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Made In England
Carp-Talk received calls from people
who recognised the carp as fish from
a French Lake, where Dave had
recently holidayed. What on earth
was he thinking? Did he just assume
that a catch of three Thames forties
would be accepted at face value,
without anybody questioning the
facts? It really makes you wonder not
only about the motive but also the
level of intelligence that came up
with the idea. The reason I started
with reference to the Olympics, and
especially the Paralympics, is that
there are people there who you would
f o r g i v e i f y o u f o u n d o u t t h e y ’d
cheated in some way, but I doubt that
the concept even crosses their mind,
yet here you have somebody who blatantly lied about something that
could, I assume, earn him money from
a bait company, or freebies of some
sort. Surely, that’s fraud isn’t it?
What’s interesting is that when
that particular copy of Carp-Talk
came out I was down with Sir Pete,
putting the final touches to his book,
and we actually happened across a
reference to Martin Gay in his diary.
N o w, a l o t o f o l d e r a n g l e r s w i l l
remember all about the huge controversy that surrounded Martin at the
end of the eighties, but for those of
you who have joined the sport since
then (or may just have similar memory lapses to me), here’s a brief précis
of events.
The news broke late in 1989 of a
catch that Martin Gay had enjoyed
earlier in the year, and what a catch it
was. Over a period of just a few days,
and no more than two or three hours
a day, he’d caught over thirty common carp from an unnamed lake.
Now, that might not seem remarkable,
but of those fish five were in excess of
30lb, topped by an incredible 48lb
monster. We’re talking about 1989,
when the British Record was still
(Top) Roddy Porter with a ‘Close
Season’ record – did it count?
(Below) Alexei with a very hungry JC.


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