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Heritage Is Important
(Left) One of my last ever fish from
Horseshoe Lake, 1991.
(Above) Keith Bryatt 26lbs, Yateley
Car Park Lake, July 1988
(Below left) 22lb 10oz mirror, Yateley
Match Lake, 7.10.92.
(Below right) 24lb 12oz mirror (The
Roach), Yateley Match Lake, 7.10.92
these pits on the ARC gravel workings were filled in, they were actually
moved to Linch Hill just down the
road! Who knows we may have
caught “Choco” and “Petals” when
they were singles! (Although they
could have come from Lechlade, as a
lot of those ones made it over to Linch
as well believe it or not!). Just off of
the Linch Hill site was a lake known
as Browns Pit. This Pit was on the
ARC social club ticket, and my dad
had spotted the odd decent carp in
there. In 1983 this was another lake
we started to target, and we got tickets for Dave, Mark, Simon, and his son
Richard as well. There were only a
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certain amount of tickets my dad
could get for non-family members,
but somehow he managed to get hold
of this amount! We all fished a few
day sessions on Browns during the
summer of 1983, and Simon and my
dad were the first to score with a couple of fish each if I remember rightly. I
think my dad had the best one, which
was a mirror of around 16lbs. Simon I
remember had a double-figure common, which was something none of
us had seen before. These were good
fish, as Marlborough was a good doubles water, but maybe held one or two
over 20lb at the right time of the year.
Horseshoe had always been
rumoured to have done big fish, but
we at that time had never even seen a
double landed from there. We didn’t
know how many fish there were in
Browns, but it couldn’t have been
many (it was a very small pit).
It was in October that I was to
receive my first bite. I was doubled up
with Richard in an unfancied area
right at the top end of the pit. My dad
and Simon were in the two swims
that had produced fish for them
before. I still remember the take; it
was just a few bleeps and a gentle lift,
but I struck anyway, and was into my
first Browns carp. It wasn’t a great
fight, and Richard who was probably
only about ten years old at the time,
managed to net it for me. We just

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