How NOT to hold a carp

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How NOT to hold a carp

We’ve all seen the new craze for kissing fish, but maybe this fish was wriggling away because it feared the angler was going to give it a bit of loving osculation (look it up). It’s also a good lesson that, if you’re going to be photographed weiyth a fish, you should hold it close to the ground and have something soft underneath, just in case the fish slips. And please don’t kiss them. Anglers have a bad enough reputation as it is.

Keith Elliott
Keith Elliott
Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I’m Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.

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