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Off the BeatenTrack
Fishing for Unknown Monsters by Mike Scott
Introduction by Rob Maylin
E
very now and then
something comes
along that just blows
m e a w a y, a n d t h i s
month it’s happened
twice – once by this
little piece from Mike. It all started last
week with a call from a good friend,
who I won’t name because I think this
needs to be kept as quiet as possible
for the time being. His call went
something like this: “Remember that
geezer you had in the mag last year
who had caught all those fish by
guesting a few estate lake ponds?
Well how would you like to talk to
another fella who’s been catching
some monsters doing the same sort of
thing?” You can imagine what I said,
and a little while later I got a call from
Mike.
He’s a quiet sort of guy, very passionate about big carp but only those
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that have never been caught before!
He’s been quietly going about this for
years on several different venues and
on the rivers (where he’s had forties!).
He asked me if I would like a few pictures for the mag. I asked him to send
them over with a few words if he
could. Like most carp anglers he’s
never written anything before, but I
really hope I can change that. Here
are his few words and some snaps....
He’s promised to do some more,
including a bit about his river exploits
– God, I hope he does!
He has told me some breathtaking
stories of multiple captures over the
phone; stories of three and four landing nets all packed with monsters
with up to a dozen fish landed in minutes! He only fishes for two hours at a
time! He told me the story of the
hippo he caught one night that he did
not weigh or photograph because it
was leaking spawn; he simply
unhooked it and let it swim off, convinced he would catch it again soon –
I hope he does! He only fishes for the
unknown, so I feel so privileged to be
able to see his photos and share his
experiences in some small way.
Below are his few modest words, the
first of many installments, I hope... I
hope you enjoy the photos as much as
I have.
They have all been Photoshopped
to remove the background to protect
h i s f i s h i n g, s o a t t h i s p o i n t a l l
doubters should shut the f*** up!
Mike: As I only fish for carp that
have more than likely never been
hooked or held, I look around for
waters that have uncaught carp living
in the “no fishing” lakes. A few
months ago when the weather went
hot and the carp all over started
spawning, I thought, let’s see if

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