The Big One fishing show is nearly here. Farnborough International Airport in Hampshire is expected to welcome 20,000 anglers over the weekend, but you can stay one step ahead with our guide.
If you haven't got a ticket yet, you can pay on the door.
1) Get some freebies
We'll be handing out goodie bags on the door containing the first issue of Carpfeed Magazine, plus a copy of Improve Your Coarse Fishing. You can also visit our stand to pick up some free line.
Bait-Tech will be dishing out free samples of its new Triple-N boilies. For just £20 you can also pick up a kilo of the Triple-N, two tubs of hookbaits, a Nutty glug and a camo bucket (RRP £35.95).
Head to the Dynamite Baits stand for a gratis 100g bag of the new Complex-T boilies. And if you fancy something more for nothing, there will also be a free prize draw on the stand offering the chance to win 3kg of Complex-T plus associated extras.
2) Catch the Big Plated
Go carping at a virtual recreation of Linear St John’s via the new PlayStation 4 version of Euro Fishing.
3) Blow up a bivvy
No, not like that! Get yourself over to the TFG stand and you’ll be able to see the inflatable Airflo bivvy, which is sure to surprise a few cynics. Grand fromage Dave Lane will also be on the stand throughout the weekend.
4) Get this year’s carpiest DVD
Mark Pitchers and Harry Charrington will be on the Fox stand all weekend (alongside Tom Maker, Rob Hughes and Ian Chillcott) selling signed copies of their new three-hour epic In Pursuit of Carpiness.
5) Get your scales serviced
Staff on the Reuben Heaton stand will accept your scales for servicing and repairs, saving you time and postage costs.
6) Get a talking to
On Saturday you’ve got Iain Macmillan (9.30am in theatre two); Ian Russell and Mat Woods (10.30am in theatre one); and Dave Levy (2pm in theatre two). On Sunday it’s a face off between Derek Ritchie in theatre one and Lee Morris in theatre two (both 11.30am), then Harry Charrington and Mark Pitchers (2pm in theatre one). The Kordatorium will also host a number of talks from Korda’s roster of carpers.
7) See the world’s first oval bedchair
Trakker will be showcasing its innovative new Levelite Oval Bed System.
8) Buy stuff before it disappears
Aqua will be selling discontinued lines, including its Black Series range, at up to 50 per cent off.
9) Get some proper clobber
Trendsetter Navitas will be showcasing its summer collection including carpy sliders and waterproof trainers, as well as offering tees from £7.50 and hoodies and jackets from £20.
9) Fill you boot with bait
Plenty of anglers use the Big One to fill up for the season ahead. Here’s a selection of the deals available.
Show sponsor Crafty Catcher is offering loads of deals. Pick up a hookbait pouch, four pots of pop-ups, a baiting needle and hair stops for £10, or choose a bait caddy, 1kg of boilies and a pot of Tip Offs for the same price. The firm’s Chocolate and Vanilla Nut boilies will also be launching at the show.
The much-anticipated Signature Squid pop-ups will be on the Sticky stand, as will the new Krill Tuff Ones. Ben Hamilton, Jake Wildbore and Adam Penning will also be on hand on the Saturday and Sticky will offer plenty of bait deals over the weekend.
Pellet king Skrettings will be offering some bulk deals. For £30 you can pick up 25kg of pellets, while 5kg buckets are one for a tenner, two for £15 and three for £20. You can even fill up your own buckets in a ‘pick and mix’ fashion for the same price.
CC Moore will be demonstrating the new Corkball Roller (below) and told us to expect some special bait deals. Dan Taylor, Matt Jackson, Adam Luck and James Armstrong will also be manning the stand and answering questions.
Urban Bait will be offering a kilo of boilies, a kilo of pellets, a tub of pop-ups and a dip for £20 (saving £14.34) in all three of its flavours – Nutcracker, Red Spicy Fish and Tuna & Garlic.
Nash is bringing its heavy bait artillery to the Big One. Saturday will mark the formal launch of the new Key Cray and revamped Scopex Squid ranges. You’ll also be able to pick up the cracking Citruz boilies for just a fiver a kilo.
Bespoke Baits’ interesting grub-like hookbaits will be on offer for a quid off RRP, alongside a new range of Amino liquids.
Carp Particles will be parading its four new protein-infused SAS Formula mixes. These rainwater-prepared particles will be on offer for £20 for a brace of two-tier buckets.
10) Grab a bargain and see new gear
The Wychwood stand will be deal central. You can buy two, get one free on DPF line and AVX alarms, or pick up the excellent HD MHR compact brolly for £120. Metalware will also be four pieces for £40 and Dispatch reels will be two for £90, among many other offers.
It’s new-product time over at Gardner, where the ready-tied Ronnie Rigs can be seen alongside the new Multi Rake and Bank Saw. There will also be deals on Covert Dark hooks and Covert terminal tackle.
Avid will be showing off its Screen House RT and impressive Tuned luggage range, plus all the new Sonubaits pop-ups from Ian Russell (below), who’ll be around to answer questions.
Cygnet will be showing of its sleek new Minimal range of bankware, plus the new wider splash mat and 20/20 Torque Screws. All Cygnet indicator heads bought at the show will also come with a free silver chain.
Century will be showing off its new graphene-reinforced Stealth rods in test curves from 2.5lb to 3.75lb.
Prestige Engineering, the maker of the original Carp Porter, will be parading a new range of DPM camo luggage and might even have some new Power Porters with enhanced features.
PVA Fishing Tackle will be unveiling its new and improved capsules made with fish attractants and salt. Get 14 in a Tackle Pod for just £5.99 when purchased with a refill pack of 20 (RRP £8.49).
You can spool up at the Atomic Tackle stand. Three spools of any colour and breaking strain Jel-E-Wyre can be had for £30. Similar Atomic hooks are three packs for a tenner.
Potty’s Quality Leads will be offering any 14 leads for just a tenner, as well as selling some new camo pouches.
Solar is another manufacturer going deal crazy. Aside from showcasing the ultra-cool new P1 Bow-Loc landing net (released in the summer), Martin Locke’s firm is offering 15 per cent of all items. You can also pick up a set of three Titanium indicators for £70 (saving £20) and grab a P1 Worldwide Pod and buzzer bars for £320, down from £400.On the bait front, all Solar’s boilies will be just £5 a kilo, with pop-ups for a fiver and up to 30 per cent off all Mega Big Shots and litre bottles of liquids.
So there you have it, just a selection of the things to see and do at the Big One. If you're coming along do come and see us on the Carpfeed/Angling Times stand.