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Issue 281, Volume 46Target Carping

As we approach the end of a very tough year for businesses in the UK with an economy in decline and Brexit ever looming, I wonder just how long magazines of any genre, let alone carp fishing will continue. In the last year or so, who could have predicted Carp-Talk, Carp Fishing News, Crafty Carper, Angling Publications, David Hall, Advanced Carp and Carpology’s Maximum Carp would be victims of a changing world? “How is Big Carp still going?” you might ask, when giants have fallen. Quite simple really – our subscribers! Not the news trade, not the tackle trade but those people willing to buy Big Carp on subscription from our website… They have saved BC. Without them, we would be gone.

Christmas is coming, and if you don’t know what you want this year, please think of a subscription. If you like a magazine and don’t want it to disappear from the shops forever, get yourself a subscription and keep YOUR magazine going for the years to come. Big Carp is the mag on the normal carper, not filled will product articles punting the latest and greatest by an ever-increasing army of wannabes, but written by the normal carper and read by the normal carper.

This month we have Target Carping, and we have a host of scaly monsters from around the country. Cover story is Russell Webb with Christchurch’s Finest, Derek Ritchie and Monks Pit Madness, Gary Lewis reveals his Lincolnshire Syndicate lumps while Matthew Hart writes on Park Lakes Uncovered. Lee Griffin has been at Bundy's, Edward Arlott Smashes RK's Record and Joe Saliba conjures some Mustang Magic. Ryan Butt conquers Stoneacres, and there are some More Trent Tales from Mitch Godfrey. Ollie Gurr catches a Colne Valley Cracker and Steven Haylett cracks Cromwell. There are More Monks’ Monsters from Wayne Gates and Steve Calder tackles Rum Bridge Fisheries while Ben Ormandy takes on Horseshoe. As you can see, there are targets from every conceivable type of venue.

Show season is upon us again, and I hope to see you at all the shows advertised in this issue.

Add to this all the latest carpy news and reviews, some great competitions to win Urban Bait, a holiday for two anglers at Lake Bossard, bundles of books and magazine subscriptions, and you can see why Big carp has been going for 30 years and is still the proper carper’s favourite read.

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See you next month,


This Issues Contents
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News & Reviews
What’s happening in the carp scene

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by Russell Webb
Bundyís Pit
by Lee Griffin
Stoneacres 42lb 8oz Common
by Ryan Butt
Trent Tales
by Mitch Godfrey
Mustang Lake
by Joe Saliba
RK Leisure Complex Record
by Edward Arlott
Horseshoe Lake
by Ben Ormandy
My Local Lincoln Syndicate Water
by Gary Lewis
Cromwell 41lb 8oz Mirror Zig
by Steven Haylett
Park Lakes
by Matthew Hart
Monks Lakes
by Wayne Gates
Rum Bridge Fisheries
by Steve Calder
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