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The decision was taken to release issue 004lbs on the Spring Equinox, as it's a pivotal time in a carp angler's calender. Marking the days becoming longer than the nights, and the awakening of our quarry. The time of zigs, singles, muddy banks and frosty mornings is finally coming to an end, and soon enough the carp will start behave properly, and hopefully have a good feed up. It’s a great time to be out on the banks, the daffodils are out, making the banksides look pretty, and the suns rays gently warming the water, and the soul. The carp will soon be leaping again.

Carp, as a species, have many qualities that make them stand out. Their potential size and their fighting prowess are two of the most commonly sited. Recently though a thought occurred to me, how they improve with age is probably unique amongst our freshwater fish species. Sure, other species get bigger, and as a consequence, more impressive with age. A double figure tench, a seven pound chub, or a two pound roach are all magnificent creatures. But if size comes with age, then looks usually deteriorate with it. A scabby old bream, or a rough rudd, with missing scales and split fins. The carp is different though. With age comes character. The older the carp, the more battle scars adorn its flanks, the more withered it’s fins become, the odd scale gets lifted and the less perfect it becomes. But at the same time, the carp becomes more individual, more unique and more sort after.

Issue 004lbs has plenty of old and characterful carp adorning the pages. We have been incredibly lucky to hear about Jimmy Wilsons exploits for some truly amazing old carp on a unique and historic old skool venue. I cannot put into words how fortunate we are to have been able to get an interview down on paper about these magnificent, and very rarely written about, carp. Lee Endersby takes us on a journey through the Colne Valley in persuit of a rather special old Leather Carp, an inspirational piece that’ll have you itching to get out on the bank this spring. And to round things off Tim Rowland gives an overview his season, on huge learning curve tackling the mighty Stoneacres. All the guys who feature have families, jobs and lives away from angling. All have to fit their fishing around these things, just like you and I, and for that we salute the effort they put in all the more.

Thank you once again, for supporting Chunk On. We keep saying it, but we really mean it, without YOU, this magazine would not exist. So please, spread the word to your friends, and think about sending in a contribution, even if it’s just a picture or two, it all helps.

Here’s to a warm Spring and fat carp all round!

Chunk On