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Baitman
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   Old Thread  #374 9 Dec 2009 at 1.24pm  0  Login    Register
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Pete, ive only just found this thread. i have sat and read it right through. i can honestly say its been a privilege sharing some of your memories.

heres hoping you enjoy many more days out and have a few other stories to tell us all.
petethecrip
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   Old Thread  #373 9 Dec 2009 at 11.19am  0  Login    Register
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good enought thanks
jonezy
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   Old Thread  #372 17 Mar 2008 at 1.09pm  0  Login    Register
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Well I've given it ago, I'm in no way a writer, but thought I'd give it quick go.

Where do I start? It’s such a long time ago. It was the late sixties/seventies when I saw an advert in the local paper about starting a specimen group to fish the big Shropshire and Cheshire meres. The group, called the “three county’s specimen group” (Also known as “Kelly Commandos”), was founded with the intention of catching the large bream that subsided within the large waters around that area. In those days, a bream of eight pounds was considered a large fish. We started on Coalmere, Ellesmere and the meres in the Shropshire. It did not take long to get among the fish. The first night I had a fish of nine pounds 15 oz, which was massive for the time, and we continued catching throughout that season, ending with the group breaking the British record. It was about this time I received a letter from the man himself, Dick Walker. He wanted to know all about our fishing experience, regarding big bream. He invited Dennis Kelly, two others and myself down to stay in his fishing hut on his private stretch of river near Letchworth. The idea was to catch the big chub and bream that inhabited it. We did not do much fishing. The great man arrived, he walked over the fields towards me, his trade mark hat on his head, my heart missed a beat, my boyhood hero at last, “Hello Pete, caught anything?” He said, clutching two fishing rods in his hand, “I’ve brought you these, they may be of some use to you.” I was dumb struck, shocked. We all went back to the hut. A fire was quickly made, bacon and egg was the order of the day. Dick brought a couple of bottles of whiskey jocking and stayed with us most of the evening and part of the night. He was a most funny man, he could take on any accent, he was brilliant. We were all slightly drunk by the time he went. He took my telephone number and said he would be in touch. That’s the first meeting with Dick, the first of many.

If you think that's good enough for you, I'll do the rest of them in abit, and get them send to Bill.
petethecrip
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   Old Thread  #371 14 Mar 2008 at 9.42pm  0  Login    Register
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stu ill send full story to you on sunday away all day tomorrow thanks
jonezy
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jonezy
   Old Thread  #370 14 Mar 2008 at 7.32pm  0  Login    Register
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Please, can you put this into a downloadable format, so I can read it whilst I'm fishing. It would be a top read!
petethecrip
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   Old Thread  #369 14 Mar 2008 at 12.12pm  0  Login    Register
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thanks martin for you kind remarks
gregrot
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   Old Thread  #368 13 Mar 2008 at 5.37pm  0  Login    Register
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That is so very well put Steve, great appreciative post aimed at someone who has dedicated his life to angling and is now passing on his knowledge and experience to young people. Well done Pete, you're one in a million mate
SlamHead
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   Old Thread  #367 13 Mar 2008 at 2.09pm  0  Login    Register
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Pete what a great wrighter your stories are top stuff long may you keep fishing all the best in the future
petethecrip
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   Old Thread  #366 13 Mar 2008 at 1.18pm  0  Login    Register
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this is the best thread i have ever read on this or any other forum, displays a real passion for angling

expat thanks for your kind remarks about my stories
Expat_in_Poland
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Expat_in_Poland
   Old Thread  #365 13 Mar 2008 at 11.46am  0  Login    Register
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this is the best thread i have ever read on this or any other forum, displays a real passion for angling.

Really great kept me spellbound for over an hour, thanks Pete filled my head full of images of the places you fished with your mates. Reminded me of my early days in the 70's too with our home made solutions bivvy covers (tea strainers as they let water in)

This is the history of our sport, how our tackle and baits rigs were developed and written by someone who took part, designed thought and mixed with his fellow anglers to do so.

the comradeship amongst Pete and his mates is also heartwarming, and the enthusiasm they showed.

how anyone can find it boring or thinks it shouldn't be shared or confined to a book escapes me .

But then given the lack of interest in reading, education and history etc in the UK today perhaps it shouldn't.

All i can say is if it wasn't for people like Pete and his mates, the likes of Cliff Fox , Nash etc ie todays tackle manufacturers and designers would never have learned enough to make the money they have providing todays young generation of carpers with all their high end tech gear and home comforts .

it may take time to read but do so its worth every syllable , we used our brains to work out solutions and made them at home , there wasn't a ready made solution available on line .

Pete please keep writing your memories mate , they are wonderful from a historical point of view , great entertainment and a tribute to your mates who have past.

those moaning about waters being mentioned ffs do you seriously think those thinking of guesting don't know where they are anyway ? Pete's writing should tell you that if he found em all that time ago without a mobile, gps etc I am sure todays guesters can

fantastic effort as well cheers
Brian_Woolsey
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Brian_Woolsey
   Old Thread  #364 13 Mar 2008 at 10.45am  0  Login    Register
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thankyou....
andycarpman
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andycarpman
   Old Thread  #363 13 Mar 2008 at 10.39am  0  Login    Register
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gentle hairy old farts prehaps???
LKS
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LKS
   Old Thread  #362 13 Mar 2008 at 10.39am  0  Login    Register
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get hooked on fishing
Brian_Woolsey
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Brian_Woolsey
   Old Thread  #361 13 Mar 2008 at 10.24am  0  Login    Register
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whats ghof?
petethecrip
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petethecrip
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   Old Thread  #360 13 Mar 2008 at 9.37am  0  Login    Register
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for all those that supported me ie bill livingstone gregrot stu and many more to write my stories about the late dick walker and my lifes fishing, the article has now been sent to a publisher . and a leeding editor of some mag it was sent by the coordinator for ghof mr karl humpreys and we are now awaiting results, i may find out more on sat at the fishing show at the nec where we have been invited as guests of ghof thanks again pete
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