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In Search of Monster Carp
R
ob: Well it’s the first
week of August and
I’ve made my way
down to Cemex Road
Lake once again to
meet up with one of
the regular contributors to Big Carp,
Phil Kingsbury.
As regular readers will know, Pete
and Phil do a piece in the magazine
each year on Horton, and for those of
you that saw the last piece just
recently in the magazine, you’d have
seen my comments whereby Phil has
left the Cemex syndicate having
caught just about everything that’s in
there – certainly all the target fish that
he was after, and has made a move
now onto one of the other Cemex
venues, a very popular venue, the
Road Lake. This is another lake that’s
featured quite a lot in Big Carp over
the years, notably in the series by
John Elmer, an angler who’s been on
the lake for a couple of seasons now,
and has done very well.
We’re not here today to talk about
the Road Lake, although I can tell you
(Above right) The floats I’ve been
using.
(Below) 50lb 1oz.
that already Phil has been very successful down here, but instead, and as
I mentioned in the last piece in Big
Carp, we’re here to talk about Phil’s
fishing on a Sussex day ticket water
where he caught a new 50lb’er, something very special for the magazine,
and he’s kindly given us a nice front
cover shot.
Well anyway, without further ado,
I’m going to pass you over to Phil, and
he’s going to tell us all about his fishing on a lake that we’re keeping a bit
quiet, but which has featured in Big
Carp in the past.
Phil: Morning, Rob. As Rob’s just
said, most of my years have been
spent fishing Horton Church Lake on
a Cemex ticket, but once the closed
season sets in, I still find that I need to
angle just to keep my eye on the
game; to keep my finger on the pulse.
That year I moved to West Sussex,
and Horton is a little bit further away,
but there was a lake that was just
round the corner, which was ideal for
a days’ stalking, as it was a day ticket
water. So at the start of the closed
season, I went down to recce this
lake, and to my surprise, even though
it was quite small, every swim was
taken. There were three rods in each
swim even though the swims were
only big enough for two rods, but I
decided to have a little go on there.
The first session was around probably May time. I had a few fish, but
nothing to shout about, on fake corn
right in the edge. I was getting up to
five takes a session, and landing fish
up to 23lb; nice pretty fish, but not
really what I was after. My mum and
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