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CARP CHAT
Stoney & Friends –Yateley Charity Fish-in 2018
The 22nd Stoney & Friends charity
fish-in recently took place on the
Yateley West Fishery courtesy of Martin Gardener, giving many of the
anglers the opportunity to fish for the
leviathans that frequent those lakes,
whilst helping to raise monies for
Macmillan Cancer Support.
After completing the various admin
and bio checks, the anglers were
allowed onto the lakes to set up in
their chosen swims. Whilst many
anglers were seeking shade from the
stifling heat, Kevin Winter took advantage of an abundance of fish frequent-
ing his area, coupled with his local
knowledge to snaffle the first fish of
the weekend, that being a 31Ib 12oz
mirror carp from the Pads Lake – a
fantastic start for Kevin.
Fishing the Pads Lake, Vince Scully
was the next angler in action, though
unfortunately the fish (and the weed)
got the better of him!!
With the sun setting, all the anglers
got busy preparing their swims for
the night in the hope of tempting one
of the biggies, with many also getting
their barbeques on the go. Whilst this
event gives the chance for anglers to
pit their wits against the beasts that
swim in the lakes, many take the
opportunity to enjoy the tranquil and
peaceful surroundings whilst socialis-
Kev Winter, Pads Lake, 31Ib 12oz.
Chris Wake, Split Lake, 16Ib 5oz leather.
Neil Yeats, North Lake, 30Ib 8oz.
John Pennington, Pads lake, 26Ib.
8 FREE LINE
ing with their mates. It really is a
pleasure to be at these lakes, even
when you’re not fishing.
Having been battered by the
birdlife on the North Lake, Chris Wake
decided to look for some quieter
areas, ending up on the Split Lake, a
move that would pay dividends. Chris
was rewarded during the early hours
of Saturday morning with a stunning
30Ib 4oz mirror. He duly followed this
up with a 16Ib 5oz leather carp on the
Sunday morning.
Neil Yeats, fishing the North Lake,
had a very productive weekend
catching two stunning carp in the
shape of a 30Ib 8oz mirror and the
Half Lin at 31Ib 12oz – well done, Neil.
Despite the angling pressure, it was
Chris Wake, Split Lake, 30Ib 4oz.
Neil Yeats, North Lake, Half Lin, 31Ib 12oz.
John Pennington, Pads lake, 24Ib 5oz.
the Pads Lake that continued to produce the fish, with John Pennington
(26Ib), Jack Gardner (24Ib), Stephen
McLeod and Kevin West (28Ib) all
catching. Kevin in particular had a
very good weekend, landing five fish,
all from the margins.
Alongside the fishing, this event is
renowned for the raffle where historically all our trade sponsors and supporters have supported us superbly.
This year was no different, and with
an abundance of prizes, all the
anglers dug deep to help swell the

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