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In Search Of Monster Carp
So having chatted to these guys
over the space of two or three days
about their carp fishing, the different
lakes they were fishing up and down
the country and these exotic baits, I
went away with quite a lot of knowledge, which I was later to rely on.
My first double figure carp came on
opening morning in 1970 fishing on
the Shovel Lake at Woburn Sands. I’d
followed the approach of Big Frank
who I’d seen fishing on there a couple
of years before, but instead of using
specials I was using sweetcorn. I had
the tiniest little Arlesey bomb you
could possible imagine on the line, a
1/8th of an ounce Arlesey bomb,
which was hardly worth putting on
there really. Fishing on one of the corner areas I baited along the left hand
margin and dropped a couple of rods
Angling Club ticket was Wyboston,
also known as Hoveringham Gravel
Pit. Armed with my deadly sweetcorn
bait in 1972, I made quite a few visits
to this lovely little pit (part of a golf
course now, I believe). I began by fishing the entrance to a small backwater
between two islands, and the first
carp I landed weighed over 18lb, a
good fish for the day. Little did I know
that this fish was the largest in the
lake and would go on to achieve
weights of over 30lb in years to come.
The lake held upwards of 50 carp I
believe, and that first year I landed
about a dozen, either on corn or floating crust.
The following year, I decided to
with the little yellow nuggets into my
marginal spots. At around about 4am
June 16th 1970, it rattled off, and it
was my first double figure carp, a fish
of 10lb 8oz. Unfortunately I never got
any photographs of this carp but during that season I had quite a few doubles, I think about ten from Woburn
Sands, mainly from the larger lake
actually, all on sweet corn and all by
fishing the margins. By casting two
rod-lengths out you were in very deep
water, but the marginal shelf was a
fantastic place for sweetcorn in those
early days.
Another gravel pit on the Vauxhall
(Top) Four carp per sack!
(Above) My early equipment.
(Right) Cool shirt, hey?
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