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Texas Gold

Texas Gold

After a truly brutal winter last year it wasn’t until May that my local spots were fishable with many areas covered by a layer of ice well into April and most of the rivers in flood. With this in mind  I decided to make plans to beat some of the...
A Cyprinus carpio from Lake Murray, SC

A Cyprinus carpio from Lake Murray, SC

This narrative will be as detailed as possible as I do not feel that hiding my tactics or locations will be of any great benefit to me and I hope that others will be able to fish in a wiser fashion as a result of these articles.
Why i love the Nash scope concept

Why i love the Nash scope concept

It seems like social media in the 21st century has led to an influx of carp anglers who like to spend their days ramming product placement down people’s throats, irrespective of whether the product and/or bait has been utilized by them personally. It also seems apparent that many anglers are...
2014 Contributor Best of Photos Brian Wingard

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Brian Wingard

Brian Wingard Carp Angler Shares his year in review with us. All of our team has had a great year and Brian is no exception. He had a lot of stunning fish this year including his PB of 38lb 6oz. He is currently working with CC Moore & Co Ltd...
2014 Contributor Best of Photos Dean Brookes

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Dean Brookes

Dean Brookes shares his 2014 Year in Review with us. Some stunning captures throughout the year! Starting a new job prior to the spring meant a change of focus this year and less fishing. At times it was challenging to find time to be on the banks but I managed...
2014 Contributor Best of Photos Craig Parkes

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Craig Parkes

Craig Parkes Shares his 2014 Year in Review with us. With work, studying for a PhD and preparing for the arrival of my first child fishing time this year has been limited. However, I wanted to get out and try some of the new instant action range Ronny DeGroote had...
2014 Contributor Best of Photos Austin Pass

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Austin Pass

Austin Pass shares his 2014 year in review with us. Austin said his favorite fish out of all of these would be the Orange mirror koi as it was my first fish out of a totally new water after a bit of scouting and led to us eventually capturing 7 of...
Meet the Contributor:  CHRISTIAN OLDE WOLBERS

Meet the Contributor: CHRISTIAN OLDE WOLBERS

Introduction Name  CHRISTIAN OLDE WOLBERS Age  42 Location LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA         Carping Experience, How many years have you been carp fishing? First time I hooked a carp was in 1980 on a match pole fishing for bream in a creek in Holland where I was spending...
2014 Contributor Best of Photos  Iain Sorrell

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Iain Sorrell

Iain Sorrell shares his 2014 year in review with us. Since moving to the USA Iain Sorrell (owner of Saxon Tackle) has proven himself as one of the outstanding short session carp anglers. Fishing mostly 4-8 hour sessions he’s taken a string of big fish with well over 100 thirties...
Ashima Tackle: Thoughts after a year of use

Ashima Tackle: Thoughts after a year of use

When trying out new tackle the first impression you have does not always hold up over time. Things may break prematurely, hooks that at first glance may look good may bend out like a piece of floral wire, or that “great” line might have zero abrasion resistance. With time you...
Benefits of a longer carp session

Benefits of a longer carp session

Benefits of a longer carp session by Jozsef   Have you ever wondered about what would have happened if you had stayed for two more days instead of fishing for just one day? I often think about this especially if I am out there somewhere exploring new swims. The general...
Breaking News Brian Wingard is now on Team Korda!

Breaking News Brian Wingard is now on Team Korda!

    It is with great pleasure that we can share the most recent news in the United States. It has been announced on the Team Korda USA page that Brian Wingard is now on Team Korda!  All of us at the Big Carp News Team congratulates him on not only this...
A Common Obsession

A Common Obsession

OBSESSION?? Carp fishing is often referred to as an ‘obsession’, generally by non carpers, friends, family and spouses! It can bring out the worst traits in human nature, with the obsession leading to shattered friendships, relationship breakdowns and tattered reputations. Even in the USA where carp fishing is still relatively unpopular,...
A Wise Man asks for Advice

A Wise Man asks for Advice

When I first returned to the sport of carp fishing my baits and approach were very simple, a hook, a night crawler and a run rig. I certainly caught a lot of fish and this immediate success certainly helped fuel my ongoing passion. My work schedule at the time allowed me...
Chasing the Fall

Chasing the Fall

After a particularly busy summer coaching soccer camps I was rather hoping for a few more opportunities to fish in the Fall. However, with work not slowing down and wanting to spend what free time I had with my family my fishing ground to a halt. Desperate remedies were required...
Best 5 Carp Cup, Sarulesti, Romania

Best 5 Carp Cup, Sarulesti, Romania

Best 5 Carp Competition, May 5-10 2014 Lake Raduta, Sarulesti Romania   It was late November of last year when I got a call from Bogdan the co-owner of K-1 baits. “Hey Iain do you want some boilies for Romania?” He had seen my name listed as a team member...
Fish of my Dreams

Fish of my Dreams

June 18, 2014. Entry in my fishing blog: I was on the phone with one of my long time carp friends Mr. Vanja. He gave me a ring and we chatted. It Just so happened that i was out scouting and exploring a new place in the afternoon hours before...
Short Sessions - Big Rewards

Short Sessions – Big Rewards

A NEW JOB BRINGS ABOUT A CHANGE OF FOCUS After a brutal winter in the North East of America, to say I was looking forward to getting out again is an understatement. The fact is I was going stir crazy as the frigid temperatures had seriously curtailed my winter fishing....
Sonik Sports SK4XTR Rod Review 2014

Sonik Sports SK4XTR Rod Review 2014

  Great Common Carp caught while filming my Sonik SK4 review video and she checked in at a little over 26lbs! You can see the video below on the  Sonik Rod review plus the stunning fish above from start to finish on my Sonik SK4’s.          ...
Meet the Contributor: John Finney

Meet the Contributor: John Finney

John Finney 45 years old Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hometown: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK Carping CV:  PB common: 37 lb 5 oz (USA), PB mirror: 18 lb (UK) Introduction I first became interested in carp fishing in the late 70s, as a wee lad, aged, 9. My youth was spent fishing local day...
Meet the Contributor - Zach Hoffa

Meet the Contributor – Zach Hoffa

My name is Zach Hoffa. I’m 26 years old and I have been fishing my entire life in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania.   I am from a small village called Newmanstown.  Targeting carp for over 10 years.  7 years with much more focus, 5 years as a self proclaimed...
Making contact: carp feeding mechanics to improve your rig

Making contact: carp feeding mechanics to improve your rig

When we think of carp feeding, how often do we think about what the carp is actually doing? Sure we test our rigs by pulling them over our palms to see if they turn over the right way, and this is useful – but how useful? There have been some ...
Texas Adventures

Texas Adventures

For my brother Austin and I, this was our second ATC (Austin Team Championship) which was held in Austin Texas, we placed at a respectable 4th, among 24 other teams. We worked hard both days to get to that position and we were happy with what we had done. But...
The Art of Boilie Fishing: Part 2 - Types and Varieties

The Art of Boilie Fishing: Part 2 – Types and Varieties

In Part 1 we discussed why boilies were developed and the various forms in which they are available. Having understood exactly why you would choose to use boilies we will now delve into the many different varieties that they come in. Before we get into the specifics I would like...
Betaine: how much is too much?

Betaine: how much is too much?

Betaine (BEET-uh-een) is a feeding stimulant for a number of fish species, including common carp, and less fortunately, channel catfish. Studies have shown that Betaine hydrochloride (HCL) is better at stimulating a feeding response than pure Betaine and has been tested to determine the optimum concentration in a paste type...
The Art of Boilie Fishing: Part 1- Origins

The Art of Boilie Fishing: Part 1- Origins

Over the course of this trio of articles we are going to delve into the art of boilie fishing and how to utilize them into your own fishing to maximize success. These articles are primarily aimed at the American Carp Angler and as such will include some basic information that...
Carl and Alex - Fishing with Friends

Carl and Alex – Fishing with Friends

ALTHOUGH it’s good to be serious when fishing, working all the time for a bite and always trying to think of how to catch a fish, there are times when it’s just great to enjoy a session out with some mates. I arrived at Tanyard and chose to fish on Speci 3, not...
The Lake of Dreams - Part Two

The Lake of Dreams – Part Two

In the first installment Juan had worked hard to catch a couple of old fish from the historic Ringstead Fisheries and was looking to capitalize on his good momentum. We rejoin his story as he awaits action after baiting heavily to a large group of carp. A couple of hours...
Maximizing Opportunities

Maximizing Opportunities

HONEST EVALUATION With the winter well and truly underway I have been looking back at my fishing over the last few months to evaluate my results and to ask myself honestly if I could have done better. I would think most regular anglers have family, work and various other commitments...
The Lake of Dreams

The Lake of Dreams

INTRODUCTION My name is Juan Coetzee and I’m based in the UK (United Kingdom). I am 27 years old and I have been carp fishing just over 4 years, so I am relatively new to the sport. There is so much to learn in this game and I look forward to...
Old Friends

Old Friends

Recently I took a little trip through the New England area to visit some old friends who are also CAG members and try and catch a few fish on the new to be released CC Moore Equinox Bait Range.  While visiting one area with Dean Brookes I landed a new...
WINTER CARPING: Myths, Misconceptions and Madness!

WINTER CARPING: Myths, Misconceptions and Madness!

Carp fishing in the winter? Are you nuts? They don’t bite do they? Are you nuts?   The number of times I have been asked these questions and one’s on a similar theme lead me to believe that there are still a lot of misconceptions  regarding Winter Carp fishing. I...
Meet the Contributor - Rob Duprey

Meet the Contributor – Rob Duprey

Meet the Contributor Introduction: Name – Robert Duprey Age – 38 Home Town – Vermont, USA Carping CV: U.S. Consultant for T.O.K.S Big Four International Club Director for Wild Carp Companies of New England U.S. Consultant for CC Moore PB Mirror – 48lb 13oz PB Common 34lb 7oz 1) Why...
Putting Tiger's to the Test

Putting Tiger’s to the Test

I recently got my hands on a couple of jars of CC Moore Hi Viz Tiger Nuts. I’m a little behind the 8 ball as they first hit the market over 12 months ago, but as soon as I saw them I made a mental note to purchase some in...
Chasing Dreams: So Long Summer

Chasing Dreams: So Long Summer

Well, it looks like summer is finally on it’s way out and my favorite period of the year is here. The Fall. What’s so special about this magical few months? Apart from the cooler more stable weather, the stunning color of the foliage and less issues from poisen ivy and...
A Canadian Adventure

A Canadian Adventure

The idea of a Canadian fishing adventure  has been firmly implanted in my mind for as long as I can remember. For years I have listened to the stories of my dad’s fishing trips into the deep wilderness of Canada. Ever since I heard those stories I have wanted to...
Meet the contributors: Carl and Alex Smith

Meet the contributors: Carl and Alex Smith

I am really pleased about these two additions to our team. I saw a lot of top quality catches and videos going around facebook and youtube and became hooked on their blogs, videos and articles. In an era where many modern carp anglers behavior can actually be negative for the...
Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

Summer time is well underway as I write this article with the last two weeks giving us over 8 days of 90 degree weather. While most of you no doubt love the warm weather and the opportunity to sunbath and hang out at the beach, personally I am counting down...
FOX TACKLE - USA Consultant Dean Brookes

FOX TACKLE – USA Consultant Dean Brookes

We are excited here at BC News to announce that Dean Brookes is now the USA Carp Consultant for FOX Tackle. Fox, who are one of the premier Carp and Tackle companies in the world continue to lead the market with both outstanding quality tackle and also new and unique...
Another Fish for the Books

Another Fish for the Books

As I went out on my first session of the year I never would have imagines that my net would be graced by a fish of this caliber especially so early in the season. The fish were just starting to get on the feed after the cold winter months which...
What Makes a Big Carp Water?

What Makes a Big Carp Water?

In the parts of the world where carp are less than popular with the general public, it can be very hard to tell if a body of water will hold large carp before actually fishing in it and finding out (and possibly wasting your time). The factors that allow a...
Spring Awakenings - Ending on a High

Spring Awakenings – Ending on a High

At the end of my previous article I was left with a choice to make; stay in a swim that was producing mostly smaller fish or gamble and move to a spot 45 minutes away to take advantage of the weather conditions. I decided to roll the dice. TAKING ADVANTAGE...
Spring Review - Brian Wingard

Spring Review – Brian Wingard

Springtime has many different memories and feelings for all of us. For some it is the excitement of finally hitting the banks after a long winter and for others it is a reflection of previous years and their personal progression. I like to think that all of the above best...
Spring Awakenings - Pre-Spawn Tactics

Spring Awakenings – Pre-Spawn Tactics

After the success of my last session which had seen me bank half a dozen fish, topped by a stunning scaley 32lb+ mirror and my first forty of the year I was on a high and itching to get back to the same area to capitalize on the feeding spree...
The 2013 Wooden Shoe Carp Classic

The 2013 Wooden Shoe Carp Classic

As we approached the 2013 Wooden Shoe Carp Classic I can only remember thinking how this event could not come fast enough! Last year’s Wooden Shoe Carp Classic had incredible results, with many personal bests for anglers including myself and a couple 30lb+ beasts being landed. This sparked interest from...
Spring Awakenings

Spring Awakenings

I love the winter! I know that sounds nuts but being out on the banks in the worst possible weather, with snow, ice and low temperatures really makes you appreciate what fishing is all about. Most of the time you have the banks to yourself and once you find the...
A Birthday Session To Remember! - by Brian Daugherty

A Birthday Session To Remember! – by Brian Daugherty

A Birthday Session To Remember! Sitting in class, on my birthday morning of May 10th, I can tell you only one thing for certain, my mind was definitely not  focused on algebra equations! My mind was already halfway across the state on our three hour journey to the western side...
The Cataract Story - by Christine Stout

The Cataract Story – by Christine Stout

What does a closed lake, getting thrown out on your ear by DNR for “camping” in a “no camping zone”, cliff descending, hanging and climbing, flat tires and auto mobile rescue missions have in common??  Christine Stout’s weekend of carp fishing that’s what! It started out as a normal trip,...
Carp of the Month - April Winner

Carp of the Month – April Winner

Our monthly contest, ‘Carp of the Month’ has been gathering steam and we have been getting an increase in entrants as the weather warms up. This is a FREE contest to enter and has some great prizes, just for posting a picture of a recent capture. April’s winner was out...
Big Carp Tackle - An Inside Look

Big Carp Tackle – An Inside Look

What follows is a glimpse inside the world of Big Carp Tackle, the biggest carp tackle and bait vendor in the USA. David Moore is the owner and as well as being a keen carp angler he has run some of the largest Carp Fishing Tournaments in the world and...
Carp feeding in the spring—the ecology of zig rigs

Carp feeding in the spring—the ecology of zig rigs

Zig rigs are a popular type of rig, especially in the spring. Most articles and anglers generally attribute their success to carp sunning themselves near the surface in the newly warmed water. While carp may indeed be higher in the water column to raise their body temperatures, another reason is...
ZIG EVOLUTIONS: HAYDN HOSKINS

ZIG EVOLUTIONS: HAYDN HOSKINS

Over the last few years it seems as if everyone has gone completely zig fishing mad, open up any magazine and you’ll probably find some kind of zig article or feature. Doing your own thing and not following the crowds often brings big rewards in carp fishing, but despite their...
ATC 2013 Recap

ATC 2013 Recap

Well the dust has settled and it’s time to take a quick look back and see how the BC News anglers fared at this marvelous event. We had BC Tackle head honcho David Moore fishing with Brian Nordberg (this pair have won in the past) and then ATC newbies Dean...
Winter Success: Part 3 - Ringing the Changes

Winter Success: Part 3 – Ringing the Changes

In the first two installments of this series I talked about my approach in winter and also bait application. In this final part I want to highlight some simple rig choices and also how being adaptable and ringing the changes can turn a bleak session into a ‘Red Letter Day’....
Nash Tackle 2013 - Exciting New Products

Nash Tackle 2013 – Exciting New Products

With the recent release of the Nash Tackle 2013 Video we have seen some excellent additions and some very exciting new products that once again set the bar high. Over the last 6 months we have heard the rumors and seen some sneak peeks of the new Scope range of...
Tackle Review - Boomerang The Snip

Tackle Review – Boomerang The Snip

If you are looking for a tool that will cut line and braid with ease and also has an LED for night time use, then look no further than ‘The Snip’. I received the tool back in September and was initially impressed by it’s compact size. Unlike regular braid cutting...
New Competition - Carp of the Month

New Competition – Carp of the Month

Here at Big Carp Tackle and Big Carp News we have been discussing ideas for future competitions for several months. We wanted to offer a competition that was free to enter, easy to compete and most importantly give everyone an equal chance to win. Added to this we also wanted...
Ashima Tackle Review

Ashima Tackle Review

Several years ago I started to use a few products from Ashima tackle and immediately they became my go to items. Specifically, I was using their range of lines and also several of their hook patterns. I was extremely impressed by both the quality and reliability of these products and...
Understanding Carp Rigs... Part II

Understanding Carp Rigs… Part II

Here in part II we’ll explore some of the rigs that have proved effective here in North America and when and where you might want to use them. One of the advantages we have in North America is an abundance of carp catching opportunities which allows us to properly test...
Understanding Carp Rigs... Part I

Understanding Carp Rigs… Part I

The Basics. When it comes to putting carp in the net there is nothing more important than what’s at the end of your line. And I’m not talking bait here. It simply does not matter if you have the tastiest of carp cuisine, or the finest rods, reels or every...
Winter Success: Part 2 - Bait Application

Winter Success: Part 2 – Bait Application

In the first article we covered location and approach so hopefully you have now identified a target water or two and have decided on how you are going to tackle to area. I want to stress again that winter fishing is very much about attitude! If you go with the...
One Night in Heaven - 12 hours, 10x 20s, 4x 30s, 1x 40, 3x PB’s and no sleep!

One Night in Heaven – 12 hours, 10x 20s, 4x 30s, 1x 40, 3x PB’s and no sleep!

One Night in Heaven – 12 hours, 10x 20s, 4x 30s, 1x 40, 3x PB’s and no sleep!  In my previous article I talked about some of the obsessive behavior I have displayed in order to catch the carp of my dreams. My most recent obsession was the quest to...
Transition from Fall into Winter

Transition from Fall into Winter

END OF THE FALL October proved to be an amazing month with myself and my fishing companions landing over ten thirty pound carp and two forties! A lot of factors went into this success, non less important than working hard in previous sessions to locate feeding areas and finely honing...
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Setting up a Spod or Spomb

Setting up a Spod or Spomb

Spombs & Spods come in all shapes & sizes and are a great tool when you want to get either a few extra hook baits or perhaps even several pounds of bulk feed & particles into your chosen swim. They have certainly become an invaluable part of any carp anglers armory. However one of the...
Setting up a lead clip

Setting up a lead clip

There are many ways to set up how the lead is attached to your line, but the lead clip arrangement seems to be by far the most common. This arrangement is simple to set up and many companies sell all the components is a set which makes their use even simpler. While this may not...
Ashima's New Line, Gangster Strong

Ashima’s New Line, Gangster Strong

The line market is a competitive one. A quick search of “fishing line” on Amazon comes up with a staggering 12,024 products. With all these products on the market it is easy to feel a bit lost about which one to get. Should you get mono or braid…or would fluorocarbon be better? There are many...
Underwater Release of Common Carp using my GoPro Hero4 Black

Underwater Release of Common Carp using my GoPro Hero4 Black

A teaser of an upcoming video by Brian Wingard . I wanted to show the common carp release using my gopro and the underwater footage with it. Thanks for watching.
Brothers in Arms, Brothers in Carp

Brothers in Arms, Brothers in Carp

As I have written about many times before, fishing for me is about family, fishing with friends and having fun. For some it’s a weekly card game at their house, for others, a game of pool down the local pub. Whatever the chosen medium, it is often the just excuse to spend some quality time...
Affordable Carping: NGT Bite Alarms

Affordable Carping: NGT Bite Alarms

Often when I am out fishing other anglers will come over to see what I am fishing for. Their interest is typically drawn to the “euro” style carping setup I am using. Many anglers here in North America have never seen a rod pod before, or an electronic bite indicator and the only people using 12...
Carp in Space and Time

Carp in Space and Time

As carp anglers, we are always looking for that little bit of extra knowledge that will get us more fish on the bank. Tons of effort has been spent on making a better bait or rig, and lots of excellent information is available on choosing the best spot to cast your baited hook. This is...
Get Down and Stay Down: Ashima Ground-Hog Rig Braid

Get Down and Stay Down: Ashima Ground-Hog Rig Braid

Ashima Ground-Hog rig braid is hard to describe because it is very soft and heavy while at the same time much more resistant to tangling than other soft hook links. The particular braid pattern is such that while it is quite limp side to side it will not form small loops, which it turn seems...
Going the Distance!

Going the Distance!

Going the Distance! There’s a blustery cross wind and I’m standing on the edge of a field in Essex, England under the watchful gaze of top tournament caster & World record breaker Terry Edmonds. He’s asked me to show him a cast before embarking on the lesson that I’m hoping will allow me to reach...
North American Carp Angler NACA out now Free to read featuring Alan Blair

North American Carp Angler NACA out now Free to read featuring Alan Blair

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Delkim EV Plus Review - Part 1

Delkim EV Plus Review – Part 1

The Delkim EV Plus is the “entry” level option in the Delkim “Plus” range of electronic bite alarms. The other models in the range are: the Standard Plus which has all features of the EV Plus with an additional level of sensitivity control, variable LED modes, low battery warning and battery fail alert the TXi...
The advantages of Kryston Heavy Metal Putty

The advantages of Kryston Heavy Metal Putty

Iain Sorrell Talking about the advantages of Kryston Heavy Metal Putty. Kryston Heavy Metal Putty I’ve been a big fan of tungsten putty for over a decade and had been buying various brands in my local fly fishing store. I love the versatility of being able to pinch off just enough to critically balance baits...