The famous Horton complex has been in the news a lot this last year, thanks mainly to the catches of Dave Levy. Rewind 22 years and the same lake was also in the headlines when Darren Ward landed four fish, topped by the famous Jack the Net Ripper at 43½lb. His catch was reported in issue number 6 from the summer of 1994.
This milestone catch report from the legendary Rod Hutchinson appeared in Carp-Talk issue 106 from July 1996. It was Rod’s first-ever UK 40-pounder known as Floppy Tail, which lives in the Woldview syndicate in Lincolnshire. The big bruiser of a mirror is still alive today and still weighs over 40lb at the right time of year.
We often get asked which of the mags has sold the most over the years. There are a lot of mechanics involved in this and our biggest selling issue was the first-ever one, because we printed more copies of it. However, once Carp-Talk was established, the one which stands out the most is issue 206 from June 1998. It sold 20% more copies than the issues either side of it, presumably because it featured the new world record carp of 82lb 3oz from Lake Raduta in Romania.
This cartoon made us chuckle as we were looking through some back issues of the mag. It featured in issue 306 from June 2000. Can you recognise any of the well-known anglers who feature in it?
Maize works all year round for big carp, so give it a try this winter. In this short piece, top carper Ian Poole tells you how to get the most out of it.
One of the UK’s finest commons has to be the stunning Lee Jackson Fish in Strawberry Fields. This amazing carp has weighed as much as 63¼lb when caught in September 2014. Despite false rumours, we know there are plenty of pictures of it at smaller weights which show its growth history. One picture we’ve come across is this one, which appeared in issue 506 from 2004, when Mark Pitchers caught the great fish when it weighed 37lb 9oz.
This has to rank as one of the best news stories we’ve ever run in Carp-Talk. When it was revealed only a few weeks prior to this match taking place that there was an insurance policy in place for anyone breaking the state record, it really did look ominous. Up stepped Al St Cyr, who landed a massive 43lb 2oz common to claim what is still the biggest prize to have been claimed in carp-fishing history.
Where is he now? Long-time readers of Carp-Talk will no doubt remember the name of John Knight, who caught a string of big carp around 10 years or so ago. He was in the running for Carp Angler of the Year at one time, but then suddenly disappeared never to be heard from again. Does anyone know what he’s up to these days and if he’s still carping?
Dream sessions don’t come much better than this one. Back in February 2010, Gavin Barrett from Portsmouth was just coming to the end of his winter ticket on the famous Chad Lakes Home Pool in Gloucestershire when on the same day he landed the two biggest fish, the Red Fish at 42lb 6oz and the one and only Black Eye at 54½lb.
We all love a story about uncaught monster carp, and Redmire Pool was the birthplace of such leviathans. In this exclusive excerpt from Kevin Clifford’s highly acclaimed book, A History of Carp Fishing Revisited, he discussed the myths about the monsters in the famous lake.
A former Carp-Talk Regional Carp Angler of the Year has released his first book, which is now available to buy via Kindle or through the Kindle app.
Thousands of pounds were raised for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association during the annual staging of the Lucy’s Bowl weekend, this year at the Carp Society’s Farriers Lake in Oxfordshire.