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Thames Carping
By Rob Maylin and friends
Early in 2019, I published a Big Carp magazine devoted solely to the River Thames. It was another first for Big
Carp, as there had never been a magazine of its kind. It was a sellout nationwide, such was the interest from
carp anglers, whether they were river anglers or, so it was obvious a book was to be my next project. Six months
later and I have something a bit special for you – long overdue in my opinion – another first for Bountyhunter
Publications and a book EVERY carp angler, novice or expert, still water angler or river angler should read, a
book dedicated solely to the greatest river in the UK, a river that glides majestically through our capital and
contains some of the finest looking carp in the land – The River Thames.
Every carp in this book was caught from Old Father Thames, some huge carp – thirties, forties and a fifty, but
why are so many Thames monsters being caught now? Where have they come from, and where is the best area
to fish if you want to catch these monsters of the flow? This
issue will answer these questions and more.
In 2018, Ash Geden rocked the news feed with his capture
of three Thames forties, and his chapter 'Chasing Dreams on
the River Thames' makes breathtaking reading.
Nick Helleur also landed the first Thames fifty in 2018 after
a two-year campaign for this, the King Of The Thames. As with
most river carp, The King was an escapee, almost certainly
due to its location originally being one of the Dinton Pastures
stock. This fish has been the Thames record for many years,
although most of the previous captors have kept their catch
under wraps. However, this carp has featured in Big Carp a
few times in the past, right back to when it was only 30lb, and
more recently when caught by Katch Bullet and Steve
Shenfield at weights in the low forties. Here for the first time
is the history of The King, along with many interesting facts
about the Thames and its carp stock. Nick’s capture will
certainly mean other high profile anglers will soon be visiting
this stretch… Anglers like Terry Hearn and Dave Lane will
undoubtedly already be making plans!
David Wallen’s fantastic 'Life on the Thames' chapter also
features some huge river carp and tells the tale of life while
boat fishing this amazing venue, the largest piece of water in
the UK – the planning, the prepping and the dedication
needed to be successful. Aiden Savan’s account of his Thames
life emphasises the passion these guys have and the respect these fish have earned, while Simon Rumsey’s
chapter focuses on his hunt for his first Thames thirty, something we can all relate to.
Mikey Frost’s huge Thames common would have been a record not so long ago, the highlight of his neverending campaign so far. Mike Wilson takes a look back at his long Thames fishing history and also asks what is
the true origin of Thames carp? Zeth Christie has spent many years targeting these magical Thames fish; he’s a
great all-round angler and a great addition to this book. Jason Smith’s chapter emphasises the dedication that
some of these Thames carpers go to consistently catch these beautiful creatures.
One of our great lady anglers, Jo Green, also has a passion for these stunning beasts, and her chapter on the
Berkshire Thames makes exciting reading. Paul Miller has spent over 15 years fishing, moved onto the Thames
when syndicate carping lost its appeal, and he never regretted it! Graham Stevens spends a season on the
Thames, catching some incredible Thames specimens. It’s a milestone in carp angling literature – the first carp
book ever solely dedicated to the Thames.
Rob Maylin
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