When it all comes good – Alex Grice

‘Like many, I had been prepping my kit, bait and making plans for the season ahead during lockdown, uncertain as to when restrictions would be lifted, and we could hit the bank once again. I had the week booked off the week of the 18th May and luckily, restrictions were lifted the week before on the Wednesday, so as you can imagine, that weekend was all systems go thinking about […]

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Liquid loading your bait – Tom White

‘Running a bait company I get asked lots of questions day to day and a good percentage of them are centered around bait preparation of which our liquid and prep powder product range are focused around. This is not just an intentional ploy to get people buying additional products, it is genuinely an edge myself and my close friends have employed for a good number of years now. There is no better […]

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Watercraft: The whys and wherefores – Kev Hewitt

‘Watercraft’. A single diverse word that means so many different things to anglers and very little to non anglers. In fact if you looked up the word Watercraft in a carp dictionary there simply wouldn’t be enough pages to thoroughly explain the meaning. ‘Watercraft’ – a single, yet diverse word that means so many different things to anglers Anglers who begin to understand watercraft catch many fish. Anglers who are […]

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The Development of a Carp Hook – Dave Ellyatt

Back in early 2016 ESP launched its first range of Cryogen hooks. These were the culmination of nearly five years in development and due to the new manufacturing processes employed, were a genuine improvement on any hooks we had produced before. The new manufacturing and tempering resulted in hooks that were over 20% stronger in tensile strength and hardness, without having to increase wire gauge. The result was a range […]

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Phil Buckley – The final piece of the jigsaw

In a fascinating insight into the evolution of rigs, Phil Buckley talks to Jack Reid about how the release of ESP’s new Trig-Hammer hooks have solved a puzzle he has been working on for 15 years!  We’re going to talk in depth about a rig that you’re using for nearly all your angling these days Phil, but the back story to arriving at this point has taken place over a […]

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Dave Robinson – It’s not what you know…

During the early part of the year, I’ve always found myself starting on small intimate waters rather than big pits. I’ve made the mistake before, whist friends of mine have caught their target in March and moved on before I’ve even seen my first show of the year. Those bigger venues seem to take longer to wake up, but autumn last until almost Christmas. I learnt the hard way! A […]

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Jack Reid – My own little slice of history

Back in April I found myself navigating the barrow through fallen deadwood and brambles in the inky twilight of THAT old estate lake. I had been given the green light for a spring session on this iconic slice of the English countryside and to put the cherry on the cake, I was sat on nearly a month of baiting.  A barrow loaded with marker rod, boat and a lot of […]

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‘Two nights with my boys!’ – Lee Howard

Lee Howard has been really making an effort taking his young lads fishing this year. Judging by the photographs building in our inbox the lads have been having a blast, catching serious fish for their age. Over to Lee… I took the boy’s again this weekend for two nights this time instead of one. It was supposed to be one night but after the first they was still several fish in […]

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‘An angry devil looking male linear!’ – Alfie Russell

I’m pretty sure most of you guys will now know that I’ve been privileged enough to join E.S.P and Drennan. I’ve found myself in the most comfortable and welcoming position I’ve ever found to be in whilst being involved and working in the carp fishing industry, I’m mega grateful. Now onto the fishing! This year started off pretty excitingly I had some great plans ahead. A astronomically warm spell in […]

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‘A Pads Lake group booking’ – Darren Blunt

‘The pads lake is a mature gravel pit with extensive gravel bars, weeds and an average depth of five feet historic carp fishing on the west side of the Yateley complex’ It’s my second time to fishing the venue last year. It was in April and was was awful weather conditions, very cold and temperature had dropped big time but I had two double  figure carp in the ‘Points’ swim. […]

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