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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 : by Evan Cartabiano

Carp feeding in the spring—the ecology of zig rigs : by Evan Cartabiano

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...
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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Trakker NXG 8 Rod Holdall 12ft Review 2014 for Carp Fishing

Trakker NXG 8 Rod Holdall 12ft Review 2014 for Carp Fishing

The 2014 season is flying by fast and with part of any fishing the use of gear and how it functions is extremely important. Once in a while I do an initial review and give a quick run down of how I like something or what I think of it but again this review is...
Fear of the Dark

Fear of the Dark

Fear of the Dark by, John Finney No, not the Iron Maiden song; rather my first experiences of night fishing for carp. This has been a crazy year for weather in Colorado. First with the never ending freezing winter followed by boiling hot days, cold nights and record rainfall, dust storms and electrical storms, high...
Back to basics: step by step tying a blowback rig

Back to basics: step by step tying a blowback rig

Blowback rigs can be very effective rigs as they help to keep the carp from spitting the bait. They are often used in conjunction with a snowman of boilies, but can be used with other baits as well. I find them most effective with any bait that is more or less neutrally buoyant, with best...
Cygnet Wide Frame Catapult Review and Initial Thoughts

Cygnet Wide Frame Catapult Review and Initial Thoughts

  Well it is that time of the year again when we are out hammering the fish left and right. So many companies and so many options for equipment to buy it can boggle the mind sometimes.  I am a huge fan of using catapults for my everyday fishing. I do love a Spomb but...
2014 Session #1 presented lots of excellent fish!

2014 Session #1 presented lots of excellent fish!

As you can see spring is finally here after a very long winter! As most of sat indoors and could only dream of spring the months dragged on and on. Just when you thought spring would be here the cold temperatures came back and began to wreak havoc on the lakes and made the depth...
Alternative Approaches...

Alternative Approaches…

and Thinking out loud! Over the years I’ve caught carp on any number of baits. Everything from paste to particles, worms to crayfish and bread to boilies. I’ve even enjoyed catching a good number of carp to 20lb on a variety of fly patterns at a time when it was less than fashionable. I’ve used...
Black Pack aka Germ Pack Bait basic recipe step by step Part 1 of 2

Black Pack aka Germ Pack Bait basic recipe step by step Part 1 of 2

As the spring is drawing closer I wanted to start to focus on more baits and one popular packbait that I have used in the past with great results is the Black Pack aka the Wheat Germ Pack Bait. This one is insanely easy to  make and only requires a few ingredients.  In this article...
PVA friendly the CC Moore Glycerine way!

PVA friendly the CC Moore Glycerine way!

Winter time leaves the carp angler dreaming of spring and with so many winter days to go through until it begins to warm up the internet can be a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.  I was reading the CC Moore bait blog and read an article on CC Moore Glycerine and some of its...
The BCN Interview with Frank Warwick

The BCN Interview with Frank Warwick

Frank Warwick Interview Dec 2013 Iain Sorrell talks to Frank Warwick for Big Carp News.   IS : Hi Frank thanks for joining us on the BCN Interview. I know you’ve fished over here in the USA once before. What were your impressions? FW: Well it was a little bit as I expected. I knew...
Back to Basics Part 2: The bolt rig both inline and lead clip systems.

Back to Basics Part 2: The bolt rig both inline and lead clip systems.

So in my back to the basics series we begin to discuss part 2, Part 1 was about the hair rig which is the essential rig in carp fishing. Now with that rig covered we can move onto the most commonly used setup in carp fishing. The bolt rig is used to have the fish...
Ashima Anti Tangle Sleeves: a basic how-to and review

Ashima Anti Tangle Sleeves: a basic how-to and review

Ashima Anti Tangle Sleeves: a basic how-to and review Anti tangle sleeves are a fairly common bit of kit, but I thought I would go over their basic use if you are not using them and having problems with your rigs tangling…and only finding out after 12 hours of no runs!  An anti tangle sleeve...
NGT Deluxe Indicator Set Review

NGT Deluxe Indicator Set Review

$1.40/combination (not including the carrying case!) makes this indicator set by far the most economical method of acquiring indicators