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Martin Bowler Banks A 59lb Carp

Top big fish angler Martin Bowler has caught a colossal 59lb carp from an undisclosed UK venue.


The star of Catching The Impossible has already set the carp world talking, as it’s an unknown fish from a secret water.

You can check out the amazing full story in this week’s Angling Times.

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Feeder Tips With Grant Albutt

Grant Albutt passes on some invaluable advice on feeder fishing on small lakes in this week’s Angling Times.


The match ace visits Woodland View Fishery in Worcestershire to pass on some sound advice on short rods and close-range feeder setups.

Also inside, Martin Bowler reveals a catch-all rig that has accounted for a number of surprise specimens. The New Gear section also takes a closer look at the very latest Carp 6 pole float.

Pick up the May 9th issue of Angling Times to learn more.

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Best Of Both

Specialist angler, Ryan Hayden recently joined Martin Bowler on a trip to a lake in Dorset to target big roach and bream.


A brace shot of Ryan holding a 2lb Plus roach and a double figure bream caught during a frantic feeding spell.

Ryan started the session by introducing a large bed of pellets via the use of a Spomb to a clear area in the weed at around 50 yards. It wasn’t long before the area began to colour up as feeding fish disturbed the silt in search of food.

The double figure bream took turns with the roach that day and numerous specimens of both species were landed by Ryan.

Ryan used a simple paternoster feeder rig with an Oval Groundbait Feeder filled with crushed pellet and fishmeal groundbait along with a Supplex hooklink and a hair rigged 10mm boilie or pellet as a hookbait on a size 12 Wide Gape Specialist hook.

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New Video: Lift Method

Martin Bowler joins Steve Rowley on a local gravel pit to talk through Steve’s lift method set up for targeting big tench and bream in the margins.


Watch the full video here.

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Whiskers On The Wye

Check out this week’s Angling Times to find out how Martin Bowler and Peter Drennan got on during their recent trip to the River Wye.


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Bream Fishing At Farlows

Armed with a seatbox and quiver tip gear Martin Bowler headed off to Farlows Lakes near Iver in search of the resident bream shoals.


Martin Bowler with a lovely golden bream from Farlows Lake 1.


A map of Farlows Lakes.

With carp the main quarry of anglers visiting Farlows Lakes, Martin was keen to prove that there is much more on offer than just carp. Due to high protein bait going in on a regular basis other species like bream, tench and roach are very quick to take advantage of this regularly available food source and thrive. As a result, the lakes are home to shoals of roach and bream, a carp anglers worse nightmare, but for a match or pleasure angler, heaven.


The view from peg 40 on Lake 1.

Arriving at the venue mid-afternoon Martin was greeted with the sight of spawning carp, and as a result, one end of the lake had been closed. After speaking to the bailiff and numerous carp anglers around the lake, one or two had reported catches of bream during the night. With that in mind, Martin returned to his vehicle and set up in the adjacent swim. Peg 40 on lake 1 gave, a swim with control of an open water swim with an area of clean silt at around 40 yards, the perfect area to lay a trap.


Martin’s Spomb mix.

Martin laid an initial bed of mixed pellets and small boilies via a Spomb, spread around his marker float to create a reasonably sized feeding area. This feeding area would then be left for a few hours to settle and allow any fish to feed freely and build up confidence in the swim.

Martin’s Bream Set Ups

Martin set up two Series 7 Method Feeder rods, two contrasting setups, but both very effective at catching bream.

IMG_2473The first one with a Feederbomb, presented on a feeder link, paternoster style with a long hooklink of 6.4lb Fluorocarbon and a size 12 Specimen Plus hook. This rig would be fished with purely natural baits such as maggots and corn.

martin-method-feederOn the other rod, an In-Line Method feeder loaded with a krill groundbait laced with small pellets and a short ESP Mega Method Rig in size 10 baited with a trimmed down krill boilie.


Due to the large head of carp in the venue, Martin opted to fish with ESP Syncro XT, a much heavier and thicker mainline than he would normally use for bream, but vital to landing any large carp that may be hooked. For situations where there are very few or no carp present, Martin uses 6lb Method & Feeder Mono, a line designed specifically for this style of fishing.

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Bowler Lands Unofficial Grass Carp Record

Martin Bowler recently landed possibly the biggest grass carp ever caught in the UK at 52lb 10oz, which came as part of six fish catch, all weighing over 37lb!


Although this fish is the biggest ever caught in the UK, sadly the British record fish list no longer acknowledges grass carp.

Martin is the only coarse angler to have ever caught three British record fish from the UK. The first being a 16lb 11oz barbel, which was caught way back in 1999 from Adam’s Mill on the River Great Ouse. The second record being a 4lb 9oz 8drms crucian, caught four years later in 2003.

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The Glorious 16th

Today is the glorious June 16th when Britain’s rivers are finally open for coarse fishing once again. Martin Bowler has been patiently waiting to wet a line and lends some valuable advice for targeting a prized river specimen.


Martin Bowler with the late Terry Lampard.

A river never sleeps nor does its fish and on the glorious 16th the fish are ravenous!

Standing in a set of chest waders my feet were firmly planted on the gravel bottom while the force of the flow tries its best to move me, but by leaning upstream slightly I could negate this pressure and get on with the reason I was here.

A rod with a bait dropper sat in one hand while the other delved deep into the bait pouch around my midriff, scooping out a handful of freshly cracked hemp and its nutty aroma suddenly overwhelming the scent of the countryside. Six payloads were dispatched onto the same bed I was standing on but a further 12 feet out in deeper, more powerful water that would simply wash me away. With the aid of polaroids I could however still see the bottom and within minutes four chainmail-clad chub arrived, with their grey contrast impossible to miss. Even if I did the gulping mouths would have given the game away.

For the next five minutes, these were my only guests until I was certain more shadows had begun to appear, their coloration making them difficult to spot against the stones. Staring a little harder and allowing my eyes to adjust it was like tuning an out of focus TV and I mouthed the word ‘barbel’. Then, as if to give me confirmation, one turned side on and flashed its big white belly. A feeding orgy could now commence with puffs of silt heading downstream as the bottom was dug up in a bid to get every seed.

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Catch And Release

Martin Bowler took this amazing underwater photo after a successful tench session on a crystal-clear gravel pit.


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Quest For A 2lb Roach

Ryan Hayden joins Martin Bowler in search of a 2lb roach from Milton Abbas lake in Dorset in this week’s Angling Adventures.


Grab yourself a copy of this week’s Angling Times to find out how they got on and the tactics used. Angling Times is in the shops every Tuesday and is also available via download on Apple and Android devices.

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