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Fortune Favours
The Brave
By Paul Terry
I
have had some lovely fish
since I last put pen to paper,
b u t r e g r e t t a b l y, I g u e s s ,
mainly from a publicity shy
venue. I have done some time
on the Thames, but I concentrated on a low stock big fish stretch
rather than opting for an easier area
and bag a load of 20’s. With the Army,
Angling Intelligence, and the new
fishery all taking their toll, I have been
restricted to one night a week and a
river 30 still remains elusive. I am fortunate that when I move up to the
outskirts of London next year and
leave the carp-free moonscape that is
Salisbury Plain, I will have some
cracking water on my doorstep.
As seems the norm now, I will start
by congratulating those members of
the AI team who have caught some
marvellous fish in the last month or
so. Spencer Humble was just plain
greedy when he managed to nail The
Annie for the second time at some
enormous big kipper weight, and
James Turner has had one of the target fish from his Surrey syndicate at a
little over 37, I think. I am sure one of
lake’s larger inhabitants will grace his
net shortly. Warren is in tears, as
although continuing to do really well
on the Herts Club Water his target fish
graced the bank tonight at over 59lbs!
It often comes out twice on the
bounce though, so you never know.
Tony gave the new rods a hammering in France – then ordered four!
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As for Dan Cleary, well you may recall
the stunning canal mirror he had earlier in the season, well get a look at
this 58lb common – a small canal on
the continent is its home. Almost
good enough to be English don’t you
think? I am hoping Dan will invite me
out there shortly. I must admit I fancy
a bit of that, not far from the English
coast, and the fish are corkers!
I had resisted the temptation to fish
one of the lakes on the new fishery
that we know has a head of carp
swimming in its depths. Despite
rumours of decent fish being present,
we know it has not been fished for
many years (over 25), and as such any
rumours were just that. Having seen

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