17th June 2015


Carping4Heroes 2015 a huge success


P1010864Last weekend was the 5th Carping4Heroes event that was held at Manor Farm Lakes in Bedfordshire and it was our biggest event to date with over 80 anglers taking part and an early estimate of £10,000 being raised during the weekend which is also our biggest total to date.


The Friday night social lived up to its legendary status with many of those in attendance not making it to their beds until the very early hours which made the draw on Saturday at 9am very interesting, however we were honoured to have up and coming singer/songwriter Robyn Regan perform for us before she shot off to Manchester to support Union J at Old Trafford and then we were treated to a superb set from MH Acoustic duo of Mandy and Matt who got the party well and truly up and running after our  auction which raised a staggering £2,497.


The match element of the event also proved excellent with both lakes producing some good catches and by the time the guys had to reel in for the Q&A session at 4pm only 7lb separated five pairs.


This year we were joined by Adam Penning, Joe Turnbull and Ian Russell who delivered a fantastic Q&A session that was as funny as it was informative and all three stayed behind for a short time to chat with the lads and lasses and help out with the ever epic raffle draw.


The match then continued until 11am on the Sunday and it was a very close fought competition with the final standings reading:


BIGGEST FISH (Sponsored by Atomic Tackle) – Antony Watson 24lb 15oz


WINNING PAIR (Sponsored by Nash Tackle) – Antony Watson/Ashley McEvoy 108lb 08oz


OVERALL INDIVIDUAL WINNER (Sponsored by Carpworld) – Stu Lennox 67lb 07oz


WINNING TEAM (Sponsored by Carp-Talk) – R.A.F Carp Team 60 points with a combined weight of 222lb 00oz


A huge thanks must go out to everyone who has supported the event either by donating prizes, sponsoring trophies, giving up their time or spending their hard earned cash on raffle and auction prizes because without the support the event wouldn’t be anything, in addition we thank Bait-Tech, Castaway PVA, Carp Particles and Andy’s Snacks for attending the event and exhibiting their products.


A special mention must go to Kevin Hudson who won the most sponsorship award and a weeks all inclusive fishing at Crete Lakes with a total sponsorship of £737 which is a phenomenal effort.


Simon Bangert, organizer of Carping4Heroes said “This year’s event has been truly overwhelming, not only has it been our biggest but we’ve also raised more than any previous event, I’m also humbled by the support the guys showed Darren Martin a previous participant who passed away in May and a collection we held for his 3 young children raised £168”


Next up for Carping4Heroes is our Champions Dinner Night which will be announced in due course.


6th June 2015


2014 BCAC champs offer 24hrs tuition


Chris Holmes and Neil Rivers In association with DNA Baits we are pleased to announce that we have this amazing prize up for grabs in next weeks auction.

24hrs tuition with BCAC 2014 champions, Chris Holmes and Neil Rivers covering carp style match tactics and big hit fishing with bait and day ticket included.

This is a fantastic prize with two of carp angling’s top match experts and characters and with the backing of DNA Baits the individual lucky enough to be the highest bidder will certainly learn a trick or two.


Chris is also a previous winner of our pairs trophy so we like to think we gave him the platform to become a BCAC champ. 

All joking aside we are massively grateful to both Chris and Neil for agreeing to give up their time and also to DNA Baits for getting the prize confirmed and for their continued support towards Carping4Heroes.



2nd June 2015


Trade stands announced


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With the event a little over a week away we can now make our final big announcement.


As well as the amazing live music for the social, the auction and raffle prizes and carp angling stars that will be doing our Q&A session we can now formally confirm that the following trade stands will be in attendance next weekend to make what is already looking like another great weekend an epic one.


In no particular order there will be:


Starflite Stainless


Forces C.A.R.P

Wright Tackle

Castaway PVA


We may be able to announce another couple of stands in the next day or so.


A huge thanks to the above companies for agreeing to come along and we hope that many of you come down and support the event and also come and see some top products close up.


The stands will be present at the event on Saturday 13th June from 11am until 5.30pm so please do come down and support our troops, the stands and the live entertainment.


It’s free (but you must buy some raffle tickets)


2nd June 2015


Robyn Regan to perform at Carping4Heroes 2015


Robyn ReganThis is a big one and anyone who likes their music will appreciate the coup we’ve managed in confirming this amazingly talented singer/songwriter.


We are hugely proud to announce that up and coming artist who was 8th on iTunes charts of singer/songwriters of 2014, Robyn Regan, will be performing at this years Carping4Heroes.


Robyn who hails from East London has a fanatical following online and is signed to independent record label Shiplap Records and is destined for big things in 2015.


She released a track on iTunes a couple of years ago called ‘Home’ and proceeds from sales of the track go to Help for Heroes and is still available to buy so go and buy it….NOW!!!


She will be performing at around 7pm on Friday 12th June so make sure you’re there if you enjoy live music as this isn’t too be missed.


For more details on Robyn you can visit her record label page at: www.shiplaprecords.com/robyn-regan


Her YouTube page is: www.youtube.com/SuperRobster15


You can also follow Robyn on twitter on @robynlouregan


or you can visit her facebok page at: www.facebook.com/RobynReganOfficialfanclub


We thank Robyn for agreeing to come along to the event and perform for us and I hope many of you come along to our social and support this fantastic talent who supports our troops.


01st June 2015


Lac Lucie Trip is a Winner


Pete 32A couple of weeks ago, one half of last years winning pair, Pete Robinson ventured out to France to fish Lac Lucie on the Carp France complex that he won during the auction.


Having spoken to Pete on his return he said it was a productive one on a complex that is fantastically ran by the owners Paul and Sue and is a fishery that is as close to paradise as possible for the carp angler.


Pete also took his family with him and said the facilities and the Lodge were great and the surrounding area was full of things to do if you wanted to take the missus and kids along.


With the family in tow this did restrict Pete’s angling time, but he did manage to winkle a few out and can’t wait to get back out later in the year with Forces CARP and give the place a really good go to catch some of it’s bigger residents.


From a Carping4Heroes perspective it’s great to hear from our raffle and auction winners on their adventures and we also appreciate the fantastic support of those companies and individuals that go out of their way to donate some amazing prizes, like Paul and Sue of www.carpfrance.com.


22nd May 2015


MH Acoustic Duo announced as first act at C4H 2015


Last year we introduced a musical element to the event and we were royally entertained by Spicer Acoustic, this went down really well with everyone that came along and this year we are continuing our musical entertainment and have confirmed 2 acts that will entertain us all on Friday 12th June.


Our first act that we can announce who will be entertaining you crazy lot is MH Acoustic Duo.


The MH Acoustic Duo of vocalist Mandy Hicks and guitarist Matt Hanson hail from Stevenage and have a soul/jazz vibe about their music covering old classics and modern hits and will deliver a 90 minute set at this years social gathering on Friday 12th June.


We can’t wait to catch up with them and we hope to see many of you there and enjoying a good nights entertainment whilst we raise money for a good cause, check out the YouTube video of the duo in action.


(Don’t forget we have a bivvy city in operation so please come along, enjoy the evening and stay over without the hassle of finding digs or having to drive home late)




14th May 2015


Auction Prizes Update


As with all our previous events we have been lucky enough to secure special donations that will be auctioned off on the Friday evening at the social get together, the items up for grabs are:


• A planet print block picture 
• 24hrs for 2 anglers at Linear Fisheries
• A signed carp print 
• 48hrs for 3 anglers at Lakeview Fishery
• A signed authors copy of Ian Chillcott’s book ‘Light my Fire’
• A signed and framed Carping4Heroes Logo signed by over 100 carp and coarse angling personalities
• An Anglers Mobile Power Solutions (A.M.P.S) Mk 2 Cobra power pack complete with a 2.5m LED light strip cable, mains charger and voltage reader


Bids for any of these items can be placed by sending an email to carping4heroes@gmail.com and the item will open at the highest bid received via email.


(if you’re the highest email bidder for an item and cannot attend the auction, you will be contacted via phone during the auction so you can increase your bid if required)


Details of these donations will be posted with pictures and links to donator websites and exact item details between now and the 12th June so keep your eyes peeled on upcoming posts.


14th May 2015


Raffle Prizes Update


This year we are pleased to announce the following companies will be supporting the Carping4Heroes 2015 raffle which will be drawn on Saturday 13th June after the Q&A session:


• Nash Tackle rod bag
• Nash Tackle bedchair
• 2 x Hinders Betaline and Black session packs
• Vagrant Baits package
• Dynamite Baits package
• Fox Tackle package
• 3 x Phat Fish clothing bundles
• 2 x Bait-Tech bait bundles
• 2 x Carp Couture clothing bundles 
• 3 x Korda tackle bundles
• Thinking Anglers package
• Castaway PVA package
• Ridgemonkey air dry system
• 3 x White Acre Fisheries bundles
• 2 x Taska baseball caps
• Enterprise tackle bundle
• ESP Marker rod
• 2 x £100 Nutrabaits vouchers
• Starflite stainless package
• Fox holdall
• Solar Tackle 10kg club mix boilies
• 24hrs at Linear Fisheries for 2 anglers
• Coolicebox 25l carp cool ice box and koolit ice block
• £300 Catmaster Tours voucher
• 1 week for 2 anglers @ Etang Baudy on a drive and survive package
• 1 week for 1 angler @Carp Gran Canaria


Raffle tickets will only be available at the event or from the Tackle Barn at Manor Farm Fishing.


More prizes to be confirmed!


14th May 2015


Carping4Heroes 2015 – Event Update


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With a month to go until Carping4Heroes 2015 we have been supported extremely well yet again by the carp angling world and here at Carping4Heroes HQ we are hugely grateful to all those companies and individuals that have pledged support.


As promised we said we would post an update on this year’s event and we are pleased to announce that the following schedule for the weekend has been confirmed:






Friday 12th June


  • Social get together which will include an auction and quiz
  • Live music with performances from MH Acoustic and Help for Heroes supporter and recording artist Robyn Regan. (profiles of our performers will be posted separately)


Saturday 13th June


  • 24 hr team carp angling match will begin that will see the Army, RAF, MPGS, Ex-Military and Civilian carp teams compete for various titles, including the ‘Darren Martin Memorial Trophy’
  • Trade stands will open from 11am
  • A slide show and Q&A session featuring Adam Penning, Ian Russell and Joe Turnbull will take place from 4.30pm followed by the raffle draw.


Sunday 14th June


  • Conclusion of the 24hr carp match and presentation of trophies and match prizes.


The event is free to attend and as ever we will be operating a bivvy city (£5 per bivvy) so that you can all stay and enjoy the atmosphere of the weekend and it would be great to see a lot more of you this year as the weekend is much more than just about the fishing and is a celebration of our armed forces and wounded heroes.


Throughout the weekend there will be catering on site that’s being provided by Andy’s Snacks and we’ll also be welcoming Mark Hogg, Jemima Musson and Bev Clifford as special guests alongside Penners, Ian Russell and Joe Turnbull to the event to assist in keeping you all entertained (Bev and Jemima are a deadly double act so be warned)


The trade stands at this year’s event will include:



Castaway PVA

Starflite Stainless

Forces CARP


(We will also be announcing further stands closer to the event)


So all in all this year’s event is set to be another great weekend with a festival style atmosphere and plenty for all to do, see and take part in.


For further information or queries then please contact us at carping4heroes@gmail.com and we look forward to seeing you all in June.




11th May 2015


Darren Martin

19th Aug 1969 – 1st May 2015


547441_412722905433967_1104215607_nIt’s with great sadness that I announce the passing of a dear friend, father, veteran and carp angler Darren ‘Felix’ Martin.


Darren was one of the original participants of Carping4Heroes and competed in 3 events and always bought with him his unique banter and laughter that we all knew and loved him for.


Darren was an ex REME soldier who saw active service in the 1st Gulf War and Northern Ireland before being medically discharged in 1996, following his discharge he worked as a mechanic/fitter for various companies and started hunting big carp in the Essex area where he lived for a few years following his discharge from the Army.


In recent years Darren moved back to East Yorkshire where he came from and continued his quest for big fish, notably on the Mesters syndicate and other Yorkshire venues.


Darren was a character who was well liked and loved by his friends and leaves us with many memories of great times both on the bank and away from it and we will all miss him dearly, unfortunately Darren also leaves behind 3 young children and our thoughts at this difficult and sad time are also with his family.


In honour of Darren’s memory the Carp-Talk sponsored team trophy will be renamed ‘The Carp-Talk Sponsored Darren Martin Memorial Trophy’ that will be competed for by all the teams that take part in all Carping4Heroes events.


‘We will all miss you mate and hopefully your chasing big lumps at the big pond in the sky’


Arte et Marte (REME Corps Motto)



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