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On the cover of this month’s magazine is our Bushwhacking hero, Oli Davies, who’s off in search of one of the biggest common carp in the UK. Not only that but it resides in an open access water, meaning you could get yourself booked on and potentially walk away with a new PB of over 60lb! Check out how he got on, because as always Oli’s got a cracking feature full of some special carp.

This issue also sees our Inside the Mind series change hands, as Elliott Gray passes on the baton to Matt Eaton. Now Matt has already more than proved himself by catching numerous whoppers for the Total Carp cameras in the 48-Hour Challenge, so we were keen to delve deeper and get a proper look into his technical mindset. This month’s a topical one and he discusses locating carp in the depths of winter.

There’s all this and loads more great features, gear reviews and a number of fantastic competitions too. Finally, one thing that we’ve been asked about numerous times in the lead-up to this issue is whether we’ll be having the Sticky Year Planner and the answer is of course, YES! Make sure to pin yours up and plan a successful 2024 – see you on the other side!


The stakes are higher than ever as Oli Davies embarks on a hunt for one of the country’s biggest common carp – a fish that is available to us all! Even with a week at his disposal, Oli isn’t one to sit back and relax, making sure Every Second Counts!

Ever thought of packing your bags and heading out on the adventure of a lifetime? Well Gaz Fareham is one person who’s got this down to a T… though the occasional disaster is just part and parcel! Learn from one of the best and make sure your next trip goes smoother than ever – there are big carp on the horizon!

Huge vistas, checking spots with boats and carp that are to die for! Fishing Stoneacres is a demanding challenge but the rewards are there to be had. Here’s what Lewis Holland has learned along the way!

We hit the bank with Ian Russell and his client, going to a stunning exclusive-booking venue neither had seen before in their lives. Find out how Ian approaches this challenge and ultimately how they got on!

It’s a European secret that rarely gets mentioned on British shores… the overweighted bottom rig. We searched out its creator, Fabio Gerratana, to find out what it’s all about!

After last month’s Eureka Moments, we met up with Mike Holly to put his theories into practice to see if he could catch a Thorney Weir carp live for the cameras. Having never seen the lake before and being hammered by the elements, it’s safe to say he was up against it!