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Get to know Claudia Darga
Claudia Darga is one of the top anglers in Europe and you can compete against her in the offline events of The Catch: Carp & Coarse. Recently you will have seen her on our pages playing the game as well as providing advice for those getting started as an angler. Who is Claudia and how did she get in to fishing? Read on to find out. How did you get into carp fishing? My interest definitely started with the previous relationship to my boyfriend, who is a pretty successful carp angler. He took me one time with him to the bank and the first trip was amazing for me. From this day on I was infected by this amazing sport and I joined mostly all sessions that he did during the years. One day I decided not being only a visitor, instead, I decided to become an active angler. So from time to time I started to catch my first fish, made my own tactics and used my favourite baits. I would say that 90% I go for carp, because this is the style of fishing I am most addicted to 😀. For me, it is different to all other styles of fishing. I love the relaxed part of it. However, during the last two years I tried more and more other styles of fishing. So I also tried the hard to fish for predator fish such as bass, zander and catfish. But I also try to go fishing during my holidays and try out new things. However, I always come to the conclusion that carp fishing is the style of fishing I like most. What’s your earliest fishing memory? This was when I was a little girl, guess around 7 or 8 years old. I went fishing with my dad in Poland. We went fishing from the boat and to be totally honest I can’t remember what we were trying to catch. But I think my dad just tried to catch something no matter which kind of fish. Just remember that we had worms, maggots and corn. Back then fishing for me was really boring because my dad said I can’t talk and move cause we are fishing from the boat. If I would move I am going to scare the fish. Therefore I sat on the boat and were waiting and waiting and waiting. My dad was never a good angler and actually I can’t remember that we ever caught something. Nevertheless for my Dad it was always important to show me and my sister where the fish come from and how to kill and cook it. After our unsuccessful fishing trip we drove to a fishing farm and bought some fish and killed it by ourself. Guess this was something very important back then for me as well because my dad showed me everything, I was never disgusted. Are you an out and out carp angler or are there any other styles you love? Of course I have tried a lot from time to time. For example a variety of predator fish as pike, perch, zander and catfish. But also Perch and tench were my targeted fish. But also fishing for exotic species as Siamese carp or Arapaima I have done. But always coming to the conclusion that carp fishing is by far the best fishing style. Therefore, my focus is on carp. I would say that 90% I go for carp, because this is the style of fishing I am most addicted too. For me, it is different to all other styles of fishing. What is your favourite thing about fishing? I have tried so many different styles of fishing. And also compared to other leisure activities, this is what I like most. As it combines so many things I love! I love the nature, I love animals and I love the silence, I love to chill and hang out with friends and I really love to sleep. This is all possible when fishing for carp. For me one weekend out at the bank is almost like one week vacation. It is more than just catching big carps. It is so much that attracts me to do this fantastic hobby. But of course the best part of it is when you know your tactic worked out and you are catching a good fish. My second best moment is the sound of the bite alarm and the third is when releasing a big fish and realizing again how big and peaceful it was. It all contributes a little bit to my passion for carp fishing. All of that attracted me from the beginning and is still what I love about it. What’s your most memorable catch/what is your personal best? My most memorable catch happened during one of my last sessions some years ago. I have seen this fish three years swimming in my most favorite lake. It has been caught only once approx. 5 years ago. It is a stunning Koi carp called Nemo. I have observed it always during summer time in the shallow water while sunbathing. It is so unbelievably beautiful. In late summer last year I could not believe my eyes when this fish came up in front of my landing net! It was one of my best fishing moments when seeing it the first time. Because I wanted to catch it so hard! Once it was in the landing net I was just shocked about what had happened! This fish was exactly 10kg and was my most beautiful and probably one of the most unique fish I have ever seen. At what point did you realise you could make angling your career? This was about three years ago when I realize that I am having kinda two fulltime jobs. The last years I have worked in the logistics and I loved it every single second. But then after some time I felt that I was extremly busy with everything around fishing. And by that I don’t mean the actual fishing I mean all the writing, organising, editing videos and pictures and so on. Then I realised with all the work around it I could make it a fulltime job. What’s your number 1 tip you give to new anglers? The first I always say is to be patient. Nowadays many beginners have the impression that fishing is very easy and that you can catch big fish very quickly. Last but not least the impression comes from social media. There are often the big fish presented although it is also a long way to get there. Also with me some people seem to think that when I am on the water, I am always catching fish but this is not the reality. Every angler, no matter how successful he is, has days when he catches nothing. So I think patience is really important. Don't give up as soon as you go home without catching a fish. I am not discouraged when I'm blanking, but I think about what I can improve next time, it was the wrong bait or the wrong place. There is no 100% formula for sucessful fishing, it is a mixture of patience and creativity. What gaming experience do you have? When I was younger, I played a lot. No matter whether it was on the PC or the PlayStation or Game Boy. I also met with friends to play with, somehow everyone was gaming. My weakness is that once I start I can't stop easily. For example, when I went shopping with my mother, I always took my Game Boy with me and couldn't let it go while shopping. And when I wasn't being good, you can guess what I got as punishment... right she took my games away :-P
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Pro Tour - July Week 4 Tournament Details
It's the final week of the Dovetail Fishing League season for July and your last chance to put those points on the board in the battle to become Angler of the Month. Let's see how things stand as we head in to the last week of the season. Xbox One Big Bass Tour A win for GameLotus690127 at Lake Williams in week 3 isn't enough to bring them in to the top 3 but they'll be looking for another strong result in the final week to close that gap. Bobcin3 leads the way and has PhillyBass 1965 and FutureSpace1685 chasing after him. Week Winner: GameLotus690127 Season leader: bobcin3 Season 2nd place: PhillyBass 1965 Season 3rd place: FutureSpace1685 Carp Championship SithLord5678 closed in on current leader Assassin8331 with a win on Grand Union Canal in the Carp Championship. They sit in third in the standings with bobcin3 ahead of them in second. Week Winner: SithLord5678 Season leader: Assassin8331 Season 2nd place: bobcin3 Season 3rd place: SithLord5678 Match Series Laguna Iquitos played host to the Match Series in week 3 and it was a win for Assassin8331. They're in pole position heading in to the final week and will be looking to hold off WicksySPY442 and FutureSpace1685 to take the series win. Week winner: Assassin8331 Season leader: Assassin8331 Season 2nd place: WicksySPY442 Season 3rd place: FutureSpace1685 Predator Challenge It was 2 wins in week 3 for Assassin8331 as they also took victory in the Predator Challenge on Lago del mundo. They sit at the top of the leaderboard with perex62 and WicksySPY442 looking to take the win away from them. Week winner: Assassin8331 Season leader: Assassin8331 Season 2nd place: perex62 Season 3rd place: WicksySPY442 Global standings WicksySPY442 is currently the frontrunner in the Angler of the Month standings. He'll need to hold off the chasing pack led by bobcin3 in second and Assassin8331 in third. Leader: WicksySPY442 2nd Place: bobcin3 3rd Place: Assassin8331 PlayStation 4 Big Bass Tour Week Winner: MLT24 Season leader: MLT24 Season 2nd place: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 3rd place: bobcin3/kartoffel6 Carp Championship Week Winner: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: Ginger-Beard90 Season 3rd place: MLT24 Match Series Week winner: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: Ginger-Beard90 Season 3rd place: MLT24 Predator Challenge Week winner: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: Outlaw-BoB-/kartoffel6 Season 3rd place: stumain Global standings Leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 2nd Place: MLT24 3rd Place: Ginger-Beard90 Steam Big Bass Tour Week Winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: KYA-Beast Season 3rd place: facadedavid Carp Championship Week Winner: MilkinBad 1 point Season leader: Stoner.M Season 2nd place: MilkinBad Season 3rd place: Fishing Love Match Series 3 wins Week winner: MilkinBad Season leader:MilkinBad Season 2nd place: KYA-Beast Season 3rd place: Stoner.M Predator Challenge 3 wins Week winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: kensauter20 Season 3rd place: KYA-Beast Global standings Leader: MilkinBad 2nd Place: KYA-Beast 3rd Place: facadedavid This week's details Big Bass Tour: Lake Boulder Carp Championship: Talon Fishery Match Series: Lake Travis Predator Challenge: Jezioro Bestii
3 months ago
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The Catch Online Leagues - July Week 4
It's hard to believe we're already in to week 4 of this month's online league. It's the final week of the season and everyone will be trying their hardest to reach that top spot and be crowned Angler of the Month. This week's tournaments will see you tackling Pearl Lake in the Hunter Series where you'll be tracking down the bighead carp. The Carp Series is also heading to a holiday destination as you'll be fishing on the River Ebro. The Coarse Series heads to the Linear Fisheries for a tournament on Oxlease, every species counts here. Finally, in the Predator Series we're on our way to Scotland for a tournament at Loch Mickle. Good luck and tight lines everyone! Xbox One Hunter Series Maddenkru took a win in the Hunter Series at Rotterdam last week to close in on the leaders. WicksySPY442 holds on to that top spot ahead of II T0PD0LLAR II who has climbed in to the top 3 this week. Perex62 remains in third and will be looking for a good performance to leap in to first place. Week Winner: Maddenkru Season leader: WicksySPY442 Season 2nd place: II T0PD0LLAR II Season 3rd place: perex62 Carp Series With a win in the Carp Series at Pearl Lake, WicksySPY442 also finds himself leading the series. It's all looking different in the top 3 this week as iiFiSHFinger moves up in to third and BigGunsBradley takes the third spot. Who will come out with the win in the final week? Week Winner: WicksySPY442 Season leader: WicksySPY442 Season 2nd place: iiFiSHFinger Season 3rd place: BigGunsBradley Coarse Series VILLE BOY put in a great performance to claim the win in the Coarse Series on the River Ebro. He now sits just outside the top 3. ScoobyHaze420 has moved up two places from third in to first. MOHAMMED CURAY has been moved down in to third as l Bigtimer J l joins the top 3 in second place. Week winner: VILLE BOY Season leader: ScoobyHaze420 Season 2nd place: l Bigtimer J l Season 3rd place: MOHAMMED CURAY Predator Series It was two wins from two for II T0PD0LLAR II as they took the win at Oxlease in the Predator Series. They extend their gap over Yeoman40 in second. WicksySPY442 is now running in third place in the standings. Week winner: II T0PD0LLAR II Season leader: II T0PD0LLAR II Season 2nd place: Yeoman40 Season 3rd place: WicksySPY442 Angler of the Month Leaderboard WicksySPY442 and II T0PD0LLAR II both gained a place in the Angler of the Month standings this week. Wicksy now leads the way with II T0PD0LLAR II in second. They have bene joined in the top 3 by MOHAMMED CURAY Leader: WicksySPY442 2nd Place: II T0PD0LLAR II 3rd Place: MOHAMMED CURAY PlayStation 4 Hunter Series It was a victory for stumain in week 3 of the Hunter Series, that win now putting them at the top of the standings. Lepecheur_59 remains in second place. Ginger-Beard90 now occupies the third slot in the top 3. Week Winner: stumain Season leader: stumain Season 2nd place: Lepecheur_59 Season 3rd place: Ginger-Beard90 Carp Series MEWwarred took the win in the Carp Series in week 3 as they look to catch the top 3. At the top of the standings we are unchanged from last week. Bobcin3 leads the way ahead of Johnnij87 in second and MASHEAD7 in third. Week Winner: MEWwarred Season leader: bobcin3 Season 2nd place: Johnnij87 Season 3rd place: MASHEAD7 Coarse Series A win for Johnnij87 sees them take over the lead of the series leaderboard. Stumain moves up in to second place and is followed by TheDude462 who has joined the top 3 in third place. Week winner: Johnnij87 Season leader: Johnnij87 Season 2nd place: stumain Season 3rd place: TheDude462 Predator Series Ginger-Beard90 was the winner in the Predator Series for week 3, a result that moves him up in to second place. At the top bobcin3 is holding on to the lead and will be looking to hold off the rest in week 4. Stumain has moved up in to the top 3 sitting in third. Week winner: Ginger-Beard90 Season leader: bobcin3 Season 2nd place: Ginger-Beard90 Season 3rd place: stumain Angler of the Month Leaderboard As we move in to the final week of the season we still have bobcin3 holding on to the lead of the Angler of the Month leaderboard. Stumain is hot on his tail in second. Ginger-Beard90 has made sure he's in the race for the title as he moves up in to third. Leader: bobcin3 2nd Place: stumain 3rd Place: Ginger-Beard90 Steam Hunter Series There's just 1 point in it at the top of the Hunter Series! Vert's win in week 3 puts them just a point behind SimulatorDaz at the top. Stoner.M is sat in third place also within reaching distance of the leaders so we're in for an intense finish in the final week. Week Winner: vert Season leader: SimulatorDaz Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Stoner.M Carp Series Fairy 9 y.o maintains their 100% record for the Carp Series this month with another win in week 3. Can they cap it off with another win this week? Vert is behind them in second after moving ahead of Stoner.M who now sits in third.They have a tough task on their hands to catch the leader. Week Winner: fairy 9 y.o Season leader: fairy 9 y.o Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Stoner.M Coarse Series It was a second win in a row for fairy 9 y.o in the Coarse Series. The win not quite enough to put them in the top 3. ActionMosez moves clear at the top of the leaderboards which drops ver in to second. As a result of this, Stoner.M is now in third in the standings. Week winner: fairy 9 y.o Season leader: ActionMosez Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Stoner.M Predator Series Skorgey was our winner in the Predator Series for week 3. A result that brings them closer to the top 3. The top of the standings is unchanged this week with fairy 9 y.o, vert and Titch retaining their positions. Week winner: Skorgey Season leader: fairy 9 y.o Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Titch Angler of the Month Leaderboard In the Angler of the Month leaderboard we see fairy 9 y.o and vert both hold on to their positions in first and second. ActionMosez has pushed in to the top 3, right in time for a charge in the final week. **Leader: fairy 9 y.o ** 2nd Place: vert 3rd Place: ActionMosez
3 months ago
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The Catch Online Leagues - July Week 3
Hey everyone! It's time for your weekly dose of tournament goodness. We'll be starting up with a look at the current leaderboards before letting you know where you're fishing this week and what for. Xbox One Hunter Series In what was the first week of the season in the Hunter Series on Xbox, WicksySPY442 came out with the win catching the biggest bag of ferox trout. RestingCarp6394 finished second and perex62 managed a third place finish. Week winner: WicksySPY442 Second place: RestingCarp6394 Third place: perex62 Carp Series Rotterdam played host to the Carp Series last week and iiFiSHFinger (great name btw) took the victory. Second place went to HAIRY Rz followed by FutureSpace1685 in third. Week winner: iiFiSHFinger Second place: HAIRY Rz Third place: FutureSpace1685 Coarse Series It was another win for iiFiSHFinger as took the top spot in the Coarse Series at Pearl Lake. Familiar faces MOHAMMED CURAY and ScoobyHaze420 rounded out the top 3 coming home in second and third respectively. Week winner: iiFiSHFinger Second place: MOHAMMED CURAY Third place: ScoobyHaze420 Predator Series In the Predator Series we travelled to the formidable River Ebro and our winner here was II T0PD0LLAR II. Yeoman40 was the second place finisher and Perex62 was third. Week winner: II T0PD0LLAR II Second place: Yeoman40 Third place: perex62 Angler of the Month Leaderboard Following two victories in last week's tournaments, iiFiSHFinger is currently sitting top of the Angler of the Month leaderboard. Strong results from WicksySPY442 and II T0PD0LLAR II have put them in the top three. Leader: iiFiSHFinger Second Place: WicksySPY442 Third Place: II T0PD0LLAR II PlayStation 4 Hunter Series The week 2 victory in the Hunter Series was taken by legrandchef helping them to gain ground on the top three. JOE9074 moves up in to the lead of the season leaderboard with Lepecheur_59 and brubeck for company in teh top three. Week Winner: legrandchef Season leader: JOE9074 Season 2nd place: Lepecheur_59 Season 3rd place: brubeck Carp Series LcaPdu59 was the winner in the Carp Series in week 2, closing the gap to those at the top. We see bobcin move up in to first place in the season standings and is now joined by Johnnij87 and MASHEAD7. Week Winner: LcaPdu59 Season leader: bobcin3 Season 2nd place: Johnnij87 Season 3rd place: MASHEAD7 Coarse Series A strong showing from stumain gave him the win in the Coarse Series and sees him jump up in to first place in the leaderboard. Johnnij87 has moved up to sit in second and has MrLow-Rider behind him in third. Week winner: stumain Season leader: stumain Season 2nd place: Johnnij87 Season 3rd place: MrLow-Rider Predator Series Bobcin3 is now our leader in the Predator Series following a win in week 2. He has now been joined in the top three by cous-34 and stumain. Week winner: bobcin3 Season leader: bobcin3 Season 2nd place: cous-34 Season 3rd place: stumain Angler of the Month Leaderboard In the Angler of the Month leaderboard we see both bobcin3 and cous-34 move up a space, they now sit in first and second. Stumain has joined them in the top three and will be looking to close in on them in the remaining weeks of the season. Leader: bobcin3 2nd Place: cous-34 3rd Place: stumain Steam Hunter Series A win for Pittie in week 2 of the Hunter Series isn't quite enough to bring them in to the top three but they'll be looking to build on that this week. SimulatorDaz holds on to his lead at the top with Kavasims slotting in to second place. Djpablo73 remains in third place. Week Winner: Pittie Season leader: SimulatorDaz Season 2nd place: Kavasims Season 3rd place: djpablo73 Carp Series Fairy 9 y.o made it two wins from two in the Carp Series to extend their lead at the top of the leaderboard. Stoner.M has jumped up in to second place, dropping vert down in to third. Week Winner: fairy 9 y.o Season leader: fairy 9 y.o Season 2nd place: Stoner.M Season 3rd place: vert Coarse Series The win in week 2 was shared between fairy 9 y.o and vert in the Coarse Series. That win moves vert up to joint first in the season standings with ActionMosez. Stoner.M has put himself up in to second and is followed by sly54nancy. Week winner: fairy 9 y.o/vert Season leader: ActionMosez/vert Season 2nd place: Stoner.M Season 3rd place: sly54nancy Predator Series It was a third win of the week for fairy 9 y.o in the Predator Series. It was their second of the month in the series and extends their lead at the top. Vert holds on to second place and Titch has joined them in the top three. Week winner: fairy 9 y.o Season leader: fairy 9 y.o Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Titch Angler of the Month Leaderboard It's no surprise to see fairy 9 y.o take the lead in the Angler of the Month standings after three wins this week. Vert has dropped down in to second place overall and we see Stoner.M join the top three in third position. Leader: fairy 9 y.o 2nd Place: vert 3rd Place: Stoner.M That's how we stand following the round of tournaments in week 2. Now we look ahead to week 3 and where you'll be fishing as well as what you'll be trying to catch. Hunter Series: Hunt down those zander as you head out to Rotterdam in the Hunter Series. It's a clear night for this tournament. Carp Series: Take a trip to paradise in the Carp Series at Pearl Lake. You'll be looking to catch the highest total weight of bighead, Siamese and Julien golden carp this week. The weather will be dynamic for this sunset tournament. Coarse Series: The River Ebro is calling in the Coarse Series. Everything counts here as you'll be fishing at sunset with light clouds. Predator Series: Clear skies overhead and a glorious sunset are in store for the predator series at Oxlease this week.
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Get to know Rob Hughes
Rob Hughes is one of the leading carp anglers in England and you can pit your wits against him when competing in single player events in The Catch: Carp & Coarse. Who is Rob and how did he build a career in which he has represented England at world championship and How did you get into carp fishing? It would be the late 80s when I properly became a carp angler. I’d chased them before that with varying degree of success but the bivvy and bed chair arrived around 1988. What’s your earliest fishing memory? Standing in the water in my wellies at Middleton Pool near Oswestry in Shropshire trying to catch gudgeon...and not let the water go over the top of said wellies. Are you an out and out carp angler or any other styles you love? I’m primarily a carp angler but my TV series takes me to all sorts of places to fish for all sorts of things. I love small rivers and also light lure fishing for perch and LRF fishing in the sea. What is your favourite thing about fishing? It’s so wide and varied, both in what you can do and what you get from it. I love competing internationally for my country, it’s a real buzz, but equally I love the solitude and adventure of wild waters...Man v fish. What’s your most memorable catch/what is your personal best? Catching the most sought after carp in the world at the time, a fish called Bernadette at 63lbs (29kg), from the Mecca of carp fishing, Lac de St Cassien in France is my most memorable individual capture, but becoming World Champion takes a lot of beating, then being appointed England Manager and steering the national team to it’s first Team World Championships title will be my angling highlight. At what point did you realise you could make angling your career? After Simon Crow and I won the World Cup in 1996 the offers started to come in to make a career of the sport, and in 1999 I took the plunge having finished my legal studies and qualified as a lawyer. What’s your number 1 tip you give to new anglers? Think! About what you do, why you do and how you do it. Don’t overcomplicate things, but do think. Automatic fishing doesn’t get automatic results. What gaming experience do you have? In my teens I used to love it and then life, career and family took over. My son is really into it and I have a dabble now and again. I’m looking forward to playing the son though.
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The Catch: Carp & Coarse Update Out Now
Our first update for The Catch: Carp & Coarse is here bringing you some improvements and fixes to enhance your gameplay experience. Full patch notes: * Hook length can now be adjusted in online events when using float or dropshot rig * After completing and scoring an online event the rewards screen shown should not show player level widget * Fixed issue where you could perform a constant or stop and go retrieve using a dropshot rig * ‘twitch’ prompt renamed to ‘finesse control’ on RT/R2 control * Fixed issue with arm animations when when reeling in MP * Favourite bait in angler’s log now shows the correct name * Fix for UI indicating that roach and rudd can be caught with soft plastics * Fixed snail model not appearing in tacklebox customization * ‘No item’ has been changed to ‘none’ in character customization when no accessory is equipped * Stats page now uses separate stats for boss and specimen fish and stats update correctly * Fixed XP bar not animating on catch screen * Fixed level showing incorrectly at end of MP session when player had no progress on their profile * Peter Hudd and Claudia Darga added as anglers in events * Angler headshots now shown on end of event leaderboards * Fix for names not displaying correctly in Online League events on Xbox * Hide button image when using any letter – when using ""Unbind key"" all buttons can be removed correctly. Note this issue was present in all languages and affected buttons typically using letters eg WASD for movement. * 60fps option now available on PC
3 months ago
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The Catch Online Leagues - July Week 2
Welcome to week 2 of the July Dovetail Fishing League for The Catch: Carp & Coarse. This week we'll be seeing the Hunter Series on Loch Mickle, Carp Series at Rotterdam, Coarse Series on Pearl Lake and the River Ebro featuring in the Predator Series. We'll have full details of the tournaments for you shortly. First let's look at who leads the way from week 1. Xbox One On Xbox you may have noticed that you received tournament winnings and season winnings from the scoring this week. Our maintenance period today put in a fix for the leaderboards not being populated correctly. This is now fixed but as a result we had to start a new season. This week will be the start of that new season. PlayStation 4 Hunter Series Week Winner: Season leader: Season 2nd place: Season 3rd place: Carp Series Week Winner: Season leader: Season 2nd place: Season 3rd place: Coarse Series Week winner: Season leader: Season 2nd place: Season 3rd place: Predator Series Week winner: Season leader: Season 2nd place: Season 3rd place: Angler of the Month Leaderboard Leader: 2nd Place: 3rd Place: Steam Hunter Series Winner: SimulatorDaz Second place: frodocmg Third place: djpablo73 Carp Series Winner: fairy 9 y.o Second place: vert Third place: @carpfishing.das Coarse Series Winner: ActionMosez Second place: frodocmg Third place: vert Predator Series Winner: fairy 9 y.o Second place: vert Third place: djpablo73 Angler of the Month Leaderboard Leader: vert Second Place: djpablo73 Third Place: ActionMosez Here are your full tournament details for the week 2 tournaments. Hunter Series: We head to Scotland for the Hunter Series this week. You'll be out for some night time fishing trying to track down ferox trout. Carp Series: Rotterdam Coarse Series: Pearl Lake Predator Series: Ebro
3 months ago
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Get to know Ian Russell
Ian Russell is one of the leading carp anglers in England and you can pit your wits against him when competing in single player events in The Catch: Carp & Coarse. Who is Ian and how did he get into fishing and end up working with Dynamite Baits and Carp Spirit? Ian tells us all: How did you get into carp fishing? I started carp fishing at the age of 11 years. I had fished for all other species and was fascinated by the power carp had when hooked which in turn hooked me. What’s your earliest fishing memory? Again earliest memory was aged 11 years and the very first carp I hooked fought so hard compared to other species I just had to have more. Are you an out and out carp angler or any other styles you love? I've always fished for other species but usually in the winter when my work in carp fishing slows down. What’s your most memorable catch/what is your personal best? I have a million incredible memories from carp fishing, too many great ones to single out just one. My English PB is a 57.8lb Mirror. My european PB is a 62lb Mirror. At what point did you realise you could make angling your career? I started my angling career by writing for Carpworld magazine and at the Time Total Carp was called Catchmore Carp. This in turn lead me to start my own Bait making Business called Heathrow Bait Services which I owned for 16 years and was definitely one of the most innovative and forward thinking bait companies around in its day. What’s your number 1 tip you give to new anglers? NO. 1 tip. Always use your eyes and act on what you see. What gaming experience do you have? I have no gaming experience whatsoever.
3 months ago
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