|The carp which set the ball rolling|
15lbs 9oz of "Cracker Factory" fun
|Stanborough Lake in 1984 - every swim occupied.|
It was an incredibly exciting place to fish and some great characters were present on these municipal banks.
The major downside to fishing Stanborough during the daylight (when it was legal!) was the fact that the venue was shared by other user groups - they being sailors and wind-surfers! Although their activities made no difference to feeding fish, they were problematic, to say the least, to us anglers.
At this time, cutting edge carp angling involved tight lines, line clips and open bale arms - something that a centre board of a sailing craft could, and would, often catch upon. Relations between the two groups was, to say the least, a little tense.
|Rod tips pushed well into the water.|
Original Optonic bite alarms complete with sounder box!
Gardner Tackle monkeys on needles made from brolly ribs - this was the "dog's bollocks"
|There you have it - 1983 braided hook-links, hair rigs and a boily.|
The distance between swivel and hook was deemed critical - 10" being the optimum distance.
I could still catch on this today!
|My younger brother Simon with his first 20lbs+ carp|
|August 1984 - 19lbs 6oz of hard fighting Stanborough carp|
|25th February 1984 - the best of the bunch 23lbs 14oz|
Sailing boats in the background - this really was a very special place and holds many great memories.