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In Search Of Monster Carp
not easy to marry up. Then you had
Gertie, and you had Little Gertie,
which believe it or not went on to get
bigger than Big Gertie, but these
three fish I have just mentioned have
all hit 40lbs at one time in their life.
The only fish left out of the three now
is the Fully Scaled, which currently
goes to a maximum of about 43lbs. I
will tell you a story about that fish
very soon; I’m actually staring at a
picture of it on the wall, a phenomenal fish, and it was not actually until
the latter years of my history of fishing on Sutton that I actually was
lucky enough to catch it. Then you’ve
got Blind Eye, well what a fish that
was! Sometime in the first couple of
years of fishing Sutton, I’ll never forget, I was in the High Point, and Steve
Early days at Sutton.
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Edwards was in the Bars. I was a
young, naïve angler, fishing a water
where legends were fishing; there
were people far superior in ability, and
I still to this day hold quite a few of
them to high esteem. I think I had
gone down on the train again, something had happened anyway, and I
think my car was out of action, I can’t
remember, but I got to the Sutton
gates. I don’t think it was actually the
4am start then; I think I turned up just
as it got light, and I set up in the High
Point and I cast my baits out. There’s
a high point in front of you about 3540yds, which at that time probably
had 2ft of water on top of it, and it was
a prime area to fish. The fish were all
moving around in the top layers of the
lake at that time of year, and thinking
about it, it was probably early June, or
might have been July.
Anyway, I had this take, and it hadn’t been out there five minutes; I
couldn’t believe it. I was playing this
fish, and it had gone left, gone right,
and it surged around. I was still a
naïve carp angler; I mean I had
learned a lot, but I was on Sutton, and
it was a circuit water – somewhere
where if you get a take, everyone is
watching you. You land a fish and
everyone wants to know what you’ve
caught it on, what size hook, what
hook link, where did you cast to –
they want to know the ins and outs of
it because these fish are not easy to
catch. Come 10.30pm, these fish can
feed to their hearts’ content and no
one is fishing for them, but at4am you
might get 10-15 people on the gate,
and all these leads go out into the
water. For these fish it’s an alarm bell,
“Hang on, stop feeding lads, we’re
gonna get caught if we carry on.” It’s
common sense, and to be honest with
you, I’m an avid believer that it should
always stay days only because of the
fishes’ welfare. You’ve got to look after
these fish; they’re old, and they’re getting to a size now where they get
caught once or twice a year if you’re
lucky. Some of them get caught once
every two years – there’s the Brown
fish in there, that I think Terry Hearn
caught at 36lbs or thereabouts, I think
it was five years ago now. If I am
right, it has been caught twice since,
and it has not been caught the last
two years. We’re talking about three
acres of water, and a maximum depth
in one area of probably 11ft, and
everywhere is accessible, so how can
a fish not get caught in that sort of
volume of water? If it was a mere or
Wraysbury or somewhere where
there were bays and SSSI areas where
you couldn’t fish you’d understand it,
but this fish doesn’t get caught sometimes from one year to the next,
which is beyond me. Taking that into
account, wherever you fish these
days, people say they know what’s in
the water, and they might have
named a fish Henry or whatever that
hasn’t been out for the last four years,
so it must be dead. But I think you’d
be surprised that on many of these
waters, there are one or two fish that
just don’t get caught, and people forget about them. You know what it’s
like these days; a lot of people fish
these waters, they catch their target

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