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Wherever I Lay My Mat
between us including five 30’s. We
only fished five nights and spent the
daytime sightseeing, sunbathing, and
sampling the local beverages. When I
returned to the UK I felt a little empty
and deflated after having such a good
time, and I was even more confused
about where to go and what to do.
After two or three weeks of being
back I finally forced myself to wet a
line. The missus went off to her
mum’s house for a natter, so I opted to
leave ‘em to it and headed off for a
few hours on a pond close by, Cutmill
in fact. I’d heard Farnham Angling
had restocked the lake after the devastating fish kill a while back. The
new fish were doing well, and I’ve
always liked the tranquillity of the
place, so it seemed an ideal chance to
chill out for a few hours. I got there to
find one other angler on an eight-acre
lake, which meant we had four acres
each – heaven! I was totally relaxed
and even managed to catch half a
dozen or so carp, and pretty ones at
that.
(Top) The Fully Scaled from a local
club lake.
(Right) A pretty stockie from the
infamous Cuttmill.
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The following week I decided
another afternoon session was to be
the order of the day, and headed
down to the Yateley complex for a
wander round. I didn’t fancy the
Match Lake, so I went for a look
around the Horseshoe and Split Lake,
baiting likely margin spots as I went.
I enjoyed a great afternoon’s angling,
taking one out of the Horseshoe, then
stalking a 21lb common from a marginal snag, and ending the day by
stalking one from a baited spot under
a bush. At 29lb 10oz this was my
biggest common from the Split Lake
so far, and probably one of the biggest
commons in there. So far this season
(due to silver fish hindering the use of

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