IMAG­INE catch­ing 1,341lb in a match and re­al­is­ing you’ve only got enough for sec­ond place.

I’m not sure what they’re feed­ing the fish, or the an­glers, at Ar­ran’s Lake in Es­sex but this year the catches have gone through the roof with over 1,500lb of carp win­ning the lat­est six-hour con­test.

While there are an­glers who will be hor­ri­fied at the mere thought of this type of fish­ing, let’s not knock the lads who do it. We’ve spent some time with those who fish the wa­ter reg­u­larly and it re­ally does hit home how much of a skill this re­ally is – there’s no mar­gin for er­ror when it comes to rigs, feed­ing, play­ing, land­ing fish and get­ting that next bite.

Fish­ing re­ally is all things to all men. There was a time when I’d race you to the bank for a match like that, but these days I pre­fer my fish­ing to be a bit more se­date. That doesn’t mean it’s not ex­cit­ing, but that’s the great thing about our sport – it of­fers va­ri­ety to all.

This week’s is­sue high­lights just some of the great va­ri­ety to be had right now, with fea­tures on float­fish­ing, catch­ing bar­bel on rivers, pole fish­ing for sil­ver­fish, tac­tics for big­ger carp, plus an ad­ven­ture in search of giant eels. I hope you en­joy the is­sue as much as we en­joyed putting it to­gether – tight lines to you all.

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