FL09June - Page 142

In Search of Monster Carp
was alright, but going out in my own
little boat, with just enough room for
all my gear and myself was not so stable. I went out there one weekend
and fished, but then I went to come
back and the wind had got up. There
were white horses; it was horrendous,
and that was one of the first times I
really thought I was going to cop my
lot. I thought to myself, I’ve got to get
back, and it could get ten times
worse. If I had had a mobile phone I
could have phoned Del up and he
would have come across in the big
boat and got me. Anyway, I loaded up
the boat and I thought, well, I’ve got
to keep out of the wind as much as
possible. I went down one bank, and
behind it is the Projects Lake where
Les Webber and Chris Tarrant used to
fish. So I was coming across there, as
close to the bank as I could to try to
keep out of the wind, but when I hit
open water – talk about waves! I had
to keep steering into the waves, and I
was getting water coming into the
boat. I had to get across open water
to get to the little bridge and get
under it. Well, I was shitting myself, I’ll
be honest; I didn’t think I was going
to make it. I had a life jacket on, but I
thought if the boat sinks all my gear
has gone. Anyway, I got to the bridge,
and I thought thank Christ for that,
but when I came out from underneath
the bridge into the other bit of open
water, it was the same again.
So I only fished there a few times; I
fished off the bank a couple of times,
but what put me off was where I was
parking my car. I went there one day,
and there was a burned out car
parked where I normally parked, and I
thought no. I saw a tench in there,
well I thought it was a carp as it was
coming through – it had to be 15lb,
the biggest tench I have ever seen.
It’s funny because I fished Kingsmead
years and years before, just stalking,
going round with a little rod, and I had
a few fish off the top. They put trout
pens on there; they had a trout farm,
and I remember the bloke burying
trout out on one of the islands, and
the stench was unbelievable. Oh
that’s right, the old grey matter’s getting going – I’m getting things coming back into my mind. I remember
one day seeing a couple of really
bloody big fish in there. It was a
sunny summer’s day and I had been
all round Wraysbury Two, actually
round a few waters, and seen the odd
fish, but I got to Kingsmead and I saw
a couple of real monsters right by the
bridge. There was a little stream there
and they were going up the stream
inlet. I don’t think they were going far
up, but they were going up it. I


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