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Casting For ‘Cloopers’
C
asting For Cloopers is
Tr e v o r ’s f i r s t c a r p
book and will captivate the reader from
the outset with its
down to earth style
and humorous theme. It will appeal to
the ‘average’ carp angler because
Trevor is, like most of us, a hard working family man with a passion for big
carp. Not blessed with unlimited
time, bait and free tackle as today’s
superstars seem to be, Trevor makes
the most of his angling time at weekends and holidays... like normal carp
anglers have to.
With that said, Trevor has been very
successful in catching not only some
very special carp but huge catfish,
eels and sturgeon in his time.
He is probably best known for his
highly successful fishing TV show
‘Day Ticket’, which is still being
shown on some of the satellite channels. Trevor was very fortunate to
grow up in the Colne Valley, which
gave him access at an early age to
fish some of the most ‘hush-hush’
waters in the country and to fish for
some of the country’s most sought
after and respected carp. Those of you
that read Rob Maylin’s chapters on
Springwood in his early books will see
where Trevor got his inspiration.
Springwood and the Bird Lake are
now known by those ‘in the know’...
but still secret waters to most of the
country.
This is a book that every angler will
be able to relate to; it’s real, and
reflects the true essence of carp fishing for the normal angler... Not only
that, but it’s very funny too and will
have you in stitches. This is THE book
to get you in the right state of mind to
tackle 2013...
Here’s a little taster of what you
can expect in Trevor’s excellent
book... (I will set the scene)… Imagine if the company you worked for got
the fishing rights to a large Colne Valley gravel pit, never, if ever, fished
before seriously for carp, and when
you did a little investigation you
found out it had been stocked with
Leneys many, many moons before...
Just imagine that YOU were the only
carp angler in the company fishing
club... Result! Read on...
Rob Maylin
In the spring of 1991 the lease for
one of the many Colne Valley lakes
my employer owned had come up for
renewal, and thanks to the efforts of
our club chairman, the company
decided to offer the lake to the
angling section. Result! Our section
had access to many waters throughout the Colne Valley, however this
was different. We agreed to manage,
maintain, bailiff and contribute to the
costs, but basically the lake was ours
to do with as we pleased. The lake in
question was the Bird Lake, and was
the one I had fished many years
before for the pike it contained.
I did a fair bit of research on the
lake, as up to that point I knew very
little about it really. It was a typical
Colne Valley pit, but much bigger that
I remembered from all those years
before. It had all the usual features
including bars, plateaus and islands,
however I had never heard of any
carp being caught from it. I discovered that along with a few other pits
in the valley, it had benefited from a
stocking of Leneys; whether any survived however was a different matter
altogether. The lake was known to
contain pike, perch and the odd
tench, so I made it my mission to discover whether any carp still lived
within its depths. Back then, I was
really the only serious carp angler in
the whole of the angling section; all
the other members were into pleasure
and match fishing. It was for that reason that the first stocking we carried
out consisted of 3000 silver fish,
mostly roach, small bream and rudd.
We paid for the fish by taking a nominal subscription from the members;
however the company sports and
social club gave us a large donation,
which paid the lion’s share. Given
that cormorants had by that time
taken up permanent residence on
most of the Colne Valley waters, those
silvers got a heavy battering during
the winters that followed. Suffice to
say that within three seasons they
had all but disappeared; in fact you
wouldn’t actually have believed we
had stocked any at all.
That first season on the pit was a
real struggle; apart from catching a
couple of tench up to around 6lbs, I
had seen no evidence of any carp in
the lake. On light float tackle, those
early morning tench sessions were
great sport though; they also gave me
a chance to get in touch with the lake
and possibly be there when the carp
showed themselves. However apart
from a fair bit of ‘pin-head’ bubbling
that was probably down to the tench,
I still saw no evidence of carp any-
Casting for ‘Cloopers’
A Collection of
Fishing Trials and Tribulations
Trevor Pritchard
where.
I told myself I would just have to do
as many circuits of the lake as it took;
luckily the lake was surrounded by
very good climbing trees, so I spent
that first summer mostly hanging out
of the top of trees just looking. The
water clarity and quality were superb
and the weed growth that first year
was severe to say the least. Although
the weed made things quite awkward
for fish spotting and for fishing, all of a
sudden channels within the weed
would suddenly appear overnight. As
time went on it became obvious
something fairly large was creating
them and keeping them clear. Whilst
still on the subject of weed, I remember grabbing a handful of the stuff out
of the margins one day. I was totally
blown away by the sheer volume of
leeches, snails, insects, insect larvae
and other invertebrates crawling
around. As I dropped the handful of
weed at my feet, I fully expected it to
crawl back into the lake! The volume
of natural food was going to be a
problem, and for some reason I got it
into my head that I was going to prebait heavily with maple peas. Maybe
it was the mottled appearance of the
peas looking fairly natural; I don’t
know, but maple peas were going to
be my bait of choice.
One particular day, after probably
two or three circuits of the lake, I
eventually saw my first carp. Not just
one carp either; a group of about
seven. I was once again hanging out
of a tree when a disturbance caught
my eye about 30 yards out. I was sure
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