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Some Fishy Recollections of My 2012
H
i, I hope all is well
and that 2013 has
been good to you
so far. Firstly, congratulations are in
order, so well done
to Big Carp on the 200th and thanks
to Rob for keeping us entertained
over the years. Thankfully Christmas
is behind us and just in front of us is
the spring, which really is something
to get excited about! They say that as
you get older the years seem shorter
because one represents an increasingly shorter percentage of your life.
Personally looking back, 2012 feels
more like a month to me, but I guess
that’s because I was lucky enough to
spend a lot of it on the bank. It was an
interesting year for me and fortunately, carp wise at least, it was a surprisingly successful one!
After six seasons of making the two
and a half hour minimum drive
required for repositioning myself from
home to Yateley, I had called it time.
(Top) After last season it had to be the
same again.
(Below) The biggest of my Sandy
brace.
After what felt like very considerable
effort, I was rewarded with the Big
Orange and ecstatic with it. That I’d
repeated it later in the season felt a bit
cruel, but realistically it felt like an
increasingly good time to call it quits.
Though I would dearly love to have
caught up with Arfur or the Baby
Orange, I was happy enough and
keen to fish a little closer to home for
a while. From the start, 2012 looked to
me like almost an end as well as a
new start, what with it being a Yateley headache-free year. My Car Park
ticket expired in the spring of 2012,
but I had no intentions of any last
gasp attempts. It was looking like my
first season for seven that I wouldn’t
hold any RMC/CEMEX tickets, and
now it looks like that might have been
good timing. On the whole 2012 probably wasn’t a very good year for carp
fishing, what with floods, otters, general politics etc, but at least those
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