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North Carping
otters not so long ago, and that was
hard to swallow, as they can cause
some serious damage. I think because
Hawk has a massive eel population
they came to the rescue of the carp,
eels being a favourite on the otters’
menu. I know they had a few fish off,
but it could have been much worse
than that. I’ve been on there sometimes, and in the night you can hear
them dragging a carp through the
rushes. That was very hard to take,
and at the time it put many an angler
off the place, but with me being stubborn, I saw that bleak time through,
and just kept my fingers crossed that
it would all come good in the end. At
the moment it is all quiet on the otter
front, and the lake and fish are doing
just fine, better than we all thought
actually. Maybe they have moved on;
I hope so, because the fish are back
on form. At one time when you
caught them, they were just stressedout and looking really unhealthy, but
now it’s great to see them fighting fit,
putting good weight on, and looking
healthier than they have ever looked.
Only this season I had another
encounter with a certain brieze-block
of a fish. Again it was in July, one of
my favourite months. I was fishing in
the High Bank second bay when at
5am I was away. This fish fought long
and hard, 40 minutes to be precise,
and my arms felt like a baboon’s. It
was 27lb. “That’s strange”, I said to
Dave, “It’s my daughter Chloe’s birthday today, 7/7/2007,” and what a
coincidence that was, so it was fitting
that we named the fish ‘Chloe’ after
that. It’s the number seven, my lucky
number; it’s mad the way things happen like that.
Well as I finish this piece off, I
would like to say thanks to my wife
Jan and son Alex for supporting me in
what I want to do, and to Rob for letting me do this piece for the magazine. I would love to write more, and
maybe I will if I get a chance, but for
n o w t h e c o u n t r y s i d e i s c a l l i n g,
autumn is upon us, and my head is
awash with ideas on how I can put
some more carp on the bank, which
I’m really looking forward to.
Best of luck and tight lines to everyone. n
Dave with a brace, Leg o’ Mutton
1988. Italian mirror and Shark.
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