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Made In England
(Above) Come on you Spurs! Colin
Walford keeps ‘em coming . . .
(Below) . . . just like Jermaine Defoe
finished that, I opened the e-mail,
which was from Jason Smith, and
he’d just sent me a photo of a carp
that weighed…39lb exactly! Not only
that, but he included a spooky little
story in his text, so I decided that I
just had to add that to the book.
Cheers Jason, and well done on the
fish, another clonker.
Not the biggest of carp, but
Anthony Hardy certainly sounded
pleased about catching a 31lb common. He’s fishing a Royal Parks lake,
but not the Royal Parks Lake, and
basically has it to himself, apart from a
few thousand tourists and the odd 30pounder that happens along. Nice
touch, Anthony. Colin Gilbert surpassed all his dreams when fishing
Mill Lane in Aldershot, one of Farnham A.C.’s waters. He landed a personal best, lake record and club
record common of 38lb. Brilliant stuff,
Colin, time to move on and break
some more records I reckon.
So now it’s down to the battle of
the linears, and who gets the Spirit
Level award. David Vaughan had
spent a bit of time away from fishing,
but returned in remarkable fashion
with a stunning 39lb linear, from
Oxford way I believe. What a fish.
Much closer to home, Lane Chitten-
den was continuing his very successful season at the Oak when he
achieved an ambition he’s held for the
four years he’s been on there, and slid
the net under the awesome Big Linear. He lost the fish at the net a year
or so ago, so was absolutely made up
to have finally caught it, and once
again the weight of 31lb was fairly
immaterial. I must admit, when I see
fish like that I know that there’s no
way I can leave the lake until I’ve
achieved what Lane has. So for that
reason, or more likely that I can save
on the postage, I’m giving Lane the
Spirit Level Award for a stunning
looking fish. But then, he’s a Chelsea
supporter, and Spurs are playing
Chelsea on Sunday… hmm, maybe I’ll
just hold that back a bit, see what
transpires.
Before I prematurely evacuate, just
a word about books and book writing.
I saw some posts on the Cemex forum
the other day about Rob’s book, and a
few others, and people were having a
bit of a go about the prices of them.
Yep, thirty quid does sound like a lot
of money, especially at the moment
but, as usual, the majority of people
have no idea what goes into not only
writing a book, but publishing it as
well. Nor do they realise the costs
involved for printing, layout and
design, repro, proofing, storage, distribution, oh the list goes on and on,
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