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Where did you catch you're first Carp from?

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Mine was from a place called clarkes pick your own, cant remember how big but from the picture it looks around 3lb mirror, this was when I was 8 or 9 in 1988, ah the memories :D

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Radnor Park Folkestone 6lb mirror,

 

Diawa 11ft rod

DAM reel

8lb line

Drennan crystal waggler

Size 10 drennan super specialist hook with 2 grains of corn :)

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Blythe waters/knowle

 

God knows what lake it was on the complex, was around the year 2000, was a common of about a pound or 2 caught on my badger pole on a school trip.

 

But, my first time really targetting carp was in September 2010, on Drayton resevoir, 11lb mirror.

 

Ross.

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june the 16th 1990, a 13lb common caught off the top, later on that day with my last cast i had a 16 1/2lb mirror that was actually the biggest carp out of that lake all season and won me a trophy.

 

i suddenly have a warm fuzzy feeling thinking about that mirror.

 

mufty :)

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1981 (five years into fishing and then age 11)...windy Arbour in cheshire...tiny place...a little common of 6lb...fought like a lion...or so it felt....then my old chap and uncle dragged me onto baddiley mere....had a couple...with weekend sessions with dad over on "crabmill" which was cunningly named "bamcrill" for anyone reading carpworld from issue one onwards....like it fooled anyone, when selman and loftus were on there...then onto hawk...with dad...via paul selman....with little forays onto winterley etc inbetween....and then out alone from 85 onwards...and usually that way since

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March 1989 Sheck Kong Catchment Hong Konk 6lb Koi carp on a hand lined piece of bread crust

 

ONG so you were an army brat? I too lived in HK until this April! :shock:

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in the mid 70's carp were 'uncatchable'.....was begining to believe it too, untill i watched an episode of out of town with jack hargreaves. in this particular episode he was having a challenge catching anything. on his travels around the lake he came across some young lad catchin carp off the top. he 'borrowed' this lads rod and started to catch. i was amazed. only just started carp fishig and had never seen this method before. just a hook tied direct to your line and a chunk of bread crust...couldnt wait!! next morning i am standing in a swim i had seen plenty of uncatchable monsters in the day before full of anticipation. they were still there. ok, impale the crust on, dip it in the edge, cast over their heads and slowly draw it back..... must of been as much as 5 seconds and the rod is nearly ripped from my hands. well after that first one, those carp were no longer uncatchable and here i am 37 years on, still gettin that buzz :D

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in the mid 70's carp were 'uncatchable'.....was begining to believe it too, untill i watched an episode of out of town with jack hargreaves. in this particular episode he was having a challenge catching anything. on his travels around the lake he came across some young lad catchin carp off the top. he 'borrowed' this lads rod and started to catch. i was amazed. only just started carp fishig and had never seen this method before. just a hook tied direct to your line and a chunk of bread crust...couldnt wait!! next morning i am standing in a swim i had seen plenty of uncatchable monsters in the day before full of anticipation. they were still there. ok, impale the crust on, dip it in the edge, cast over their heads and slowly draw it back..... must of been as much as 5 seconds and the rod is nearly ripped from my hands. well after that first one, those carp were no longer uncatchable and here i am 37 years on, still gettin that buzz :D

 

I like that!!

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First for me was in August '07, I'd recently returned from a summer in Maine, USA, and had finaly had a go at fishing. Out there it was bass fishing, and as soon as I returned I purchased myself a cheap little float setup and started fishing a farmers pond of around an acre in size for anything in there (roach and perch). On maybe my 5th time out, I saw a carp on the surface fairly close in, so improvised with a size 18 hook, hooked though a little bit of jaffa cake and managed to hook it after about half an hour of trying and failing to put it infront of its nose! I was ecstatic! It was around 5lb I think (no scales), and I even posted the picture on here.

 

Just five Years on and I think I've done alright....thanks to everyone on here, especially Nige, Jamie and Brian (666carpcatcher). Still get the buzz!

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Caught it from an public access estate lake when I was a nipper after a conversation with Dick Walker!.

It was 17lb14oz caught on floating crust and 6lb line.

The rod was 12ft spanish reed and the real an old centrepin.

Hooked on carp ever since.

I did post the picture on here once upon a time.

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I'm pretty positive that I caught my first ever carp from a small lake of maybe half an acre at Thornham Field Centre in Suffolk.

 

It was a small part of the Thornham Estate that had "old fashioned" shops, a proper forge (run by a friend of my Dads who, when Albert owned the forge and mechanics in Occold, if I ever went "missing" I would be found playing with the forge and equipment making things like shoehorns and other small metalware), and a cafe.

 

As part of the Estae with the walks and Field Centre of the time, this lake contained some really nice roach, tench and some carp up to double figures. As a child I would cycle the 7 miles from my house at Occold, and pay the day ticket to fish the lake with a few friends. We would catch plenty of roach and tiny bars of soap (tench), and occasionally a small carp. Then fishing bread flake after watching some older anglers we saw a large carp landed, and fishing bread flake on the float we started to get into them. Nothing big, maybe just squeaking double figures, but really nice fishing.

 

Even though I caught a few carp, I still just wanted to catch fish, and did not get back into the big fish until I was 14 when my mother moved us out to Claydon just outside Ipswich and I decided that I liked catching big tench and other specimens as well as my match fishing. In 1987 I started fishing "properly" for carp and landed a fish of 18.12 from Barham A Pit.

 

This fish for a few years was my personal best until fishing at Taverham Mills I eventually equalled it with another mirror of that weight on a Chum Mixer.

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Mine was a 5lb Common Carp from the Sussex Ouse, back in about 1983. The hook pulled as I was bringing it into the landing net and the fish fell back into a weed bed. I jumped in with the net and managed to get it.

 

I was fishing for Chub with big chunks of bread. I was only 10, had never even seen a Carp before, and didn't even know there were Carp in there.

 

Was the biggest fish I'd ever seen!

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I was 16 and fishing the river Nene at Wellingborough A509 bridge next to Whitworths.

 

I was using a swing tip and legered maggots for Tench.

 

The Carp was clay grey on the back with a golden belly, it must of been around 8lb but I remember it looking massive next to anything else I'd caught.

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