Best Boilies? The Casual Carper Boilies Review

This week we take a closer look at the brand new boilie range by Casual Carper.

A relatively new bait range to hit the market, the Casual Carper baits are made by anglers for anglers which have been extensively tested on short and long carp fishing sessions.

In this review, we will be looking at the Casual Carper Spicy Krill boilies, White Chocolate & Orange boilies and both their matching pop up hookbaits.

Let’s get started…

Spiced Krill Boilies

These boilies have a strong spicy fish smell and after use they don’t seem to lose too much of the flavour after being out in the water for a few hours (and even over night).

The Spiced Krill boilies are an excellent balance of soft and hard. Soft enough to chop or crush up by hand but hard enough to use with a boilie stick and stay on the hair for a long period of time. The boilies are first-rate for catching carp but are also perfect as a catfish bait.

The Spiced Krill boilies work well in conjunction with most fish oils and other natural bait soaks. They are available in 12mm, 15mm and 18mm and come in a variety of different quantities depending on your needs. The come in handy resealable packaging, keeping the bait fresh smelling and doesn’t lose any attractants over time.

White Chocolate & Orange boilies

These boilies are a strong sweet fruity bait without having an artificial smell. The White Chocolate & Orange boilies are an ideal all year round bait.

Like the Spicy Krill boilies they are available in 12mm, 15mm and 18mm and come in a variety of different quantities depending on your needs. Like all the Casual Carper baits they come in handy resealable packaging, keeping in the flavours and attractants.

Pop ups

The Casual Carper matching pop ups are super buoyant as you would expect. The 12mm pops up I used work great in conjunction with a 15mm boilies to create a snowman presentation.

The matching pop ups come in 12mm, 15mm and also matching wafter hookbaits are available.

How I used the baits

I’ve used the Casual Carper boilie range for a few sessions now and I’ve had some great results. Mainly sticking to 2 combinations of hook baits; snowman rigs and boilie plastic corn rigs and caught on both.

For my lose feed I created a 50/50 mix of the spicy krill and white chocolate & orange 15mm boilies, soaking them in salmon oil and giving them a light dusting of a fishmeal groundbait to make them stand out. The pop ups were also presoaked in salmon oil for a few weeks.

The results

For the past few sessions I’ve had plenty of carp to 18lb and catfish to 22lb on the two hook bait combinations so I can confidently recommend you give these baits by Casual Carper a go on your next session.

Looking forward to trying out some of their other baits such as the Black Beetle Dumbbells and the Beta Stim Liquid in the future.

Where can you buy the bait?

To get your hands on the Casual Carper baits head on over to https://casualcarper.com/

Casual Carper occasionally post bulk and bundle deals so make sure you follow the Casual Carper Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CasualCarper/

Conclusion

We would like to thank Casual Carper for getting in contact and sending over some samples for this review.

Although the bait has been sent over to us, this is a 100% honest review as being honest is the reason we started this blog and we don’t agree with fake biased reviews.

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Best Boilie Range? The DT Baits Boilie Range Review

DT baits boilie rangeThis week we take a closer look at the extensive range of carp baits by DT Bait Developments.

DT have been producing baits for over 30 years and have an incredible track record for big fish captures.

Their current boilie ranges include Berry Bubble, Fish, Blood and Fresh Orange, Pukka Fish Mix Peach and Sour Cream, just to name a few.

All their current boilie ranges include matching pop ups, wafter hookbaits, hard hookbaits, pellets, stickmixes, bait sprays, dips and liquids.

In this review, we will be looking at the N-Blend, Supa Fruit and Cold Water Green Beast boilies and the complementing Cold Water Green Beast Pellets and DNA Liquid Food.

Cold Water Green Beast Boilies

I’ve heard of certain baits working well in the winter months but the Cold Water Green Beast boilies have been designed and tested to work all year round, but more specifically the colder winter months.

Cold Water Green Beast Boilies

The Cold Water Green Beast boilies smell amazing with a combination of berries, creamy and milky favours and a slight hint of menthol.

In terms of ingredients, DT Baits have put together a set of key food sources which are highly soluble and digestible in cold water giving the bait a super effective edge.

If you take a regular boilie and a Cold Water Green Beast and put them in cold water you will see that the Cold Water Green Beast will break down significantly faster over 24 hours, giving off all the natural attraction and food signals for the carp to start feeding.

cold water green beast boilies

Like all the DT boilies I’ve used so far, the shelf lifes are hard enough to use with a throwing stick and soft enough to crumb up by hand which is what I look for in a boilie.

You can buy the Cold Water Green Beast Boilies here.

N-Blend Boilies

On first inspection you can strongly smell the various tiger nut blends, making it ideal for those waters with a ban on tigernuts.

The N-Blend Boilies work well with of course it’s matching DNA liquids but would be also super effective with a tiger nut extract liquid or even condensed milk.

You can buy the N-Blend Boilies here.

Supa Fruit Boilies

Supa Fruit Boilies

On first inspection you get hints of fruits and sweet dairy flavours. The Supa Fruit boilies include high levels of milk proteins, and tiger nut meal.

The Supa Fruit boilies are designed to be super effective all year round but especially in the spring and autumn months.

You can buy the Supa Fruit Boilies here.

Cold Water Green Beast Pellets

Including the awesome flavour combinations as the boilies, the Cold Water Green Beast Pellets have been specifically designed to break down over 12/24 hours in cold water.

Cold Water Green Beast Pellets

As an angler that doesn’t use a lot of pellets in the winter due to there high oil levels I’m completely sold when it comes to these Cold Water Green Beast Pellets.

These pellets come in 4.5mm which are perfect for PVA mesh/solid bags and priced at a reasonable £3.99.

You can buy the Cold Water Green Beast Pellets here.

DNA Cold Water Green Beast Liquid

The DNA liquids are one of the most interesting products to the DT bait range and offer something a little different compared to a conventional carp liquid.

DNA is essentially a two part active liquid which means you will need to shake and combine the two different liquids together on use.

DNA Cold Water Green Beast Liquid

Whats the two liquids you ask, well the liquid includes a lighter floating component and a heavier sinking component.

When it’s used in a fishing situation you are creating a liquid attraction in all the water columns.

DNA Cold Water Green Beast Liquid on pellets

The DNA Cold Water Green Beast Liquid is perfect as a boilie glug, great for PVA bags as its 100% PVA friendly and super effective on any loose feed.

DT Baits have created a DNA liquid that matches every boilie they produce.

As you may of guessed it, this liquid includes the matching Green Beast Boilie flavour and a blend of several ultra-refined nut oils.

You can buy the DNA Cold Water Green Beast Liquid here.

Conclusion

Due to time and weather restraints I have only used these baits on a few occasions but I will make sure to update this review throughout the year.

So far I’ve had carp up to 21lb in hard winter conditions so I can highly recommend you give DT baits a go if your looking for a new bait to use all year round.

21lb common

We would like to thank DT Bait Developments for getting in contact and sending over some samples for this review.

Although the bait has been sent over to us, this is a 100% honest review as being honest is the reason we started this blog and we don’t agree with fake biased reviews.

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Carp Care: 5 of the Best Carp Unhooking Mats

This week we will be taking a look at five of the best carp unhooking mats on the market.

Carp care in general doesn’t get enough attention as it should and as long as we’re fishing for carp we should also be responsible for the quality and care of the fish swimming in our local waters.

On most waters these days carp mats are a prominent rule and not having one could get you banned permanently.

Things like carefully transporting a carp on the bank and treating any nicks or cuts with a carp care kit is important. But most importantly having a well padded and well designed carp mat to help you secure the carp for weighing and trophy shots will ensure no harm will come to your target species.

If you’re new to carp fishing or want to know more details on what to look out for when buying an unhooking mat we have included a short buyers guide below.

Hope you find this guide useful and as always if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

Let’s get started…

Wychwood Walled Unhooking Mat

  • Includes heavy duty materials to protect mat from damage
  • Comes with a padded kneeling area
  • Designed to be easily cleaned
  • Includes a velcro down, mesh fish cover
  • Can be also used without the wall
  • Carry handles included

Price – £74.99

You can find it here

Trakker Sanctuary Oval Crib

  • Includes a stiff high-sided outer wall
  • Comes with a folding soft thick foam base
  • Includes a removable inner lining that has been designed for easy cleaning
  • Water drainage system design
  • Zipped side pockets ideal for storing carp care kit
  • Carry handles included on the mat
  • Carry bag with heavy duty strap included

Price – £89.99

You can find it here

Fox Easy Mat

  • Includes a fish-safe protective cover
  • Boasts a rapid set up and pack away
  • 50mm foam base
  • Carry bag included
  • Comes in standard (L108cm x W50cm x H15cm) and XL (L119cm x W66cm x H18cm) sizes

Price – £67.99

You can find it here

Aqua Camo Combi Mat

  • Offers ultimate protection with its deep walled foam padding
  • Covered in a fish friendly fabric, a safety retaining flap
  • Designed to have a large surface area
  • Supplied in a sleeve protecting the contents
  • Featuring the new DPM Camo Aquatexx fabric
  • The shoulder strap makes it perfect for stalking when folded in half
  • Dimensions: 5cm (h) x 70cm (d) x 120cm (w)

Price – 79.99

You can find it here

Avid Carp SafeGuard Cradle

  • Has a collapsible frame design that folds shut
  • Fully padded interior and exterior
  • Made from fish-friendly materials
  • Boasts mesh section for better water drainage
  • Comes with cover flap to temporarily secure fish
  • Includes a carry bag
  • Comes in two sizes – Standard (90cm x 50cm) and Xl (120cm x 70cm)

Price – £70.95

You can find it here

Things to look out for when buying an unhooking mat

  • Avoid bean filled mats as these can easily tear and leave a trail of beans wherever you go
  • Unhooking mats that include a mesh fish cover and/or a protective wall are ideal especially if you tend to fish on your own and want to take great photos of your captures
  • Make sure the unhooking mat is a larger size and includes a thick padded foam base
  • Included D rings on the side can be super useful for pegging down the mat on windy days

Conclusion

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How to Clean and Keep Your Carp Tackle in Pristine Condition

Cleaning your carp reelsThis week we look at how you can keep your carp tackle looking brand new without breaking the bank.

With spring just around the corner, now is the best time for cleaning and making sure your tackle is in top condition.

In this guide we will look at the products and techniques that will keep your tackle in pristine condition, ready for the new fishing season.

Let’s get started…

Rods

With many different techniques for cleaning rods we simply recommend using multi purpose cleaning wipes for the rod blank.

For the rods guides, clean them using cotton buds heavily coated with WD40.

Cork Handles

If your rods have cork handles and are looking a little worn or damaged, we recommend cleaning them, filling in the gaps with cork dust paste (Carpenter’s Wood Filler) then use a standard coarse and fine finishing sandpaper on the handle.

Custom rod companies such as Cotswolds Rods offer a refurbishment and rebuild service, if you would much rather a professional bring your old rods back to life.

Reels

To bring your reels back to life we recommend firstly washing the reels with warm water and then dry with a fine fibre cloth.

Lightly top up any of the moving parts with an oil lubricant (3 In One Multi Purpose Drip Oil) this will leave the reels feeling as smooth as when you first used them.

Cleaning reels

We don’t advise you lubricate them excessively as this can have a negative effect on the reel mechanism.

If your having any major issues with your reel, companies such as Shimano offer a reel refurbishment service.

Bivvy

If your bivvy is looking a little worn you may need to replenish it’s waterproof coating.

Brands such as Trakker recommend Fabsil Universal Fabric Cleaner and Fabsil Gold Reproofer which will clean the fabrics and give the bivvy a brand new waterproof coating.

Other useful products

WD40 – Great on any metal items such as bank sticks, bedchairs and barrows, giving them a new like look and a rust protective coating.

Pledge Furniture Spray – Ideal for polishing metal and plastic items but we don’t advise you use polish on items such as rods excessively.

Summit Stainless Steel Cleaner – A cleaner specifically designed to keep stainless steel items such as bank sticks looking as good as new.

Gardner Tackle Fluoro Plus – A product design to keep your main line in pristine condition.

Conclusion

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Carp Tackle Coming Very Soon to 2018

This week we look at the tackle we know that will be released this year.

Even before the fishing show season has started for the year some tackle companies have already let slip on some new and exciting carp gear set to be released in 2018.

Let’s take a look at some new tackle set for this year…

Nash Pinpoint hooks and hook sharpening tool range

Working closely in partnership with Pinpoint, Nash are set to release a brand new set of hooks and hook sharpening accessories. Nash claim the hooks are lighter, much sharper out of the packet and up to 50% stronger.

We are all very excited for this release and are looking forward to testing these hooks out on the bank.

Look out for reviews of this range where we will undoubtedly give them a serious testing to let you know if they are really worth the money.

Ridgemonkey Deep Tray

The Ridgemonkey Deep Tray is designed specifically to fit the 30 litre RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket System XL and featuring folding support legs, the Deep Tray is over twice the capacity of the regular XL tray and opens up even more storage options for the Modular Bucket System XL.

A simple idea but a smart move by RidgeMonkey giving you a lot of options for bait storage and perfect for longer trips on the bank.

Gardner Specialist Sharpened Mugga hooks

According to Gardner the new range of specialist sharpened Mugga hooks are hand sharpened to perfection by Jason Hayward.

Jason has created a reputation over the last few years as a master of sharpening hooks to perfection and now is working with Gardner to create this specialist hook range.

The hooks are looking to be sold at a higher price point than regular carp hooks so are they really worth the £7.99 retail price? Look for our review of these hooks very soon.

Ridgemonkey hooklink range

Not much is known about the Ridgemonkey hooklink range but we know they will be releasing three colours in the range, weed green, gravel and clay (we will update this when we know more details).

We’re looking forward to this range and hope Ridgemonkey are bringing us something new and not just another hooklink range.

More new releases in 2018:

Thinking Anglers are set to release short Tapered Rig sleeves/kickers with a matt finish.

Solar Tackle are set to release their new P1 indicator heads this year.

KODEX are set to rest their new “intelligent” butt rod rests this year.

Ridgemonkey unconfirmed releases

For the past month we have seen the Ridgemonkey team let slip on tackle they’re testing and currently in development.

A few photos have been posted of Ridgemonkey pop up pots, these could simply be stickers on the pots or Ridgemonkey working on a special pop up range which will be their first dive in to the carp bait world.

Others photo have been spotted of a possible rig tool range by Ridgemonkey too.

Conclusion

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CTR Best Carp Tackle Awards 2017

This week we look at the tackle items that we reviewed this year which we feel beat all the others on the market.

Our CTR Best Carp Fishing Tackle Awards 2017 have been selected from our tackle review team and our readers.

Our awards are set out as a bit of fun and merely our favourite items we reviewed this year.

The awards cover the best rods, best reels, best alarms, best bivvy, best clothing range and best gadget we’ve used this year.

We wish everyone a happy new year, a big thanks for reading the blog and we’re looking forward to creating some unique and interesting content in the new year.

Let’s get started with our 2017 tackle awards…

Best Rods – Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods

With most high end rods going for as much as £300/£400, the Wychwood C-201 is the perfect mid range rod option.

The C-201 Carp Rods scream quality throughout and come with all the features you would expect from a high end rod but available at just under £100.

You can find our review of the Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods here.

Best Rods runners up: Daiwa Longbow DF, Fox Warrior S and Free Spirit CTX

Best Reels – Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTD Reel

shimano ultegra 14000 xtd

The Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTD Reels are well designed and well built throughout. One of the main features is the instant drag, going from taking line to a tight drag when playing the fish with a single turn.

The reel includes a unique slow oscillation and brilliant line lay, which means the line can pull off the spool fast, this can be great for distance casting, making the reels ideal for most European type waters.

These are excellent carp reels for the money and most likely, the best carp reels you will find for under £150.

You can find our Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTD Reel review here.

Runners up: Daiwa Windcast, Fox FX9 and Wychwood Riot-S Black Big Pit

Best Alarms – Delkim Plus Alarm

Delkim Bite Alarm and Illuminated Hangers

The main feature that sets a Delkim Bite Alarm apart from the rest is that Delkim use a vibration sensing technology. The vibration sensing technology is exclusive to Delkim and offers you more accurate sensitivity options which could result in more fish on the bank in theory.

The Delkim Plus Alarm includes 20 sensitivity options which is handy in different weather conditions and fishing at different distances evidently avoiding false bite indications.

You can find out more about the Delkim plus alarm range in our Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm review.

Runners up: Gardner ATTs, steve neville mk2 and Nash Siren R3

Best Bivvy – AQUA Camo Atom

The AQUA Camo Atom became our overall favourite bivvy in this years best bivvy 2017 guide.

Boasted as the most compact, lightest pram hood bivvy available on the market it was a clear winner of the best bivvy award.

It’s purposely designed with the mobile angler in mind but is also perfect for small swims, canals and river fishing.

Runners up: Avid Tardis, Trakker Tempest and Chub RS Bivvy

Best Clothing Range – Trakker

trakker tshirt

The Trakker clothing range includes waterproof coats, joggers/combat trousers, t-shirt, hoodies.

All of the range items compliment each other and look great on and off the bank. Our top picks are the Aztec Hoodie and the Core Multi-Suit.

Runners up: Nash, Fortis and Fox

Best Gadget – RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket

ridgemonkey modular bucket

The RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket is essentially a modular, multi compartment bucket, ideal for separating bait and tackle.

The two lidded trays included can be kept inside or attached to the outside the bucket for extra convenience whilst on the bank.

The RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket is a super simple gadget perfect for separating and organising items such as lose feed, stick/bag mixes, hookbaits and ready to go rigs.

Runners up: Korda Tackle Safe, RidgeMonkey Action Station and Jag Hook Sharpening Kit

Conclution

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Best Free Carp Fishing DVD’s of 2017

This week we take you through our top ten carp fishing videos from 2017.

This year we have been lucky to have so many great carp fishing videos released it was a tricky task to decide on our favourites for this guide.

So without hesitation, sit back and relax and check out our top picks.

Let’s get started!

ESP & Terry Hearn – Old Friends and Mr Fox

Terry Hearn returns to a magical old lake, with its equally majestic inhabitants on his mind. Sit back and enjoy this unique insight into the mind and passion of one of surely the most iconic anglers of all time.

AVID CARP Next Level Volume 3

Follow Team Avid’s adventures around the UK and Europe, catching carp from a wide range of venues using a multitude of modern tactics.

Fox Edges Volume 5

Fox Edges Volume 5 is over 3-hours of exciting, entertaining and informative carp fishing footage brought to you by Rob Hughes, Tom Maker, Lee ‘Mozza’ Morris and the rest of the Fox team.

Korda Masterclass Vol. 4

Team Korda have put together this 3 hour + DVD covering fishing at Gigantica, particle fishing, precision fishing in weedy conditions and spring time carp fishing.

Nash’s EUROBANX 3

Nash’s EUROBANX 3 follows carp anglers Alan Blair and Oli Davies as they once again load the van and set off on a carp fishing adventure across Europe.

CC Moore & Marc Pitchers – Close Encounters

Join Marc Pitchers as he targets an intimate little syndicate where he attempts to outwit some very old carp within close quarters.

RidgeMonkey – Dream | Believe | Achieve

The 2017 Euro social takes the RidgeMonkey’s pro angling team on an adventure they will never forget, spanning across 2 weeks and 2 countries

Nashbait – A history of carp fishing bait

Nashbait has been catching carp and breaking records for over 30 years. Kevin Nash and Gary Bayes explains how the bait has evolved over the last three decades.

ESP & Martin Bowler – Red Leaves and Yellow Bellies

In this ESP autumn special, Martin Bowler goes in pursuit of some classic English estate lake carp explaining his approach to these illusive old waters.

Nash – The Social 2

Join Nash Tackle’s pro angling team in their latest social trip to Austria, including some large carp captures and quality angling moments.

Enjoyed them?

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Make sure you let us know your favourite moments, we would love to hear them in the comments below.

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