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Sutton
(Above) The Big Common 40lb 10oz –
she liked me.
(Below) Cluster 39lb 10oz, a proper
mirror carp.
young age, so left the unhooking to
the old man.
In the summer of ‘94, a summer holiday to Burnham-on-sea saw me
catching carp for fun, running into
204 FREE LINE
double figures. I had a right field day,
and it was at this point that the bug
set in; the carp fishing bug, and I
could write pages on my carping
apprenticeship. I fished with my dad
on D.D.A.P.S Sutton and Horton Kirby,
with friends on Darenth Long and
Tree Lakes, and did it on my own on
Leisure Sport (as it was then known)
Sutton Lake 3. I was roughly 18 when
I paid my uncle Phil a visit; he was
fishing the lake next to me, Sutton
Lake 2. This was a lake that at the
time contained the much sought after
Blind Eye and Heart Tail Gerty. (R.I.P.
old girls). Whilst sitting on his bedchair talking carp, a huge mirror rolled
on the far margin, the biggest thing I
had ever seen in my youthful fishing
career. The word ‘Gerty’ slipped out of

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