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Blowback Rig and Splicing Leadcore

Blowback Rig and Splicing Leadcore

In this video I do a step-by-step of creating a blowback rig and a leadcore leader to attach it to. This set up has put a ton of my fish of the past few years on the bank (including the one in the picture) and is my go to rig for...
St Lawrence Revisited

St Lawrence Revisited

It’s often said, ‘you should never go back’ but in the case of the St Lawrence River it had been a long 4 years since I had last walked it’s banks. I first visited this magnificent river system in 2011 and fished several swims over 3 days, searching for fish...
Targeting Grass Carp

Targeting Grass Carp

Some love them and others…well, they love them a lot less. Whatever your thoughts of grass carp are, there is no denying that they achieve some very impressive proportions and can be found over much of the United States. They have been stocked in many waters for weed control and...
Making the most of limited bank time

Making the most of limited bank time

Two years ago two major changes happened which have had a huge impact on my ability to find time to fish. I decided to start my doctoral degree, and my wife and I had our first child. All of a sudden those 16 hour weekend round trips to chase big...
Surface Fishing with Pellets

Surface Fishing with Pellets

With the summer heat and humidity in full swing at the moment I find myself much preferring short sessions or night fishing. As I’m originally from the North of England I am not a lover of the sun, in fact I prefer the winter, which might sound strange but then...
Weighing In

Weighing In

In the late 70s, when I first fished for carp, the most common method of weighing my captures was with a plastic bag and bar spring scale. These scales are still sold in huge numbers for anglers. Their popularity being due to a very low cost and widespread availability. Their...
Multi Rig How To Tie for Big Carp Fishing

Multi Rig How To Tie for Big Carp Fishing

  Multi Rig How To   So spring is flying by and we are almost into summer. A lot of anglers ask me some of the rigs I use while out carp fishing. I really am a simple person and prefer my fishing to be as simple as the fish...
Tournament Thoughts

Tournament Thoughts

Preparation is a huge part of any tournament, and as the saying goes luck favors the prepared...and those that can remember which bag has the weights!
Affordable Carping: NGT Carp Care products

Affordable Carping: NGT Carp Care products

When I returned to the sport of carp fishing I knew nothing of the modern accepted standards of carp care. Back when I first started fishing, in the late 70s, early 80s, weigh and retainer slings, cradles and mats, dedicated nets for carp, medicated kits to treat wounds and sores,...
Brian Wingard Year In Review 2015

Brian Wingard Year In Review 2015

We are just about to start the 2016 season and last year was all over the place for me. The year started off rough with an abscess in my back that extended from my spine around my side. Taking over a month to heal the wound had finally closed a...
Carp fishing in the Capital: Washington DC Tidal Basin Carpin'

Carp fishing in the Capital: Washington DC Tidal Basin Carpin’

There are lots of places to fish in the USA, but perhaps none so iconic as the tidal basin in Washington DC. For those of you that might not know what the tidal basin is, it is a ~107 acre reservoir that connects the Potomac River with the original purpose...
Dean Brookes - Year in Review

Dean Brookes – Year in Review

After a challenging year in 2014 where my fishing time was severely shortened due to a new job, I found myself in the same position entering 2015 as once again work meant fishing had to take a backseat. I did manage to get out for an early session in January...

2015 Contributor Best of Photos John Finney

It is time to show off more of the stunning captures from each Big Carp News Contributor over the past year. This weeks focus is on John Finney of CarpQuest. Throughout the year, in his quest for a rare Colorado twenty plus mirror carp and in taking out many new anglers to introduce them to the sport of carp fishing, John continues to exude a passion for the sport that is both fun and refreshing. Rarely seen on the bankside without a coffee cup in one hand, a camcorder in the other, John recorded and released over twenty episodes of his YouTube series CarpQuest last year. He still found time to land over thirty Colorado Master Angler quality carp.             Eventually John did see that big Colorado mirror, albeit in the hands of his brother Peter, who John had taken out for his first ever fishing trip. Peter...
Century Rods - F2MA and C2-D Review

Century Rods – F2MA and C2-D Review

Some tools are for the casual user, some are for those who use them often, and some are for those who understand that their passion demands the best. Century rods are in this last category. Nothing about these rods is done in half measures and it shows. For anglers who fish tournaments,...
Christmas in New York

Christmas in New York

It’s been a funny year, weather wise. After a brutal winter with over 100 inches of snow in the Northeast it’s an understatement to say I was not looking forward to the coming winter season. The Farmers’ Almanac prediction didn’t help but as November came to an end the weather...
Carp Food

Carp Food

Unlike in trout fish, carp fishing rarely relies on matching the hatch yet it’s not often that a carp finds a boilie or pile of sweet corn if someone has not put it there, so the majority of food a carp eats are actually things that are living there already....
Nash Tackle R3 Alarms - Product review

Nash Tackle R3 Alarms – Product review

A very busy work schedule, studying for my Ph.D, and the arrival of my first child carp has meant my fishing outings have been few and far between so far in 2015. Thankfully, I have a few trips planned for fall and winter, and spring 2016 should see me back...
Fishing with kids for Carp

Fishing with kids for Carp

Fishing with kids. Much has been written on this topic; some useful and some not so much. Most of these works have been on fishing in general, that is, how to get kids to have a good time fishing. The idea is generally as follows: get the kid(s) to catch fish...
The Wild Carp Classic 2015

The Wild Carp Classic 2015

Fishing the Wild Carp Classic was something I could not miss and while it represented a rather major outlay of rather limited funds I was powerless to resist the opportunity. The Seneca River is well known for its amazing fishing, both for size and numbers, and makes an excellent venue for tournaments. Planning...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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’....
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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Multi Rig How-to

Multi Rig How-to

 
Gardner Pro Line

Gardner Pro Line

There are so many lines on the market – and so many make fantastic claims about their abilities. So what about Gardner’s Pro line? It is a fairly limp line and behaves it’s self very well. There are so many claims about line being limp and tough and this line comes as close as any...
The Century C2-D Spod Rod

The Century C2-D Spod Rod

The C2-D Spod rod from Century is, if not the best spod rod in the world, certainly in the top 3 (it's likely the #1).
Order of The Carp (Evan and Zach) - 2017 Austin Team Championship

Order of The Carp (Evan and Zach) – 2017 Austin Team Championship

With another great event in the record books and a sliver of free time, it’s time to put together my (Zach) 2017 Austin Team Championship experience. This year I was teamed up with fellow Big Carp News contributor Evan Cartabiano. Having never fished with him before is a little nerve wracking as you never know...
Prologic Windblade Indicators

Prologic Windblade Indicators

North American waters are challenging for many reasons. The larger lakes and rivers not only require a step up in tackle but can be especially problematic when trying to set up your alarms and indicators. Strong currents and undertow will often result in ‘bobbin creep’ which will invariably trigger false beeps which are particularly annoying...
When do carp spawn? (The short answer)

When do carp spawn? (The short answer)

The short answer is: when the water temps are somewhere between 62 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit...give or take. But that is not the only factor...
New to Hair Rigs? Info, setup, and the basic tackle you will need.

New to Hair Rigs? Info, setup, and the basic tackle you will need.

There is a ton of information available to the new carper it can be overwhelming and almost off putting. While there are probably hundreds of rigs you will come across they almost all got their start from the basic hair rig and evolved over the years. We receive questions almost daily about what tackle is...
The basics of fish handling

The basics of fish handling

I wanted to touch on a subject that comes up almost daily, carp care or fish care for that matter.  The fact that we carefully handle carp in America is something that is not seen outside of our community as carp anglers. According to the US Fish and Wildlife services, in 2015 there were 28,463,499...
Delkim - 25 Year Anniversary

Delkim – 25 Year Anniversary

  Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to try many of the alarms that have come on the market. One or two have proven themselves to be solid & reliable workhorses while many others, often with too much marketing hype, have promised plenty but never lived up to the expectations on the bank. One company however truly...
ATT Alarms (thoughts after some use)

ATT Alarms (thoughts after some use)

There are lots of bait alarms on the market and I have tried some of them. While I started off wanting all the knobs and buttons and adjustments, I realized that none of these things really matter as much as reliability. Having the ability to change the sensitivity of the alarm on the fly means...
CC Moore New Liquid Foods 2017

CC Moore New Liquid Foods 2017

Big Carp Tackle will be carrying the new line of CC Moore Liquid foods which include the Liquid G.L.M. Extract , Red Venom and finally the Hot Chorizo Extract . These will all be available in the coming months and stocked regularly.   RED VENOM This highly successful, natural, red pepper-based liquid food is a...
Blowback Rig How to Tie for Big Carp Fishing

Blowback Rig How to Tie for Big Carp Fishing

  It is that time again! Time for another rig tutorial and this one is very easy to learn and only requires a few key components to make the rig. We are going to tie the blowback rig this time around. I have tried a lot of various rigs and I even tried this one...