The Carp channel brings you a fantastic selection of carp fishing films, TV series and tips from top experts. Whether you are new to carp fishing and looking for some help getting started or a more experienced carp angler, there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into, learn from and enjoy.
Carp fishing has become the fastest growing part of angling over the past 30 years, particularly in Europe and is gaining popularity in many new countries around the world such as the USA. Various freshwater fish belong to the carp family, Cyprinidae, but commonly anglers target common carp, mirror carp and grass carp. Carp are a somewhat controversial species, adored in some countries where they are native and hated in others where they are considered invasive. Originally a fish for the table in many countries such as the UK, carp are now regarded by anglers primarily as a sport fish and carefully returned. Carp can live for up to 50 years and reach prodigious sizes, yet despite their bulky appearance, they are wary fish, sometimes fussy eaters and can be difficult to catch.
In order to consistently catch carp, anglers often fish with 2 or 3 rods and fish long sessions (24hrs, 48hrs or even longer) on their chosen water as time is needed to pull carp into their baited swims. Its for this reason that carp anglers often have a lot of equipment as they need to camp and feed them themselves over long periods as well as just fish. To succeed, carp anglers need to have a good knowledge of rigs and baits, understand how conditions affect carp behaviour, have excellent watercraft and have a good deal of patience.
What’s on the Channel
The Carp Channel has a wealth of top TV series, films and hints and tips featuring some of the biggest names in carp fishing today including Ian Chilly Chilcott, Dave Lane, Chris Yates, Adam Penning, Mark Pitchers, Lee Morris and more.
Our most popular TV series is Carp Wars which features some the biggest names in Carp fishing going head to head in a series of matches. Available are 2 full 16 episode series, plus an Eliminator, lots of free Extra videos and a Live Carp Wars match which featured on World Fishing Day.
Other popular series include Chilly on Carp 1 & 2, The Year of the Compulsive Angler, Day Ticket Carping, Addicted to Carp and the World According to Chris Yates.
If you’re looking for something more meaty to enjoy, we have an excellent selection of full length carp movies on the channel. Narrated by broadcaster, Nick Hancock, Carp Up Close follows a youthful Tom Maker in his quest to catch a UK 40lb carp. If you like road trips, you’ll love In the Pursuit of Carpiness which follows big hitters, Mark Pitchers and Harry Charrington across Europe and over the Atlantic to the USA in search of big carp. The Tuition with Lee Morris and Iain MacMillan is an excellent full length film that will help novice and intermediate anglers improve.
Hints and Tips
We’ve a wealth of videos with top tips from the UK’s best carp anglers to enjoy most of which are free to view. Rig Board is a comprehensive set of videos demonstrating some of the best rigs for carp fishing whilst Bait Sense and Joe Turnbull’s Bait Kitchen will give you some great ideas of what to use for your hook baits. There’s also a load of free tips and rigs from the stars of Carp Wars 2 in our Carp Wars Extra series.