It was. however, a decade later before I captured my first "double" - 9th March 1983! By this time I was employed by Kodak Ltd and had access to one of their social club fisheries, at Water End, just beyond the Hemel catchment, along the road to Lieghton Buzzard and Dagnall. It weighed in at an incredible 11 lbs 4 oz and I was over the moon! My diary reads "Hair rig - size 6 Au lion D'or hook, 8 lbs b.s. Sylcast bronze line with a Rod Hutchinson "Mingle Fruit" boily and using my glass fibre Gerry Savage S/U (stepped up!) 10' carp rod - strangely I haven't recorded the reel model. Although looking at the photos I feel sure that it would have been a Shimano EX 3000 - Leslie's of Luton being the first retail outlet to offer these new, fandango, items. They were a direct competitor for the ABU Cardinal range, not the revolutionary bait-runners that were to follow.
|My very first "double" - 11 lbs 4 oz of Water End magic|
|If you've got a silly hair do, just as well have a silly hat?|
|Stanborough memories - happy daze indeed!|
21 lbs 3 oz - 9th November 1983
We're back from Scotland - my first outing with the rods since 1993! Benno introduces me to Long Shaw Farm and the delights of surface fished bait for the spirited "lean commons" which inhabit the venue. It was the spark which lit the blue touch paper - once again I became an angler - birds, moths and associated subjects becoming, very much, peripheral interests.
|A scamp common from Scroggin's Lake at The Marshside Fishery complex|
|An "Italian strain" mirror from an East Sussex commercial|
|That magnificent "fully scaled mirror" - 10.07.2015|
|My first twenty on the split canes - a very enjoyable experience|
|A split cane Mk IV, a Mitchell 300 and a couple of chick peas - how will it end?|