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Heritage Is Important
27lb 10oz Zip Linear, 6.7.99.
although a fish would have really
helped! I think the reason The Match
Lake was so difficult back then was
that there wasn’t a strand of weed in
there, so you had to really get your
spots right. I met many more Yateley
characters that year, the likes of
‘Matt Hayes Fish’ Manor 2000.
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Cooperman, Munchkin, Fat Al, and
that bunch of lads, and also mad
Jamie Smith. He was always so energetic and enthusiastic! Finally in September, I got my reward. I was fishing
from The Beach swim; in the middle
of the night I had a fast take and after
a decent fight managed to land a
cracking Leather carp weighing 22lb
1oz. To say I was pleased would be an
understatement. Less than a month
later I caught my first Yateley brace
with The Roach at 24lb 12oz, and
another 22lb mirror from what
became my favourite swim on the
lake, Stumps. Luckily for me I never
looked back after that, and had many
happy years on The Match Lake,
catching, I think, 28 fish in total. The
plan was originally to fish The Match
Lake, catch a few, then move on to
The Copse, and then over the road
onto The Car Park and North. I loved
fishing The Match so much though
that it was to be the late nineties
before I moved onto The Copse. I
never had either of The Match Lake’s
biggest two fish, Thompsons or Dropscale, and I think that’s another reason why I stayed on The Match Lake
for so long. The best I had was one of
the upper-20’s with the unfortunate
name of The Zit.
It was around this time that
another local water was coming to
prominence. It was throwing up some

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