THE RISE AND RISE OF MOD­ERN CARP FISH­ING

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THE im­pact of carp fish­ing over the past 65 years is stag­ger­ing. In 1953, just one year af­ter Dick Walker’s 44lb record, carp were still con­sid­ered largely un­catch­able, and not worth fish­ing for any­way.

The way things are today with stocked lakes, com­mer­cial fish­eries and avail­abil­ity of highly-spe­cialised tackle, 50 per cent or more of coarse fish­ing re­volves around carp.

Some an­glers have never and prob­a­bly never will tar­get an­other species – I’m not re­fer­ring ex­clu­sively to what used to be known as ‘spec­i­men hunters’, but match and leisure an­glers too. Whether this is sus­tain­able is any­one’s guess, but it doesn’t ap­pear to be slow­ing down.

It’s carp only for so many young­sters.

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