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WINTER CARP SHOW A HUGE SUCCESS!
WHAT a busy end to the year for us at Fox International. We’ll be taking a brief break while you read this before getting stuck into all manner of exciting things early in 2013.
The first weekend of December saw us exhibiting a host of new products at the legendary Winter Carp Show, run by the Carp Society, which takes place at Sandown Racecourse in Surrey each year.
The show was extremely well-attended and our stand was swamped all weekend with lots of interest in all of our new releases.
If I had to pick out a couple of the most popular items it would be the new Supa Brolly System, which at times had people literally queuing up for a closer look, and the soon-to-be-released Black Label Bite Indicators (see below video), which again drew the crowds who were all very impressed with this new ranges versatility, functionality and low price tag.
Other products on display included the new Horizon XTK rods (see belowvideo), Flatliner Kingsize bedchair, Kingsize Sleeping Bags and Supa Brolly Overwrap.
Adrian Eves’ giant PB perch
We know some carp fans dabble in a bit of perch fishing in the colder months. Our sponsored angler and top all-rounder Adrian Eves has hit an excellent run of form of late catching a host of specimens topped off by a new PB perch of 4 lb 13 oz from the River Kennet!
He takes up the story: ‘After a really good recent run of sizeable perch from small commercial waters a change in the weather forced a change in venue, as I find fishing on top of ice a bit unproductive.’
The Kennet provided the perfect new venue having just started to run with less colour from the recent floods. Armed with a Fox Duo-lite Quiver rod and a bucket full of Dynamite Roach Silver X, chopped lobworms, casters and maggots with XL Liquid worm to give the mix attraction, Adrian headed off in search of the stripys.
Adrian’s first swim choice proved unproductive which he put down to there still being a little too much flow for that particular holding area so with daylight fading he upped sticks and moved to a slightly calmer stretch.
Adrian was using a Fox Rotary End Feeder to introduce his free offerings; this was fished on a running paternoster with 4.4lb line down to a size 6 Kuro S2 hook onto which he hooked an air injected lobworm.
To counterbalance the lob a SA size Kwik Change Pop-up Weight attached a few inches below the hook – Adrian chooses these as he finds them kinder to the hooklinks than standard split shot.
With an hour or so of light left the rig was plopped out into the new swim and Adrian awaited results.
He continued: ‘Shortly before 4pm I had a tentative knock then the tip went round, but it can only have had the end of the worm and I failed to hook it. I really felt my chance may have gone and was feeling cross with myself for missing a chance.
‘However, on the next cast after introducing some chopped lobs by hand, again the tip knocked and then pulled over. This time there was no mistake but as the fish backed off across the river I felt sure it was going to be a small carp or one of the Kennet’s manic tench.
‘Then in gloom I saw what looked like a perch turn under the surface. I knew it was big and I was VERY nervy! It was easily the best fight I’ve ever had from a perch. As it came to the net I could see the hook just inside the huge mouth and as it shook it’s head I was certain the hook would fly free, but it didn’t and I knew as I looked into the net it was easily a new PB, I have had several low fours but this looked much bigger than those!
‘When I weighed it, the needle shot round to 4 lb 13 oz, what a fish! I was completely overjoyed, a real red letter day. I was the only one fishing and so quickly ran off some self-takes and got the fish back safely.’
Sponsored carpers on form
Despite the cold temperatures we have still been receiving a steady influx of catch reports from our army of sponsored anglers across the UK.
One capture that was particularly interesting for me was a capture from Lee Walton who banked a 29lb 14oz common from 40ft of water on his winter syndicate lake in Cambridgeshire.
Lee used our Illusion XS fluorocarbon main line to fool the fish in extremely gin-clear water conditions.
Fishing the same venue as Lee was another of our sponsored anglers, Dave Moncaster, who tempted a lovely 34lb common.
Luke Edwards from the sponsored scheme has also had a great month with an incredible visit to France which saw him bank no less than 74 carp to 69lb from Domaine Le Ribeire. Luke used our Kuro S3 hooks to good effect on the trip – well done fella!
Personally my last month (and the three before that!) has been taken up working on the 2013 Fox catalogue.
It is a real beast at 220-pages and is packed with all of the latest and greatest Fox products.
All being well it will be back from the printers by the end of this month and will be ready to hand out at the Brentwood Show in Essex at the end of January – make sure you pick up a copy!
All that is left for me to do is wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year. Here’s to 2013!
Two of our latest videos to enjoy
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