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Canal Carping A Tale of Two Records
terly shown, amongst other dodgy
videos, on the coach trips to Cassien.
That night the temperature plummeted to something like -15c; we
were absolutely bloody freezing, huddled down under only a brolly with an
overwrap and wearing what was still
totally inadequate winter gear. Suddenly, in the early hours, torches were
shining in our face as two burly Dutch
police officers muttered in broken
English, “Are you alive?” Apparently,
some locals who had taken an interest in the mad English camping by
the canal in midwinter had called the
police fearing that we had frozen to
death in the exceptionally cold
weather. In the midst of it all, I did
manage quite a few decent fish,
mostly commons up to low twenties
in my time fishing The Hague canals.
It was claimed by a Dutch guy we
befriended that they contained many
into the thirties, but we never saw
tunately, the very next day his cabin
was hit again!
There was a hot water outlet from a
factory near one area that we fished
in The Hague, which resulted in some
good winter fishing, even in subzero
conditions when most of the other the
Dutch canals were being skated on.
One such time I was fishing it with
fishing mate Paul Regent, the canals
all around were several inches thick
with ice, but due to the outlet we had
plenty of clear water to fish. The
downside was that every duck, coot
and moorhen in Holland converged
on to the area we were fishing. I
remember having a screaming run
resulting in a hard-fighting coot being
landed, and after a few pecks and
scratches removing the hook, it was
released. Unbeknown to me the
antics were all filmed by Paul and latDETAILS OF MY DECADE ON THE ROYAL MILITARY CANAL
Year Carp caught Biggest
Hours fishing Hours preparing
and observing
1970
nil
nil
200
20
1971
nil
nil
220
40
1972
nil
nil
250
50
1973
5
22lb 8oz
250
100
1974
9
25lb 7oz
500
100
1975
2
8lb 9oz
280
125
1976
1
9lb 4oz
400
300
1977
1
8lb 14oz
25
150
1978
1
32lb
20
200
1979
4
26lb 3oz
70
120
1980
2
9lb
12
100
TOTALS
25
32lb
2,227
1,305
48 FREE LINE
anything close. However, we did, on
several occasions, witness what a
good set of scales he had !
In 1986 I moved with my job to
Wiltshire. That move, together with a
nasty divorce, buying a house with a
woman who had all the symptoms of
a schizophrenic psychopath, and then
splitting up with her, somewhat curtailed my fishing for a while. Eventu-
(Top) Cyrinus was nearly finished, so
I was getting out on the cut more. A
pristine scrapper 20lb common,
October 2005.
(Above) Fully scaled at 31lb 4oz, a
new Kea PB, March 2006.

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