Hi Martyn, good to see another carp guy posting information on the CAG Forum- welcome! I am a fellow ex-Pat from Newcastle and now live in Evanston, Il. I'm not familiar with any other carp guys in your immediate area but there are quite a few in the Detroit area and also further north in Holland. You should send a message to a member called Flycarpster- he fishes from kayak a lot and I'm sure would be interested in getting together to fish with you. Also, send me a PM or look me up on Facebook under my name.