Big Carp Magazine


Big Carp Magazine issue 197 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.



Merry Christmas To All Our Readers

Big Carp MagazineWhere did 2012 go? Is it because I’m getting older or do any of you think that the years just fly by these days? Saying that, I’m looking forward to 2013 – the magazine’s going well, we’ve got some great writers on board and more lined up for the future. The books are also going well. The Legends series is coming to an end, but with a new ten-book series of ‘Big Carp Hunters’ kicking off with Ed Betteridge and Ian Stott in 2013, this to will be very popular, I’m sure. We’ve other books also in the pipeline, including a three-part series of the Rotary Letter and Trevor Pritchard’s new book (Day Ticket) which not only contains some great catches, but is highly amusing. And let’s not forget it’s the 200th issue in March. I am already working on this one, which will be a real pukka collectors’ issue – bumper size and stuffed full of great articles.

This month it is pure quality throughout with a fantastic Rotary Letter again. The team is quite literally the cream of thinking anglers – Laney, Jacko, Ed, Sean, Jamie, Johnny Mac, Leon and me, and we’ve got some real controversial stuff this month including fishing off of other people’s backs, red-carding target fish anglers and supermarket tackle shops. You will be amazed, I’m sure, by some of the responses from the team and how much we sometimes disagree. Not only controversial stuff, but some very relevant problems answered too, such as fishing over dead leaves this time of year and dealing with birdlife – both massive problems answered by the team. Sean Leverett and Ed Betteridge bring us up to date with their respective diaries – we are heading into tough times on the big carp venues they normally fish… Time to find somewhere easier for the winter, methinks.

Craig Runham continues his campaign on the mega-testing 400 acre Theale Lagoon. There are some fantastic – never before seen in print – monsters for you this month. The very popular Marc Twaite continues his new series ‘Tales from the Water’s Edge’ – this month at the Big Pit with Rob Morris. Marc has now moved onto the river for the winter – and of course we will bring you all the action as it occurs.

The cover story this month comes from Big Carp regular Gregg Ellis with a huge lump of a fish not far shy of the 50lb mark. Gregg has been successful this year and will be back with more for us shortly. Also, speaking of Rob Morris, he is in this issue with his own great piece, this month featuring three superb forty-pluses captured by this very talented and highly amusing angler.

Big carp from the north now as Paul Hatton’s superb piece on ‘carp Mecca’ Redesmere climaxes in the capture of a true northern legend, ‘Single Scale’, a fish that has been bringing a smile to angler’s faces for over 50 years. Add to this our awesome catch report section absolutely overflowing with scaly monsters this month, all the best companies advertising, companies you can trust to provide big carp anglers with tried and tested products and baits, and as you can see, it’s another must read issue.
If you are struggling to think of a present for Christmas, a subscription is a fantastic way to give throughout the year and we have some fantastic free gifts. Don’t forget to have a look at the website at for subscriptions, books, bronzes, paintings, gifts and whole lot more besides.

Have a good‘un,

Rob Maylin

26 Two Nights and a Day
By Paul Hatton
32 Big Carp
Rotary Letter
54 Look Out and You Shall Find
By Rob Morris
60 Get on the Artisan
By Greg Ellis
64 The Traveller
By Marc Twaite
74 Berkshire 30’s and Guilty Confessions
By Ed Betteridge
84 A Rewarding Return to Theale Lagoon
Part 2 by Craig Runham
92 It Had to Come to an End Sooner or Later
By Sean Leverett


22 Baitzone
Punch Crumb Tips
By Tim Childs

News & Reviews

6 Shockleader
What's happening in the carp scene
18 Tac-Tec
Latest product reviews
• Enterprise Tackle
• Vardis
• Baitzone
• Taska

52 Buy one get two free offer
53 Free best seller
Free item of Big Carp clothing
Receive £62.50 of Baitzone bait

31 Win a pair of Alpaca Socks courtesy of Perilla
37 Win £100 worth of Taska tackle
73 Two prizes of bait from iBaits