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Moving On
by Keith Jenkins
I
have to start this month with
some really sad news, as I
heard, last week, that Pete
Tolchard had died of cancer.
Anyone who has fished Horton in the last couple of
decades will know Pete better as
‘Weedbed Willie’, as he was the only
angler, other than Del, who had fished
the lake since it had opened in 1991.
His nickname came courtesy of
S t u a r t ‘ Wi n g n u t ’ R o t h w e l l , a n d
referred, unsurprisingly, to his love of
fishing the Weedy Bay in the first year
of the syndicate. That first year
Weedbed was top rod with, I think,
nine carp – a haul that, in its first
decade, Horton gave up very rarely.
The highlight of his first year was
catching the Koi at 37lb, a new personal best for him, and he went on to
(Below) Mark Walsingham with a
wonderful river pike.
(Right) Weedbed with the Koi.
(Below right) His last visit this
summer, with John Grant.
catch a few of Horton’s most sought
after carp over the ensuing years,
catching Shoulders, The Parrot and
Jack all at over forty pounds. The pinnacle was obviously Jack, which he
caught at 49lb in 1996, one of the last
few anglers to hold the great fish. In
all, he landed over 60 carp in his time
on the lake, but it wasn’t all about the
fish.
Pete was one of life’s genuinely
nice blokes; he never had a bad word
to say about anybody, and nobody
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