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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A wild and special mirror...

A Prairie Summer – Erick Maybury

‘In my early teens when I began exclusively pursuing carp I would absorb all the information I could which primarily came from the UK, and strangely enough was written by some of those who may possibly be reading this article. This content from the UK was in stark contrast to the environment, fish, and approaches in my home state of Texas, I admired the quiet and secluded lakes that were […]

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The final result!

Jack Reid – No boat, No buzz!

For the last year the use of a boat has been absolutely central to my fishing. Not a state of the art vessel destined for inland seas, but a budget dinghy with a couple of dodgy looking yellow paddles! A boat doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Initially the dinghy was purchased so that I had a vessel of my own on the low stocked pit I would be fishing […]

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Lateral rig thinking – Tom White

‘Being asked to write a piece about rigs was a bit daunting for me, as I tend to use what’s required for the job in hand – for that situation, at that specific moment in time’ A lovely old mirror from winter’s past Being asked to write a piece about rigs was a bit daunting for me, as I tend to use what’s required for the job in hand – […]

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Maggot fishing and the ‘Germs’ Rig – David Meek

‘It’s funny how things come back around. I remember having a bit of holiday and using the 5 days at the Ringwood water Roach Pit. Marcus and I had been doing a lot of fishing together and his rig finesse and tweaks always made me want to step up my game. I’ve always been a thinker, and I like trying to come up with new ideas’ Carp of all sizes […]

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Daren ‘Tinpot’ Norman – A Cassien hit!

‘After 8 months of planning I finally made the 800 mile drive down to Lac De St Cassien…’ Fish built for a tough environment I was prepared for a long one but after 550 miles I stopped at Lyon for a kip as I was shattered. After a good rest was up early and back on the road, arriving at 10.30 am the next day. After purchasing licenses and pumping […]

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