The full Carpfest team featuring the Korda Rig Clinic, the Mainline bait kitchen, Delkim, the Trakker bivvy village, Kiana Carp, Cygnet, Team Guru and Fat Fish Tackle will all be there so make a date in your diary.
The first Carpfest event of the summer took place at Linear fisheries near Oxford at the end of May. Lovely weather was the order of the weekend and the Daiwa team of Brian and Martyn Skoyles were there to help a steady stream of visitors view the rod, reels and luggage on display, plus helping with casting demonstrations when asked. The casting area was popular both days and it was great to hear so much positive feedback about the new Basia DF rods and of course the already established Basia, Windcast and Crosscast reels.
The second Carpfest was to a new venue, with Longleat Safari Park our home for two days. What was also different was that the event was staged over a Friday and a Saturday, rather than the usual Saturday Sunday arrangement.
This combination of days was to prove a contrast with Friday being the much quieter of the two days, but the Saturday more than made up for it as it was without doubt one of the busiest Carpfest’s ever. Right from the start it was hectic, often with queues waiting to try out the rods and reels in the casting arena. Daiwa’s Simon Wheeler and Brian Skoyles had their work cut out answering questions on the gear and keeping up with the requests for demonstrations and tips on putting those extra yards on the cast.
Even the odd heavy shower did not put the visitors off, although it did on occasion make it somewhat crowded inside the marquee. At the end of the day the feeling amongst all the Carpfest contributors was it had been a great day.
“It was great to see so many enthusiastic carp anglers turnout and enjoy themselves” explained Brian. “Although unfortunately there were so many visitors I didn’t even have time to go and see the lions”