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Order of The Carp – 2017 Austin Team Championship

March 19, 2017

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… Read more

The Italian Job

November 10, 2016

Parco Del Brenta Sept 2016 The carp mecca of Parco Del Brenta can be found an hour’s drive to the North West of Venice not far from the famed walled city of Citadella in the Padua region of Italy. This 35 acre gravel pit is fed by the cool waters… Read more

Asian Carp – Know the difference!

July 25, 2016

Asian carp  – Is it all in the name? The discovery of ‘Two dreaded Asian carp’ found in a Toronto water way recently sparked another wave of panic and media sensationalism. While the fish were correctly identified as Ctenopharyngodon idella or more commonly known as Grass Carp the article then… Read more

Creating your own leadcore leaders

July 19, 2016

There have been several inquiries on creating a how-to on creating leadcore leaders and how to splice different materials. This is something I do quite often as I do like using leadcore when the situation calls for it. Purchasing the leadcore in bulk spools can help save a little bit… Read more

JAG Hook Sharpening Kit Review by Josef Raguro

June 22, 2016

Well I’m retiring my Berkley hook sharpener. After seeing Zach retouch his hook points on the bank I decided to get a JAG hook sharpening kit. It comes in a small pouch. The kit includes a vice , jeweler file ,2 polishing stones , jeweler’s eye / magnifying glass and… Read more

Seek adventure and reap the rewards!

June 21, 2016

Long and painful hours of planning, anticipation, overthinking melt away when your alarm cries out of the silence for the first time. Around the end of February, we started to plan an epic adventure. Erick, Joseph, and myself were looking to get away for a week in a remote corner… Read more

Review: Solar Mega Big Shots for big baiting.

June 3, 2016

Currently there is no shortage of flavors, additives, dips, glugs, sprays, and enhancers available to the American Carp angler. The selection is overwhelming, you have the option of sticking with old familiar favorites such as strawberry and upping the complexity to Scopex to Ambergris and Vetiver for all I know.… Read more

NGT Carp Cradle 304.

Affordable Carping: NGT Carp Care products

April 6, 2016

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,… Read more

California Carping!

April 3, 2016

  Living in California is not only about fun and games it’s about chasing huge carp. After several years of progressing my carp tactics, catching hundreds of fish , fishing countless body’s of water I now hold my PB common. Fishing a SoCal desert lake doing some work to the… Read more

Evan Cartabiano Year in Review 2015

March 26, 2016

Some years are easy and others are more difficult. 2015 started off easy, and then got harder as things like moving twice, getting a new job, and 2x small kids took up time that would have been more pleasantly spent on the bank. Nonetheless it was a productive year and… Read more

Erick Maybury Year in Review 2015

March 20, 2016

It’s difficult for me to pinpoint when a year begins and ends with my angling, and to be honest I wasn’t entirely sure if it was a good year for me; however within a few moments it became apparent it was a remarkable year that would take a lot for… Read more

Brian Wingard Year In Review 2015

March 20, 2016

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… Read more

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

March 19, 2016

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… Read more

Dean Brookes – Year in Review (Video)

March 19, 2016

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… Read more

2015 Contributor Best of Photos John Finney

March 17, 2016

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… Read more

David Moore Year in review 2015

March 15, 2016

One of my goals is to land a 30 Lb carp in all lower 48 states and DC.  I’ve now managed; Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire , In 2015 I added 2 more, Tennessee and Vermont,   My first serious session for the year in… Read more

Now Here’s My Plan

February 26, 2016

      After  pictures of some enormous carp from a lake not too far from home peeked my interest I was soon  loading my truck  with all the essentials, X3 Predator Rods paired with Baitrunner Aero GT’s packed into a military barracks bag, purchased  from a local surplus store.… Read more

Review: Gardner Seeker Marker Float

February 17, 2016

The Seeker Marker Float from Gardner is one of the many choices available, but it is not just any old float – it offers excellent cast-ability, visibility, and a price tag under $10. Read more

2015 Connecticut CARP Open

January 27, 2016

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… Read more

Gardner Tackle USA – Team Member Evan Cartabiano

January 20, 2016

It is with great pride that I can announce that I am now part of the Gardner Team. Gardner Tackle kit is top quality and I can really get behind it and feel good showing it to other anglers as I have been using it for years and know it to be… Read more

Christmas in New York

January 1, 2016

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… Read more

Record Carp in North America

September 22, 2015

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… Read more

Carp Safety – going beyond the mat!

August 31, 2015

Carp Safety – going beyond the mat! You only have to see a photo like this posted on Facebook with a carp lying on bare ground or being held up by its gills to see the passion that is generated toward better handling and fish care. The problem, as I’ve… Read more

Underwater Release of Common Carp using my GoPro Hero4 Black (Video)

May 26, 2015

A teaser of an upcoming video by Brian Wingard . I wanted to show the common carp release using my gopro and the underwater footage with it. Thanks for watching. Read more

Peter's mirror carp

Brothers in Arms, Brothers in Carp (Video)

May 25, 2015

As I have written about many times before, fishing for me is about family, fishing with friends and having fun. For some it’s a weekly card game at their house, for others, a game of pool down the local pub. Whatever the chosen medium, it is often the just excuse… Read more

Taking your child carping

April 23, 2015

The classic idea of carp fishing is a long drawn-out event with long periods of inactivity – basically the opposite of what is recommended for fishing with kids. While in some ways this is true, with some planing and a change in mindset, taking your child carping can be really… Read more

A Cyprinus carpio from Lake Murray, SC

March 25, 2015

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. Read more

Going the Distance!

March 20, 2015

Going the Distance! There’s a blustery cross wind and I’m standing on the edge of a field in Essex, England under the watchful gaze of top tournament caster & World record breaker Terry Edmonds. He’s asked me to show him a cast before embarking on the lesson that I’m hoping… Read more

Going the Distance – Part II

March 15, 2015

Reducing Drag A baited rig let alone a PVA stick or baggie on the end of the line will add significant aerodynamic ‘drag’ that will ultimately reduce the casting distance that can be achieved by as much as 12-20% than with just a lead. It is therefore critical to ensure… Read more

Why i love the Nash scope concept

March 12, 2015

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… Read more

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Brian Wingard

March 9, 2015

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… Read more

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Dean Brookes

February 20, 2015

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… Read more

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Craig Parkes

February 18, 2015

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… Read more

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Austin Pass

February 9, 2015

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… Read more

Meet the Contributor: CHRISTIAN OLDE WOLBERS

February 5, 2015

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… Read more

North American Carp Angler NACA out now Free to read featuring Alan Blair

February 3, 2015

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2014 Contributor Best of Photos Iain Sorrell

January 31, 2015

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… Read more

2014 Contributor Best of Photos Zach Hoffa

January 27, 2015

Zach Hoffa shares his year in review 2014 with us. Zach is a multiple specie angler and carp being one of those primary targets a majority of the time. He is out there more than anyone and as you can see below the results from a lot of hard work… Read more

Benefits of a longer carp session

January 23, 2015

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… Read more

2014 Contributor Best of Photos David Moore

January 23, 2015

David Moore , owner of www.bigcarptackle.com shares his 2014 year in review. He has had some stunning fish this year and also some great tournament results to show for. Even though he is extremely busy running Big Carp Tackle he still manages to get out and enjoy what he loves… Read more

2014 Contributor best of photos John Finney

January 23, 2015

As we step into 2015 it is time we show off some of the stunning captures from each Big Carp News Contributor over the past year. Our first contributor is John Finney of CarpQuesthttps://www.facebook.com/carpquest?fref=ts Photo #1 June is TAKC “Take a Kid Carping” month. Each year John honors this event… Read more

Breaking News Brian Wingard is now on Team Korda!

January 10, 2015

    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… Read more

Carp Habitat Use During the Winter

December 19, 2014

The key to catching carp in the winter is finding them. During warmer months carp are actively searching for food and hence while finding the perfect spot is important it might not be as hard as during the cooler part of the season when they are not actively searching for… Read more

Meet the 20 Best Anglers on the Planet

October 2, 2014

David Moore was named one of the top 20 best anglers on the planet by OutdoorLife: David MooreFishing since childhood, native Oklahoman David Moore dedicated himself to carp angling two decades ago. He was a member of Team USA at the World Carp Championship in Romania in 1999 and 2002, and… Read more

Best 5 Carp Cup, Sarulesti, Romania

August 26, 2014

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… Read more

Fish of my Dreams

August 22, 2014

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… Read more

Meet the Contributor: John Finney

June 29, 2014

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… Read more

Texas Adventures

April 15, 2014

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… Read more

The BCN Interview with Frank Warwick

December 14, 2013

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… Read more

Putting Tiger’s to the Test

September 27, 2013

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… Read more

Meet the contributor – Brian Wingard

September 22, 2013

Very pleased to introduce Brian Wingard to the Big Carp News team. He is a powerhouse in USA carp fishing, with a huge following on his blogs and you tube pages. He is a representative for TOKS Big 4, a CC Moore consultant, and also has done an awful lot… Read more

The 2013 Wooden Shoe Carp Classic

June 12, 2013

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… Read more

The Cataract Story – by Christine Stout

May 10, 2013

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,… Read more

Carp of the Month – April Winner

May 4, 2013

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… Read more

Meet the contributor : Evan Cartabiano

March 19, 2013

I am pleased to announce the Evan Cartabiano has been added to the select team of Big Carp News Contributors. Evan brings something very very rare in the carp world. He is a fisheries scientist, with a huge interest in carp. This is something I have not witnessed much of anywhere… Read more

ATC 2013 Recap

March 12, 2013

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… Read more

Carp of the Month: February Winner

March 5, 2013

We are pleased to announce February’s ‘Carp of the Month’ winner as:  Brendan Pass We had some fantastic offerings this month with many coming from CAG’s Austin Team Championships. This made the judging hard but Brendan’s 34lb 2oz common caught on Day One of the ATC stood out in terms… Read more

Carp of the Month – January Winner

February 5, 2013

The first Carp of the Month competition only attracted a small number of competitor’s but we were very impressed with the standard of the carp and conditions they were caught in. The winner was unanimous and would have been hard to beat at any time of year! Willy Gordon of… Read more

Transition from Fall into Winter

December 6, 2012

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… Read more

Meet the Contributor – Iain Sorell

November 2, 2012

I am pleased to announce that Iain Sorrell has joined the Big Carp News contribution team. Iain runs Saxon tackle, importing Delkim, SPOMB & PB products in addition to developing the amazing Hexalite carp rods. His North American captures include 40lb+ commons, a 46lb Mirror and grass carp to 60+.… Read more

In Search of Monster Mirrors: September Blog

October 5, 2012

August had come to a close and hopefully the hot an humid weather would also end soon. I had managed a couple more nice scaley mirrors right at the end of August and one of them had really made me work, as access to the swim was now much different.… Read more

In Search of Monster Mirrors: My Season So far

September 26, 2012

Over the last two years I once again ignited my passion for carp fishing. I had grown up fishing for numerous species in England and had moved to the United States in the late 90’s but had not even considered fishing. It was only when walking my dog along a… Read more

Rigs for Success – Keith Jones interviews Billy Flowers and Jamie Londers

November 4, 2011

Here’s a very interesting interview that should provide insight to anglers new and old.   Billy and Jamie are two very successful carp match anglers who also catch plenty of big carp when they are just fishing for fun.   KJ – Can you give me an insight into your… Read more

The Big Carp Conundrum – Jamie Clossick

August 19, 2011

Here’s another article from the boys at Nash Tackle. Enjoy! JAMIE CLOSSICK             THE BIG CARP CONUNDRUM   I’ve started fishing a lake that’s new to me this year and despite my initial optimism, at the time of writing this article, it feels as if the venue has well and truly… Read more

BCT FAQs

August 16, 2011

Submitted by David Moore:   We sometimes get questions about our store and how it works from time to time.   Here are 3 common questions-   “How do I know you have something in stock?”   At BCT we work diligently to keep anup to date and accurate inventory… Read more

BCT June Drawing Winner Pictures

August 12, 2011

Last month, we announced James Lancaster as the winner of our June Drawing for the JRC Framed Carryall. James was gracious enough to share a couple of pictures of his new Carryall in action. He also had this to share with us: Hey chaps Here are some pics of me… Read more

Follow The Rules and Catch More Carp!

July 7, 2011

There are rarely any short cuts to consistently catching big carp… even here in the USA. However there are some basic rules that when followed will certainly increase your chances of success….   Rule #1 Fish where the fish are… An obvious statement perhaps but it’s one that is too… Read more