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Heritage Is Important
Manor’s ‘Random Linear’ 30lb 14oz, 18.4.00.
real good fish, and this water was
Manor Farm Lake, which would go on
to become quite a famous big fish
water for a while. A year before I finished on The Match Lake, I started to
have a dabble over on Manor (this
being 1996). I had a couple of day sessions on there early spring, and it was
very quiet fish and angler-wise. In
May I turned up for my first night session on the lake. I remember it was
cold at night (cold enough for a frost)
but nice and sunny in the daytime
that week. I got down for my usual
Tuesday night, and would fish until
Wednesday afternoon (my day off
from work). I probably hadn’t fished
weekends for seven or eight years by
this time, and my session was nearly
always Tuesday nights and Wednesday day. I had the plan in my head
that first Manor session to fish on the
far side of the lake where it was shallower, as it seemed to be the obvious
first place the fish would turn up to
feed after the winter. Trouble was,
when I got there a few others must
have had the same thought, as there
were only four or five on the lake but
four were on the far bank (the river
bank), and one was on the Point. It
would be getting dark pretty soon, so
I had to make a decision. I decided I
wouldn’t try to squeeze in amongst
the lads who were already fishing;
instead I would fish the road bank,
which I had all to myself. It offered a
great view of most of the lake, and
with it being unpressured I figured
that I still could be in with a good
chance. I had a quick plumb around
up to about 70yds out, and didn’t find
anything that special, so just baited
up to a half decent spot by the marker
float. What was surprising that night
was that one of the anglers on the
river bank was none other than Roy
Parsons. In all the subsequent years I
spent on the Linear complex it is the
only time I can ever remember Roy
night fishing. In fact thinking back, he
may have been pike fishing that
night.
Nothing happened for me during
the night, but early the following
morning, I had steady take on my
right hand rod, and was into my first
Manor carp. It stayed deep and felt
heavy, and all the way in I thought it
could be something a bit special. I am
a great believer in the law of averages, and after all those Yateley carp I
caught without landing one of the
30’s, I thought there would be some
justice if the first one I took out of
Manor was to be a 30! I remember the
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