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.
This is what Carp Wars is all about. The youngest angler in the competition, this year's rookie Steven Coe, enters the battlefield and it is straight in at the deep end for the 17 year-old, as he's against not only a Carp Wars veteran, but the machine Ian Russell.
Steven won the qualifier to be here, and he's known among his fishing buddies as The Preparator, so one thing is for sure, neither angler is in for an easy ride?
The match takes place at Fryerning Fishery, which produced a Carp Wars record total last season, and with some pretty epic weather rolling through, sparks are guaranteed to fly.
The competition’s two military men go up against each other this week, with Jerry “the Sarge” Hammond locking horns with Ian “Chilly” Chillcott. It’s a bottom-of-the-table clash, with Jerry hunting down his first win of the season, and Chilly desperately trying to stay in the running.
Things are starting to get serious. This week's episode sees veteran carper Jerry Hammond go up against the rising star of the carp world Harry Pratt. Jerry desperately needs a win to avoid losing all of his five matches, while Harry, currently sitting in fourth place, could leapfrog Chilly and Dave Lane to take second place, *if* he can take all three points.
After 14 hard hitting rounds it all comes down to this - Harry Pratt vs Ian Russell for the second spot in the final. Both anglers can claim that place, and no doubt Ian will be desperate to protect his reputation, but having already caused one or two of the pro’s a bit of a headache so far in the series, Harry must fancy his chances too. Can he defeat the odds and keep his Carp Wars dream alive?
It's the final showdown. Six anglers started the on this journey, this epic quest for greatness, this bid for Carp Wars glory.
Jerry Hammond was the first to fall, with Mark Bryant and Ian Chillcott falling soon after. Ian Russell nearly made it all the way but was just beaten at the bell in the final group match.
In the end it was Dave Lane and the young challenger Harry Pratt who came out on top after the group stages, and it is they who made the journey to Etang Le Fays in France for the 48-hour final. And this really is it, what it's all been about. Winner takes all.