small baits and maggots being a great winter tactic and the current fashion, Ellis Brazier reveals why it is important to know your venue and the small species which live in there. Here he explains why you should understand what

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Diving For The Truth Andrew Gardner

In a day and age where we put so much effort into

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Understanding Singles James Salmons

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Carpers’ Kit We have some of the

latest tackle in the industry, from some of the top manufacturers. This month we look at Fox’s Easy Shelter Camo, which is perfect for travelling light and looks great too. There’s also tackle from Chub, as we look at their Vantage Five-Season Sleeping Nag, plus lots more.

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The Berkley Guide To Knots

Connecting things together is

When anyone talks about cold-water carping,

something that anglers do an awful

trying to camouflage our terminal tackle, one thing that

you automatically think about single hookbaits,

lot, whether it’s simply tying on a

hasn’t changed a great deal is leads and their coatings.

but do you actually use them? James discusses

hook or attaching a leader. Knots

Andrew Gardner takes to the depths of Wraysbury to

how and where to use his favourite rigs

make it all possible, so it pays to

see how much difference these coatings make.

for presenting a bait all on its own.

have a selection in your armoury.

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Contents /// February 2017

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Maggots – Friend Or Foe?

Linear Fisheries is one of the busiest day ticket venues, and has recently put a restriction on maggots. We decided to ask people from the carp-fishing community, including fishery owners to anglers, for their opinions on maggots.

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Carp Food In our Carp Food section

this month, including an insight into the latest from RG Baits. There’s also a great tip from DNA’s Mark Dunwell about catching in the cold, plus bait from Nash, Sticky Baits and Mainline.

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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

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prize, courtesy of Sticky Baits.

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Flick The Switch Julian Cundiff

It’s freezing cold and you’re struggling for a bite. Many anglers would sit around and wait it out, but Julian Cundiff has some tips to help entice a bite, which can sometimes be just like flicking a switch.

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Fishing Kev Grout

around the carp-angling scene,

to get amongst the carp, Tony

Kev has a superb knowledge

plus have your carpy questions

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of behaviour in carp and their

answered by Team Crafty and win

and instead of following the

nutrition, from his ongoing career

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crowd, he found his own

as a fishery management lecturer.

winning formula to make the

He shows how he utilises his

most of a special venue.

wealth of information to his

Paradise Found Tony Smeets

After initially finding it tricky

My Approach To

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