FL09June - Page 193



In Search of Monster Carp
Big Fully,” and I was looking at it,
thinking no, it’s not the Big Fully; it’s
covered in a lot of scales, but it isn’t
the big one. Then my mate Steve said,
“You’ve got her,” and then the penny
dropped – it was the Little Fully, and
she was in the net. I was totally blown
away to finally have caught it on a
social session after all those years. I
pegged her out in the net for ten minutes while I got myself together. It
was not so much for the fish’s benefit
but for mine – I was just blown away.
I think Nigel was blown away too; he
was happy that he was there and had
seen it, and he knew how much I
wanted to catch it from what I had
told him. We weighed her in at 35lb
15oz, so she was an ounce under 36lb,
and it was just a mad 48-hour session.
Nothing else happened that
evening, and then I think it was round
about 9 or 10am the following morning when we had to pack up, and one
of my good mates Steve Wade had a
33lb common. So within the space of
48 hours, we’d actually had five bites
between the three of us who were all
fishing in a line. I can remember sitting on my bedchair, packing up bits,
and thinking there had always been
that missing link to come back and
have a little go on Sutton, but now it
was gone. It just felt really weird
when I was going out the gates thinking I would fish it on a social with my
mates maybe, but as far as serious
fishing went, it was gone. I’d not only
had the full set, but I’d chased that
fish for so many years, and to finally
have caught it in winter when it was
freezing cold, with all my mates
standing around just about topped it
off.
So as we said at the end of the
other tape, we’re into March now. I’ve
had two good mid-30’s from Sutton,
two hard fish that don’t come out a
lot, and I’ve had a few fair few nice
fish from the Road Lake, including
three mid-30’s. We’re just sitting on
here for the last month now, hoping
either Clover or the Dink comes along.
I’d like to say thanks to Rob for coming up and spending a couple of hours
with us, and that’s about it.
Rob: Nice one, John. You don’t
really need to thank me mate; it’s a
pleasure. I mean talk about the bloke
with the best job in the world, to
come down and sit and listen to stories like that, and it’s lovely day down
here, as I said at the start of part one.
Spring is in the air, the birds are twittering in the trees, there are a few
buds out, and it won’t be long before
it’s bite time everywhere. So no need
to thank me; it’s a real pleasure, and
thank you very much.
Of course I will be keeping in touch
with John over the seasons, and who
knows, probably sitting down here
this time next year recapping on your
2009/10 season. One thing I will say
before I go though, there was a lot of
talk in these two parts about this
Buddha and the rubbing of its head.
In fact Nigel turned up at the end of
part one, sat and had a couple of cups
of tea with me, and said that its head
is really shiny. Well, these two guys
don’t know a lot about Buddhas
because it’s not the head that you rub,
it’s the belly. It’s the belly where the
luck is, and I reckon if John could just
get hold of it from him one more time
and give his old belly a rub, then
maybe the Dink would come his way.
Well that’s all for today, and thanks.
n
20lb 4oz, Sutton.
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