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CARP
CHAT
Carpy News
Have a Heart, Catch a Carp
Written by Steven Albon
With the blazing sun already warming
up Jordan’s Lake at Henlow Bridge
Lakes in Bedfordshire, 16 carp anglers
had already got their barrows fully
loaded with their fishing gear to
embark on the second annual Keech
Carpathon, blissfully unaware that
the next 32 hours were about to test
their fishing abilities to battle a heatwave, torrential downpour of rain and
hailstones, all for the love of catching
as many carp as possible to raise vital
funds for Keech Hospice Care.
The anticipation and buildup over
the 30 minutes prior to the 6.30am
peg draw was full of laughter and
banter. Who would have thought that
a charity challenge could be so competitive? Organiser Steve Albon reinforced the rules, and as the numbers
for pegs are drawn, everyone looked
at each other with an intense look to
see who would draw the hotspot
swims in the corners of the lake. Anyone who has fished Jordan’s Lake will
know that they produce the larger
head of carp, and many competitions
are won in these corners.
Our first ever Keech Carpathon saw
our hotspot pegs 31 and 32 deliver
their best captures with a PB for one
Penny and Andrew Crowshaw.
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carp angler, Penny Crowshaw from
Wolverhampton when all her dreams
came true as she landed a 16lbs 8oz
common. These pegs celebrated double success, as her husband Andrew
Crowshaw won the overall fishing
challenge with a total weight of
228lbs 10oz of carp only.
I got speaking to Penny and asked
why they decided to enter. She
informed me that they lost a child
with a life-limiting condition. She
then paused and said, “It’s crazy; we
never knew the lake was called Jordan, and that was the name of our
child who died.” Already the script
was written, and I knew this was their
destiny to win our first ever Keech
Carpathon.
2017 saw the introduction of minus
cards drawn at the beginning of the
event for the hotspot swims. The
introduction of having two powerplay
hours also gave all anglers an opportunity to win. Power plays doubled
the weight of fish caught in that hour,
but they had to be called during the
fight.
Despite the extreme weather, the
Carpathon team caught an impressive total 1,666 with a total weight set
Heather Cousins with winning carp.
of 3,000lbs to be caught. The public
had set this target, as we must catch
pound for pound what they set.
Peg 28 saw our star standout perf o r m e r, P a l l a t r a x t e a m m e m b e r
Heather Cousins who won the
biggest total weight with 262lbs 5oz,
catching many of her carp on crushed
maggot and Meat Beast paste on a
cork ball pop-up.
Heather explains how truly special
this event is: “I have fished this event
for the last few years, and the carp at
Henlow Bridge Lakes give you a real
fight no matter what size. I caught so
many beautiful doubles to win overall,
with my biggest carp being a 17lb
mirror. The event itself allows us to

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