THE RISE AND RISE OF MODERN CARP FISHING
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.