A DAY later than usual, here’s our main weekly Carp Blog on the brilliant new-look Angler’s Mail website. It’s the turn of the Korda boys…

Korda Developments is one of the most popular carp fishing companies in the world, and strives to give something back to the sport. And as sponsors of the England carp team, this blog starts with a look at the World Carp Championships. James Armstrong round everything up for us, after getting back from the big event in Romania.

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OUR Korda blog this month has to be focussed on a marvellous competition out in Romania. It was the World Carp Championships 2012 where 21 of the world’s finest carp fishing nations battled it out for the ultimate prize. And that included the England team, which now Korda sponsor.

I’d never been to Romania before I didn’t really know what to expect to be honest. Upon landing, we hopped into the cars and took the long, three-hour journey to Constanta where we would be spending the next seven days. I was joined by Adam Penning, Dean Macey and Tom Burns, so three good guys that I knew would make it a memorable trip.

The journey was a real opener, so many stray dogs, it was quite sad to be honest being an animal lover. In fact, we even stopped at a garage to buy them some croissants and water. There are some very poor areas of Romania and we drove through some of them.

The new World Champions, Romania.

Eventually we arrived at the Hotel Central, it was hot, really hot and with a day to spare, we went to the beach. It was stunning as the waves crashed into the sand and it was so quiet being out of season – perfect! I even marked my territory by creating a Korda logo in the sand, haha, yes I’m a big kid.

It was the draw the following day and England drew well with Mark Bartlett and Kev Hewitt on a very favourable end peg. We had flown four extremely good pairs out to the competition. Three pairs would be fishing and one would act as a substitute. The pairs were Hewitt and Bartless, the Wildbore brothers, Stamp and Sanger, and the subs being Flowers and Londors who were called upon later in the competition.

The opening day of the match saw high numbers of fish caught, but unfortunately not to the England boys and by the morning of day two we were well down the leaderboard. It was the Romanians and the Bulgarians battling at the top and with huge weights of 800kg plus, the rest of the nations were already out of the reckoning.

Their bait was specially designed for the venue, containing some sort of natural that the carp had been reared on and they were certainly having it large. This, complete with long distance casting and accurate baiting was proving fruitful. It was a nailbiting competition that went right to the wire. It ended with Romania 1st, Bulgaria 2nd and Serbia in 3rd.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be England’s event due to tactics and local knowledge, but I must say that our guys technically were the best there by far and fished fantastically well throughout the event. Well done boys, I know we will be up on the podium next year.

Thanks must go to the home nation who put on an incredible match and we were certainly looked after during the opening and closing ceremonies, these guys know how to party!

  • Special coverage of this event will appear in Angler’s Mail magazine – don’t miss it!

The new corn, part of the Fake Food range, is set to be a winner

Fake Food, on the bank and filming with Danny and Ali

In the wonderful world of Korda, we have some new flavoured, artificial corn, which is the beginning of our Fake Food range.

Available in a pop-up in a range of unique flavours and colours there will be more hitting the shelves in the future. The special flavouring; including Danny’s winning Banoffee aroma sets them apart from others. Give them a try!

Danny and Ali are currently at the magical Gigantica filming the new Free DVD and word on the street Ali has already bagged a chunk.

Our Wide Gapes as usual having been bagging the monsters as Ben Connolly landed the historic Arfur from The Car Park Lake down in in Yateley. This pattern has caught more big carp than I care to remember. Try them and you won’t be disappointed.

Other than that we have a beefy Kontinental hook hitting the shelves, which will be great for demanding conditions. The super sharp straight points makes it a fine pattern for bottom bait fishing.

Lots of fish are continuing to be caught. I’ve been out and about too landing my target fish at over 40lb, which I have been after for over 2 years. I’ve also managed a fantastic brace of thirties from a private water in Cambridge. Yes, two thirties in the same net. The winning tactic was hinged stiff rigs at range.


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