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INSIGHT GR60

An interview with Martin Clark

Big Carp 40 PlusAsh
Hi Martin thanks for taking time out for this mini interview. As a long time customer at Leslies of Luton and friend it would only be fair to say you've been around the British carp scene a good few years now with many fine captures to your credit. You were full of praises when you were asked to field GR60 some 15 years ago as a member of the Insight Team, what mono mainline do you use now we're in 2010?
Martin
That's an easy one to start with, I still use GR60 whenever I’m fishing for big carp and have tried a few others from time to time whenever I went over to linear Oxford. Having spent the previous 15 years, prior to using GR60 for the first time, using lots of well known monos it didn't take long to realise that GR60 was and is something special.
Ash
What do you mean special?
Martin
Well I’m no scientist but basically every mono around has its own characteristics due to the precise ingredients used in the manufacturing process. You could basically describe these characters as, memory, stretch, density, strength and abrasive qualities, all relative to the diameter. In my opinion the American manufacturers got the ingredients spot on and the end result GR60, has stood the test of time and become a favourite to thousands of anglers.
Ash
Why do you prefer to use it whenever you’re fishing for big carp?
Martin
Well as an angling consultant I get asked to test and try all sorts of angling products, mostly focused on carp fishing, and you can't make comparisons if you only use one specific product. Having caught so many big carp now on GR60 I can go anywhere confident in the knowledge I’m using the best line available. The strength, or should I say, breaking strain is, as we know, underrated slightly. Kevin and Ian Crawley the men behind GR60, took the lowest knot readings for strength rather than average.
Ash
You mentioned density, can you elaborate a little?
Martin
Well some lines float, some sink like a brick, and in between them you have GR60 which sinks slowly once surface tension is broken. In essence a line suitable for surface fishing and fishing on the bottom. The modern day Fluorocarbon lines greatest asset is they sink extremely well and they clear so the perception is the carp will visit the angler’s baited area and now know they are being fished for. Now this may well be the case if everyone fished a bowl with no weed or obstacle like bars but in truth most of us fish over weed and bars and the quicker sink rate simply isn’t needed and could even be detrimental. The beauty of GR60 is all of its attributes added together, the fluorocarbons that I’ve used do not cast as well nor have the abrasive resistance.
Ash
What breaking strain do you prefer?
Big Carp 40 PlusMartin
6Ib for Barbel fishing and occasionally floater fishing in open water.
8Ib plus leader on my spod rod and long chuck rods.
10Ib for floater fishing.
12Ib for stalking and open water fishing on the bottom.
15Ib for swims and areas where it's possible the extra strength and abrasion resistance will be needed.
If I felt the need to use the 6Ib I would, and also the 18Ib but since I’ve not done much extreme range fishing or snag fishing in the last decade, I’m happy to use those in the middle of the range.
Ash
How often do you renew your mainline?
Martin
Ha!ha! not as often as I should but then GR60 doesn’t degrade as quickly as other lines. I’ve had some on my reels for as long as 6 years, one reel has had the same line on for 10 years. Sunlight will degrade mono perhaps more so than anything and I’ve found the darker lines suffer this more so than clearer lines. GR60 simply outlasts every mono currently available. These days I replace the last 200yds every 2 years, if I were fishing any gravel pits with any regularity then I’d just renew the last 200 yds every year or if there was any signs of damage.
Ash
How many big carp have you had on GR60 then?
Martin
You're asking a lot now, blimey how long is a piece of string, ha!ha!ha!!!
As you know I’ve gone past that stage of counting, unlike some, and I don't clock up the hours, unlike some, but I should think probably something like 100 over 30Ib's. I've had a dozen over 40Ib on GR60, they're easier to count ha!ha!ha! Perhaps I’ll have a count up for my next book.
Ash
Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. I'll let you go now as I can see you’re ready for another session, all the best mate!
Martin
No problem Ash, I’ll send you a couple of images of some old warriors if you want.

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