FREE LINE 03 - Page 107

In Search of Monster Carp
do believe there is nothing better
than having someone there to enjoy it
with you if you catch a real big fish, to
take the photos etc, someone you can
trust. I know there are a lot of you out
there who go and fish for individual
fish, and spend weeks upon weeks on
your own, but that’s not me really. I do
fish a lot of the circuit waters, and will
continue to do so, but I do like some
company. I am a bit of a social angler,
although I will say that if people start
making too much noise in my swim,
I’m not up for it. I am still a bit
stealthy and that.
So I went over to the West Warwick
and I had a little bit of success. I had
never been to the water before, but I
knew there were big fish in there,
purely by just sitting there and
watching. On an overcast day, the
wind would go northerly, which is
blowing up to the dam. The water
itself, and I guesstimating here, is
about 35 acres; a wide expanse of
water at one end, lined with rushes
one side, and grassy the other, tapering off to a carrot shape the other end,
where there is a pump house. To be
honest with you, it is quite a picturesque water. On one bank there is a
railway, and on the other bank there is
a canal, but the other side of that
canal is not a very a very nice place to
be now. I’m not going to go into
details, because I didn’t actually
catch that year, but when I fished the
BCAC, there was actually someone
shot on the canal behind us that
night. We heard the bangs, and the
police came round, so that gives you
some idea of what the neighbours are
like. However, it’s quite secure believe
it or not when you’re on the venue,
and as I said earlier on, it’s an oasis in
the middle of an area that is not the
best of places to be. Once you go
through those gates, the wildlife, the
birdlife in particular, is phenomenal.
You get very few people bothering
you, and I would like to think it is as
safe as anywhere these days to be
honest with you, and having fished it
for many years, do enjoy any time
spent at Walthamstow complex.
I was over at the West Warwick, and
on this particular day, I’d done a long
walk. I’d gone under a bridge, which
has a sump in the bottom of it that is
normally blocked, and in the early
days, if you didn’t have a pair of
waders on, you’d be up to your knees
in water before you could go anywhere. Now you’re talking about
Walthamstow complex here, run by
Thames Water who have got more
pumps than anyone, but they never
seemed to put a pump under this
bridge and pump the water out, so
obviously that water deterred a lot of
anglers as much as anything else. So
anyway, I pushed my barrow through
with some difficulty, and most things
got wet. I then came to the bottom of
a grass slope, which is probably 3035ft high. Now keeping in mind in
those days, it wasn’t as straightforward as push the barrow, unload, and
cast out; there were a lot of obstacles
and hurdles. Once you got to the top
of the grass slope, you then looked
down at a 35-38 acre reservoir, and if
you want to go down the far end,
there’s only one way; you’ve got to
walk around the outside. Now considering you’ve just done a 2½ mile walk,
you don’t feel like doing that, but me
being an idiot, nine times out of ten I
spent most of my time down the far
end. My thinking was that that most
people wouldn’t bother making that
walk, and keeping in mind that not
many people were fishing it at the
time, I just thought that angling stress
would probably keep the fish away
from the near end and push them
down the far end. Unfortunately, it’s a
northerly wind blowing down that
end, and being so vast and open, and
with only rushes on the far bank, it
was cold, very, very cold. You had to
take that into consideration if you
33lb – The Warwick


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