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CARPIEST IMAGES OF THE WEEK #2

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CARPIEST IMAGES OF THE WEEK #2

We've escaped the clutches of the web's digital otter for another week and emerged scarred but triumphant to cast our eye over a bumper week for carp catches.

We've had reports of big carp from lakes and canals across Britain and beyond, but only the following photos can truly be considered carpy.

We start at Rockford, which in itself is very carpy indeed. Members who cannot cast 170yds are punished by having to remove the camo tape from their water carriers. 

Here are two images of Matthew Lockett with the same fish, the Beast at 42lb 2oz. First up we've got a classic guitar hold with some shoulder-kissing flare. Points deducted for the use of neoprene waders.

Matthew Lockett with his Rockford mirror carp of 42lb 2oz

Matthew Lockett with his Rockford mirror carp of 42lb 2oz

But here comes redemption for Matthew (who used very carpy CC Moore Northern Specials at an impressive 170yds). This is the 'tail stare' by which all future ones will be judged. Intensity level: Demon Headmaster.

A great fish and some great tail-staring

A great fish and some great tail-staring

From glowering moodiness to heart-melting carpy goodness, here are six-year-old twins Ayla and Maisy Douce in glorious greenery in camo bucket hats cradling double-figure commons. Both were caught from a private south-west venue on Sticky Krill.

Staying with juniors, we love this shot from carpy youngster James Bushnell Jr who caught this 20lb 8oz mirror from Oak Lake at Old Mill. Bonus points for background mist, snapback, Danny Fairbrass specs and this line from his catch report: "The fish fell to a CC Moore pink Northern Special glugged in some liquid that Joe Turnbull made with me at the Northern Angling Show."

Bespoke star-name glugs are a big edge. 

Very carpy image and an equally carpy bait

Very carpy image and an equally carpy bait

Now this French 54-pounder is continental carpy gold. Wide lenses and outstretched-arm poses used to be de rigueur in Europe but have fallen out of fashion lately. Thomas Mascha is bringing it all back Tony Davies-Patrick style (ask you dad, kids) and we love it!

Bonus points for using Solar's Candy Floss boilies, which we really must stop eating.

Like a carp reflected in the back of a spoon

Like a carp reflected in the back of a spoon

One more from our European friends. Black mirrors are currency when it comes to being carpy, and this one would make Charlie Brooker proud. Just look at that tail! It was also caught from an ultra-carpy Belgian canal AND the angler is called Nino Roggemans, which is a brilliant name.

Charlie Brooker would be proud of this Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker would be proud of this Black Mirror

We'll finish this week with some belting commons from Jonny Old (another cool name). The 'tuft of hair poking out the front of the burgundy beanie' is a very strong look this season, and are those Ocean waders we spy? Top marks, young Old!