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In Search of Monster Carp
(Above) 250lb arapaina.
(Right) Paradise.
(Below left) My wife Jayne.
(Below right) Larking about in the
pool.
think as years have gone by Terry has
got a little bit busier, and it takes a lot
of doing.
After the video I was wondering
about the future. Throughout the latter years of my fishing, I’ve always
thought, ‘I wonder if I’ll be fed up with
this one day.’ I remember when I read
Terry Hearn’s first ever book and I
thought to myself, ‘How does he do
that, how does he run around here,
there and everywhere?’ I was talking
to Rod Hutchinson about it, and he
said, “Well, you used to do it,” and I
thought I did, but as you get older, you
definitely get less energetic and less
bothered. You don’t suddenly want to
go chasing around like that any more.
I would still like to catch a 40lb common, because I have never caught
one, and I would like to catch the Cotton Farm one, given an opportune
moment. I think the main thing is to
enjoy my fishing, whether it be short
sessions or whatever it is, as I can’t
see myself going full on like Conningbrook-type campaign like I did before.
I might be wrong, perhaps a fish
might turn up somewhere and if it’s a
viable proposition to fish for it, I might
think yeah, I’ll have a go for that, but I
can’t really see me doing anything
like that again, and I don’t think I
really want to.
I’ve had a big change in life circumstances over the last couple of years –
I’ve got divorced and remarried, and
suddenly, a lot of the time, the appeal
of sitting out on a winter’s night doesn’t appeal any more. I’d much rather
be sat here snuggled up to Jayne and
enjoying her company That’s another
thing; Jayne comes out fishing with
me every now and then. We go down
the lake, a little quiet place somewhere, have a BBQ and couple of bottles of wine. She catches some carp; I
catch some carp, and we really have a
nice time, which I think is important.
Obviously I am very heavily involved,
and I’ve still got my finger on the
pulse by working in a busy shop like
the Tackle Box. There are always new
bits and pieces coming out, and
always anglers coming in, as it’s
probably the biggest carp shop in the
world. There are always little ideas
being thrown around, bait ideas and
things like that, so you’ve always got
your finger on the pulse there.
For our honeymoon we went to
Stuart Gillham’s place in Krabi in
Thailand. We have the Krabi newsletter in the magazine every month, and
all I can say to people is that it’s a fantastic place with fantastic people and
fantastic fishing in a fantastic country, so hopefully I’ll be doing a bit
more of that in the future as well, but
that’s about it really. Blimey, it seems
a long way off from buying that first
Bennetts of Sheffield carp rod, but
everything has moved on, life goes on
and I wish everyone out there the
best for their fishing for the future.
Rob: He just finished off by saying,
“That’ll do.” Well it certainly will do,
mate! What a fantastic afternoon I
have had sitting here listening to you
recall all your stories of your fishing
life, from those early days as a little
boy looking into that pond in the garden, staring into the murky depths for
hours on end until your mum and dad
called you back in, through the highs
and lows of it all, to catching the
British Record, being the British
Champion. Sitting here with me here
today and just going through all that
brings a bit of a tear to your eye mate,
it really does.
I started off this interview by saying
Lee is a great ambassador for the
sport, an all round nice guy, and I
think that’s really come across in this
piece. I hope you out there enjoy
reading about it as much as I have
enjoyed spending the day down in
Kent with Lee.
Lee: Ok, thanks very much, over
and out. n
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