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Some Fishy Recollections of My 2012
go. A very good day that one was, and
despite fish continuing to fizz over
both of my raked and baited areas, I
was happy to let them have it. I’d had
exactly what I wanted, so I stayed the
night, sleeping by the van and left
around midday. The night before I
caught it, I recall seeing a shooting
star and wished for the common. I
had lost faith in the powers of shooting stars, but after that it has been
restored a bit!
A few days after that, I found
myself at a little no-publicity water for
a couple of days. The first day produced a stunning 27lb half linear and
the second a blank. Rather than going
off up to Cambridge, I needed to try
and sort my life out a bit so settled on
the Club Lake, fishing long trips
whilst attempting to get prepared
before next spring. I made another little pilgrimage, this time to Kent, and it
was lovely to have a look around
some more legendary carp waters.
September saw me with a few nights
on the Thames, which resulted in just
bream, and that was followed nicely
with managing to get hold of the
Sticky gold card for a bit. I had a
A nice 20lb-plus Club Lake common.
Christmas day trout = Boxing Day dinner!
social night on the Car Park with a
friend, followed by one on the Match
Lake, both resulting in blanks but
good food and good fun.
A return to Horton was in order, as
I wanted a go at a 40lb-plus grassy.
English grown ones are hard to come
by it seems, but Horton has several,
though I never caught one. It seemed
and sounded as if I had missed the
weather I wanted by about a week,
after seeing no big brown flags out in
the lake and some carp in Church Bay
snags, I thought one last one would


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