It might seem strange that the latest angling publication from the Haynes catalogue is written by well known angler, and TV presenter Kevin Green, when most of us know, he very sadly passed away in June of last year.
But as the supplement to Kevin's introduction goes on to explain, that when he was taken ill, around March 2013, he was very near to completing this book and so asked close friends Brian Skoyles and Mick Rouse to finish it for him.
This they did, and we now have a fishing manual that as Kevin himself mentions, is aimed squarely at anglers 'Simply happy to be catching lovely hard fighting carp of any size by design'.
As with most Haynes manuals it is set out as a clear step-by-step guide to help anglers who might be new to carp fishing learn about this exciting area of the sport.
Starting with the basics we're first introduced to our quarry, with a brief history of where they came from, then onto the different types of carp, before we get a few paragraphs on their behaviour.
Kevin then goes through picking the right tackle for the job, with rod, reel, bivvy, and bedchair selection all covered, with the chapter finishing on the other essentials like bite alarms, bank sticks, landing nets and unhooking mat.
There's a run through of mainlines next, with nylon, fluorocarbon, and braid all having their uses explained. And then we're lead on to types of hook and hooklink material as Kevin gives the reasons why each has its own special qualities to deal with different fishing situations.
Now the separate components have been explained, we then have a chapter on rig tying.
This is where the Haynes manual comes into it's own with easy to follow step-by-step pictures taking us through the construction of over half a dozen popular set-ups. From a standard hair rig and knotless knot to more advanced rigs such as the combi and stiff hinge.
Another big chapter follows, and that's bait, with particles next after that.
Kevin goes into the 'science' of carp fishings main bait, the boilie, explaining their main constituents like fishmeal, birdfood, savoury, and the milk protein based baits. We're taken through what sizes to pick, shelf-life or freezer, and of course the pop-up!
We're also given an easy to follow guide to making our own boilies, including the use of additives, flavourings, etc. And with plenty of practical advice about the use, and preparation of particles, these two chapters make very interesting reading.
Finally we're out on the bank, with Kev going through swim choice, how to organise your swim, feature finding and then casting out. Again the tips and general advice is spot on.
PVA is next, and gets it's own section as Kevin quite rightly points out that it is one of the most helpful pieces of modern carp kit that we use. With clear instructions on making sticks, bags, and stringers it's another key chapter.
So after all this planning and set up what happens when a carp finally takes your bait? Well Kevin takes us through the hooking, playing and landing of our first carp, from first run to getting it in the net. There's also a section on the weighing, care, and returning of your catch to finish off the chapter.
The manuals last chapters finish with instruction on floater fishing and stalking, giving advice on rigs, bait and set-ups, plus instruction on how to use them.
In the final pages there's a handy knot tying guide to really finish off what is a very comprehensive guide to carp fishing, and within it's words comes Kevin's good nature and humour… a sad loss, but a great legacy.
The book retails at £21.99 and is available from Haynesonline on www.haynes.co.uk