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Rob’s Ramblings
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Rob Maylin
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Big Carp Issue 261.
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So sad to hear my old pal Len Gurd has died. I worked with Len at Vauxhall for many
years, and it was he who asked me to run the old CAA Carp Anglers Association in
my area – Beds, Herts and Oxford. Len was responsible for stocking many of the
lakes in that area and formed Linear Fisheries, with Elstow, Newport Pagnell and
then Oxford. It was he who filmed Yateley Yahoo and Harefield Haulin’, and we have
been friends for almost 40 years. I fished with him on several venues and was with
him when he caught his first 20 at Duncan’s. He was simply the kindest, sweetest
gentleman you could ever meet, his many videos are legendary, and I will miss him
very much. RIP Len.
Chris Blunt from Linear said:
“It is with a very heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Linear
Director Len Gurd. Len passed away at the age of 78, peacefully at home this
morning, with his loving wife Fran by his side. All of us involved at the fishery are
devastated, and our thoughts are with his family and many friends at this truly sad
time. Len, for those that didn’t know him, was the founder of Linear Fisheries back
in 1973 and in the early 90s co-founded ‘Linear Fisheries Oxford’ with family run
aggregates company Smiths Bletchington. Len had a wealth of fishing and fisheries
knowledge, something that made the joint venture between him and Smiths very
exciting and in turn led to the successful complex we all know and love today.
You would be hard pushed to find a nicer or more helpful man, a man with many
talents, talents that were not just limited to those of the fishing world. I can
remember him telling me about a children’s book that he published back in the
1980s all about a frog and the story of how he ended
up illustrating an early book for comedian, Jim
Davidson. Even in recent months, when his health
was failing, he found time to write two wonderful
new children’s books, books that were illustrated by
his equally talented grandson, Luke. He was very
proud of publishing these with his grandson!
Len was also highly involved with charity work, and
through the fishery he helped many charities. One
charity, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, had
a very special place in his heart, along with that of his
wife Fran, as they had both lost their previous
partners to this horrible disease. Through the Linearrun ‘Fish with the Stars’ events, they raised hundreds
of thousands of pounds and made many special
memories!
What many of you probably didn’t realise is that he
was also the man behind the camera for many of the
early carp fishing videos, through his other business ‘The Original Video Company’.
Len filmed numerous titles, far too many to list, but to name just a few: Harefield
Haulin 1&2, Tel and Jacko Go Carp Fishing, Big Cats of the Volga Delta, the Fox Guide
to Carp and Pike fishing and the Gardner Carpwise series. He also filmed, and
helped direct and produce the Total Fishing programmes that most of us probably
watched at some point on the Discovery Channel back in the 90s and 00s; in fact I
think they are still shown today.
Although Len wasn’t based in Oxford, every week he would show up at the lakes
for our fishery meetings, box of cakes or doughnuts in hand, and Roy, Len and I
would then talk all things Linear. Inevitably we would go off track and end up
listening to one of Len’s many fishing related stories, stories that kept you
engrossed for ages. He was always a pleasure to be around, and the world of carp
fishing has lost one of its best.
Len, you were someone that I took pride in calling a friend and respected as my
manager; you were somebody that would always be there if I required advice or
just wanted a chat, and you will be missed by more people than you could ever
have possibly imagined. Rest in peace, you wonderful, talented man – the world of
fishing has lost a true gentleman and a legend and Linear will never be quite the
same again!”

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