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Wherever I Lay My Mat
(Left) Swan valley stunner.
(Below) Second PB of the trip, and my
first 40, Nigel’s Fish at 43lb 6oz.
big fish rolled to the right. An accurate first cast touched down, and 15
minutes later it was away! A mental
fight ensued for the next 30 minutes
or so until I finally tamed the beast,
and into the net she went. Right on
cue my mate Steve came walking into
the swim just in time to help with the
weighing and piccies. At 30lb 2oz it
was a PB leather, and I was over the
moon – what a fish! What a fight! I
ended that session on a massive high
with nine carp from the Match Lake
and three from the Nursery.
I got home and later received a call
from good friend and all round top
bloke Dave Benton, who told me we’d
had an invite to fish Little Horseshoe
Lake from Keith Sykes. Along with
Dave B and Nige Sharp I headed up
for a social, and a chat about bait
development and a few ideas that we
all had. I must say what a thoroughly
nice chap Keith is; his knowledge of
bait was absolutely mind-blowing,
and he certainly had me thinking! The
lake was also stunning, and Dave and
Nige both managed one off the top,
but I wasn’t to be so lucky. It seemed
I was set to be the court jester on this
trip, and broke everything I touched; I
even slipped and fell on my arse,
much to the amusement of the others! I did eventually manage two
bites, one off the top, and one off the
deck, but when my chance finally
arrived I somehow messed ‘em both
up. I lost the one off the top, and got
the other snagged for a while, which
then came off! (D**K HEAD!) Still, we
had a pukka curry washed down with
a drop of red, all very civilised, and a
great little trip that I really enjoyed,
despite my mishaps!
Around this time Dave and I had
arranged what was to be our first fishing trip abroad, which turned out to
be an absolute blinder! We were
treated like gods; both the weather
and the fishing were kind to us, and
we ended the week with 42 carp


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