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was a bit special, he reckoned. Top
stuff.
Another old mate of mine found
himself attached to 45lb common
recently as well. Del Poulter can quite
legitimately be described as a ‘character’ and anyone who fished Longfield and Wraysbury in the eighties
and nineties will have very fond
memories of ‘Shakey’ Del, and no
social gathering was complete without him. He features quite a lot in the
Wraysbury Chronicles but I was
unable to contact him to get him to
do his own chapter, which would
have been a fine addition to the book.
Perhaps if we ever get round to
reprinting it I should get him to pen
something. Anyway, in his own inimitable way, Del managed once again
to coax a big fish from a large,
difficult water, by stalking it from
a little channel, so, well done
mate; I hope we meet up soon.
A fish I saw on the bank a couple of times, but never managed
to set a hook in, was the Friendly
Mirror from Conningbrook. It
certainly did live up to its name
w h i l s t I w a s f i s h i n g t h e r e,
although two or three times a
year is hardly that friendly. I
assume that it is the largest fish
in the lake since the demise of
Two-Tone, although the not so
Friendly Common is still
b e l i e v e d t o b e a r o u n d, a n d
knocking on fifty, so who knows?
Not Jamie Bryant, and I’m sure
he doesn’t really care either,
because he landed the mirror at
45lb recently and that was good
enough for him.
If Laney is like Peter Pan, then
Micky French must be Tinkerbell
(I’m not sure that simile works,
but you’ll see where I’m going).
Where Laney has been known to
move half a dozen times in a day to
get on the fish, Micky has admitted to
three times that in a single session,
but it certainly seems to be paying off
because he’s had more than fifty fish
in just a few months on Swan Valley –
an awesome haul by anyone’s measure. On the session in question he’d
looked and looked but had failed to
find anything apart from some fizzing
out by a weedbed, so opted to drop in
there, and over the next few hours
had landed four fish to 31lb, which is
quite rare indeed. Then the next
morning he hooked another fish that
led him the merriest of dances
through the weedbeds, and it was 40
minutes later before he managed to
net the fish, and gazing down he
realised he’d landed the biggest fish
in the lake. Not only that, but at 46lb
8oz it was a new lake record – just
reward for so much effort. Best get
yourself onto a big water now, Micky,
and get yourself fit!
A big water like the Fjords at St.
Ives – that would take some walking,
but if you’re prepared to do it, the
rewards, once again, can be brilliant.
(Top) Shakey Del with a mid-40
common. (Photo courtesy of CarpTalk).
(Left) Charlie Terry, carrying on
where me and Dave left off. (Photo
courtesy of Carp-Talk).
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