About us

Welcome to Carp-Talk - the leading news magazine in the world of carp fishing. Created and run by a team of addicted carp anglers, Carp-Talk has been responsible for world exclusives on all the legendary captures. We pride ourselves as being at the heart of the carp fishing grapevine, delivering anglers both global and local news on demand each week via our established magazine (founded in 1994) and the online newsletter Carp-Talk Xtra. Whether it's double-figure carp caught from small local ponds, or world record monsters caught from the largest waters on the planet, you'll read and see it here first!

The Team

Micky ‘SAS’ Clifford

Micky was taught how to carp fish by his legendary angling father Kevin Clifford, one of the originators of Carp-Talk. Although he spends most of his spare time endurance running and keeping a low profile, he has caught carp from a wide range of waters since a very early age.

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Beverley Clifford

In recent years Bev has established herself as one of the leading lady carp anglers in the UK. She has fished all around the world for carp, and currently has a UK personal best of 37lb and an overseas PB of 43lb 6oz. She also spends a lot of time fishing for other species and to-date has caught four different species over 100lb.

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Simon Crow

Crowy is one of the most widely travelled carpers around, having caught fish from more than 300 different waters, including fifties from six different countries. He was the co-winner of the first ever World Carp Cup in 1996, and has an overseas PB of 86½lb and a UK PB of 56lb 12oz.

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Paddy Webb

A carp angler for 20 years before hanging up his carp rods about 10 years ago, Paddy Webb is now usually to be found online blasting his way through the opposition on multiplayer shoot-em-up PC games. Claims his carp-stalking abilities have led to him being rather handy with a virtual knife!

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Ben Wales

Ben has been fishing his whole life, banking his first carp circa 1990, his first double soon after that and has since gone on to catch a number of very notable Yorkshire carp to 41¼lb. He is largely responsible for compiling all things product related as well as helping out in several other areas.

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Paul Monkman

Paul, or Monkey as he is affectionately known, has been a carp angler since his mid-teens and has worked in media his entire professional career. He has caught UK carp to more than 40lb and won the Northern Carp Cup in 2013. Monkey is our man for news, so if you have a story to tell, drop him a line.

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Contributors

With a consultants team including the likes of Dave Little and Carp-Talk regular Alex Osborn, Kodex think about every possible detail when designing tackle for the discerning carp angler, to ensure it helps increase your catch potential and PB's. That is why it’s called ‘intelligent tackle’. Their whole philosophy is about creating high-quality, innovative products, and then offering them at exceptional prices. The team also includes experts such as Mark Foster, Luke Vardy and Mike Salisbury.

Avid have established themselves as one of the leading carp brands in the world. Top notch products have almost certainly played a big part in this, but so has their team of anglers. Heading the list is the vastly experienced Ian Russell who has accounted for lots of big UK carp and has a reputation for catching from everywhere he goes. Other team members include top carpers Mat Woods, Roy Russell, Chris Lowe and lady angler Angie Lawley.

The popular Iain ‘Ting Tong’ Macmillan leads the Shimano contributions. He’s a regular part of Carp-Talk each week with his Coaches Corner slot, but he also supplies diary pieces on a regular basis too. Other members of the team include Dave Fuidge, Marvin Wait and Roy Russell, all of whom have proved exceptional catchers of carp with a wealth of experience

The northern based DNA Team has one of the best carp match teams in the business, fronted by the 2014 British Champions Chris Holmes and Neil Rivers. Other members include former World Carp Cup winner Rob Hughes, England International Mark Bartlett as well as Regional Carp Cup winner Jase Trought. Long-time big carp catcher Mark Holmes also writes extensively about his thoughts on bait and its application.

Mainline Baits is one of the oldest established bait firms in the country and has been a big supporter of Carp-Talk since its conception. They have supported the mag with numerous competitions and contributions. They have a line-up of consultants which reads a bit like a ‘who’s who’ of carp fishing, including Hall of Famer Dave Lane, Darrell Peck, Dave Levy, Adam Clewer and John Kneebone.

Korda have been at the forefront of the modern carp scene for a long while and are probably one of the most popular companies in the trade due to their coverage on the telly. Fronted by Danny Fairbrass, they have a successful team behind them including Ali Hamidi, Tom Dove, Damien Clarke, Dave Levy and Simon Scott to name just a few. Whether you want to learn about the carp, how a certain rig works or what to fish in a certain situation, everything is covered in the weekly Korda articles.

One of the newest additions to the Carp-Talk contributors list is Team CC Moore. Not only do they produce some fantastic bait products, their list of consultants is full of fresh up and coming anglers who are quickly making a name for themselves. These include Myles Gibson who has a remarkable big carp CV, James Armstrong, Jimmy Hibbard and Karl Pitcher.

Kevin Nash has developed one of the biggest companies in the trade. Whether it is bait or tackle, Nash has it covered. The reader gets a variety of material from the Nash Team, including rig and bait advice to watercraft and carping history. The list of consultants who contribute are headed by the main man Kevin Nash, as well as other top anglers such as Steve Briggs, Simon Crow, Gary Bayes, Julian Cundiff and Alan Blair.

From the company who brought us the now legendary Krill boilies comes a host of carping talent. Former British Young Carp Champion Jake Wildbore is a regular contributor, as is his brother Jake who is a former England International. On the big carp front, Adam Penning, Tom Maker and successful Linch Hill anglers Adam Smith and Scott Lloyd regularly feature with updates on their latest catches and stories.

Fox have been in the fishing trade for years and are one of the most established brands in the world. They have a successful team representing them and feature regularly in Carp-Talk. The top names include Rob Hughes, Tom Maker, Lewis Porter, Mark Pitchers, Steve Spurgeon, Andy Maker, Scott Day and Mark Bartlett. Be sure to check out their regular articles.

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