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The Bountyhunter Meets The Urban Myth
on a tin of tomato soup with Rob
pretty much feeding me and some of
the other boys helping out as well.
Rob: And of course going back to
where we first met at Longfield, there
weren’t many 40s around then, and
now just look at it.
Terry: Well, that’s right; I caught
my first 40 in 1989. I have a book
upstairs of a list someone gave me of
the biggest fish, and that was one of
the top carp that had ever been
caught. That was a 42lb fish, and I
think there were only two or three 40s
in the country at that time – known
40s, anyway – and look at it now. But
from those times I sensed the real
magic of carp fishing, and I still try
and bring that into my carp fishing
now, which is not all about size; it is
really about you against the carp and
how you enjoy hunting them down.
That is what I have tried to keep up all
the way through, which is probably
why I am still doing it now, all this
time later.
Rob: So what do you look for when
you are looking for your next carp
water? I mean, you have had a real
fascination with Wraysbury fairly
r e c e n t l y. I n f a c t y o u w e r e k i n d
enough to give us that fantastic shot
for the front cover of our 200th edition
– that’s Mary’s Mate for those of you
who didn’t know the fish. You have
had a love affair with Wraysbury; is
that the type of water that you are
looking for these days?
Terry: For me, Wraysbury is different to everywhere else really. When I
fished Longfield, when I was in my
teenage years, I started looking at
Wraysbury. So that’s nearly 25 years
ago that my love affair started with
Wraysbury. The first time I fished
Wraysbury I got a ticket because
there was a fish kill on a Colne Valley
lake I had fished for a few years. I was
bit devastated; I was looking for
somewhere new, and I thought that
Wraysbury might fill the gap. Mary
was in there; it was about 1999 the
first time I fished Wraysbury, and I
absolutely loved it over there. I met
some of the old anglers who fished
Longfield, and met a lot of new
anglers too. I didn’t do a lot; I only did
the odd night, but that was the start
of it.
Around that time I had children; my
first daughter was born in the year
2000, and from then on, I knew that
Darenth Valley record 1988 – the biggest fish in Kent.
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Wraysbury and I were finished. For a
good few years anyway, with a young
baby daughter, there was no way I
could go to Wraysbury every week, or
even once a month really and do a
session, so that was that finished. But
that is when I moved to places like
Johnson’s, and I went back on the
Colne Valley and started fishing those
sorts of places, but Wraysbury always
sort of stuck in my mind. I really
wanted to catch one of the fish I had
seen swimming around in there in the
late 80s, and one of those fish was
Mary’s Mate. When I first looked at
Wraysbury, I am not even sure Mary
was in there; she probably wasn’t in
there, and nor was Mallin’s or Cluster.
In those days you had Olive and
Mary’s Mate; I am not sure, and probably about another 20. But my love
affair with Wraysbury lasted all that
time, and even if I don’t fish the place
for ten years, when I go there I have
something that clicks in me. I suppose it has been with me for a long
time, and I don’t think I could get a
feeling like that anywhere.
Rob: You have already mentioned
that you pick your waters pretty carefully these days and size is not every-

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