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The Big Carp Rotary Letter Volume 6
The Big Carp Rotary Letter volume 6 is the latest
letter at the time of publication in 2018. Its
contributors are: me, Rob Maylin, Sean Leverett, Ed
Betteridge, Lee Jackson, Dave Lane, Leon Bartropp
and Jamie Clossick. In an age of wraps, retainers
and Ridge Monkeys, carp anglers have a minefield
of questions concerning everyday carping, so many
that we changed the format of the letter to open the
floor to your problems as well as ours.
The outcome was astonishing, both in the
variety of questions and the variety of our answers.
Carp fishing expertise grew at such an incredible
rate due to the 'thinking power' of its loyal following
so that as one question was solved, another ten
were raised, and the ever-deepening pool of
knowledge that only the Big Carp Rotary Letter
could achieve spiraled out of control.
Things had changed at an incredible rate since
the early days of the letter. The Internet had evolved
in such a way that it became the grapevine of news,
but more than that, it and social media killed the
need for reporting weekly catches in newspapers
like Carp-Talk, and their day was up. YouTube
replaced written diaries, and underwater filming
unlocked the mystery of what was going on beneath
the surface, both what the angler was doing and
what the carp were doing in response.
There have been many who have tried to copy
the Big Carp Rotary Letter over the years, but
somehow no one has been able to come close to it.
Why? Maybe it was its originality or the passion and
knowledge of its contributors, but whatever the
reason, the original letter has stood the test of time
and is still regarded as the bible of carp knowledge.
Old School Carping Volume 1
Why so much interest in the old school stuff? It’s simple
really; the Internet is crammed with modern carp carping
videos, blogs, media and articles, but very little on
carping 40 or 50 years ago, hence the first of our Old
School Carping books.
Older carpers often remark to me how much carp
fishing has changed since the old days and very often
ask me if I prefer modern day carping to that of the early
days. Let me start by saying to our younger readers that
it would be very difficult to imagine just how different
carp fishing is today compared to when I started in the
late 60s and early 70s; in fact it bears no resemblance
The tackle, for one thing, could not be much more
different, and not just rods and reels but every single
item in your tackle box. The main difference is the
quantity and size of the fish available today; it’s quite
staggering. That's why my answer to the second part of
the question above is yes and no. Yes, I preferred it years
ago because there were far fewer anglers, and it was all
new, but no because big carp were few and far between.
I caught my first double in 1970. I had fished
numerous waters in search of a 20, most of which did
not contain any. I had to wait a further 13 years before I
caught my first 30 in 1983 but caught several that year
in the end, which for that time was virtually unheard of.
There were hardly any books, magazines or videos, and
the Internet did not exist, so the information highway did
not exist, and people would have laughed at you if you
told them you were going all the way to France to fish for
carp… but now everyone does it.
So, we have something a bit different in this book –
old school stories from the good old days, brought about
mainly because of interest on the social networks from
groups of carp anglers, some old and some young, with
an interest in what it was like back then, at the start,
when carp had no names, Lenny hadn’t tied a hair to a
hook, and Fred hadn’t boiled a round ball of bait.
Under The Radar Volume 2
This book sees the return of Sam Jefferys as he
explores the inner London waterways seeking carp
with no names. You will not see any weights against
the huge carp in his arms because he does not
weigh them. Clearly we can see there are many 30
plusses and the occasional 40, but to Sam, the
weight really is immaterial whether it’s an inner
London polluted stream or on Sam's Moroccan
adventures, once again fishing for the unknown.
The Off Radar chapter by Brian Ingram
describes an early pioneering adventure for some
huge northern carp that blew everyone away 30
years ago. Forbidden Routes by Jack Thompson
takes us well off the beaten track with tales of
Jack’s guesting adventures. The chapter on a 400Acre Pit for a Mid-Fifty by Adam Spiller is about as
wild as it gets in the UK… if you know, you know!!
But what a fish! It’s sure to be on a few people’s hit
list now. Docklands Uncovered by Bobby Coote
features some until now never publicised carp from
this very secretive angler. They are never before
seen carp; there are no names for these leviathans.
The Balkans – Gateway to the Unknown by Marc
Westenberg is a chapter for the globetrotters
amongst you. This part of the world is just opening
up to English anglers, and the rewards are
immense. Connor Bruton takes us back to the New
Forest in his chapter, whilst the chapter from John
Lam, Scouse Banks to Steel Banks, is the essence
of urban carping, a complete contrast to the natural
beauty of the New Forest. A book like this would not
be complete without some river tales, this time told
by Adam Honeysett.
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