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   Old Thread  #1187 24 Aug 2016 at 9.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Big carp legends - Dave Lane

Who's Dave lane? If you don't know I'm guessing you have only been fishing a couple of months. Try Google

Not read a book for a while and after watching a you tube link on here I started thinking, I'm gonna get another one of his books. I have read an obsession with carp quite a while ago now so I decided to do a bit of Internet research and really fancied this one, never met him, never will, but how did he get here then?

Small book really, surprised when it landed through the letter box and I opened the package. In all just under 200 pages, but quality.

Before I start, if you want to know about rigs and tactics this is not the book for you. Stop reading here, although he did use Mainline baits from the start and still does...

Anybody with bait concerns, stop and think, tells you everything you need to know..

This book, is as far as I'm concerned the story of one mans carpy progression, from starting out to becoming one of the most successful carp anglers of this era and catching all the major target fish along the way, of which really Interests me. I suspect most of the other books in the range are based around the same theme. Must admit though, really prefer reading things like this nowadays, it's called interesting...

This is not carp racism or pure snobbery, it's called choices, but there's no instant or young 50lb stockies from mud pit number 1 in here, just old fish that have managed to survive all the tests of daily carp life to grown into massive proportions before gracing his net. His passion.

The book runs small easy reading and enjoyable chapters and also contains some excellent photographs of the specimen sized carp he has caught along the way. It starts out in the 70s with him catching carp and runs up to around 2004 and highlights his progression, learning and the trials and tribulations of a very successful carp angler, his lows along with his highs.

Starting out catching 2 1/2 pound er's from a local park lake to seeing a boilie, which most people who have done it for a while will no doubt have taken the same journey, all part of our carpy lives, brilliant, Harefield 30's, Clone valley and the horse and barge, must have been a who's of angling for a while this place, Horton and "jack the net ripper" brilliant name for a fish lol.

Now this could just be me but I love the stories of overgrown wild lakes and all the challenges of fishing them, they are in here at the highest level. Wraysbury, say no more on this one, carp porn of the highest level. We all know what lived in here, a monster of a fish.

Just to distract but I have just started reading the wraysbury chronicles, had it for a while, just not had the time. Couldn't believe it when I read about Bill Cottam driving home from Scotland and then drove to wraysbury after hearing about Dave Cumpstone capture of Mary at a potential record weight and then home again after seeing it, unbelievable really, really tells you the impact this fish had on the carpworld at the time, wasn't aware off this, but that is passion, surly? absolutely brilliant.

Sonning, immense inland sea, loved this one, got done and done again but persevered and got his reward. I could happily spend the rest of my carp life fishing a place like this, awesome

the Mere, nuff said, roughing it at the highest level, brilliant

Two tone, brilliant story, shovelling in the mud to colour that water up and the baiting approach, adaptable, job done!

Meadow and the fiords on St. Ives which I have fished once, because I could, had a little carpy holiday and said to myself I would always like to fish it after been inspired by that black linear, sadly just ain't got the time. least I can say I've had the pleasure of casting a line where it lives / lived for the time being. Again, stunning waters imho, forgot, the lagoon too, big one in the bag...

For me these wild places are the thing of dreams, real carping for me, I can't think of anything worse than fishing a packed lake and dropping in a "free swim" or waiting for one to be vacant, yuk, sell my gear...

As I see it, this book provides an excellent overview of the man and his angling. I think if you read this first, then Obsession with carp and then his latest it would be the best way forward, the latter two books probably dig deeper into the events that relate to the capture of each fish, don t know, could be wrong?

Flick on the tail next for me I think...
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   Old Thread  #1186 6 Apr 2016 at 4.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!

I enjoyed this book and read it quite quickly, which is always a good sign!

There are 19 chapters, 384 pages and loads of good quality photos and illustrations.

Martin Clarke is not a 'full time' angler. He is balancing family and work commitments just like me and so I found his tales and stories easy to relate to.

I particularly enjoyed Barry and Ben O'Connor's chapter on Carp competition recollections and the Angie Lawley interview. Angie fishes a lot in my neck of the woods so it was interesting to read her views.

There is a good balance of wisdom about bait and rigs and a good smattering of Carpy Tales too.

This book is a very good read in my opinion.

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   Old Thread  #1185 21 Jan 2014 at 7.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I have john wilsons carp and tench book and it has a lot of old school methods in there.
I also have the ali hamidi masterclass book and I quite like it. Lots of different methods to suit different anglers ranging from novices to the highly experienced.

if your into coarse fishing I would recommend john sidleys eel book , very good book for the money.
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   Old Thread  #1184 13 Aug 2013 at 6.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yep,another for finding the time to cast.
For all your guys that hold down jobs and juggle your family with your fishing I think this will appeal to you.
Chris has managed to get some great contributors in this book catching big carp on their own terms.
A really good read that will keep you captivated for hours and you will read again.
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   Old Thread  #1183 7 Mar 2013 at 6.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
finding time to cast by chris currie,

Got to say when i saw this advertised i thought chris currie was the guy who used to write in the old magazines years ago.

As an avid collector of books i would have brought it anyway and was about to order a copy but saw it would be available at the five lakes show and picked a copy up from the man himself.
Very much along the lines of the forgotten chapters it contains stories from some well known and not so well known anglers, and i have got to say it is one of the best ( amongst some really good books) that i have read in years.

i have not finished as yet but the john bird on colne mere chapter is worth the cost on its own in my opinion.

If you are interested in big british carp fishing have a look at this book, no plugging bull**** from someone who has a company to promote just a brilliant read from some very talented and normally very secret anglers.

Have a look fella's you will not be disappointed.
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   Old Thread  #1182 5 Mar 2013 at 12.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A nice review of Bivvy Tramps in Carp-Talk by Paul Monkman:

Bivvy Tramps: A Fenland Carp Tale written by Martin Lawrence is the fictional tale of Kes and his camo-clad mates, and how their relatively mundane lives of working in Tommy’s Tackle and fantasising
about catching The Lady from St Ives are turned upside-down when a determined waste-recycling plant
owner turns up on their doorstep. Kes likes to consider himself as an extreme carper and hopes one
day to tackle the likes of Fen Drayton and Wraysbury, but it’s The Lady that occupies his immediate
desires, with only Saira, an anti-angling ‘bunnyhugger’, coming close to challenging for his
affections. He finds his values tested, however, when he becomes involved with a new ultracommerical
fishery, which leads to all sorts of trouble that threatens to end in tragedy.

The book is hugely absorbing, helped by the relationship the reader soon builds up with Kes. His
thoughts, obsessions and aspirations are something that will resonate with many carp anglers
and are portrayed to the reader brilliantly with the aid of few cleverly placed interior monologues.
I hadn’t expected a fictional book on carp fishing to be quite so enjoyable, but Bivvy Tramps has
certainly helped broaden my horizons in that respect, and I’m already looking forward to Martin
Lawrence’s future creations.

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   Old Thread  #1180 23 Dec 2012 at 11.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was sent this lovely review of Mark's book by Phil Escott.

A Fool and his Eel by Mark Walsingham review – Phil Escott.

I was privileged that Keith Jenkins, knowing of my love for great prose, sent me a few snippets from Mark’s book as it was being proofed prior to publication, and their descriptive brilliance gave me a taste for what was to come. Even the title is genius, and you only have to roll the phrase “A Fool and his Eel” around the tongue a few times to gain more than a lot of books give you in their entirety.
I’m going to skip over the beautiful phrasing, the stunning photography and David Miller’s incredible artwork. I’m even going to ignore the wonderful stories of fish captures great and small, and the author’s deep understanding and love for his environment and all the creatures and plants that inhabit it. Yes, I know these are important, and in themselves they would set this book in the very upper echelons of angling literature, but I’m sure many reviewers will pick up on these aspects.
I’d like to move on to what I believe is the pure essence of this book, and that’s the wonderful combination of higher consciousness, innocence and inspiration. Now that’s where the magic lies! I thought I was above the commercialisation that’s creeping into fishing, but when I read Mark’s book I realised I had lost my roots more than I thought.
Mark’s youthful enthusiasm and refusal to get sucked into the conventional carp fishing “rat race” is enough to embarrass most people into pulling their heads out of tackle catalogues and seeing what’s actually important about fishing.
I laughed out loud many times, but more importantly had a lump in my throat just as often as he took me back in a way that nobody has managed before to the time when I first saw a float bob and disappear, and in that moment I realised how the exclusive pursuit of bigger and “better” fish and desire for the latest bite alarm takes away so enormously from what angling is all about.
This modern technological day and age has taken us so far away from our spiritual and ancestral roots in the way we live, the way we relate to each other and the planet and the way we play. Mark is, I believe, a very significant cog in the growing wheel of inspirational people from all walks of life who are turning this around and showing us the way back to simplicity and true enjoyment.
For me it’s been a personal journey back to my childhood and into the better parts of myself; a true inspiration to live in the moment and enjoy every pleasure that not only angling, but life, has to offer. Mark has definitely enriched my future experience of angling and beyond…
His gift to anglers in general is to show them that a return to this simplicity is the future of angling if it is to thrive; not the latest HNV bait, bivvy light or titanium buzz bar. Those who are striving to attain all the material aspects of fishing, whether it be bait or the latest trophy catch, while regarding those who enjoy the finer sides of the sport as dinosaurs, might just find that they are the dinosaurs themselves.
If they don’t change, they might be dead to the world in their latest high tech sleeping bag one misty dawn; the door zipped down on their two-acre bivvy, unable to see the £3,000 worth of rods lying silent outside while Mark (or somebody he’s inspired), single cane rod in hand, lands their target fish from under their nose without really trying (or knowing its name) and is home for breakfast after a short session before “sleeping beauty” has even trumpeted his first fart of the day.
Henry David Thoreau once said, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”
Mark Walsingham is not among them…
Standing ovation, sir!




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   Old Thread  #1179 26 Nov 2012 at 12.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Globetrotter’s Quest – by Tony Davies-Patrick

Having read some of Tony Davies-Patrick’s writings in previous issues of Carpworld, I was excited and eager to get into the pages of his (I think second) book.

The first thing to say is that this is very different to your standard carp fishing book. There are no tales of pursuing famous English carp on famous English waters. Instead, the chapters detail Tony’s fishing in a wide variety of places all over the world. Whilst carp are the main species he pursues, there are also chapters devoted to other species. The most impressive of these has to be the Great White Sturgeon, on the Colorado river in the USA, which go to many hundreds of pounds in weight. Reading the tales of epic battles with these gargantuan monsters, one almost feels as excited as Tony must have been whilst waiting for a run and fighting these beasts.

Tony has an enjoyable and easily readable writing style. The reader is drawn straight into his tales, and it is genuinely hard to put the book down part-way through a chapter. You just have to see each one through to its conclusion. Whilst reading the book, I did briefly contemplate the merits of leaving the wife, kids and career, and following the same path as Tony, such was level of immersion I found in the book. But alas, I just couldn’t justify it! The author is highly adept at describing the environments he fishes in, a prime example being when he hires a canoe and explores Canadian rivers systems, searching for the elusive carp which reside there.

The author is a photographer, and this is clearly evident from the quality and variety of the images on display. I found myself flicking through the book a number of times, just looking at and admiring the photographs, before I even started reading it.

The guest chapters are also very good. From trekking for days through the forest in New Zealand in search of giant eels, to campaigns spanning several years for Black Carp in Japan (which involves curating their natural food source at home), the guests really do add to the overall depth and quality of the book.

Are there any criticisms of the book? If I’m being picky and criticising for the sake of it, there are one or two sections within a couple of chapters where it becomes like a catalogue of captures. A mirror caught at this weight, followed by a common caught at this weight, then another mirror later in the afternoon at another weight, and so on. Fortunately, this only happens fleetingly, then the reader is once again captivated and thrust back into a foreign, almost alien environment. Can you imagine rowing out to the opposite bank in the dark to drop off your rig, then your headlamp catching the reflecting eyes of a big cat only several metres away?

I would thoroughly and unreservedly recommend this book to anybody who has a passion for fishing. The enthusiasm and spirit of the author are prevalent throughout, and he will certainly connect with you as a reader. You will not be disappointed by this book. Buy it!
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   Old Thread  #1174 6 Nov 2012 at 3.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The chapters that detail the capture of some of these now famous fish are spell binding, as are the photos and the wonderful illustrations of David Miller. And it is the latter that also contribute enormously to the absolute pleasure one gets from simply holding this book and flipping idly through its pages. David’s artwork and underwater photography is simply exquisite and are so accurate that at times you must look at the foot of the canvas to tell if it is painting or photograph. Mark's own photographic work adds still more magic to an already captivating book.

The book is not simply a book about carp fishing, nor is it even a book simply about fishing in general. This is a work of art from a writer with angling in his blood and writing in his heart. Mark’s descriptions transcend mere sentences and paragraphs; they are paintings with words. Read the wonderful chapter ‘Crumbleholme’s Demise’, the tale of a small village general store cum tackle shop, or ‘Encounters with Pike’ which contains tales of encounters with monsters lost and landed. I was especially enthralled by the chapter, 'River of Dreams' and other barbel chapters, as fishing for barbel is another shared passion of ours.

There is a lovely nod towards one of our best known and most loved writers on game fishing. I cannot help feeling that Chapter 21, ‘Salmo Salar: The Leaper’ is a homage to Hugh Falkus’s terrific film ‘Salmo the Leaper’, and again I feel an affinity with Mark in this respect, as even though he does not mention Hugh’s definitive book about sea trout fishing, I feel certain he has read it and devoured it…as have I!

Though Mark is clearly a lover of tradition and holds dear to the ethics and standards required of the quite mad Golden Scale Club, I was astonished to read that he fishes with boiled bait from time to time and even goes so far as to flavour his bait with an Essential Oil! Surely, Mr Chairman, this is deviant behaviour of the first order and a severe fine must be imposed when next the Club gathers for the odd ale or two…but NOT at the Mayfly pub on the River Test!

That Mark is a true conservationist is shown by his account of the demise of one of his most cherished lakes, Pitt Pond. Chapter Two introduces us to its discovery, its history and its pedigree with stories of carp that stirred the blood of a young Mark. Later in Chapter 30 Mark tells the story of his son Iain’s encounter with a magnificent common that has the young lad almost in tears. The photograph of Iain after the release of that fish may even move you – as it did me – the same way. Sadly Pitts Pool fell prey to the ravages of otters that moved in from the nearby river and decimated the stock, but is Mark bitter? Not at all. In fact he writes of his love of the fact that otter populations have made such a good recovery. At the same time, of course, he is devastated that they have destroyed such a special place that filled many dreams. It takes a special man to see both sides of the coin and appreciate both the heads and tails of it.

The book closes with a short account of the capture of a truly magnificent fish. If you never see another carp again in your life, hold the image of the huge common ‘Heart Tail’ in your mind’s eye and cherish it as epitomising the true spirit of carp fishing; the gentle art, if you like, rather than the uncultured and rather crude attack so beloved of modern carpers.

Clearly Ashmead lies at the heart of this lovely work, and Mark’s hauntingly evocative poem 'A Carp Pool’ that closes the book is proof if ever it were needed that books such as this come along only once in a blue moon.

Carp anglers are often by association amateur astronomers and who of us has not gazed up at the night sky in winter at the stars and constellations. But which of us could have written: “Orion hunted brightly on the western skyline…” So simple yet so evocative.

Thank you so much, Mark, for this your magnum opus.

A Fool and his Eel is published by Keith Jenkins’ (jenkx) firm Freebird Publishing priced £30.

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   Old Thread  #1173 6 Nov 2012 at 3.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The book is a great work in more than one sense of the word, running to 416 pages filled with poetic descriptions of an English countryside that some may feel is almost another country. Mark sees things slightly differently to your average angler. His observations of Nature and her often hidden ways help shine a light on the sometimes mysterious passage of time in the countryside, the changing seasons at Ashmead, the moods of the rivers and lakes, the constant challenges posed by large fish of all species.

It seems that I share a fairly similar history with Mark, albeit that I am quite a few years older (cough!). His early fishing transport was a Renault 4, as was mine. One of his favourite rivers is the Hampshire Avon, especially the Royalty, and in particular the stretch downstream from the Parlour Pool, via the Pipe Swim to the Railway Bridge Pool and beyond. It is mine too. He caught his largest barbel from the Royalty, as did I. Mark still loves to fish for salmon and sea trout. Me too! Mark fished Chard Reservoir when it was called Holemore, as did I. But strangest of all, Mark applied for membership of the Golden Scale Club by filling out a form in the back of the March 1982 issue of the magazine Coarse Fishing Monthly…I wrote regularly for that magazine and may even have had a piece in the March issue!

We both shared the thrill of receiving a monthly magazine through our letterboxes, first Angling Magazine wherein Hutchy and a young Ken Townley cut their writing teeth (my first article was in the March 1973 edition), and then CFM. We both fished the Avon at Downton – the Bull Hotel stretch - Ringwood and Ibsley and we both discovered for ourselves the delight of ‘trundling’ on that inspiring barbel river. Sadly, for me at any rate, our paths diverged, as Mark went off to University while I went to sea! Who knows? If Mark had gone to sea and I had gone to Uni, I might be the owner of Ashmead by now!

And talking of Ashmead, it is these chapters that will hold the carp angler spellbound. The work involved in turning what was once a little three-acre pond called Goat Willow Pool into the natural wildness that is the 15-acre fishery today is described in great detail and I can just imagine the satisfaction in dredging all those channels and bays to connect with the original Goat Willow Pool. This work is detailed in the chapter called ‘Restoration’.

The carp of Ashmead were introduced in the early 70s with carp from “a Surrey trout farm”. Whether this is THE Surrey trout farm is still under investigation but certainly some of the Ashmead fish have the Leney look about them. Just fifty carp were stocked by Ashmead’s previous owner Steve Maynard and these form the backbone of the fishery’s current stock. The largest fish is a huge mirror known by the regulars as Single Scale. At this very moment she may be awaiting her chance to become Ashmead’s first sixty-pound carp, a tribute to the ownership past and present of the lake and the hard work that has gone into its maintenance. But it does not stop with Single Scale. It is believed there could be as many as four forty-pound commons in the lake, to say nothing of a cluster of beautiful big mirrors that will take your breath away

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A FOOL AND HIS EEL by Mark Walsingham.

“All anglers have a river flowing through their dreams. In their sleep they fish in peace on a stream where the clear current reflects a perpetual summer sky.” Thus we are introduced to a Chapter in Mark Walsingham’s book, “A Fool and His Eel”. We know instantly that this is no technical textbook or a cold humourless account of another “I came, I saw, I conquered” capture of one or several known UK carp. This is a book in the great tradition of BB, of Yates and perhaps even of Mr Crabtree. There is genuine greatness in these pages, not just wordiness for the sake of it, but beautiful descriptive writing that puts you right there alongside the writer. Yes, a work of art, in fact.

“A Fool and his Eel” is the official title of the book, though to my mind it could also be called, “You Might Hit a Swallow” by Skeffington Dolrimple (You’ll have to read the book to get that reference!). You see, in my eyes there are two authors of this book, working side by side to describe the life of a countryman cum angler. There is the serious Mark, owner of that wonderful area of Somerset wetland known to the angling world as Ashmead; environmentalist, tireless senior conservation manager for the National Trust, and of course, avid angler.

Then there is Skeffington, member of the self proclaimed ‘absurd’ (The Chairman’s own description) Golden Scale Club; tweed-wearing, cane-wielding and pin-loving, possibly eccentric and definitely slightly bonkers piscatorial gent-about-Somerset.

The two authors blend seamlessly in this giant of a book that charts their shared life and times to date, from Mark’s early formative years as an angler, influenced by, who else but Mr Crabtree and Peter, through his transformation into Skeffington, or Skeff as we may know him on here. We follow a meandering pathway through to Mark’s acquisition of Ashmead and his work to transform and develop the now legendary pool, to Skeff’s hair-raising traverses of the pipe in the Pipe Swim on the Royalty and other risible Golden Scale Club outings. These chapters detail some remarkable fishing exploits that are at times both funny, poignant and in one case desperately sad.


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   Old Thread  #1170 22 Jul 2012 at 9.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Terry Hearn – In Pursuit of the largest

If I’m honest I don’t have a large collection of carp books and thinking about it I don’t know why. Some of the best writing and stories I have read have come out of books. They always seem a lot more genuine than the carp comics.

Out of my small collection I have Mike Wilmot’s carp life, Bill Cottams behind the rods, Albert romps: Romp with carp, Rob Maylins Beekay guide to carp fishing also Jim Shelly’s and had Dave Lanes first book. I have both the Terry Hearn books.

Again, I don’t understand why I have not got any of the other Rob Maylin books and even more strange any Tim Paisley ones. Both I have found interesting writers in the past and TPs carp leader always kinda makes sense to me.

Anyway, what do I like about books?

A damn fine read to start with, genuine passion evident along with a good story that’s makes me want to keep reading and reading without putting it down, intrigue what’s going through their heads, can I relate to it? And when I’ve put it down, still makes me smile and want go fishing for monsters, inspiring!

Books on Carp fishing?

I suppose what swings your views in carp fishing is when you started, how long you have fished, what you have experienced and more importantly what you want from the sport. My first “bash” at carp fishing was 86 on a local estate lake with my uncle who was a very good angler at the time and I carried on for a few years before drifting of and finding girls, beer and pub sports in general. The only angling literature I could get my hands on was the angling times and I’ve bought this on and off for most of my life.

Over the years I’ve learnt a lot, it’s a sport I’m passionate about and when I look back from now to then carp fishing can sadly be bought in a box. The amount of knowledge that can be obtained, the quality tackle and more importantly the staggering amount of quality baits that’s around basically means, in my eyes it’s done for you, all you have to do is virtually turn up, put the £500 tent up, photograph the fish of your dreams, claim to be one of the finest anglers that has walked the land even thought you don’t know why??? And then take up golf only to find out you will never be as good as Tiger Woods’ because there’s a real measurement to that sport.

Over the years this fella has never ceased to amaze me. Coming from the North it’s a bit dry of specimen fish that grace the pages of these papers, fish you can only dream about catching unless you willing to jack your job in and do the work and respect to you if you have. Sadly ive had to work all my life, yeh I know, my choice.

Again its what appeals to you or should I say me, and dark old fish there is nothing that can come close imho. I’ve seen this fella with more stunning looking fish than I could shake a stick and this book is full of them, target fish after target fish, no coincidence here. Over the years ive read so much on these target fish it’s like I’ve been after them myself, Christ I could even go and find where they are lying up! And the spots they visit or visited.

The book (at last)

Kicking off from his early learning’s “forty Yatley carp” yes 40. The one thing I like about his writing its never really a trumpet blowing, stand aside I can smell the adrenaline from hear experience! Level headed, in simple terms and brilliantly interesting I find. Not just about carp, his early friendships, his job at the post office and everything about his carpy life. I HATE the, this is me, this is a fish. Personally if somebody has caught a few, if they can’t put pen to paper, forget it.

Bazil forty or Bazil Faulty? what a name for a carp lol. What a great story I found this to be, read it for yourself.

The Car Park Lake, again, I’ve read loads on this place over the years. Had em all except arfur tail I believe, reckons because it’s how he feeds, suppose you can’t catch them all. I love the little sketches of the lakes and swims, brilliant, I know exactly where I am now. Some stunners in here!

The royal 40, the Dinton fish. Ive seen the 40 looking a bit battered before to other captors but has he ever caught any ugly fish. If so they are not in here.

My favourites without doubt Wraysbury and the Mere

Ever since seeing Springates brace this place captured my imagination. I have read more on this place than anywhere over the years. If there was ever a place a record fish should live for me its an inland sea, a water like this, a proper challenge, remember my first big water, clueless. Yeh he nails it and what a fish that Mary was, proper frame on it. One day even though they have gone…

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The Mere. If you’re a lover of big old carp I need to say no more on this place. Shut your eyes it’s a carp anglers paradise, every dream come true especially nowadays with banks stuffed to the rafters, people thrashing the water to a foam and rolling round in heaps on the banks. An absolute belter of a fish, a great story and if this doesn’t make you want to go fishing, sell your gear. Dream on!

Overhaul a fantastic read. And without being disrespectful to anybody, anybody can catch big carp nowadays. This guy has a lifetime of stunning carp with target fish after target fish along the way, brilliant.

Two books later, nearly 30 years at it? and still catching them! Respect, respect is earned, not demanded. If only others could write as inspiring as him.

Edit - Forgot, In have the Wraysbury Chronicles book (K. Jenks). Just havent had the time to read it yet.

Also Andy Murray, catch carp
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   Old Thread  #1168 17 Jul 2012 at 2.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Catching memories Jerry Hammond
I wanted to read this book as it features the waters in Essex that I first fished for carp in the 1960/70s.
Hainault,Nazeing Meads and the Chase.
Reading Jerrys memories of these venues took me back to my very early years of Carp fishing and how much carp fishing has changed since those days.
This book is a collection of carping stories from the very beginning when he first started carp fishing at the age of 12 at the Hainault park lake through the years at Sutton,Horton,Yately and right up to date to his latest big fish captures at Kevin Nashs Church Pool (just up the road from where I live).
Jerry is a very skilled angler besides being extremely dedicated.
The book is filled with some really good stories at many various venues around the country.
His best mates from those early years have each written a chapter which proves very entertaining.
The highlight of the book for besides the big fish captures at Church pool were the brace of 40s from Wellington country park and the Black common from Croxley Hall.
Also,worth mentioning is the 48 hour session at Church pool with Tim Paisley where Tim landed his uk PB.
I would say that the quality of the print and photographs are amongst the finest of all the books that I have read.In conclusion I would say that this book is a very good read and shows that Jerry is one of the carp worlds characters,there is even a chapter about his years as a film actor with Tom Hanks,Matt Damon,David Schwimmer and Steven Spielberg.
The foreward is written by Kevin Nash.
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   Old Thread  #1167 7 Jul 2012 at 8.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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that book carp season by tim paisley is a exerlent book i got it as an xmas present when it 1st come out and ive still got it till this day in near on perfect condition, its one of those books that i can go back to and read over and over.
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