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In Search Of Monster Carp
36lb Wraysbury early 80’s.
next closed season. I spent a lot of
time looking, but never ever saw that
fish again, so I presume it must have
died. That was a strange thing as
well, because while I was fishing
there in the winter time, quite often I
would do a Tuesday night on my own,
because there was nobody else on
there. I got there one Tuesday, pulled
up in the car park to fish, and there
was a little swim I had made for
myself three quarters of the way up
the river bank, because I found a couple of lovely little gravel bars and a
nice gully. I cut the swim out because
nobody ever fished it; I never saw
anyone out there, and so I baited it up
with maples and I fished it all through
the winter. But the funny part was,
this Tuesday evening or late afternoon, I got there and it was cold; I got
my gear out of the car, and there was
a black cat on the van, so I stroked it,
and said hello to it as you do. Then I
went walking along the river bank,
and he followed me all the way to the
swim. I put my brolly up, got my bedchair out, set myself up, and he slept
on the bed all night. I packed up in
the morning, and he followed me all
the way back to the car. I thought to
myself, he’s got to be a stray, so I
thought I’d take him home with me.
When I’d got all my gear in, I threw
him in the back, and before I could
close the doors, he was gone, and I
never, ever saw him again.
Another strange thing was,
although it was wintertime, I could
tell the time of night. At 9pm every
time I fished there, the tench would
come along, and I’d have loads of
them on the maple peas. I never got a
carp out in the wintertime, but I was
getting loads and loads of tench –
unbelievable! I had seen this kiddie
up there fishing now and again, and
one weekend I was up there, and he
came along with his dad. His dad said
to me, “Excuse me, (I can’t remember
the kids name now) but he wants to
fish all night, and I’ve told him he can
only fish if he can fish next to you, or
in the next swim to you, and if it’s ok
by you.” So I said, “You know it gets
cold at night,” and he said, “I’ve told
him that, but he won’t listen to me.”
Now his dad had bought him brand
new rods, a bivvy, and Christ knows
what, so his dad had plenty of money.
So I said, “I don’t mind.” So the next
thing I knew, the following weekend,
they came up, set up this bivvy in the
next swim to me, and his dad went
off. It got dark, this kid was sitting
next to me, and there was a rustling in
the bushes, so I said, “Ah it’s alright,
don’t worry about it.” Anyway as it
got dark, at four or five o’clock in the
afternoon, as it got more into the
evening, he was getting more and
more worried, and said, “I don’t really
feel very well.” So I said to him,
“ Wo u l d y o u l i k e m e t o r u n y o u
home?” He said, “Yeah”, so I took this
kiddie home. He left all his gear, and I
ran him home, knocked on the door,
and said to his dad, “I think he might
have been a bit frightened; he could
hear rustling, rats in the bushes.” The
next day his dad came down, packed
up his gear, and thanked me. His wife
came down with a nice hot dinner for
me, and all through the winter I was
getting nice hot dinners. It turned out
his dad was a nephew of Stevie
Neville, and his dad had a lot of
money. His dad was a millionaire,
bought one of the lakes at Yateley, and
started fishing, but at the time I didn’t
know him from Adam – it just shows
you.
I met a young guy there at the time,
Robin Dix, and got friendly with him.
I used to fish the Match Lake, and I
don’t know how long ago, but they
had just put a few fish in there, and I
had a couple out around the 15lb
mark. I phoned up Hall & Co, or whatever it was called at the time, and
spoke to a guy called Ken to ask him
what weights he had put the fish in
at, and apparently they had only been
put in at 5-6lbs, so they must have
been the original fish. People like the
Animal (I used to call him the Animal), Chris Riddington, and Terry
Glebioska were all on there, but I
fished with Robin Dix quite a lot. We
used maples on there, and had quite a
number of nice fish – we even used to
break the ice. It’s funny because I
went to one of those NASA dos at the
time, and was talking to Rod Hutchinson. I was telling about these fish,
because he had done a couple of articles on particles, and I was asking
him about the maples. I was having
problems with hooking fish on the
maples, and he said to me, the way to
fish for them was with a heavy lead, a
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