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    Default 66 Years Ago Today

    Sixty six years ago today a certain Mr Dick Walker hooked and landed a fish that broke the then Carp record and so began the huge changes in how we fish for Carp.

    Dick himself named the fish 'Raviolli' as that was what he and his fishing mate had eaten the night before, with the name being changed to 'Clarissa' later when it resided in London Zoo.

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

    Patrick F. McManus






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    Default Re: 66 Years Ago Today

    An amazing capture for sure Peter.I was only a young boy at the time but I remember looking at the picture in the paper at my angling mad uncles house and found it hard to believe that a fish so big could be alive and kicking in an English stillwater.

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    Default Re: 66 Years Ago Today

    I wonder what would have happen if that carp had picked up the bait of Peter Thomas. It was only luck that it didn't they were fishing with the same baits were only a few feet apart.

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    Default Re: 66 Years Ago Today

    I can't tell you how many times I went to the aquarium in Regents Park and sat looking at clarissa and the other lesser carp with wide eyes,amazing that someone actually caught the fish on rod and line,because let's not forget,we were all told carp were uncatchable...

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    Default Re: 66 Years Ago Today

    Quote Originally Posted by steve2 View Post
    I wonder what would have happen if that carp had picked up the bait of Peter Thomas. It was only luck that it didn't they were fishing with the same baits were only a few feet apart.
    Then that would have denied Pete the chance of netting Ravioli from the roots waist deep in the water in his underkecks.................
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
    If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything................

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    Default Re: 66 Years Ago Today

    I wonder how many of today's bivvie dwelling gnomes even know who Dick Walker was ? I deliberately did not use the term carp angler as they are quite different.

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    Default Re: 66 Years Ago Today

    And if Bob Richards had kept quiet about his catch.....

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    Yes, funny old world Mark. If BR hadn't bumped into BB Walker would never have stuffed his fish and had the chance to 'interrogate' him................
    That's about as big as a fish that big gets
    If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything................

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    Default Re: 66 Years Ago Today

    Happy days....................

    I went to Redmire just the once. Never forgotten it. Might sound silly to some, but it was a dream realised..

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    Possibly the most significant freshwater angling catch anywhere worldwide ?

    The iconic angler of the time catching the iconic fish and it basically started the specimen scene as we know it. Make no mistake, the UK leads the way for specialist angling and the rest follow so the reprecussions of that capture are felt far beyond the shores of just blightey.

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