NEWS: Stephen McNeil lands UK's biggest common
by Peter Foster
The dreams of one man came to fruition at Barston Lake in the West Midlands as the inaugural Celtic Carp Cup was fished for between Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Welshman Tim Jones had long harboured a desire to form a Welsh carping squad to take on other nations within the United Kingdom. The squad came together towards the end of 2015 and as they gelled into a formidable outfit, Tim put stage two into operation, contacting the governing bodies of Northern Ireland and Scotland to test the water and see if a competition at national level was on the cards.
Todber Manor’s Little Hayes was the setting for mine and my girlfriend Natalie’s first UK Carp Championships qualifier as a pair. Although I had competed on Big Hayes for a number of years, I had never wet a line on Little Hayes. This was also Natalie’s first-ever qualifier, so the scene was set for what could be an exciting but very challenging weekend’s fishing.
Kev Grout and I had been looking forward to our BCAC qualifier at Walthamstow 1 for quite some time. Due to the lake being closed, we weren’t able to go for our normal practice session, so at the start of the match we were going to be fishing the lake without even ever wetting a line there before hand.
By Kev Grout
With Linear Fisheries being one of my favourite fisheries in the UK, I always get very excited about the prospect of competing on one of their fantastic waters. Although I have fished Linear a great deal, I had neither wet a line on Brasenose One. With this in mind, a practice session prior to our BCAC semi-final would be crucial, so my Team Carp-Talk partner Luke Church and I arrived at B1 on the Tuesday evening prior to the match for a 36-hour session.
Experienced and novice anglers alike are being warned to ‘Look Out, Look Up’ for overhead power lines ahead of National Fishing Month between 22nd July and 29th August.
Carp Team England’s men’s and ladies’ teams recently hosted an evening at the superb RK Leisure Wraysbury 1 Lodge to celebrate the success of both teams over the past 12 months, thank sponsors for their support and announce coming events and plans going forward for Carp Team England.
An outbreak of KHV disease has been confirmed at Bierley Woods Waters, Rockhill Lane, Bierley, Bradford, West Yorkshire. The site is now subject to statutory controls to prevent or limit the spread of the disease. The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) at Cefas, acting on behalf of Defra has issued a confirmed designation prohibiting the movement of fish to, from and within the fishery complex. Fishery equipment disinfection and movement control measures are in place and anglers must ensure that they comply with all biosecurity measures within the designated area.
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