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Heritage Is
By Paul Harris
don’t know about you, but I
love the history part of carp
fishing. My favourite articles
in the mag are the ones that
Rob has recorded on tape
with an angler when they
document a particular water’s past
history and its prized stock. Anyone
who’s been lucky enough to flick
through Chris Ball’s “carp history”
album will know where I’m coming
from. For those of you who used to
follow my rotary letter pieces I used to
do for the mag in the late nineties and
into the new millennium, you probably could tell that I had become fairly
despondent with the current carp
scene, and some of my last articles
were quite negative with regards to
how things were progressing carp
fishing wise. Unfortunately not a great
deal has changed in the way I feel
a b o u t c a r p i n g a s i t i s t o d a y. I n
December 2007, I took the decision to
concentrate on other species and
hang up the old carp rods. You may
think then, after what I just wrote,
why am I doing a carp fishing article?
Well, a Christmas present I got made
me look at things differently, and
made me realise that by choosing the
right waters and fishing for the type of
fish I wanted to catch, with a realistic
chance of doing so, could re-ignite
my passion for carp fishing. You can
thank (or blame!) Mickey Gray for
that, because it was his book “A
Merry Ole Dance” that inspired me
again. He fishes for pleasure, but still
has the old school principles with
regards history fish and heritage
waters, as well as those waters to pioneer on. All proper carping in my
book, and many of those fantastic
Yateley Match Lake fish in his book
reside in my album as well, so I could
really relate to some of his stories. His
book did for me what Rod Hutchinson’s book “The Carp Strikes Back”
did for me in the eighties, and Rob’s
(Above) First ever carp 10lb 8oz
Marlborough Pool, July 1982.
(Left) Marlborough Pool mid-double,
early eighties.
book “Tiger Bay” did for me in the
nineties. The old saying “catch ‘em on
your own terms” was never more apt.
Sod the rat race, and head for the
waters where you can get what you
want out of carp fishing. I stated
above what some of those things are
for me, but a little peace and quiet, as
much natural surroundings as possible, and proper carp (let’s not get
started on that debate; I’m so bored
with the argument now), and as few
of the idiots that our sport attracts
now as possible (I don’t want much
do I?). If you’re interested, this is my
heritage. Read on.
It all started for me in the late seventies. My village has a stream running at the bottom of the local playing
fields, and it used to be full of the


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