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EditorialTel: 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: Bernard Anderson, Darren Belton, Julian Cundiff, Billy Flowers, James Furness, Dave Mennie, Rob Nunn, Darrell Peck, Lewis Read and Rich Wilby.Editorial assistant: Mary-Ann PayneTel: 01733 395105Managing director: Steve PrenticeEditor in chief: Richard LeePublished by Bauer Media.Printed by Archant Print, Norwich.AdvertisingCommercial director: Donna HarrisTel: 01733 395028Key account director: Ben Ferguson Tel: 01733 395032Telesales manager: Kath Rayner Tel: 01733 468649Display sales executive: Trish Harrison Tel: 01733 468053ContactsuP frontThe liveliest news and views for all carpersGet online's Darrell Peck explains how a scaled-down approach will score in the cold.6Fine down for winterArmed with just a mobile phone and some apps, you can be your very own weatherman.18Outlook stormyA sensitive little gadget called a Line Biter will help you hit the shyest of winter takes.42Up the hit rateThe JRC Radar DS1 alarm and receiver set uses LEDs in new and exciting ways.54Leading lightsEDITOR'S COMMENTUKcarp magazine 3 JanUary 3rd 2012UKCARP ContentsWhat a year it's been - I've enjoyed my fishing here and abroad, banking a 69lb 14oz mirror and a 65lb common on different trips to France. At home I had a few nice fish, culminating in the Greenacres biggie at 44lb, and a 39lb mirror. Now is the time of year that I plan for the coming spring. I spread myself a bit thin last year, flitting from venue to venue and not concentrating on just the one water. For 2012 I've made the drastic decision to drop most of my tickets and instead concentrate on one special venue. I'll let you know how I get on. Apart from that I've booked some more trips on Greenacres with my mate Steve for a social and the chance of catching one of the yet to be banked biggies. Holiday-wise I'm looking forward to a trip to Danny Fairbrass's Gigantica, and another to Rainbow, plus I hope to go somewhere in June but have yet to find a venue. So, if you know of anywhere, give me a shout. I'm still getting out, but mainly fishing short sessions and I must say really enjoying it, catching fish to about 15lb, and thanks to the mild weather they are feeding hard. I'm even going to blow the dust off the pike rods and go and do a bit of predator fishing, anything to get a bend in the rod. See you next time and I hope you are all catching a few. All the best! - Broadyyear to savour

WWW.CCMOORE.COMTargeting carp in huge low-stock gravel pits can be a daunting experience at the best of times, let alone in the cold winter months. Neil Edge is one angler who persevered, though, and his efforts were duly rewarded with this colossal 51lb 4oz mirror carp from the 55-acre CEMEX Angling's Rockford Lake.What makes his catch even more impressive is the fact that this is only the fifth time in 12 years that the fish has visited the bank.UKCarp spoke to Neil to find out exactly how he fooled the elusive specimen which was the highlight of his three-year campaign on the difficult Hampshire pit.Setting up in a swim that had been neglected by other anglers for the last couple of weeks, he was able to fish towards a central band of weed where the lake's carp had been held up for the majority of the year. All his rods were cast towards the corner of a large weed bed at 70yds range which he baited with a mixture of Sonubaits prototype boilies, mixed particles and Tiger Fish pellets. Over the top of this he offered a Refresha pop-up on a short chod rig to achieve a good presentation over the weed."The fishing was relatively slow to begin with, apart from the relentless bream and tench that couldn't resist my bait," Neil said. "Because of the great weather conditions I knew the carp would be well up for a feed, so on the last night of my session I put out another 6kg of spod mix."This certainly did the trick, because at five in the morning his alarm burst into life as the line was ripped off his spool."It headed straight towards the weed bed and there was nothing I could do to stop it. Everything went solid and I thought the fish had shed the hook."I applied steady pressure and after 10 minutes a large ball of weed the size of a pool table starting moving towards me. As the weed bed got within a few yards of the bank, I glimpsed theLOCAL HEROThis month UKCarp editor Steve Broad has looked through the previous month's AnglingT imes and picked some of the best catchesUKCARP MAGAZINE 4 JANUARY 3RD 2012Neil Edge with the 51lb 4oz mirror that finally slipped up.NEIL'S TACTICSLOCAL HEROOF THE MONTHHOOKBAIT: Refresha pop-upFEED: Sunubaits prototype boilies, mixed particles and Tiger Fish pellets, spodded out to 70ydsRIG: Short chod rig to beat the weed