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The Pink Linear
hen fishing
gravel pits,
you usually
find that there
will be a
series of pits
all located within a small area of land,
i.e. within one or two square miles.
The water I fish is such that there are
a few lakes up the road, a couple half
a mile away, and a couple about a
mile away, owned or managed by different clubs or companies. I’m not
going to go into why, when and how
gravel is dug, as I’m sure it’s already
been written about, and sounds
extremely boring (apologies to anyone who has written about the subject). The point that I’m getting to is
that when lakes are located close
together, it becomes naturally easier
to find out, and keep in touch with
what’s happening in and on the lakes
in your area, even if you’re not fishing
them, as you get to know other
anglers fishing the same lake as yourself, who are local, or have fished the
other local lakes, or have mates that
are currently concentrating on neighboring lakes.
I’m sure we all do it; evening comes
and you wander up to the next swim
and get chatting to the guy next to
you, and the conversation turns to
what’s happening on the other lakes
in the area, and before you’ve even
set foot on a venue, you’ve got a general idea of the stock, the names of a
couple of fish, and even the names of
a couple of the best swims.
If you grow up in such areas, you
will know the lakes and what’s going
on (that’s if you want to) at an early
age, growing up with the lakes. I grew
up in Chichester, and although I
haven’t lived there or fished there for
twenty years, I still know the name of
every bit of fishable water in that
area, and at the time, what fish were
in where, (that’s when they weren’t
being moved), but even then a fish
only had to get caught once and I
knew where it was.
Having been a member of the same
syndicate for a few years now, I have
got to know a couple of the local
anglers really well, and thus have got
to know the surrounding lakes quite
well too, having the odd session on a
different lake when the timing was
right. Sometimes I walk round some
of the other lakes for a chat with a
mate who’s fishing, when, say, I’ve
needed to get away from my chosen
venue, and that’s how I got to hear
about the Pink Linear. Now , even just
hearing of a fish called the Pink Linear, you know before you’ve even see
a picture of it that its going to be quite
a fish, and when you start hearing
that it’s reaching a weight of over
40lb, I started to take an interest in it.
The fish resides in reasonably stocked
twenty-five-acre club water, which is
about a mile up the road from the syndicate with access available to anyone who wants to join the club.
I had previously walked round the
venue for the first time about two
years ago with a mate who lives
locally, and who had fished the venue
before, and he gave me a quick rundown of the swims and areas which
had been productive for him.
Last season I was starting to hanker for a new challenge, but there
were, and still are, fish in the syndicate lake that I dearly want to catch,
but I could tell I wasn’t fishing as
effectively as I can, and when I realized that I needed a change of scene
for a while, I joined the angling club
that controls a couple of the lakes up
the road. I had fished a completely
different lake in the summer, which is
another story, and went back on the
syndicate in October. On the few sessions I did from October through to
December I made a point of packing
up early so I could have a walk around
the club water that held the Pink Linear.
It may have only been 18lb,
but look at it.


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