Former UK carp record holder Terry Hearn has enjoyed a fantastic start on his new southern syndicate water. Over the festive period he banked no fewer than seven carp, including a very special one off the Carp-Talk Most Wanted list.
Speaking about the catch, Terry said: “Conditions have been mega. Between Christmas and New Year, I managed seven and lost one, the best two being the Floppy Lin at 44lb 10oz and a common of 40¾lb.”
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.”