A winning team!

Carp-Talk Match Team

The Carp-Talk Team has been very successful on the carp match circuit in recent years. Back in 2011 we were the proud winners of the British Carp Angling Championships Team Title. The anglers behind that win were Barry & Ben Oconnor, Adam Snowden, Danny Fletcher, Rob Sutton & Harry Charrington. We then won the same title in 2014 when the team comprised of Kev Grout, Luke Church, Ash Taylor, Rob Julyan, Kia Sanger & Jack Stamp.

On the individual front, in 2012 Barry & Ben Oconnor won the BCAC title while fishing on behalf of Carp-Talk, and Kev Grout won back-to-back UK Carp Cup titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016 (no competition in 2015).

Kev Grout with his 2014 UK Carp Cup winners trophy

BCAC Team Champions 2014

Kev Grout has won back-to-back UK Carp Cup titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The 2011 BCAC Team Champions

Event support

Carp-Talk has supported various carp matches within the angling industry through the years. These include such establish events as the British Carp Angling Championships, British Carp Cups, UK Carp Cup, and our proudest one which is the British Young Carpers Angling Championships. We have been one of the title sponsors of BYCAC since its conception in 2003. Each year 160 avid young carpers descend on the Linear Fisheries complex to battle it out for one of 32 places in the BYCAC final. The event takes place on one of the Brasenose lakes or Oxlease and takes place during a full week in August. A series of four eliminators run between the Monday and Thursday, with the final lasting for 48 hours from the Friday until the Sunday. The angler with the most overall weight at midday on the Sunday is then crowned the British Young Carpers Champion. It is a great way to make friends and catch carp at the same time, and it is supported by many major brands. It has also proven to be a great platform for young anglers, with the likes of Tom Dove, Jake Wildbore and Brad Greening having been crowned BYCAC Champion before heading for a career working in the carping industry.

Mainline Carp Angler of the Year

The Mainline Carp Angler of the Year competition is widely considered to be the most ‘credible’ title in carp fishing. Down the years it has been won by some of the biggest names in the business, including Dave Lane, Lee Merritt, Dave Smedley and Sean Kelly. There are both weekly and yearly prizes up for grabs and each year it sees more than £20,000 worth of prizes given away. There is even a cash prize of £1000 to the winner as well as some amazing fishing at Dream Lakes and Ladywell Fishery, tackle from Spomb and some exclusive Hi ‘S’ ive ER rods from Free Spirit. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning any of these great prizes is to report your catch to Carp-Talk!

  • Spomb
  • Ladywell
  • Dreamlakes
  • Free Spirit

2013 winner Dave Smedley on stage at Carpin On
2013/14 winner Dave Smedley on stage at Carpin On


2014/15 winner Sean Kelly receiving his award on stage at Carpin On


2015/16 winner Kris Ollington


2016/17 winner Dave Levy


Nash Tackle

Nash Tackle

Regional Anglers of the Year

It could be you!

Each year Carp-Talk runs the Regional Anglers of the Year competition in association with four of the UK’s leading bait and rolling companies. The competition opens on June 1st and runs until the end of May the following year, and sees four anglers crowed Regional Anglers of the Year (one each in the north, south, east and west). The successful four will receive a bait prize courtesy of one of our sponsors to the value of £1000 as well as a trophy.

The rules are quite simple. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one of these fabulous prizes is report your catches to your favourite weekly magazine either via our website, post or through one of our regional contributors columns. It is only open to non-carp-consultants (see catch report form here) and is based on where the fish is caught rather than where the angler lives (e.g. an angler living in Middlesborough who is successful at Bluebell Lakes in Northamptonshire will be entered into the eastern news section).

At the end of the competition, the four anglers who have made a significant news impact in each region will then be selected by Carp-Talk and crowned Regional Angler of the Year North, East, South, or West.

It’s a great way of winning some bait which will last most anglers all of the following season, so get sending in your catches. You never know, it could be you!

  • DNA Baits
  • Bait-Tech
  • Marukyu
  • Dynamite Baits



The Most Wanted Cup

Since launching our Most Wanted badges, Carp-Talk has built up a portfolio of carp we believe to be the most sought after in UK waters. Whether it's the Burghfield Common, the Wood Common from Spitfire Pool, or the Brute from Pingewood Lagoon, you are sure to find it in our Most Wanted list.

Targeting such fish takes time, effort, sacrifice and skill, and we feel warrants further recognition. Carp-Talk editor Simon Crow revealed: “I think it's important to highlight what are the best carp in the country and the best angling achievements. Only UK-caught carp will qualify for the badges and we’ve tried to encompass the whole spectrum of UK carp fishing. There are syndicate fish in the list, as well as club and day-ticket fish. Some are in well-stocked waters and others are in lightly stocked ones; some are in small ponds and others are in big, wild venues.


“The way the competition will work needs some explaining as this year we have introduced a Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum status to each fish. There are 101 different carp on the Most Wanted list, all of which we have allocated points to depending on their status. The angler who amasses the most points at the end of the year, will then be crowned the winner. As you will see, Bronze badge fish will be worth 1pt, Silver badge fish 2pts, and Gold badge fish 3pts. On its own pedestal we then have the Most Wanted carp in the UK – the Burghfield Common – as a Platinum badge worth 5pts.”

Carp-Talk owner Bev Clifford added: “We already run the Mainline Carp Angler of the Year competition, which is very popular, but that competition is only open to Mainline users, so this is where this one fits in, because it is open to all. The competition will start in the first week of January 2017 and finish at the end of December 2017. The winner will be announced the following year live on stage at the Carpin’ On show at Five Lakes in Essex during the Carp-Talk awards ceremony. There are no tackle or bait prizes attached to the Cup, as we want this to be all about angling achievement more than anything else. There will be no boundaries or stipulations in this competition, other than catching fish which are on the list on the Carp-Talk website.”


Burghfield, Burghfield Common


Ashmead, Single Scale


Castle Loch, Scotland, The Common


Chertsey, Chertsey Fish


Clifton Marina, Mr Angry


Kennet & Avon canal, Big Fully


Kingsmead Island Lake, Roids


Manton Old Lake, Arnie


Maxey Syndicate, Caravan Park Linear


North Met Pit, El's Fish


Rockford, Single Scale


Spitfire Pool, Wood Common


Stoneacres, Bitemark


Strawberry Fields, Lee Jackson


Tatton Park, Jim’s Fish


Vinnetrow, Half Lin


Walthamstow, Lockwood Common


Wingham Carp Lake, Black Spot


Yateley North Lake, Murray Common


Baden Hall, Baden Hall Common


Braxted Back Lake, Back-Up Common


Carthagena Syndicate, Tango


Erics Willows, Three Scale


Essex Manor, Stella


Frimley Pit 3, Charlie's Mate


Gaunts Lake, Uncle Albert


Girton Pit, Butthead


Grendon Hope Lake, Tyson


Grenville's Two-Tone


Kingsmead, Starry's


Linear Hardwick Smiths, The Plated Mirror


Northwyke, James' Fish


Nunnery A Lake, TLC


Pingewood Lagoon, The Brute


River Aire, Houdini


St Johns, Big Plated


St Ives Shallow Pit, Colin


Stanwick Roman Lake, Colonel


Sutton-at-Hone, Peach


Tyram Hall, Baby Baz


Wasing Estate Cranwells, Floppy Tail Lin


White Swan, Triple Row


Abbots Lake, Chub


Acton Burnell Bottom Lake, Randall Mirror


Anglers Paradise, Gorilla


Atlantic Warf, Ebeneezer


Bayeswater, Tiger Fish


Bluebell Swan Lake, Dave


Bundy's Pit, Carpworld Cover Fish


Catch 22, The Big Common


Chad Lakes Home Pool, Red Fish


Chilham Mill, Chilly's


Christchurch Lake Linch Hill, Scar


Church Lake, Four-by-Four


Clearwater Fisheries, Moonscale


Cleverley Mere, Hendrix


Cotswold Water Park, The Croc


Cottington Lakes, Big Girl


Cowlands Farm, Boycie


Cromwell Lake, Rosie


Deepings Syndicate, Black Spot


Diana Pond, Willow


Emmotland, Big C


Emperor Lake, Number 8


Farriers Lake, The Big Common


Farlows Lake, Big Common


Fox Pool, Dark Mirror


Fryerning Fisheries, The Gurm


Furzebray Lakes, Charlotte


Horton Boat Pool, Big Common


Horton Church Lake, Fingers


Irchester, Norton's Common


Kent Part Lake, The Classic


Ladywood Lakes, Kamara


Lakeside Country Park, Seven Scales


Leverets, Speck


Manor Farm Linear, Kempy's Linear


Marton Hole, The Leather


Monks Pit, Porky


Monks Pool, The Linear


New Forest Water Park, Single Scale


Old Mill, Big Common


Orchid Lake, Thomo


Oxlease Lake, The Big Common


Sand & Gravel, The Twin


Sandhurst Lake, Nige's Fish


Swan Valley, Enoch


The Avenue, Tarka


The Dell, Black Spot


The Folly, The Pig


The Forgotten Pit, Pinky


The Quarry, Cassius


Walthamstow 2 & 3, Long Common


Walthamstow Lower Maynard, Lower Common


West End Lake, The Linear


West Stow, Two Scale


West Sussex Club Lake, The Biggie


Wintons, The Pretty Common


Wraysbury 1 North Lake, King Fungus


Wraysbury 2, Scaley


Yateley Match Lake, Kiss Scale


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