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- Tim Rowland

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C O N C L U D E S H I S W R AY S B U R Y T R I L O G Y

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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: TIM PAISLEY LOZ EAST IAN CHILLCOTT LEWIS READ JULIAN CUNDIFF PAUL FORWARD JERRY HAMMOND ASH BRADBURY


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Musings Mark makes a welcome return to Carpworld, in a new regular quarterly feature. This month he brings readers up to speed on events over the past year or so - Mark Walsingham

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Cygnet Tackle Competition Two Cygnet 16m Baiting Poles, Spoons and Floats worth ÂŁ537.94 to be won -Cygnet Tackle

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Think Tank This month we asked Lewis Read, Jerry Hammond and Ash Bradbury what are their thoughts on moon phases and how they affect fish feeding. Do they have a preference to which point in the phase is best and can they actually substantiate it to captures of big fish

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60 Discovering Day Tickets

The editor looks at the big news story about the Lac du Der common than ended up in a small French commercial lake, and how a week up in the northern badlands of Yorkshire, at the Carpworld offices, has left him missing out on feeding carp, completely drained and in dire need of a hot bath...

Loz East continues his look at some of the nation’s best day-ticket waters and this month turns his attention to RH Fisheries’ Monument venues

-Rupert Whiteman

12 From the Bivvy A few highlights from the world of carp fishing this month. If you’ve got something to share email us at editor@carpworld.co.uk -Carpworld

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-Loz East

68 Ask The Experts This month panel of experts from Mainline answer your questions on how to perfect your stick-mix, why finding gravel is important when fishing on the bottom, and how to get the most out of the Spinner/Ronnie Rig -Carpworld

Tim has had a great few seasons fishing on the Linch Hill complex, catching some of their finest looking carp along the way -Tim Rowland

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112 Wraysbury sessions - Part III The best laid plans... Pain and pleasure in the Bus Stop - Al White

123 Baitworld There’s plenty new in the world of bait this month. We’re giving you the lowdown on the latest innovations from Mainline, and we also take a look at products from DT Bait Developments with their Fish N Blood with Fresh Orange range. Plus there’s items reviewed from DNA Baits, Dynamite and British Aqua Feeds -Carpworld

72 How big is your tackle?

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Do we really need heavy-duty gear for big carp, when it’s the smaller fish that invariably fight harder... -Ian Chillcott

130 Bait Baron We talk to the owner of DT Bait Developments to see how things are panning out since he purchased the Essex-based brand just over a year ago

81 The F Word

-DT Bait Developments

Mr Forward gives his thoughts on the Tip Lake, recent weather, a new syndicate and the Jolly Green Giant

133 ‘38 and out...’ Part 2

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The second part of Jules’ mini-bio of his life in fishing. Warts and all, and with few concessions towards humility, this article records what can be achieved in fishing if you really, really want to drive yourself to achieve something badly enough -Julian Cundiff

142 Overseas Fishery Focus

28 Pecky’s Progress With the onset of another Korda Masterclass DVD looming, Darrell once more sets out to try and bank a day-ticket ‘40’ – and from a northern venue! -Darrell Peck

37 A deep, heavily scaled mirror Often at the start of a carp campaign, anglers have a wish list of what they’d like to happen. However, in a welcome return to the pages of Carpworld, long-time big-carp angler Mark Holmes issues a few words of caution

This month sees Carpworld take a look at a well-established French venue, best suited to the more adventurous angler

95 A Man for All Seasons

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‘Flaming June’ they call it, let’s hope it is this year as well, as we all love a bit of sun on our backs, particularly if you are a carp...

144 Echoes

-Dave Lane

All the latest catch reports from around the globe – don’t forget to send us yours via our website – www.carpworldmagazine.com

104 Subscription offer

-Steve Briggs

We have an amazing new subscription offer from Cygnet Tackle which can be yours from as little as £45

153 Still Carping On

-Mark Holmes

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44 Rigworld

107 Tackleworld

In Rigworld this month we take a look at the new Cryogen hooks and Tungsten Loaded Tube from ESP, plus PB Products’ nifty Zigliners. We also check out Sufix’s InvisiLine, as well as Bullet Mono and SkinLink from the guys at Nash

This month’s standout launch has got to be the new Aero Technium reels from Shimano. We also check out the updated Wychwood MHR Brolly MkII, JRC Slim Kurve indicators, and new company South Coast Rods who are offering custom Free Spirit rods

As becomes a man who has more years behind him than in front, our esteemed Carpworld founder, Tim, reminisces on ‘opening day’ memories and those promises of a fresh-born June. As Tim writes “Once you start reflecting you stumble into an endless chain of connections” and so it follows as Bob Marley sang “Good friends we’ve had, Oh, good friends we’ve lost, along the way...”

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Oxfordshire Tim has had a great few seasons fishing on the Linch Hill complex, catching some of their finest looking carp along the way

- Tim Rowland

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Pecky’s Progress With the onset of another Korda Masterclass DVD looming, Darrell once more sets out to try and bank a dayticket ‘40’ – and from a northern venue!

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oday is the 20th April 2018 and yesterday was the hottest April Day since the 1940s apparently! Luckily for me I spent a good proportion of it sat in traffic on the A14, with the temperature gauge reading a steady 29ºC. Typically, I had no water in the van either! The early part of 2018 has been far from tropical and then just like that, the clouds parted giving way to the most amazing spring sunshine. Literally in the space of the last three nights everything has turned from wintery bleakness to a lush green – spring has certainly sprung! I have just returned from a twoweek family holiday, so in this piece I’ll be covering two sessions since. Last year for my Korda No Privileges section on the Masterclass DVD I tackled Kingfisher Lake on the Bluebell complex. It was well received with currently over 150K YouTube views since its February release. Although I certainly held my own, I personally felt it lacked the wow factor that a really big fish would have given. A 40-pounder is what I wanted to deliver! The concept of the section is simple; put myself in the shoes of the typical dayticket angler that dreams of catching a big fish from such a complex, without having the associated swim reserved or the privileges often associated with this type of film. Basically, I want to turn up

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to lakes that I don’t know and try my best to catch a big one within two or three sessions. Like I have already said, Bluebell was a success, I had my share of the bites whilst I was fishing, but I had been unlucky with the size of the fish landed. I think if memory serves me correctly, during the seven nights we filmed, I caught five and I think there were also a further five caught by other anglers. Mine consisted of four 20s and a 30-pounder but, amongst the others were at least two, maybe even three 40lb-plus carp. So you could say I’d been a little unlucky in the size department. This year we had initially planned to go back to Kingfisher in an attempt to catch that 40, but due to how busy the lake was Tony, the owner, didn’t want us to film there this year. It was a bit of shock to be honest, and Linear Fisheries seemed the obvious replacement. However, due to the amount of video material already available about Linear I really wanted to visit somewhere slightly less publicised. Eric’s Willows was mentioned as a possible replacement venue because of the insane amount of big fish present, but the day after we found out that we couldn’t film at Kingfisher, we then saw that Willows had flooded. I put the feelers out for suggestions and Paddy Ramsden came back with The Quarry at Baden Hall in Staffordshire. It ticked the boxes being


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Musings

Mark makes a welcome return to Carpworld, in a new regular quarterly feature. This month he brings readers up to speed on events over the past year or so

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“Let’s go skiing!” they said. “It’ll be fun!” they said. The French Alps were beautiful but it turned out that trying to keep up with three teenagers who were intent on kicking up as much powder as possible was a bad idea. Every cloud though: a few weeks on crutches while my knee ligament is repaired means that I can’t pull the Ashmead weed or pollard the willows I planned to deal with this month, so I have had the time to sit down and do some writing for the first time in nearly a year. That’s the ‘glass half full’ perspective but the ‘glass half empty’ view on life is that I probably won’t get out with the rods this spring as much as I planned either, as my leg isn’t going to be up to the walking involved. I have hardly fished all year because life has been so busy. When we left the corporate world and took a leap of faith, opening

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Ashmead has settled into a gentle rhythm

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Ashmead up for anglers to enjoy, Shona and I expected rather naively to have lots of time for the things we love doing together. We thought we would be out hill walking with the dogs, working on our smallholding, writing, taking wildlife photographs and (in my case) fishing. That freedom always seems to be just out of reach and the reality is that we are busier than we have ever been and time is a scarce and valuable commodity. Please don’t get me wrong; we are incredibly lucky to make our living from caring for the Ashmead wetland and we get a huge amount of pleasure from sharing the fishery with like-minded anglers who value the rich, natural environment and challenging carp fishing that Ashmead offers. Fishery management and conservation have always been a labour of love, it’s just that we thought that life might be a little less hectic.


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Wraysbury sessions - part III The best laid plans... Pain and pleasure in the Bus Stop - Al White

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Next Month

In the July issue Loz East Goes to the north-west’s latest day-ticket fishery to see what all the fuss is about...

Ian Chillcott Ponders one of life’s great questions: what’s the rush..?

Steve Briggs The perennial traveller pays his first visit to a water that has been sitting right under his proverbial nose for years

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Carpworld 333 June 2018  

A deep, heavily scaled mirror - Mark Holmes... Often at the start of a carp campaign, anglers have a wish list of what they’d like to happen...

Carpworld 333 June 2018  

A deep, heavily scaled mirror - Mark Holmes... Often at the start of a carp campaign, anglers have a wish list of what they’d like to happen...

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