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In Search of Monster Carp
Big Common 38lb+.
get disheartened; you had a take,
even though you lost it. I reeled it in,
and put another bait straight back
onto the spot. It had only been out
there ten minutes when it peeled off
again, and luckily it was one of the
mirrors, this time – Baby Blind Eye. I’d
never had that one, and I was chuffed
as anything. It was 28lbs, very plain
fish one side, and just a few scales at
the back. Everyone thinks the Sutton
fish are all really scaly fish, and some
of them are, but some of them are not.
I wasn’t meant to be coming back
on the Saturday because the other
half had plans for me to do things, but
I convinced her that with me getting
there at 3.30am, and being home by
10am, we’d still get everything done,
so I was granted a pass. Obviously
10pm comes and you haven’t had a
take, and you’re thinking you’re owed
a fish, so ten o’clock rolled into twelve
o’clock, and then that mobile’s ringing, and you’re looking at it and you’re
scared like a little kid, as if you’re
gonna get spanked by your old man.
So in the end I got the courage to pick
up the phone, and I had to throw the
towel in that day. I knew it wasn’t
going to happen, and I went home
with my tail between my legs.
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You get windows at Sutton, as I
think you do on most lakes, when you
can really let them have it, but it’s
knowing when to do that. The thing
that worried me now was that if it got
out that I had put all this bait in, the
other blokes were going to think it
was the way forward. No disrespect
to them, but they might come down
once or twice a week and they feed
off what other people have done.
When they have limited time, fair
enough, but it worried me that they
thought that was the way to go as
well. So if Kodak has put 10kg in, and
we’re going to let them have it, then
it’s going to be dead for weeks. I
mean everyone says it’s a small lake
and you must be on them all the time,
but I’ve known it go six weeks without a take, and you’re looking at a big
head of fish in there. You can’t see
anything, which is a disadvantage;
you’ve got pea-green coloured water,
and you’ve got a little bit of flow coming in from the Pipe swim. There’s a
pipe that comes in under the ground
from the river, and it trickles in; it used
to pump through, and it used to be a
good little spot there.
I’ll get back on track here, as I drift
about because of my age – I’m an old
boy now. So I was worried about this
happening and it did; they came
down, they absolutely filled it in, and
it went dead for a little while. The
trouble was everyone stayed clear of
where they’d done it, so they were
getting in other areas, and you were
getting penned in with people, but I
stuck at it. I had just finished my contract then; I was working in the City,
and I was quite relieved to get out of
it. I was down there during the days,
and funnily enough, my mate John
Miller was down there and he phoned
me up asking if I could come down
and take a photograph. Most of the
time, if they were down there in the
evenings and I wasn’t there, they’d
ring me up and say, “Are you on call
tonight for photographs?” Saucy
sods! So I got the seven o’clock alarm
call to come down and take the photographs, and to bring my rods. So I
went down there, and I think he’d had
a 24lb mirror out of the Pads swim. We
were just sitting there having a good
old chat, and he said, “Get your rods
out,” and I said, “Yeah, I think you’re
right, mate.”
So I went down to the Dead Tree,
and I had a good look round it and
everything. I saw one of the branches

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