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In Search of Monster Carp
(Above) Savay.
(Below) 33lb 8oz, Savay.
against the sidewall, and we only
fished two rods.
Anyway, this particular day a boat
had just gone by, and I was fishing
one just in the edge, where it drops
off. I thought the boat had got me, but
then I realised it wasn’t the boat – I
looked at the rod and saw it was
pulling round the other way. It put up
a good scrap too; they fight well,
these Belgian carp. I got it in close
and Bruce was down there with the
net, trying to look over his shoulder to
see what he had on. There’s a fairly
high bank on the canal there, and we
had special long-handled landing net
so that we could net these fish. I said
to Bruce, “It’s a good one? Is it a
forty?” and he said, “It’s a fifty.” He
lifted it up, and he thought it was a 50,
but in fact it was 48lb 12oz.
There was another Belgian guy that
we met over there who fished a private canal called the Congo Canal,
and this canal is something else. It
runs off the Kempisch Canal, and it’s
more like a river than a canal. There
are no concrete sides or anything like
that; there are parts of it that you
could almost pole-vault across, and
parts of it that are 30-40yds wide. It’s
all dug through silver sand, and it runs
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for about half a mile, maybe three
quarters of a mile, and then it goes
into a really big lake of probably 100
acres, all dug through the silver sand.
They called it the Congo Canal, and if
you ever went there, you would know
why, because it’s just like a jungle. I
mean in all that bank space, covering
three quarters of a mile, you were
lucky if you had three swims, and
they were uncomfortable, but the fish
that were in there were unbelievable.
There was a chemical plant there, and
the water was being pulled from the
canal into the plant to cool down the
machinery, and then coming back
out, so it was tremendously hot. I
mean there were places there where
y o u t h o u g h t y o u c o u l d n ’t f i s h
because it was just too hot, but they
were there, and not only were they
there, they were big fish. It wouldn’t
be unusual to have three 40’s a night
there, which was quite special fishing,
because there hadn’t been a lot done
at Cassien and places like that when
we were there. The big fish that was
caught between 7 and 8 actually
came out of the Congo Canal,
because they could swim from the
Congo Canal into 7 and 8, and I think
that’s why the big fish were really
there you know. Yeah, we spent a
good few years fishing there, and
made some good friends over there
too. We met Alijn Danau over there;
I’ve been friendly with him for quite a
few years now, and fished with him a
fair bit. He’s a very good angler.
I remember we went there one year
in the winter and it was minus 12. It
was so cold that your water bottles
froze; everything froze, and you had to
light fires. The water wasn’t frozen;
there was steam coming off it where
it was coming out of the outflows, and
I remember Alijn Danau coming

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