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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 and all in all having...
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!
2015 Connecticut CARP Open

2015 Connecticut CARP Open

The Tournament… my view As many will know I’m primarily a short session angler fishing 4-6 hour sessions plus a few overnights. In the past decade I’ve fished only two week long tournaments (Baldwinsville & Big 5 Carp in Romania) plus a just a handful of multi day sessions. So it was with some trepidation...
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 stayed stable and mild. By...
Record Carp in North America

Record Carp in North America

Just how big do carp grow in North America? That’s a question Steve Broad (editor of UK Carpworld magazine) posed to me while we chatted at the Zwolle back in February 2015. Carpworld’s International section had just carried a picture of Daniel Slaby’s stunning 56lb 4oz common caught from a lake in Michigan. Steve mentioned...
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 for the event started months...
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 upcoming winter doldrums by planning...
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 on the Best 5 Carp...
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 continuing my carping education and...
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 anglers all over the country...
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 of Michigan, which is where...
Competing In the St. Lawrence JR. Carp Tournament by Austin Pass

Competing In the St. Lawrence JR. Carp Tournament by Austin Pass

Competing In the St. Lawrence JR. Carp Tournament Just this Past August Brendan and I competed in the St. Lawrence Junior Carp Tournament. A couple months before the tourney Brendan and I were doing everything possible to get ready to fish it. We knew it would be a lot different fishing compared to what we...