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The Big Carp
Rotary Letter
Rob Maylin
Well first of all I’d like to apologise for
not being on parade last month and
missing out on the Rotary Letter. It
was my annual family holiday and
sometimes other things have to take
priority, so I do apologise for all that
missed me in the mag; I’m sure there
weren’t that many. The lads really
stood up to the plate last month with
Jon McAllister and Dave Lane both
catching up on two months’ worth in
the same month, so you had more
than enough Rotary Letter I’m sure.
Well this month there’s a slight
change to the normal format but
please keep your questions coming
in, lads. I’m very pleased to receive
your questions, and don’t forget to
if you’ve got any questions for our
Rotarians. Dave doesn’t like being
called a Rotarian, so I’m going to
Mega wet spring – roll on the sunshine!
make sure I call him it all the way
through this piece.
This month, on the request of Ed
Betteridge who has taken a step back,
we’re all marching on answering
everybody’s questions, but not really
having enough time to analyse everyone’s answers. The whole point of a
Rotary letter is that we do dissect
what the other Rotarians say in their
I am going to go back in time a little
bit to a question that was posed
about spring mortalities in recent seasons. Virtually every year that I can
think of, in early spring, once the sun
comes out, we seem to have a few
dead ones turning up on the lake. This
was a question posed three or four
issues ago by one of our regular readers of Big Carp, and we all answered
the question. Sean had some very
good remarks on it about some fish
being better prepared for the winter
with their fat reserves and how much
time they had been on the bank.
Now I think of it, I don’t seem to
have heard of any fish passing away
at all this year. Perhaps I haven’t got
my ear to the ground as much, as I
have been on holiday, but normally
I’m getting reports of big, known fish
passing away all the time. This year
there’s been nothing to report, and I
wonder if it’s got anything to do with
the very poor start we’ve had weather
wise this year. Normally by this time,
and I’m sitting here writing this half
way through May, we’ve got red hot
temperatures, we’ve had the first
BBQ’s of the year and floater fishing
has kicked off. However, the last three
or four weeks it hasn’t stopped pissing down with rain, and it’s been
absolutely freezing.
I was just talking to one of my
designers on the phone a moment
ago, Colin Spray, a very keen Chelsea
supporter and season ticket holder.
He goes and sees all the games, and
has just been up to see the Cup Final
at the weekend. He said that normally
it’s red hot and he goes up there in
shorts and a T-shirt, but this year he
was up there with three coats and
two jumpers and he was still
absolutely freezing. I’m just wondering whether this colder weather in
the spring is the sudden shock of all
the hot weather, and obviously oxygen levels changing, etc, has made a
It’s certainly been a fantastic start
to the year for fish captures; I can’t
remember a year like it actually. I did
remark on another question that was
put to the Rotary Letter guys a couple
of issues ago that it had been a very
mild winter, but catches hadn’t really
responded and matched the amount
of mild weather that we’d had. But
during this colder spring, there have
been phenomenal captures everywhere. Only this weekend Ian Stott,
one of our regular writers in the magazine, did a couple of days up at


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