I'm not a dedicated year-round carp angler as most of you that visit my site will realise, but Martin Clarke's latest book would certainly give me, and most other anglers, plenty of ideas for pursuing this worthy quarry through all the seasons.
Heads Down Tails Up gives us Martin's thoughts on almost every aspect of modern day carp fishing.
From how we apply ourselves to a venue, swim choice, fish location, to making the best of our mistakes, or blanks, it's all there as he gives us the benefit of his many years in pursuit of large carp on many difficult and testing waters.
Starting with a foreword from Lee Jackson, the opening chapters take us from the basics, like using a marker rod, to one of Martin's favourite catching spots the margins… and who would argue with a man who has had three 30's out on the same day, just fishing off the bank!
We're then taken out into open water with some interesting thoughts on casting accuracy, and how to obtain it consistently. Martin goes on to show that we're probably all out on our estimates of distance, as well as what happens to your lead when it sinks after casting.
With chapters on stalking and surface fishing you realise that there's a high level of technical knowledge being passed on here.
The following chapter deals with bait, which must be something most of us have an opinion about, and Martin runs through most of them. And it's here that the book takes on yet another dimension as we get an interview with carping legend Tim Paisley.
The interviews continue in subsequent chapters through the rest of the book with some other well known faces showing up like Gardner boss Lewis Read talking about rigs, Nick Helleur on zig fishing, and Viv Shears on fish farming, to name but a few.
Martin doesn't leave many area's untouched, so from using boats to trying alternative tactics, its then the match fishing side of carp angling to getting a female anglers point of view about the carp scene.
We're left with the final couple of chapters to cover some of Martin's most memorable carp campaigns, and just what he puts into them, as this bricklayer from Luton has to juggle his work, finances, and not forgetting his wife, to get out on the bank and chase those huge carp.
With 384 pages there's plenty to read, and plenty of ideas to get you thinking. It's definitely one to add to your collection.
Available from www.calmproductions.com, the book retails at £30.