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Heritage Is Important
(Top left) Manor Farm, late nineties.
(Middle left) Greg with Manors’
Random Linear 33lb-plus, late
nineties.
(Bottom left) Manor’s ‘Cut Tail’ at 38lb
8oz.
(bottom right) Paul Hathaway with
‘Popeye’ from Manor, late nineties.
absolutely packed. The pervious close
season I had visited all the big fish
waters that I could find on the map,
the likes of Wraysbury, Savay again,
Harefield and even the infamous
Hertfordshire club lake, Springwell
Lake. There used to be sign not far
from Douglas Lane, which had all the
lakes plotted on a map of the Colne
Valley, so they weren’t difficult to find.
I even sneaked into Longfield when
they were netting it. Once again I didn’t do myself justice on Yateley, and I
kept flitting about onto other waters
to get a bend in the rod when I should
have stuck to it. Maybe I just wasn’t
ready for it yet. In 1991 a huge carp
had come to my attention in a lake
just down the road from where I lived.
It was a mid-30 and the lake was
Heyford Lake or “Newlands” as it was
also known as. I caught a few nice
fish from there, but the big one eluded
me, and I felt I had unfinished business on Yateley, so even though I kept
my “Newlands ticket, 1992 was going
to be devoted to catching a Yateley
carp.
Around this time I read an article
by Mike Willmott on bait, and it made
a lot of sense to me. I remember writing him a letter with a few questions,
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