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In Search Of Monster Carp
reels, bite indicators, the lot, and an
instant carp angler of 1978, if you like,
was born. Great memories – we suddenly found that we could cast over
5 0 y d s , w h i c h w a s n i c e, a n d w e
wanted to get onto some venues that
held carp in excess of 30lbs. Around
about this time Savay hit the headlines. It had been taken over by the
syndicate, but the Ruislip Club still
had exclusivity to some of the banks,
and it was being run by Graham
Rowles of Redland Aggregates, and
Peter Broxup was a bailiff at the time.
There were articles on Savay in the
angling papers with people saying
how ridiculous it was that there were
more than one 30lb’er in these venues, and how easy it was going to
make it for everybody to catch multiple catches of 30lb’ers as there were
shoals of them swimming around in
Savay. This would have been around
about 1980 I believe, as it was the following season that Andy Little went
on there and caught, which was a
record at the time, 13 30’s in a season,
shoulder to shoulder for the first time
with the best carp anglers in the
country namely Kevin Maddocks, Rod
Hutchinson, Lenny Middleton etc.
The other venue that we’d heard
about was the Waveney Valley complex in Norfolk. At the time I believe
the complex of ten or 12 lakes had
three 30lb’ers to its name. G Lake had
a well known carp called Gertie,
whereas C and D Lake, two lakes
joined by a channel of water, also had
two 30lb’ers, one in each if you like, or
two in the pair. These were the awesome Waveney Leather, one of the
only 30lb leathers in the country, and
a beautiful mirror known as Big Scale.
So it was in 1981 that I made my first
trip up to Waveney. I fished C Lake for
the first few days of my holiday, and
there were quite a few things going
on a Waveney that I hadn’t seen elsewhere, for instance ‘sponging up’ as it
was known.
I met a guy who was fishing on D
Lake called Alan Taylor who later
became a very famous carp angler
and was heavily involved with Kevin
Maddocks in his videos of the day.
Alan had wedged a large bung of
sponge in his butt ring to hold the line
tight. We had open bale arms at the
time; the line clip had been invented,
although there wasn’t a commercially
made one at the time and everything
had to be homemade. A small piece of
old glass or carbon fibre fishing rod
whipped down by the butt was all
that you needed, but up here they
realised the benefits of a continued
tension when the fish was pulling line
from the spool. Of course once the
line came out of the line clip on an
open bale arm, the line just fell and
sprung out all over the place, whereas
with a bung of foam in the butt ring,
everything was kept under tension.
For some reason, people hadn’t
thought that just to release the spool
slightly would give you that same
tension, and of course today we all
take it for granted that just loosening
the spool or a bait runner is all you
need just to keep that tension there,
but it’s all a learning curve, and as I
say, people just hadn’t really put two
and two together.
So it’s 1981, I’ve decided to fish
Waveney Valley and Savay for the first
time, armed with all the new kit and
the new bait, so join me next time and
I’ll tell you how it all panned out.
Tight lines. n
(Top) The D/E lake divide at Waveney
Valley.
(Right) ‘The Back’ of ‘D’ Lake.
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