Big Carp Magazine


Big Carp Magazine issue 202 is out now! It is available from good newsagents, or order your subscription online from


Here's the introduction from the man himself, Rob Maylin, along with a list of articles you can expect to find inside.


John Harry – Big Carp Legend!

Before I get on to telling you what’s in store in this month’s very special issue of Big Carp, I’ve some fantastic news for those of you reading our highly popular Big Carp Legends series. Number eight in the series is none other than Savay supremo John Harry. John has been having it right off this past season on this historic venue, so much so that he chose to write up his last season rota by rota as his record-breaking season unfolded. I do not want to spoil it for you, but needless to say John latched on to a killer method and reaped the rewards in incredible style taking a huge amount of 35lb-plus and 40lb-plus lumps. You are not going to want to miss this – it’s pure history in the making. Last in the series will be Bruce Ashby, but unfortunately Bruce is not at all well, so no exact date has been set for its release.

The new ‘Carp Hunters’ series will soon be kicking off too. Ian Stott will be first later this year with Nick Nelleur, Craig Lyons, Jerry Hammond, Ed Betteridge and Leon Bartropp following behind – a fantastic series, I’m sure you would agree.

And so to this month’s special ‘Spring Edges’ issue, and the return of some old favourites. First up ‘The Traveller’, back with an awesome piece featuring two venues on the ‘top secret’ list – Bedfordshire’s Brogborough clay pit and the very difficult Cambridge venue, Long Reach. Both have been on Marc’s list, and success was hard-earned on these testing venues.

After being on the cover last year Rob Newman makes a return to Big Carp with ‘The Toadless Leather’. This account of the Staines Road Lake has been with us for a while, but due to the mortalities on the venue, we thought it better to hold off for a while. Well ‘Road Lake Remembered’ takes a look back at an incredible season for Rob, topped off by the magical Clover… a story which needs to be told, and now’s the time.

Paul Rudd, another regular from Cambridge is back this month tackling a little-known pit with some real history fish on the cards for those willing to persist. Ashley Ward is also back for a second try for a Lincolnshire forty and success at last with some other crackers caught along the way.

Another old flame kindles his relationship with Big Carp after a brief flurry with one of the other lesser magazines (lol)… Big Carp original John Claridge begins a new series recounting some of his many big carp adventures of the past. This month two of the greatest carp ever – Single Scale and Chunky from the Car Park Lake.

And talking about very special carp, check out Ian Merriott’s ‘Paradise Found’ article this month – paradise indeed if his catch stats are anything to go by.

Join me next month for Craig Runham, The Big Carp Rotary Letter, Made in England and the return of our exclusive diaries from Sean Leverett and Ed Betteridge.

Subscribe now and don’t miss out!

Rob Maylin

Big Carp Magazine


20 48 Hours on
The Church
By Will Bale
28 In Search of a Lincolnshire 40
Part 2 By Ashley Ward
40 The Gnarly Pit
By Paul Rudd
54 Brogborough 2007
By Marc ‘The Traveller’ Twaite
64 Magical Captures
By John Claridge
72 Road Lake Remembered
By Rob Newman
82 Paradise Found
By Ian Merriott
88 2012 Quest for a Forty
By Neil Whittle
95 The Woolpack
By James Hibbard

18 Baitzone Early Summer Tips
By Tim Childs
60 Chronicle Fishing

News & Reviews
6 Shockleader
What's happening in the carp scene
14 Tac-Tec
Latest product reviews
• Taska
• Jack Pyke
• Thinking Anglers
• Brasher

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