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The Bountyhunter Meets The Urban Myth
t h i n g, s o I s u p p o s e p l a c e s l i k e
Wellington Country Park are not really
top of your list, despite the fact that I
heard last week they’ve got 48 fish
over 40lbs now and they will have half
a dozen 50s in there by this time next
year. I guess that’s not your cup of
tea, but is there anywhere you do
fancy?
Terry: Well the thing is I suppose it
would be my cup of tea; there is no
way that you would not want to fish
somewhere with that many 40s. It
would be an absolute dream to have
over forty 40s in front of me fizzing up
on my rods. I keep waking up every
time I think of that and scratch my
head and think, can’t I go back. I think
the thing that would probably turn
me off Wellington Country Park
wouldn’t be the fish; it would be the
other anglers. I have fished a fair few
waters over the years where you are
packing up and someone is moving
in, or you are moving in when someone is packing up, and I find that
hard. I am an angler that likes to do
preparation. You know I love finding
the fish; I could never go and fish a
lake where someone says, “Right the
fish are in peg 22…” I couldn’t do
that; it’s just not me.
One of the things that I get out of
Wraysbury is going and looking for
the fish. That is one of my favourite
things about carp fishing – finding
the fish, tracking them down, and
once I have tracked them down that
is when I get the rods out. But just
finding the fish at Wraysbury is brilliant; I enjoy that, so I would be looking at another lake where I get my
own bit of water where I can really go
and find the fish myself. I just think it
is just a big part of carp fishing, and
just slotting in where you can is really
not my cup of tea.
Rob: We’re coming to the end of
the interview now, so just a few quick
questions for Terry. There have been
big changes in carp fishing in the last
25 years. Are they all negatives or are
there some positives as well?
Terry: Well, I think there are a lot of
positives if you look around now. We
have everything that we need to
catch carp – people have got rods
that can cast 150 yards, big reels that
are really smooth, bite alarms that
don’t break, heavy line that is not
really thick and really light hooks, so
the list of positives outweighs the
negatives. The negatives for me
would be that it is harder now for
someone like me to fish how I used to,
because I used to be a member of
about five or six lakes. That was
always important to me as a carp
angler, and even when I was in my
teenage years, I would be a member
of several lakes. I often think of the
lakes that I was a member of… I was
a member of Little Paxton in Cambridgeshire, which was a great water
in those times with 20s in – a brilliant
lake. I had a ticket for Yateley, which
had the North Lake, the Match and all
the other Yateley lakes. I had a ticket
for Darenth, which had an amazing
four lakes, and I had a ticket for Longfield. I was a young man and in those
days I could barely afford a tin of
soup, but I couldn’t do that now. I
couldn’t get five of six brilliant tickets,
so that has made it a lot harder now.
Basically you just get one water, and
that is what you fish. In the old days
we would have ten tickets, and if we
fancied going to one that weekend,
we would go there. So as a carp
angler, it has really changed a lot in
that sense.
Rob: Picking your brains a little bit,
what are your top three captures?
Terry: My top three captures? It is
so hard for me to decide on my top
t h r e e c a p t u r e s , b u t I ’d s a y m y
(Top) Blown away! The biggest fish in
Essex, at the time.
(Right) Typical long stay set up –
double burner and Lafuma, Tip Lake
in the eighties.
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