The BIGGEST carp fishing TV show in the UK and distributed to over 80 countries worldwide.
Did you know? Series 1 featured Danny Fairbrass and Darrell Peck alongside Ali, Dovey and Spooner.
This is Korda’s flagship television project and, for the first time, brought carp fishing to ITV4, where each of the four-episode seasons has proved to be a big hit both with anglers and non-anglers alike.
The show follows the presenters as they travel the world in search of Monster Carp
We have seen our Monster Carp team travel to far-flung places such as Japan, South Africa, Thailand, and the USA, as well as waters much closer to home in Europe, and there was even an episode filmed on an iconic English lake.
Over the years the format has changed, with a mixture of different presenters in the first season – all of whom are big names in the carp fishing world – before it became the same trio of Tom Dove, Neil Spooner, and Ali Hamidi.
That all changed in 2022 with the departure of Ali, but the eighth season with just Tom and Neil proved to be just as popular as ever and saw them enjoy some truly epic adventures, with some massive carp caught as well from both public and commercial waters.
Tom and Neil created a new format for Monster Carp, in Series 7 we saw two friends take the adventure to another level.
In 2022, the Monster Carp team went into marketing overdrive to ensure the show was seen by as many anglers (and future anglers) as possible. This included appearing in national newspapers, leading fishing magazines, and even working with Eddie 'The Beast' Hall.
Over the years their adventures have seen them visit iconic public lakes in Europe which are part of carp fishing history, including Luc de Saint-Cassien, Lac du Salagou, Lake Balaton and Embalse de Orellana.
Their journey has also taken them to the most renowned commercial lakes in the world, several of which have held the carp world record at various times, and has seen them fishing at Euro Aqua, The Graviers, and Gillhams Fishing Resort in Thailand.
The whole purpose of the show, aside from catching some massive carp, is to promote angling to the wider masses and to show just how much fun it can be, and hopefully, some of the non-anglers watching will decide that they want to give the sport a go themselves.
It also shows the diversity of our sport around the world and gives a flavour of the countries that they are visiting and the local culture, as well as some fishing tactics and techniques that are very alien to the way we typically fish for big carp in the UK.
Monster Carp is highly entertaining, and Tom and Neil have a great rapport and are genuinely mates off of the screen as well, and that definitely comes across in the show and makes it very watchable.
It does also look at the tackle and techniques that they are using to catch at each location that they visit, but only at a basic level that the average viewer can follow.
Monster Carp certainly has no shortage of potential locations, and there is plenty more to look forward to in future shows, as the dynamic duo continue to explore further afield and search for carp of various species – such as the huge black carp which inhabit lakes in China and potentially grow to over 100kg; or traveling to the other side of the globe to experience the carp fishing that Australia has to offer and where the sport is very much in its infancy; or even journeying to remote parts of Africa where they have heard of carp being caught and where they might have to run the gauntlet with hippos and crocs whilst fishing for them!
With what we have planned, you can be sure that future seasons will be even more epic and enjoyable than the episodes that you’ve already seen, as we constantly strive to make improvements to the show as Tom and Neil continue their adventures across the globe, searching for monster carp.