UP FRONTThe liveliest news and views for all carpersGET ONLINE www.gofishing.co.ukUKCARP MAGAZINE 3 SEPTEMBER 6TH 2011EDITOR'S COMMENTEditorialTel: 01733 468000Write to: UKCarp, Bauer Media, Media House, Lynchwood, Peterborough Business Park, Peterborough PE2 6EA.Editor: Steve BroadProduction editor: Nick FletcherHead of photography: Mick RouseContributors: James Armstrong, Gary Bayes, Terry Edmunds, Billy Flowers, James Furness, Jamie Londors, Iain Macmillan, Matt Ridley, Ian Stott, Rich WilbyEditorial assistant: Mary-Ann PayneTel: 01733 395105Managing director: Steve PrenticeEditor in chief: Richard LeePublished by Bauer Media.Printed by Wyndham Heron.AdvertisingCommercial director: Donna Harris - Tel: 01733 395028Key account director: Ben Ferguson - Tel: 01733 395032Telesales manager: Kath Rayner - Tel: 01733 395032Display sales executive: Trish Harrison - Tel: 01733 468053CONTACTSSpeculation is rife after Angling Times broke the news that a 56lb record-breaking uncaught grass carp had been discovered dead. The fish, 10lb heavier than the current record of 44lb 8oz taken from Horton Church Lake in Berkshire, was discovered at a secret venue after an algal bloom affected oxygen levels. UKCarp and Angling Times contributor Martin Bowler has access to the water, and both he and the anonymous owner are adamant that this is one of a pair of monster grassies. "When it was discovered by the owner it was without doubt the same weight as it was alive. It had taken on no water, nor was it bloated, which sometimes happens when big fish die," revealed Martin. David Rowe, of the British Record Fish Committee, confirmed that if the fish had been caught it would have been a new record and said: "Big grass carp are elusive and seldom caught, and it's always a shame when specimen fish like this die." Since the AT story the internet has been alive with stories of private and limited access waters that contain monster carp, and many anglers are looking at a number of venues in the hope of discovering the home of the next British record.MONSTER QUESTShaun Harrison, boss of Quest Baits, has just banked this 40lb 2oz mirror from the 72-acre Grenville Lake in Cambridgeshire - a new forty for the venue. Regular contributor Shaun had a gut feeling that the wet weather would bring the fish on the feed, so he sneaked off early from work. This decision paid dividends when, after baiting with a mixture of his own boilies, he hooked the forty when he would normally have been driving to the lake, and he went on to bank fish of 33lb 12oz and 22lb, along with two doubles. All fell to his ever-faithful combi rigs during his weekend session.GUT FEELING FOR A 40The Angling Times story about the record grassie has really got the carp fishing world fired up. I think it's fantastic that the dream of an unknown mythical monster is alive and kicking. When I first started carping I believed that every water I was fishing held a monster. Then, unfortunately, experience and knowledge kicked in and I started chasing known big fish, while the dreams of my youth slowly drifted away. Thanks AT, this story really has put a little bit of magic back into the world and breathed life into the quest for uncaught giants. Moving on to this issue, it's packed with fascinating stuff all aimed at helping you to catch more. Matt Ridley is at large on the canal, Ian Stott has come up with a great alternative hookbait, Rich Wilby reveals his pellet secrets, and the Korda boys show you how to fish effectively with one rod. Finally, I attended the Fish with the Stars event at Richworth Linear Fisheries. It raised over £13,000 for the MND Association Charity, and I'd like to thank all the high profile guys who gave up their time to make the event a success - nice one lads, and well done! BroadyThe massive bulk of the dead 56lb grassie.
WWW.CCMOORE.COMPressured carp can be very wary at this time of year and it can take a rather different approach to get the best results.One of Sam Bascombe's edges on the notoriously difficult CEMEX Angling's Roach Pit is to keep his rods out of the water during the day to let the fish gain confidence feeding on his spots.Using this tactic, the Dorset plasterer landed two target fish in the space of an hour, mirrors of 42lb 8oz and 39lb 12oz.In a session a week earlier Sam had located a nice deep silt spot amid a patch of thick weed at 50yds range, and after baiting with 6kg of CC Moore Odyssey XXX boilies and Betaine Ultramix pellets he banked two mid-twenties. Before leaving, he topped up with another 2kg of boilies. "You often wonder if this is beneficial or not. But there is no doubt that if you have a bait the fish want then you will be doing yourself a massive favour," he explained. "Before I knew it I was back at the pit. Arriving on the Sunday at 5am I was lucky enough to drop back into the swim I had baited the week before and decided to spod out the same mix of bait. I planned to leave the swim for the day and had the rods sorted and clipped up with fresh pop-ups tied on by 5pm. I then decided to wait for the wind to die down before casting out, and it was actually about 6.30pm when I got the first rod out. "Unbelievably, I was just preparing to cast the second rig when the first rod was away. After a great scrap I netted the Grey One at 35lb 10oz."Another twenty graced his net in the morning and he then put out another 6kg of bait and rested the swim again until the evening. He received a third take the following morning. "My mate helped with the netting and we were soon looking down at a real gem. the highly sought-after Big Lin at 42lb 8oz, one of the best looking carp in the country. "I'd only just put the kettle on when the other rod on the spot tore off. This fish dumped me in the weed bed straight away, but by keeping the pressure on I soon had it moving towards me - fish, weed and all. When I finally got it in the net my mate started tearing away the weed and said: 'You've got 'Barbs!' I couldn't believe it, two of my target fish in an hour." The following week Sam was back in the same swim and using identical tactics landed another Roach Pit gem - a mirror called The Baby Fully at 29lb 2oz.LOCAL HEROEditor Steve Broad has looked through the previous month's AnglingT imes and picked some of the best carp catchesUKCARP MAGAZINE 4 SEPTEMBER 6TH 2011Baby Fully at 29lb 2oz.Barbs at 39lb 12oz.Big Lin at 42lb 8oz.LOCALHEROOF THE MONTH