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In Search of Monster carp
ob: It’s the last week
of March and I’ve
made my way down
to the Cemex Road
Lake at Staines in
Middlesex for my
annual visit to see how John Elmer’s
been doing. I’m a bit of a lucky charm
for John, as previous visits have seen
some good fish on the bank, including
a massive 36lb’er the first time I came
down to do a piece with him, a fish
known as The Unknown. Regular
readers will of course remember this
interview that I did with him at the
time, and for someone who hasn’t
actually fished the Road Lake like
myself, I’ve seen quite a few fish out
on my trips down here over the years.
I saw a few landed of course many
years ago when I was fishing Fox
Pool, which is directly behind the
Road Lake, and then in recent years
when I’ve done interviews with John,
Kodak and Jim Shelley, two or three
fish then as well. But today, something a bit special happened, and I’ll
get to that in a moment.
First of all, I just want to talk about
(Top) My son Ollie gets in on the act –
Clover 42lb.
(Below) Clover, 42lb.
the change in the weather that we’ve
had in the last week or so. After the
end of one of the most rotten winters
I can remember, finally the weather
has broken and it’s warmed up a little
bit. It really has been the most horrible winter that I can think of, not just
the sustained cold temperatures but
snow that seemed to hang around forever. We had snow the previous year,
but it was there on the Monday and
gone by the Friday. It didn’t quite
happen like that this year; we had it
Monday, we had it Friday and we had
it the following Monday and the following Friday. I couldn’t even get out


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