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OnThe Curve
Or Camping
By Paul Terry
here is no doubt that
this has been one of
the most frustrating
months that I can
r e m e m b e r. I h a v e
been ill for over four
weeks and in bed for the last two.
Having been floored by viral meningitis or possibly worse, cabin fever has
set in big style. I have tried getting on
the bank, but being in agony that far
from home is just not good, besides
fishing is supposed to be fun rather
than an endurance test. Hopefully it
will soon be sorted as the rivers open
up very shortly. Having spent little
time on the bank, this gives me an
opportunity to ponder a couple of
issues that have filled my thoughts
from my sickbed.
Firstly though, more congratula-
tions, to our consultant Si Hartop who
has finally tied the knot amidst promises that he will still get plenty of time
on the bank. To be honest he has
already proved he will. Simon prides
himself in fishing a bit off the beaten
track, where the banks are overgrown
and almost, or totally, devoid of
anglers. I have included two of his
recent captures – absolutely stunning. The size is immaterial and the
location not for public knowledge, but
apparently there is better still to
come. As the rivers open up I look forward to fishing with him. I would also
like to thank him for his sterling
efforts on a Sky Sports feature with
me. With my head pounding throughout, Simon saved the day with a couple of cracking tench – our target fish
in the most horrendous conditions for
Plodder – 47lb 2oz of hard work and reward.
the time of year I can remember. It
was one of those ‘door down’ days
and certainly not one to be out in the
rain trying to do shots for the camera,
especially with a thumping head!
Many thanks for your efforts fella, and
I wish you and yours every happiness.
Stu Court has been lucky enough to
have his second original out of Toll –
Plodder again! Twice in a fortnight!
Apparently some of the lads were not
happy and wanted to red card him.
Come on guys, be brief, he didn’t target the fish on either occasion, and
has just been really unlucky, or lucky,
depending on how you see it, to
repeat the great fish. With still plenty
of originals to catch, why shouldn’t he
fish on? Jealousy can be a terrible
thing. As for Warren, look at the pictures!


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