The shifting scenery of modern carp fishing means plenty of important venues that have witnessed historic captures are now accessible to the general public.
Here’s the pick of the bunch...
1) Redmire Pool, Herefordshire
The altar at which most carp anglers would love to worship.
This tiny farm pool shaped the history of carp fishing for decades and still holds a special attraction.
The popularity of this venue, which no longer contains any monsters, means getting a session depends on a Glastonbury-style phone booking system on a single day each year (usually January).
www.redmirepool.biz or 01989 770703
2) Yateley Pads Lake, Hampshire
To carp anglers who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, Yateley was the centre of the universe.
The Pads Lake is available on an exclusive basis all year round.
www.yateleyangling.co.uk or 01252 878994
3) Elsons, Northamptonshire
When it was known as ‘Duncan Kay’s Mid Northant’s Fishery’, Elsons once held the British record with a spawn-bound 55-pounder. You can read more about that capture here.
It's now part of the Stanwick Lakes complex, holds fish to 40lb and is fishable on a day ticket.
www.stanwicklakesfisheries.com or 07974 300015
4) Sally Walsh’s Dam, West Yorkshire
Once home to a huge Yorkshire-record common of 49lb 3oz, this Barnsley AA club water is cheap as chips (£14 for 24 hours) and open to all.
5) Billing Aqaudrome, Northamptonshire
Another water made mythical by pioneering carpers in the early days, the lakes on this holiday park are available on day tickets and still contain big carp.
6) Horseshoe Lake
This 90s powerhouse is still full of scaly mirrors and available on a day ticket if you join the rejuvenated Carp Society for £25 a year.
Contact: www.horseshoelakelechlade.com or 01367 253959
7) Cuttle Mill, West Midlands
This well-managed and affordable club water was one of the first places to ever see a hair rig when Len Middleton and Kevin Maddocks graced its banks in the 1970s.
www.allianceao.co.uk or 07914 768947
9) Warmwell Lakes, Dorset
This holiday park was a key part of the carping landscape in the 1990s thanks to its giant common, Herman, which went over 50lb.
The fish are much smaller now but it’s still open to anglers.
Contact: www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk or 01305 854216