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   Old Thread  #96 19 Dec 2016 at 3.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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While it lasted the stalking on Rashleigh was incredible and even as a steady stream of obstacles seemed to get put in the way of anybody who actually wanted to practice this wonderful form of fishing, we still managed to find a few new spots where we could drop the baits at our feet and then watch as they came in for a feed, and hopefully to make a mistake on a hookbait. The most productive were also the most inaccessible and a fair amount of jungle creeping was involved just to get a bait in the water.

32. Jungle creeping. Often hazardous, always rewarding.



While we continued to enjoy Rashleigh it was clear that all was not well with the lake. We had expected the Suicide Squad to do well and gain weight, and while one or two did so, the majority remained at the 7-8lb mark. OK, that was double what they went in at, but nothing like what was hoped from them. Mind you, they still pulled your arms off and would always brighten up a dull day.

33. They still pulled your arms off…



I am not sure of the date that IFM member and top fishery expert Dr Bruno Broughton came done to Rashleigh though I am guessing mid 80s. The fact was that Rashleigh was in dire need of some expert loving care. The Suicide Squad was a pain in the arse, the water pH was low, natural food sparse and the water colour was getting worse with each passing season, so much so that stalking in the usual spots was nigh on impossible as you couldn't see if the fish were there or not. The root cause was the Suicide Squad that was eating every scrap of natural food, churning up the lake bed, discolouring the water and holding back the weight gains that should have been happening now that the lake was getting more heavily fished (more bait going in). The originals in particular were suffering.

I knew Bruno from NASA and it was decided to invite him down to prepare a report for us on what we could do to improve the lake. He identified the main problem more or less immediately, namely the sheer number of fish in there, which were directly responsible for all and any of the lake's other problems. He told us that we had to de-stock the lake of as many of the Suicide Squad as we could catch…Yes, catch! This would be a serious rod and line only effort as the topography of the lake bed, and the depth of the lake meant that netting was out of the question.

As for the banks, well the rhododendrons were talking over, growing out of control. It was these 'foreign' plants that were responsible for ruining the pH of the lake as they leech acidic substances into the soil which in turn is washed into the lake by heavy rain. At the time if I remember correctly the pH was in the low 6s so we needed to raise this considerably to at least pH 7.1 or higher. This would encourage natural food to thrive but first we needed to trim the bankside cover to allow more light to reach the shallower marginal areas of the lake. This in turn should allow the weed to grow which in turn would harbour yet more natural food. Finally the Club was advised to make the lake water more rich by adding well rotted horse manure in November followed by crushed limestone in the following March. This also would have the effect of encouraging natural life to thrive.

34. The lake next door also belonged to the Club, a gorgeous little four acre lake called Waldon Pond and this would make a great stock pond for the smaller carp until the Club decided what to do with them. A few years later Waldon took over from Rashleigh as a stalker's paradise. This is the lake in all its glory.



The work was carried out by mainly the members of the committee, which by now was much more user friendly as far as carp anglers were concerned. Fellow carpers Steve Churchill, Tony Chipman and Nige Britton and myself were among the committee members involved in getting this work off the pages of the Broughton report and making it a reality. Nothing happened overnight but in time Wheal Rashleigh thrived to such an extent that we had carp pushing on through the twenty and even the thirty pound barrier.
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As carping's popularity continued to grow the Club's membership soared and much of the new membership comprised of comparatively inexperienced anglers, many of whom had a very cavalier attitude towards fishing in the snags. They thought nothing of getting a dozen takes a day and losing every fish! Something had to be done so in a way the committee's hand was forced and as detailed previously much of the area around Rashleigh was made out of bounds. Unfortunately the knock on effect was that members with a bit of gumption about them who could be trusted to stalk fish responsibly also had to suffer. It was desperately sad to loose so much of the prime stalking but such is modern carp fishing these days, the majority have to suffer because of the actions of the idiotic minority.

One of the most abused areas was the snags at the far end of the lake in the southern bay. These could be fished from a couple of swims in the bay and the sad sacks were deliberately casting into the thicket of branches, knowing full well that there was no chance whatsoever of getting a hooked fish out of the snags. Following a particularly nasty open meeting at which the Club Secretary, an old boy in his seventies was offered outside by a younger idiot who was nevertheless old enough to know better, the committee decided enough was enough and strung a rope across the bay buoyed up so as to form a floating barrier roping off the snags once and for all. Get out of that!

24. This overhead shows where the rope was positioned cutting off the snags and rendering the two swims that gave access to them (marked in red) more or less pointless…unless you knew where to cast, in which case they were far from useless. Luckily most of the morons knew only one way to fish them and that was by casting into the snags (shown in black).



While single rod stalking as we had enjoyed it previously was now more or less lost, we did manage to get back among the fish by fishing areas generally ignored by other members.

25. This is a small area of Rashleigh at the opposite end of the lake to the snags, behind what we called the Top Island. Compared to the rest of the lake this area is shallow and silty and as you can see what little weed growth there was at Rashleigh could be found at the top end of the lake. If you were quiet and unobtrusive you could stalk the fish all the way along the dwarf lilies on the right of the picture, and in the small set of pads in the middle of the photo.



The tree line, as usual invariably attracted carp and so the small bay became a new stalking area for us, as did the margins of the Top Island which were dotted with small areas of pads and other weed growth. In addition the trees on the island provided good overhanging cover

26. This is the set of pads at the top end of the lake. The Top Island is on the extreme left of the photo. The pads acted like a magnet to many of the members who fished the lake back then and while the carp did get in there, it was by no means one of their favourite feeding areas, as it was close to the car park and thus easy to get to and easy to fish so it got a fair amount of pressure.



27. This shows the rest of the island. The brickwork you can see is the old crib and equipment hut that dates back to the days when the lake was a working limestone open cast mine. The carp loved to get in there but it was impossible to fish as it was festooned with old equipment and the like. In addition the brickwork you can see is only a tiny part of what you cannot see below the water line. Snag city and no mistake.



28. The Top Island offered plenty of scope to anyone willing to stalk fish as there were sets of pads dotted all around its margin. The fish were not exactly shy of showing themselves, just shy of picking up a bait!



29. There are actually four carp in this photo but they are well buried in the pads.



Funnily enough the track on the far side of the Top Island, while pretty slippery and muddy, was not one of the out of bounds areas so it was possibly to get right round the back to fish to the pads where the fish loved to patrol on sunny days. The most effective way of fishing the pads was with float gear but it was vital that you kept out of sight and avoided making the slightest sound. It was only a couple of rod lengths from the main bank to the pads and the fish were pretty twitchy. If they spotted you there were gone in a flash, same if your footfall was a tad too heavy. For this reason I used to fish with a couple of rods spread well apart, both on the float but also on front buzzers and rear rests. Then sit tight and pretend you are a rhododendron bush, resisting at all times to get off the chair to look at the floats.

30. Keeping out of sight.



31. Believe it or not, float fishing on the buzzers is surprisingly effective



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   Old Thread  #94 19 Dec 2016 at 3.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
More Tales From Up the Luxulyan Road.

We fished Long Chuck on and off for the best part of 25 years and I have to say, it was in its day the best swim on the lake. The swim gave me and Tat some wonderful memories to cherish. Though we were now more or less confined to fishing from the swim itself we still managed to wheedle a few out by casting across. By now Long Chuck had become a very popular swim and it was not often that we found it free. However, when we did managed to pitch up in there we knew that the cave and the far treeline was getting more pressured by the day. We still caught by casting tight, but one session when a botched chuck fell short and produced a fish almost on the drop, we found that fishing as much as ten yards off the trees produced more takes. Serendipity plays her part again!

20. This is one of the old originals that fell to a bait dropped short, deliberately this time!



The east bay did not get a lot of attention once the path at the end of the bay was made out of bounds and stalking that area became impossible. However, we could still cast across to the stalking area, which often produced the goods if there was someone in Long Chuck. The swim there was called The Concrete after a broken concrete shelf that lay a few inches below the surface at your feet. I have no idea of its purpose but it did make a handy place to cast from if the big oak that dominated the swim decided it wanted to eat your rod tip!

One guy who fished there a lot was a nice old boy called Peter Rich. Pete would travel up from way down west from his home near Camborne and he nearly always fished The Concrete, and very accomplished at it he was. The cast required to hit the top of the shelf was tricky in the extreme; not a long cast by any means but you needed to flick it underarm so as to get the lead and bait under the overhanging trees. If you missed the shelf the bait would either go straight to the bottom in about forty feet of water or end up in the brambles so accuracy and a strong nerve were prime requirements.

21. This photo shows Pete in his familiar spot on the lake, the swim in the bay called The Concrete. The hot area, the marginal shelf, runs from the far corner in the centre of this photo, along the bank to the back of the snags that you can see jutting above the surface, under the yellow flowered gorse tree. Pete fished locked up and thus stopped a hooked fish from reaching the snags, which are further away than they actually look in this photo. I enjoyed many long chats with Pete when he was fishing the concrete and he was one of the finest anglers I have ever met. He landed countless carp from the swim, casting with unerring accuracy to the shelf, never allowing a hooked fish to get up steam to reach the snags.



22. Here's Pete in action playing a lively fish hooked on the shelf. Once the fish was clear of the bank and the snags he could take his time and play the fish out in the clear, deep water. In the background over Pete's shoulder you can probably make out some large coloured buoys, and I'll come back to these in a minute. Incidentally, if you know what you are looking for the stalking area we called Brackens is just about visible in the centre of this photograph, just to the right of the large bankside bush.



I had a lot of time for Pete. He was old school with a real pride in his carping, who respected the lake, the anglers on it and the fish it contained. I imagine he must have passed on by now as he was no spring chicken when I knew him.

Pete was a member of the Carp Society (remember that?!) and I first met him at one of the regional meetings me and Tat held when we were ROs for the Devon and Cornwall region. He had a son, also called Peter and they often fished together at Horseshoe. I last met Pete it must be twenty years ago now and I had a huge respect for the guy. If he is still alive and anybody who reads this knows him, perhaps you could tell him about this blog.

23. Pete in a familiar pose!


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   Old Thread  #93 18 Dec 2016 at 2.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Patience is a virtue! Not long to wait now...
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   Old Thread  #92 17 Dec 2016 at 8.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Waiting patiently.
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I had only one rod with me; no rod rests or alarms or banksticks. I poked the rod out through the tiny hole I had made in the cover and lowered the hookbait to the gravel less than a foot from the bank in three feet of water. A few boilies followed with more hemp and groats and I returned my backside to the bucket!

The rod was on the deck with only the top three feet or less poking through the bracken. The line went straight down to the lead. The Abu's clutch was set lightly and I was not worried that I would miss a take through not having a buzzer as the ratchet on the Abu really shrieked when giving line. So there I sat, silent as the grave while the carp fed tantalisingly on the bait right under my feet.

15. This is how I set up to fish the bracken covered swim. You can just about make out the orange Tuttis on the bottom.



I had not been sitting there long when the Abu's clutch sang out. I grabbed the rod butt and forced the rest of it up through the bracken so I could play the fish over the top of it. I had cleared a very small landing area to the right of the swim so I could net a fish without too much difficulty and after a very angry confrontation I landed a nice near-leather of fifteen pounds.

16. The first fish to come from the Brackens Swim as we later called it.



That was one of countless carp Tat and I caught from that tucked away little spot and I cannot begin to describe the incredible excitement we felt when those grey shadows materialised out of the black depths to feed avidly on the bait we would provide for them.

17. Even when the bracken died down in winter and the cover was sparse those fish still came in for a bite to eat before bedtime! This is a sight that will gladden any stalker's heart.



I shall never forget one hot summer's day when Tat and I were fishing conventionally in The Bar swim. She said that she fancied a go in the Brackens, which was only about 75 yards away, so she wandered off with a bucket of bait, a single rod and landing net. I fished on through the hot afternoon and must have dozed off for I awoke with a start to hear her calling me. I dashed down to the Brackens and there was Tat with the rod in its full fighting curve as a big fish gave her grief. She played it like the old hand she was and eventually she landed a lovely old original of just over 24lb, a PB for Rashleigh and a very worthy capture. It was made all the more worthy by the fact that rats the size of cats kept running backwards and forwards over her feet as she sat like a statue on the bait bucket.

18. A lesser man or woman would have cleared out sharpish! Not my Tat!



Unfortunately we were sussed by a couple of mates who had been fishing the straight opposite and saw the commotion. They came around to witness Tat's fish which they knew by the name Big Vern. I have no idea why it was called that but it made no difference to he enjoyment of the moment. However, the word was out about the Brackens and in no time at all some bright spark had cut it all down to make room for a battery of three rods! Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!

19. Undaunted we kept one step ahead of the stop-having-too-much-fun brigade which seemed determined to turn the lake into a sterile wasteland where all the secret stalking places were deemed out of bounds. On any lake you will always find a few spots where nobody has thought of fishing and our decade or more of experience stalking at Rashleigh lead us to new areas to try, some good others no so good, but the magic of Wheal Rashleigh kept calling us back for more.



I'll come back to Rashleigh and the neighbouring pool Waldon next time.
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   Old Thread  #90 11 Dec 2016 at 2.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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9. Before the new rules were imposed we caught more than our share from the far treeline, not just from Long Chuck but all the way along the main bank where more tempting caves could be found.



Sadly still more rules were introduced to make stalking ever more difficult and most of the far bank treeline was deemed out of bounds, not just no fishing but no walking either! Thus fully 40% of the previously available fishing was lost, along with some of the best stalking we have ever experienced. The red line marks the out of bounds area.



10. Here are just a couple of the old originals caught in Long Chuck, both stalking them from the far bank or casting across using the bankstick method.





11. Not content with this, the committee then decided to make much of the area at the end of the small east bay out of bounds too! This was another of our favourite stalking spots, but it could also be fished conventionally from the swim called The Concrete shown by the purple dot in the photo below with the snags shown in red.



12. In a way this was understandable as the snags opposite the Concrete were long, thick and vicious but at the time nobody was stupid enough to cast into them as you would never get your gear back, let alone land a fish. The photo gives you some idea of just how wicked the snags are; what you can see here is only about a tenth of what you cannot.



13. This lively little common came from the swim marked with a yellow dot in the previous photo. It shows our most productive stalking spot on Rashleigh as it was not actually in a swim and most members didn't even know it was there. The swim, if you could call it that, lay well away from the snags in the east bay but right on the patrol route they took when entering or leaving the snags. It was the perfect ambush point!



The swim lay at the bottom of a long flight of steps that lead down from the top car park. 99.9% of the members continued walking when they came to the bottom of the steps. We didn't! The margin here was bright gravel, small stones and one of two larger rocks. The steep contours found elsewhere on the lake were nothing like so acute here and bait introduced right at your feet would stay put until the fish came along…which wasn't long!

14. The bed of the swim was hidden from view by a long, thick stand of bracken growing at the water's edge. By gently parting the bracken the bright gravel lake bed was revealed. It clearly got frequent visits as there was no weed or silt to be seen. It was crying out for a hookbait!



I had taken most of my gear back to the car and only had a tackle box and a bait box with me so I popped a bit of hempseed and groats in along with a handful of boilies and hoped they would disappear overnight for my visit the following day.

Returning at first light I crept into the swim and again parted the bracken, which I had returned to its original state before leaving the previous evening. Again I baited up with a blend of hempseed, groats and a few Tuttis and sat down on my bait bucket with the Polaroids in place to see if the fish would put in an appearance. If anybody has spotted me sitting there I was rumbled but I had the lake to myself. Somebody could stand right next to the bracken and never know there was bait right at their feet, and not only bait, there were a few fish too. To see then go straight down on that bait carpet was a magical sight but I was in no hurry to disturb their meal. After about and hour they drifted out of the area and I felt it was safe now to put a hookbait there and some more free stuff.
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   Old Thread  #89 11 Dec 2016 at 2.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As the carping membership grew in the 80s and 90s work was done to 'tidy up' the far bank to try to prevent too many anglers from chucking baits and leads up the trees. The undergrowth was trimmed back making the cave a bit more accessible without totally removing the cover that the carp clearly liked so much. This worked up to a point but as advances in rod and reel design allowed heavier leads to be used and longer casts to be made there was always plenty of line left festooning the trees after a long summer! To give the Club its due, they did remove a lot of the line on a regular basis but still the lead-eating trees ate their share.

5. This more modern photo shows the swim in its late-80s guise.



Sadly the swim suffered again when a work party decided it would be a great idea to remove much of the woodwork that formed the cave in Long Chuck. The result neutered the swim making it sterile and unchallenging, a far cry from its former overgrown beauty. While they were at it they also cut back the Corner to such an extent that the previously voracious tackle-grabbing silver birches now stood alone, bare and stripped of all dignity. Now you could cast to the far bank with your eyes closed as there was nothing to get hung up on over there. It's carp fishing, Jim, but not as we knew it!

6. This photo from 2014 shows Long Chuck after it was 'tidied'.



By now the number of carp anglers joining the Club had increased a fair bit and pressure on Rashleigh and Waldon next door was increasing year on year. However, the call of the far end of the lake seemed hard to resist for many and they walked straight past LC and even The Bar. This left me free to indulge myself in the swims to my hearts content, as if there was nobody in them I now preferred to fish from the far bank rather than cast across.

Of course, this was clearly out of the question if there was anybody fishing the main bank, which happened with increasing frequency as the years went by. However, this did not stop me from having a whale of a time fishing single-rodded round the back, watching the carp as they fed, even seeing them pick up (and reject at times!) the hookbait. I fished like this when ever the opportunity presented itself, which was happening less and less now as carping became more popular with local anglers.

Then the Club decided to make the far bank out of bounds and this left little alternative but to cast across. Mind you, there was nothing in the rules to say we couldn't walk the far bank so we came up with a little wheeze that we had seen in use at Waveney in the early 80s. I am sure to most of you this will not be anything new, but I will describe it anyway.

How it worked was thus: I would cast a bare lead across to the far bank, deliberately aiming to put the lead in the trees. Putting the rod in the rests with the clutch lightly set I would go round with the lead and the baited rig along with a bankstick and a rubber band.

Once round the far side I would snag the line with the rod tip and yank the lead out of the trees. Then I would attach the hooklink and then drop the baited rig in the margins right up against the bank. Finally I pushed the bankstick into the ground, wound the rubber band several times around the top and then pulled the line off the reel and trapped a loop of it under the under the rubber band. So now the line came off the rod tip, across the lake to the far bankstick (no line in the water to spook them!) and then straight down to the lead lying a few feet off the margin.

So effective was this set up that on a few occasions, by the time I had got back to the swim after setting up the neat little snide I had already had a take. Luckily due to the angle from which the pressure was initially exerted, thanks to the resistance imparted by the rubber band, the fish tended to run away from the far bank into the deep water and away from the bankside snags. However, it was really taking too much of a risk so eventually we only practised this little snide when there were two of us fishing; one to guard the rods and one to go round with the end gear!

The only drawback to the trick was the Suicide Squad! The number of times we would get a take from one of these little blighters who would invariably get to the bait ahead of one of the originals was most frustrating, as it meant the whole process had to be repeated time and again only for a member of the Squad to frustrate one's ambitions. That said, the trick accounted for enough originals to keep us happy.

7. A typical member of the Suicide Squad from the mid 90s. If you look closely enough you will note that it is a near-perfect leather displaying all the distinctive genetic traits of its birthright, the curtailed, deformed dorsal with almost non-existent rays.



8. The Suicide Squad came from a weak strain of carp that found it hard to make ten pounds but they were pretty as a picture and could always be relied upon to get the pulse rate up on an otherwise quiet day. Here's Tat with a typical fully paid up member of the SS!


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   Old Thread  #88 11 Dec 2016 at 2.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Meanwhile, back at Wheal Rashleigh, here is some more drivel just for you, Bradley2010.

One of the first new areas we fished was the swim that became known as Long Chuck. It acquired that name because even though the cast across was only some 20m longer at about 70m than the one we had been fishing previously, namely to the bar from the Bar Swim, that extra 20m was a long way given the rather limiting rods and reels we were using.

1. Here is an overhead. The swim itself is marked in red while the areas to which we cast are marked in blue.



Though I did not appreciate it at the time, the whole of the far bank comprised much of the carps' patrol route and in later years we found out that as long as you could get the baits - freebies and hookbaits - to stay at the top of the steep underwater slope, you were in with a chance. Of course, if you were prepared to risk life and limb by going round the back and fishing at your feet, then you could more or less guarantee a) to keep the baits in the correct places, and b) to get at take. Unfortunately it could be a bit dodgy underfoot and if it had been raining and the bank was slippery it was lethal, but it was worth the risk.

2. This pic is of a couple of Roche AC members in action after hooking a fish on a bait cast across to the far trees. The single spindly birch tree on the extreme left of the picture marks the corner overlooking the Long Chuck casting area, with the treeline stretching away further to the left.



There was a lovely overhang across on the far bank and we had already discovered how much the Rashleigh carp liked to patrol the full length of that bank, passing between the 'caves' formed by the gaps in the treeline. Though there was a very small cave in Long Chuck it was pretty hard to get the cast right but to begin with getting right deep into the cave was not essential, though it certainly helped to get as close to the treeline as possible on the cast. However, in order to reach it meant dropping down to 8lb main line, which in turn meant risking a lead in the trees and lots of line left behind in the event that you had to pull for a break.

That said, anglers being anglers we tried ever harder to put a bait right into the cave if conditions allowed, though the trees on the corner to the right of the cave and those on the far bank behind it would eat a carelessly cast lead for breakfast!

Risky? Yes, of course it was but bear in mind that tackle has advanced by leaps and bounds since those far off days when we first started fishing at Rashleigh and clipping up was unheard of as there were no line clips! It was possible to extricate line that got hung up by going round to the opposite corner, a feature of the far bank marked on the map with a black spot.

3. In this photo taken from the Bar swim you can see the cut back from the corner to the tree line itself in Long Chuck.



I mentioned the far corner opposite the swim last time I wrote about Rashleigh and though at that time we did not even consider fishing there, later on, when we started fishing 'round the back', we cleared a small area of the undergrowth on this corner which allowed us to fish directly down the edge into the treeline previously fished from Long Chuck…But I am getting ahead of myself as all that jungle creeping came a bit later on.

Clearly the carp had become a bit wary of feeding on or behind the bar. Yes, it continued to produce and until we started fishing Long Chuck the Bar Swim was still the hottest we had so far fished on the lake. However, the prospect of fishing the far treeline from Long Chuck opened up further possibilities and to prove that point the first time I fished it I caught dear old Busted Tail at nearly 20lb in weight.

4. Here's BT with the corner and the lead-eating trees and the far treeline clearly visible. You can also see the cave we tried so hard to cast into.


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   Old Thread  #87 30 Nov 2016 at 5.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Another major flood of the Valency also occurred in 1958,where upon the local schoolmaster lost his life,as you rightly said it was a miracle no one lost their life this time..My brother lives where all the flooding happened,opposite the Riverside hotel...he lost virtually everything...

He was also a coastguard,and it affected him and the village greatly...

It will happen again down there,as there's been three similar incidents in living memory.
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   Old Thread  #86 30 Nov 2016 at 5.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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George Clooney...my arse!

Yes, Adam, the boat was named after the Boscastle river. Though that awful flooding took place over 12 years ago I can remember it as if it was yesterday. My mum was suffering full blown dementia at the time and she was convinced I had drowned in the floods, even though we lived on the south coat (Boscastle is on the north!) and there was no loss of life that day, a miracle in itself.
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   Old Thread  #85 29 Nov 2016 at 7.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
You really should bring a book out Ken, the ladies will love it with all those old photos with you looking like the thinking man's George Clooney
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   Old Thread  #84 29 Nov 2016 at 7.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Thanks for sharing all this Ken,especially of interest is the Royalty piece,it was a place where I spent a lot of time in the 70s with my father...he caught a huge ,for that period barbel from the Royalty well over the 11lb mark in the early seventies' on bacon rind,he was in the angling press for it...

I can still remember the anticipation of going into Davis's tackle shop nearby...Also.....back in the eighties my father left Cornwall...never to return just to fish the Avon at Christchurch,he used to fish there regulary ,weekly until his passing..

Also the Valency,was she named after the trout stream in Boscastle,the river that destroyed the lower part of Boscastle along with the Jordan and Paradise streams which form the catchment into the harbour..it flows under my mothers house...!!!!!
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   Old Thread  #83 27 Nov 2016 at 5.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A very fine finnese history, love the pics of you at Keston . Thank you Ken an Tat for sharing your amazing well documented adventure.
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   Old Thread  #82 25 Nov 2016 at 3.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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40. Back in Fowey I had left John's boat and was now running a 32 foot crab boat called the Valency. Using the years of knowledge passed on by John I too started running angling trips but the call of carp fishing was persistent. I ran the boat for two seasons then went back with John as the money was better and I got more time off to go carping!



41. Meantime I enjoyed my free time fishing for carp at Rashleigh and Salamander, but John and I also spent time on the Rivers Fowey and Camel fishing for sea trout and salmon. This was then (and remains) my biggest salmon, a fish of 13lb from the Fowey at Lostwithiel.



42. John was never far away from a fishing rod and to relax after several days at sea he and I would often collect hard backed crabs and climb down to the end of Dodman Point to fish the deep gullies for ballan wrasse. This is a small ballan from one of our favourite (and secret!) marks.



Trev always liked to come fishing with John and me and when we went up to visit him and his missus in Hampshire he would always put us onto some good fishing. Sadly Trev died in the early 80s but his name lives on in the shape of his son Russell who is widely regarded as one of the finest big game crewmen in the world. Russ is as much in demand by marlin and sailfish hunters as any of the top skippers and I am sure he owes this to the part his dad played in his life, for Trev was a world champion marlin, shark and sailfish angler.

43. OK, this is not a huge tench but it came from a gorgeous lake in the grounds of a very exclusive golf club to which Trev had sole access.



44. I love bass fishing and while I have not been the greatest bass angler in history, I have had my share. I have never killed a bass, ever. They are far to precious a sport fish to kill. Though they are delicious to eat the farmed alternative is, for once, a perfectly acceptable substitute for the wild fish. Put them back!



45. I realise this must have been a crushing bore to some of you. If so, well done for getting to the end! However, I wanted to make the point that far from being a one dimensional, blinkered carp angler, in fact I have served my apprenticeship and cut my teeth on many other species and types of fishing. I hope therefore that reading this has done something to dispel the image you may have of me as some past-it old codger who doesn't know what he is talking about!

Back to carping soon!




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