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Episode #031 | April 2020

Duration: 4h 2mins

If ever we all needed a FOUR-HOUR carp bonanza, then it’s probably now, right? (If you’re reading this in the future, we’re all locked in our homes, with no pasta or toilet roll.) So, settle in while we ease your passage through yet another day of those same four walls!

This month sees the return of ‘Uncle’ Jim Shelley, as we give him our signature grilling in For The Record. In an interview that’s frank, straight-talking and surprisingly funny, Jim opens up about everything: from being ‘dragged up’ in Essex, his part in what many consider the golden era of the UK big-carp scene, to what hardcore carping is now that he’s the wrong side of 50, and a whole lot in between. Put it this way, it’s a lot better than daytime TV!

Elliott’s Cold-Water Campaign rumbles on, as he tries everything he knows to find a chink in the scaly armour of those cunning Cotswold whackers, and with the lake seemingly on shutdown, our man sticks to his guns, and… well… catches!

Another guy bringing us along on his latest campaign is Monster Carp’s Neil Spooner, who has his heart set on a monster much closer to home than those he pursues for ITV. In fact, this remarkable carp, James’ Fish, lives in a tiny Essex pool, and its prodigious growth rate earned it the nickname, The Miracle Baby (from us no less). Having banked almost all the other residents, Neil has devised a cunning plan to trap the wary beast this spring, but what could possibly go wrong?

Scott Lloyd rounds off our headliners this month, with a location masterclass for those of us who want to get on fish more often. This guy is eyeball-to-eyeball with carp most of the time he’s at the lake, and we couldn’t resist picking his brains on how to take advantage of the early rising opportunities that occur at even the busiest circuit waters.

If that little lot weren’t enough, we’ve also got Alfie Russell on watercraft, James Armstrong on falling in, Joe Morgan’s Catch of a Lifetime, urban carping legend Jon Lam’s best blag, the strangest occurrence that Martin Pick’s seen while bankside, and the venue that Jon McAllister would plump for given the choice of, well, any lake at any time.

Finally, we've got a couple of our famed unsponsored reviews, with the Fortis Elements Fleece getting the benefit of Elliott’s abuse, and Korda’s intriguing Kamakote under the spotlight in What’s New.

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