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The Bountyhunter Meets The Urban Myth
taken a leaf out of his book and got on
those big, oily gobstoppers when I
first saw him. One thing I will say
about Tel is that from the minute I
met him, I liked him. He is one of
those blokes that you cannot help but
get on with; he is a good laugh, and
he is good company whether it is on
the bank or in the pub, wherever – we
really had a good time down there. To
be honest it was a bit of a shame that
the fishery shut, otherwise our fishing
friendship might have gone on longer.
As you know, at the time Leisure
Sport decided to close it down and
move the fish to Horton, and I refused
to fish there. After fishing Fox Pool, I
couldn’t follow them down the road
to another lake and fish for them
there, so that was the end as far as
catching Jack. It might as well have
been dead as far as I was concerned,
as I wasn’t going to catch it. I went off
to Johnson’s, but where did you go
after Longfield?
Terry: Once Longfield closed I was
a bit disillusioned with carp fishing.
At the time I was in a sort of transition period in my life, and I had got to
the point where my mum and dad
had had enough of me. When I was
fishing Longfield I was 19 years of
age, and I was living at my grandmother’s house. My parents had got
the hump with me because my carp
fishing addiction had just taken over
my life. It was a funny time; I didn’t
have anywhere to fish, I never really
had a car, and did not want to fish
Leisure Sports waters, as I had the
hump with Leisure Sports. I thought
how can I fish a Leisure Sports water
when they are going to come and
nick the fish? I thought it was going
to happen again, so I wouldn’t go to
Yateley. I ended up going to live with
a friend of mine who lived in the
Colne Valley. He was a member of
some old Colne Valley club lakes that
I loved, and he started taking me
down there as a guest. We started
fishing Savay a little bit as well, and
my Colne Valley lakes took off from
there really. I fished the lakes around
the Colne Valley for over twenty
years. All of them were no-publicity,
and I am still a member of those lakes
now – great lakes.
Rob: And of course as there is no
publicity they are not in your books,
which is a bit of a shame because
there must be some people reading
this who are members of those lakes.
Hidden away on Wraysbury South Lake.
It is 2013 – stop living in the Dark
Ages. Everyone knows the lakes; they
know what’s in there, and no one can
join them anyway. They should lift
those no-publicity rules now, as there
are some fantastic stories to be told
about these lakes, and unfortunately
the likes of Tel and other people who
have fished there are never going to
have a chance to tell their stories. You
will never get a true reflection of what
this angler has caught because half of
the fish he has caught can’t go in the
book. Ridiculous, in my opinion. Anyway I am never going to get into any
of those lakes, so I can say what I like
– they all hate me from when I fished
Waltonians and showed them all how
to do it. They hate you catching anything down there, and I am never
going to get back into to any of those
waters – not that I would even want
to.
Someone asked me the other day,
“Would you want to go back to Savay
if you had the chance?” I said, “No
way; I have had my time at Savay. I
fished there with Rod Hutchinson and
Ritchie MacDonald and Steve Allcott.
We did somersaults through burning
piles of hay on opening night, and we
danced on the tables down the pub
every night of the week. We had a
whale of a time, and if I went back
down there, no way is it going to be
like that again.” So as far as I am concerned you can keep it, and there are
plenty more fish in the sea, as they
say. Anyway enough of my sour
grapes; the reason I got together with
Tel is a bit of a milestone certainly in
my history, if not the history of carp
fishing. The 200th edition of Big Carp,
almost 23 years since it came out just
after Tel and I met at Longfield. The
theme of the magazine, and I have
asked quite a few people to write
about this, is how carp fishing has
changed in the last 23-25 year period
– nearly a quarter of a century of the
magazine – and how anglers lives
have changed in that period of time.
Well Tel, what do you reckon?
Terry: Well if I think back now, the
first time I ever heard of Rob’s Big
Carp coming out I was still a very
young man, and it was like another
world for me. It was before I went
travelling; I did a lot of travelling as
well in the early 90s when I got a bit
fed up of carp fishing. I spent a lot of
time in Thailand places like that; Australia, Scandinavia, and when I first
heard of Rob’s magazine I was sleeping in a field over at Savay. I had never
had a Savay syndicate ticket in those
days; it was a busy old syndicate with
people like Bruce Ashby, Pete Regan
and Martin Locke fishing it. Anyway, I
was sleeping in a field, and Rob was
fishing on Harefield at the time with
Steve, Dave, Phil and Pete the Burglar.
I always remember his first magazine
coming out, which seems like an age
ago to me, and in that time so much
has changed. Now I have children,
my life is totally different from those
days sleeping in a field at Savay, living
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