We are just a little over eight weeks away from the doors opening on what is going to be the largest event ever at Farnborough. More exhibitors, more retailers and what you all want, even more big name celebrities to talk to will be in attendance in 2013. Twice every week leading up to the show, Fishface Promotions will be keeping you in the know so you can have a better show, with all the press releases, tackle & bait news, as well as competitions and prizes to get you hyped up for what will be the biggest angling show on the 2013 angling calendar.




If you’ve got a few bob and in the market for an angling holiday of a lifetime, then this might be just what you’re looking for. On Stand 48A you’ll find first time exhibitors Tiger Fishing Zambezi, we spoke to the companies marketing team who told us “Our main target species is the African Tiger Fish which is arguably the fiercest fresh water fighting species in the world. I have been fishing for them since the early 90’s and have fished most of the Zambezi River which traverses through: Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique. So if you want a holiday of a lifetime and want to catch something totally different this could be right up your street.

For more information please visit  



Exhibitors List

As of 21st of December 2012 the following army of companies have all booked and  confirmed they will be exhibiting at the show on the 23rd and 24th of February 2013;


As you can see from the enormous list of exhibitors & retailers listed above, there will definitely be something on display or something to buy. With so much on display The Big One 2013 will totally satisfy the needs and requirements of the majority of fresh water and seas anglers, no matter what species of fish you target.



Ticket News

With pre-sales up and interest greater than ever we are looking at a superb turn out in February. For those of you who are looking for a last minute stocking filler visit the Big One 2013 website as there are a limited number of VIP tickets still available which includes a bucket full of excellent goodie to make your day more enjoyable but be quick, they’re selling faster than ten pound noted for a fiver!

Foot Note - That’s it for now but we’ll be back with loads more news and information from all the exhibitors throughout January and February to make the build up to the show as informative as possible. So for now we’ll wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!!

Event Update 02


First off, Vince and Colin, the team at Fishface Promotions who make the Big One possible would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2013. So with only eight weeks to go till the doors open on what is going to be one of, if not the biggest angling show ever held in the UK, the buzz on the social media has started to build nicely and the public interest is obvious by the number of tickets that are being sold for this years angling extravaganza at the superb Farnborough complex.




The amount of exhibitors attending the 2013 Big One now gives the visiting angler a bit of a problem, that is, how will you get to see everything in one day? Well that’s simply, we’ll be updating the event news section every week with all the stars, products and deals on offer to make your visit as rewarding as possible. Just to wet your appetite here’s a small part of what will be on offer over the 23rd and 24th of February, Rob Maylin will be on the Big Carp stand with a major book launch, numerous Bait Companies will be showing of there new and exciting products, more manufacturers and first time exhibitors, more celebrities, more interactive stands, to cope with demand there will be more VIP tickets available than ever before, plus a bigger presence from the sea angling fraternities. Add to this a bigger variety of catering, on site bank with ATM`s and more golf buggies to ferry you to and from your vehicles and this is only the tip of the iceberg.



Free Competition

The men in charge at the Big One Vince Davies and Colin Rumney are pleased to announce that Japanese bait giants Marukyu will be proudly sponsoring the 2013 show! As well as filling this years VIP buckets with a selection of their excellent products, MARUKYU will also be adding a bundle of goodies to very 12 lucky competition winners. All you have to do to enter the competition is click and share the Big One Facebook page and each Friday up to the event the team will pick two names at random from the list of names that are following The Big One on Facebook and each winner will receive a weekend ticket and a MARUKYU goodie bag. The winners will be drawn on the following Fridays; 11th, 18th & 25th of January and Friday the 1st, 8th & 15th of February.

To follow The Big One on Facebook and to enter the competition, please CLICK HERE

Event Update 03

With just over six weeks to go till the Big One 2013 opens its doors to the general public, the build up couldn’t be any better. With advanced tickets sales at an all time high and with the free to enter weekend ticket and Marukyu goody bag competitions on the Twitter and Facebook pages up and running, the social media buzz is bigger than ever. This great competition closes each week at12.00hrs every Friday Lunchtime and the winners will be announced on the Facebook page and on the weekly update. Plus the team at The Big One 2013 will be regularly updating the shows official website with all the bits you need to know for a better show.



Competition Winners

This weeks The Big One competition winners in association with Marukyu are Darren Pjm Reynolds from Kent & Dave Sayer from Lancashire. Please send the Big One a message on our Facebook page with your full name and address so your prize can be sent out. If your prize is not claimed by 12.00 hrs on Friday the 18th of January they will roll over into the following week and allocated to one of our other followers at random!!



Useful Link

This years Seminar arena has a star studded CV that will match any angling show in Europe this year. Fishface promotions have pulled out all the stops to ensure that no matter what your chosen angling style, there will be an army of celebrities on hand from all categories to entertain you and you never know you might just get a chance for a few personal pictures or two as well. Please use the following link to view who’s speaking at the Big One 2013, as of 11/01/2013 -

See you all next week s we start to take a sneak peak at what some of the leading brands will have to show you at The Big One 2013, until then have a great week.

Event Update 04


Exhibitors News

With only 5 weeks to go the build up is taking on momentum, with the angling trade yet again showing its total support for what has now become the biggest angling show in the United Kingdom. Word has just arrived in the UKMA office about a new tackle company from Russia exhibiting for the first time ever in the U.K. We have also been informed by Cambridgeshire bait company MAD BAITS that they will have their new head Consultant Jerry Hammond at the show along with the hand rolling machine Leigh Hemsley who will demonstrating the finer art of hand rolling your own boilies. You’ll find MAD BAITS on stand No.45C.

The UKMA team have also heard a very big rumour from GARDNER TACKLE that the general public will be able to get there first look at the all new for 2012 TARGET Terminal range of specialist products. This latest range of terminal tackle accessories and components has been overlooked by Mr Specimen himself Alan Stagg and he will be at the show on both days to offer assistance and advice on this comprehensive specialist range. Along side Alan, you’ll also have GARDNER TACKLE’s Lewis Read, offering advanced information and advice on all things carp. You’ll find GARDNER TACKLE on stand No.23C



Ticket News

Unfortunately the very popular VIP tickets have now totally sold out and to cope with there popularity and demand, the BIG ONE also issued and additional 90 Extra VIP tickets and these have also flown out the door with only minimal quantities still available. Don’t forget! You can book your tickets in advance by visiting the BIG One website   or you can do it over the phone by calling 0845 873 1900. For those of you who forget to book in advance, not a problem because you will still be able to pay on the door, so they’ll have you covered no matter how you decide to pay.



Competition Winners

AS you may or may not know but the BIG ONE in association with MARUKYU are running six weekly competitions on the BIG ONE Facebook page. Each week two lucky people will receive a Weekend Ticket and a MARUKYU goody Bag. To enter the competition, simply like and share the Big One Facebook page and you never know you might be one of the next winners?  The two lucky winners are Laurie Summers from Middlesex and Emma Brooke from Surrey, Congratulations and see you at the show!!

Event Update No. 5


Just 28 days to go till the BIG ONE 2013 opens its doors to the angling extravaganza of the year. Reports from HQ are that the pre-event ticket sales area at an all time high and the social media buzz is becoming very load indeed with ticket comps and Marukyu bait prizes for all the winners. To get you in the know, this week’s update will give you a detailed look at the Fox International stand, with all the celebs, products and info all you Fox disciples could will need. Plus a brief update on a few of the first time exhibitors you might want to pay a visit to or learn about.




No matter what your angling style is, you’ll defiinately find something of interest on the Huge Fox stand at the big one 2013. We spoke to Scott Day at the Fox HQ and here’s what Fox will have on offer for the visiting masses. On the carp product side of things you’ll be able to have a proper look at the Supa Brolly, Supa Brolly System, Supa Brolly Overwrap, Supa Brolly Mozzy Mesh, Flatliner Bedchair, Flatliner Kingsize Bedchair, Fx Combo Chair, Horizon Rods, New Horizon XTK rods, Warrior rods, Ranger XTS rods, Full Range of Sleeping bags, Black label range & the full Black Label Indicator range.



If coarse and match fishing is your scene then you can have a browse over the FOX MATRIX rang with a huge selection of products including their Supa Box sytems, Snag Free Accessories, Carpmaster Rods, Horizon rods, Evo Method Feeders, Reflex Reels, Ultron Reels, Ethos Luggage, Azure Luggage, Space Brolly and X3, Space Brolly, Terminal Tackle & Ethos Feeder Chair.

To keep the specialist fraternities buzzing FOX will have the Specialist rods, Specialist Luggage & Adjustalevel Chair on display and so they don’t feel left out the predator anglers amongst you can have an in depth look at the Fox Rage Lures, rods, reels, luggage and terminal tackle.

To offer there expert advice and to give you the full low down on all the above, FOX will have a small army of well known and experienced anglers on hand to show you round the stand including Scott Day, Shaun McSpadden, Lewis Porter, Tom Maker, Neil Smith, Steve Spurgeon, Harry Charrington, Chris Rose, Ian Chillcott, Rob Hughes along with Julian Chidgey – Fox Rage and Specialist, Ricky Teale – Matrix and Les Thompson – Matrix.



So as you can see, FOX INTERNATIONAL have pulled out all the stops to make your visit to the BIG ONE 2013 as informative and enjoyable as possible, and is a stand we highly recommend you pay a visit!



New Brands and first time Exhibitors

The most enjoyable thing about the Big One is you get a chance to see some of the latest brands and companies to enter the industry. If you pay a visit to stand No.56 you’ll see Black Country Baits selling there full range of boilies, pop ups and particles. If you haven’t heard or seen their products before, can learn a bit more about this established company by visiting .

On the same stand you will also have Castaway PVA demonstrating and selling there excellent range of BRITISH MADE PVA products. This established textile manufacturer based in the Midlands have put together an excellent range of PVA mesh for the match, coarse and specimen anglers. They also produce excellent PVA cable ties that will be of major interest to the predator brigades. To learn a bit more about Castaway PVA please visit


Facebook Competition Winners

DRUM ROLL!! This weeks Competition winners are Paul Frake from Leeds and Martin John Strachan-Tattersall from Huddersfield, Congratulations to you both, you've won a Weekend ticker and a bundle of MARUKYU products, we'll be in touch for you contact details, WELL DONE!!

We’ll be back next week with more updates from the big brands and some you may not have heard of, so until next week have a good one and don’t forget to follow the BIG ONE 2013 on Twitter @TheBigOnePromo or join the Facebook page

Event Update No. 6



PURE FISHING have announced that PENN ( ) will be in attendance for the first time ever at the BIG ONE 2013. So for all you sea angling fanatics this is exciting news as Mike Thrussell will be in attendance on both days to offer advice and product information to all who are interested. The Pure fishing stand will also feature all the new gear and top anglers representing Shakespeare, JRC and BERKLEY. So make stand No. 46A a must visit area for a comprehensive array of angling equipment. First time exhibitors VARDIS TACTLE ( ) will be in attendance promoting their wears to the angling masses who will be visiting the show this year. Along with numerous other members of the VARDIS team, you will have carp angling and social media legend Chris Appleby in attendance to offer advice and entertain all who visit VARDIS TACKLE on stand No.43D.



Come back on Friday for the BIG ONE update featuring exhibitor news and this week’s competition winners, see you then!!

Event Update No. 7



Things are going of the Richter scale at HQ the BIG ONE 2013.  To cope with trades demand for floor space to exhibit their wares and the already huge demand for tickets from the general public. Fishface promotions head honchos Vince and Colin have had make the area even bigger, with an additional 1930 square metres of floor space being added to accommodate an extra twenty new exhibitors (to be announced next week), full in show banking facilities supplied by Thomas Cook and additional catering to ensure no one goes home hungry.  UKMA spoke to the Fishface Promotion team who told us “This extra floor space will ensures that even when the venue is crowded, you will still have enough room to move around the arena with out being jostled by the crowds as is the case at many other events” they continued “We are expecting record crowds this year, so we are doing everything in our powers to ensure your visit to the BIG ONE 2013 is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible for everyone attending”.



Exhibitors News



UKMA had a quick chat with Solar Tackles marketing manager Jonathon Bones and asked him what SOLAR TACKLE will have on offer for the visiting crowds?, here’s what he had to say. “One of the big draws will be the all-new Titanium indicator system that'll be on show on the stand. This is the most versatile indicator ever made and this is already a much-anticipated release from the Solar stable, and these are due for launch this spring. The great thing about visiting us at the show is people can come and see it in the flesh and get their hands on it to find out exactly why it's so good. By the way, Nick's Stick Mixes are a brand new product that won't be in the shops by the show comes around, so this is the show goers chance to get their hands on some before it's on general sale countrywide”. Jonathon continued “SOLAR TACKLE will also have Martin Locke on the stand to answer any fishing related questions from the public, plus he will also be doing a slide show at The Big One. Nick Helleur, will also be on the Solar Tackle stand giving demos on perfecting your PVA stick fishing, but he will be on hand to answer any fishing related questions from the public. Myles Gascoyne will also be in attendance on the Solar Tackle stand, again offering advice and demos to all who ask”.




We also had a very brief chat with the marketing manager  from ZEBCO Europe, Thomas Stringfellow about what they will have on offer at the BIG ONE 2013, here’s what he had to say. “There will be a lot of hype on the match side of things, especially around the pole stand as the interest in our new range is massive and we are expecting good numbers to want to have a feel of the new poles set up. We would also like to put emphasise on our boilie range as there has been a lot of time and work dedicated by Frerk and his product development team towards this range. To take you through all the new gear and answer all your questions we will have Bob Nudd, Adam Richards, and Simon Colclough along with members of the Browning Hotrods to deal with the coarse side of things with Lee Collings on hand to deal with all your carp questions.

For more details of some of the new products mentioned above from Zebco, please click HERE to download a PDF.




DRUM ROLL PLEASE!! This weeks Big One Weekend Ticket and Marukyu UK Bait prize winners are Mark Oconnor from Canterbury and Christian Gay from East Sussex. Don’t forget to send a message on Facebook with your contact details to claim your prize

CONGRATULATIONS to you both!!!!

We’ll be back next week with more updates from the big brands and some you may not have heard of, so until next week have a good one and don’t forget to follow the BIG ONE 2013 on Twitter @TheBigOnePromo or join the Facebook page

Event Update No. 8



Northern based STICKY BAITS will be running several competitions over the next few weeks on their Facebook page to build up the launch of their all new ranges for 2013 (the UKMA team will keep you totally up to date on the competition information as it becomes available) or visit the website for more info .  

Straight of the boat from Holland, we just spoke to SOLAR TACKLE MD Martin Locke and he has announced that the Kent based company will be offering a 4 for a score deal on all new bait products in their range. You will be able to choose from the new Chop Boilies, Pop Ups, the new for 2013 Stick Mix or one other new product, any four for 20 quid.




With only 18 days to go before the doors open on the BIG ONE 2013 hype from the leading exhibitors is starting to flow into the UKMA office. The latest news to arrive in the office is from Shropshire based tackle giants PRESTON INNOVATIONS. Their marketing manager Ant Rogers told us “if you visit stand No.10 you’ll get a chance to meet Team England's Des Shipp and World Feeder Fishing Team Captain, Tommy Pickering, who will be on hand to give advice and tackle tips. You'll also be able to meet Team DELCAC and check out our latest tackle for 2013, including the new Absolute Station, Monster Feeder Chair and much more



Ant continued “also in attendance on Stand No.10 will be KORUM and the Team of expert anglers will also be on hand to offer advice, and you’ll also be able to browse over our latest tackle for 2013, including all the new Accessory Chairs, ITM luggage and much, much more. You can also meet 'The Pons' Chris Ponsford, who will be on hand both days to give advice and talk you through our tackle. We're there both days, so come and find us, as we'll have EXCLUSIVE competitions on both days, where you can win loads of Korum gear”. You’ll also find SONU Baits on stand No.10 showing off their latest products for 2013.

Right next door on stand No.11 you’ll have the AVID CARP Team will also be at the show all weekend demonstrating their new products for 2013, including the Safeguard Cradles, Transit Barrows and terminal tackle bits. Ian Russell and Jon ‘Shoes’ Jones will be on hand both days to talk you through the new products and answer any of your carp-related questions. As you can see PRESTON INNOVATIONS, KORUM, AVID CARP & SONU Baits have something for every style of fresh water angler to have a look at and definitely one to visit.

We’ll be back on Friday with more news and updates from the BIG ONE 2013, th biggest angling show of the year, see you then!!

Event Update No. 9


It’s all going mad in the 2013 BIG ONE media room this week with all the exhibitors sending in info about who and what they will have on offer to tempt the visiting masses. So with no further a do and with only 14 days till the doors open here we go with Update No.9.



News Flash


Shimano Normark UK Step in to save the day

There has been a minor change to the VIP buckets, due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to source an alternative brand of line to fulfill our obligations to the 800 anglers who have pre ordered a VIP bucket. All the team at the BIG ONE 2013 would like to thank Adam, Chris and all the staff at SHIMANO NORMARK UK for stepping in at the 11th hour to assist and rectify this problem.


Exhibitor News

Great news for all the carp heads visiting the Big One 2013, THINKING ANGLERS will be in attendance on stand No.24c with Steve and Ben along with other members of the team in attendance to advise and demonstrate there wears. The forward thinking company will also be displaying some of the new terminal gear they will have on offer in 2013. We will you keep you fully up to date on any other surprises that this clever company will have to offer. For more info visit the THINKING ANGLERS website .

First time exhibitors at the BIG ONE 2013 but a face all regular visitors will know from previous years will be G-FORCE TACKLE. This new company represented by the founder of Atomic Tackle Simon Healy, will be displaying and offering great deals on their superb lead range which features all the classic designs that are associated with Simon with a few new surprises as well. Simon's eight years experience in manufacturing arguably some of the best leads in the United Kingdom has built him a solid reputation in the industry and with the show seeing the launch of the new G-FORCE hook range stand 45 will be well worth a visit.



Another new brand exhibiting at the BIG ONE for the first time is smart phone and tablet accessory distributors, Big Strawberry 8. We spoke to Jill from the media team at Big Strawberry 8 who told us “We discovered through market research that there was a definite demand for phone and media accessories to the sessions angler and decided to show a re wears to the angling community at the biggest angling show in the country the BIG ONE 2013” Jill continued “ We will have the excellent JUICER range of chargers that are suitable for all makes of mobile phone, waterproof covers, Keyboards for mobiles, pretty much everything you will need to keep you connected and fully powered to the outside world whilst out on the bank”. You will find Big Strawberry 8 on Stand No. 55H as well as on Facebook.




We spoke to Darren Cox, the Manger at GARBOLINO UK to find out what they have to offer the visitors at this years BIG ONE, here’s what eh had to say. “The Garbolino stand should be busy again this year as we have lots of new products on show for the first time in the UK. Top of the list are the G System Match rods including the fantastic new Mini Carp Feeder rods which are sure to be a massive hit. We have new poles for every budget including the G System Carp series designed for the crazy Belgium Carpodromes! Lots of other new products are on show too and our Garbolino Consultants will be on hand to help. Come along and talk to top match anglers Darren Cox, Grant Albutt, Steve Cooke, Simon Fry, Jason Lebosquet to name a few! Pick their brains about our new products or even how to approach your next match. The guys will also be doing demonstrations on the effectiveness of method, Pellet and banjo feeders. Don’t miss it on stand Garbolino4; it will improve your feeder fishing for sure”.



Darren also told us that also on show for the first time in the UK will be SAKURA LRF/Spinning gear. This brand has been leading the way in France for several years now and it’s on show to the public for the first time at the BIG ONE! If you’re serious about lure fishing don’t miss it! On show will be the award winning Sportism, Shinjin, Tinis Neo ranges of rods as well as some exciting new hard and soft lures for both fresh and salt water lure fishing. Don’t forget stand No.4 for all the latest from Darren and the GARBOLINO team.



This weeks two lucky Weekend Ticket and MARUKYU UK Bait prize winners are Tony Wynnick from North London and Vanessa Warner from Portsmouth, we will be in touch to get your contact details shortly, WELL DONE!!!

Event Update No. 10



UKMA have had a chat with Vince & Colin at Fishface Promotions and we can confirm that the main arena is now fully booked with all available stand space now sold out. The additional 1930 square meters of floor space that has been added to accommodate extra space for more catering, exhibitors and most importantly visitors is also looking busy with only minimal stand space now available to exhibitors now being available, you will definitely be busy trying to see everything in on day at the biggest angling show of 2013.


In Focus



For those of you who have never come across Splash baits we had a good chat with the Somerset based bait company, and here are 5 good reasons why you might want to visit them.



1 - We are about to launch a new base mix ingredient range allowing the smaller bait companies and individuals to benefit from our bulk buying. We have taken the view that the discounts we obtain with bulk purchases, we will be passing on to our customers and therefore, the majority of our base mix ingredients are some of the cheapest available. This is quite an extensive range and I have attached the price list for you to see what we are going to be stocking. The price list is going to be online at our website at and available to purchase online from the 01st March.

2 - We have a fantastic new range of flouro pop ups. These come in 12mm and 14mm sizes and Scopex, White Chocolate and Coconut flavours. These new pop ups use the most advanced and newest recipe to allow for maximum yet proportionate leakage whilst maintaining their colour and buoyancy. Our advanced testing programme has seen the pop ups lose zero buoyancy in over 6 continuous days. These will be on display and demonstrated at our stand.



3 - We have a brand new bait being launched at the show. From the principle base mix of our signature bait (Factor 7) we have added to it to make it even more appealing to increase the anglers catch ratio. The flavour is predominantly fishy crab. We are looking for a new name for this award winning bait and are opening a competition to win 10kgs of the new bait if your proposed bait name is the best.


Finally, we are offering a minimum of 20% off for the duration of the show. Here’s some of the deals that we will be offering at the show will be as follows:

  • 5 pots of pop ups (any flavour) for £20
  • 3 kg of Factor 7 shelf life boilies for £20
  • 1kg of Factor 7 shelf life boilies + 2 pots of pop ups for £12.99
  • 1kg of pop up mix + 50g of dye for just £13.49

For all those planning on making a visit, Splash baits will be able to accept credit and debit cards. And last but not least, you can stop by and see the Splash Baits model…….she will be attending the show all weekend!


In Focus


Maver UK

AS per usual you will find MAVER on stand NO.5 and they will have a huge amount of new gear on display to satisfy the needs of the match and course anglers alike. Stars in attendance on both days will include Andy Kinder and Steve Mayo, with the usual small army of staff to answer all your product questions. Just as a guide, here are a few of the new items they will have on display at the BIG ONE 2013.



Starting with poles you‘ll be able to have a feel of the Competition Match This 6SX 16m pole, Competition Match This 5SX 16m pole, Competition Match This 4SX 16m pole, Competition Match This 3SX 16m pole, Competition Match This 2SX 14.5m pole, Competition Match This 1SX 13m pole, Elite Carp 13m & 14.5m poles, Armageddon SX 16m pole, Retribution SX Carp 14.5m pole ,Satanic X Carp 13m pole, Respect 13m pole, Strong Arm 11m pole, Invincible Margin 9.5m pole, Powerlite Margin 9m pole and the Thema Margin 9m pole.



If Running line is your pleasure and you like to fish the float, then the Elite Match 2 piece range (10ft - 12ft), Elite Match 13ft 3 piece, Powerlite SX Match 2 piece range (10ft – 12ft), Powerlite SX Match 13ft 3 piece, Powerlite SX Match 15ft/17ft 4 piece are definitely going to be worth a look.



For the feeder angler the Elite Feeder 2 piece range (10ft – 12ft), Powerlite SX Feeder System, Powerlite SX Feeder 2 piece range (8ft – 12ft) and Powerlite SX Commercial Combo will be on display for you to have a hands on play with. Even the Predator anglers will find interest on the MAVER stand with the new Delta Spin range (8ft – 10ft) on display. To accompany this huge range of rods you have the full range of Maver / Tica Reels that includes the SU2000S front drag, SU3000S front drag, GN2000 front drag, GN3000 front drag, GR3507 freespool, GR4507 freespool, SR3007 freespool, SR4507 freespool, TF9007B Abyss freespool, TG5000H Talisman, LZ2000 front drag and LD2050 rear drag, pretty much a reel for every anglers requirements.



You can also find the full Seatbox range on display including the MXi Elite seatbox, MXi Series 5ES, MXi Series 4ES, MXi Series 3ES (available in both front and cross-drawer variations), MXi Series 201, MXi Series 101 and MXi deluxe trolley. Plus the full range of seat box accessories with the MXi Elite universal side tray,  MXi stacking module with moulded runners, MXi stacking unit ABS lid and handle, MXi 30mm tray and divider kit / 18cm winder set, MXi bait bowl, MXi standard and telescopic legs, MXi rig roost arm, MXi compact side tray, MXi leg extender and
MXi spirit level.



Add to all the above the comprehensive range of nets, luggage, clothing and accessories for the match and general coarse angler, as well as the Carp Range which includes a complete range of luggage including no fewer than 13 items, their Continental-style rod pod, the Maver Carp fast pod (available in 3 and 4 rod options), XT hangers, T165 indicator, T121 indicator, the Deluxe reclining chair, the Standard chair (with and without arms), the 6-leg bedchair, 3 x new bivvies and the Carp barrow and it will take you a few hours to really take on board this huge collections of tackle that MAVER will have on display for the entire weekend.



We’ll be back on Friday with the final Weekend Ticket and Marukyu UK bait prize winners and more Exhibitors new as it arrives at the BIG ONE 2013 media HQ, until then have a good week.

Event Update No. 11

Only seven days to go until the doors finally open on the most anticipate angling event of the year. The Pre-event ticket sales are at an all time high and this years exhibitors list is well and truly bursting at the seems, ensuring everything the freshwater and sea angler could possibly want to see, will be represented at the BIG ONE 2013. Just to remind and inform all visitors, there will be ample hard standing parking space for all visitors, with golf buggies on hand to shuttle you to and from your vehicles (which comes in handy when you have spent a months wages on gear for the coming year) If things get busy as they do, you will have to walk no more than 400yds from your car to the door but if you are a Disabled parking permit holder, there will be plenty of allocated spaces near the entrance for you.


SVENDSEN SPORTS have just contacted the BIG ONE 2013 media HQ and made the following announcement “SVENDSEN SPORTS” will PROLOGIC and SAVAGEAR consultants Rik Johnson and Ant Glasco. They will be showcasing several of the new products for 2013 including the brand new flagship PROLOGIC Unit Alarms, the New Commander Bivvy and the New Fastwater Carp Rods.
SAVAGEAR will be displaying the new lures including the incredibly successful Real eels and 3D Shads, some of the new Lure Rods as well as the range of new clothing for 2013 all on our stand No.19B, You will be able to find most of the previously mentioned products available to purchase from a supporting dealer



NASH TACKLE & BAIT, along with PEG ONE will be on stand No.49A and as per usual there stand will be absolutely enormous. You will be able to have your first look at the new for 2013 Ballmakers which are revolutionary groundbait moulds that will appeal to all anglers, along with literally dozens of new tackle products due for release in 2013 for both the carp and specialist angler. Along with their huge array of products you will have an army of anglers on hand to demonstrate and offer advice and assistance on all things carp and freshwater, including Alan Blair and Paul Garner, On the Bait front you’ll have Gary Bayes showing of the new Magma, Snowpots and Purple Monster Squid bait range.


In Focus

Come and see the greatest and the most successful range of specialist hook lengths in the world. No less than Ten World Records, UK and International records by the score and hundreds of water records have fallen to anglers using Kryston. Pop over and see why they are used by the best. At Kryston we actually make products in the UK and proud of it. Ken South is a proven successful carp angler with over 25 year’s experience. During his lengthy career he has fished some of the best waters in the UK and travelled overseas resulting with successful campaigns in France, Belgium, Holland and other locations. At the Big One we are delighted and very proud that an angler of Kens standing will be assisting us on our Kryston Stand. There are some anglers who live on waters 24/7 and in order to further their public profile shout from the rooftops whenever they catch a fish, then on the opposite end of the spectrum there are the unsung heroes who quietly go about their business efficiently catching without raising as much as a whisper. Ken is one of the latter.


When it comes to terminal tackle Kens philosophy is best described as a combination of an Old School approach that embraces modern advances in technology. He believes that rig construction should combine two key elements. Firstly the hooking mechanics should be as simple efficient and least complicated as possible and secondly the rig should present the bait as effective as it possibly can. For this reason a great deal of Kens success from many waters has come from fishing with pop ups but not a standard pop up presentation. He realizes that depending on the conditions on the day by carefully balancing his rigs in varying degrees its slower sinking rate keeps the hook point free of the bottom debris that abounds in all still waters. This in turn ensures the hook is not masked in any shape or form and importantly his presentation will be visible and unfettered.

At the Big One Ken will be assisting us on our stand where he will be demonstrating to help you to tie proven rigs especially his highly successful balanced presentation, he will explain and help you understand the different types of hook length materials their behaviour in water and their uses. Ken will also be showing and explaining his excellent INCHODNITO system that he has developed and used this winter to very good effect and answer any carpy based questions that you may have. The complete Kryston range will be on show including our very special braids which have accounted for no less than a staggering TEN WORLD RECORD CARP



The winners of the last two Weekend Passes and Marukyu UK bait prizes are Shaun Burke from Basingstoke and Julie Watson from Upwell. Thanks for your support and CONGRATULATIONS!!

No more competitions next week but we will be publishing more event information, stand and exhibitors news, PLUS a downloadable PDF floor plan for you to print off,  to make finding your favourite brands a much simpler task.

Event Update No. 12



With only four days until the doors open on the BIG ONE 2013 the media HQ is buzzing with info coming in from all directions. First things first, here is some important information regarding entrance times. FISHFACE PROMOTIONS have made the following statement:

We would like to point out that visitors with tickets purchased in advance can enter the arena from 08.30hrs on Saturday the 23rd and 09.30hrs on Sunday the 24th. If you are planning on paying on the door, then please arrive at least 45 minutes after the aforementioned times on the day you visit or you WILL definitely have to queue. Please remember as the temperature is looking at being far from warm, this could be a very cold as well as frustrating wait if you arrive too early”.



After the drama’s many of you experienced whilst visiting a carp show earlier this year because of inadequate parking facilities on site and having to travel nearly 4 miles to find off road parking. We have received numerous queries about parking facilities at the BIG ONE 2013 and we can guarantee that all visitors will be able to find hard standing parking in a secure car park. With over 5000 parking spaces available and with several golf buggies on hand to shuttle you to and from your vehicles, even if you end up in the lower level of the car park you will be able to get a free lift to and from the main entrance which at worst is only a few hundred yards from the actual arena, either way, the organisers at Fishface Promotions have it well and truly covered.




For all lovers of the Fishing in the footsteps of Mr Crabtree series, we have some great news for you. We have received an email from the Anglers mail to inform you that the series presenter John Bailey will be with the Angler's Mail for the weekend.

They will also be launching an offer on our book 'Fishing in the Footsteps of Mr. Crabtree' for full details on this deal and for  the official “The Big One 2013” four page guide packed with event information, pick up a copy of this weeks Anglers Mail. Fox International has just announced that they will have a designated rig section on their stand with expert advice and demonstrations from the Fox team all weekend.

If you visit the DNA Baits/PB Product stand, Jon Bannister has a unique opportunity for the angling public called ‘HAVE YOUR SAY’. We spoke to Jon and asked what this was all about, here’s what he had to say “We all complain that there is no voice for the everyday angler. That’s now changed. I will be on stage this weekend with a film crew and live feed chatting with the everyday angler. The footage will be going on a new TV platform. Come on guys this is your chance to have your say. Anything your passionate about, the magic of angling, otters, it doesn’t matter this is your platform. We will also be on the look out for the next TV man or woman to put out in front of the camera, so if you are good there is a chance to join the team, no big superstars just normal guys like us. So come and join us on the DNA/PB stand this weekend and ‘HAVE YOUR SAY’





At this year’s Big One show, Shimano Normark UK have a huge range of exciting New Products from Shimano, Dynamite Baits, ACE, Rapala, Storm, covering Match, Coarse, Carp and Predator fishing.

Mark Pollard, Rob Wootton & Nick Speed will be on hand to show you the latest and greatest Match tackle. Mick Brown will be demonstrating the actions of some of the greatest Rapala & Storm lures & offering advice to help you catch more predators than ever before.



Terry Hearn and Iain MacMillan the will be on hand to answer your questions and show you the gear to help you land more Specimen Carp in 2013 With informative demonstrations from the Pro’s covering Lure actions, Bait techniques, Rig Tying and setting up your tackle, Shimano Normark UK stand is definitely one to visit!!


We’ll be back on Friday the 22nd with the final news and all the build up to the ‘THE BIG ONE 2013’ without question the biggest and best supported angling event on the calendar!!

Event Update No. 13


It’s finally here!!

Anticipation is high from all involved as the final preparations are underway on the eve of the biggest angling event of the year. The Marque is up, the crowd control barriers are in place and the exhibitors are arriving by the van load to set up for THE BIG ONE 2013. With Vince and Colin rushed of their feet at the arena. Media HQ has been inundated with info from all involved so that all who are intending to visit the show know what to expect. With more floor space, more catering, banking facilities on site and more exhibitors than ever before, the buzz is immense to say the least as the UK angling trade head to Farnborough.



To ensure you can easily find all your favourite brands and don’t miss out on any of the army of stars appearing in the Theatre when you visit THE BIG ONE 2013. Your first option is to buy this weeks ANGLERS MAIL and you will find a 4 page pull with everything you’ll need to know about the BIG ONE 2013. If you can’t get hold of a copy, don’t panic as we have everything you need to know, all sorted out on the two links below. Simply click on the following links to download and print off your own full colour Theatre schedule and BIG ONE 2013 floor plan.

Seminar Theatre Schedule

Exhibitor List and Floorplan


Exhibitor News

If river match angling is your thing then you’ll be please to here that Dave Harrell is back again in 2013 with an even bigger stand. He’ll be at the stand both days to answer your questions and demonstrate his excellent range of floats and accessories. If touring the world is pursuit of big carp is your pleasure then check out the Ontario Canada Stand plus there talks in the main Theatre.

If top level match angling attracts your attention then you’ll be pleased to here that Sean Ashby who has been attending the show for several years will be at THE BIG ONE 2013 but this year he is returning as WORLD CHAMPION - all the Fishface Promotions team would like to congratulate Sean and he will be in attendance on both days of the show at the Vale Royal and Sensas stands.


If you are interested in electronic bait distribution by Angling Technics (Bait Boats), INTERLOK aluminium rod supports or Mainline Baits, then have a look at Simply on stand No.30A where you will find Keith Williams and Jay Folly on hand to offer advice and service. Also representing the MAINLINE brand you’ll have Alan Giles and his KENT PARTICLES team with a comprehensive selection of MAINLINE products at competitive prices, you’ll find KENT PARTICLES on stand N0. 21A.  

First time exhibitors MAD BAITS will be displaying there new range of soft hook pellets, hand rolled 6mm match boilies and pop ups, along with there excellent range of carp baits that are building a huge following on numerous well know venues in Hertfordshire and Middlesex. These include Farlows, Thorney Weir, The Mets and the superb Carthagena Fishery own by the Cambridgeshire based companies head consultant Gerry Hammond, with numerous big fish captures already registered on their baits you should mark stand No.45c is definitely one to visit.


 In Focus


Media HQ spoke to TRAKKERS marketing manager Jerry Bridger and we asked him what TRAKKER had to offer the visiting angler at THE BIG ONE 2013?  But rather than simply sending us some images and a few words, he put together this excellent E-zine news letter instead for your reading pleasure and general information! You can view this by clicking HERE.

We’ve just had a quick word with KORDA & GURU’s Social Media marketing manager Tom Burns and he told us “As usual, Korda’s stand will be the one to visit. With Superstars such as Tom Dove, Darrell Peck and many, many more will be there to demonstrate new tactics or simply answer your carping queries”.

He continued “They can do this with the aid of our dedicated fish tanks that show you exactly how the presentations act underwater. Not only that, there will be a host of interesting products on show including a couple new bits that must be seen. With the continuing participation of top manufacturers in the tackle industry and with new names signing up regularly The Big One show promises to be a winner”.



On the GURU stand you can expect to find numerous members of the huge team of top rods including Steve Ringer and Adam Rooney, who will be on hand to take you through all the new products and demonstrate how to get the very best out of them. We’ve already had a sneak preview of some of the new items they will have on display for the first time and if you visit stand No. 20 you won’t be disappointed



So there you have it the final update before the doors open tomorrow morning at 08.30 to ticket holders and remember if you are planning on cueing for a ticket you will have to wait until after 09.00 at the earliest to get in. So if you are paying on the door, make sure you wrap up well because it is going to be one hell of a cold morning but once you get inside, you can expect an atmosphere and energy that can only be found if you visit the countries leading angling show, THE BIG ONE 2013!!


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