Issue 2 – This Scene Isn’t Dead

Dec ’14 saw the eagerly awaited follow up to the incredibly well received Subsurface Journal. Continuing with the same ethos and set of values that made Issue 1 such a success, and still focussed entirely on the highest quality design, production values, photography and incisive written content, Issue 2 brings new writers, new styles and new approaches to the evolving format.


Still proudly 100% independent, and still a ‘not for profit’ project, we can afford to focus purely on producing the highest quality publication possible, with no ulterior motive or agenda. Issue 2 has increased to 416 pages, and is printed on the finest sustainably sourced, environmentally friendly paper stocks and once again takes a bold step forward in both design and concept.


Content is as diverse as ever with stories from the likes of Luc De Baets’s pioneering journeys on the River Seine and Yonne in the late 90’s, to Jon Skold’s anecdotal piece about enduring the ravages of a Scandinavian winter, through to Matt Beddows angling in amongst the tangled iron work ruins of a Midlands quarry. Content is from as far afield as France, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden, right through to pieces from the heart of the UK scenes in the Colne Valley, all the way up to the northern scene in Cheshire.


Major interviews with Oz Holness talk about the realities of balancing working as a fireman with fishing some of the hardest waters in the UK, to underground anglers Dan Kilgour and Rob Gillespie talking about life on the circuit and in the undergrowth off the beaten track; rock climbing, burning out, raking spots with cars, and keeping the spirit alive for all the right reasons predominate. Once again we have strayed from any ‘big name’ anglers to ensure Subsurface remains unique and offers something different to anything else on the shelves.


Issue 2 also sees the introduction of a major new element in the form of the ‘Guest Editor’, and this issue we are proud to welcome Simon Hartop to the fold, with 100 pages of lovingly compiled and written pieces exploring the gritty realities of working class life in the Midlands and the search for beautiful carp to angle for, as well as the lifelong friendships that have followed as a result.


Here’s a few of the hundreds of emails we have received regarding Issue 1;


Congratulations on SSJ its more a work of art than a publication, it has certainly set a new high standard in my opinion, really looking forward to more.’


‘Totally supporting the Subsurface cause up here in the north of Sweden as it’s the most important step ahead within carp fishing media in years! So glad it’s come alive!’


‘I just wanted to congratulate you on Subsurface. Truly epic, and a lovely reminder of why we all angle. Refreshing, romantic and inspiring. Thank you’


‘I take my hat off to you all, I don’t think I’ve ever picked up an angling publication and got sucked into every article. Some ended too soon and left me wanting to read more, nice to read about like minded angles with no ego, plenty of etiquette and masses of passion! Well done all concerned!’


‘I’ve been a carp angler, and therefore been buying books and magazines for 30 years, and I have to say you have managed to capture the magic in a way that hasn’t been done in many, many years. The breadth and scope of the coverage, alongside the recognition that people have lives outside carp fishing sets what you have achieved above anything that has been published in a long time’



Issue 2 is 416 pages and retails at £24.99.

Get yourself a copy direct from us HERE


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