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Quick Look Review – Sonik SK-Tek Carryall.

March 7, 2021

  A “Quick Look Review” of the Sonik SK-Tek Carryall! check out this video as I talk you over the solid and well made item of… Read more

Quick Look Review – PB Products “THE ROCK”

February 25, 2021

Not having enough time while on a session to tie up new rigs due to hook points not being sharp enough is never a good… Read more

Top 5 Picks Of Must Bring Gear.

February 23, 2021

    With winter now starting to show the end of its self, we all start looking at our gear and…then it happens, the light… Read more

Summit Tackle – Colosseum Euro Pod Kit

February 21, 2021

  Overview: The euro pod kit has been designed and manufactured in the UK, The euro pod kit comes with, 1 x Colosseum pod and… Read more

Rod Hutchinson DMX Rods

February 21, 2021

    Rod Hutchinson DMX Rods   The new technologies and materials gradually filter down from the aerospace and Formula One industries to the fishing… Read more

Rod Hutchinson Lounger Chair

February 21, 2021

  Rod Hutchinson Lounger Chair Overview: Rod Hutchinson lounger chair, the perfect blend of comfort and functionality. The backrest can be adjusted to three levels… Read more

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A Quick Look At The 12ft Rod Bag From Forge Tackle

March 29, 2021

To the majority of anglers our rods and reels are amongst the most valuable assets in our collection of gear. Thats why it’s smart to… Read more

Daiwa GS LTD 4000

March 20, 2021

If you’re like me, and you use retractable setups for short sessions, small venues and you’re in the market for a new reel, look no… Read more

Solar – A1 (3 rod) pod – In Review

March 15, 2021

Today we are going to be taking a look at the A1 3 rod pod and a few of the items that Solar Tackle offer… Read more

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Gardner HydroSink Braid: A Review

March 12, 2021

Gardner HydroSink Braid is a fast sinking braid with low stretch and great handling characteristics. It is a combination of Dyneema and Kevlar with a… Read more

Quick Look Review – Sonik SK-Tek Carryall.

March 7, 2021

  A “Quick Look Review” of the Sonik SK-Tek Carryall! check out this video as I talk you over the solid and well made item of… Read more

First Impressions: Forge Tackle Multi Ruckbag

March 2, 2021

Newly available at Big Carp Tackle is the Forge Tackle Multi Ruckbag. A rucksack, carryall, and barrow bag all in one package. I recently obtained… Read more

Spring Preparation – Pimping your Hook-baits

March 1, 2021

With Spring just around the corner this is the month where I will be busy preparing several hook-baits, in preparation for when I hit the… Read more

Quick Look Review – PB Products “THE ROCK”

February 25, 2021

Not having enough time while on a session to tie up new rigs due to hook points not being sharp enough is never a good… Read more

Coming This Spring – Cygnet SNIPER WEIGH TRIPOD MK2

February 23, 2021

Cygnet Tackle – SNIPER WEIGH TRIPOD MK2 Overview: Safe and accurate solution for weighing big fish also offering a solid metal block with threaded top… Read more

Top 5 Picks Of Must Bring Gear.

February 23, 2021

    With winter now starting to show the end of its self, we all start looking at our gear and…then it happens, the light… Read more

Summit Tackle – Colosseum Euro Pod Kit

February 21, 2021

  Overview: The euro pod kit has been designed and manufactured in the UK, The euro pod kit comes with, 1 x Colosseum pod and… Read more

Rod Hutchinson DMX Rods

February 21, 2021

    Rod Hutchinson DMX Rods   The new technologies and materials gradually filter down from the aerospace and Formula One industries to the fishing… Read more

Rod Hutchinson Lounger Chair

February 21, 2021

  Rod Hutchinson Lounger Chair Overview: Rod Hutchinson lounger chair, the perfect blend of comfort and functionality. The backrest can be adjusted to three levels… Read more

How-To Splice Leaders

February 16, 2021

  Splicing a leader can seem like a bit of a troublesome task at the best of times. But… it really doesn’t have to be… Read more

How To Tie The Stiff D-Rig

February 13, 2021

Very easy to tie, great hooking ability and tangle free – whats not to like? To buy and try the end tackle and other items… Read more

Korda Kiana Goo February 4, 2021

    Like many of you I am constantly testing different types of pack and hook baits. What works one day may not work the next, it can be maddening. For the last couple of years I have been tracking what works and where. Last year I decided to purchase a bottle of Korda Goo in Bumbleberry Supreme to see what the goo game was all about.  Korda Goo is a flavored, liquid attractant that… Read more

Coming This Spring – Trakker’s PROPEL & DEFY (Spod/Marker Rods 10ft) February 2, 2021

OVERVIEW These 10ft versions are perfect for use in a multitude of angling situations – from boats where a longer rod can be cumbersome and awkward to use when lowering rigs onto spots, to fishing in close quarters where casting space is limited, or if you’re simply fishing on a smaller venue. The 10ft Propel Rods take up less room during transit, and thanks to the smaller size, they require less room for storage. The… Read more

Coming This Spring – Aqua Products FULL ROD SLEEVE 10ft February 2, 2021

OverView Full Rod Sleeve 10ft These contoured rod sleeves have an upgraded padding for extended protection, the shape is specifically designed to protect delicate 50mm rings and big pit reels. Rest assured that your rod and reel will be safe and transported in style. Purposely designed to safely store and transport made up 10ft rods Well padded and lined for extra protection of contents Hard-wearing 900D Endura fabric Clip together system to join multiple sleeves… Read more

Coming This Spring – Trakker’s TRINITY CORK RODS February 2, 2021

OVERVIEW Super-durable and easy to cast, the Trakker Trinity rods are ideal for those with a lower budget who don’t want to compromise on quality. Featuring a DPS-style 18mm reel seat with black hoods, and full-length cork handle to offer superb grip and comfort, the Trinity rods are a joy to use and suitable for a wide variety of angling applications. They are finished with a matt-black blank with holographic branding and durable ceramic guides.… Read more

Coming This Spring – Trakker’s Tempest BROLLY 100 February 2, 2021

OVERVIEW The market-leading Tempest Brolly concept is set to reach new levels of comfort. The 2021 models see the introduction of twin rear vents. These new additions are accompanied by the staple features you’d expect, including anti-twist poles, 10,000mm hydrostatic head, polyester material, and the now standard GRP block design. Like its predecessor, the Brolly itself is an open-fronted affair with a multitude of optional extras available, including Skull Cap, Skull Cap Wrap, Social Cap… Read more

Blow Back Rig – “How-To Tutorial” February 2, 2021

In this “How-To Tutorial” I follow on from the basics of the Hair Rig seen in a previous tutorial I have done (that can be seen here) using a few additional components of end tackle from the PB Products range to show you in a step by step guide how I tie the, Blow Back Rig. It is an Ideal rig for most situations and enables us to fish for carp using a number of different… Read more

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Our Editors

Brian Wingard, Editor

I have always enjoyed fishing for all species and still do to this very day. I started out fishing for bluegill and other small fish like everyone else surely did. Growing up in Pennsylvania we are known for our trout waters and I have spent many of days wondering the streams in pursuit of trout.

My dad would take me carp fishing on the river in the summers and I was too little to really try due to the size being caught. I remember my first run on the river using 20lb test line resulting in a line snap that sounded like a gun shot going off. Due to people leaving trash those spots were now no trespassing so I pursued catfish as I got older along with bass. Right before my dad passed away we found a spot on the river that was public and we talked about going there for carp.

He died a few months later and as I was collecting my thoughts at the lake I felt a peace come over me and two birds flew right in front of me and that was follow by a large tail coming out of the water. At first I thought it was a catfish but realized it was a carp. Over winter I learned as much as I could and found myself in the spring going to the spot we had talked about on the river. I pulled in my first carp of 15lbs and it was an emotional experience on a lot of levels for me. I have enjoyed carp fishing ever since that moment.

After a few years went by I realized more people should give this a try for how fun it is and also how challenging carp can be to other species of fish. I started writing blogs, articles and most importantly YouTube videos. I feel I have reached a lot of new anglers who may not have someone to learn in person from and it is a truly great feeling knowing you helped someone whether it be a simple question or the fact you helped them land their first carp. I also have helped improved anglers catch results and some have really become addicted to the sport as a result.

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Dean Brookes, Editor

Originally from the North West of England I’ve fished since the age of 8 for various species. However, I’ve always been drawn to the bigger specimens and the lure of monster fish. I currently live in Massachusetts.

I’m primarily a short session angler and you’ll find me mostly fishing night sessions. Over the last 5 years I’ve caught over one hundred 30lb+ carp with over a dozen over the 40lb mark. I’m currently a Fox International Consultant and have also been the Editor of North American Carp Angler for 2 years and a Big Carp News Editor for over 4 years.

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Erick Maybury, Editor

Carp fishing has been one of the more paramount parts of my life since the age of 13. At the current age of 34 I would have figured the routine, fascination, and allure to this interest of mine would have diminished long ago. If it wasn’t for the fact that the sport has treated me so well it would have.

Whether it’s the spirited individuals I fish with to the sometimes quirky trends and ideas the sport emits I can say with certainty I am pleased to have been a part of it from early on. Seldom fishing short sessions I find my home on long sessions preferably fishing new and difficult waters allowing me to see all that can eventuate in my time spent fishing, I understand and appreciate the reliable and more familiar swims and locations; yet the flame is not there with the banal. Fortunately I have a small but likeminded group of carp fishermen to surround myself with these days. You can be the reclusive hermit who’s only known by word, or an extraverted social media personality but without a support system this sport can leave you high and dry.

Currently I am backed by Solar Tackle and Big Carp Tackle, while I have never believed carp fishing is a sport that entails you to have to fish with others, or have a company to back your pursuits; however I am grateful of the comradery Both Big Carp Tackle and Solar Tackle have provided me with over the last year or so.

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Evan Cartabiano, Editor

Fishing has been my passion since I was two and I caught my first carp when I was eight. Now over twenty years later I am still fishing for carp and my passion for angling has lead me to an advanced degree in Fisheries Ecology and a career as a fisheries biologist.

This formal education in ecology has proven to be very useful in understanding aquatic ecosystems and ultimately understanding how carp behave and why. There is a wealth of information in scientific journals and some of it has direct application to carp fishing. I have been writing for Big Carp News since 2013 and have enjoyed taking this knowledge and turning it into articles that I hope help people to catch more fish and understand why things might (or might not) catch fish.

My own fishing is focused on the short session for two reasons: 1) I work full time (yes, being a fisheries biologist is still work!), and 2) I have a young family that requires my attention. Therefore, most of my sessions are overnights with the occasional weekend fishing trip with the family. My choice of tackle and tactics reflects this with the focus being getting on the fish as quickly as possible and getting them feeding as the clock is always ticking.

I spend a lot of time when I can’t fish on research of potential swims using all available information to figure out as much as I can ahead of time. I also enjoy taking my children fishing and teaching others about fishing, particularly carp fishing. What it boils down to is this: I’m obsessed with fishing. I am currently lucky enough to be backed by Gardner Tackle, Century, and Rod Hutchinson.

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Joel Harber
Joel Harber

Hello everyone! My name is Joel I was born in the UK and now I am living and fishing in the USA. Thank you for taking the time to stop off here at Big Carp News! Over the years my passion for carp angling has grown and with that so has my love of creating content geared towards the growth of catch and release carp angling. while on this journey, I found that I also really do have just as much passion for showing others and helping them to learn about the sport, offering educational awareness on all things carp!

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Frank Kessler, Editor

I have been fishing for carp since the age of 8. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where my passion began. I became attracted to carp ever since my first run and remember that same weekend losing a fishing pole in the pond I was at. The fight and size of these fish drew me even closer to the carping scene. Ever since then I have been dedicated in the pursuit of these great fish and my passion grows every day!

I moved to Houston, Texas in the summer of 2005 and met Richard Somerville who had that very same passion. Richard was one of my influences in pursuit of Carp in the wild waters and introduced me to the EURO style of carping and giving me many tips. He also introduced me to tournament fishing and we spent many days and weekends on the bank together fishing large waters in Texas in pursuit of Carp & Buffalo. Sadly Richard passed in 2013 and he will always be remembered as a top angler and great friend. I continue to pursue these great fish and dedicate my future catches to him!

These days I really enjoy just spending time on the bank with friends and relaxing after a long week of work. I am getting into the tournament scene more often and first started at the Texas Carp Challenge hosted by American Carp Society (Dave Moore) back in March of 2006 where I first met Dave. Since then I have met many great anglers who have help guide me along the way. I fished many tournaments since then and enjoy the challenge of these and meeting anglers from all over the world.

I look forward to working with Rod Hutchinson and promoting the great products throughout the US market. I have been using the flavors since Richard Somerville first introduced me to them back in 2006.

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Iain Sorrell, Editor

After growing up fishing in Great Britain Iain now lives in Avon, CT and mostly targets the local lakes and rivers throughout New England. A renowned short session angler Iain is recognized for the capture of hundreds of twenty and thirty pound carp. While he rarely carp fishes more than 200 hours a year he still manages to bank an enviable number of big fish.

A focus on preparation, observation and well planned baiting campaigns has allowed Iain to target the optimum feeding times to maximum effect. The result being that most of his carp are caught in incredibly intense 6 hour sessions. His largest carp in the USA to date include a 43.04 from the St Lawrence River in 2011 and a 46.04 Mirror in 2013

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John Finney, Editor

I am originally from Hertfordshire in England and began fishing for carp in the late 70s on local day ticket lakes. After a decade in the pursuit of my passion I took a 25 year hiatus, moving to Colorado in 2001. In early 2012 my carp fishing addiction was rekindled, not only with rod & reel but with a video camera to capture all my endeavours on the bank side.

I am a passionate advocate that carp fishing can be affordable and available for all to enjoy, be they young or old, whether an experienced angler or someone just taking up the sport. I enjoy chatting about carp fishing, tackle and tactics and sharing all the information and experience I can to assist others in achieving their own carp fishing goals.

For the past 6 years I have chronicled my adventures in over 100 carp fishing related videos on my YouTube channel, “CarpQuest”. I am very active on social media and work hard to promoting catch & release carp fishing here in the USA. I have written articles for FishExplorer, Big Carp News, Born to Fish Media and North American Carp Angler.

I am honored to be a member of the Deeper Sonar Heroes team in North America. I am currently testing a range of tackle and baits from Nash and the Trokar Magnum hooks from Eagleclaw.

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Zach Testa, Editor

Zach has been an angler since before he can remember. One of the earliest photos of him is when he was 18 months old, holding a rod and bluegill. As a multi species angler for the first half of his life Zach became a dedicated and slightly obssesed Carp angler in the early 90’s.

In helping with the formation of The Carp Anglers Group alongside his grandfather, Bud Yancey, Zach has continued to focus on Carp angling before it was popular in the US. As a 10 year combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps he was offered a position to work at Big Carp Tackle and has been following his passion since transitioning from active duty in 2015.

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